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Paris shops, monuments to close as fears of protest violence mount

Paris shops, monuments to close as fears of protest violence mountThe Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum and scores of shops on the Champs-Elysees are set to close as authorities warned Thursday of fresh violence this weekend during protests which have ballooned into the biggest crisis of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency. The government is scrambling to stave off another Saturday of burned cars and running street battles with police by “yellow vest” protesters furious over rising costs of living they blame on high taxes. An interior ministry official told AFP that authorities were bracing for “significant violence” on Saturday, based on indications that protesters on both the far right and far left are planning to converge on the capital.



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Wall Street slide on global growth fears erases S&P's 2018 gains

Wall Street slide on global growth fears erases S&P's 2018 gainsThe S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped back into losses for the year on Thursday.



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Evacuations ordered in California amid mudslide and flash flood fears

Evacuations ordered in California amid mudslide and flash flood fearsUp to 10 inches of rain have fallen in the past eight days.



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Ukraine to introduce martial law as fears grow of possible ground invasion by Russia

Ukraine to introduce martial law as fears grow of possible ground invasion by RussiaUkraine's president on Monday imposed martial law after Russia fired on and captured three Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait near Crimea.  The country's parliament approved his request to grant him emergency war time powers in the areas considered most vulnerable to invasion, including the ability to requisition private property and suspend elections for 30 days beginning on Wednesday. He had earlier asked for 60 days across the whole of Ukraine.  In a televised address to the nation, he said the move was necessary to defend Ukraine from a possible Russian ground invasion and promised that a presidential election scheduled for March would go ahead as planned.  The move is controversial - martial law has never been imposed before, even during the height of the war in eastern Ukraine in 2014. Three former presidents of the country issued a statement opposing the move on Monday.    Petro Poroshenko asked parliament to approve his declaration of martial law Credit: Mykhailo Markiv/ Pool, Presidential Press Service Russia meanwhile defied calls from Western countries to release the Ukrainian vessels and 24 crew members seized in the Black Sea on Sunday.    Two modern gunboats, the Nikol and the Berdyansk, and a tug boat, the Yana Kapu, were rammed, fired on, and ultimately boarded by Russian special forces after they attempted to sail through the Strait of Kerch on Sunday.  The vessels were en route from Odessa to Mariupol, a Ukrainian industrial and military port on the Azov Sea. Russia temporarily blocked the passage under the Kerch Bridge, which links Russia and Crimea, to prevent their passage.  Russia said the Ukrainian vessels had not informed the border control of their plans and that coast guards opened fire after warning to stop "dangerous" maneuvering in closed waters around Crimea. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. The FSB, Russia's internal security service, said a criminal case had been opened.  A Ukrainian serviceman looks on as volunteers dig trenches on the coast of the Sea of Azov near Mariupol Credit: SEGA VOLSKII/ AFP Ukrainian officials have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing by the crew members and described Moscow’s actions as military aggression.   Tensions in the Sea of Azov have been mounting since Russia completed the bridge between its mainland and Crimea earlier this year.    Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, said the incident that the Ukrainian ships illegally entered Russian waters and called it “a dangerous provocation” organized by Kiev.  Theresa May said in statement that the incident was "further evidence of Russia's destabilising behavior in the region and its ongoing violation of Ukrainian territorial integrity." Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, spoke with Mr Poroshenko by telephone. Her office said the chancellor emphasized the need for de-escalation and dialogue and said she would work to help bring both about.  Nikki Haley told an emergency Security Council meeting that the US condemned Russia's actions Credit:  Seth Wenig/AP At an emergency mission of the United Nations Security Council, Nikki Hayley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, called Russia's behaviour "arrogant" and a "violation" of international law, adding: "The United States will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine against Russian aggression." In Kiev, scores of protesters gathered outside the Russian embassy setting tires on fire and throwing smoke grenades. A crowd of nationalist protesters also gathered outside the Russian consulate in Kharkiv.  The whereabouts of the 24 Ukrainian crewmen was unknown on Monday evening.  The FSB released images of the Ukrainian vessels docked in the Crimean port of Kerch on Monday morning. Sergei Aksyonov, the head of Russian-annexed Crimea, said in a Facebook post that three crew members who had been injured were provided with medical care and their lives were not in danger.



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Trump, stoking caravan fears, says troops will fire on migrants if they 'throw rocks'

Trump, stoking caravan fears, says troops will fire on migrants if they 'throw rocks'President Trump warned the caravan of Honduran migrants making its way toward the southwest border of the United States that if they began to "throw rocks" they might expect a hostile reception from U.S. troops.



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China's yuan hits decade low on trade, economy fears

China's yuan hits decade low on trade, economy fearsThe Chinese yuan weakened to a decade low on Tuesday on concerns over China’s slowing economy and the US trade war, but Beijing was expected to prevent it breaking the psychologically important 7 yuan per dollar barrier. Breaking 7 could further undermine market confidence and potentially trigger fresh US accusations that China was allowing the yuan to weaken to blunt the impact of tariffs that Washington has imposed on Chinese goods. A weaker yuan makes Chinese exports less expensive overseas, ameliorating some of the higher costs brought by the tariffs.



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Seth Meyers Confronts U.S. Fears About The Caravan Of Migrants

Seth Meyers Confronts U.S. Fears About The Caravan Of MigrantsPresident Donald Trump is trying to scare as many people as he can with lies



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Fears grow that more than 1,000 still missing in Indonesia disaster

Fears grow that more than 1,000 still missing in Indonesia disasterMore than a thousand people could still be missing after Indonesia’s devastating quake-tsunami, officials said Friday, drastically upping the number of people unaccounted for a week after the disaster. Palu city on Sulawesi island has been left in ruins after it was hit by a powerful quake and a wall of water which razed whole neighbourhoods to the ground, with the official death toll now 1,571. “Maybe more than 1,000 people are still missing,” Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, told AFP.



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Iran fears plot by US and its Gulf allies as pressure grows

Iran fears plot by US and its Gulf allies as pressure growsDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — On the same day Arab separatists killed at least 25 people in an attack targeting a military parade in southwestern Iran, President Donald Trump's lawyer mounted a stage in New York to declare that the government would be toppled.



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Korea summit economic pledge raises sanctions-busting fears

Korea summit economic pledge raises sanctions-busting fearsSpeaking at a joint news conference in Pyongyang on Wednesday, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to the normalization of the Kaesong joint border industrial park and tours to North Korea’s Mount Kumgang. The two projects, which were suspended amid tensions between the rivals under Moon’s two conservative predecessors, had been lucrative sources of cash for the impoverished North. Moon said the steps were part of an agreement to turn the Korean peninsula into a “land of peace without nuclear weapons and nuclear threats”.



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