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  • Alabama fire chief confirms deaths as fire destroys 35 boats
    Boaters leaped into the water to escape a fire that consumed at least 35 vessels docked along the Tennessee River early Monday. The blaze was reported shortly after midnight as people living in the boats were sleeping, and consumed the wooden dock and an aluminum roof that covered many of the vessels, cutting off escape […]
  • Steve Mnuchin's wife defends Greta Thunberg after US treasury secretary said climate activist should get economics degree
    Greta Thunberg’s ability to cause otherwise powerful men to lose control of their tempers is legendary, with both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin being among those unable to contain their animosity for the teenage climate activist.But in a new twist, after Ms Thunberg’s tireless environmental work caused yet another hot-headed senior US politician to publicly […]
  • Bolton Bombshell Adds to Pressure on GOP to Call Trial Witnesses
    (Bloomberg) -- An explosive leak from former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s unpublished book that says President Donald Trump wanted to freeze aid to Ukraine until its government investigated his political rival threatens to scramble the politics of the impeachment trial and bring new pressure on Republicans to call witnesses.Bolton’s account in the draft of […]
  • Emails cast further doubt on Pompeo's claim NPR reporter lied to him
    * Mike Pompeo’s claimed Mary Louise Kelly lied before interview * Opinion: Kelly’s Pompeo interview was like satire. If only Newly released emails between the office of Mike Pompeo and NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly cast further doubt on the secretary of state’s extraordinary claim that the journalist lied to him before a contentious interview.Pompeo, […]
  • Iranian general warns of retaliation if US threats continue
    The chief of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard warned Monday that it will retaliate against American and Israeli commanders if the U.S. continues to threaten top Iranian generals. The U.S. killed Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who headed the expeditionary Quds force, in a drone strike outside of Baghdad's airport in Iraq on Jan. 3. Five […]
  • Survivors return to Auschwitz 75 years after liberation
    Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp gathered Monday for commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the camp, using the testimony of survivors to warn about the signs of rising anti-Semitism and hatred in the world today. In all, some 200 survivors of the camp are expected, many of them elderly Jews who […]
  • Defending Long Career, Biden Has Sometimes Stretched the Truth
    Former Vice President Joe Biden remains atop most national polls before the first votes are cast next month in the Democratic presidential primary. Before the Iowa caucuses, The New York Times reviewed recent statements he made defending his decadeslong career, stressing his standing in the black community and highlighting his perceived strength on foreign policy. […]
  • Egyptian court gives life sentence for 8 IS-linked militants
    An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced eight people to life in prison, after they were convicted of joining a local affiliate of the Islamic State group spearheading an insurgency in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. The Cairo Criminal Court gave 29 others sentences ranging from 15 to 1 year in prison. The court said the defendants were […]
  • EU’s Top Diplomat Cites ‘Quite Worrying’ Violence in Libya
    (Bloomberg) -- Europe’s top diplomat warned of renewed violence in Libya recently and said international powers must put pressure on the warring parties to end the conflict.The European Union’s top foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said that recent developments were “quite worrying” and that a Jan. 19 meeting of world leaders in Berlin had not […]
  • Mike Pompeo is a disgrace
    Here is a modest proposal for future presidents of the United States: Secretaries of state — who act as the nation's chief diplomat — should actually be diplomats.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has neither the education nor the instincts of a diplomat, a flaw that becomes apparent nearly every time he encounters a female journalist. […]
  • Tripoli Warns of Talks Boycott Amid Libya Truce Violations
    (Bloomberg) -- Libya’s internationally recognized government warned it might not participate in future peace talks after alleging repeated truce violations and attacks on civilians by rival forces of commander Khalifa Haftar.The administration headed by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj said on its official Facebook page on Monday that nations which brokered the cease-fire must shoulder their […]
  • COLUMN-For China, communication and control are key to tackling virus: Peter Apps
    When the SARS virus spread across China in 2002-3, the government in Beijing reacted with secrecy and obstruction. This year's coronavirus outbreak is being tackled very differently – a key test for President Xi Jinping and the increasingly sophisticated authoritarian system he presides over. One thing is certain: China has been able to respond in […]
  • Palestinian PM rejects Trump peace plan ahead of unveiling
    Shtayyeh spoke to his Cabinet as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was visiting Washington for the announcement of President Donald Trump's plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinians have not yet seen the plan but have already rejected it, saying the Trump administration is biased in support of the Israelis. The Trump administration took […]
  • Greece: 14 injured in suspected migrant smuggling car crash
    A car carrying Syrians crashed early Monday in northern Greece, police said, injuring all 14 people in the vehicle that is believed to have crossed the border clandestinely . Police said the car had been travelling along an old highway in northern Greece toward the country’s second-largest city of Thessaloniki around 2 a.m. when it […]
  • Merkel Aims for West Balkan-EU Agreement With Macron by March
    (Bloomberg) -- Want the lowdown on European markets? In your inbox before the open, every day. Sign up here.German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to reach an agreement with French President Emmanuel Macron for Albania and North Macedonia to begin accession talks with the European Union at the meeting of the group’s leaders in Brussels on […]
  • Mother of Jailed Israeli Backpacker Hopes for Russia Pardon
    (Bloomberg) -- The mother of an Israeli woman imprisoned on drug-smuggling charges in Russia said she’s hopeful President Vladimir Putin will pardon her daughter.Naama Issachar, a 26-year-old U.S.-born Israeli army veteran, was sentenced in October to 7 1/2 years for carrying a small amount of hashish in her luggage on a transit flight via Moscow […]
  • Iran's Rouhani sounds alarm for 'democracy' after candidates barred
    Iran's president warned Monday of threats to the Islamic republic's "democracy and national sovereignty", after a body dominated by his ultra-conservative rivals disqualified thousands of candidates, weeks before elections. President Hassan Rouhani's moderate conservatives and their reformist allies are locked in a public quarrel with the Guardian Council over the disqualification of thousands of candidates […]
  • Labour Front-Runner Starmer Warns Brexit Risks Breaking Up U.K.
