Israeli police use tear gas in clashes with Palestinians in Bethlehem

Israeli police use tear gas in clashes with Palestinians in Bethlehem
Israeli police in Bethlehem have deployed tear gas during clashes with Palestinians protesting Donald Trump’s decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital, live footage shows. RIA Novosti’s correspondent says he was injured in the tumult.

Israeli soldiers reportedly used stun grenades on the protesters. One of the APCs headed towards the demonstrators and used tear gas on them. The RIA Novosti correspondent said that he had been tear-gassed during the clashes.

Clashes in Bethlehem continue for a fifth day, with protests often turning violent and resulting in injuries.

Demonstrations are breaking out across the globe after US President Donald Trump has officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

READ MORE: ‘Jerusalem is ours!’ Most dramatic moments of Muslim protests across the world (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was among the first to condemn Washington’s decision, saying that Jerusalem remains the “eternal capital” of Palestine. “These deplorable and unacceptable measures deliberately undermine all peace efforts, and proclaim that [the Americans] are abandoning the role of sponsor of [the] peace process that they have played over the past decade,” Abbas said in a televised speech on Wednesday.

At least 1,397 Palestinians were injured during clashes against Israeli security forces on Friday and Saturday, Red Crescent spokeswoman Erab Sukaha said as cited by the Jerusalem Post.

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Erdogan slams Israel as ‘terrorist state’ that ‘kills children’

Erdogan slams Israel as ‘terrorist state’ that ‘kills children’
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out against Israel Sunday, calling it a ‘terrorist state’ that ‘kills children.’ Erdogan promised to fight to the bitter end against Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state.

“Palestine is an innocent victim… as for Israel, it is a terrorist state, yes, terrorist!” Erdogan said at a congress of his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) in the Turkish city of Sivas on Sunday. “We will not abandon Jerusalem to the mercy of a state that kills children,” he added.

As for the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, despite the Palestinians viewing the eastern part of the city as the capital of its future sovereign state, Erdogan promised to use “all means to fight” it, according to AFP.

Violent clashes have continued in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza for several days after Trump’s announcement on Wednesday. Two Palestinians were killed and over 1,000 people injured on Friday, with a further 230 wounded on Saturday, as Israeli security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon at the protesters.

Erdogan blasted Israel as an “oppressive, occupation state,”calling the response of the police and military to the protests “disproportionate,” Hurriyet reported.

“The US ignored a 1980 UN Security Council ruling regarding Jerusalem which the US itself signed at that time,”Erdogan said as cited by the Daily Sabah. “A system in which the stronger one is regarded as being right can’t constitute justice, peace and stability,” he said, adding that the American approach could lead to more tragedies.

In response to Erdogan’s remarks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu retorted that that his Turkish counterpart was hardly one to talk.

“I’m not used to receiving lectures about morality from a leader who bombs Kurdish villages in his native Turkey, who jails journalists” said Netanyahu, adding that Erdogan “helps terrorists, including in Gaza, kill innocent people.”

“That is not the man who will lecture us.”

Trump’s announcement faced widespread international condemnation and was backed only by Israel, which has been pushing for Jerusalem to be recognized as its capital for decades. The leaders of France, Germany and other European nations have all agreed that the US move is dangerous and harmful to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, urging the US to abide by international agreements. The Arab League also rejected the American decision, saying on Saturday that it amounted to recognition of the illegal occupation of East Jerusalem by Israel, and ipso facto had no legal basis.

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Media goes crazy over Trump announcement on Jerusalem, CNN’s sloppy mistake, and other journalism disasters

The media went nuts when President Trump announced Wednesday that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and will begin the process of relocating the American embassy there.

This freak-out came despite the fact that Congress overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation in 1995 stating that “the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999.” And in June this year the Senate voted  90-0 to approve a resolution stating that “Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel.”

On top of that, candidate Trump promised many times during his presidential campaign that he would do exactly what he announced Wednesday.

The media were eager to blame President Trump when violent protests broke out following his announcement on Jerusalem, instead of blaming the Palestinians who were carrying out the violence.

CBS Correspondent Seth Doane warned of violence on a global scale: “There are concerns about violence not only here and across the Middle East, but this also could provide rationale for terrorist attacks in the West as well.”

