‘Yellow vest’ protesters rally in central London Jan 13, 2019 0 229 12345 AFPLondonHundreds of demonstrators wearing yellow vests took to the streets of London on Saturday, in the largest protest yet in Britain copying the “yellow vest” protests rocking France.Protesters opposed to the government’s austerity programme and demanding a general election marched through the centre of the capital before rallying in Trafalgar Square.They included two French activists involved in the demonstrations sweeping France since mid-November who were invited by the organisers of the British event.“We are here in support,” said Erick Simon, 61, one of the duo.“I think that the yellow vest movement in France is the same as the one that is growing in England... people are fed up with poverty, injustice and social and financial injustice.”The French protests began in mid-November over a proposed increase in fuel duties, and soon turned violent. The leaderless movement appeared to be petering out at the end of 2018 but has since regained momentum, with weekly clashes seen in Paris and other French cities.Britain has seen several small protests by Brexit supporters wearing yellow vests since November, but other activists have been slow to adopt the symbolic attire and movement. Saturday’s event, organised by the left-wing “People’s Assembly” group, saw mainstream opposition lawmakers join forces with several unions and other organisations focused on causes ranging from refugees to racism. RELATED ARTICLES Trump blasts FBI probe to find if he worked on Russia’s behalf Jan 13, 2019 0 494 Monster snowstorm to blanket more than half of US Jan 13, 2019 0 582 Obama protege Julian Castro joins 2020 presidential race Jan 13, 2019 0 6310 US federal govt shutdown becomes longest in history AFP Washington The partial US government shutdown entered a record 22nd day Saturday, as President Donald Trump remains steadfast in his demand for $5.7 billion to build a Mexico border wall and Democrats in Congress .. Venezuela legislature calls for protests to oust Maduro AFP Caracas Venezuela’s sidelined opposition-controlled legislature is calling for a mass protest against President Nicolas Maduro in a bid to oust the socialist leader in favor of “a transitional government.” .. UK govt mulls limiting jail sentences London: The British government is considering scrapping jail sentences of six months or less for most crimes in a bid to reduce reoffending and ease pressure on the system, the prisons minister said on Saturday. The move .. Two firefighters killed in Paris bakery explosion Paris: Two firefighters died in a major blast at a bakery in central Paris on Saturday morning, said French police, correcting an earlier death toll of four offered by the French interior minister. French Interior .. Macedonia PM urges Greek lawmakers to ratify name deal AFP Skopje Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Saturday called on Greece to end the two nations’ decades-long dispute by ratifying the deal to rename his country The Republic of North Macedonia. Macedonian .. Opposition party backs Sweden’s Social Democratic leader as premier DPA Stockholm Social Democratic leader Stefan Lofven on Saturday received strong backing from an opposition party in his bid for a new term as Swedish prime minister. The Centre Party’s council of trustees endorsed a ..