2018.11.25

News Headlines - 25 November 2018

EU leaders agree UK's Brexit deal at Brussels summit - BBC News

EU leaders have approved an agreement on the UK's withdrawal and future relations - insisting it is the "best and only deal possible".
After 20 months of negotiations, the 27 leaders gave the deal their blessing after less than an hour's discussion.
They said the deal - which needs to be approved by the UK Parliament - paved the way for an "orderly withdrawal".

Paris riot police blast water cannon at demonstrators protesting Macron's fuel tax rise  | Daily Mail Online

A water cannon and rounds of teargas were also used by riot police against thousands of French 'Yellow Vest' fuel protesters in Paris today as the Champs Elysee was reduced to a battlefield.
The grassroots movement is campaigning against a what is believes to be a general decline in living standards across the country, and the recent decision to raise fuel prices.
The worst violence took place on the most famous avenue in the city where a huge crowd called for President Emmanuel Macron to resign.

Taiwanese reject gay marriage, new Olympic name - The Washington Post

Voters in Taiwan have approved a referendum opposing same-sex marriage while rejecting a proposal to change the name of its Olympic team to Taiwan from the current Chinese Taipei.
The referendums were among 10 on the ballot during island-wide city mayoral elections Saturday that dealt a major setback to President Tsai Ing-wen’s independence-leaning party.
Ballot initiatives are advisory only in Taiwan, but the vote in favor of restricting marriage to male-female couples will put lawmakers in a difficult position. They face both a court order to make same-sex marriage legal by 2019 and elections in 2020.

In referendum, the Taiwanese vote to retain ban on food products from five Japanese prefectures | The Japan Times

Taiwanese voters approved a referendum to maintain a ban on food products from five Japanese prefectures, imposed after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, dealing a setback to the government of President Tsai Ing-wen and possibly damaging the island’s relations with Japan... The result dealt a significant blow to the Democratic Progressive Party government that proposed easing the ban after coming to power in May 2016, but backed away when the main opposition Nationalist Party (KMT) questioned the new government’s ability to ensure the safety of the imported products.

Man to sue former boss over yearend party assault resulting in burns - The Mainichi

A man who suffered severe burns after having his head shoved into a pot of boiling liquid at a yearend party in 2015 said Thursday he plans to sue his former boss over the incident... The case came to light after a video of the incident was made available recently to Japanese weekly magazine Shukan Shincho, which posted it on its www.dailyshincho.jp website. The video has now gone viral on YouTube.


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