2020.02.05

News Headlines - 05 February 2020

Far-right AfD kingmakers in German state election | DW

A huge political upset in Germany's eastern state of Thuringia on Wednesday sparked a widespread outcry across the country as the ruling coalition saw its candidate for state premier lose by a single vote to the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), who had barely cleared the 5% support hurdle to join the regional parliament.
What was even more cause for concern, however, was the historic role of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in the victory of FDP candidate Thomas Kemmerich (above), marking the first time a German state premier was able to take office with the help of the nationalist party.

Nancy Pelosi ripping Donald Trump's speech may not have been planned, but it was effective - CNN

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's shredding of President Trump's State of the Union speech was ripped right from Trump's playbook.
It was unprecedented behavior for a speaker, aggressively rude and unapologetically meant to rile up her base. It was divisive, but effective.

'I'll wear it again': Labour MP Tracy Brabin defiant over off-the-shoulder dress in Commons | Sky News

A Labour frontbencher who has faced social media abuse for wearing an off-the-shoulder dress in the Commons has said she will wear the outfit again.
The trolling began on Monday night, when one Twitter user shared a photo of Tracy Brabin MP wearing the outfit and asked: "Is this really appropriate attire for parliament?"... Ms Brabin hit back, tweeting that she was not "a slag, hungover, a tart, about to breastfeed, a slapper, drunk, just been banged over a wheelie bin" - a tweet that also attracted thousands of replies.

Nintendo Switch leaker admits child sex abuse - BBC News

A 21-year-old man has admitted hacking into Nintendo's servers, leaking details about unreleased products and possessing child sexual abuse images.
Ryan Hernandez, known online as Ryan West and RyanRocks, stole and leaked information about the Nintendo Switch before it was released.
When FBI agents seized his devices in 2019, they also found he had downloaded child sexual abuse images and videos.

French prosecutors to investigate rape claim of ice skating champion - BBC News

Prosecutors in France have opened an investigation after a champion figure skater accused her former coach of raping her as a teenager.
In an autobiography released last week, Sarah Abitbol alleges that Gilles Beyer first abused her when she was aged 15... As part of their investigation, prosecutors said they would try to establish if anyone else was abused.

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