The Daily Populous

Thursday January 19th, 2023 night edition

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PARIS, Jan 18 (Reuters) - France's hardline CGT union has threatened to cut off electricity supplies to lawmakers and billionaires before a nationwide strike on Thursday, in an increasingly acrimonious showdown over the government's plan to raise the retirement age.

Employees in sectors including transport, education and energy across France will take part in Thursday's strike, with major protest marches expected in Paris and other cities.

The industrial action is seen as a test of whether unions, who in past years have struggled to convince people to strike, can transform this anger into mass social protest.

"I suggest they also go see the nice properties, the nice castles of billionaires," Philippe Martinez, leader of the CGT, France's second-largest trade union, told France 2 television on Wednesday.

"It would be good if we cut off their electricity so that they can put themselves, for a few days, in the shoes of ... French people who can't afford to pay their bill.".

Government spokesman Olivier Veran said threats to cut electricity were "unacceptable.".

That worked in 1995, when millions took to the street in what were the country's most disruptive social protests in decades. »

George Santos used fake Jewish name on GoFundMe because he thought 'Jews will give more,' former roommate says

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George Santos used a fake Jewish last name to raise money on GoFundMe, a former roommate told CNN.

A former roommate of Rep. George Santos said the embattled congressman used a Jewish-sounding last name to try to raise money for a questionable GoFundMe page.

Gregory Morey-Parker, who previously lived with Santos, told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Tuesday that Santos used several aliases during their time as roommates. »

Michael Haight Obituary in Spectrum Pulled Over Murder-Suicide

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The obituary described his children as “truly a cherished miracle” despite of the fact that he killed them.

Attempts to read the obituary now redirect the reader to the newspaper’s main page.

His children “were truly a cherished miracle” to him, it proclaimed, adding that he “enjoyed making memories with the family.”. »

European Parliament votes to take action against loot boxes, gaming addiction, gold farming and more

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The report was led by MEP Adriana Maldonado López, and secured 577 votes in favour, with 56 against and 15 abstentions.

MEPs have asked the European Commission to devise a European Video Game Strategy that would boost the industry and "help unlock it's full potential.".

To assess the use of gold farming in connection with financial crimes and human rights abuses and to present appropriate initiatives if necessary. »

Ukraine interior minister among 18 killed in chopper crash near Kyiv

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Locals react at the scene of a helicopter crash in Brovary, near Kyiv, Ukraine, Jan. 18,, 2023.

The Turkish foreign minister on Wednesday extended condolences to Ukraine over the helicopter crash in the Kyiv region that claimed the lives of at least 18 people, including the country’s interior minister.

"I learned with great sorrow the news about the helicopter crash in Brovary near Kyiv, claiming many lives including #Ukraine’s Interior Minister," Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Twitter. »