    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, follow us @Brexit and subscribe to our podcast.Keir Starmer, the front-runner to replace Jeremy Corbyn as leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, said Brexit risks breaking up the U.K. as he called for a “radical” redistribution of power to towns and regions.In a series of broadcast interviews on Monday, Starmer, the […]
  • The UK's 'colonial' view of the world means it will lose to the EU in Brexit trade talks says Leo Varadkar
    The Irish premier said the UK is stuck in its "colonial" past and will be beaten by the EU in Brexit trade talks.
  • Trump Has a ‘Peace Plan,’ but His Mideast Policies May Be Bad News for Israel
    JERUSALEM—President Donald Trump is pushing a new peace plan and trying to show how pro-Israel he is by sidelining the Palestinian leadership. But at the same time the United States is retreating from other areas of the Middle East, letting Russia and Turkey make plays for greater influence, and it’s ever more apparent that Trump’s […]

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  • Coronavirus: 73 test negative in UK as China death toll hits 81 – live updates
    World Health Organization chief travels to Beijing as more than 2,700 cases reported in China. Follow the latest news about the outbreak.Coronavirus: 100,000 may already be infected, experts warn100 Australian children stranded in Wuhan as coronavirus spreadsWhat is the coronavirus and how worried should we be?Share your stories 2.32pm GMT Related: The disease always gets […]
  • Auschwitz survivors to return after 75 years for memorial ceremony
    Those making trip to former Nazi death camp fear lessons of Holocaust are being forgotten‘I see it as a chance to finally say goodbye’: Auschwitz survivors tell their storiesMore than 200 survivors are to gather at the former Nazi extermination camp of Auschwitz, many probably for the final time, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of […]
  • China coronavirus: mayor of Wuhan admits mistakes
    Zhou Xianwang says public information should have been released more quicklyChinese premier Li Keqiang visits Wuhan - latest updatesThe mayor Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, has acknowledged criticism over his handling of the crisis, admitting that information was not released quickly enough.Zhou Xianwang wore a mask for protection as […]
  • Democrats intensify demand for John Bolton testimony after explosive book draft – live
    Trump pushes back against potential testimony Bolton wrote that Trump linked Ukraine aid to Biden inquiryHelp us cover the critical issues of 2020. Consider making a contribution 2.20pm GMT Speaking to CNN this morning, lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff said the news about John Bolton’s book underscored the need for the former national security adviser […]
  • The disease always gets a head start: how to handle an epidemic
    Outbreaks such as coronavirus, Sars and Ebola have taught us communication is key, and that the world is only as strong as its weakest health systemA patient presents at an emergency department somewhere in the world. They are feverish and vomiting. Doctors suspect it is influenza, but they are wrong.When the outbreak of a virulent […]
  • Harry Dunn death: call for US suspect to be tried in her absence
    Family to make plea to foreign secretary after request to extradite Anne Sacoolas deniedThe family of Harry Dunn, the 19-year-old motorcyclist killed in a crash last August, is to urge the foreign secretary to try Anne Sacoolas, the American woman charged with causing his death by reckless driving, in her absence.The US confirmed last week […]
  • Iran passenger jet skids on to highway after running out of runway
    Pilot unable to deploy landing gear on touchdown at Mahshahr airport, media reportA passenger plane skidded on to a highway after landing at an airport in south-west Iran, state media have reported.“It ran out of runway when landing at Mahshahr airport with no casualties,” the IRNA said. Continue reading...
