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    Tuesday: Yemen’s Houthi rebels announce “national salvation” government; North Dakota Standing Rock protesters launch legal case against “excessive force” by authorities and UK “snoopers charter” becomes law.

    Houthi rebels in Yemen have announced the line-up of a new government as doubts persist over hopes for peace in the war-wrecked country. We hear from the former U.S. ambassador to Yemen, Gerald Firestein, this hour.

    Protesters at the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota have now launched a class action law case against the law enforcement agencies over the use of extreme force. This follows reports of police using water cannons on protesters in freezing temperatures, and explosive devices which may result in one women having her arm amputated.

    The right wing parties in the French presidential elections have their candidates selected and are ready to start campaigning, but the left is looking more fractured than ever with growing speculation over who will lead the socialists campaign. We’ll be taking a closer look at France’s political left.

    As Iraqi forces continue the offensive against Da’esh, Sunni members of parliament are protesting what they see as a bill that grants undue legal rights to Shi’ite militias to fight in parallel with Iraqi military and police.

    Could the forthcoming U.S administration lead to action against Fetullah Gulen? Turkey accuses Gulen of masterminding July’s attempted coup and want him detained or extradited by President-elect Donald Trump.

    The British Government’s Investigatory Powers Bill, coined the Snoopers Charter, was given royal assent today, amidst continuing protests against the bill, and a very popular online petition to repeal the new laws.

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    Snoopers' Charter, Shiite Houthi movement, Sunni Muslims, Daesh, Donald Trump, United States, North Dakota, Iraq, Turkey, France, Yemen
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