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Title: Ukrainian nationalist leader demands compensation from Russia for ‘occupation in 20th century’

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479332-ukraine-nazi-compensation-occupation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 21:45:12 +0000

Desc: Preview Oleg Tyagnibok, the leader of Ukraine's far-right Svoboda party, has demanded Kiev authorities follow the example of Poland and the Baltic States by seeking compensation from Russia, for a range of historical grievances.
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Oleg Tyagnibok, the leader of Ukraine's far-right Svoboda party, has demanded Kiev authorities follow the example of Poland and the Baltic States by seeking compensation from Russia, for a range of historical grievances.

The radical politician, who has a history of expressing anti-Semitic and xenophobic views, expects Moscow to pay up for the damage caused during World War Two when Soviet Ukraine was invaded by Nazi Germany. He wants more cash for "occupation during the last century," plus dispossession and collectivization, at the hands of the Bolsheviks, as well as recompense for three famines and "tens of millions of killed Ukrainians.”

Tyagnibok is also seeking payouts for Ukraine's claims to a portion of the Russian "Diamond Fund": a valuable collection of gems, and jewelry, held at the Kremlin Armoury in Moscow, which is roughly analogous to Britain's "Crown Jewels.”

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The list doesn't stop there: he additionally wants a share of the foreign exchange reserves of the old USSR. However, the Svoboda Party leader doesn't take into account how Russia, after the Soviet collapse, assumed the debt obligations of all of its constituent republics, including Ukraine. A burden that caused Moscow considerable financial headaches in the 1990s, a decade which culminated in the 1998 economic crisis, and default.

Writing on the Telegram messenger, on Monday, he claimed "Muscovy (sic) owes us like (it owes) no one else" and complained that "Ukrainian authorities don't even breathe a word about it." Tyagnibok accused leaders in Kiev of flirting "with the enemy", and working to maintain trade partnerships.

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Tyagnibok fails to acknowledge any Ukrainian culpability for Soviet policies, whether positive or negative. Despite the fact that a considerable amount of the USSR top brass were themselves Ukrainians. Indeed, one Leonid Brezhnev, from the Dnipropetrovsk region, literally ran the state for 18 of its final 27 years. And his immediate predecessor, Nikita Khrushchev, was a former chief of the Ukrainian SSR, who grew up in the Donbass. As it happens, Ukrainians held leadership positions at all political and military levels in what amounted to a union state. For instance, three of the eight chairmen of the KGB came from the country.

The right-wing populist is no fan of Russians and many other foreign and ethnic groups. Back in 2004, he was ejected from Kiev's Rada (parliament) after detailing how Ukrainians, during the Second World War "fought Muscovites, Germans, Jews and other scum who wanted to take away our Ukrainian state." He also referred to a "Jewish-Russian mafia, which (he alleged) rules in Ukraine.”

In a 2012 profile, The New York Times described how "some of his party's members are unabashed neo-Nazis, while others shun the label but nonetheless espouse virulent hatred of Jews, gays and especially Russians."

In recent times, members of the PiS (Law and Justice) government in neighboring Poland have made increasingly combative statements about 20th-century history, apportioning equal blame to the USSR and Germany for starting the Second World War. This revisionism has angered Moscow and brought its relations with Warsaw to lows not seen for decades. Just a few days ago, Poland's de-facto leader, ruling party boss Jarosław Kaczyński, demanded compensation from Russia for damage in World War II.

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Warsaw is also looking for reparations from Berlin. As far as Moscow is concerned, the Soviet Union liberated the Polish from the Nazis and later helped install a Communist government, with the support of local political leaders. Today's elites in Poland regard the post-War decades as an "occupation.”

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Title: ‘Reconsider travel’: US advises Americans against traveling to China as first death from coronavirus confirmed in Beijing

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479330-us-reconsider-travel-china-coronavirus/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 21:37:00 +0000

Desc: Preview The US has urged citizens to “reconsider” traveling to China in the State Department's newest advisory, amid the ongoing deadly coronavirus outbreak as another person fell victim to the disease in the Chinese capital of Beijing.
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The US has urged citizens to “reconsider” traveling to China in the State Department's newest advisory, amid the ongoing deadly coronavirus outbreak as another person fell victim to the disease in the Chinese capital of Beijing.

The travel advisory warns Americans about an “increased risk” of infection and explicitly calls on them not to travel to the Hubei province – the source of the outbreak that was essentially quarantined by the Chinese authorities. It also said that all non-emergency US personnel and their family members were ordered to leave the troubled province last week, thus confirming earlier media reports. 

Further advice to those who would still travel to China despite the warnings includes such recommendations as avoiding contact with sick people as well as any animals, animal markets, and animal products such as uncooked meat.

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The advisory comes as China’s capital of Beijing confirmed its first death from the deadly respiratory disease, caused by the novel coronavirus named 2019-nCoV, bringing the total death toll in the country to 82. Hundreds of new infections are also confirmed every day and the number of cases confirmed countrywide has surpassed 2,800.

The virus has already spread beyond China’s borders, with cases confirmed in 15 countries including Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia as well as France, Canada and the US itself. Chinese authorities recently revealed that the disease can spread before any symptoms could be detected, sparking concerns among some US doctors.

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Title: ‘Poor judgement’: WaPo suspends reporter for Kobe Bryant rape case link tweeted HOURS after his death

Link: https://www.rt.com/usa/479326-washington-post-kobe-bryant-rape/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 21:28:00 +0000

Desc: Preview The Washington Post has suspended one of its reporters after she posted a link to a story about a 2016 rape case involving Kobe Bryant just hours after the basketball star’s death in a helicopter crash.
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The Washington Post has suspended one of its reporters after she posted a link to a story about a 2016 rape case involving Kobe Bryant just hours after the basketball star’s death in a helicopter crash.

Felicia Sonmez posted the link not long after the news of Bryant's death broke on Sunday and faced furious backlash online, with tweeters accusing her of “disgusting” insensitivity, particularly in light of the fact that the crash also took the lives of Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people.

The Post said in a statement that Sonmez was placed on leave while it determined whether her tweets violated the company's social media rules. In the statement, the Post's managing editor Tracy Grant also said the now-deleted tweets "displayed poor judgment that undermined the work of her colleagues.”

Washington Post reporter @feliciasonmez deleted her crass tweets about Kobe Bryant. But screen grabs are forever – and I took some before she deleted the tweets.

Bye, Felicia. pic.twitter.com/IvNZHkiBam

— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) January 26, 2020

But journalist Matthew Keyes has cited a source within the Washington Post claiming the news organization was not taking issue with the text of Felicia Sonmez's Bryant tweet, but rather the fact that she shared a screenshot of messages from critics sent to her inbox that disclosed full names. The Post was said to be concerned that could create "legal issues" and violate Twitter's terms of service.

Critics say The Post could be setting a dangerous precedent for journalists with their decision. Journalist Barry J Whyte argued on Twitter that suspending Sonmez for tweeting a "relevant detail," which was reported by others, is "heavy handed" and "chilling."

The story Sonmez had linked to was a piece published in 2016 by the Daily Beast headlined: 'Kobe Bryant's Disturbing Rape Case: The DNA Evidence, the Accuser's Story, and the Half-Confession.'

Sonmez said in later tweets that she had received “abuse and death threats” for posting the story and made the names of some of those sending angry emails public. The anger was so intense that the hashtag #FireFeliciaSonmez even began trending on Twitter.

Felicia Sonmez should be fired. To tweet something like that just hours after him and his daughter passed is disgusting. She is a horrible human being for doing something like that. #FireFeliciaSonmez

— Dustin Driscoll (@DJLaker54) January 27, 2020

 

The Post reporter was not the only one to face swift backlash for tweets calling Bryant a rapist. Actress Evan Rachel Wood also tweeted in the aftermath of his death, saying that while he was a “sports hero” he was “also a rapist.”

“..maybe she is not an uptight, humorless, bitch, but rather has had experiences outside your realm of understanding and have adversely colored her perception of the world.”

— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) January 27, 2020

Angry tweeters told the actress that there is a "time and a place" for that kind of comment, while others called her a hypocrite for working with film director Woody Allen, whose daughter Dylan has long accused him of sexual abuse.

Tragic pic.twitter.com/J6GoZQ0STl

— Mexintex (@dylane25) January 26, 2020

Not everyone was in disagreement with those bringing up the past rape case, however. "People are going to hate on you for this, but you’re right," one person tweeted to Wood.

Bryant was charged with sexual assault in 2003 after he was accused of rape by a 19-year-old woman employed at a Colorado hotel. The case was later dropped after the accuser refused to testify. She later brought a civil case against the sports star and settled out of court. 

Bryant claimed the sex was consensual, but acknowledged that the woman involved had not viewed it that way and offered an apology.

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Title: Iran slams Trump’s ‘delusional’ Middle East peace plan, calls on US to accept Tehran’s proposal instead

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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 21:18:32 +0000

Desc: Preview Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has blasted US President Donald Trump’s soon-to-be-revealed peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, suggesting Iran’s referendum proposal would be a better strategy.
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has blasted US President Donald Trump’s soon-to-be-revealed peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, suggesting Iran’s referendum proposal would be a better strategy.

Trump said he will unveil his “deal of the century” for Israel and Palestine – actually prepared by his aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner – on Tuesday, but Zarif has already taken to Twitter to condemn it. He suggested that Washington should abandon its “delusional” plan and instead support a solution offered by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Instead of a delusional “Deal of the Century”—which will be D.O.A.—self-described "champions of democracy” would do better to accept Iran's democratic solution proposed by Ayatollah @khamenei_ir:

A referendum whereby ALL Palestinians—Muslim, Jew or Christian—decide their future.

— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 27, 2020

Unlike the US plan, the details of which remain a mystery, the proposal put forward by Khamenei amounts to holding a referendum on a system of government including “Muslim, Christian and Jewish residents of Palestine as well as Palestinian refugees.” The Iranian leader also repeatedly slammed the US’ “deal of the century” by calling it “traitorous” and designed to “destroy” Palestine’s identity, as he apparently suspects the plan will greatly favor Israel.

While little is known about the deal, reports suggest that it’s unlikely to envisage statehood for Palestinians. AFP said that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has already rejected the deal ahead of it being unveiled, and the Palestinian Authority considers that a two-state solution is the only way forward.

Tellingly, both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival in the forthcoming snap elections, Benny Gantz, will attend the ceremony at the White House, while no Palestinian representatives will be present.

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In anticipation of a strongly pro-Israeli plan, Palestinian leaders in Ramallah and Gaza have also condemned the upcoming deal and called for a “day of rage” on Tuesday. They urged Palestinians to boycott American goods, and remove all US symbols remaining in the West Bank.

Trump claimed in a press conference earlier this week that his administration had spoken “briefly” to the Palestinians, and vowed to talk to them again at some point in the future. He admitted that they might not like his proposals “at first.” However, he also maintained that his plan is “actually very positive to them.”

Washington has curtailed hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and stopped funding the UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees. Trump’s decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem also drew the ire of the Palestinian Authority, which cut all communications with the US thereafter.

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Title: Radical feminists attempting to BAN sport chat in the workplace will isolate, not include women

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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 20:17:00 +0000

Desc: Preview In its latest attempt to seemingly collapse in on itself in one giant heap of irony, radical feminism has decided it wants to further alienate women by seeking to ban conversations about sport at work for fears it alienates women.
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In its latest attempt to seemingly collapse in on itself in one giant heap of irony, radical feminism has decided it wants to further alienate women by seeking to ban conversations about sport at work for fears it alienates women.

Leadership expert and apparent oracle on all female interests, Ann Francke, head of the Chartered Management Institute, claims “unchecked” workplace conversations about sport might isolate women and could lead to a dreaded “more laddish culture”.

“A lot of women, in particular, feel left out," shrieks Francke. “They don't follow those sports and they don't like either being forced to talk about them or not being included," she told the BBC.

Francke’s arrogance blinds her to the fact that not only does she belittle men as one-track-minded bores but patronizes women as fragile beings that zone out at the slightest mention of footy, implying they are more interested in the latest beauty products than the beautiful game.

Did it ever occur to Francke that women might actually like and want to debate matters about football? 

Aside from wanting to police which thoughts and words fellow human beings think and use, Francke’s argument echoes the tired adage of women not being able to grasp the offside rule, by condescending to the poor fragile females in the workplace and attempting to cover their ears from the one-track-minded, infantile bores.

In actual fact, women are increasingly occupying roles within the men’s game and female interest in football is at an all-time high, piquing after last year’s Women’s World Cup in France. Consequently, more and more prominent clubs, Manchester United being a recent one, creating women’s teams to nurture the intrigue of young girls and provide female footballing role models.

Even more ironic is women are regularly employed to host debates between ex-players and journalists, such as the charismatic Kelly Cates of Sky Sports or Jacqui Oatley of BBC flagship program Match of the Day, the latter of those has called the initiative a "terrible idea”.

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But there is also a secondary hazard of such talk for Francke. "It's a gateway to more laddish behaviour and - if it just goes unchecked - it's a signal of a more laddish culture,” she says.

"It's very easy for it to escalate from VAR talk and chat to slapping each other on the back and talking about their conquests at the weekend."

Now I’m no expert, but I’m sure that not even the most laddish of lads has ever had the conversational gymnastic ability to make a seamless jump from whether he thought Mo Salah was onside for his second goal on Saturday to his exaggerated romps with the local barmaid later that evening.

Simply put: whittling away a few minutes of the working day with unsupervised chatter - supervised or otherwise - will never under any circumstance suddenly lead to locker room tales of casual one night stands where women are viewed with scarcely little more value than a hamburger.

Of course, if we were all to take Francke's opinion of lads constantly nattering on about football leading to the feminist hell of lad culture in the office, then it wouldn’t be outlandish to take the stance that women should reduce time spent on the company’s watch talking about kittens, unicorns, washing, ironing, sugar and spice and all things nice - a typical sexist's view of women's interests.

According to Francke's logic, that way we would save colleague-kind from a dystopian future where women congratulate each other on finding half-price vouchers for manicures and put roses and tiny little pink cushions on every desk, much to the chagrin of their uncouth male workmates.

But the reality is women don't do that. And even if they did, failing to snuff out such behavior by nipping it in the bud as soon as a guilty party opens their mouth would not lead to some exaggerated suffering for male colleagues to the extent they felt isolated.

Another reality is that the Orwellian concept of ‘wrongthink’ is fast becoming less a thing of satire and more a very probable thing of the future, a future in which radical feminism not only seeks to demean and vilify men as uneducated and toxic but also reinforces the very opinion it aims to dismantle - that women can’t or don’t have interests that are typically male.

So please, let’s change the conversation.

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Title: ‘Bombshell’ or nothing to see here? Dems clamor for Bolton impeachment testimony as manuscript claims Trump-Ukraine quid-pro-quo

Link: https://www.rt.com/usa/479321-bolton-book-impeachment-witness/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 19:45:22 +0000

Desc: Preview Ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton’s book claims Donald Trump admitted a Ukraine quid-pro-quo, prompting Democrats to declare it’s game-over for the US president, as his supporters dismiss it as yet another nothingburger.
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Ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton’s book claims Donald Trump admitted a Ukraine quid-pro-quo, prompting Democrats to declare it’s game-over for the US president, as his supporters dismiss it as yet another nothingburger.

Democrats have renewed their demands for Bolton to testify in the Senate impeachment trial after a manuscript of the inveterate hawk’s new tell-all book on his time in the White House asserted Trump had told Bolton the administration should keep sitting on $391 million in military aid to Ukraine until Kiev reopened an investigation of Burisma Holdings, the natural gas firm tied to former vice president and Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden’s son.

...transcripts of my calls with President Zelensky are all the proof that is needed, in addition to the fact that President Zelensky & the Foreign Minister of Ukraine said there was no pressure and no problems. Additionally, I met with President Zelensky at the United Nations...

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2020

Trump has flatly denied the claim, accusing his former security council chief of lying to sell books and observing that Bolton “never complained about this at the time of his very public termination” in a tweet on Monday. The president reminded his detractors that he “released the military aid to Ukraine without any conditions or investigations - and far ahead of schedule” and begged them, once again, to read the transcripts of his calls with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham implied there had been some kind of setup as regards the supposed ‘reveal’, telling Fox News on Monday that “the timing of all of this is very, very suspect” and backing up Trump’s denials. Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani stuck the knife in further, snarking “No wonder [Bolton] accomplished so little as National Security Advisor.”

.@LouDobbs There is no way in the world President Trump would say this to John Bolton. It’s a shame that a man will sacrifice his integrity to make a few bucks on a book. No wonder he accomplished so little as National Security Advisor.

— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) January 27, 2020

But Democrats are insisting Bolton be subpoenaed to testify, despite the two parties having so far failed to reach an agreement over whether additional witnesses can be called. While House Democrats asked Bolton to testify back in November; the request was voluntary and they decided against subpoenaing him when his lawyers claimed he would fight the move in court. After the House voted to impeach, however, Bolton let it be known that he was “prepared to testify” — should the Senate subpoena him.

Longtime presidential nemesis Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said it was “important to hear from Bolton,” suggesting it was “increasingly likely” that enough Republicans would vote in favor of calling him as a witness and claiming to have spoken to others in the party. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) was more cautious in her support for calling Bolton to the stand, saying she was always “likely to vote to call witnesses” in an impeachment trial. Even Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), typically loyal to the president, hinted he might support calling Bolton to the stand — if he could see what was in the manuscript first.

The usual suspects came out of the woodwork to cheer on Bolton and any potential Republican defectors, with Democrats insisting the manuscript leak had their case new life.

A trial that doesn't allow testimony from material witnesses isn't a trial at all. It's a cover-up.

Your Republican senators need to hear from you today. (202) 224-3121https://t.co/38CGlIXM4G

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 27, 2020

"Today one feels a similar urge to shout...to Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton: Speak for America!...'It’s worse than you can imagine' is what he’s reported to have said privately. Now he needs to help us all imagine."https://t.co/LlNwbZJSvS

— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) January 27, 2020

Fox News' Chris Wallace on the Bolton news: "If you want a sense of how big the news is that we've heard in the past 12-14 hours, listen to the Trump supporters...spinning like crazy that it isn't big news and you get a sense that this is really an important development." pic.twitter.com/o5xl6xj09e

— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) January 27, 2020

Trump’s supporters had a different take: Bolton (and his backers in the Republican Party) were biting the hand that fed them — all for nothing, because the “revelations” would be just the latest in a series of “bombshells” that turned out to be duds.

Remember when Omarosa's "bombshell" book was going to take down Trump?

Remember when Andrew McCabe's "bombshell" book was going to take down Trump?

Remember when Jim Comey's "bombshell" book was going to take down Trump?

How did those work out?

This Bolton book is nothing new

— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 27, 2020

After everything @realDonaldTrump has done for this country (at great personal cost!) it is so sad that so many are willing to sell out America, our Constitution, truth, their integrity, and our great President just to score a book deal or 5 minutes of fame.

You are the swamp.

— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) January 27, 2020

John Bolton is running the exact same revenge playbook against Trump that James Comey used. He’s even using the same agent and leaking to the same reporters. All because he’s mad Trump fired him for leaking and trying to start new wars. It’s so boring and predictable.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 27, 2020

Republican Senator John Barrasso (Wyoming) also insisted there was “nothing new here” in the Bolton manuscript, adding that “the facts of the case remain the same.” He predicted inflammatory information would be coming out “every day” to attempt to influence the proceedings, and confirmed that the Senate would discuss on Friday whether to call additional witnesses. 

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Title: Seeing red! Non-league footballer issued with THREE cards after committing scything fouls just seconds apart (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/479320-three-cards-cards-football/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 19:06:43 +0000

Desc: Preview A non-league footballer had a day to forget on the football field recently after he was shown an incredible THREE cards for a series of fouls which took place within 12 seconds of each other.
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A non-league footballer had a day to forget on the football field recently after he was shown an incredible THREE cards for a series of fouls which took place within 12 seconds of each other.

Garforth Town's Alex Low hacked down a player from Bridlington Town in the Northern Counties East Football League last weekend as they attempted to mount a counter attack.

The referee, clearly nonplussed by the challenge, waved play on in a move to maintain Bridlington's advantage on the break, only for Low to charge back and once again scythe down an opposition player - this time deep inside his own half.

