Jan. 8, 2020


Iranian forces fired missiles at military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq on Wednesday in retaliation for the U.S. killing of an Iranian general, raising the stakes in its conflict with Washington amid concern of a wider war in the Middle East.

Trump administration officials will brief the U.S. Congress on Wednesday on the killing of an Iranian commander that has sparked a new Middle East crisis, as Democrats push for legislation to rein in the president's ability to launch a war.

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday that he would like to see a conflict between the United States and Iran resolved peacefully via dialogue, and asked those involved to say "no to war."

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the attack by Iran on military bases in Iraq housing western troops in retaliation for the U.S. killing of an Iranian general.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, after an Iranian missile strike on U.S.-led forces in Iraq that Israel would hit back hard against anyone who attacked his country.

A Ukrainian airliner crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran early on Wednesday, bursting into flames and killing all 176 people on board.

Puerto Rico's power grid crept back to service on Wednesday after it was shut down entirely as a safety measure on Tuesday amid a storm of earthquakes including the most powerful to strike the Caribbean island in 102 years.

Impossible Foods is no longer trying to win a coveted deal to supply McDonald's Corp with plant-based burgers, telling Reuters it cannot produce enough of its imitation meat to partner with the world's No. 1 fast-food chain.

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Iran fired more than a dozen missiles at U.S. troops and coalition forces at two bases in Iraq on Tuesday, an apparent retaliation for a U.S. drone strike days earlier that killed one of Tehran's most powerful officials, Qasem Soleimani.

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered another Earth-sized, potentially habitable planet orbiting around a star in the range of distances where conditions could allow for the presence of liquid water on the planet's surface.

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday that last week's seemingly random knife attacks by a homeless man at an Austin shopping plaza magnified a "sense of lawlessness" in the liberal state capital city, whose mayor has accused the governor of demonizing people living on the streets.

Iraq's outgoing prime minister said that the U.S. has no alternative and must pull its troops out of the country, or else face an impending crisis, as the remains of a senior Iraqi militia commander killed in a U.S. drone strike was brought to Iraq from Iran for burial.

A Hong Kong legislator who was temporarily blinded after a riot officer lifted his protective goggles to fire pepper spray directly into his eyes on New Year's Day has vowed to return to the frontlines of the months-long pro-democracy movement to record allegations of police brutality.

Boy Scouts of America faces mounting legal liability as lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by leaders and volunteers continue to roll in, thanks in part to loosening statutes of limitations across the country.

Twelve New Jersey schools will begin piloting a new LGBTQ-focused curriculum this month, the first wave of a requirement that will soon be mandated across the state.

Four men sentenced to death for the gang rape and murder of a woman on a New Delhi bus in an attack that sent shockwaves across the world will be hanged on Jan. 22.

A more than four year fight to secure equal access to locker rooms for transgender students in a north suburban Chicago school district ended Tuesday when a new policy allowing them unrestricted access took effect.

Indonesia's air force deployed fighter jets to the South China Sea in an ongoing standoff with Beijing after Jakarta protested a Chinese violation of its exclusive economic zone.


Oil prices have risen after two bases hosting US troops in Iraq were hit by ballistic missiles.

Thousands of camels in South Australia will be shot dead from helicopters as a result of extreme heat and drought. A five-day cull started, as Aboriginal communities in the region have reported large groups of camels damaging towns and buildings.

Final-year candidates at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (Owlag) in South Africa have passed their exams. The school's executive director tweeted the news saying all the 59 candidates got "100% passes".

The number of people killed by a measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has passed 6,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.


A Muslim teen who was accused along with his brother of starting a fire in Australia was seen laughing as he left court in Sydney on Tuesday.

A recent survey of 2,000 British citizens found that the average modern family spans roughly 2,077 miles all over the world.

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