International Roundup


Violence after a football victory parade in Rio de Janeiro

A football victory parade yesterday for Brazilian team Flamengo, following their victory in Copa Libertadores, South America’s biggest regional tournament, resulted in violence and clashes with police.

Large crowds gathered in the city centre to welcome the team back to the capital, but towards the end of the victory tour, fighting broke out with stones and bottles being thrown at police, who responded with tear gas.

Images showed police using batons against fans, and in some cases, drawing their weapons.

Violence outbreaks at football victory tour in Brazil’s capital, by Augustin Diaz.

Michael Bloomberg’s campaign for Democratic presidential candidacy

The advertising campaign for Bloomberg’s presidential nomination begins today.

The former mayor of New York is set to spend up to $34m (£26m) to run a single week of adverts in more than two dozen states.

Bloomberg officially announced yesterday that he is standing to be the Democratic Party presidential nominee as he filed paperwork to create a presidential campaign committee.

The 77-year-old announced in a statement that he aims to defeat “Donald Trump and rebuild America”.

Bloomberg joins 17 other candidates vying for the Democratic nomination to take on Mr Trump in 2020, with former Vice-President Joe Biden and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders being the party’s front-runners.

Migrants feared dead in Italy

Dozens are still missing after a boat carrying more than 160 people from Libya to Europe capsized near the Italian island of Lampedusa on Saturday, according to authorities.

Five bodies, all women, have been reported dead by Italian officials, while 149 were rescued from the vessel, including 13 women and three children.

Artefacts worth up to one billion euros were stolen in Germany

In the early hours of this morning, thieves broke into one of Europe’s largest collection of art treasures in the Dresden museum and stole three diamond jewellery sets.

Thieves are on the run after they broke into the historic Green Vault inside royal palace and stolen artefacts worth up to one billion euros.

At about 05:00 (04:00 GMT) on Monday, firefighters were called to tackle a fire in a nearby electricity junction box. There is speculation that the fire disabled the museum’s alarm system.

The Green vault is currently closed.

Uber no longer allowed to operate in London

Following a decision by Transport for London, Uber has lost its license to operate private hire vehicles in the capital.

The decision comes after authorities found that more than 14,000 trips were taken with uninsured drivers.

Uber was granted a two-month probationary extension granted in September and was told then it needed to address issues with checks on drivers, insurance and safety.

In a statement, TfL said: “Despite addressing some of these issues, TfL does not have confidence that similar issues will not reoccur in the future, which has led it to conclude that the company is not fit and proper at this time.”

Uber has responded, saying that they are unhappy with the decision and plan to appeal.

Annual film festival hopes to improve Europe’s largest shantytown.

Running for the fourth year, the 16kms festival runs for the last two weeks of November and features performances, concerts and workshops, as well as film and documentary screenings.

Residents of Cañada Real, Europe’s largest shantytown, located fifteen minutes outside central Madrid, are hoping the festival will challenge the area’s reputation for drug dealing and poverty

This multicultural community is home to about 7,300 people living in six sectors.

Hong Kong election sees victory for pro-democracy campaigners

Polling station, Mong Kok, Hong Kong by Stewart~惡龍

Following the Hong Kong local elections yesterday, almost 90% of district council seats go to pro-democracy candidates as the party will now control 17 of 18 seats.

The election saw nearly 3 million people voting, which equates to more than more than 71% of the electorate and nearly half of Hong Kong’s population.

The election results show solidarity with the city’s protest movement and rebuke to the government over its handling of the crisis.

In a statement released online today, Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam said the government respected the results, which saw voters dislike for her leadership.

She said many felt the results reflected “people’s dissatisfaction with the current situation and the deep-seated problems in society”.

Ms Lam added that the government would listen to the opinions of members of the public humbly and seriously reflect.

Hong Kong resident Tony Chan Yuen Ko said: “The city is full of fear, anger and depression. Most of my friends and colleagues including me cannot sleep well in recent months.

“Streets especially at night were full of violence of the police, pro-establishment protesters and freedom fighters.”

“The economy of Hong Kong is influenced seriously. Carrie Lam’s government refused to promise the five demands of the protesters. She did not adopt any effective ways to solve the problem except using violent suppression by the police force.”