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French ‘yellow vests’ spark copycats and fakes abroad

PARIS: The "yellow vest" revolt in France over the high cost of living has sparked copycat protests abroad 1 as well a swarm of fake reports. Copycat protests The month-long French demonstrations, which have led to repeated rioting in Paris, have inspired protesters in a number of mostly European countries. On December 8, some 400 people were detained in Brussels after protesters wearing high-visibility fluorescent vests briefly clashed with police. Others reportedly blocked a highway linking Brussels to the town of…

Weakened Merkel to step down as chancellor in 2021

Angela Merkel on Monday announced she will quit as German chancellor when her mandate ends in 2021, as she sought to curtail a series of political crises that have rocked her fragile coalition. Often described as the world's most powerful woman and Europe's de facto leader, Merkel said she hoped her planned departure would end fighting within her coalition and allow it to focus on governing. "Today, it is time to begin a new chapter," she told reporters at her party headquarters. Referring to detrimental coalition…