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In a move rarely seen on a football pitch, the referee approached Low and issued him with two yellow cards - one for each of the fouls - and swiftly followed up with a red card. 

Low, for his part, had little issue with the referee's disciplinary measures and jogged off the pitch with little complaint.

The vide of the incident has amassed more than 200,000 views on social media at the time of writing.

Here's something you don't see every day...
The ref gives Garforths' Alex Low three cards at once 😲🙋‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/A6a9itEc0O

— Garforth Town AFC (@TheGarforthTown) January 26, 2020

This is excellent refereeing! Always a risk to play advantage on a yellow card, especially on edge of area like that but this is very well managed with really good awareness 👏🏻 https://t.co/v92h4OXNiO

— Bobby Madley (@BobbyMadley2) January 26, 2020

The scene was reminiscent of an incredible scene at the 2006 World Cup in Germany when English referee Graham Poll showed Croatian defender Josip Simunic THREE yellow cards in the course of the same game for a series of fouls. 

Poll had failed to correctly note the first yellow card which he had issued to the player.

That incident was a mistake on the official's part, but in the case of the double-foul at Garforth Town, the referee got his decision-making spot-on.

Former professional referee Bobby Madley even took to social media to give his backing to the referee in the more recent incident.

"This is excellent refereeing!" he tweeted.

"Always a risk to play advantage on a yellow card, especially on edge of area like that but this is very well managed with really good awareness."

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Title: FBI requested interview with Prince Andrew on Jeffrey Epstein case, but received ‘zero cooperation’

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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 18:55:22 +0000

Desc: Preview US federal prosecutors have requested an interview with Britain’s Prince Andrew about the late sex-offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein, an attorney for the southern district of New York confirmed on Monday.
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US federal prosecutors have requested an interview with Britain’s Prince Andrew about the late sex-offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein, an attorney for the southern district of New York confirmed on Monday.

Speaking outside the mansion formerly owned by Epstein, attorney Geoffrey Berman said Andrew has not yet responded to the FBI’s request and has offered “zero cooperation” so far. That’s despite the British royal earlier saying that he would be willing to help “any appropriate law enforcement agency” in conducting their investigations into sexual assault claims made against Epstein and the co-conspirators who aided him.

"[Prince Andrew] publicly offered, indeed in a press release, to cooperate with law enforcement investigating the crimes committed by Jeffrey Epstein and his co-conspirators," Berman continued.

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Andrew’s friendship with Epstein has come under scrutiny in recent months, leading him to address criticisms in a car crash BBC interview in November, which prompted even more accusations about the relationship and forced him to step back from his public duties as part of the royal family.

Berman gave no specific details as to the information the FBI would be hoping to learn from Andrew, but said Epstein would not have been able to carry out his crimes without help from co-conspirators.

Epstein died while in custody in a New York prison in August and his death was ruled a suicide, though the circumstances surrounding it led many to believe foul play was involved.

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Title: ‘35 boats on fire, people jumped into the water’: At least 8 dead in Tennessee River inferno (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 18:50:57 +0000

Desc: Preview A huge blaze raged across a dock on the Tennessee River in Scottsboro, Alabama early on Monday, destroying 35 vessels, mostly houseboats, and killing at least eight people, according to the local fire chief.
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A huge blaze raged across a dock on the Tennessee River in Scottsboro, Alabama early on Monday, destroying 35 vessels, mostly houseboats, and killing at least eight people, according to the local fire chief.

Several others have been hospitalized, with local officials saying it’s not yet known how many more people may have been on board vessels that sank during the disaster.

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The fire reportedly started close to the shoreline, making it difficult for firefighters to get close enough to fight the blaze, while gas canisters on board nearby vessels likely aided the quick spread of the flames. An aluminium roof over the dock collapsed during the fire, further impeding first responders.

By the time the fire reached the houseboats at B-Dock, it had turned fatal: people were caught unaware in their beds, with some jumping into the river for safety, while others were trapped in their homes. 

Tragedy in the making in NE Alabama. Massive fire at dock on Lake Guntersville. 8 people unaccounted for. 7 injured. 35 boats destroyed. @WAAYTV @sierraWAAY31 pic.twitter.com/J2uMfbd4MG

— Dan Shaffer (@danWAAY31) January 27, 2020

First responders were called to a dock fire at Jackson County Park in Scottsboro early this morning. EMA officials say 7 people are injured and there were some deaths, but they have not confirmed how many. Rescue boats are still in the water here. pic.twitter.com/v5E9qrwmaE

— Kelly Kennedy (@KellyWZDX) January 27, 2020

Footage and photos of the inferno that were shared online show the blazing dock as a wall of flames. Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Necklaus said some of the survivors had no option but to jump into the water when their escape route was cut off by fire. He described the scene to local reporters as “one of the most devastating things I’ve ever seen.”

One eyewitness said it took just 20 minutes for the whole dock to go up in flames. Search operations continue at the location, but authorities say some of the debris will need to be removed before divers can enter the water to continue to look for victims.

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Title: ‘No indication of enemy fire’: US forces in Afghanistan confirm loss of recon plane

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479319-us-confirm-plane-crash-afghanistan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 18:17:00 +0000

Desc: Preview The US military has acknowledged the loss of a Bombardier/Northrop Grumman E-11A plane in central Afghanistan. They added that they have not found any “indication” that the aircraft was downed.
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The US military has acknowledged the loss of a Bombardier/Northrop Grumman E-11A plane in central Afghanistan. They added that they have not found any “indication” that the aircraft was downed.

The aircraft crashed in Ghazni city area on Monday. An investigation into the incident is underway and the military will provide further information when its available, a spokesman for the US force in Afghanistan, Col. Sonny Leggett has tweeted.

A U.S. Bombardier E-11A crashed today in Ghazni province, Afghanistan. While the cause of crash is under investigation, there are no indications the crash was caused by enemy fire. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

— USFOR-A Spokesman Col Sonny Leggett (@USFOR_A) January 27, 2020

The official also dismissed Taliban claims that another aircraft had crashed in the country, describing them as “false.” Earlier in the day, the Taliban said that a military helicopter went down in the east of the country shortly after the plane crash. The militant group did not provide any details of the alleged incident, nor did they specify to whom the helicopter belonged.

There has been some confusion as to whether Taliban militants have claimed responsibility for the plane crash. Their initial statement in Pushtu only stated that the plane had gone down.

The Bombardier/Northrop Grumman E-11A is a surveillance and communications plane. Footage from the scene showing the wreckage has been circulating on social media, and photos that appear to show a plane with the same serial number have been unearthed.

Videos showed the shell of the plane ablaze on the ground. It was largely destroyed in the fire with only its tail section surviving the crash

Another video of #American aircraft shot dawned by #Taliban in #Ghazni #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/pYKHx2q3tI

— Tariq Ghazniwal (@TGhazniwal) January 27, 2020

Local journalists have apparently made it to the scene faster than the US military.

#Afghan forces head to the site of US plane crash

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— RT (@RT_com) January 27, 2020

Pajhwok news agency has published photos of the wreckage. They have also snapped some documents that survived the crash of the aircraft, which the Taliban has claimed was carrying CIA officers.

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Title: ‘Makes a lot of sense’: White House to unveil ‘deal of the century’ Mid-East peace plan Tuesday as Trump receives Netanyahu

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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 18:11:34 +0000

Desc: Preview US President Donald Trump has said that the White House will unveil its long-awaited and long-delayed Middle East peace plan on Tuesday. Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu is already in DC, but no Palestinian envoy is present.
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US President Donald Trump has said that the White House will unveil its long-awaited and long-delayed Middle East peace plan on Tuesday. Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu is already in DC, but no Palestinian envoy is present.

Trump made the remark as he received Netanyahu, who is in Washington for the release of the plan dubbed the “deal of the century.”

Trump said the plan “makes a lot of sense” for everybody and is “good for” Palestinians — but reports suggest that the plan is unlikely to offer the prospect of statehood to Palestine. Adding to the sense that the deal will offer more to Israel, is the fact that no Palestinian representative from Gaza or the West Bank was invited to the unveiling.

The deal has even reportedly been rejected by the head of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), Mahmoud Abbas, who according to AFP turned down an offer from Trump to discuss the plan.

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Netanyahu on Saturday called Trump the "greatest friend" Israel has ever had and framed the deal as the "greatest opportunity" for the country. Meanwhile, Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif, called Trump's peace plan "delusional" and "dead on arrival" in a tweet on Monday.

Trump has held an avidly pro-Israel stance since taking office, and solidified his friendship with Netanyahu by moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as well as recognizing Israel's "sovereignty" over Syria's Golan Heights, illegal under international law.

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Title: Aid groups seek safe ports for nearly 500 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean

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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 18:06:00 +0000

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Nearly 500 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean by two boats run by aid agencies were looking for safe ports in Malta and Italy, the groups said on Monday. The ‘Ocean Viking’ vessel run by SOS Mediterranee in partnership with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) was carrying 407 people rescued in a total of five operations carried out over 72 hours.

Another 78 people were taken on board the ‘Alan Kurdi’, run by the Sea-Eye organization based in Germany. They were rescued in two operations.

Sea-Eye tweeted on Sunday that the ‘Alan Kurdi’ was headed for Italy, after Malta refused them a safe port. Ocean Viking has rescued 184 men, women and children on two inflatable rafts, off the Libyan coast.

Despite the winter, bad weather, and very few vessels dedicated to the rescue in the area, “boats are still leaving Libya in numbers,” Aloys Vimard, MSF’s coordinator on board the Ocean Viking, told AFP. “The survivors tell us about the deteriorating security situation in Libya where there is active conflict.” MSF had refused an offer to land them at Libya as “it is not a safe place.”



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Title: USAF says ‘it appears we lost a plane’ as Afghani journos uncover DOCUMENTS from crash site (PHOTOS)

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479311-usaf-plane-taliban-afghanistan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 18:03:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Journalists have made it to the scene of a plane crash in Afghanistan, snapping pictures of the wreckage and even some documents. It comes as the US Air Force's chief of staff all but confirmed the loss of the military plane.
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Journalists have made it to the scene of a plane crash in Afghanistan, snapping pictures of the wreckage and even some documents. It comes as the US Air Force's chief of staff all but confirmed the loss of the military plane.

UPDATE: ‘No indication of enemy fire’: US forces in Afghanistan confirm loss of recon plane

"It appears we have lost an aircraft. We don't know the status of the crew," Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force's chief of staff, told reporters at a Monday meeting in Washington. This is the closest to a confirmation from the US military so far, and the Pentagon earlier declined to comment.

The aircraft, believed to be a USAF Bombardier/Northrop Grumman E-11A, a surveillance and communications plane, went down in central Afghanistan on Monday. There has been some confusion as to whether Taliban militants have claimed responsibility for the crash, however, their initial statement in Pushtu only stated that the plane had gone down.

READ MORE: Taliban claims plane carrying high-ranking US officers crashes in Afghanistan

Footage from the scene shows that the aircraft burned upon the impact, with only its tail section remaining largely intact.

@pajhwok reporter Saifullah Maftoon visited the area in #Ghazni province, where an Aircraft crashed today, #Taliban said few US force officers were killed in this incident. #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/vJ1fB2kspb

— Pajhwok Afghan News (@pajhwok) January 27, 2020

Some documents, however, managed to survive the blaze and were pictured by local media lying scattered at the crash site.

@pajhwok reporter Saifullah Maftoon visited the area in #Ghazni province, where an Aircraft crashed today,
Our reporter found some document there. #Taliban said few US force officers were killed in this incident. #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/2NhFbvgMGm

— Pajhwok Afghan News (@pajhwok) January 27, 2020

Other graphic pictures from the scene show at least one badly charred corpse, which was recovered from the wreckage.

The destroyed aircraft bears markings matching those of a US military plane, utilized by the US Air Force’s 430th Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron, which is stationed at Kandahar airbase. The E-11As are used as communication planes that provide reliable comms coverage for troops below – which is an especially tricky job in mountainous terrain.

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Title: 'Sportswashing, plain and simple': Human rights watchdog Amnesty slams Saudi consortium bid for EPL side Newcastle United

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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 17:46:01 +0000

Desc: Preview A proposed consortium takeover of Newcastle United by a group controlled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been criticized by Amnesty, who claim that the move is aimed at 'sportswashing' the country's human rights record.
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A proposed consortium takeover of Newcastle United by a group controlled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been criticized by Amnesty, who claim that the move is aimed at 'sportswashing' the country's human rights record.

The club's owner, Mike Ashley, is understood to be considering a £340 million ($391 million) offer to take control of the Premier League side, with Ashley conducting negotiations via a Dubai-based financier. He is thought to be seeking a deal which will allow him to retain a 10% stake in the club he has been involved with since 2007.

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The move, coupled with other recent moves into the global sports world such as the recent hosting of the rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz, is representative of more sinister motives though, claim Amnesty, who say that the region is getting involved with sport in order to gloss over what they perceive as repeated human rights abuses in the country. 

"It’s not for us to say who should own Newcastle, but players, backroom staff and fans alike ought to see this for what it is: sportswashing, plain and simple," said Felix Jakens, UK head of campaigns for Amnesty. 

"Given the deluge of investment in sport we’ve seen from Saudi Arabia recently, a takeover of Newcastle United wouldn’t come as a major surprise.

"Saudi Arabia is well-known for its attempts at ‘sportswashing’ – trying to use the glamor and prestige of top-tier sport as a PR tool to distract from the country’s abysmal human rights record."

Jakers goes on to state several incidents linked to the Saudi regime, such as the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which was allegedly conducted by the regime. 

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"Under the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, there’s been a sweeping human rights crackdown, with numerous peaceful activists jailed, including Loujain al-Hathloul and other brave women’s rights defenders," he continued. 

"There’s been a blatant whitewash over Jamal Khashoggi’s grisly murder, there are continuing concerns over Saudi hacking, and the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen has a bloody record of launching indiscriminate attacks on homes and hospitals.

"The sportswashing effect can be countered if those involved are willing to do so. Staff and fans at Newcastle United should familiarise themselves with the dire human rights situation in Saudi Arabia and be prepared to speak out about it."

Khashoggi was assassinated at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018, with the official line on his death being that he was murdered by 'rogue agents' who were attempting to return him to his native Turkey. 



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Title: Germany considers pulling citizens out of Wuhan, but as more countries enact evacuation plans, will the coronavirus go with them?

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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 17:39:46 +0000

Desc: Preview On Monday, Germany became the latest in a growing list of countries to enact evacuation plans for its citizens in the virus-hit city of Wuhan, but could they end up bringing the virus back instead?
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On Monday, Germany became the latest in a growing list of countries to enact evacuation plans for its citizens in the virus-hit city of Wuhan, but could they end up bringing the virus back instead?

The German Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas made the announcement on Monday, saying: “We are now also considering a possible evacuation of all Germans who are willing to leave.” The plan will involve a team from the embassy in Beijing making their way to the virus-ravaged city of Wuhan, where there are thought to be around 90 Germans. There, they will provide assistance to their citizens, and offer them the chance to return home if they so wish.

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Berlin joins a growing list of countries to declare its intention to pull its citizens out of Wuhan. On Monday, Thailand also considered an evacuation, as have Jordan, Australia, and the US.  

Making the problem worse?

But as Chinese officials revealed on Sunday, the virus is spreading with no visible symptoms. With this in mind, are these countries’ plans to bring back citizens wise? Or do they risk outbreaks at home to rival that in China, where upward of 80 people have now died?

Apparently, there are no indications that the Germans in Wuhan are infected with the coronavirus. Nevertheless, if any of them do return to Europe, it would be advisable to keep them quarantined until blood tests can confirm they are not infected. Even this is an imperfect science, as a single virus cell can lie dormant in a person for a long time before multiplying and attacking. Western countries reaction to the virus so far could be seen as being impractical

#Wuhan's mayor latest comments on the #coronavirus situation have been reported by #China's state broadcaster. Zhou Xianwang said the handling of the #crisis was 'not good enough' and added that he and his deputy will resign over the case pic.twitter.com/Icj9CdFpeu

— RT (@RT_com) January 27, 2020

They waited for the Chinese to shut down the city without imposing any travel restrictions of their own, perhaps so as not to be seen as the first to blink. Furthermore, the precautionary measures at airports seem to have consisted mostly of the thermal scanning of passengers’ foreheads, not exactly a foolproof method of detecting the virus, and besides, couldn’t the scanner itself spread the particles?

It could be that such measures are simply a distraction, an attempt to pacify the citizenry and to stop them panicking by making them feel that everything is under control.

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Germany’s plans to tackle the danger, according to local media, will consist of incoming planes carrying possibly virus-infected patients diverted to one of six specially prepared airports. Isolation wards are ready and waiting in all major hospitals, and the staff have been briefed on all eventualities.

Signs in Mandarin have been erected in the airports instructing people who experiencing coronavirus-like symptoms such as fever or cough to immediately direct themselves to airport staff. It is also reported that if a person is suspected of having the virus, their friends, family and everyone sitting within two rows of them will also be screened for symptoms.

One way ticket for the virus?

Since the city of Wuhan has been virtually quarantined by China, can it really be wise for other countries to be swooping in and retrieving their own citizens, regardless of how good their preparations are? While countries owe their citizens a certain amount of help amidst natural disasters such as this, guaranteeing that the virus will not enter a country could require a blanket travel ban, and probably a temporary embargo on food products as well. 

Passengers from #HongKong checked for deadly #coronavirus at #Italian #airport

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— RT (@RT_com) January 27, 2020

No country has yet taken this precaution; perhaps understandably, given that the World Health Organization has not yet declared an international public health emergency. Realistically then, there must be a balance between free travel and the quarantine capabilities of any given country.

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Title: Kicked to the Kerb: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova stuns Angelique Kerber to reach Australian Open quarter-finals (VIDEO)

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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 17:20:47 +0000

Desc: Preview Russian starlet Anastasian Pavlyuchenkova produced a superb performance to knock former champion Angelique Kerber out of the Australian Open and move into the quarter-finals of the tournament in Melbourne.
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Russian starlet Anastasian Pavlyuchenkova produced a superb performance to knock former champion Angelique Kerber out of the Australian Open and move into the quarter-finals of the tournament in Melbourne.

Pavlyuchenkova fell behind after losing a first-set tiebreak before powering back into the match and winning 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 to book her place in the last eight of the women's draw.

The 28-year-old's progression ensured she reached her third quarter-final in the last four years in Melbourne, which has been a happy hunting ground in the past.

It also guaranteed that the tournament would crown a brand new champion, with all the previous champions in the draw going out of the competition before the quarter-final stage.

In a blistering performance, Pavlyuchenkova hit a staggering 71 winners, to defeat former world No. 1 Kerber in two hours, 37 minutes.

And when asked about her tough assignment in the last 16 clash, she said, "You think so?" before bursting out laughing.

"It was extremely tough. In my head I lost it couple of times during the match. So I am really happy that I am standing here right now."

No. 30 seed Pavlyuchenkova will return to action on the second day of quarter-final matchups on Wednesday.

Only three of the top 10 seeded players remain, No. 1 seed Ashleigh Barty will face No. 7 seed and 2019 finalist Petra Kvitova in the pick of the quarter-final matchups, while No. 4 seed and former world No. 1 Simona Halep is also safely through to the last eight, where she will take on No. 28 seed Anett Kontaveit.

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Title: India to begin teaching teens how to build their OWN AI using DIY kits

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479304-india-teach-ai-diy-kits/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 16:55:54 +0000

Desc: Preview An Indian deep-tech startup will begin teaching the country’s teenagers how to build their own artificial intelligence systems using DIY kits, before applying what they’ve learned to real-world problems.
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An Indian deep-tech startup will begin teaching the country’s teenagers how to build their own artificial intelligence systems using DIY kits, before applying what they’ve learned to real-world problems.

Tech start-up CYRAN developed the ‘BUDDHI AI DIY Kit’, with ‘Buddhi’ standing for “Build, Understand, Design, Deploy Human-like Intelligence.” It also means ‘brain’ or ‘mind’ in Hindi. 

The pack includes an AI handbook, DIY AI projects, lessons, exercises, presentations, and videos while making use of both proprietary software and hardware like AI actuation circuit boards powered by AI computing-engines.

