1. ITALY UNCOVERS PLOT TO CREATE NEW NAZI PARTY
Italian police have uncovered a plot to form a new Nazi party called the Italian National Socialist Party of Workers and seized a cache of weapons during searches across the country.
According to police, the probe revealed a “huge and varied array of subjects, residents in different places, united by the same ideological fanaticism and willing to create an openly pro-Nazi, xenophobic and anti-Semitic movement.
A range of Nazi paraphernalia, including swastikas and pictures of Adolf Hitler also seized during the raid.
The group also had forged links with extremist groups abroad, including in Portugal, Britain and France, police said.
2. EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT DECLARES SYMBOLIC ‘CLIMATE EMERGENCY’ AHEAD OF SUMMIT
European Union lawmakers declared a “climate emergency” on Thursday in a symbolic vote that heightens pressure for action against global warming at an upcoming summit.
With increasingly erratic weather patterns from wildfires in Australia to floods in Europe being linked to climate change, governments are under scrutiny to find urgent solutions at the United Nations’ summit in Spain on Dec. 2-13.
Frustrated scientists and activists warn that despite such declarations, action is still lagging to hit the Paris Agreement target of curbing emissions enough to keep temperature rises to within 1.5-2 degrees Celsius of pre-industrial levels.
3. NORTH KOREA LAUNCHES THANKSGIVING MESSAGE FOR THE U.S
Breaking a month-long lull in missile tests, North Korea fired two short range projectiles into the sea off its east coast on Thursday in what appeared to be the latest try out of its new multiple rocket launchers.
South Korea’s military said, the test-firing came as the clock ticks down on the year-end deadline that Pyongyang had given the United States to show flexibility in their stalled denuclearization talks.
It also coincided with the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, and took place one day before the second anniversary of the North’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.
Director of operations for South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Jeon Dong-jin said such acts by North Korea are unhelpful for efforts to ease tension on the Korean peninsula.