CNN Global Affairs Analyst Aaron David Miller said President Trump’s action was like hitting Palestinians “over the head with a hammer.”

ABC described it as President Trump “reversing nearly seven decades of U.S. policy.” The network paid no heed to the law Congress passed 22 years ago making it U.S. policy to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel was especially apocalyptic. “I think a lot of countries are going to look at this and say the president took a dangerous foreign policy decision that has real world consequences, could – can cost lives for domestic reasons,” he told the MSNBC crowd. He also called it “profoundly unsettling.”

The pundits were even worse. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews warned, “By the way, deaths are coming now because of this.”

Actor Mark Ruffalo (“The Incredible Hulk”) showed the silliness of the Hollywood approach to foreign policy. He tweeted this gem, urging Israel not to respond to Palestinian violence and blaming Israel: “Isreal (sic), please show restraint in the face of these protests. This is a terrible blow to any hope for peace or a life beyond apartheid for your neighbors. Please, all parties, use restraint.”

2. This Is CNN: Things are always bad for a news outlet when your entire story blows up in your face because of sloppy reporting. Worse, when a competitor points it out to you. Here’s the CNN headline: “Exclusive: Email shows effort to give Trump campaign WikiLeaks documents.”

Now The Washington Post story, less than two hours later: “Email pointed Trump campaign to WikiLeaks documents that were already public.”

Conservatives descended on CNN online, mocking the error. Twitchy, which does a great job of monitoring Twitter, tore into the network, saying: “FAKE NEWS fail! Another CNN Trump ‘bombshell’ explodes in their faces.”

Daily Mail U.S. Political Editor David Martosko took CNN to task more than two hours after the Post story went online: “Still no correction on this dumpster fire @CNNPolitics.”

Nearly five hours after the incorrect story was posted, CNN’s PR department corrected the record. “CNN’s initial reporting of the date on an email sent to members of the Trump campaign about Wikileaks documents, which was confirmed by two sources to CNN, was incorrect,” the news channel said in a tweet.

However, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter made it plain the reporters won’t be punished. “A CNN spokeswoman says there will not be disciplinary action in this case because, unlike with Brian Ross/ABC, @MKRaju followed the editorial standards process. Multiple sources provided him with incorrect info,” Stelter  tweeted.

Essentially, their faulty processes let it happen so CNN’s OK with that.

The Daily Caller’s Amber Athey gave a detailed look at how much CNN had promoted the fake news story. “From 8 am ET to 1:30 pm ET, CNN spent close to a full hour on the story, gave it five breaking news banners, and brought on over a dozen guests to discuss the implications of the email sent to Trump Jr. The network led with the story on their 9 am, 10 am, and 11 am shows,” she explained. .

CNN wasn’t alone in the fiasco. CBS did it too, just with far less vigor.

3. Franken Resigns, Maybe: Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.,  threw himself on the altar of political expediency and announced he’s resigning – eventually. The move was to put further pressure on the GOP in the Alabama Senate race and comes after repeated allegations of groping by the comedian-turned-senator. It also gives him the option to change his mind if he doesn’t like the results of the Alabama Senate election.

But Franken is a popular liberal who many in the media grew up watching. So he had some defenders and the resignation was, naturally, used by journalists exactly as Democrats wanted, as a club against Republicans.

CNN host Michael Smerconish even became a groping truther and said he was “not convinced” Franken had actually groped KABC Radio host Leeann Tweeden. His defense? “There are shadows behind his fingers.”

MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell even lamented that “there does seem to be a rush to judgment in this case.” Apparently, MSNBC staff have not been briefed on the many allegations against Franken or this awful photo.

“Morning Joe” Co-Host Mika Brzezinski chimed in with the strangest response to Franken’s resignation: “This does not feel right.”

On MSNBC, Chris Matthews was a veritable quote machine. The “thrill up my leg” guy outdid himself, noting  that “the worst you can say about Democrats is they’re too pure.” He wasn’t as kind to the GOP. “The new Republican age of consent is 14,” if candidate Roy Moore wins in Alabama, Matthews said.