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AI was only recently added to the school curriculum in India by the country's Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), and will be taught to pupils in class 8, from roughly the age of 14 onwards, who have the requisite background in subjects like advanced mathematics, data science, and computer programming. A CBSE official previously said that AI “will be the power that will fuel the future global digital economy.”

While it will impart some vital knowledge in a crucial sector for the country's future, kids won't be developing Terminators to enforce an end to homework any time soon. 

“The motivation behind BUDDHI kit is to help young school students learn the practical aspects of a complex topic like AI in a friendly and simple manner,” said CYRAN founder Dr Manan Suri, assistant professor at IIT Delhi.

BUDDHI AI DIY Kit: CYRAN AI Solutions, an IIT Delhi deep-tech startup has introduced World's first Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Artificial Intelligence (AI) Kit for School Students. The Kit is Invented & Made in India, for the world. pic.twitter.com/1sqkFW0Kfi

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Suri was previously cited by MIT as one of the world's top 35 innovators under 35, and spent two years developing the specialized AI training. The teen teaching project is a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” development program, launched back in September 2014, which encompasses 25 sectors of the Indian economy.

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Title: Palestinian PM calls on world powers ‘to reject’ Trump’s peace plan for Middle East

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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:59:00 +0000

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The Palestinian prime minister on Monday urged world powers to reject Donald Trump’s peace plan, which they said President Mahmoud Abbas had refused to discuss with his US counterpart, AFP reported.

Trump is due to unveil his proposal for Middle East peace this week in Washington, where he is scheduled to meet Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz.

Palestinian leaders, who have not been invited to the White House, have already rejected the US initiative. However, the details of Trump’s plan, which has been in the works since 2017, are not yet public.

Palestinian PM Mohammad Shtayyeh told reporters ahead of a weekly cabinet meeting: “We call on the international community to not be partners in this [plan] because it contravenes international law.” He added that the plan “gives Israel sovereignty over Palestinian territory.”



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Title: ‘Greatest danger for democracy’: Iranian president seeks greater inclusivity in election process after 10,000 candidates banned

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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:37:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has taken aim at how the Islamic Republic handles elections. After the Guardian Council barred almost two-thirds of candidates from running, Rouhani called for “competition and participation.”
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Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has taken aim at how the Islamic Republic handles elections. After the Guardian Council barred almost two-thirds of candidates from running, Rouhani called for “competition and participation.”

With the parliamentary elections on the horizon, President Rouhani spoke to provincial governors about the electoral process. Rouhani criticized the way the Islamic Republic deals with elections in general, and the actions of Iran’s Guardian Council of the Constitution specifically.

The council, which decides who can run for office, has so far barred almost 10,000 candidates, including 92 current members of parliament, who will not be able to run for re-election. Most of these are reformers and moderate conservatives.

This unprecedented number of disqualifications could push Iran away from being a democracy, Rouhani warned.

The greatest danger for democracy and national sovereignty is the day when elections become a formality. May God never bring this day.

With so many candidates disqualified, Rouhani’s alliance of moderate conservatives and reformers is going to have a harder time holding onto their majority.

Despite the current state of the Iranian elections, the president asked all Iranians to still vote, even if they “may not have enough trust to go to the ballot box.”

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February’s election comes at a difficult time for Iran. Tehran continues to suffer under tough sanctions over its nuclear program, which came back with a vengeance after the US withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018 and actively pushed other nations to stop doing business with Tehran. Recently, tensions with Washington escalated further after a US missile strike killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Iraq in January, which in turn led to Iran accidentally downing a Ukrainian passenger plane outside Tehran, after confusing it for an American cruise missile.

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Title: 'Terence Crawford will do McGregor in the Octagon': Promoter Bob Arum suggests Crawford would 'pin' Conor McGregor in UFC fight

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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:32:26 +0000

Desc: Preview Boxing promoter Bob Arum has suggested that his fighter Terrence Crawford could beat UFC superstar Conor McGregor in both the Octagon and a boxing ring, as he lays down a challenge to combat sports' hottest property.
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Boxing promoter Bob Arum has suggested that his fighter Terrence Crawford could beat UFC superstar Conor McGregor in both the Octagon and a boxing ring, as he lays down a challenge to combat sports' hottest property.

However, the 88-year-old CEO of Top Rank was criticized for the terminology he used in describing the fight, saying that Crawford would 'pin' McGregor in a mixed martial arts bout.

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Crawford, the WBO welterweight champion who boasts an undefeated 36-0 record, is understood to be struggling to find his next opponent following his 9th round TKO of Egidijus Kavaliauskas in December. Now, according to reports, Arum has floated the idea of a pair of fights with the recently-returned McGregor - one in boxing and the other in mixed martial arts.

"It's not fair to the UFC and to Conor McGregor to say, ‘Let him fight this fighter, that fighter, but only in boxing,'" Arum said.

"Terence Crawford will do McGregor in the Octagon and then three months later in the boxing ring.

"The Octagon would be first because I don’t want them to think we’re playing around."

Arum's confidence that his man could defeat McGregor in the Irishman's own wheelhouse stems from what he describes as Crawford's 'world class' wrestling.

"Terence Crawford is a really tough dude who has a wrestling background. Crawford would not be lost in the octagon. He is, I think, a world class wrestler, so let’s see.

"I wouldn’t be surprised if Crawford pins McGregor in an MMA fight. I think Crawford’s a better wrestler than McGregor."

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For his part, Crawford agrees that he could hang with McGregor in the cage but remained respectful of the Dubliner's talents.

"I just have to have the proper time to prepare myself," he said last week.

"It would be a little more than boxing training. I haven’t been in that [wrestling] environment in a long time, but most definitely I feel I can compete with anyone given the proper time to train on the MMA side, being that I have a wrestling background.

"McGregor would have to worry about my stand-up game as well. It would be interesting. He’s got good kicks and he’s strong. I’d have to prepare myself for those things, but I feel I would be all right."



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Title: West Bengal becomes 4th Indian state to reject citizenship law

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479302-bengal-opposes-citizenship-act/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:28:38 +0000

Desc: Preview The state government in West Bengal has passed a resolution rejecting India’s citizenship law that sparked widespread protests. New Delhi insists it’s a humane piece of legislation aimed at protecting minorities.
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The state government in West Bengal has passed a resolution rejecting India’s citizenship law that sparked widespread protests. New Delhi insists it’s a humane piece of legislation aimed at protecting minorities.

On Monday the state of West Bengal, which borders Bangladesh, one of the three countries covered by the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), passed a resolution rejecting the legislation. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the law and the plan for a national population and citizenship registries (NPR and NRC) would be enforced in her state “over her dead body.” She called on the repeal of the CAA.

Banerjee heads the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC), which has only a small representation in the national parliament, but controls more than two thirds of seats in the West Bengal state legislature.

Kolkata follows the example of three other states which have defied the central government on the citizenship issue. Kerala, Punjab and Rajasthan, all of which are controlled by opposition parties, passed similar resolutions. India consists of 28 states and 9 union territories.

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New Delhi questioned the efficacy of such moves, saying it was the prerogative of the central government to manage citizenship issues. The states pointed to the federal nature of India in response.

The CAA offers a fast track to non-Muslim refugees from three Muslim-majority countries neighboring India. It sparked widespread protests by those who see it as marginalizing Muslims.

India’s BJP government insists that the law is aimed at helping people who came to India fleeing persecution in their native Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, and denies any discrimination against Muslims.

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Title: Global markets sink as concerns over spread of deadly virus mount

Link: https://www.rt.com/business/479300-stock-markets-plunge-coronavirus/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:33:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Worries over the rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus, which has infected almost 3,000 people and killed more than 80, have rocked financial markets around the world on Monday.
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Worries over the rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus, which has infected almost 3,000 people and killed more than 80, have rocked financial markets around the world on Monday.

US stocks tumbled on Monday from the opening bell on Wall Street, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunging over 400 points. The S&P 500 slid 1.5 percent while the Nasdaq-100 futures falling 2.1 percent.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index dropped 2.2 percent in its trading session and is headed for its worst decline since October. UK’s FTSE, Germany's DAX and France’s CAC are down more than two percent.

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While most stock markets in Asia were closed for the Chinese Lunar New Year, bourses that traded on Monday were in the red. Japan’s Nikkei dropped by more than two percent and India's Mumbai Sensex finished trading over one percent lower.

China’s yuan tumbled more than half a percentage point to hit a three-week low. The Australian dollar, which is heavily exposed to the performance of China’s economy, dropped 0.5 percent to its lowest since December 2. The New Zealand dollar also lost 0.5 percent. The Japanese yen, which is frequently viewed as a safe haven, rose to as high as ¥108.73 per dollar, before giving up most of the day’s gains.

“Putting the human tragedy aside, from a cold markets perspective the coronavirus might serve the purpose of taking some of the heat out of a market that has been rising rapidly for months,” said Jasper Lawler, head of research at London Capital Group, in a note to clients seen by the MarketWatch.

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As of Monday, the death toll from the coronavirus had risen to 81 and the number of those infected neared 3,000 confirmed cases.

China announced an extension of its Lunar New Year holiday through February 2 to help battle the spread of the disease. Beijing also suspended sales of package tours, hitting firms around the world that rely on Chinese tourist spending.

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Title: Catalan parliament works to strip regional leader Torra of lawmaker’s seat

Link: https://www.rt.com/newsline/479298-catalan-parliament-torra-lawmaker/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:25:00 +0000

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The Catalan regional parliament was preparing on Monday to strip the president of the northeastern region of his lawmaker’s seat because he disobeyed Spain’s strict rules on election propaganda.

The expected move is likely to fuel anger among pro-independence supporters, who see in the decision by the governing body of Catalonia’s parliament yet another grievance with Spanish judicial decisions, AP said.

A Catalan court barred Quim Torra last month from public office for 18 months for disobedience. Torra was found guilty of refusing to remove from public buildings yellow ribbons used to call for freeing several imprisoned politicians and activists. The symbols had been displayed during Spain’s general election in April, which violated the country’s rules on campaigning.

Parliament officials announced the decision to strip Torra of his seat earlier on Monday, but it has to be formally confirmed by the house. The politician will be allowed to remain as the head of Catalonia’s regional government. He has threatened to call a new regional election.



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Title: Taliban claims plane carrying high-ranking US officers crashes in Afghanistan

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479303-taliban-claims-ghazni-plane-crash/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:20:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Taliban militants say that a US military aircraft crashed in Ghazni, central Afghanistan, killing everyone on board. A statement quoted by Reuters has claimed that it was brought down. The US military is investigating.
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Taliban militants say that a US military aircraft crashed in Ghazni, central Afghanistan, killing everyone on board. A statement quoted by Reuters has claimed that it was brought down. The US military is investigating.

UPDATE: ‘No indication of enemy fire’: US forces in Afghanistan confirm loss of recon plane

A Taliban spokesman said that the aircraft’s crew and everyone on board, including what he claimed were high-ranking officers, were killed on the spot.

The so-far unverified claim includes a suggestion that the officers belonged to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

While the Pentagon has refused to immediately comment on the incident, anonymous US officials have confirmed to Reuters the loss of a military plane. “Less than 10 people” were on board, the officials said, adding that so far nothing indicates that the aircraft has been shot down.

Earlier on Monday, footage of charred remains of a crashed aircraft emerged online. It appears to be the Bombardier/Northrop Grumman E-11A — a surveillance and communications plane, employed by the US Air Force. The wreckage features distinctive markings used by the US military. 

@pajhwok reporter Saifullah Maftoon visited the area in #Ghazni province, where an Aircraft crashed today,
Our reporter found some document there. #Taliban said few US force officers were killed in this incident. #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/2NhFbvgMGm

— Pajhwok Afghan News (@pajhwok) January 27, 2020

Meanwhile, pictures of a USAF plane, with a serial number that appears to match that on the tail section of the filmed wreckage, has emerged on social media.

As @Aurora_Knish @AuroraIntel mentioned earlier than me, we've 11-9358 , 11-9355, 11-9001.
on the crashed plane, 350 or 358 [not fully visible] could be seen, as there's no 11-9350, it definitely is 11-9358 / AE4DE2. pic.twitter.com/VcD0psWj5O

— Aleph 🕯️ א (@no_itsmyturn) January 27, 2020

Later in the day, Taliban also claimed that a military helicopter went down in the east of the country, killing everyone on board. No footage to back up the claims has been provided, and it remains unclear to whom exactly the helicopter belonged.

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Editor’s note: While Reuters has earlier quoted a Taliban spokesman as saying that the aircraft was "brought down," the group’s original statement in Pushtu does not specify their responsibility for the crash.  

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Title: 'I knew him and made this celebration for him': Neymar dedicates goal to Kobe Bryant (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/479290-neymar-kobe-bryant-tribute/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:06:13 +0000

Desc: Preview Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar joined in the chorus of tribute to Kobe Bryant, dedicating a goal celebration to the ex-NBA star during his side's 2-0 away win against Lille on Sunday evening.
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Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar joined in the chorus of tribute to Kobe Bryant, dedicating a goal celebration to the ex-NBA star during his side's 2-0 away win against Lille on Sunday evening.

Each and every corner of the sports world has been impacted by the unexpected death of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles County early on Sunday local time, with reverberations of the accident being felt as far afield as Ligue 1.

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The Brazilian superstar gave his side the lead just before the half hour mark with a 20-yard strike. However, the news broke of Bryant's death during the first half with players learning of the tragedy during the half-time break.

After doubling his team's advantage from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute, Neymar walked towards a television camera and mimed the number 24 with his hands - a reference to the jersey which Bryant wore through most of his career in Los Angeles.

Neymar throws up the 24 for Kobe 💜 pic.twitter.com/mPUveZpNA2

— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) January 26, 2020

"I went to look at the messages on social media at halftime, I found out that Kobe was dead," Neymar said to French broadcaster Canal+ after the game via a translator.

"It's very saddening for the world of sport and for all of us. Not only for basketball fans but for everything he did for the sport. I knew him and made this celebration for him, for his number. I hope he rests in peace."

Fellow footballing great Cristiano Ronaldo also paid tribute to Bryant via a post on Instagram, saying of the him: "So sad to hear the heartbreaking news of the deaths of Kobe and his daughter Gianna. Kobe was a true legend and inspiration to so many. Sending my condolences to his family and friends and the families of all who lost their lives in the crash. RIP Legend."

Lionel Messi, meanwhile, also reserved some words for Bryant following his passing, as did fellow Argentinian great Diego Maradona.

"I have no words… all my love for Kobe’s family and friends," Messi wrote. "It was a pleasure to meet you and share good times together. You were a genius like few others."

"I also regret the death of his daughter and the crew of the helicopter. See you, legend," wrote Maradona.

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Title: Sturgeon pushes for ‘Scottish visa,’ Home Office swiftly dismisses proposal

Link: https://www.rt.com/uk/479299-sturgeon-scottish-visa-home-office/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:05:53 +0000

Desc: Preview Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has launched plans for a ‘Scottish visa’ to wrest some control over migration in the country away from Westminster as the rift between Johnson’s government and the SNP grows.
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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has launched plans for a ‘Scottish visa’ to wrest some control over migration in the country away from Westminster as the rift between Johnson’s government and the SNP grows.

Immigration is not currently a devolved area of government and the SNP has long called for Scotland to have greater control over handling its own migration issues, particularly given concerns about the country’s ageing workforce and Brexit. Current EU freedom of movement rights are expected to expire when the UK leaves the bloc, with the British government saying they’ll introduce a points-based system instead by January 2021. 

“Residence in Scotland and maintaining a Scottish tax code would be a requirement for such a visa,” the Scottish government said in a statement launching the proposals for workers coming into the country. It added that the policy is “designed to work with devolution” but could be adapted “should Scotland become independent in future.”

3/ The Key Features of the proposed Scottish Visa are interesting. Essentially a complete over-writing of the UK system. pic.twitter.com/EQpZViiQYv

— Dr Craig Dalȝell (@thecommongreen) January 27, 2020

The Home Office, however, was quick to reject the proposals outright, with a spokesperson saying: “Immigration will remain a reserved matter.”

The move is just the latest in ongoing tensions between Scotland's government and Westminster. Sturgeon and PM Boris Johnson were recently locked in a war of words over the latter’s refusal to consider a second Scottish independence referendum, claiming it “would continue the political stagnation that Scotland has seen for the last decade.” Sturgeon has warned that Scotland cannot be forced to remain in the United Kingdom “against its will,” however Johnson dismissed her push for a new referendum by countering that the 2014 poll had been pledged as a “once-in-a-generation vote.”

The ‘Scottish Visa’ proposal hasn’t been met with a particularly warm welcome online, with many Twitter commenters wondering how such a plan can even be raised given that migration control sits firmly in Westminster. 

Why bother with a Scottish visa, a UK visa will surplant, that and won't even be legal, as Scotland can not select immigration status.

— Stu Roe (@roe_stu) January 27, 2020

I thought immigration policy was a reserved power for Westminster and not a devolved power. So a Scottish Visa is only useful to wipe your backside with if there is no toilet paper at the airport.

— Thebenevolentdictator (@Thebenevolentd1) January 27, 2020

Others questioned how the border between Scotland and England would be managed if they each had their own migration systems. “The only way this would work would be for Scotland to have border controls between it and the rest of the UK,” one said.

Scotland has an open border with the RUK, someone explain to me how the SG enforces any restrictions placed on any Scottish visa?

— Glenn Middleton (@glennmid10001) January 27, 2020

This will require border controls between Scotland and rest of UK, as what's to stop someone getting a Scottish visa and then just moving across the border?

— Keenanator (@MarkKeenan5) January 27, 2020

A number of people suggested it indicates some level of admission by Sturgeon that Scottish independence is not likely in the short-term.

“The entire premise of the Scottish Government visa proposals is based on devolution, not independence,” one Twitter user said. “A clear sign the SNP know there will be no indyref for quite some time.”

Some though were quick to praise the proposal as “sensible and necessary” for Scotland and its particular needs, with the potential to become a “real game changer” for the country’s economy. 

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Title: 'Win two more so we can leave her in the past!' Tennis great McEnroe pleads with Serena over 'crazy aunt' Margaret Court

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/479286-john-mcenroe-margaret-court-serena/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:03:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Famed former tennis ‘superbrat’ John McEnroe has admonished 24-time Grand Slam winner Margaret Court as the sport's ‘crazy aunt’, mocking her stance on homosexuality and pleading with Serena Williams to “leave her in the past”.
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Famed former tennis ‘superbrat’ John McEnroe has admonished 24-time Grand Slam winner Margaret Court as the sport's ‘crazy aunt’, mocking her stance on homosexuality and pleading with Serena Williams to “leave her in the past”.

Court has consistently received heavy criticism from LGBT groups for her views and comments, including stating that “tennis is full of lesbians” and homosexuality is the work of “the devil”.

Now a Pentecostal pastor in her Australia homeland, the 77-year-old was the subject of celebrations at the Australian Open in Melbourne - where she has a stadium named in her honor - to mark the 50th anniversary of her winning all four Grand Slam titles in 1970, a 'calendar slam' which forms part of Court's record haul.

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But in a scathing satirical video addressed to those “who still have their own teeth, don’t use a hearing aid or go to the bathroom three times a night”, self-appointed ‘Commissioner of Tennis’ McEnroe has pleaded with Serena Williams, who currently sits on 23 major wins, to equal and overtake Court’s record this season to relieve the sport of her “offensive views”.

“There’s only one thing bigger than the list of Margaret Court’s tennis achievements: it’s her list of offensive and homophobic statements,” McEnroe, sitting at a desk in medical scrubs complete with stethoscope, says in the ESPN spoof video on Twitter, before listing Court’s remarks about apartheid in South Africa and transgender children.

"Please win two more Grand Slams so we can leave Margaret Court and her offensive views in the past where she belongs"

John McEnroe aka the Comissioner of Tennis is back and he's got a request for @SerenaWilliams 🙏 pic.twitter.com/3TeKa8JS2B

— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) January 26, 2020

“We will recognise what she did in 1970 but we won’t celebrate the person. Well it doesn’t work that way,” the New Yorker says of Tennis Australia’s decision to honor Court.

The most successful women's player ever was presented with an award by fellow Australian great Rod Laver before Rafael Nadal's 4th round win against Nick Kyrgios on Monday.

