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'Days of God': A look at Iran's mounting crises

'Days of God': A look at Iran's mounting crisesThe Islamic Republic has been reeling from one crisis to another, from the targeted killing by the United States of its top general to the Revolutionary Guard's accidental shootdown of a passenger plane carrying scores of young people, most of them Iranians. U.S. sanctions have crippled its economy as tensions with America have soared. In a rare Friday sermon in Tehran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stuck to the playbook Iran has relied on since 1979, blaming the country's woes on the U.S. and other Western powers, and proclaiming that Iranians still support the Islamic Revolution.



An ISIS preacher captured in Iraq was apparently so overweight that police had to take him away in the back of a pickup truck

An ISIS preacher captured in Iraq was apparently so overweight that police had to take him away in the back of a pickup truckShifa al-Nima was captured in the Mansour neighborhood of Mosul by the Nineveh police command, according to Iraqi police.



FBI arrests 3 alleged neo-Nazis who were armed and anticipating a race war

FBI arrests 3 alleged neo-Nazis who were armed and anticipating a race warThe arrests come ahead of a big gun-rights rally in Virginia, where the governor has warned that there are "credible threats" of malicious activity.



France to deploy Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to support Middle East operations

France to deploy Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to support Middle East operationsFrance will deploy the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and its battle group from January to April to support French military operations in Middle East, Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday. "The aircraft carrier will support Chammal operations (in the Middle East) from January to April 2020 before deploying to the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea", Macron said at a New Year speech to the French military.



Republican tells female reporter 30 schoolboys ‘could have a lot of fun’ with her

Republican tells female reporter 30 schoolboys ‘could have a lot of fun’ with herA Republican lawmaker is facing calls for a sexual harassment investigation after he told a young female reporter that a group of high school boys “could have a lot of fun” with her.Peter Lucido, a Michigan state senator, has been accused of making inappropriate comments to local reporter Allison Donahue during a tour of the state Capitol.



Former U.S. Marine: Suleimani’s Killing Is the Apotheosis of American 'Strategy'

Former U.S. Marine: Suleimani’s Killing Is the Apotheosis of American 'Strategy'A strategy that has achieved the opposite of its promises is a failure. Before another moment is wasted, Americans need to ask their leaders the same question General David Petraeus plaintively asked at the height of the Iraq War: “Tell me how this ends.”



John Bolton will reportedly reveal some of what he knows about Trump's Ukraine scandal in his upcoming book

John Bolton will reportedly reveal some of what he knows about Trump's Ukraine scandal in his upcoming bookIf you really want to know what former National Security Adviser John Bolton though of President Trump's actions regarding Ukraine, you may not have to rely on the Senate to call him as a witness in the president's upcoming impeachment trial. That's because Bolton is going to reveal some of what he saw in his upcoming book, people familiar with the matter told The New York Times. The book, which is almost finished, is reportedly going to detail Bolton's time in the White House, events related to Russia and Venezuela, and his interactions with other administration officials, some of whom reportedly don't come across very well, including former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. The Ukraine scandal, which is at the center of Trump's impeachment, will fill at least some pages, too, and Bolton is expected to share some of his observations about Trump's efforts to pressure Ukrainian officials into announcing an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter.Bolton has said he's prepared to testify should the Senate issue a subpoena, but it's unclear if the upper chamber will do so. Read more at The New York Times.More stories from theweek.com Ukraine gives Trump the corruption investigation he asked for DOJ reportedly eyeing James Comey as it investigates old leak of classified information Mitch McConnell should recuse himself



WH press secretary tells Fox News she won't hold press briefings because reporters just 'want their moment on TV so they can peddle their books'

WH press secretary tells Fox News she won't hold press briefings because reporters just 'want their moment on TV so they can peddle their books'In a Thursday morning interview on "Fox & Friends," White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said she doesn't want to hold televised press briefings because reporters "just want their moment to peddle their books."



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Trump's black voter outreach looks in part to the pews

Trump's black voter outreach looks in part to the pewsIn the eight years since he became a pastor at First Immanuel Baptist Church, Todd Johnson says he's seen his congregation's politics make a subtle shift. The Philadelphia church, which recently hosted a Donald Trump campaign event reaching out to black voters, has “more people now who are more open to voting for someone other than a Democrat,” Johnson said. The president's meager support among African Americans has shown few signs of increasing from the 6% of black voters he won in 2016, according to a Pew Research Center analysis.