  • Britons in EU urge Barnier not to use them as bargaining chips
    Campaigners press negotiator to resolve their rights separately from trade talksBritish citizens in the EU have implored Brussels and London not to make them “a bargaining chip for the second time” in Brexit trade talks.They are deeply concerned that they are being “massively downgraded” and that they will be used by Brussels as leverage to […]
  • Trump's standing against Democratic candidates improves, new poll shows
    Deficits roughly halved since a similar poll at the end of 2019Trump linked Ukraine aid to Biden inquiry, Bolton says Donald Trump was tweeting about John Bolton before dawn on Monday, after news of former national security adviser’s forthcoming book roiled Washington during the president’s impeachment trial. Related: Pete Buttigieg's campaign donors include top McKinsey […]
  • Varadkar: EU will have upper hand in Brexit trade talks – video
    Leo Varadkar says the EU has a 'stronger team' than the UK in Brexit trade talks, comparing the size of their respective populations and markets. Speaking to the BBC before talks in Ireland with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, the Irish prime minister also warned Boris Johnson that divergence from Brussels standards would make […]
  • Philip Pullman calls for boycott of Brexit 50p coin over 'missing' Oxford comma
    Critics fume over the omission of Oxford comma from phrase ‘Peace, prosperity and friendship’ as new coin enters circulationIt is a debate that has torn the nation in two, ripped friends and family apart, and entrenched deep and uncrossable lines throughout the land. Should the Royal Mint have used an Oxford comma on its Brexit […]
  • Trump to meet Israeli leaders as doubts over ‘peace plan’ grow
    Netanyahu’s trip a welcome distraction from indictment while election opponent Gantz also visits White House Donald Trump is set to disclose details of his much-delayed Middle East “peace plan” during meetings with Israeli leaders in Washington on Monday, amid a rising global chorus of doubt about its timing and substance.The choreography between the US and […]
  • Teenager in Cyprus rape case 'drugged and suffered nightmares' in prison
    Woman, 19, says she shared cell with eight others and lost 16kg while suffering from PTSDA British teenager convicted of lying about being gang-raped in Cyprus has said she had nightmares about “being raped again” every night while in prison.The 19-year-old, who was remanded in jail for more than a month after being charged last […]
  • 'Satan, be gone!': Bolivian Christians claim credit for ousting Evo Morales
    The fast-growing religious right – both Catholic and Protestant – see the president’s exit as a first step in transforming the country, leaving many indigenous Bolivians horrifiedSome blame the defenestration of Evo Morales on a racist, rightwing coup. Others credit a popular revolt against a leader who had overstayed his welcome. Related: Bolivia's Evo Morales […]
  • Salvini suffers setback in leftwing stronghold during Italy regional elections
    League’s Matteo Salvini has failed to wrest crucial Emilia-Romagna from centre-left, projections suggestMatteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s far-right League party, has failed to overturn decades of leftwing rule in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna in an election that brought relief to the embattled centre-left.With 98% of the ballots counted, the incumbent Democratic party (PD) […]
  • Man behind football exposé revealed as source of Dos Santos leak
    Football Leaks founder passed on financial records of Africa’s richest woman, says lawyerRevealed: how Angolan ruler’s daughter used status to build $2bn empireA Portuguese man behind one of the biggest exposés in the history of football has been identified as the source of a leaked cache of financial records about the business empire of Africa’s […]
  • Kobe Bryant: NBA legend dies in helicopter crash aged 41
    Star’s daughter, Gianna, also among victims of crashKobe Bryant: a life in picturesLA Lakers fans gather to pay tributeThe NBA, and much of America, was in shock on Sunday after Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players in history, died in a helicopter crash. He was 41.Bryant was on board the helicopter with eight […]
  • ‘It’s incredible what they see’: housing associations take on county lines crime
    Housing officers are using their local knowledge to spot abuse and exploitation, particularly ‘cuckooing’ of vulnerable residents by drug gangsHousing associations are playing a growing role in tackling county lines crimes, using their knowledge of local communities to spot early signs of abuse and exploitation.In the north west of England, the exploitation of young people […]
  • Changing roles in Burkina Faso - a photo essay
    In one of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso, a very special school gives new hope to orphaned or disadvantaged girlsIn Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso in west Africa, a school and training programme is combating entrenched attitudes and gender stereotypes that confine women to low-paid unskilled labour, or worse. At the CFIAM, […]
  • Mogadishu left reeling as conflict and climate shocks spark rush to capital
    Forced from their homes by floods and fighting, 800,000 people have crammed into informal settlements in the Somali capital. Now efforts are afoot to bolster local resourcesThe number of Somalis being pushed out of the countryside and into the capital Mogadishu has reached an unprecedented high, putting pressure on the city’s already poor infrastructure and […]

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