However a disgruntled McEnroe, whose tumultuous on-court tantrums and inflammatory persona made him one of the most recognisable sports stars of the 1980s, took issue with any ceremony of distinction for Court.

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“You can’t separate the person from their achievements. Look at me. If you recognise that I won seven Grand Slams, then you gotta celebrate the fact I have the loudest mouth in the history of the tennis tour.”

McEnroe spectacularly concludes his rant with the message to the younger Williams sister: “Serena, do me a favor, get two more Grand Slams this year and get to 25 so we can leave Margaret Court and her offensive views in the past we're they both belong.”

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Tennis Australia has been quick to distance itself from Court's opinions. "As often stated, Tennis Australia does not agree with Court's personal views, which have demeaned and hurt many in our community over a number of years," the organization said in a statement in November. "They do not align with our values of equality, diversity and inclusion."

Serena Williams, 38, suffered a shock third-round exit from the 2020 season-opening Australian Open at the hands of China's Wang Qiang as her record-equalling 24th Grand Slam remains elusive. Ironically, her last major championship win came in Melbourne in 2017.  



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Title: WATCH first footage allegedly showing wreckage of US plane that crashed in Afghanistan

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479297-first-footage-plane-crash-afghanistan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 13:40:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Remains of an aircraft which crashed in the Taliban-held part of central Afghanistan can allegedly be seen in a video circulating on social media. The symbols on the plane appear to be similar to those used by the US military.
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Remains of an aircraft which crashed in the Taliban-held part of central Afghanistan can allegedly be seen in a video circulating on social media. The symbols on the plane appear to be similar to those used by the US military.

UPDATE: ‘No indication of enemy fire’: US forces in Afghanistan confirm loss of recon plane

In the video, several people can be seen inspecting a crash site. A roundel, identical to the ones used by some US Air Force planes, is visible on the aircraft’s fuselage.

US Central Command spokesperson, Major Beth Riordan said that the US military is investigating the reports of the plane crash but decline to comment further.

Earlier reports said that the plane, which has crashed in the Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan’s central Ghazni Province, may have been an American military aircraft.

The wreckage appears to be from a plane similar to a Bombardier/Northrop Grumman E-11A surveillance and communication aircraft. Planes of this type are assigned to the US Air Force’s 430th Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron, which is stationed at Kandahar air base.

Regional government spokesperson Arif Noori told CBS News said that the plane was likely to have been traveling between Kandahar in the south and the capital Kabul. The bodies of two pilots were recovered from the crash site.

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Local media previously provided conflicting details about the type of plane and its owner. It was initially reported that it was a Delhi-bound passenger jet, belonging to national carrier Ariana Afghan Airlines. However, the company denied losing any of its aircraft.

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Title: Czech soldiers to join France’s counter-terror mission in Africa – govt

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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 13:14:00 +0000

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The Czech government on Monday approved a plan by its ministry of defense to deploy up to 60 troops as part of France’s counter-terrorism mission in Africa. The service members will join Operation Barkhane, France’s largest overseas military mission, AP reports.

It has been working to root out Islamic militants roaming the Sahel region. The government said Mali, Niger and Chad have all approved the Czech deployment.

However, the plan to deploy Czech forces in the mission until the end of 2022 needs parliamentary approval. The Czechs already have some 120 military personnel in Mali as a part of a European Union training mission.



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Title: Dozens of drugs available to treat ‘coronavirus,’ but global pandemic possible by March – Moscow experts

Link: https://www.rt.com/russia/479293-coronavirus-epidemic-possible-march-russia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:51:00 +0000

Desc: Preview The head of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) believes a global epidemic will be on the cards by March if the new Chinese coronavirus continues to spread at its current rate.
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The head of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) believes a global epidemic will be on the cards by March if the new Chinese coronavirus continues to spread at its current rate.

"The disease is quite dangerous and the number of cases grows exponentially. If it continues for another month, it can grow into a global epidemic," Aleksandr Sergeev told journalists on Monday. In his view, the World Health Organization (WHO) needs to do more.

On the plus side, there are about 30 medicines that can treat the infection, according to Russia's former chief federal sanitary inspector, Dr Gennady Onishchenko.

"In order to reassure everyone: There are about 30 drugs that are available today, and are being used, [which can] work against this virus. Twelve of them are ones we [also use to] treat HIV infection," Onishchenko, who is now an MP in the national parliament (Duma), told the radio station Echo of Moscow.

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According to Russian authorities, no cases of the new 2019-nCov virus have been found so far, but they have been reported in Chinese regions bordering the country.

In Transbaikalia, a state of high alert has been introduced, according to the regional administration's press service. The local government of the region, which is heavily reliant on cross-border trade, has asked residents not to travel to China.

Sanitary and quarantine control procedures at frontier checkpoints have been reinforced, with thermographic cameras in use. As it happens, passenger traffic is currently around 15 times smaller than usual at this time due to Chinese New Year celebrations.

Meanwhile, the Russian embassy in Beijing says there are 140 Russians, including 75 students, in Hubei Province, from where the epidemic apparently began in its capital, Wuhan. It didn't indicate whether there are any immediate plans to evacuate them.

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Last month, an outbreak of pneumonia attributed to the new 2019-nCoV coronavirus was discovered in Wuhan. Since then, more cases of infection have been recorded in China and other countries. Wuhan and a number of other cities are now closed and quarantined. Experts believe that the outbreak was caused by wild animals and it's assumed, but not confirmed, that the virus originated from a market.

So far, more than 80 people have died and in excess of 2,700 have been infected, according to official data. In addition to China, cases have been reported in Australia, France, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam.

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Title: Russia detains Japanese citizen in Vladivostok on suspicion of SPYING – Foreign ministry

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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:46:00 +0000

Desc: Preview A Japanese citizen has been detained in Vladivostok while trying to obtain classified material about Russia's military capabilities, officials have confirmed. He has since left the country.
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A Japanese citizen has been detained in Vladivostok while trying to obtain classified material about Russia's military capabilities, officials have confirmed. He has since left the country.

The suspected spy was arrested on Saturday while trying to obtain secrets about what military assets Moscow has in the Far East, the Russian foreign ministry said. The Japanese national, who was in Russia on a journalism-related visa, was instructed to leave the country within 72 hours. He obliged and departed on Sunday.

“The Japanese diplomats accredited in Russia have been issued with a note of protest, stating that such activities are not acceptable,” the ministry cautioned.

The news comes amid an unfolding espionage scandal involving another Japanese citizen, who was arrested for allegedly passing a Japanese phone carrier's proprietary information to the Russian trade mission in Tokyo.

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Yutaka Araki, 48, is suspected of abusing his position at SoftBank, his former employer, to obtain trade secrets. The alleged theft happened in February last year, Japanese police said.

SoftBank said the stolen materials were “low in confidentiality” manuals for communication equipment and offered an apology for the incident. The suspect was fired in mid-December.

The Russian embassy in Japan said it regretted Tokyo’s move to join the “anti-Russian speculation trendy in the West on the hackneyed topic of spy mania.”

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Title: Man 'in difficult financial situation' abandons young children at Moscow airport – Russian cops investigating

Link: https://www.rt.com/russia/479288-abandoned-children-moscow-airport/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:36:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Russia's Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case against a man who dumped his children at the country's busiest airport.
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Russia's Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case against a man who dumped his children at the country's busiest airport.

According to authorities, 41-year-old Viktor Gavrilov from the Far Eastern city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur arrived on a long-haul flight from Khabarovsk to Moscow's Sheremetyevo before abandoning his two sons.

The man then boarded a different plane to Rostov, near the Black Sea, leaving his kids with their identifying documents and a note: "Please help my children. Please place them in a temporary shelter, because at the moment I have a very difficult financial situation. I'll pick them up later. I ask that the children not be separated. The children's documents are in the backpack. Sorry, but at the moment I have no other choice."

The two boys, six and nine-years-old, told their story to airport employees, who in turn took them to the police. The abandoned children spent half a day in the transport police's juvenile unit, before a decision was made to send them to a hospital near the capital.

Посетил ребят, оставленных в Шереметьево. Вместе позавтракали. Настроение отличное. Готовятся к экскурсии в океанариум, потом зайдут ко мне. Ждем папу Виктора, работу ему найдем. Дети его очень любят. pic.twitter.com/UNidwJQsfM

— Андрей Воробьев (@VorobievAndrey) January 27, 2020

The Commissioner for Children's Rights in the Khabarovsk region Victoria Tregubenko told the press that they had found the mother of the children and that she didn't know anything about the situation. According to Tregubenko, the boys' parents have not been in contact for some time.

The children may be returned to their mother, or assigned to an orphanage.The father is being investigated under article 125 of the Criminal Code ("Abandonment"), which has a potential sentence of up to one year in prison.

According to the note found with the children, Gavrilov has poor finances. But the cost of a flight from Khabarovsk to Moscow typically costs around 13,000 RUB (207 USD) per person, while the average official wage in Khabarovsk, regarded as a prosperous city, is higher than the national average.

Unemployment in Khabarovsk Krai is currently at 2.5%, almost half the nationwide figure of 4.8%. Incomes in Rostov, by contrast, are considerably lower.

Meanwhile, Moscow Oblast Governor Andrei Vorobyov announced on Social media that he had visited the children in the hospital. Vorobyov published a photograph showing him sitting at a table with the two children, who said they loved their father very much. Vorobyov promised to find Gavrilov a job, and has arranged that the boys go on a trip to an aquarium.

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Title: Australian Open 2020: Rafael Nadal battles past gritty Nick Kyrgios to reach quarter-finals in Melbourne (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/479294-australian-open-2020-rafa-nadal-nick-kyrgios-alexander-zverev/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:34:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal overcame an inspired performance by Australia's Nick Kyrgios to book his place in the last eight of the Australian Open with a four-set victory on Monday.
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Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal overcame an inspired performance by Australia's Nick Kyrgios to book his place in the last eight of the Australian Open with a four-set victory on Monday.

The world No. 1 eventually claimed victory 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 after fending off a spirited challenge from Kyrgios, who showed bucketloads of grit and determination as he went toe to toe with the 19-time Grand Slam champion in Melbourne.

Nadal looked on course for victory after taking the first set, but soon realized he was in a shootout when Kyrgios fired back with a vengeance in the second set to level the match.

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It set up a tense finale as the pair went back and forth through the third set, which Nadal edged via tiebreak, then the fourth, which saw Kyrgios fight back to save the match by breaking Nadal when he was serving for the victory.

The match went into a second tiebreak, but once again Nadal proved to have the edge as he won the set, and the match, after three hours, 38 minutes to book his place in a quarter-final clash with Austrian Dominic Thiem later this week.

Following his victory, Nadal hailed the performance of his opposite number, telling John McInroe: "What can I say about Nick? When he is playing like today, with this positive attitude, he gives a lot of positive things to our sport. So I encourage him to keep working like this, because he is one of the highest talents that we have on our tour."

"He's one of the highest talents that we have on our tour."

Respect from @RafaelNadal towards opponent @NickKyrgios 👊#AO2020 | #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/DxU4G16C18

— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2020

And Nadal added his words to the ongoing tributes paid by the world's biggest sports stars to NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who had died in a helicopter crash the previous night.

.@RafaelNadal pays tribute to the late Kobe Bryant.#AO2020 | #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/82wGbWfN3z

— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2020

Also through to the quarter-finals is Germany's Alexander Zverev, who snapped Russian star Andrey Rublev's 15-match winning streak and continued his run of not dropping a set in the tournament so far.

The No. 7 seed produced a superb display as he totally dominated proceedings with his serve, not facing a single break point during the entirety of his straight-sets victory, while securing a break of serve in each of the three sets to cruise to a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win.

Zverev, who hit 11 aces in the matchup, will take on Stanislas Wawrinka, who also eliminated Russian opposition in the Last 16. The former champion defeated Daniil Medvedev after a five-set thriller earlier in the session.

Zverev, who hit 11 aces in the matchup, will take on Stanislas Wawrinka, who also eliminated Russian opposition in the Last 16. The former champion defeated Daniil Medvedev after a five-set thriller earlier in the session.



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Title: OPCW cannot be influenced by outside actors, the watchdog needs to be salvaged, British general tells RT

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479289-opcw-reputation-douma-scandal/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:13:03 +0000

Desc: Preview The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) needs to salvage its reputation after whistleblowers offered credible evidence of deceitful reporting on the Douma incident, a former head of UK commandos has said.
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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) needs to salvage its reputation after whistleblowers offered credible evidence of deceitful reporting on the Douma incident, a former head of UK commandos has said.

The international chemical weapons watchdog is under increasing pressure to come clean about how it prepared its report into the April 2018 incident in the Damascus suburb. Several scientists from the watchdog blew the whistle, alleging that the findings by inspectors who went on a fact-finding mission to Syria had been distorted or ignored by the OPCW’s management, which was more concerned with putting the blame on the Syrian government than with uncovering the truth.

John Taylor Holmes, a retired major general who served as a director of special forces, was on a panel of experts which heard testimony from one of the whistleblowers, identified as ‘Alex.’ The general said the evidence provided by the scientist and the rest of the team “was very convincing”.

“Native English speaker, he was a senior member of the OPCW. He was extremely well-qualified for the job. And I cannot think of a reason why he became a whistleblower other than he felt very strongly that the final report had not reflected the findings,” Holmes told RT’s Going Underground program.

Following the incident and before OPCW inspectors could reach Douma, the US, the UK, and France conducted a nighttime missile raid against what they claimed were sites involved in Syria’s alleged chemical weapons program. Their public justification for this attack has seemed increasingly shaky as whistleblowers presented evidence which contradicted the claim that Syrian aircraft had dropped canisters with chlorine gas on jihadist-held Douma. Among other things ‘Alex’ reportedly described three US officials putting pressure on OPCW staff to produce a report, which would be in line with the accusations against Damascus.

Holmes said he believed OPCW’s credibility needs to be saved by a series of reforms that would prevent similar scandals in the future.

“Its value is its independence. It cannot be influenced by outside actors,” he explained.

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He agreed that the scandal had been covered up. The scandal has been mostly ignored by Western media even despite another whistleblower, Ian Henderson, telling members of the UN Security Council that his technical report on Douma was suppressed. Homes said he didn’t recall another cover-up as scandalous as this one and his belief in the importance of an independent OPCW is one of the reasons he got involved in the first place.

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Title: Britain reportedly ready to approve limited 5G access to Huawei despite US pressure

Link: https://www.rt.com/business/479285-uk-5g-huawei-approval/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:12:23 +0000

Desc: Preview UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to allow Chinese tech giant Huawei build out its fifth-generation mobile networks in Britain, the Financial Times reported, citing people close to the discussions.
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to allow Chinese tech giant Huawei build out its fifth-generation mobile networks in Britain, the Financial Times reported, citing people close to the discussions.

A final decision on Huawei's future role in the UK will be taken at the National Security Council on Tuesday. Johnson is looking at imposing a cap on Huawei's market share, FT said.

A minister for the government has previously told CNBC security will be the "top priority" ahead of the decision.Washington has long tried to persuade London to ban Huawei.

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The US government claims the Chinese company poses a security risk, and threatens UK-US intelligence sharing, saying that allowing Huawei on the market would be "madness."

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote on Twitter on Sunday night that the UK had a "momentous decision ahead on 5G."

"The security and resilience of the UK's telecoms networks is of paramount importance," a UK government spokesperson told CNBC. "The Government continues to consider its position on high risk vendors and a decision will be made in due course."

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Huawei has consistently said that it is a private company and is not subject to Chinese state interference. It has warned the UK that by caving in to American pressure, it may see its own technological development fall behind on a "fabricated pretext."

Three out of four of the UK's big carriers (EE, Vodafone and Three) already use Huawei equipment in the networks. Vodafone says that it doesn't use Huawei in its "core," and has "multiple layers of security and encryption in place between it and our masts."

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Title: Slovenian opposition may try to form new govt as PM Sarec resigns

Link: https://www.rt.com/newsline/479287-slovenia-pm-resigns-opposition/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:05:00 +0000

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Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Sarec said he was sending his resignation to parliament on Monday, and called for an early election. His minority government could not push through important legislation, according to the PM.

The governing coalition of five center-left parties, which took power in September 2018, held only 43 out of 90 seats in parliament. After losing the informal support of the opposition Left Party in November, it has found it increasingly difficult to get bills through parliament.

“With this coalition, this situation in parliament, I cannot fulfill the expectations of the people,” Sarec told reporters. The opposition center-right Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS), which is the largest party in parliament, is likely to try to form a new government, Reuters said, citing analysts.

An early election would take place only if that attempt fails. The next regular election is due to take place in mid 2022.



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Title: 'Bigger than basketball': NBA stars lead on-court tributes to Kobe Bryant hours after icon's death (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/479283-kobe-bryant-death-nba-stars-react/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 11:55:54 +0000

Desc: Preview Several of the NBA's most well-known players led tributes for Kobe Bryant during Sunday evening's NBA fixtures as they allowed the shot clocks on their opening possessions to expire as a tribute to the fallen legend.
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Several of the NBA's most well-known players led tributes for Kobe Bryant during Sunday evening's NBA fixtures as they allowed the shot clocks on their opening possessions to expire as a tribute to the fallen legend.

It is rare, perhaps, to see such an outpouring of grief following the death of a former player but such was Kobe Bryant's standing in basketball - and in the global sports community as a whole - that an entire league appeared in mourning during Sunday evening's NBA fixtures, the first games to take place following the announcement of Bryant's death, along with that of his 13-year-old daughter and seven others, in a helicopter crash just hours earlier.

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Several teams opted to hold their first possession for 24 seconds, which is a foul in basketball, in a tribute to the player who wore the 24 jersey for the Lakers, while some others committed 8-second violations - 8 was the first jersey number that Bryant wore for Los Angeles during his 20 seasons with the team

Numerous players were visibly emotional on court, with Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young breaking down before the start of his team's game against the Washington Wizards. Young also changed his jersey number from 11 to 8 in honor of Bryant, who he said was his hero since he was a child. 

Young scored 45 points and registered 11 assists, later tweeting: "Can’t make this up. He was with me tonight."

Trae Young embraces with his Mom and wipes away tears after pre-game warmups. #Hawks #TrueToAtlanta #11Alive @11AliveSports pic.twitter.com/6tXToNrpda

— Maria Martin (@Ria_Martin) January 26, 2020

The Raptors and Spurs both took a 24-second shot clock violation to honor Kobe Bryant

(via @Sportsnet)pic.twitter.com/kR7MYbxVT7

— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 26, 2020

Bigger than basketball.

Rest In Peace, 24 🙏 pic.twitter.com/oL4ERWEx4m

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 26, 2020

The emotional scenes in basketball stadia across the United States echoed those being felt by sports fans across the globe. Several tributes appeared across the United States, including at Madison Square Garden where fans collected to pay their respects ahead of the game between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets.

The outer walls of the arena were colored in the Lakers' traditional purple and gold. 

Both teams again observed the 24-second shot clock violation at the beginning of the game in tribute to Bryant, as echoes of "Kobe! Kobe!" reverberated around the arena.

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Meanwhile, the usually ice-cool Kahwi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers, could barely contain his emotions when asked about Bryant following his game. 

"Oh man, everybody's sad," he said Fox Sports West. "Words can't explain the impact he had on this floor, the emotional impact he had on everybody."

San Antonio Spurs veteran coach Gregg Popovich, a man who has coached against Bryant on dozens of occasions, summed it up following his team's defeat to the Toronto Raptors.

"Good game, tough loss, who cares?" he said.



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Title: Cool-headed Indian man survives terrifying TIGER ATTACK by playing dead (VIDEOS)

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479277-man-survives-tiger-attack-india/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 11:33:11 +0000

Desc: Preview Netizens the world over have been stunned by one Maharashtra man’s unlikeliest of escapes when he came face to face with an adult male tiger that had been terrorizing his village in western India.
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Netizens the world over have been stunned by one Maharashtra man’s unlikeliest of escapes when he came face to face with an adult male tiger that had been terrorizing his village in western India.

The unnamed man was forced into the impossible position of playing dead and not moving a muscle as the bengal tiger loomed over him - and even lay down beside him. Hair-raising eyewitness footage of the man’s lucky escape in Binaki village has been shared online.

