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France clashes

In France, clashes erupt between police and protesters a day after three people of a Kurdish community are killed in the capital Paris. Police used tear gas to disperse the protesters who hurled rocks to vent their anger. Protesters demand answers over the killings and support and protection from the government. The gun attack happened on Friday at a Kurdish cultural center and a nearby cafe. Investigations are underway. Police have arrested a 69-year-old man. He is known to have a history of racism and attacks on foreign nationals, especially the Kurds.

Russia-Ukraine war

Russia’s president urges the country’s defense industry to increase its production to meet the needs of forces fighting in Ukraine. Vladimir Putin has told the industry’s chiefs to make sure that the army receives the military equipment in the shortest possible time. He made the remarks during a visit to a weapon manufacturing center. Putin also said the industry should improve the technical quality of the equipment. This comes as western countries, especially the U-S, have been supplying Ukraine with billions of dollars worth of advanced weapons since the beginning of the war in February.

US winter storm

Some 250mn people in North America are feeling the icy grip of a massive winter storm that has been linked to at least 19 deaths ahead of the holiday weekend. The vast storm extends all the way from Texas to Quebec. Temperatures have dropped to minus 45 degrees Celsius in some areas. More than one and a half million people have lost power and over 7,000 US flights have been cancelled. Low visibility has caused a number of fatalities in traffic accidents including a 50-car pile-up in Ohio that's killed 4 motorists.

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