Cruise line: Grandpa leaned out window before girl's fall

Cruise line: Grandpa leaned out window before girl's fallAn Indiana man charged with negligent homicide in his young granddaughter’s fatal fall from a cruise ship’s open window in Puerto Rico leaned out of that window for several seconds before he lifted the child up to it and she fell, the cruise operator alleges in a court filing. Royal Caribbean Cruises' Jan. 8 filing in U.S. District Court in Miami comes in response to a lawsuit t he parents of Chloe Wiegand filed in December, accusing the operator of negligence in her death by allowing an 11th floor window in the ship’s children's play area to be open. Royal Caribbean, which is seeking the lawsuit’s dismissal, lays the blame for the child’s fatal fall on her 51-year-old grandfather, Salvatore Anello.



Dad climbed into an air duct to avoid paying child support, NC cops say. He got stuck

Dad climbed into an air duct to avoid paying child support, NC cops say. He got stuckSomeone else tried to hide behind a recliner when deputies came knocking.



UK Labour's Long-Bailey launches leadership bid with call for 'new professionalism'

UK Labour's Long-Bailey launches leadership bid with call for 'new professionalism'Britain's Labour Party needs to do more to promote aspiration and look more like a government-in-waiting, the party's business spokeswoman, Rebecca Long-Bailey, said when she formally launched her leadership campaign on Friday. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is stepping down, after the party's worst election performance since 1935 gave Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives a large majority in parliament. Long-Bailey is currently second in the race to succeed Corbyn, behind the party's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer, according to a YouGov poll of party members for The Times newspaper.



Reuters Entertainment News Summary

Reuters Entertainment News SummaryA television series developed for Apple Inc by famed director M. Night Shyamalan blatantly copied a 2013 film, a copyright lawsuit filed on Wednesday claimed. Late superstar Whitney Houston and five other artists and bands, living and dead - and representing a wide range of musical genres, including pop, electronica and rap - were unveiled on Wednesday as this year's inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.



Reuters Health News Summary

Reuters Health News SummaryA Pennsylvania judge on Friday slashed to $6.8 million from $8 billion a punitive damages award against Johnson & Johnson to a man who said it failed to warn that boys using its antipsychotic drug Risperdal could grow breasts. A second person has died from pneumonia in the central Chinese city of Wuhan following an outbreak believed to be caused by a new coronavirus strain, local health authorities said. The 69-year-old man had been admitted to hospital with abnormal renal function and severe damage to multiple organs, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said in a statement on its website late on Thursday.



Reuters People News Summary

Reuters People News SummaryFrench designer Jean Paul Gaultier, known for dressing stars like Madonna and who cultivated an irreverent image as the industry's "bad boy", said on Friday that a fashion show in Paris next week would be his last. Gaultier, 67, did not detail what would happen to his namesake brand, owned by private Spanish fashion and fragrance group Puig, only saying in a brief statement that it would continue to exist. "I will be celebrating my 50th anniversary in fashion with a major Haute Couture fashion show," Gaultier said in short statement.



Reuters Odd News Summary

Reuters Odd News SummaryApplications to become Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa's girlfriend have topped 20,000, streaming service AbemaTV said on Thursday, ahead of its documentary on his search for a "life partner" to take on his moon voyage. Maezawa, who will be the first private passenger on Elon Musk's SpaceX, has already generated huge social media buzz with a $9 million giveaway to his followers that secured his position as Japan's foremost Twitter celebrity. Have a cold one, have an "El Chapo" beer.