Here's the full video pic.twitter.com/Avvci4Bnhg

— WTF 🇮🇳 (@Tweetbis0n) January 25, 2020

The tiger was first chased around the field by a group of villagers, before the big cat managed to pin one of the residents down, after which he lay down next to its prey. 

People nearby shout and scream at the tiger, and begin pelting it with stones in a desperate attempt to free their friend, at which point the tiger makes good its escape into the nearby forest.

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At least three people were injured in Saturday’s incident, but none are believed to be in life-threatening condition. 

“The unfortunate incident is a fallout of lack of strong monitoring and coordination between Maharashtra and MP forest officials," said Sawan Bahekar, President of Gondia's NGO Sustaining Environment and Wildlife Assemblage (SEWA). On January 18, another man was attacked by the tiger just 6km away from Saturday’s attack.

Naturally, many commenters online were in awe of the man’s quick-thinking which allowed him to survive such an extreme situation.

Many expressed sympathy for the tiger, decrying habitat loss and lauding conservation efforts, and calling for more training to keep both humans and animals happy and healthy - and hopefully avoid such dangerous encounters in the future.

we need extensive training and sensitization across the country to educate people how to step back safely and give that space to our wild. will keep both out of harms way.

— Raghavendra S (@ragh_twt) January 25, 2020

Elsewhere in India, a 42-year-old woman was killed Friday by a tiger Brahmapuri forest, while a 35-year-old man and his cow were mauled to death in a separate tiger attack in Madhya Pradesh.

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Title: EU’s Barnier warns risk still exists of Brexit 'cliff edge' at year's-end

Link: https://www.rt.com/newsline/479292-eu-barnier-britain-trade/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 11:10:00 +0000

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The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator said on Monday that businesses still face the risk of a "cliff edge" Brexit at the end of the year, given the short time available to negotiate a future trading relationship between Britain and the EU.

“This negotiation is not usual because at the end of this year, the UK is leaving the single market, it is its choice, it is leaving the customs union,” Michel Barnier told a joint news conference with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

“If we have no agreement, it will not be business as usual and the status quo, we have to face the risk of a cliff edge, in particular for trade,” Reuters quoted Barnier as saying.



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Title: Rocket attack on US Embassy in Baghdad ‘injured 1 person’

Link: https://www.rt.com/newsline/479284-us-embassy-baghdad-attack/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 10:37:00 +0000

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Staff at the US Embassy in Baghdad have confirmed that at least one personnel member was injured in a rocket attack on Sunday, AP reports. The two staff members, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not specify the injured person’s nationality or the severity of their wounds. 

They said on Monday that the rocket had slammed into a restaurant inside the embassy compound. Five Katyusha rockets crashed into a riverbank near the US Embassy in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, according to a statement from US Joint Operations Command.

It was the third rocket attack targeting the US Embassy this month. Previous attacks caused no injuries.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi condemned it, asserting Iraq’s commitment to “protecting all diplomatic missions.”



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Title: India surges ahead in global solar race

Link: https://www.rt.com/business/479270-india-solar-energy-boom/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 10:33:50 +0000

Desc: Preview Indian solar energy story marked a new milestone after India topped the Asia Pacific Region (APAC) for solar photovoltaic (PV) tenders in December 2019.
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Indian solar energy story marked a new milestone after India topped the Asia Pacific Region (APAC) for solar photovoltaic (PV) tenders in December 2019.

According to analytics company GlobalData, with 49 percent tenders announced and a 75.4 percent share, India was No. 1 among all other countries in the region, followed by the Philippines (with six tenders and a 9.2 percent share) and Pakistan (with five tenders and a 7.7 percent share), according to a Saur Energy International report.

Globally, though, the renewable scene was gloomy.

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Only 291 power plant tenders were announced during Q4 of calendar year 2019, which was a fall of 28 percent over the last four-quarter average of 404, according to the report. All top issuers of solar tenders for December 2019 in terms of power capacity involved in the APAC region were from India. About 85 percent of this equipment has been imported from China, Vietnam and Malaysia, according to The Indian Express.

India has installed 31 gigawatts (GW) of solar capacity, 17 GW is under construction while tenders for 35 GW have been floated. For manufacturing solar PV cells, India has an installed manufacturing capacity of 3 GW and 10 GW for modules. The nation has set itself a target of 175 GW of installed clean energy capacity by March 2022, of which 100 GW is expected to be solar.

India faces import challenges

The December import figure has once again underlined a major problem the Indian solar sector faces.

Despite the Indian government’s “Make in India” program, plus heavy duties slapped on imports of these kinds of goods, the industry continues to bring equipment from abroad.

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According to the Indian Express report, the money on imports of PV cells & modules in the last five years was about three times the cumulative Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of India at US $4.83 billion that flowed into the entire renewable energy sector.

There’s no commercial production for upstream stages of solar PV manufacturing, such as wafers, ingots and polysilicon because of it being energy and capital intensive, hence the reliance on imports, The Indian Express reports.

SECI invites bids

Meanwhile, in January 2020, fresh bids were invited by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for putting up 1.2 GW of grid-connected solar power generation capacity under the eighth tranche of its inter-state transmission system program, pv magazine reported.

SECI will sign a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the successful bidders.

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But not every expert or analyst feels that everything is all right with India’s solar energy program.

Some have pointed to a lull in recent months. The website downtoearth.org cited several reasons for the “slump” in solar energy, one of them being the haphazard implementation of the Goods and Services Tax, while another was the insistence of various provincial governments on selling solar energy at far cheaper rates to distribution companies.

Solar plants’ inability to run at their full installed capacity represents another hurdle. The report pointed out that of the total 63.9 GW of solar and wind capacity for which tenders were floated in 2018-19, 31 percent was canceled, 26 percent was under-subscribed and 10 percent was delayed.

Only 34 percent was auctioned for development, states a September 2019 says the article, the report notes, citing analytics firm Crisil.

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Title: Oil prices plummet over fears of coronavirus outbreak spreading

Link: https://www.rt.com/business/479282-oil-prices-plummet-coronavirus/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 10:30:47 +0000

Desc: Preview The price of crude continued to plunge on Monday, dragged down by fears of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, raising concerns about the global economic growth.
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The price of crude continued to plunge on Monday, dragged down by fears of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, raising concerns about the global economic growth.

International benchmark Brent crude was down 2.95 percent to $58.90 a barrel, after hitting $58.68 earlier, the lowest level since late October. US West Texas Intermediate crude nosedived more than three percent to $55.52, after falling to a four-month low of $52.1 a barrel.

The coronavirus could cut into demand by around 260,000 bpd and reduce oil prices by about $3 per barrel, according to a report from Goldman Sachs.

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Saudi Arabia’s minister of energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said OPEC will be closely monitoring developments in global oil markets amid “gloomy expectations” of the outbreak’s impact on the Chinese and global economy.

“Such extreme pessimism occurred back in 2003 during the Sars outbreak, though it did not cause a significant reduction in oil demand,” he said.

The coronavirus, was identified in December and was linked primarily to stallholders who worked at Wuhan’s Hunan Seafood Market in China, has already killed 80 people and infected nearly 2,800 worldwide. The virus has spread to South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States, among other places. On Friday, the CDC confirmed the second case in the US.

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Oil prices are also down due to flight disruptions during one of China's busiest travel seasons — the Lunar New Year holiday. Chinese authorites have put on lockdown cities in Hubei province, including Wuhan, believed to be the epicenter of the outbreak, affecting millions of travelers.

China has announced an extension of its Lunar New Year holiday through February 2 and suspended sales of package tours to help battle the spread of the disease.

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Title: Last days of hell: 75 years on, death camp survivors recall the Red Army liberation of Auschwitz

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479014-auschwitz-prisoners-soviet-liberation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 10:27:48 +0000

Desc: Preview Evgeny Kovalev was captured by the Nazis during a partisan scouting mission in 1943. Loaded onto a freight train cattle cart, he had no idea he was being taken to Auschwitz and was oblivious as to the hell that awaited him there.
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Evgeny Kovalev was captured by the Nazis during a partisan scouting mission in 1943. Loaded onto a freight train cattle cart, he had no idea he was being taken to Auschwitz and was oblivious as to the hell that awaited him there.

Now, 75 years after the Red Army liberated the notorious death camp in January 1945, Kovalev recalls his days of horror for RT.

“We were crammed into these trains and sent somewhere. It was a very long road — at least a day and a night,” he says. The train carrying Kovalev and other Soviet prisoners eventually arrived at Oswiecim Station, just a few minutes away from the Auschwitz camp — but still they had no way to know where they really were.

Gates of hell

"Everything was lit up, bright lamps all around the camp. So bright you could see a needle in the grass… We didn't have the faintest idea what a concentration camp even was. We knew nothing".

As soon as they arrived, he remembers, women and young children were separated and grouped to one side. Kovalev himself was only 14 years old, but he was sent to the opposite side and joined a line of other prisoners. They were watched by dogs and SS soldiers armed with machine guns.

They marched us to the sanitary inspection building, a big barracks. Inside, they cut everyone's hair, sprayed us with water, put some ointment on our skin. Then they sent us to cold showers. At the exit, they tattooed numbers on our hands.

Kovalev was assigned to block 32 at the ‘Kanada’ section, where inmates worked in warehouses, unloading the luggage and sorting through the belongings of other prisoners as they arrived on trains.

Children pictured after the Soviet liberation of Auschwitz © Reuters

“People were arriving from Russia, Hungary... they were bringing prisoners from everywhere,” Kovalev says. “The job was to unload the trains, undress the people, take everything off of them and take them to the crematorium.”

They drove a lot of people inside, shut all the doors and turned on the gas. Within 5 to 7 minutes, everyone was dead.

Working to survive

The Sonderkommando unit, comprised mostly of Jews, was then forced to burn the dead bodies and remove the ashes, Kovalev explains. Constantly fearing for their own lives, the prisoners took the ashes out to bury in the fields or threw them into the Vistula river. Another unit was tasked with sorting through valuable remains like jewelry and gold teeth.

Kovalev himself was assigned to a team building vegetable storage sheds. “I dug basements, built walls and poured concrete. We worked like that for a very long time,” he says.

Prisoners seen behind barbed wire during the Soviet liberation of Auschwitz © Yad Vashem Archives via Reuters

While being able to carry out manual labor increased a prisoner’s chances of survival significantly, the threat of death always hung in the air. Each week, Kovalev remembers, there was a selection process carried out by the camp’s chief doctor Josef Mengele, where prisoners were stripped naked near the furnaces. “I survived the selection three times,” he says.

After a long trek across Poland, fighting back the Germans in every town and village along the way, Red Army soldiers finally reached Auschwitz on January 27, 1945. “You can probably imagine how we felt when we were rescued,” Kovalev says. “We were crying tears of joy.”

My most vivid memory is when the Soviet troops came and set us free… I don’t know how to explain it, I was so emotional… we never expected to live through it.

Rewriting history

Years later at a forum in Krakow, Kovalev was surprised to hear people say it had been American troops who really liberated Auschwitz. He was thankful when Poland’s president at the time, Aleksander Kwasniewski, took the floor and rightly thanked the Soviet Army instead.

Wladyslaw Osik, a Polish Auschwitz survivor, is similarly angered by efforts to write the Red Army’s role out of history. “I have never questioned the merits of these [Soviet] soldiers. I have always been grateful — and representatives of Russia should be at the celebrations in Warsaw,” he tells RT.

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“People tell us that there was no liberation… but if there was no Red Army, then I wouldn’t be here,” he says.

Polish President Andrzej Duda failed to extend an invite to Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the national memorial ceremony in Auschwitz on Monday — and the two countries are embroiled in a diplomatic spat, both accusing each other of historical revisionism. 

To Osik, sidelining Russia from these events is a “huge mistake” — but he acknowledges that the atmosphere has been brewing for years. Yet, for him, the political squabbles of today are not what matter most.

“My mother returned from Oswiecim to Warsaw. That’s all I know,” he says.

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Title: Plane crashes in Taliban-controlled area of central Afghanistan – media

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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 10:00:00 +0000

Desc: Preview A plane crashed on Monday in Afghanistan’s central Ghazni Province, an area controlled by the Taliban, local media report, citing officials. There were no immediate reports on casualties, though later some reports estimated tolls.
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A plane crashed on Monday in Afghanistan’s central Ghazni Province, an area controlled by the Taliban, local media report, citing officials. There were no immediate reports on casualties, though later some reports estimated tolls.

UPDATE: ‘No indication of enemy fire’: US forces in Afghanistan confirm loss of recon plane

The jet went down in a Taliban-controlled area in the central Ghazni Province, Ariana News said, citing the Ministry of Interior Affairs. A source told local TOLOnews that “special forces” would be dispatched to the site.

Footage, said to be from the site of the crash, shows a large plume of smoke rising.

ولاية غزني| عاجل: سقوط طائرة لقوات الاحتلال الأمريكي في قرية سدوزي بمديرية (ده يك) وقوات إمارة #أفغانستان الإسلامية "#طالبان" تغلق جميع الطرق المؤدية إلى موقع سقوط الطائرة ... وسنوافيكم بالتفاصيل لاحقا
📸📸 صورة من موقع سقوط الطائرة pic.twitter.com/u7I5kYYULA

— شؤون أفغانية (@AfghanAffairs7) January 27, 2020

Initially, there were conflicting reports about the aircraft's owner and about the type of plane. Citing sources, media have described it as a jet belonging to the US military. Earlier reports had claimed it was a passenger plane of the national carrier, Ariana Afghan Airlines.

However, that airline’s acting CEO, Mirwais Mirzakwal, told Reuters that the crashed aircraft did not belong to his company.

The regional governor’s office, meanwhile, told 1TV news channel that the aircraft belonged to a “foreign airline.” Later, the US military confirmed that it was investigating the reports.

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Title: UFOpen for business: Britain’s Royal Air Force to declassify X-Files kept in secret for years

Link: https://www.rt.com/uk/479267-raf-declassify-ufo-archives/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 09:52:39 +0000

Desc: Preview After decades of secrecy, the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) will now publish its entire record of UFO sightings above British territory, in an unprecedented move which is sure to spark even more conspiracy theories.
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After decades of secrecy, the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) will now publish its entire record of UFO sightings above British territory, in an unprecedented move which is sure to spark even more conspiracy theories.

The RAF closed down its ‘UFO desk’ in 2009 after 50 years of reports in which no serious threat was identified. Records from this RAF unit were traditionally sent to the National Archives, where they were kept as classified documents.

Now, however, the most recent reports will be placed in an online archive on a dedicated gov.uk page, according to a Freedom of Information request submitted by the PA news agency.

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“It had been assessed that it would be better to publish these records, rather than continue sending documents to the National Archives, and so they are looking to put them onto a dedicated gov.uk web page,” a spokesperson for the RAF said. 

The declassification clearance process is already under way and the spokesperson expects they will be published online “some time within the first quarter of 2020.”

The archives are comprised entirely of correspondence with members of the public, who have had to file UFO sighting reports with local police since the RAF closed its UFO desk. 

The RAF spokesperson was careful not to confirm or deny the existence of aliens, however, merely stating that: “The MoD has no opinion on the existence or otherwise of extra terrestrial life and does not investigate UFO reports.”

As recently as January 21, there were UFO sightings over London, in broad daylight no less, so the new archives are likely to be a hotspot for X-Files enthusiasts and internet sleuths alike. 

Anybody else in London spot this strange cluster of lights in the sky earlier? Definitely not drones, not satellites and not stars as they moved away slowly. #London #sky #UFOs #strange pic.twitter.com/2knqABj8IW

— Tristam Mayes 🇬🇧🇬🇧 (@that_crane_guy) January 21, 2020

“When I worked on the MoD’s ‘UFO desk’ we didn’t find definitive proof of extraterrestrial visitation, but there were so many bizarre and unexplained sightings that we didn’t entirely rule it out,” said Nick Pope, who used to investigate reports of UFO sightings for the MoD.

The UK government will release a final batch of UFO files from the unit where I worked. I'm glad this material is being made public, but given previous official statements that all the files had been released, this news will generate conspiracy theories.https://t.co/TzVcZ3Aayg

— Nick Pope (@nickpopemod) January 26, 2020

As expected, many weren’t buying the upcoming disclosure and instead fell back on old conspiracy theories.

Every file they release is pointless. Anything of real value i.e. Secret, will be withheld.

— Stunning, Like A Young Burt Reynolds (@BurtReynolds0) January 26, 2020

All it does is prove that they have something to hide ...how many 'last ufo files' do we have? ...like America just a bunch of liars and people that deceive the public

— JAMIE K (@mesolithicguy) January 26, 2020

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Title: Australian Open 2020: Stanislas Wawrinka battles back to eliminate Daniil Medvedev in five-set epic (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/479278-australian-open-2020-stan-wawrinka-daniil-medvedev/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 09:50:44 +0000

Desc: Preview Russian No. 1 Daniil Medvedev has been knocked out of the Australian Open after former champion Stanislas Wawrinka staged a dramatic mid-match comeback to win a five-set thriller.
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Russian No. 1 Daniil Medvedev has been knocked out of the Australian Open after former champion Stanislas Wawrinka staged a dramatic mid-match comeback to win a five-set thriller.

Wawrinka took the opening set, then appeared to lose his composure as Medvedev came back into the contest in the second set, then took the third to move ahead.

But Wawrinka came storming back and won the fourth set via tiebreak before wrapping up the victory for a dramatic rollercoaster victory, 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2.

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Medvedev looked in fine form heading into the match following a strong year in 2019 that saw him claim four titles and an ATP Tour-leading 59 match wins. He also had the edge in the key head-to-head stats between the pair, having won both of their prior Grand Slam meetings.

But the 23-year-old became the highest-ranked casualty of the men's tournament so far as he was unable to convert a 2-1 advantage in sets, with Wawrinka staging a dramatic fightback in a match that lasted three hours, 25 minutes.

Welcome back to the final 🎱, @stanwawrinka!

The 2014 champion def. Daniil Medvedev 6-2 2-6 4-6 7-6(2) 6-2 to reach his fifth #AusOpen quarterfinal.#AO2020 pic.twitter.com/XcRV9wrq86

— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2020

"This was another amazing match, really tough to play against Daniil, I lost to him in U.S. Open but today I came back strongly on the fourth and fifth sets," said Wawrinka after the epic encounter.

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"The level was super high and it was a great atmosphere. It's amazing to keep playing here, I'm really happy to be able to continue to play at this level here and I'm looking forward to the quarter-final.

"I'm finding the answers, I lost confidence a bit in the second and third sets but I knew it was all on the mental side of things."

Wawrinka will take on the winner of the Last 16 match between Germany's Alexander Zverev and Russia's Andrey Rublev for a place in the semi-finals.



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Title: Mongolia closes border with China, shuts down ALL universities & training centers to stop coronavirus spread

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479271-mongolia-border-china-coronavirus/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 09:31:19 +0000

Desc: Preview China’s northern neighbor Mongolia has decided to close border crossings and all universities across the country, in a bid to stop the rapid spread of the previously-unknown coronavirus that has killed more than 80 people.
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China’s northern neighbor Mongolia has decided to close border crossings and all universities across the country, in a bid to stop the rapid spread of the previously-unknown coronavirus that has killed more than 80 people.

All border crossings with China will remain closed for vehicles and pedestrians from Monday until March 2, the state-run Montsame News Agency reported, citing a government meeting. No restrictions were placed on railways and air travel.

All universities, vocational training centers and the popular Nairamdal international youth camp will also be closed during this time period.

The government of the landlocked country to China’s north had earlier shut down schools and kindergartens in its effort to contain the spread of the virus. Officials are currently working to repatriate 31 students from Wuhan, the central Chinese city hit hardest by the outbreak. There have not been any confirmed cases of coronavirus in Mongolia so far.

A total of 81 have people died in China since the start of the outbreak, and 15 major cities in the central Hubei Province have been quarantined.

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Title: China & India to take control of one-third of global economy

Link: https://www.rt.com/business/479264-china-india-global-gdp/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 09:15:58 +0000

Desc: Preview The developing markets of China and India will make up 35 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP) by 2060, nearing the US and European nations' combined share, according to the Japan Center for Economic Research.
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The developing markets of China and India will make up 35 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP) by 2060, nearing the US and European nations' combined share, according to the Japan Center for Economic Research.

