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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Denying reports of sending downed plane’s recorders to Ukraine, Iran seeks to examine black boxes itself

January 19, 2020 5:44:33 pm

Canada has said the recorders, or black boxes, should be sent to France, after the military admitted shooting down Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 in error in the tense aftermath of tit-for-tat strikes by the United States and Iran.

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Iran seeks to examine downed plane’s black boxes itself- report

January 19, 2020 5:21:40 pm

Canada, which had 57 citizens on the plane in which 176 people were killed, and other nations who lost nationals have been calling on Iran for a thorough investigation and have said the flight data and voice recorders should be analysed abroad.

Meghan's father accuses daughter of 'cheapening' UK's royal family

Meghan’s father accuses daughter of ‘cheapening’ UK’s royal family

January 19, 2020 4:45:37 pm

Thomas Markle described the royal family as "one of the greatest long-living institutions ever", saying that when Meghan married Harry in May 2018 they took an obligation "to be part of the royals and to represent the royals".

Czech Republic: Fire at home for disabled kills eight

Czech Republic: Fire at home for disabled kills eight

January 19, 2020 4:25:53 pm

Prokop Volenik, spokesman for the regional rescue service, said the fire in the northwestern town of Vejprty broke out early Sunday before 5 a.m. (0400 GMT). The town is on the border with Germany.

Eight Americans were hurt in Iranian strikes, military says, despite Trump statements

Eight Americans were hurt in Iranian strikes, Military says, despite Trump statements

January 19, 2020 2:41:35 pm

The Jan 8 attack on bases in Iraq’s western desert and near Irbil, Iraq, were launched in retaliation for the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a senior figure in Iran’s military, in a drone strike ordered by Trump.

China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak

January 19, 2020 12:18:05 pm

In total, 62 cases of the novel coronavirus have been identified in the city of Wuhan, where the virus appears to have originated.

Articles of impeachment dangerous attack on Americans' right to choose president: White House lawyers

Articles of impeachment dangerous attack on Americans’ right to choose president: White House lawyers

January 19, 2020 10:28:19 am

The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to send articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate, in a major development to remove him from office for his alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Trump gives dramatic account of Soleimani's last minutes before death

‘Ten, 9, 8…then all of a sudden, boom’: Trump’s dramatic account of Soleimani’s last minutes

January 19, 2020 8:48:20 am

With his typical dramatic flourish, Trump recounted the scene as he monitored the strikes from the White House Situation Room when Soleimani was killed.

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Facebook says technical error caused vulgar translation of Xi Jinping’s name

January 19, 2020 7:44:02 am

The Facebook system did not have President Xi Jinping's name in its Burmese database and guessed at the translation, the company said.

Prince Harry, Meghan to give up ‘royal highness’ titles

January 19, 2020 12:52:18 am

Buckingham Palace said Harry and Meghan will cease to be working members of the royal family when the new arrangements take effect in "spring 2020." They will be known as Harry, Duke and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

Iran to send black boxes of downed plane to Ukraine

January 18, 2020 10:33:04 pm

The plane disaster, in which all 176 aboard were killed, has added to international pressure on Iran as it grapples with a long running row with the United States over its nuclear programme that briefly erupted into open conflict this month.

War in Syria drives out Christian community

War in Syria drives out Christian community

January 18, 2020 9:09:40 pm

Three months into the offensive, more than 200,000 people have been displaced according to the United Nations. Many are settling in the empty houses left behind by local Christians in the Khabur valley. Edmon Lunan is among the few local villagers who have ruled out leaving Tal Hafyan.

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UK economy won’t stay close to EU after Brexit: Chancellor of Exchequer Sajid Javid

January 18, 2020 8:32:47 pm

The debate over how much Britain will diverge from the EU with regards to regulatory standards is set to form a key plank for how the talks progress -- a no-deal Brexit could create border delays and increase costs for carmakers and other manufacturers.

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World’s shortest man Khagendra Thapa dies at 27

January 18, 2020 7:47:54 pm

In 2010, Magar who was 67.08 (2ft. 2in) tall was conferred with the title of being the world's shortest man. He was handed the certificate, which was only a bit smaller than him on the occasion of his 18th birthday.

Facebook political ads: Which states are 2020 Democrats betting on?

January 18, 2020 6:39:40 pm

Over the past 90 days, the Democratic field has spent more than $31 million on Facebook ads, $6.4 million of that on ads in the first four states: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.


EU cuts pre-accession aid to Turkey by 75%

January 18, 2020 6:26:18 pm

In a letter seen by German media, the EU has unveiled cuts in aid to Turkey over illegal gas drilling off Cyprus' coast and military operations in Syria. But Brussels stopped short of ending democracy promotion projects.

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Turkey’s Erdogan: Europe must back Libyan govt in Tripoli

January 18, 2020 6:05:08 pm

In an article published on the Politico website Saturday, Erdogan said European leaders ``ought to talk a little less and focus on taking concrete steps'' in the conflict-torn North African nation.

Philippines: Taal volcano residents turn ash and plastic waste into bricks

January 18, 2020 6:00:39 pm

After the Taal volcano erupted last week, environmental officials in the region tried to come up with an inventive and more sustainable response to the country's persistent problems with pollution and frequent natural disasters.

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Myanmar, China ink deals to accelerate Belt and Road as Xi courts an isolated Suu Kyi

January 18, 2020 5:15:34 pm

Xi and Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi signed 33 agreements shoring up key projects that are part of the flagship Belt and Road Initiative, China’s vision of new trade routes described as a “21st century silk road”.

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Philippine volcano simmers, officials brace for long crisis

January 18, 2020 4:47:43 pm

About 125,000 people fled from ash-blanketed villages and crammed into hundreds of emergency centers in Batangas alone and many others took shelter in relatives' homes, disaster-response officials said, appealing for masks, bottled water, portable toilets, food and sleeping mats.