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The secretary's move came more than 48 hours after evidence suggested that Yovanovitch was under surveillance while she was ambassador to Ukraine
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed on Friday he was not aware that former US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch may have been surveilled while serving in Kiev.
Contentious Senate session on the first day of impeachment trial could send chamber behind closed doors
Senate leaders are preparing for a contentious session Tuesday that could stretch several hours as well as send the chamber into a closed session as Democrats try to force the GOP into accepting witness testimony and documents to
Parnas' lawyer posted this after Trump's denial
After President Trump said that he didn't know Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, Parnas' attorney Joseph Bondy released a video that shows the two together in a group of people at Mar-a-Lago.
Giuliani associate: I watched Trump tell aide to fire Yovanovitch
Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani, told CNN he witnessed President Donald Trump telling a top aide that the US ambassador to Ukraine should be fired.
She called reporter 'liberal hack' over question, then Fox asked
Fox News host Laura Ingraham asks Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) about wanting witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial.
Analysis: Sen. McSally's staggering cynicism
Virtue signaling is all the rage in politics these days.
Lewinsky offers colorful remark after Trump move
The announcement that former independent counsel Ken Starr is joining President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team surprised many on Friday, but one person, apparently, had an especially notable reaction to the news.
Trump called lawyer a lunatic in 1999. Now, he just hired him.
Before he was President, Donald Trump offered his opinion on Kenneth Starr, the prosecutor whose work led to President Bill Clinton's impeachment.
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U.S. Says 11 Service Members Were Injured When Iran Attacked Iraqi Base
Eight Americans were taken to Germany and three to Kuwait to receive medical care after Iran's missile strike last week, a Defense Department spokesperson says.
Amtrak Charged $25,000 To Travel With A Wheelchair
It costs $16 to take the Amtrak from Chicago to Bloomington, Ill. But people who use wheelchairs were recently asked to pay $25,000. Amtrak defended the cost, saying it reflects a new policy.
The Secret Star Of The Tennessee Titans: Their Punter
The NFL playoffs resume this weekend, when the Tennessee Titans aim to continue their surprising romp against some of football's best teams. One reason for their success? Brett Kern — their punter.
At $11 Billion And Counting, Trump's Border Wall Would Be The World's Most Expensive
President Trump's border wall comes at a staggering cost: $11 billion, or nearly $20 million per mile. It's already the most expensive border wall in the world, and the costs keep piling up.
Earthquakes Revive Puerto Ricans' Mistrust of The Government
People across the island are collecting donations for those displaced by earthquakes. Rather than give them to the government, they're delivering the goods to the affected region themselves.
Rep. John Lewis' Fight For Civil Rights Began With A Letter To Martin Luther King Jr.
As a teenager growing up in Alabama, Lewis wrote a letter to Martin Luther King Jr. during a budding civil rights movement. In a letter back, King invited the 18-year-old to join the cause.
Trump Declares Major Disaster After Puerto Rico's Earthquakes
NPR's Noel King talks to Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon, who represents Puerto Rico in Congress, about the more than $3 billion worth of aid to help the island after a series of destructive earthquakes.
Legal Battle Over Terminally Ill Child Raises Sanctity Of Life Questions
In Ft. Worth, Texas, legal action over whether a hospital can remove a terminally ill, 11-month-old girl from life support is raising legal, medical and ethical questions.
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U.S. Supreme Court takes up presidential Electoral College dispute
As the 2020 race heats up, the Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear a dispute involving the complex U.S. presidential election system focusing on whether Electoral College electors are free to break their pledges to back the can
U.S. Supreme Court to hear Trump appeal in Obamacare contraception fight
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday took up an appeal by President Donald Trump's administration seeking to enforce new federal rules allowing employers to obtain religious exemptions from an Obamacare requirement that health insuran
Despite lack of primary threat, Trump 'going big' in Iowa
President Donald Trump's campaign plans to blanket Iowa with representatives and events ahead of the state's Feb. 3 caucuses, hoping to use the first-in-the-nation primary to show evidence of his strength in rural America, sources
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Clinton prosecutor Ken Starr to defend Trump in impeachment
Former special prosecutors from Bill Clinton's impeachment trial are on the president's team.
Harvey Weinstein case: Jury picked for New York rape trial
After two weeks, lawyers finally choose the 12 jurors for the trial from about 700 candidates.
Canada offers funds to families of Canadian victims of Flight 752
Canada will offer C$25,000 to families of its citizens and permanent residents who died in the disaster.
FBI arrests three more members of right wing extremist group 'The Base'
Six suspected white supremacists have been arrested in what appeared to be a co-ordinated operation.
'Giddy-up', said TSA agent pulling Native woman's braids
The agency apologises after the flyer tweeted she was "humiliated" by the incident in Minnesota.
The big question Canadians have about royal move
Canadians want to know if they will be picking up the tab for Harry and Meghan's security if they move there.
Ayanna Pressley: US congresswoman reveals alopecia diagnosis
Ayanna Pressley says she shared her condition because "as a Black woman, the personal is political".
'Chinese Restaurant Syndrome' - what is it and is it racist?
Makers of a flavouring agent launch a campaign against "racist" dictionary entry.
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People Have Invented More Than 200 Gender-Neutral Pronouns. Here’s Why ‘They’ Is Here to Stay
It is a well-known truth among linguists that so long as English is changing — which it always is — there will be people who are belly-aching about it, warning that if things keep going as they are, the language will s
Portrait Found in Gallery’s Walls Verified as Missing Gustav Klimt Artwork
'Portrait of a Lady' was stolen from the gallery nearly 23 years ago
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