The Tokyo-based think tank says China's share of the world's economy will be about 20 percent and India's nearly 16 percent, up from 17 percent and four percent in 2019, respectively.

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China is forecast to keep its current number-two position in the world GDP ranking until surpassing the United States around 2030. India will be the world's third-largest economy in 2060, by which time China is predicted to be back at number two and the US in first place again.

The combined share of the United States and European economies will fall from over 50 percent in 2019 to 38 percent in 2060, said the report. European nations will have their collective share of GDP at a level slightly above India in 2060, but their proportion of global GDP will have fallen significantly.

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Meanwhile Japan, once the world's second-largest economy in the 20th century, will become a smaller, weaker player. Its share of global GDP is predicted to fall to three percent in 2060 from six percent last year.

The report also said that digitalization, which has already started changing the industrial nature of advanced countries to a large extent, will strongly affect emerging nations by 2060.

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Title: Stock finally ran out? France ‘bans’ protester-maiming grenade not manufactured since 2014

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479269-france-bans-police-grenade/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 08:57:00 +0000

Desc: Preview France is finally joining the rest of Europe by withdrawing explosives from its arsenal of crowd control tools. The announced retirement of the protester-maiming GLI-F4 grenade however may be due to stocks running out.
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France is finally joining the rest of Europe by withdrawing explosives from its arsenal of crowd control tools. The announced retirement of the protester-maiming GLI-F4 grenade however may be due to stocks running out.

The GLI-F4 is a controversial device that the French police and gendarmes consider a weapon of last resort before using live bullets. The 190-gram projectile, which can be thrown by hand or fired from a launcher, contains about 30 grams of the high explosive TNT. When it explodes, it produces a powerful blast, a deafening bang and a cloud of the tear gas CS.

La grenade GLI-F4 a un triple effet: lacrymogène, sonore (forte détonation) et de souffle. Sa dangerosité réside dans son caractère explosif, elle contient 26 g de TNT

AFP pic.twitter.com/4RduLUDQN3

— Rachid Lamor (@lamor_rachid) January 26, 2020

The blast part is what poses most danger, because it can launch shrapnel and injure a person standing too close. Several protesters lost toes, fingers and hands to these grenades while others suffered bone fractures, burns and other serious traumas.

The police rules are quite strict about how the GLI-F4 should be deployed: a supervisor has to assess the situation before ordering to fire, and the officer launching the grenade has to make sure it lands at a safe distance from the targeted people. In practice, in chaotic environment of street protest rules are bent and people get hurt.

Ha perso la mano durante una manifestazione dei #GiletsJaunes in #Francia a causa del lancio di una granata GLI-F4.
La denuncia di Antoine Boudinet di 27 anni è caduta nel vuoto, le indagini non hanno portato ad individuare il colpevole, ha deciso comunque di denunciare lo Stato. pic.twitter.com/n9QyxXqg6W

— MCampanini (@campaninimarco) September 28, 2019

So it's welcome news from Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, who announced on Sunday that the controversial weapon is finally getting retired. Except the 'ban' is probably more symbolic. The grenade retirement has been years in the making. The producer, Alsetex, stopped making them in 2014.

In May 2018 the French police announced the GLI-F4 was not on their procurement list for restocking grenades. They said at the time they will use up the remaining devices and switch to its intended replacement, the TNT-free GM2L. After Castaner's announcement the newspaper Liberation asked the cabinet how many GLI-F4s remain in police stock, but did not get an answer. A police union secretary general called the minister's announcement a PR stunt ahead of municipal election.

A group of lawyers tried to have the GLI-F4 actually banned, but their motion was rejected by the Council of State in July 2019.

Ironically, the GLI-F4 was touted as a safer replacement for another Alsetex-made police explosive device, the OF-F1 grenade, which was suspended after one of them killed environment activist Rémi Fraisse during the October 2014 clashes at Sivens Dam.

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Its replacement, the GM2L, has been rolled out since early 2018. Critics of French police tactics in dealing with protesters say the new grenade may still be too dangerous. But at least the French government will have less red tape to deal with — since it uses a pyrotechnic compound instead of high explosives, it's not considered a weapon of war and has less restrictions on packaging, transportation and storage.

However, the absence of GLI-F4 in French streets does not mean participating in protests there becomes a safe endeavor. Other police tools, like the golf ball-sized LBD 40 foam projectiles, have caused serious body harm to people.

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Title: Hong Kong hospital hit by homemade bomb day after protesters set fire to coronavirus quarantine building

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479268-hong-kong-hospital-bombed/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 08:41:07 +0000

Desc: Preview A small bomb prompted evacuation and temporarily disrupted work at a hospital in Hong Kong. Masked protesters had earlier firebombed a proposed quarantine area for possible coronavirus victims.
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A small bomb prompted evacuation and temporarily disrupted work at a hospital in Hong Kong. Masked protesters had earlier firebombed a proposed quarantine area for possible coronavirus victims.

The explosive device was hidden in a bathroom stall inside the Caritas Medical Center and went off at around 2:30am on Monday. About 20 patients were evacuated, after which a bomb squad examined the scene. The hospital's emergency department had to limit its work until services were fully restored later in the morning. No one was injured in the blast.

"After the explosion, there was a lot of white smoke, and a small fire," Chief Inspector Kevin Chong Kiu-wai told reporters, adding that the bomb was "not very powerful" and did not cause much damage. The device itself had been placed in a glass bottle before it blew up. It was not clear who was behind the explosion.

On Sunday, masked anti-government protesters threw a Molotov cocktail at an empty public building, where authorities planned to quarantine people who may have contracted the deadly coronavirus that is currently raging in mainland China.

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Hong Kong has seen months of intense protests, which often spiraled into fierce clashes between police and widespread riots. The unrest was originally sparked by a now-defunct controversial extradition bill, after which the demonstrations evolved to include broader demands, including election reform.

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Title: 'Lessons of Auschwitz': Moscow school students create VR animation tribute to Holocaust victims (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479263-victorypages-vr-volumetric-video/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 08:35:00 +0000

Desc: Preview RT's digital art project dedicated to 75 years of Victory over Nazism releases VR music video illustrated by schoolchildren using tilt brush.
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RT's digital art project dedicated to 75 years of Victory over Nazism releases VR music video illustrated by schoolchildren using tilt brush.

The music score is by Peter Theremin, great-grandson of Leon Theremin — the creator of the theremin, world's first electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the performer.

This music video, part of a larger project #VictoryPages, is the result of months of preparation and work. RT teamed up with Moscow's School №548 to work with nine teenagers aged 14 to 16. The idea was to teach them how to draw in VR, educate them on the Holocaust and ask them to reproduce their emotions through digital art.

With the help from digital artist Denis Semionov and Studio Phygitalism, this project came to become much more than an extra-curriculum assignment.

"We decided to show the children one of the worst surviving memories of that war — the Polish concentration camp Auschwitz, which was liberated by the Soviet army on January 27, 1945. No articles and films can be compared with the living proof of the largest genocide - destroyed furnaces, barracks, prisoners' personal belongings." Artist Denis Semionov explains.

Thanks to the Moscow Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, the children learned more about the Holocaust during a guided tour and a subsequent screening of Spielberg's 1994 drama based on a true story — 'Schindler's List'.

The remaining Schindler's factory in Krakow would later become the first museum they would visit during their trip to Poland.

"I chose the girl in red because when I watched this film, I really remembered her because she was wearing a red coat and the whole film was black and white so she stood out," student Dima Kaderkaev, 15, says about his choice of subject for the VR video.

Others took to their trip for inspiration when in the early hours of a November day in 2019 they visited Auschwitz followed by Birkenau — two of the world's most terrifying reminders of human evil and the persistence of love and strength at the same time.

"My project is about the horrors that happened in Auschwitz. After I visited this camp, I was very moved and I wanted to convey all the emotions that I felt after visiting this concentration camp. In my work, you can see an endless stream of names and surnames of people: children, men and women who were killed in this concentration camp, and in the foreground we see the star of David, by which people sentenced to death were marked. The quotes popping up on the sides of the image are quotes from Holocaust survivors," Nata Makashvili explains her piece.

Teaming up with Peter Theremin to work with such an unusual instrument as the theremin was no coincidence. Patented by his great grandfather, Léon Theremin, in 1928, the theremin is an electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the player.

The students used Tilt Brush to draw their 3D images — a program that among many other features also syncs sound and movement — a perfect match for the eerie vibrations of the theremin, an instrument creating sound from electrical waves.

Children were filmed with volumetric video — a technique capturing three-dimensional space, allowing for the images to be transformed directly into 3D where these same images would later react to sound waves.

This lengthy, yet exciting journey was all filmed along the way for a Making Of movie to be released later this year, capturing all the stages of creation the team and children went through. Shot entirely on an iPhone camera, it will come through with a hint of naivete, emphasizing a youthful view on events.

"We asked the kids to film as well, to include them all the way and make sure they felt more like creators and less like subjects in this project we truly did together. I learnt a lot from them in Poland and during our meetings in Moscow — their take on life is modern, extremely honest and sobering. I'm lucky I got to know these incredible young people," #VictoryPages producer Anna Fedorova confessed.

#VictoryPages is a versatile documentary project to play out on five social media platforms. It offers an opportunity to look at the historical magnitude of May 9, 1945 through the personal impressions of our contemporaries. The story will unfold predominantly in Russian on Facebook, YouTube, VK, Twitter and Instagram starting January 13, 2020 and will run until May 9 — the day Russia celebrates Victory over Nazism.



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Title: Libya crisis cannot be solved by ‘military means,’ Erdogan says after Algeria talks

Link: https://www.rt.com/newsline/479266-libya-erdogan-military-algeria/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 08:16:00 +0000

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the Libyan crisis cannot be solved by “military means.” He made the statement after talks on Sunday with his Algerian counterpart in Algiers.

Algeria shares a 1,000-km (620-mile) border with Libya, and is trying to mediate a political settlement to the conflict which is gripping its neighbor and threatening regional stability.

“We have said from the beginning that the Libyan crisis would not be resolved through military means,” AFP quoted Erdogan as saying after meeting Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. “We are in intense negotiations with the countries of the region and with international actors to secure the ceasefire and facilitate the return to political dialogue in Libya,” Erdogan added.

Ankara has sent military aid to the UN-recognized Government of National Accord in Tripoli. Algiers last week hosted a meeting of Libya’s neighbors that rejected “any foreign interference” in the country and called for a negotiated settlement.



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Title: Oman’s top diplomat visits Iran for 2nd time in week to discuss Gulf security

Link: https://www.rt.com/newsline/479265-oman-fm-iran-gulf/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 07:41:00 +0000

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hosted his Omani counterpart Yusuf bin Alawi on Sunday, the second such visit in one week, for talks on security in the Gulf.

Alawi made his visit to Tehran after his trip to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, which Zarif skipped after scheduling changes to the annual event.

Zarif and Alawi discussed “bilateral cooperation regarding the Strait of Hormuz and emphasized their governments’ will… to guarantee maritime and energy security for all,” according to Iran’s foreign ministry.

It was their second meeting in the Iranian capital since last Tuesday and at least their fourth encounter since last July, AFP said. Oman has often acted as a mediator between Iran and its regional foes, and also played a key role in facilitating talks that include the US.



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Title: ‘People want to know the truth’: Red Army veteran speaks out on liberation of Auschwitz & distortions of history

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/478990-soviet-veteran-auschwitz-liberation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 06:15:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Soviet veteran Ivan Martynushkin remembers the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. It was a “massive celebration” with the Red Army’s role recognized front and center. Fifteen years on, however, something has shifted.
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Soviet veteran Ivan Martynushkin remembers the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. It was a “massive celebration” with the Red Army’s role recognized front and center. Fifteen years on, however, something has shifted.

As time goes on, those anniversary events have become “different in tone” and attitudes toward Soviet veterans “drastically changed.” No longer revered in Europe for their role in liberating Poland, Martynushkin says “implicit accusations” began to creep in that the Red Army “were aggressors” who did not truly liberate Poland. In 2015, relations between Moscow and the rest of Europe had become so frosty that Putin was not even formally invited to mark 70 years of Auschwitz liberation.

Ivan Martynushkin at his home in Moscow on January 23, 2015 © AFP / Vasily Maximov

Speaking with RT for the 75th anniversary of this event, Martynushkin says he has been surprised to discover over the years that many Poles and other Europeans have been led to believe that it was American soldiers who liberated Auschwitz. Even when he went to take part in the shooting of a documentary in Krakow, some Poles he encountered were “adamant” that it had been the Americans who liberated them.

“They could not understand why they had been mistaken for so long. That’s something that has been etched into their memory,” he said, adding that he doesn’t get angry at those who don’t know the full story.  

I do not take it close to heart. That’s the way they were brought up. That’s the information they were given.

Ivan Martynushkin with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2005 © Itar Tass via Reuters

A long road

Martynushkin was just 20 when he was put on a train and sent to the front lines in 1943, having been trained to operate machine guns and mortars. By late 1944, the Red Army had liberated Russian territories and had moved on to Poland.

“Before crossing the border, our commanders talked to us a lot. They said Poland was our ally, that it was a victim in the war. Our mission is to liberate the fraternal nation of Poland. We were told about their culture,” he recalls.

By January 1945, several Soviet fronts were ready to launch an offensive. It had been set for January 20, but with the allies sustaining heavy casualties, Winston Churchill had asked Stalin to move earlier and the offensive was brought forward to January 12.

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“Our division attacked the Nazis near Krakow. After a week of constant fighting, we reached it,” Martynushkin says. Famous for its beautiful architecture, the Red Army was instructed to make sure it remained intact as much as possible. 

Martynushkin celebrated his 21st birthday with local Poles who put on a spread “like a family dinner” back home. “I still remember how excited the hostess was seeing us, young boys. She served us without sitting down and thought about our mothers,” he says.

His division soon moved on past Krakow and though he was a commander, Martynushkin couldn’t be sure exactly where his men were headed. 

"I was a commander but even I only knew what was a couple of kilometers away, not more,” he says. “The entire German army was on the retreat but they fought back in every village, at every house.”

Witnessing hell

One day, having pushed the Germans out of a small village, his division came upon a huge field with barbed wire around it. Some kind of barracks could be seen beyond the wire, leading the men to assume it was a German military site. “It was twilight and we were told to make camp along the village, near the wire, and remain vigilant,” he says.

In the morning, they were given orders to ransack the area around the camp, but were shot at from inside. They radioed for artillery backup but were informed the buildings in front of them were a prisoner camp and no artillery fire was allowed.

Main guard house at Auschwitz death camp © Auschwitz Museum via Reuters

“They asked us to refrain from firing back to avoid stray bullets wounding the prisoners,” he explains.

It was only then, when they saw prisoners behind the fences, that it began to dawn on Martynushkin’s division that they had already reached Auschwitz. Martynushkin, it turned out, was one of the first Soviet soldiers to enter the infamous concentration camp. “[The prisoners] were the first to realize who we were and we saw welcoming gestures,” he says.

© Yad Vashem Archives via Reuters

Setting the record straight

Later the full horror of the place was revealed as the Red Army began to search the buildings for Soviet prisoners of war.

We saw haggard faces, people shivering with cold. Some had prisoner uniforms on, some were wrapped in plaid blankets or rugs. We saw their eyes. There was a spark of warmth in them, they knew they were free. The hell they had been in was over.

Before they entered the camp there had been a stench of something burning. They had experienced a similar smell before, but this time it was “particularly pungent and heavy.” Martynushkin later learned that the Nazis had blown up the crematorium a week earlier, but that corpses were still lying around the camp. They had been laid out in rows and set on fire like logs.

Auschwitz prisoners after liberation by Soviet troops © Reuters

The Soviets settled at the camp for the night. In the morning, the medical battalion began attending to the prisoners and the Soviet kitchen units had caught up. Martynushkin later carried on into what was then Czechoslovakia, where he ended up being wounded and celebrated Victory Day in hospital.

After the war, Martynushkin retired from service, received new training and was given a job at a facility in charge of the atomic bomb project. He still visited Poland often, but noticed opinions beginning to shift about the war and memories of the Red Army’s crucial role fading, replaced with stories of American heroism.

Still, despite attempts to “distort history” he says people, even in the Western media, are usually more interested in the “true story of Auschwitz” and not the “fake stories of today.”

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Title: Passenger plane with 130 on board slides off runway, stops in the middle of a road in western Iran (VIDEO)

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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 05:48:00 +0000

Desc: Preview A packed Iranian passenger plane skidded of the runway and ended up in the middle of a city street, local media report.
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A packed Iranian passenger plane skidded of the runway and ended up in the middle of a city street, local media report.

Caspian Airlines Flight 6936 took off from Tehran at around 6:44am local time and was trying to land in the city of Bandar-e Mahshahr in southwestern Khuzestan Province when it skidded off the runway on Monday, Tasnim News said.

Videos from the scene, which are circulating on social media, show the Boeing aircraft lying on its belly in the middle of the road. Passengers were calmly evacuated from the plane, while some wreckage from the fuselage could be seen on the ground.

Dramatic footage of a passenger plane belonging to #Iran’s Caspian airline landing in the middle of the street in Mahshahr (same city that many were killed in Nov. protest) this happened in the last hour. Witness who got the footage didn’t know if there were any casualties. pic.twitter.com/oa6ghmT8bu

— Bahman Kalbasi (@BahmanKalbasi) January 27, 2020

The aircraft looks mostly intact, and it does not appear that there was major destruction on the ground. Managing Director of Khuzestan Airports Mohammad Reza Rezaei told IRNA that the plane did not catch fire during the incident and no one on board was hurt.

Another airplane crash in Mahshahr airport #caspinairline #iran #crash #USSanctions pic.twitter.com/prsB44G6OS

— Hami Hamedi (@HamediHami) January 27, 2020

On Sunday, a Tehran-bound passenger airliner carrying 85 people had to abort its flight from Gorgan in northern Iran to Tehran due to vibrations felt in one of its engines. There were reports that the engine caught fire, but the airport officials later denied it.  

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Title: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrives in coronavirus outbreak epicenter Wuhan to supervise epidemic control efforts

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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 04:25:00 +0000

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has arrived in the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province, which is the ground zero of the 2019-nCoV novel coronavirus outbreak that has already infected more than 2,800 people and claimed 80 lives across the nation.

“At the instruction of China's Chairman Xi Jinping, [Li, who is] a member of the Standing Committee of the Central Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China and the head of the working group, created due to the outbreak of pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus, has arrived in Wuhan to inspect and control the effort on fighting the epidemic,” the State Council said in a statement​​​.

The Chinese government is undertaking some drastic measures to contain the spread of the new virus. Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, has been virtually quarantined, while strict travel restrictions have been imposed in the entire Hubei Province.

Around 450 Chinese military medics, many with experience in combating SARS or Ebola, were deployed in the region to help the overworked and exhausted hospital staff, who had been on around-the-clock shifts in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, local authorities are rushing to construct a new 1,000-bed facility specifically to treat victims of the deadly virus. Li has already held initial meetings with local medics and has met some of the infected patients.



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Title: ‘I’m not worried’: French coronavirus patient speaks out as death toll & global concerns continue to rise

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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 02:34:00 +0000

Desc: Preview A French national of Chinese origin, who has contracted the deadly virus and is hospitalized in Bordeaux, says he is “not worried” about his affliction. The total number of infections has surpassed 2,000 while 56 people have died.
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A French national of Chinese origin, who has contracted the deadly virus and is hospitalized in Bordeaux, says he is “not worried” about his affliction. The total number of infections has surpassed 2,000 while 56 people have died.

France has become the first European country where cases of the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been confirmed. So far, three people have been diagnosed with the deadly disease – one in Bordeaux and two in Paris.

The Bordeaux patient, a 48-year-old man who has not been named, had traveled to China recently, spoke to the local media. The man said he had likely contracted the virus in either Shanghai or Wuhan – the city where the deadly epidemic started.

“I still have fever and I cough more than yesterday [Friday], but I have confidence in the healthcare team, they are very competent,” the patient told the Sud Ouest newspaper.

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According to the patient, he’s being treated solely by antipyretics to contain the fever since it’s still unclear with what exactly the virus can be actually beaten.

