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India’s Covid-19 infections surge past 2mn after record daily spike - rt

India’s Covid-19 infections surge past 2mn after record daily spike

India has become the third country in the world after the US and Brazil to pass the 2 million mark in the total number of identified Covid-19 cases. Its death toll from the disease stands at over 41,500.
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Macron says ‘Lebanon is not alone’ as he visits devastated Beirut, gets quickly blasted for hypocrisy - rt

Macron says ‘Lebanon is not alone’ as he visits devastated Beirut, gets quickly blasted for hypocrisy

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted in solidarity with people of Lebanon following the massive explosion in its capital. It did not go over well and just reminded critics of the troubled history the two countries share.
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Trips to Botswana, Yachts, and Golf Outings: How Wayne LaPierre Allegedly Grifted the NRA - vice

Trips to Botswana, Yachts, and Golf Outings: How Wayne LaPierre Allegedly Grifted the NRA

“It’s clear that the NRA has been failing to carry out its stated mission for many, many years,” New York State Attorney General Letitia James said in a press conference Thursday.
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Israel strikes ‘underground terror infrastructure’ in Gaza in retaliation for ‘explosive balloons’ (VIDEOS) - rt

Israel strikes ‘underground terror infrastructure’ in Gaza in retaliation for ‘explosive balloons’ (VIDEOS)

The Israel Defense Forces have announced they had targeted multiple “underground terror infrastructure” installations in the Gaza Strip, in retaliation for several “explosive balloons” launched into Israel earlier in the day.
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Hostage taker who demanded ‘freedom for Palestinians’ surrenders to police in France’s Le Havre - rt

Hostage taker who demanded ‘freedom for Palestinians’ surrenders to police in France’s Le Havre

The 34-year-old armed assailant who kidnapped six people inside a La Havre bank in France’s Normandy and demanded freedom for Palestinians has surrendered to police and is now in custody after an hours-long standoff with police.
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Donald Trump calls Thailand ‘Thighland’ during speech about washing machines - metro

Donald Trump calls Thailand ‘Thighland’ during speech about washing machines

President Trump made the gaffe while visiting a Whirlpool washing machine factory in Clyde, Ohio, on Thursday
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Coroner finds Caroline Flack took her own life after learning of prosecution - channel 4

Coroner finds Caroline Flack took her own life after learning of prosecution

A coroner has found the television presenter Caroline Flack took her own life after learning she would be prosecuted for assaulting her boyfriend.
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Britain’s seaside towns struggle after coronavirus – despite boost in tourism - channel 4

Britain’s seaside towns struggle after coronavirus – despite boost in tourism

Britain's beaches have been packed recently, as coronavirus prompts millions to swap foreign holidays for a staycation. But there has been precious little benefit for our struggling seaside towns. 
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Bank of England governor: Coronavirus is ‘bigger immediate shock to the economy’ - channel 4

Bank of England governor: Coronavirus is ‘bigger immediate shock to the economy’

The relaxation of the planning rules is meant to give the economy a boost - and it certainly needs it if the Bank of England is correct.
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Automatic permission for new homes in ‘growth’ areas part of England’s planning laws overhaul - channel 4

Automatic permission for new homes in ‘growth’ areas part of England’s planning laws overhaul

The government has revealed plans for sweeping changes to planning laws in England.
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Fifty million face masks will not be used in NHS due to safety concerns - channel 4

Fifty million face masks will not be used in NHS due to safety concerns

They were bought to protect people on the frontline. But 50 million face masks, purchased by the government in England as part of a £252 million contract, will not be used in the NHS due to safety concerns.
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‘Total scandal’ children have been out of education in the state sector for months – Dr Anthony Costello - channel 4

‘Total scandal’ children have been out of education in the state sector for months – Dr Anthony Costello

We spoke to Anthony Costello, a former director of the World Health Organization.
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Lebanon in crisis after explosion, as hunt for survivors continues - channel 4

Lebanon in crisis after explosion, as hunt for survivors continues

Today was a day of national mourning in Lebanon, but the hunt for survivors of Tuesday's explosion continues. As do the bitter recriminations.
channel 4 - 14 hours ago
‘Drafting error’ in NHS report likens LGBT+ staff to disabled workers - metro

‘Drafting error’ in NHS report likens LGBT+ staff to disabled workers

The NHS People Plan has now been amended after critics voiced their anger online.
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Belgium, Bahamas and Andorra added to UK quarantine list - metro

Belgium, Bahamas and Andorra added to UK quarantine list

The three countries have been removed from the 'safe list' following a spike in coronavirus cases.
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New Video and Documents Show How Police Fired 55 Shots at a Black Rapper in Less than 4 Seconds - vice

New Video and Documents Show How Police Fired 55 Shots at a Black Rapper in Less than 4 Seconds

Willie McCoy was passed out in his car in a Taco Bell drive-thru. His February 2019 killing sparked national outrage.
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Belarus president claims he was INTENTIONALLY infected with Covid-19 - rt

Belarus president claims he was INTENTIONALLY infected with Covid-19

Days after the puzzling announcement that he’s been fighting Covid-19 without leaving his post, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko told a Ukrainian journalist that someone had intentionally infected him with the virus.
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Woman ‘had to slash cop boyfriend’s bicep with a knife to stop him raping her’ - metro

Woman ‘had to slash cop boyfriend’s bicep with a knife to stop him raping her’

Humberto Zuniga allegedly ignored his girlfriend's pleas to stop until she hacked at him with the blade
metro - 16 hours ago
Armed man holds 6 people hostage in France’s Le Havre, reports claim he demands ‘free passage to Al Aqsa Mosque for Palestinians’ - rt

Armed man holds 6 people hostage in France’s Le Havre, reports claim he demands ‘free passage to Al Aqsa Mosque for Palestinians’

rt - 16 hours ago
FactCheck: a Lord’s daily expenses could be higher than a month of Universal Credit  - channel 4

FactCheck: a Lord’s daily expenses could be higher than a month of Universal Credit 

Members of the House of Lords are not paid a salary, but they can claim a daily attendance rate of £323.
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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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