There was some gloom in Mudville, however. Some in the media were willing to point out that Franken didn’t apologize in his resignation speech. Lefty Vox referred to it as “Al Franken’s selfish, damaging resignation speech.”

And the Washington Post noted how Franken took the “No apology” route and even listed all of his eight accusers.

4. They Love Me, They Love Me Not: MSNBC cut ties with contributor Sam Seder over a 2009 tweet about director Roman Polanski, who fled the U.S. in 1978 after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Seder’s tweet was alarming: “Don’t care re Polanski, but I hope if my daughter is ever raped it is by an older truly talented man w/a great sense of mise en scene.”

MSNBC responded by letting Seder go. But that’s not where the story ended. The tweet was found and promoted by far-right’s Mike Cernovich and that helped Seder rally supportagainst the firing. Then MSNBC changed its mind.

Here’s how The Washington Post described the switcheroo: “On Thursday, the saga took another sharp turn: MSNBC reversed itself and hired back the lefty guy, Sam Seder, whom it had dismissed earlier in the week amid a pressure campaign from conservative conspiracy theorist and gadfly Mike Cernovich.”

That wasn’t the only weird MSNBC move this week. The network gave a complete pass to host Joy Reid for her anti-gay comments from 2007-2009. The attacks were mostly on former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, with Reid even referring to him as “Miss Charlie.” Reid apologized and said her comments were “insensitive, tone-deaf and dumb.”

That attitude doesn’t seem to apply to conservatives. Former CNN conservative Jeffrey Lord was canned for his sarcastic use of Twitter and saying “Sieg Heil!” to his critics, who he said was being fascist. CNN didn’t care when conservatives supported him.

5. Harassment Hits Keep Happening: Columbia Journalism Review tried to dig through the issue of sexual misconduct in journalism. It sent out a survey to 149 different news organizations and only one-third even opened it – including outlets like PBS, MSNBC, NBC, the New York Times and Huff Post. Not one of 149 outlets responded.

The roll call of media names linked to allegations of sexual misconduct also continued to grow. Here are a few highlights/lowlights:

Dylan Howard, “the top editor for the National Enquirer, Us Weekly and other major gossip publications,” “described his sexual partners in the newsroom, discussed female employees’ sex lives and forced women to watch or listen to pornographic material,” according to AP.

Netflix dropped actor Danny Masterson from “The Ranch” “amid multiple sexual assault allegations,” reported CNBC. “X-Men” director Bryan Singer is being sued for allegedly raping a 17-year-old boy back in 2003.

And MSNBC has benched former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. while it investigates allegations against him.

Hurray For Hollywood: Tinseltown outdid itself this week, led by foul-mouthed loon Chelsea Handler. She referred to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as a “whore” and “that harlot that they are dressing up and trolloping out every day.”

And the dull return of “Will and Grace” tried desperately to shock viewers in its “Gay Olde Christmas” episode by calling Santa, “just another old white perv we once trusted.” Ho, ho, ho.

The anti-Trumpism keeps coming from Hollywood. ABC is giving Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin his own talk show, so I bet that will be neutral. Katniss is growing older but not wiser as the “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence said if she ever met Trump it “ends with a martini to the face.”

Dan Gainor is the Media Research Center’s Vice President for Business and Culture. He writes frequently about media for Fox News Opinion. He can also be contacted on Facebook and Twitter as dangainor.

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Kim Jong Un’s bizarre North Korea propaganda photos

From a lubricant factory to an orphanage, potato factory or tire production center, Kim Jong Un has conducted many sporadic visits to odd and quirky North Korean sites throughout the years.

Kim is often photographed with a massive grin and interacting with factory workers. Several officials also typically stand in the background taking notes — about something — during the visit, though the only details released about the trips come through KCNA. The visits are often described as “field guidance” from Kim and usually includes praise for the workers.

At times, he’s joined by his rarely-seen wife, Ri Sol Ju, and his sister, Kim Yo Jong, with the women seen peering at glass cases of beauty products or standing behind the despot with a smile on their faces.

Here are some bizarre photos of Kim during his visits.

