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WATCH Monstrous dust storms blocking out the Sun as Australia’s weather woes continue - rt

WATCH Monstrous dust storms blocking out the Sun as Australia’s weather woes continue

As if sprawling bushfires and violent hailstorms weren’t enough, to add insult to injury, vast dust storms engulfed large swathes of New South Wales in Australia to close out a weekend of intense weather.
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2 Indian personnel killed in clash in Kashmir – report

An Indian officer and a policeman were killed during a fight with militants in the Indian-controlled part of disputed Kashmir on Tuesday, local media said.
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#VictoryPages: Young Russian designers create ‘Infinite Letter’ using Instagram Stories

RT’s historical tribute to the 75-year anniversary of victory over fascism, #VictoryPages, launches ‘Infinite Letter’ on Instagram. Starting this January the project will run until May.
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The Lomé Initiative will be followed by new legislation criminalizing the trafficking and sale of fake medicines across Africa
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If the press is to remain relevant, it must reassert its commitment to truth and reject the spectre of ‘fake news,’ Indian President Ram Nath Kovind told an audience at the yearly Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards.
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Zomato flags off 2020 with a sumptuous Uber Eats order

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WHO calls for emergency meeting as China confirms 4th death & person-to-person spread of new coronavirus

The World Health Organization will convene an emergency expert panel to determine whether a new virus sweeping China should be declared a global threat, after Chinese health officials confirmed the lethal pathogen is contagious.
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Police in Barcelona have connected the dots between a series of apparently random attacks across the city, tying one suspect to two murders, a stabbing and an attempt at arson in the span of a single afternoon.
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‘Complete turnaround’: OPCW whistleblower slams chemical watchdog’s Douma report in UN Security Council testimony

A former inspector with the OPCW has accused the chemical weapons watchdog of issuing a sanitized report on the alleged 2018 attack in Douma, Syria, arguing it ignored serious reservations of its own fact-finding team.
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Amy Klobuchar Was Asked If She Was the Kind of ‘White Moderate’ MLK Called a ‘Stumbling Block’ to Freedom. Here’s How She Replied. - vice

Amy Klobuchar Was Asked If She Was the Kind of ‘White Moderate’ MLK Called a ‘Stumbling Block’ to Freedom. Here’s How She Replied.

The Minnesota senator has overall supported civil rights issues, but she has a long record of hewing toward the center.
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Biden: Bernie Is Lying About My Position on Social Security - vice

Biden: Bernie Is Lying About My Position on Social Security

“Everybody’s figured out they just lied about my position,” he told VICE News.
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“It was all lies. There was no violence,” said Christian Goolsby, 46, who was carrying a rifle.
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Think Bernie Is ‘Radical?’ He Respectfully Disagrees. - vice

Think Bernie Is ‘Radical?’ He Respectfully Disagrees.

“Guaranteeing healthcare to all people through a Medicare for All program, is that radical?” Sanders asked the crowd at the 2020 Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum.
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Warren Says Troops Are Coming Home and Black Colleges Are Getting Funded. Period. - vice

Warren Says Troops Are Coming Home and Black Colleges Are Getting Funded. Period.

The Massachusetts senator said she'd pull combat troops out in her first term.
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Iran Arrested the Man Who Filmed the Jet Getting Accidentally Shot Down

Iran Arrested the Man Who Filmed the Jet Getting Accidentally Shot Down

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Promising a thorough investigation into last week’s accidental shoot-down of a Ukrainian airliner, Iran said Tuesday it had begun making arrests in the case.

But one of those arrested was the person who filmed the passenger jet being struck by an Iranian missile minutes after it took off from Tehran — key evidence that contradicted Iran’s initial denials of responsibility for the disaster that claimed 176 lives last Wednesday.

Gholamhossein Esmaili, spokesman for Iran's judiciary, said Tuesday that “some individuals” had been arrested during the investigation, giving no further details. But Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency said one of those arrested was the man who filmed the missile striking the airliner shortly after takeoff from Tehran, and posted it online. And Al Jazeera confirmed the report, saying Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was holding the man for questioning about the events he witnessed.

The announcement of the arrests came as Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani vowed to punish those responsible for the “painful and unforgivable” mistake, and pledged a thorough investigation — even as he blamed U.S. aggression as one of the “root causes” of last week’s disaster.

The U.S. ‘inflamed the atmosphere’

“It was the U.S. that caused such an incident to take place,” he said in a speech in Tehran, adding that Washington had “inflamed the atmosphere and made the situation abnormal, threatened and took our loved ones from us.”

The plane was mistakenly shot down just hours after Tehran had struck U.S. bases in Iraq in retaliation for the drone killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad. Of the 176 people on the Kyiv-bound Ukrainian International Airlines flight out of Tehran last Wednesday, 82 were Iranian, and many others were of Iranian descent. Everyone onboard perished when the plane crashed minutes after takeoff.

Rouhani said a special court would be established to investigate the shoot-down.

“This is not an ordinary case. The entire world will be watching this court,” he said.

“Our people know that this accident was the result of an error and mistake, but who was involved and what circumstances led to the accident?”

READ: Now Europe is calling out Iran over its nuclear program

Iran’s promises to bring those responsible to justice follows days of protests in the country, amid public fury over the government’s initial attempts to cover up the tragic mistake by its military. Iran initially denied any suggestion that it had shot down the plane, but on Saturday it sensationally reversed course, admitting Iranian forces had shot down the aircraft with a surface-to-air missile due to “human error” amid sky-high tensions with the U.S.

Anger over the plane shoot-down and initial cover-up triggered days of protests in Iran, which featured chants against the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and saw security forces fire on demonstrations in Tehran. Esmaili said Tuesday that about 30 people had been arrested for taking part in the protests, which he described as illegal rallies that had put national security at risk.

He added that Tehran was planning to file a criminal case in the International Criminal Court over Soleimani's killing, which he described as “an act of terrorism.”

READ: Iran says no missile hit the Ukrainian jet, but videos show otherwise

“Trump personally has confessed ordering this criminal act, and that is the strongest evidence that a court could have,” he said.

There were also conflicting reports over the status of the investigation, following Iranian promises that experts from affected countries — like Canada, Ukraine, the U.S., and France — would play a role in the investigation.

Esmaili said Tuesday that one of the plane’s black boxes had been sent to France for analysis. But France’s bureau of aviation investigation told NBC News that no black box had been sent, nor was it expected.

READ: Witnesses say Iranian security forces opened fire on protesters

Cover: In this photo released by official website of the Office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

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