UK top retailers volunteer for plan to stop acid attacks ‘scourge’

Several of Britain’s largest retailers have signed up to a voluntary government initiative aimed at curbing the horrific rise in assaults with acids and other corrosive substances across the UK.
Retailers, including Wickes, B&Q, Screwfix, Wilko, the Co-op, Morrisons, Waitrose, Tesco and John Lewis, have signed up to the plan preventing under-18s from buying products that: contain sulphuric or hydrochloric acid, drain cleaners or brick and patio cleaners respectively, or products containing sodium hydroxide, such as paint strippers. [source]

French Pyrenees towns devastated by tornado (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Two local communities in the French Pyrenees have suffered massive damage after a tornado left a trail of destruction in its wake.
Inhabitants of the picturesque commune of Maureillas-las-Illas in the Pyrenees-Orientales woke up to the sounds of destruction Sunday morning after a tornado fell on the town shortly before 9 o'clock. The strong winds caused massive damage, destroying the roofs of about fifty houses. Several trees were knocked to the ground and power has been affected. The local nursery school was also hit and will remain closed Monday. [source]

US officials scramble to defend Trump's tweet 'nuclear button'

Almost a week on, US officials are still cleaning up the fallout from President Donald Trump's "bigger nuclear button" tweet, but America's UN envoy and the CIA director are both arguing it's all for the sake of peace.
Throughout the week, major drama has been unfolding around threats of mutually assured destruction between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump. In his New Year address, Kim declared North Korea to be a nuclear power whose symbolic "red button" is ready and capable of striking the continental US. [source]


Putin signs law establishing register for officials sacked over corruption

The Russian president has signed into law a bill requiring all officials fired from their posts over involvement in corruption to be placed in a nationwide internet register to prevent them from re-entering public service.
The law was published on the Russian internet portal for official documents on Friday and will come into force on January 1, 2018.
The bill on the unified register of corrupt ex-officials was prepared and drafted by the Russian Labor Ministry in early 2015, but it was not approved by parliament until June of this year. It orders Russian state agencies to create and maintain a nationwide list of officials convicted of crimes involving corruption or fired over “loss of trust” resulting from corruption scandals. [source]

Netanyahu, after Trump's funding cut threat, wants UN Palestinian refugee agency to "disappear"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants a UN agency serving Palestinian refugees to "disappear" because he believes their descendants are a threat to Israel's existence. [source]