2013 to 2016: Kim at a foodstuff factories

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to the Pyongyang Children's Foodstuff Factory in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 16, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA - GM1EACG1JVR01

Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to the Pyongyang Children’s Foodstuff Factory.  (KCNA via Reuters)

Kim was photographed visiting foodstuff factories several times since assuming power in 2011. He inspected biscuits at Foodstuff Factory No. 354 in 2013 while officials took notes behind him. The leader visited Pyongyang Chidren’s Foodstuff Factory in 2014 wearing a large furry hat and lab coat while holding a package of food. Another visit in 2015 had him giggling in front of a glass case of packaged food.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) visits the Kumkop General Foodstuff Factory for Sportspersons in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang January 23, 2016.        REUTERS/KCNA ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - GF20000104134

Kim Jong Un visits the Kumkop General Foodstuff Factory for Sportspersons.  (KCNA via Reuters)

The leader’s visit to Kumkop General Foodstuff Factory for Sportspersons came after the facility went through a complete renovation, KCNA reported. The state-run news agency added Kim was “pleased” that production was occurring on a “highly intensive basis.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles while sitting during a visit to inspect the Pyongyang Children's Foodstuff Factory, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on November 14, 2015.    REUTERS/KCNA ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY           TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - GF20000058979

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles while sitting during a visit to inspect the Pyongyang Children’s Foodstuff Factory, in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on November 14, 2015.  (KCNA via Reuters)

August 2014: Kim at a lubricant factory

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles during a visit to the Chonji Lubricant Factory, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang August 6, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS ? THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - GM1EA860SHW01

Kim Jong Un smiles during a visit to the Chonji Lubricant Factory.  (Reuters)

The leader was all smiles while watching an unknown substance squeeze out of a machine and into a blue canister at the Chonji Lubricant Factory. Kim reportedly praised factory employees for their work and thanked them for producing a product North Korea previously imported. He called for “steadily improving technical specifications” to improve “international competitiveness.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles during a visit to the Chonji Lubricant Factory, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang August 6, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS) ATTENTION EDITORS ? THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - GM1EA860S5Y01

Kim Jong Un smiles during a visit to the Chonji Lubricant Factory.  (KCNA via Reuters)

August 2014: Kim at hosiery factory

Kim gave some “field guidance” at Pyongyang Hosiery Factory and was seen talking to workers as they stood in front of a wall of colorful socks. The North Korean despot made the visit because he was reportedly deeply “concerned” about “consumer goods for people’s life,” Yonhap News Agency reported.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Pyongyang Hosiery Factory, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang August 7, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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Kim Jong Un visits the Pyongyang Hosiery Factory.  (KCNA via Reuters)

“The production capacity of the factory is very big, he noted, calling for operating all production processes in full capacity so as to meet the demands of people for hosiery,” KCNA said in its statement.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Pyongyang Hosiery Factory, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang August 7, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) 
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Kim Jong Un visits the Pyongyang Hosiery Factory in 2014.  (KCNA via Reuters)

2014 to 2015: Kim at Pyongyang Baby Home and Orphanage

Kim’s first visit to the orphanage was in 2014, when the facility was under construction. Kim returned the next year to a new building filled with bright-colored furniture. He is seen laughing as he played with children and toys. Another photo showed a hoard of toddlers coming toward Kim.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) poses for a picture with children during a visit to the Pyongyang Baby Home and Orphanage on New Year's Day in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang January 2, 2015. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS) 
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Kim Jong Un poses for a picture with children during a visit to the Pyongyang Baby Home and Orphanage on New Year’s Day.  (KCNA via Reuters)

September 2017: Kim at a farm

Kim gave more “field guidance” during a visit to Farm No. 1116, strolling through a field of unknown plants and then picking up a vegetable and inspecting the quality of it. He was also pictured marveling at apples in an orchard.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a Farm No. 1116 of KPA Unit 810.  (KCNA via Reuters)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a fruit orchard in Kwail county, South Hwanghae province in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 21, 2017. KCNA via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. - RC17145237B0

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance during a visit to a fruit orchard in Kwail county.  (KCNA via Reuters)

October 2017: Kim at a footwear factory

Kim and his wife visited Ryuwon Footwear Factory in early October. This was the first time his wife was spotted in public in months. He watched a worker at a sewing machine and looked at children’s shoes. The photos were released with a scathing threat that called President Trump a “rabid man in the White House.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, together with his wife Ri Sol Ju (centre R), visit Ryuwon Footwear Factory in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on October 19, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS    ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES - RC1FBC26C3B0

