Here is CurrentHow’s Briefing™ for the 13th of December, 2017:-
1. Roy Moore loses Alabama Senate race:-
The Democrat Doug Jones has beaten his Donald Trump-backed Republican rival Roy Moore in the diehard Republican state of Alabama, setting off a political earthquake likely to shake Washington.
His victory in a special election for a US Senate seat – by a margin of 49.9 to 48.4 with 100% of precincts reporting – is a major personal blow to the president and his efforts to pass tax reform on Capitol Hill.
Jones was able to become the first Democrat in a decade to win any statewide office in Alabama by beating Moore, who had faced multiple allegations of sexual assault during a campaign which exposed Republican party faultlines.
2. Russia and China discuss coordination on North Korea:-
The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov had held talks with China`s ambassador to Russia Li Hui.
The interaction was primarily about Moscow and Beijing coordinating action on North Korea at the U.N. Security Council.
The officials exchanged views on “joint steps,” the ministry said in a statement.
In the recent days, the U.S. has been pressurizing China over support for the Kim Jong-un regime.
3. Muslim leaders call on world to recognize East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital:-
Muslim leaders condemned US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday and called on the world to respond by recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who hosted the summit of more than 50 Muslim countries in Istanbul, said the US move meant Washington had forfeited its role as broker in efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“From now on, it is out of the question for a biased United States to be a mediator between Israel and Palestine, that period is over,” Erdogan said at the end of the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation member states.
“We need to discuss who will be a mediator from now on. This needs to be tackled in the UN too,” Erdogan said.
A communique posted on the Turkish Foreign Ministry website said the emirs, presidents and ministers gathered in Istanbul regarded Trump’s move “as an announcement of the US Administration`s withdrawal from its role as sponsor of peace”.
It described the decision as “a deliberate undermining of all peace efforts, an impetus (for) extremism and terrorism, and a threat to international peace and security”.
Leaders including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and Jordan`s King Abdullah, a close US ally, all criticised Washington’s move.
“Jerusalem is and always will be the capital of Palestine,” Abbas said, adding Trump’s decision was “the greatest crime” and a violation of international law.
4. Norway becomes the first country to switch off FM:-
As Norway completed its transition to digital radio on Wednesday it became the first country in the world to shut down national broadcasts of its FM radio network. The transition to digital radio from FM began on January 11.
Most of Norway’s northern regions and the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic switched to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) in the late morning, said Digitalradio Norge (DRN) which groups Norway’s public and commercial radio.
The transition was initiated with an aim to facilitate better sound quality, a greater number of channels and more functions at a cost that was estimated to be roughly eight times lower than FM radio.
The transition concerns only national radio channels. Most local stations continue to broadcast in FM.
The move has been met with some criticism with many pointing toward the insufficiency in DAB coverage across the country.
Radio users have also complained about the cost of having to buy new receivers or adapters, usually priced around 100 to 200 euros ($117 to $235).
Reportedly, only 49 percent are able to listen to DAB in their cars. Another report stated a drop in the number of Norwegians radio listeners by 10 percent in one year.