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December 23, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Trump Pardons Blackwater Contractors

President Trump has pardoned four security guards from the private military firm Blackwater who were serving jail sentences for killing 14 civilians including two children in Baghdad in 2007, a massacre that sparked an international outcry over the use of mercenaries in war. The Nisour Square massacre was one of the lowest episodes of the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq.

December 23, 2020 | Via NBC News

3 Police Officers Shot Dead in France

Three French police officers were shot dead by a man when they arrived at a home in Saint-Just, a remote commune in central France, to respond to a domestic violence call, police said on Wednesday. The house caught fire, and the suspected gunman was later found dead in his car, police said. The incident took place in a small hamlet in Saint-Just, about 300 miles south-east of Paris.

December 23, 2020 | Via BBC

Israel Heads to Election as Unity Government Falls

Israel is to hold its fourth elections in two years after the two main parties in its unity government failed to meet a deadline in a row over state budgets. Voters will return to the polls in March, just 12 months after the last round. Two previous elections were inconclusive, resulting in a rare government of national unity.

December 23, 2020 | Via Sky News

Unrest in Dover as Testing of Truck Drivers Gets Under Way

More scuffles have broken out in Dover, England this afternoon as lorry drivers stranded at the Kent port clashed with police, with one man lying down in front of a truck. Around 5,000 lorries are stuck after France stopped them crossing due to the new variant of coronavirus in the UK. It comes as the government said testing of the drivers had now begun.

December 23, 2020 | Via Reuters

Turkish Journalist Gets 27 Years in Absentia for Espionage

Turkish journalist Can Dundar was sentenced in absentia to 27 years and six months in prison for espionage and aiding an armed terrorist organization, his lawyers said on Wednesday, calling the verdict politically motivated. Dundar, the former editor-in-chief of Turkish daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, and a colleague, Erdem Gul, were both sentenced in 2016 to five years in prison for publishing a video purporting to show Turkish intelligence trucking weapons into Syria.

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