Kim and his wife at a footwear factory.  (KCNA via Reuters)

October 2017: Kim at a cosmetics factory

Kim visited the remodeled Pyongyang Cosmetics Factory and was “very pleased” with the products, which were aimed to make North Korean women “more beautiful.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and wife Ri Sol Ju visit a cosmetics factory in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on October 28, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS   ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. - RC14D2576D10

Kim Jong Un and wife Ri Sol Ju visit a cosmetics factory in October 2017.  (KCNA via Reuters)

“He said he felt good as the factory has been remodeled to be proud of in the world so that it would be flawless in the distant future, too,” KCNA said in a statement Sunday.

Kim also discussed “important tasks” for the next phase of modernizing the factory. Details of the plans were not released.

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Kim Jong Un and wife Ri Sol Ju visit a cosmetics factory.  (KCNA via Reuters)

November 2017: Kumsong Tractor Factory

Kim had some fun at a tractor factory in November while, once again, giving field guidance, KCNA said. The despot was even pictured in the driver’s seat of a tractor with his hands on the wheel. A group of people were seen taking notes as Kim talked to them.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to the Kumsong Tractor Factory in this undated picture provided by KCNA in Pyongyang on November 15, 2017. KCNA via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC1E21AB1630

Kim is pictured in a tractor during a field guidance visit.  (KCNA via Reuters)

December 2017: Kim at a tire and potato flour factories

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un inspects tires at a factory in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 3, 2017. KCNA/ via REUTERS   ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. - RC1C63480D10

Kim and his officials observe the tires that were made.  (KCNA via Reuters)

Just three days after launching the Hwasong-15 ICBM, Kim visited a factory and thanked workers for making the tires for the vehicle that transported the missile. The workers built large-size tires for the 9-axle missile truck. Kim also called for efforts to raise production to “satisfy the daily-increasing needs in developing the country’s economy and beefing up national defense capabilities,” KCNA stated.

Kim in September tasked the Amnokgang Tire Factory with making the tires for the “great event in November,” the agency reported.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un inspects tires at a factory in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 3, 2017.  KCNA/ via REUTERS   ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. - RC1961527E00

Kim feels the tires that were made to carry the ICBM launched in early December.  (KCNA via Reuters)

The next week, the dictator was photographed in front of a mountain of potatoes during an “inspection” of a potato flour factory. Snow was also seen on the roofs of the building while Kim, wearing his black peacoat and hat, was surrounded by his officials.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un is seen during the inspection of a potato flour factory in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 6, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. - RC17145E6230

Kim stands in front of potatoes at a potato flour factory inspection.  (KCNA via Reuters)

December 2017: Kim at the “sublime mountain of revolution” 

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Kim visits Mount Paektu, dubbed the “sublime mountain of revolution,” in December.  (KCNA via Reuters)

Kim strolled Mouth Paektu, an inactive volcano and North Korea’s highest peak the regime dubbed the “sublime mountain of revolution,” with several officials to celebrate the rogue nation’s Nov. 29 missile launch.

“Imposingly standing on Janggun Peak, the respected Supreme Leader gave a familiar look for a while at the dizzy cliffs and the sea of trees, recalling the emotion-charged days when he realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force without yielding even a moment and with the indomitable faith and will of Paektu,” KCNA said in a statement.

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Kim Jong Un strolls the mountain with officials.  (KCNA via Reuters)

The state-run media boasted about the “nice weather” seen during the visit. Kim also spoke about building a new hotel and better facilities around Paektu station for tourism.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

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MS-13 foiled in attempt to kidnap, kill teen boy on Long Island

Long Island police say they foiled an MS-13 kidnapping and murder plot when they saw the intended 16-year-old male victim being coerced into a van.

Plainclothes officers arrested five members and associates of the notorious immigrant street gang on conspiracy charges after Wednesday’s takedown in Brentwood, Newsdayreported.

President Trump went to Brentwood in July and vowed to crush MS-13, while pledging a tougher approach on immigration. “They have transformed peaceful parks and beautiful quiet neighborhoods into blood-stained killing fields,” he said about the gang. “They’re animals.”

