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Worldwide Niger sacks military chiefs after deadly jihadist attack
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His remarks come after a rift with G5 leaders because of hostility toward French troops fighting in the Sahel, and in a France tired of the commitment without seeing results. "We need results", Mr Macron said. And last Thursday another attack by jihadists left 89 Niger soldiers dead. Militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State have strengthened their foothold, making swathes of territory ungovernable and stoking ethnic violence, especially in Mali and Burkina Faso.

Worldwide Haftar Agrees to Take Part in Berlin Conference on Libya - LNA Official
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Russian Federation and Turkey have turned into important players in Libya , joining Arab countries such as Egypt or the UAE which have filled a void left by Western powers showing little interest in the OPEC producer since 2011. Monday's talks were expected to have formalised a tentative ceasefire that went into effect on Sunday. Moscow and Ankara earlier this month announced a joint ceasefire effort, paving the way for the two powers to become peace brokers in future negotiations over ...

Worldwide Israeli army denies involvement in killing of Qassem Soleimani - Middle East matters
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In the last fortnight, several Iranian-Americans told Middle East Eye that the scale of vitriol directed at Iran, by both United States lawmakers and media alike, had left them feeling vulnerable. In a statement, Collins said Kaine's resolution would let Trump respond to aggression from a hostile nation or repel an attack. He cited the resumption of lethal military aid to Ukraine for defense against Russia-backed separatists, Trump's withdrawal from an arms control accord with Moscow and ...

Worldwide Trump impeachment - what happens next?
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Lindsey Graham of SC, has already predicted that the trial would end "in a matter of days". "I didn't get elected to have Nancy Pelosi play games, which is all she's doing", U.S. "To be using this for a flawless phone call, where the president of that country said there was no pressure whatsoever - did not even know what we were talking about".

Worldwide Student Protests In Iran Universities Continue For A Third Day
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Videos posted late on Sunday recorded the gunfire around protests in Tehran's Azadi Square. One video showed riot police gathered near Vali-e Asr Square. On the diplomatic front, Britain summoned Iran's ambassador to London after its Tehran envoy was briefly arrested for allegedly attending Saturday night's demonstration.

Worldwide Trump imposed impeachment fees on the Senate
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On a July telephone call with Ukraine's new president, Trump asked his counterpart to open an investigation into the Bidens while holding up military aid for Ukraine. In a letter to House lawmakers on Friday, Pelosi said a resolution to appoint "managers" for the trial and to transmit the impeachment charges to the Senate could be brought up on the House floor next week.

Worldwide Missile strike damage appears limited, but Iran may not be done
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General Soleimani, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and a number of their entourage were killed in the strike by American drones near Baghdad International Airport in the early hours of Friday. Trump said at some point the US will want to get out of Iraq. "Period", the U.S. defense secretary said, one day after the Iraqi parliament voted in favor of ordering the USA military out.

Worldwide No Iraqi casualties in 22-missile Iranian attack overnight
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The twin attacks in the early hours of Wednesday local time caused "very few, if any" causalities at the bases, an unnamed U.S. official told the Associated Press . In other developments on Tuesday, a senior Iranian official said that Tehran was considering 13 scenarios to avenge his killing. While the attacks marked the latest escalation with Tehran in the precarious aftermath of a US drone strike that killed the top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani , they appeared to open the door to ...

Worldwide Australia bolsters bushfire defences as economic, environmental costs mount
Author: 0 Australia bolsters bushfire defences as economic, environmental costs mount

Authorities were also grappling with the health impacts of heavy smoke engulfing cities and towns in or near fire-hit regions, including the country's second-largest city Melbourne and the national capital Canberra. No loss of life has been reported from Western Australia where 30 bushfires are burning. In Victoria, warnings on several fires were downgraded but there were still four emergency level warnings for fires and two evacuation warnings in place.

Worldwide Indian-Americans hold rallies in Atlanta, Seattle in support of CAA
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The Hyderabad protesters held placards with slogans including "Withdraw CAA immediately", and "India's only religion in Secularism". Thousands of people in the capital city of Delhi braved the cold on New Year's Eve to mark their protests against a new citizenship law that allows only non-Muslim refugees to apply for citizenship.

