Poles rally against new surveillance law

TVC NEWS : Thousands of Poles marched through Warsaw on Saturday (January 23) to protest against their government's plan to increase its surveillance powers. Some said they feared Poland was following Hungary towards an "illiberal democracy." Since Poland's Law and Justice (PiS) party took power in November, its moves to take more control of the judiciary and the media have divided Poland and raised alarm bells in the Europe Union, which has started investigating charges that Warsaw is undermining democratic principles. "Without democracy none of us can be free, therefore we have to fight for democracy. We have to fight for the fundamentals of the system of our country," one of the organizers, Mateusz Kijowski, appealed to the demonstrators gathered in front of the presidential palace. There were no figures available on the size of the crowd. "We are against the activity taken by the governing majority against the freedom. This starting from destroying...

John Kerry meets Saudi king Salman in Riyadh

TVC NEWS : The United States Secretary of State John Kerry met with the Saudi King Slaman bin Abdulaziz, the Salman's farm, yesterday Saturday (January 23), on the outskirts of Saudi Arabia. Kerry was later joined by U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Joseph Westphal and met with the, king's son, Saudi Deputy crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Kerry met earlier in Riyadh with representatives of the six nations of the GCC, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. He is due to hold talks with Riad Hijab, chair of the Syrian opposition's High Negotiations Committee, which was formed in Riyadh last month.   The Syria peace talks are planned to begin on Jan. 25 in Geneva, but there is uncertainty around the date, partly because of a dispute over who will be part of the opposition delegation. John Kerry said major countries would convene after the first round of negotiations. Peace efforts...