“I have no treatment, because this virus is still unknown, but I know that the researchers are working,” the man stated as he doubled down on his being “not worried.”

China’s President Xi Jinping has earlier described the outbreak as a “grave situation,” warning that the new coronavirus is “accelerating its spread.” The death toll from the 2019-nCoV outbreak reached 56, while nearly 130 more people were reportedly in serious or critical condition as of Sunday morning. The number of infections has surpassed the 2,800 mark – and only a handful of people have beaten the virus so far.

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At least 10 other nations have registered the coronavirus cases, including the US, France, South Korea, Japan, Nepal, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, and Malaysia. Canada has reported its first “presumptive confirmed case” too. Nearly every confirmed patient had traveled to Wuhan recently. The virus is believed to have first passed from animals to humans at a food and animal market in the city and then mutated, gaining ability to transfer from one human to another.

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Title: ‘Nakers’ star LeBron? MSNBC botches Kobe Bryant’s team name, BBC shows footage of another NBA legend in rush to report his death

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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 00:17:00 +0000

Desc: Preview MSNBC and the BBC are getting heavy criticism after the former found an anchor accused of dropping the N-word when she “stuttered” covering Bryant’s death, and the latter was busted showing footage of the wrong player.
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MSNBC and the BBC are getting heavy criticism after the former found an anchor accused of dropping the N-word when she “stuttered” covering Bryant’s death, and the latter was busted showing footage of the wrong player.

While reporting on the Sunday morning helicopter crash in southern California that led to the death of 41-year-old Bryant, MSNBC anchor Allison Morris stumbled over her words when mistaking the basketball team for which he played over the course of 20 years until his retirement in 2016.

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Many accused the anchor of saying the N-word instead of "Lakers," but she insists she did not. Video of the gaffe got people not only mocking Morris, but calling for her to be fired.

For all of those defending this anchor, would you feel the same way if it was a Fox anchor who made this egregious mistake??

— Turnmytwittahon (@turnmytwittahon) January 26, 2020

Morris took to Twitter to defend herself by saying she got the basketball teams the Knicks and Lakers mixed up in her head and she “stuttered.”

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“Earlier today, while reporting on the tragic news of Kobe Bryant’s passing, I unfortunately stuttered on air, combining the names of the Knicks and the Lakers to say ‘Nakers.’ Please know I did not & would NEVER use a racist term. I apologize for the confusion this caused,” she tweeted.

Nah you said the whole thing, own up to it. pic.twitter.com/8AyGvmeFvZ

— ĸɇmP (@ESPNKemp) January 26, 2020

Replies to Morris’ tweet included many saying that she was simply making an excuse. Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers for his entire 20-year career.

https://t.co/5HOEj3g8Ds
You DID NOT say nakers!! 😂

— Clay Jones (@calebjo44165988) January 26, 2020

In another media gaffe that was highlighted by social media, the BBC ran footage of LeBron James while talking about Bryant.

I genuinely cannot believe that the actual BBC News at 10 just did this pic.twitter.com/n6csMV9OOG

— Matthew Champion (@matthewchampion) January 26, 2020

James, 35, currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers and is six years younger than Bryant, who retired from basketball in 2016.

“Dear BBC News, you appear to have inserted clips of LeBron James into your tribute package for Kobe Bryant for no apparent reason,” reporter Sachini Nakrani tweeted in reaction to the footage.

The BBC have issued an apology (this one is for all of you tweeting me with ‘its because LeBron broke his record’)https://t.co/IapQvTm7Op

— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) January 26, 2020

“Cannot believe the BBC – reporting on Kobe Bryant’s death but showing video footage of LeBron James. If you know you know,” added journalist Samiri Sawlani.

... MSNBC broke the news uttering a racial epithet and the BBC using footage of Lebron James in their tribute to Kobe. Tell me some more about how journalism isn't broken.

— Richard Lewis (@RLewisReports) January 26, 2020

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Title: Chinese coronavirus spreads with no visible symptoms as death toll grows to 81, over 2,800 infected worldwide

Link: https://www.rt.com/usa/479257-china-coronavirus-death-cases/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 23:30:00 +0000

Desc: Preview The death toll from the 2019-nCoV coronavirus outbreak in China has reached 81, with hundreds of new infections detected. Meanwhile, US public health officials have confirmed new cases of the disease in Los Angeles and Arizona.
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The death toll from the 2019-nCoV coronavirus outbreak in China has reached 81, with hundreds of new infections detected. Meanwhile, US public health officials have confirmed new cases of the disease in Los Angeles and Arizona.

With 24 new deaths reported in Hubei Province – the epicenter of the outbreak – the overall toll from the novel coronavirus in China now stands at 81, with some 2,835 confirmed cases countrywide.

China has also revealed that the virus can spread before any symptoms show. The country's Health Minister Ma Xiaowei confirmed the bad news on Sunday, which has panicked some US doctors.

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Dr William Schaffner, an adviser to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called the news a “game changer” and said it means the virus is “more contagious than we originally thought.”

Each of the five US cases involve people who had traveled to Wuhan, China, recently. They are being treated and are currently in stable condition. The most recent victim is a member of the Arizona Student University, according to the Arizona Department of Health. The victim is not currently “severely ill.”

Though there are only five confirmed cases in the US, the CDC said they have “just over 100” people being investigated for the disease and they expect that number to go up.

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The Chinese government is undertaking some drastic measures to contain the spread of the new virus. Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, has been virtually quarantined, while strict travel restrictions have been imposed in the entire Hubei Province.

The are currently no vaccines for the novel coronavirus, which has been described as similar to the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) pathogen, which killed hundreds in China and Hong Kong from 2002 to 2003. The disease is thought to have originated in an animal before being transmitted to a human, though the specific origins are still being debated.

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Title: ‘Issue of our time’: Biden tries to win over transgender community with a tweet while Sanders deals with Rogan endorsement fallout

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Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 22:24:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Joe Biden’s attempt to appeal to the wokest Democrats with a pandering tweet about “transgender rights” has been seen as little more than exploitation by critics.
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Joe Biden’s attempt to appeal to the wokest Democrats with a pandering tweet about “transgender rights” has been seen as little more than exploitation by critics.

“Let’s be clear: Transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time. There is no room for compromise when it comes to basic human rights,” Joe Biden tweeted to his four million-plus followers over the weekend.

Let’s be clear: Transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time. There is no room for compromise when it comes to basic human rights.

— Joe Biden (Text Join to 30330) (@JoeBiden) January 25, 2020

Such a sentiment from a politician fighting for the Democrat Party’s presidential nomination would seem appropriate in today’s virtue signaling times, but Biden’s tweet has sparked heavy controversy for its pandering nature. Not only that, it noticeably landed in the midst of his competitor Bernie Sanders’ being called out by some on the left for touting an endorsement from podcaster and comedian Joe Rogan.

“Pretty amusing to watch Biden lurch for the ultra-woke lane to try to capitalize off of this whole dumb Rogan controversy. He literally brags about his work with segregationists!” journalist Krystall Ball tweeted in response to Biden. The tweet was reposted by actor John Cusack, who has been campaigning for Sanders. 

Pretty amusing to watch Biden lurch for the ultra-woke lane to try to capitalize off of this whole dumb Rogan controversy. He literally brags about his work with segregationists!

— Krystal Ball (@krystalball) January 26, 2020

The reference was clearly to Biden patting himself on the back for having been able to work with segregationist senators in the ‘70s, one of his many controversial remarks on the campaign trail.

Transgender YouTuber and commentator Blaire White replied to Biden’s “transgender tweet” by questioning whether the former vice president even knows what transgender means.

I bet you don’t even know what transgender is lol

— Blaire White (@MsBlaireWhite) January 25, 2020

“I don't exactly buy Joe Biden as a steadfast champion of transgender equality, but it's a good example of how politicians often reach good policy positions not because they are good people, but because they are strategic actors responding to incentives,” author Steven White added. 

I don't exactly buy Joe Biden as a steadfast champion of transgender equality, but it's a good example of how politicians often reach good policy positions not because they are good people, but because they are strategic actors responding to incentives

— Steven White (@notstevenwhite) January 25, 2020

'Transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time': Biden capitalizes on Bernie Sanders-Joe Rogan blowback https://t.co/VOO9amDzZB #News #JoeBiden via @dcexaminer pic.twitter.com/udVV0toqWh

— Chris 🇺🇸 (@Chris_1791) January 25, 2020

Biden’s tweet has suspicious timing as it was sent out amidst controversy surrounding Sanders releasing a video touting an endorsement from comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan, who has over seven million subscribers on YouTube.

While Rogan is a massively popular and influential commentator, and has had everyone from Andrew Yang to Ben Shapiro on his show, his support of Bernie has raised concerns of some on the left as he’s made controversial statements, including some about transgender athletes. 

Rogan has made comments in the past specifically critical of genetically born males being allowed to compete in athletics – especially fighting – against genetically born females. It’s these comments that has led outlets like CNN to label him as a commentator with past “transphobic” statements. 

"If you want to be a woman in the bedroom and, you know, you want to play house and all of that other s**t and you feel like you have, your body is really a woman's body trapped inside a man's frame and so you got an operation, that's all good in the hood," said Rogan at one point on his show. "But you can't fight chicks." 

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Progressive group MoveOn has even called on Sanders to “apologize” for touting an endorsement from Rogan.  

While the backlash to Rogan’s endorsement might have been a perfect moment for Biden to try and win some votes, he also doesn’t quite have the record to back his words up or make him the shining hero for the woke crowd. 

The former vice president has been criticized for past votes in support of both The Defense of Marriage Act, which defined legal marriage as being between one man and one woman, and a spending bill that included the “don’t ask, don’t tell” military policy.

An attention grabbing moment from Biden’s time on stage when moderator ⁦@lyzl⁩ pushed Biden on past votes and calling ⁦@VP⁩ a “decent guy.”

“You’re a lovely person,” Biden tells the moderator to laugher.

“Just asking the questions people want to know,” she replied pic.twitter.com/DB10NGuBCP

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Biden got into a tense exchange when questioned about his actual commitment to the LGBTQ community, as well as calling Mike Pence a “decent guy,” at a forum hosted by GLAAD, the Advocate, and the Cedar Rapids Gazette last September. 

This comes on top of numerous eyebrow-raising gaffes and stunts that have been haunting Biden on the campaign trail.

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Title: Manhunt in France after fierce street shootout with ‘KALASHNIKOVS’ captured on VIDEOS in city of Nimes

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Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 22:04:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Police are reportedly on high alert in southern France after a violent shootout took place in the streets of the city of Nimes. Videos captured at the scene suggest that Kalashnikov-type assault rifles were used in the gunfight.
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Police are reportedly on high alert in southern France after a violent shootout took place in the streets of the city of Nimes. Videos captured at the scene suggest that Kalashnikov-type assault rifles were used in the gunfight.

Repeated gunfire bursts were heard in the French city as at least two people “armed with Kalashnikovs” roamed the streets around 8:30pm local time, according to witnesses and videos they shared on social media.

🔴🇫🇷 INFO - #Nimes: Un commerce de la galerie Wagner qui avait des clients se soir ciblé par des tirs de kalachnikov. L'enquête a été confiée a la police judiciaire.pic.twitter.com/yUf9dIt64P

— Anonyme Citoyen (@AnonymeCitoyen) January 26, 2020

There were no immediate reports of any casualties or injuries, although according to local newspaper Midi Libre there was some “material damage.” 

Autre angle de la fusillade à #Nimes . pic.twitter.com/wdQOM7FU1l

— Jalen Und Rase (@Oeil_Du_Kremlin) January 26, 2020

The shooting may have been related to turf wars between rival gangs operating in the Pissevin district of Nimes, locals have speculated in the absence of any official statement. Authorities have yet to comment on the incident.

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Title: Kobe Bryant's 13yo daughter Gianna among 9 victims of California helicopter crash

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/479252-kobe-bryant-daughter-helicopter/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 21:43:00 +0000

Desc: Preview The 13-year-old daughter of legendary basketball star Kobe Bryant, Gianna, was killed in the helicopter crash that also claimed the lives of her father, her teammate, and her teammate's father, as well as a pilot and four others.
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The 13-year-old daughter of legendary basketball star Kobe Bryant, Gianna, was killed in the helicopter crash that also claimed the lives of her father, her teammate, and her teammate's father, as well as a pilot and four others.

Sources close to the Bryant family have told multiple outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, that Gianna was among those who died in the crash. She was also a basketball player who attended multiple NBA games with her father, who could be seen coaching her.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Office said a total of nine people perished in the crash, but they will not confirm their identities until the coroner makes a report. 

RIP to Kobe Bryant & his 13 year old daughter Gianna aka GiGi 🙏🏼💔 pic.twitter.com/5gsyvl9N0c

— ♕♕ (@LaniThugginTho_) January 26, 2020

Bryant has three other daughters with his wife Vanessa, including Capri, who was born in June 2019, but none of them have been reported to be among the victims of the crash.

Bryant, who spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers, retired from basketball in 2016 after a two-decade career that saw him become a five-time NBA champion and enshrined his status in the history books as one of the sport's best-ever players.

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Title: China to extend Lunar New Year holidays as it struggles to contain deadly virus

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Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 20:52:01 +0000

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Beijing has extended Chinese New Year holidays for four days to February 2, a state broadcaster has announced. The holidays were previously expected to end on January 30. Chinese schools will also prolong their holidays for an unspecified period of time, as the exact dates are yet to be announced by the ministry of education.

The moves come as Beijing tries to contain an outbreak of a novel coronavirus that already infected more than 2,000 in China alone, and claimed lives of 56 people. The city of Wuhan — the epicenter of the outbreak, and nine other major cities in the Hubei province were partially quarantined. National Health Commission Minister Ma Xiaowei, meanwhile, said that the holiday vacation provides the best opportunity for  "isolation and disinfection" of the area.



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Title: 'Please God no, it can't be true': Sports world in shock after death of 'global icon' Kobe Bryant

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/479251-kobe-bryant-helicopter-death/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 20:50:00 +0000

Desc: Preview The death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash on Sunday has brought forth an outpouring of grief from many of his fellow professionals, as well as from prominent members of the global sporting community.
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The death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash on Sunday has brought forth an outpouring of grief from many of his fellow professionals, as well as from prominent members of the global sporting community.

The 18-time NBA All-Star, aged 41, died after a helicopter in which he was a passenger crashed after bursting into flames in the city of Calabasas in Los Angeles County, according to US media. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said that eight others are understood to have perished in the crash.

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Bryant, who spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers, retired from basketball in 2016 after a two-decade career that saw him become a five-time NBA champion and enshrined his status in the history books as being one of the sport's best-ever players.

We can confirm that Kobe Bryant passed away today from the causes of a helicopter accident.

The entire Los Angeles Lakers family wishes to support their family and friends.

RIP KOBE 🙏❤️ pic.twitter.com/FdqwpAFoGY

— Los Angeles Lakers (@LakersLosAngel) January 26, 2020

His death has prompted an overwhelming display of emotion on social media as his fellow players, some of whom played alongside the Lakers icon, expressed their anguish at the loss of one of the game's true giants.

Please no. Please god no. It can’t be true.

— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) January 26, 2020

Nooooooooooo God please No!

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 26, 2020

I’m stunned. Words can’t even come close to describing it. Just an incredibly sad and tragic day.

— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) January 26, 2020

Bryant's reach in the sports world extended far beyond that of just the NBA, prompting several well-known names from across the globe to join in the outpouring of grief.

We miss you already Kobe ❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼

— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) January 26, 2020

Kobe you were my idol... period. Mentality through and through. Thank you. To your family, I wish y’all nothing but the very best. Prayers and thoughts with you don’t begin to describe what we want for y’all. Love and respect to #8 & #24 forever. #MambaMentality #Mamba

— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) January 26, 2020

We can never forget how precious life is. How those who are special to you and never let them forget how deeply you love them

— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) January 26, 2020

US President Donald Trump was also among those to take to Twitter to express his condolences.

Reports are that basketball great Kobe Bryant and three others have been killed in a helicopter crash in California. That is terrible news!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 26 января 2020 г.

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Title: VIDEOS show scene of California helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant

Link: https://www.rt.com/usa/479250-kobe-bryant-helicoper-crash-videos/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 20:22:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Footage has emerged showing the aftermath of the helicopter crash in California that reportedly took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others.
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Footage has emerged showing the aftermath of the helicopter crash in California that reportedly took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others.

First videos and photos of the crash site show smoke and debris scattered around the area, and emergency services arriving to the scene. The accident reportedly started from a fire onboard Kobe Bryant’s private helicopter which made it spiral out of control before crashing over Calabasas.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed there were no survivors left at the crash site. They have said they will not confirm the identity of the eight others besides Bryant involved in the crash until the coroner makes their report.

RIP Kobe

Awful news as the great Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas California #ripkobe#kobe#kobebryant#helicopter #kobecrash pic.twitter.com/sRNbT3O7P3

— MikesOffice (@office_mikes) January 26, 2020

CNN has confirmed that it was Kobe. Never imagined Kobe would ever go out like this man. If anyone can survive a chopper crash, it was him. pic.twitter.com/Gv1wqVptbt

— Vasu Kulkarni (@Vasu) January 26, 2020

Sources close to the family have also told multiple outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, that Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna was among those on the helicopter who did not survive. 

#Update Downed aircraft is a helicopter. Flames extinguished. #Malibu deputies at crash site looking for survivors, 4200 blk Las Virgenes Rd #Calabasas #LASD pic.twitter.com/eixLhGhLyE

— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) January 26, 2020

Though retired from basketball since 2016, Bryant was still a frequent visitor to NBA games and he was known to fly on a private helicopter.

Bryant was a Olympic gold medalist, a recent Academy Award winner for the short film 'Dear Basketball' and a beloved Los Angeles athlete as he spent his entire 20 year career with the Lakers. 

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Title: NBA legend Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash aged 41

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/479248-kobe-bryant-killed-helicoper-crash/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 19:37:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Kobe Bryant, a universally-loved NBA star who played for the LA Lakers, has been killed in a private helicopter crash in California. Police say nine people died in the accident that has sent shockwaves across the US.
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Kobe Bryant, a universally-loved NBA star who played for the LA Lakers, has been killed in a private helicopter crash in California. Police say nine people died in the accident that has sent shockwaves across the US.

Traveling in his private helicopter, Bryant and eight others crashed over Calabasas on Sunday morning. Emergency personnel arrived at the scene in less than 10 minutes, but there were no survivors.

Kobe Bryant has died in a helicoper crash in Calabasas Sunday morning, TMZ Sports has confirmed. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/41LMNcvz8q

— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) January 26, 2020

A fire is said to have broken out and the helicopter spiraled until it crash landed over Calabasas, killing everyone onboard.

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Sources close to the Bryant family have told multiple outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, that Kobe Bryant's daughter, 13-year-old Gianna, was among those who died in the crash.

#Update Downed aircraft is a helicopter. Flames extinguished. #Malibu deputies at crash site looking for survivors, 4200 blk Las Virgenes Rd #Calabasas #LASD pic.twitter.com/eixLhGhLyE

— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) January 26, 2020

The identity of the other passengers has yet to be confirmed, but they are said to be an unidentified teammate of Gianna and a parent, as well as the pilot.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Kobe Bryant pic.twitter.com/P88GwIwmYV

— NBA (@NBA) January 26, 2020

Gianna was also a basketball player who attended multiple NBA games with her father who could be seen coaching her. Bryant has three other daughters with his wife Vanessa, including Capri who was born in June of 2019, but none of them have been reported to be among the crash's victims. 

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Kobe Bryant's 13yo daughter Gianna among 9 victims of California helicopter crash

Though retired from basketball since 2016, Bryant was still a regular at NBA games and he even began dabbling into filmmaking. He won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2018 for the movie ‘Dear Basketball.’

Kobe Bryant’s last Tweet was at 3:39 am this morning. He congratulated LeBron James when James surpassed Kobe to become NBA’s 3rd Highest Scorer of all time. This Life! pic.twitter.com/6xMGQixFN2

— SUNU DESMOND L . H. (@NAMETAGGH) January 26, 2020

Bryant was universally beloved by Los Angeles basketball fans as he played his entire 20 year career with the Lakers. During his time there, he won five championships and made 18 All-Star Games. He also won gold medals as part of the US national team at the Olympics in 2008 and 2012.

