Egypt braces itself for more protests today as opposition leaders react angrily to a speech made by President Mohammed Morsi—clashes left six dead on Thursday and hundreds injured (read story here). Recent analysis finds that the Catalan stretch of the River Ebro is contaminated with unacceptable levels of industrial pollution (read story here). December 21st may not be the end of the world afterall, as Mayan leaders discover that their prediction actually forsees "a new sun" and "harmonization" between cultures (read story here).
Tsunami warning in Japan after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes 300km offshore (read story here). Mas accepts the ERC request to increase the tax burden on nuclear power plants, large commercial spaces and inheritance, in negotiations to ensure the stability of the next Catalan government (read story here). Iberia meets with the unions today in a bid to avoid Christmas strikes (read story here).
In an interview with the Spanish newspaper, El Confidencial, Lieutenent general Pedro Pitarch warns of a growing intention among some retired and active members of the Spanish military to intervene in Catalunya (read story here)