An Iranian political activist, Vahid Sayadi Nasiri, who was jailed for his messages on social media has died after spending 60 days on hunger strike. He had been accused of insulting Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. (BBC)
Current events of December 12, 2018 (2018-12-12) (Wednesday)
Thirty-three people are hospitalized in Pavia, Lombardy, Italy, after pepper spray was fired inside the gym of a school. This is the second pepper spray-related incident in the country in three days. On 8 December, six people died when someone fired the spray inside a nightclub, causing a stampede. (Il Messaggero)
Russell Bishop is convicted of the murder of Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows. He had been tried and found not guilty of the crimes in 1987, but the acquittal was quashed as new evidence in the form of DNA was now available. Bishop had been convicted in December 1990 of the abduction, indecent assault and attempted murder of a seven-year-old girl in February of that year. (The Guardian)
Nissan, the company's former chairman Carlos Ghosn, and an aide are indicted on charges that Ghosn underreported about ¥5 billion ($44.5 million) of his income. Ghosn's arrest warrant is renewed. (Kyodo News)
125,000 people demonstrate across France, according to the Minister of the Interior, with about 89,000 police officers on duty. 1,385 people are detained. Tear gas and pepper spray are used against the protesters and 135 people are injured. (Al Jazeera)(CBC)
Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou attends a bail hearing in Vancouver while she awaits possible extradition to the United States. She is charged with conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions. (Reuters)
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