Brazil’s president-elect plans decree allowing wider gun ownership

Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said on Saturday he plans to issue a decree allowing all Brazilians without criminal records to own firearms, welcome news to many core supporters who want him to loosen Brazil’s strict gun laws. source

Egyptian forces kill 40 suspected militants after tourist bus bombed

Egyptian security forces have killed 40 suspected militants in three separate incidents in North Sinai and Giza, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday, a day after a bombing on a Vietnamese tourist bus in Giza killed four people. source

Exclusive: For Bangladesh PM, authoritarian tag is “badge of honor”, son says on poll eve

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina considers being called authoritarian by the western media a “badge of honor”, the leader’s son told Reuters on the eve of a national election on Sunday. source

France’s “yellow vest” protests rumble on in quieter mood

France’s “yellow vest” demonstrators kept numerous roads across the country blocked on Saturday as groups of protesters gathered in city centers, but the anti-government backlash was more muted than in previous weeks. source

The year in patriarchy: from Kavanaugh’s fury to Serena William’s catsuit | Arwa Mahdawi

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China launches appeal court for intellectual property right disputes

China’s first ever appeal court for intellectual property disputes – a major bone of contention in the ongoing trade war with the US – will open for business in Beijing on Tuesday, the nation’s top court said on Saturday. The new body would handle cases that demanded “highly technical expertise”, Luo Dongchuan, vice-president of the […]

NewsWatch: Here’s why stock-market bulls are banking on January to steady the ship

Investors say further clarity on U.S.-China trade negotiations, the Federal Reserve’s policy intentions next year, and a raft of strong economic data could finally give investors the confidence to dive back into equities – but that could be months away source

Vegas sports books making more money than ever on football bets – NBC Sports Vegas sports books making more money than ever on football bets  NBC Sports Gamblers are losing more money betting on football in Las Vegas this season than they did last season. Nevada sports books came out ahead by $18.4 million … Vía “making money” – Google News

Nearly 90% of Americans think it’s wrong to make money from photos of children on social media – Business Insider Nearly 90% of Americans think it’s wrong to make money from photos of children on social media  Business Insider Business Insider – Parenting bloggers and the parents of social media influencers make money from photos and videos of their kids on Instagram and YouTube. Vía “making money” – Google News

Cathay Pacific to stake a trouble-free near future on mooted deal with pilots’ union, which will rule out strikes for an initial period in exchange for concessions

Cathay Pacific Airways is seeking to discourage any form of industrial action on some of the thorniest pilot-related issues for as long as 10 years in exchange for “improved” pay, perks and conditions, to end a long-running disagreement, according to proposals seen by the Post. As part of the bid to secure a deal, Hong […]

Deputy director of Beijing’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office steps down, a year late

A top Beijing official in Hong Kong and Macau affairs stepped down after a year of delay in retirement, making way for a successor with years of work relating to the city and experience in both foreign affairs and party disciplinary works. The State Council, China’s central government, announced on Saturday that Feng Wei had […]