Worldwide Six dead after auto plows into German tourists in northern Italy
Author: 0 Six dead after auto plows into German tourists in northern Italy

A member of staff at the nearby Adler Tiroler Hotel, who did not want to be named, told Corriere Della Sera: "A awful scene - people on the ground, screaming, pain. Three of the injured are in critical condition, including a woman who was transported by helicopter to Austria, the paper said. Most of the victims hailed from western Germany, though two of the injured were Italian, officials said.

Worldwide Drones will watch over Times Square during New Year's Eve ball drop
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It's New Year's Eve and we're counting down to the most venerable of holiday traditions - the ball drop to usher in 2020. Despite the lack of a sparkling ball, revelers still gathered in Times Square during those years to welcome the New Year with a minute of silence and the ringing of chimes from sound trucks.

Worldwide 4 astronauts for India's first manned mission to space 'Gaganyaan' identified: ISRO
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The Chandrayaan-3 mission will have a lander and a rover, but not an orbiter, Indian Space Research Organisation ( ISRO ) Chairman K Sivan told reporters at its headquarters in Bengaluru , according to an official telecast. No final launch date for Chandrayaan 3 or Gangayaan While Chandrayaan 3 will be one of ISRO's top priorities in 2020, it's unlikely that the actual launch will take place this year.

Worldwide Trump Promises New Strategy on Underage Vaping
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The move is seen as a compromise between the Trump administration officials, who have expressed a desire to combat youth nicotine addiction, and those in the White House who are concerned about how the ban would impact Trump's chances in the 2020 election, Wall Street Journal reports .

Worldwide Man Seen On Camera Admitting To Killing His Sister
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Michael Egwuagu , 25, was arrested on a murder charge - a stunning turn for the once widely admired University of Texas-San Antonio defensive captain, who went by the nickname "Egg". He told police he had seen an Ebichi boy soaked in blood in the front yard, along with the woman Ebichi had asked for help. And outside the home, he told police, his brother was kneeling on the ground as though praying, the paper reported .

Worldwide Taiwan's air force general missing after helicopter emergency
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Taiwan's Ministry of Defense said in its statement that the crash site of the helicopter has been identified and two black hawks and about 80 military officers have been sent to the crash site. "Most importantly, [we] must ensure the stability of our military and national defence." President Tsai Ing-wen, who is seeking re-election, cancelled all campaign activities until Saturday, and urged authorities to make every effort at rescue.

Worldwide Trump Lawyer Giuliani Says He Would Testify at President's Impeachment Trial
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The president's attorney admitted he traveled to Ukraine in December to meet with officials to find new information pertaining to the impeachment inquiry and Biden. The call set off impeachment proceedings in the House, which culminated with Trump becoming the third US president to be impeached last month. Senator Mitch McConnell , the leader of the Republican-controlled Senate and a staunch Trump defender against his impeachment, wants a sharply curtailed proceeding and a quick vote to ...

Worldwide Thirsty koala stops cyclists for water in heatwave READ MORE
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Australia has experienced one of the worst droughts in decades and sweltered under a record-breaking heat wave last week, when the average maximum temperature across the country hit 41.9 degrees Celsius (107.4 Fahrenheit). Fire conditions worsened in Victoria and New South Wales states after oppressive heat Monday mixed with strong winds and lightning strikes. The assessment of the situation facing Australia's koalas comes as its government drew criticism for a badly timed tourism campaign ...

Worldwide Winter storm dumps snow and rain ahead of New Year's Eve
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Skies will be mostly cloudy today , and it will be breezy and colder with light rain and snow this morning becoming snow showers and flurries; high temperatures will be in the middle 30s. Another storm system arrives Thursday into Friday with rain and warmer temperatures, before shifting drier and colder this weekend . As the rain moves in it will keep high temperatures in the 60's.

Worldwide ‘Bipartisan acquittal for President Donald Trump in impeachment trial’
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President Donald Trump fired off a stream of post-Christmas tweets Thursday blasting Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif, and her San Francisco congressional district amid the impeachment impasse . "I mean, what is the point?" "I think the Speaker is doing everything she can to ensure that there is as fair and open and transparent a process as there can be, particularly given the weight of the evidence", Massachusetts Democrat Rep.

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