Officers told Newsday that two of the suspects, Vidal Contrera-Ortiz, 18, and Miguel Rivera, 20, were illegal immigrants.

The three other suspects — Jorge Bermudez Cedillos, 18; Lilliana Villanueva, 17; and Oscar Fuentes, 18 — came to the U.S. as unaccompanied minors.

All five are Salvadoran, and all but Rivera attend Brentwood High School. Cedillos and Villanueva are ninth graders. Contrera-Ortiz and Fuentes are 11th graders.

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The would-be victim also attended Brentwood High.

“We were going to take him somewhere private and beat him to death with the bats,” Rivera told police, according to Newsday, which cited court papers. He is said to have admitted being an MS-13 member.

Villaneueva told police that she heard Bermudez-Cedillos “say the victim was 18,” referring to a rival gang, Newsday reported.

Police declined to say if the intended victim belonged to a gang.

Numerous officers were patrolling in Brentwood on Wednesday after police received information a day earlier that three 16-year-old boys were accosted by a group of young men traveling in a van, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said. Two of the 16-year-olds were hit with baseball bats but were not abducted.

“We do believe they were looking to elevate their status in the MS-13 community by carrying out that murder,” Sini said at a press conference.

Police in Nassau and Suffolk counties have made hundreds of arrests of suspected MS-13 gang members in the past year.

MS-13 has been linked to at least 25 killings on Long Island since January 2016, Newsday reported.

The suspects pleaded not guilty at their arraignment and were ordered held on $250,000 bond, according to Newsday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Bloody weekend in Kogi as Fulani herdsmen allegedly invade community, kill 10

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It was a bloody Friday in Kogi State as some suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded two local government councils killing 10 persons and then set their farm land ablaze.

The incident took place in Omala and Yagba West local government councils.

According to an eye witness, some Fulani herdsmen invaded Ogabifo village near Agbenema community in Omala local government council of the state on Friday with their cattle.

According to the source, “the Fulani herdsmen invaded the farmland and fed their cattle with the produce of the farm, and when the owner of the farm with his family approached them, they attacked the farmer and his family and chased them to the village where about 10 people were killed.”

It was further gathered that after invading the village, the Fulani herdsmen went back to the farm and destroyed their crops and then ran away.

A source, name withheld said the Fulani herdsmen numbering 5 were fully armed with AK 47 and other dangerous weapons.

The source also confirmed to DAILY POST that the villagers have ran away from their various houses as the Fulani herdsmen promised to invade the village again.

In another similar incident, Fulani herdsmen have also invaded another farm land in Yagba West local government council of the state.

An eye witnessed account disclosed to DAILY POST that the Fulani herdsmen with over 30 cattle invaded a rice farm owned by a woman in Omi, destroyed the rice farm and chased farmers from their farm land.

A farmer, who doesn’t want his identity disclosed revealed that the Fulani herdsmen were fully armed when they arrived the farm land.

He added that other farmers were in their farm working when the heard several gun shots.

It could be recalled that the Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello last week had said that he will not introduce any anti grazing law to curtail the activities of Fulani herdsmen in the state.

The governor during a tripartite stakeholders meeting between the state government, the Miyyeti Allah Cattle Rearers’ Association and the Farmers Association in Kogi State, rather threw the gate of the state open to Fulani herdsmen.

He said the state was ready not only to accommodate them but also provide security for their lives and property.

Governor Bello said that the people of the state must go and learn how to coexist peacefully with the cattle rearers.

The governor also read riot acts to the traditional rulers, in the state vowing to adopt all available means to punish them if they fail to instil discipline and prevent further breakdown of law and order in their domain.

“My administration will deal with any traditional ruler any where there is crisis, the traditional ruler will be removed or dethroned from office,” he warned.

When contacted, the Kogi State Police Public Relation officer, ASP William Ayah could not confirm the incident.

He said he will contact the affected local government DPO’s to get information about the incident and get back to our correspondent.

Courtesy: Daily Post

Spanish migrant detention centers ‘worse than prisons’

Migrants who arrive in Spain from Africa often face detention in a Center for the Internment of Foreigners (CIE), where their fundamental human rights are not always respected. Santiago Saez reports from Madrid.

