On Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's official Instagram account posted a picture from what her office described simply as a "spontaneous meeting between two working sessions" from the Group of 7 nations summit in Quebec City this weekend where President Donald Trump: railed against "ridiculous and unacceptable" trade tariffs on American goods; threatened to quit all trade with his G7 counterparts while also proposing the complete elimination of tariffs on all goods and services; blamed former President Obama for Russia's 2014 invasion of Ukraine; and made a curious prediction involving his "touch" and his "feel" for his upcoming meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Angela Merkel's office has released this photo taken today at the G7, which tells you a lot about how things went. The image of Trump--surrounded by British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe--sparked a lively discussion on social media when Buzzfeed News' David Mack posted it to Twitter, writing, "tells you a lot about how things went." "This looks like an intervention," wrote one Twitter user. "This isn't WWII, they're allies…does he not remember that?" wrote another.
After Ukrainian authorities blocked access to Yandex, a Russia-based Internet company best known for its search engine, and other major Russian social media websites earlier this month, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) conducted searches Monday at Kiev and Odesa offices of Yandex which was suspected of treason, reports said. "Within the framework of the criminal proceedings on high treason, searches are being conducted at the mentioned companies in Kyiv and Odesa," SBU spokesperson Olena Hitlianska told Interfax-Ukraine. Long before Russia allegedly meddled with the U.S. presidential election last year and then the French election this year, Ukrainian lawmakers had warned of Russian's cyber attacks and interference. The Ukrainian term for Russian cyber attacks is "hybrid warfare," for which the Ukrainian government took action this month, the Washington Times reported. Read: What Is The Cost Of Preventing Cyberattacks And Hacks On The Internet?
Catalonia's long-disputed independence, derived from Catalan nationalism, which seeks the independence of Catalonia from Spain, began today as people came out to vote for the Independence Referendum. Now once again Spain is bracing for a challenge to its territorial unity as the Catalan regional Government has arranged for an Independence referendum that has not only been suspended by the constitutional court of the country but has faced brutal blows by the central Government in Madrid. But despite these roadblocks, reports in the Guardian suggest that the Catalan Government has predicted that out of 5.3 million eligible voters in Catalonia 60% are going to head to the voting polls in order to challenge the Spanish Government. The Spanish government, however, has declared the vote illegal. But in spite of continual efforts by the Spanish government and the ongoing rains, people of Catalonia are coming out in great numbers to try and vote.
Your new favorite bromance between Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron is still out there, surviving and thriving. The dreamy Canadian Prime Minister and French President had a chance to catch up at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany this week -- and thanks to exclusive footage shared by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, we can confirm their bromance looks as strong as ever. SEE ALSO: The Trump-Putin handshake the world's been waiting for is here Merkel's video, which was posted to her German cabinet, the Bundesregierung's, Facebook page, is only 43 seconds long, but it shows us all we need to know Trudeau and Macron are making the most of their time together. Let us now lovingly dissect the THREE precious times in less than a minute of footage that the bros are spotted together... Trudeau and Macron greeted each other with an immediate handshake before making a seamless transition into that half-hug thing that really tight friends do. With a pat on the back and a momentary embrace, the two leaders shared a touching welcome.
Italy turned away the French NGO "SOS Mediterranee" Aquarius ship last week. Italy will continue to block rescue boats carrying migrants looking to dock in its ports, its interior minister announced Saturday. The position escalates the new populist government's fight with other European countries on migration and asylum, thorny issues that have spurred intense debate in the U.S. as well. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who is also the leader of the nationalist League Party, said in a Facebook statement Saturday that in addition to an NGO ship that was refused entry last week, two other ships have arrived off the coast of Libya -- he said those boats won't be taken, either. Italy, he said, "no longer wants to be complicit in the business of illegal immigration," and such boats will have to find other non-Italian ports at which to dock.