International Roundup

Amazon removed and took action over Holocaust-themed Christmas decorations

Christmas ornaments with pictures of the Auschwitz concentration camp were available on the American multinational website.

Amazon has removed Christmas decorations that show the World War II concentration camp after the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum shared pictures of the items on social media.

The online marketplace listed Christmas tree ornaments and a bottle opener with pictures of the Nazi concentration camp where more than 1.1 million people were murdered.

 

Trump will not participate in impeachment hearing

Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Prescott Valley Event Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona by Gage Skidmore.

The White House said the United States President Donald Trump, and his lawyers, won’t attend an impeachment hearing on Wednesday.

The hearing by the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee marks the next stage of the probe, with legal experts giving testimony that could lead to a vote of impeachment.

President Trump is accused of breaking the law by pressuring Ukraine’s leader to dig up damaging information on a political rival.

In July, he urged his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate one of the frontrunners to take him on in next year’s presidential election. Opposition Democrats say this is significant because it is illegal to ask foreign entities for help in winning a US election.

An impeachment inquiry, that could see the president eventually removed from office, is under way.

However, there is a fierce debate as to whether Donald Trump broke the law or committed an impeachable offence.

Hunt for gunmen behind deadly shoot-out in Mexico

Mexican Police are searching for dozens of gunmen who attacked the city hall in the town of Villa Unión on Saturday in the northern state of Coahuila.

More than 500 shots were fired in the gun battle which ensued between the suspected members of a local cartel and the security forces.

Twenty-one people, including four police officers, were killed.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Sunday that reducing crime remained his biggest challenge.

China counterattack against Trump’s signing of Hong Kong act

USS Ronald Reagan conducts a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Tippecanoe.
(U.S. Navy photo by Jason Funk/Released)

Beijing has suspended visits to Hong Kong by US military ships and aircrafts in response to the legislation passed by American lawmakers in support of protesters in the territory.

The Chinese government said they impose unspecified sanctions against the four US-based non-governmental organisations including Human Rights Watch and Freedom House.

The China’s Foreign Ministry announced the moves after US President Donald Trump ratified the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which mandates annual reviews of the city’s political situation and possible sanctions.

US naval ships have made periodic port visits to Hong Kong since China took control of the territory in 1997.

India tiger achieved the ‘longest walk ever’ for mate and prey

A tiger has undertaken 1,300km (807 miles) in five months which is the longest walk ever recorded in India.

Experts believe the two-and-a-half-year-old male is possibly in search of prey, territory or a mate.

The tiger, called C1, left its home in a wildlife sanctuary in June, wearing a radio collar which allowed wildlife officials to follow its journey.

It was then tracked travelling back and forth over farms, water and highways, and into a neighbouring state.