PROTESTERS STORM MACEDONIA PARLIAMENT, ATTACK MPS
Scores of protesters, many wearing masks, broke through a police cordon and entered Macedonia's parliament late Thursday, attacking lawmakers to protest the election of a new speaker despite a months-long deadlock in talks to form a new government. The protesters stormed parliament after the country's opposition Social Democrats and parties representing Macedonia's ethnic Albanian minority voted for a new speaker.
HOLOCAUST CONTROVERSY RETURNS TO HAUNT LE PEN
Controversy over her party's record on the fate of Jews in World War Two returned to haunt French National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen on Friday as the man due to replace her temporarily as party leader suddenly stood aside. Jean-Francois Jalkh, vice-president of the party, does not want to take up the post he was earmarked to fill because of allegations - which he firmly denies - that he made questionable remarks about Nazi gas chambers, National Front (FN) member Louis Aliot, who is also Le Pen's partner in private life, said on Friday.
FRANCE OPENS COUNTER-TERROR PROBE INTO REUNION ISLAND POLICE SHOOTING
The Paris prosecutor's counter-terrorism section has opened an investigation after two police officers were wounded on Thursday morning by an armed gunman on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion, a judicial source said. "This morning, two policemen in Reunion were wounded while arresting a dangerous individual," a local police statement said."
VENEZUELA TO QUIT REGIONAL BLOC AS DEADLY PROTESTS CONTINUE
Venezuela says it is quitting the Organization of American States in anger at pressure from the bloc over the government's handling of a deadly political crisis. The announcement Wednesday raised international tension over Venezuela, where unrest has left 28 people dead this month. Echoed by the US and European Union, the OAS has led an international chorus of concern over the economic and political chaos in the major oil-exporting country.
US JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP ORDER ON SANCTUARY CITIES
A US judge on tuesday blocked an executive order by President Donald Trump that could deny billions of dollars to so-called sanctuary cities as punishment for harbouring illegal immigrants. Dealing a fresh setback to Trump's pledged crackdown on undocumented residents, Judge William Orrick of San Francisco's federal court issued a preliminary injunction barring any attempt to implement the January 25 executive order.