A Spanish detention center

People call him Yoro, although his real name is Alhagie Yerro Gai. He left Gambia in 2002, when he was only 12. Six years later he boarded a makeshift boat on the Mauritanian coast, paying around 1,000 euros ($1,177) for a ticket to risk his life crossing the Atlantic. He arrived on the Spanish island of Tenerife on Feb. 14, 2009, after five days at sea.

Yoro’s real nightmare began five days later on Fuerteventura, another of the Canary Islands. He was taken to a Center for the Internment of Foreigners (CIE), where he would spend the next month. “Those were 35 days of anguish, anxiety and a lack of freedom and information. 35 days of fear, sadness and boredom. It’s like going into some kind of darkness, where you don’t know what’s going to happen,” recalls Yoro, who is now a chef at an Italian restaurant in Madrid.

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The Center for the Internment of Foreigners on Fuerteventura is now closed but there are seven of these centers throughout Spain. Together they have a capacity to hold up to 1,500 people at any given time. They are used to detain migrants without papers who are about to be returned to their countries. Foreigners can be legally retained there for up to 60 days, after which they have to be either deported or set free.

Violence in the centers

In early October, in the CIE of Aluche in Madrid, a young, unidentified man filed a report, accusing National Police officers, who manage the centers, of mistreatment and beatings. In a letter published by the NGO SOS Racismo Madrid, the victim of the alleged abuses told a tale of violence. “He received sexist slurs, and was threatened. After the insults, four or five members of the National Police beat him.”

After the alleged beatings, members of SOS Racismo Madrid visited the young man at the CIE, and confirmed he had “bruises on his eyes and marks all over his body.” He had also reportedly been kept in isolation for 22 hours without medical assistance. The NGO says these actions are “not isolated” and has urged the authorities to take the appropriate measures to crack down on these incidents.

An African migrant in Spain

Yoro is familiar with these cases. During his month in Fuerteventura, but also later, when he was interned at Aluche, he got used to the mistreatment and attacks by the officers guarding the center. “I’ve seen people beaten up inside. And I have been injured myself,” he told DW, adding that police officers should be replaced by educators. “They should be giving information about the country, the situation and the law. Now they just throw us in there as if we were animals with people whose only pleasure comes from the pain of others.”

Dana García, from SOS Racismo Madrid, confirms that these attacks are frequent, but often go unreported. “They are scared to file a complaint, because often, when they do, they get expelled from Spain faster,” she told DW. She confirmed that the young man who filed the complaint had been deported along with others.

Migrants’ rights are being ignored

The violence the young man in Aluche was subjected to is just one example of a gamut of alleged abuses within the CIEs. They range from a lack of information to blocking access to medical care.

Karibu, another NGO that works directly with people of Sub-Saharan origin, claims that the people inside CIEs don’t have “permanent access” to healthcare assistance, something Yoro confirms. “I don’t know why they have to establish a quota to see the doctor,” says the Gambian chef. “I don’t like to see a doctor, do you? I like watching a good movie or having dinner with my girlfriend, but not really seeing a doctor. When someone sees a doctor, it’s usually because they don’t have a choice. So then, why do they have to set a fixed number of who can see the doctor? If somebody dies, it’ll be on them.”

But it’s not only a matter of healthcare. People interned in a CIE don’t always have all the information they may need at hand. “We often couldn’t even understand what the officers wanted from us, much less understand our rights,” says Yoro.

Infographic showing migration routes

A prison for the innocent

“It’s not just a matter of human rights. They take away their right to freedom and movement, but also their right to dignity, their right to health, their right to culture… it’s so much more than a human rights case,” says Dana García, from SOS Racismo.

The CIEs have often been denounced as a prison for the innocent, locked up in cells and subjected to mistreatment and abuses, whose only crime is to migrate in search of a better life. “Not even animals are treated like that,” says Yoro, who calls the centers “worse than prisons.”

“Now I’m an activist, but I don’t belong to any organization,” says Yoro. “I’ll be on the side of anyone who fights for freedom. Whatever side they’re on. And we haven’t won yet, but someday, someone will get to power who will close the CIEs forever.”

COURTESY: DW

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