Everyone from filmmaking professionals to athletes in football and soccer have been taking to social media to mourn the loss of the legendary athlete.

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'Please God no, it can't be true': Sports world in shock after death of 'global icon' Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has responded to the shocking news by saying Bryant would "live forever in the heart of Los Angeles" and be remembered "through the ages as one of our greatest heroes."

Kobe was so much more than an athlete, he was a family man. That was what we had most in common. I would hug his children like they were my own and he would embrace my kids like they were his. His baby girl Gigi was born on the same day as my youngest daughter Me’Arah. pic.twitter.com/BHBPN5Wq8V

— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020

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Title: In and out! Unlucky Tiger Woods denied eagle on PGA Tour after ball bounces OUT OF HOLE (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/479245-tiger-woods-unlucky-shot-golf/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 19:13:59 +0000

Desc: Preview Tiger Woods has seen a lot in his career but perhaps not anything close to this after a stunning shot during the final round at Torrey Pines found its way to the cup before immediately exiting again.
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Tiger Woods has seen a lot in his career but perhaps not anything close to this after a stunning shot during the final round at Torrey Pines found its way to the cup before immediately exiting again.

Woods was well off the pace during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open in California as he chases what would be a record-breaking 83rd win on the PGA Tour but just when it appeared as if the 15-times major winner had shot an eagle which could have placed him back in contention, fate struck a cruel blow. 

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Woods' approach appeared perfect as the ball landed just feet out from the hole from what was a 140-yard approach shot from the fairway. It appeared for an instant as though Woods had scored what would be one of the most memorable eagles of his career - but it seems as though the course had other ideas.

Clearly frustrated, Woods made no mistake in sinking his birdie putt.

⛳️ @TigerWoods nearly holed out from the fairway.

The ball went IN the hole ... and came back out. 😳 pic.twitter.com/ikm21gLSju

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 26, 2020

Most disappointing birdie of 2020.

— Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) January 26, 2020

HOW DID THAT NOT GO IN?!?!?

This is not an exaggeration. It jumped in the hole and jumped out.

— Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) January 26, 2020

Former pro Nick Faldo said while commentating for the Golf Channel, "If you were [watching] at a bar with a pint in your hand I guarantee somebody is soaked."

Woods, 44, has designs on making himself available for this summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo and will need to be among the top four ranked American golfers in the world to qualify for the team. He is currently ranked sixth in the world, fourth among the US contingent. 

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Title: Australian Open 2020: Roger Federer full of jokes after reaching quarter-finals

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/479247-australian-open-2020-roger-federer-jokes-quarter-finals/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 19:08:49 +0000

Desc: Preview He may have started sluggishly, but Roger Federer eventually eased into the Australian Open quarter-finals, before sharing jokes with reporters about his next opponent.
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He may have started sluggishly, but Roger Federer eventually eased into the Australian Open quarter-finals, before sharing jokes with reporters about his next opponent.

Federer defeated Hungarian Martin Fucsovics 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the last eight, and admitted that his battle with John Millman in the previous round had left him a little sluggish at the start of his Last 16 matchup at the Rod Laver Arena.

The six-time champion eventually found his stride, and bounced back from a set down to win three sets in a row in dominant fashion to book his spot in the last eight of the tournament.

"The morning after Johnny's match and this morning I lay in bed for an hour thinking, 'when are we going to stand up? Okay 1-2-3, huh, and how do I feel?" he laughed, recalling his match with Millman.

"I was able to recover; I'm sure I'm going to feel better every day that goes by after that match."

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Federer admitted Fucsovics caught him off guard with a superb opening set that forced him to gather himself and bounce back to ensure his passage to the next round.

"It was a tough start, I thought that Marton played clean, I struggled with the (after-effects) from the Millman match," said the 38-year-old.

"He gave me a beatdown from the baseline so maybe he took my confidence away a little bit. It just took some time, I was looking to maybe mix it up a little bit more. It gets pretty slow in the night time, especially when it's cool like this."

Federer will now move on to face American Tennys Sandgren, who battled past Fabio Fognini to earn his spot in the last eight.

And the Swiss star joked with the press that, given Sandgren's appropriate first name, there really was no other career he could have gone into.

"He was not going to be a baseball player, that's for sure!" he laughed. "I'm looking forward to it."I've played a lot of tennis in my life but never against Tennys."



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Title: Russian Orthodox Church’s former spokesman collapses & dies in Moscow, aged just 51

Link: https://www.rt.com/russia/479246-russian-orthodox-church-spokesman-dies/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 18:51:00 +0000

Desc: Preview An ex-spokesman of the Russian Orthodox Church, Vsevolod Chaplin, has died suddenly in Moscow. The ultraconservative cleric was known for his controversial statements, often made during frequent appearances in the Russian media.
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An ex-spokesman of the Russian Orthodox Church, Vsevolod Chaplin, has died suddenly in Moscow. The ultraconservative cleric was known for his controversial statements, often made during frequent appearances in the Russian media.

Chaplin reportedly felt ill when he was sitting on a bench near the church he was serving in on Sunday. He then slumped to the ground, and by the time the ambulance arrived it was too late. According to the media reports, the arch-priest suffered an asthma attack, although the exact cause of death is still unknown.

Chaplin had just concluded mass at the well-known, central Moscow, Church of Theodore the Studite when he was taken ill. The cause of death is believed to have been an asthma attack. Due to his TV & radio appearances, the Archpriest was a well known public figure in Russia.

— Bryan MacDonald (@27khv) January 26, 2020

Chaplin headed the Church's public relations department between 2009 and 2015 and acted as the religious body's spokesman until he was sacked. During that time, he made a name for himself with his outspoken and highly controversial comments on social issues and foreign policy. He repeatedly advocated the restoration of monarchy in Russia, called for a more active role for Moscow in the Ukrainian conflict and described Russia's anti-terrorist operation in Syria as a "holy war."

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In one particularly eyebrow-raising statement in April 2018, he said residents of Moscow and St. Petersburg should prepare for a missile strike that could hit the cities in the "coming days."

Since his dismissal from the spokesman role – which he'd branded a political move – Chaplin continued to serve as a rector in one of Moscow's churches and hosted several TV and radio shows while also being active on social media.

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Title: ‘Every 2nd Jew in Germany wishes to leave’: Berlin to seek EU-wide criminalization of Holocaust denial

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479244-germany-eu-ban-holocaust-denial/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 18:33:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Jews in Germany feel threatened to such an extent that almost half have thought about emigration, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, demanding a harsher response to anti-Semitism, not only in his country but across the EU as well.
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Jews in Germany feel threatened to such an extent that almost half have thought about emigration, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, demanding a harsher response to anti-Semitism, not only in his country but across the EU as well.

Jews in Germany are “openly attacked” on the streets and face threats and abuse online on a daily basis, the minister wrote, in a guest article for the German weekly Der Spiegel ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Nazi Auschwitz death-camp liberation. Maas said that over 400 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded in Berlin alone over six months last year.

It does not surprise me that almost every second Jew in Germany has already thought about leaving the country.

The minister particularly mentioned a shooting attack in the eastern German city of Halle last October, when a far-right extremist sought to attack a local synagogue but eventually failed to force his way into the building, instead killing two people at random.

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Maas slammed anti-Semitism as “an absolute nightmare” and “a terrible disgrace 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz,” arguing that it is a Europe-wide problem that requires the efforts of all EU members in order to be solved.

According to the minister, the measures Germany plans to champion during its presidencies of the Council of the European Union and of the Council of Europe, both of which it will assume later this year, will include the creation of a European network of anti-Semitism commissioners and a crackdown on online hate crime and disinformation.

He also specifically mentioned that Berlin plans to “ensure that all EU member states finally make it a crime to deny the Holocaust” and will help set up a Global Task Force Against Holocaust Denial.

The issue of anti-Semitism once again came to the fore in Germany in the spring of 2019, when the nation’s anti-Semitism chief advised Jews against wearing kippahs “anywhere at any time in Germany” – supposedly out of concern for their safety. The approach was quickly branded “defeatist” by various politicians, including Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin.

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Just days after the official’s provocative statement, Chancellor Angela Merkel herself said literally every single Jewish facility in Germany needed police protection. The problem has been traditionally blamed on Germany’s troubled Nazi past and linked to right-wing extremists, prompting the security services to step up their fight against the far-right over the past year.

Meanwhile, some analysts believe that Merkel’s own overly lax ‘open door’ immigration policy, which allowed about a million of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and North Africa to come to the country during the refugee crisis, might also play a role here.

Uniting all Europeans under one banner in the name of fighting anti-Semitism might also prove tricky, since that would require a unified approach to the issue. Poland, in particular, has a simmering row with Israel over its historical role in the Holocaust while its ongoing dispute with Russia over the causes of WWII even prevented its president, Andrzej Duda from attending the recent World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem.

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Title: ‘Sod off to Canada’: Hugh Grant lambasted for saying Britain’s ‘FINISHED’ thanks to Brexit

Link: https://www.rt.com/uk/479242-hugh-grant-brexit-uk/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 18:17:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Hugh Grant sees no hope for his home country of Great Britain in the wake of the controversial Brexit decision – and the actor is now being slammed for his apocalyptic attitude.
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Hugh Grant sees no hope for his home country of Great Britain in the wake of the controversial Brexit decision – and the actor is now being slammed for his apocalyptic attitude.

Grant, star of films such as ‘Two Weeks Notice’ and ‘About a Boy,’ has been vocal for quite some time about his displeasure with Britain’s decision in 2016 to leave the European Union, but he kicked things up a notch in a recent interview by saying his country is “finished.”

Speaking with the Associated Press to promote his film ‘The Gentlemen,’ Grant was asked about Brexit and Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the actor made his feelings quite clear.

“It’s a catastrophe,” says Hugh Grant regarding the UK’s recent election, which saw Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson return to power. “The country’s finished.”

Johnson has repeatedly vowed to "get Brexit done" >> https://t.co/aVx0rTsa9g pic.twitter.com/uTvMsSApW4

— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) January 24, 2020

“I’m just wondering, how are you feeling now that everything is kinda settled? Are you encouraged any?” the interviewer asked.

“No, it’s a catastrophe,” Grant replied.

“So no bright line, or horizon–”

“No,” Grant said.

He then added, “No, no – country’s finished.”

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Grant, who was born in London, earned plenty of intense reactions to his “country’s finished” prediction, including from British journalist Piers Morgan who called the actor “disgusting” and an “arrogant twerp.”

“Hugh Grant is so disgusting. How dare he say Britain is 'finished'?  The only thing that's 'finished' is this stuck-up arrogant twerp's credibility as any kind of political expert,” Morgan tweeted.

Hugh Grant is so disgusting.
How dare he say Britain is 'finished'?
The only thing that's 'finished' is this stuck-up arrogant twerp's credibility as any kind of political expert. https://t.co/2ib7gWk7Tm

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 26, 2020

Former White House official Sebastion Gorka took things a step further by questioning whether Grant was ever a “political expert” and even bringing up the actor’s infamous 1995 arrest in Los Angeles when he was caught by police with a sex worker.

Sorry Piers, but at what point was @HackedOffHugh ever a “political expert.”

Was it before he was a comedic thesp, or after he was arrested with that prostitute in LA? https://t.co/8Cn5DBm6P8 https://t.co/ZjZa11apvw

— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) January 26, 2020

Journalist Dawn Neesom suggested Grant “sod off” and move to Canada.

#HughGrant says the UK is finished. Fine. Sod off then. Understand Canada is quite popular these days. Provided you’re happy with a PM with a #blackface fetish mind...🤔

— Dawn Neesom (@DawnNeesom) January 26, 2020

Grant was actively campaigning in December for several left-wing candidates in the UK’s general election. All four candidates he endorsed failed in their respective election bids.

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Title: 'We're Man United and we'll sing what we want': Supporters vent frustration at club during team's FA Cup drubbing of Tranmere

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/479240-manchester-united-ed-woodward-protest-tranmere/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 18:16:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Manchester United supporters used their FA Cup win against Tranmere Rovers to make a statement of opposition to the club's hierarchy on Sunday, chanting for the removal of the team's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
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Manchester United supporters used their FA Cup win against Tranmere Rovers to make a statement of opposition to the club's hierarchy on Sunday, chanting for the removal of the team's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer relieved the pressure hoisted upon his by his team's humiliating home defeat to Burnley midweek by sending six goals without reply past a shell-shocked Tranmere side.

But the game will perhaps be as memorable for the actions of United's supporters in the stands just as much as the players on the pitch after their support vocally campaigned for changes in the club's leadership throughout the fixture.

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The 2,000 or so members of the travelling support excoriated Woodward, as well as the club's owners the Glazer family, for what they say as misguided handling of the club in the years since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped away from the Manchester United dugout. 

The club, who are currently six points behind Chelsea in the race for the fourth and final Champions League slot, know that another season outside Europe's top club competition will come with severe financial penalties, or loss of earnings to put it more aptly, and also make them a less desirable destination for top players in the transfer market. 

"Ed Woodward is going to die" from the United end. First time I have heard it today. Lots of songs backing Solskjaer. Now "Love United, Hate Glazers".

— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) January 26, 2020

“We’re @ManUtd we’ll sing what we want.” In last 5 mins that has been a lot of songs against the Glazer family.

— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) January 26, 2020

Manchester United fans lighting up a green flare and chanting We Want Glazers Out!

Love this video. pic.twitter.com/xXqSDIHe4w

— Red Devil Bible (@RedDevilBible) January 26, 2020

Woodward, who was not at the game, was targeted by United supporters with chants of "We're Man United and we'll sing what we want" and allegedly "Ed Woodward is going to die".

The antipathy in the stands stood as a contrast to Manchester United's performance against the League Two outfit. An early stunner from newly-appointed club captain Harry Maguire opened the score, with Diego Dalot and Jesse Lingard adding goals of their own before the game had reached the 20 minute mark.

Phil Jones and Anthony Martial each found the net in the latter stages of the first half, while a solitary Mason Greenwood penalty was the only score of the second half.

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Asked after the game for his perspective on the chants from the supporters, manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer noted that supporters will be happier once the club's fortunes change.

"We are just going to keep on working and trying to get the results right and move the club forward," he said. "Supporters are always happier when you win games and are successful. We will just keep working to get this right."

Whether or not these results can be achieved under the current leadership remains to be seen, but it appears that the United fans have made clear their thoughts on the matter.



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Title: Israel strikes Gaza in response to rocket fire & balloon launches

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479243-israel-strikes-gaza-rockets-balloons/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 18:07:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Israeli forces are striking Hamas targets in Gaza for a second day, responding to projectile launches from there. It comes as PM Benjamin Netanyahu is touting the peace “deal of the century," already rejected by the Palestinians.
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Israeli forces are striking Hamas targets in Gaza for a second day, responding to projectile launches from there. It comes as PM Benjamin Netanyahu is touting the peace “deal of the century," already rejected by the Palestinians.

Israeli military struck a “Hamas military post” on Sunday, stating that the attack came in response to “rocket and explosive balloons” launches from the Palestinian enclave. Earlier in the day, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that a single rocket was fired from the Strip into Israel.

In response to the rocket and explosive balloons launched from #Gaza at #Israel, we just struck a Hamas military post in Gaza.

— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) January 26, 2020

Air strikes under the same pretext were also carried out by the IDF on Saturday, when its aircraft targeted a “weapons production site and a military compound,” belonging to the Hamas militant group. Over the past few weeks, Israeli media repeatedly reported rockets, as well as explosive and incendiary balloons, being launched from Gaza.

The increase in military activities in Gaza comes as Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his political arch-rival Benny Gantz are about to meet US President Donald Trump, who is set to finally unveil his 'deal of the century' "peace plan" for Israel and Palestine. The plan has been overwhelmingly rejected in advance by the Palestinians – as well as by other Arab nations – and no Palestinian representative was invited to the upcoming event in order to, apparently, avoid spoiling it.

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Both Netanyahu and Gantz – who are now heading into the country's third general election, having failed to form a government after two inconclusive votes – did their best to praise Trump's deal and thank him for his friendship and his invitation to the event.

Netanyahu said that an "opportunity like this comes once in history and cannot be missed," while calling Trump "the greatest friend that Israel has ever had." Gantz, for his part, said that "the United States can always count on Israel's partnership," while making a not-that-subtle remark that he'd actually accepted the invitation "as the leader of the largest party in Israel."

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Title: Unwanted change: Brexit 50p further embitters UK as Remainers pledge to vandalize and SHUN commemorative coin

Link: https://www.rt.com/uk/479241-brexit-50p-coin-remainer-anger/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 18:02:00 +0000

Desc: Preview It was meant to be a token of ‘peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations,’ but the UK government’s Brexit 50p has become another symbol of the disunity in Britain, as Remainers pledge to boycott the commemorative coin.
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It was meant to be a token of ‘peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations,’ but the UK government’s Brexit 50p has become another symbol of the disunity in Britain, as Remainers pledge to boycott the commemorative coin.

Around three million of the coins will enter banks, Post Offices and shops when the UK finally leaves the European Union on Friday 31 January, and a further seven million will enter circulation later this year. 

I am never using or accepting this coin pic.twitter.com/93hU1jgKzo

— Andrew Adonis (@Andrew_Adonis) January 26, 2020

The official launch of the new piece of change, which bears the words ‘peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations,’ sparked a hysterical reaction from prominent Remainers on Sunday, with many pledging that they would refuse to handle the coin. 

Others promised to hoard each one they come across, in a peculiar bid to remove them from circulation, while tweets urging people to deface the coins were also widely shared.  

Remainers: “Brexit will make us poorer.”
Also Remainers: “Literally throw your money away.” pic.twitter.com/iMCl7w5iZK

— Christopher Snowdon (@cjsnowdon) January 26, 2020

Tony Blair’s former spokesman Alastair Campbell made the daft claim that he will ask shop-workers for alternative arrangements if he is ever handed one. 

“I for one shall be asking shopkeepers for ‘two 20p pieces and a 10’ if they offer me a 50p coin pretending that Brexit is about ‘peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations’ given it puts all three at risk,” he said. 

I for one shall be asking shopkeepers for ‘two 20p pieces and a 10’ if they offer me a 50p coin pretending that Brexit is about ‘peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations’ given it puts all three at risk. If they insist I will be channeling this man pic.twitter.com/9nypxaQgxT

— ALASTAIR CAMPBELL (@campbellclaret) January 26, 2020

Meanwhile, Brexiteers haven’t been afraid to rub their opponents faces in it. Radio host Julia Hartley-Brewer said that she “can’t wait to pay for everything” with the freshly minted currency.

I live in Remoaner Central. Can’t wait to pay for EVERYTHING with Brexit day 50p coins. https://t.co/LAiuxDwV3i

— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) January 26, 2020

Launching the coin on Sunday Sajid Javid, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, said: “Leaving the European Union is a turning point in our history and this coin marks the beginning of this new chapter.”

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Title: 3 rockets ‘directly hit US Embassy’ in Baghdad’s Green Zone (VIDEOS)

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479239-rockets-us-embassy-baghdad/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 16:59:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Five rockets have landed in Baghdad's Green Zone, with at least three of them directly hitting the US Embassy in the Iraqi capital city, according to security sources. There’s no official word yet on casualties or damage.
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Five rockets have landed in Baghdad's Green Zone, with at least three of them directly hitting the US Embassy in the Iraqi capital city, according to security sources. There’s no official word yet on casualties or damage.

The missiles hit Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, media report, citing security sources. One of these said that all five ‘Katyusha rockets’ had landed near the compound, while another put the number of projectiles at three – but described it as a ‘direct hit.’

Incoming#USEmbassy #Baghdad now - 5 reported as of now #Iraq pic.twitter.com/GRasqQkO5b

— Logiko Iko (@IkoAfortiori) January 26, 2020

The unguided volley targeted the US mission late on Sunday. Warning systems at the facility were activated and people were advised to seek shelter, footage from the scene shows.

#Breaking

"Seek shelter"
We are still advised to take cover in Union III, just across the road from the #US embassy in Green Zone #Baghdad. A few rockets allegedly hit nearby.
I didn't hear any explosions as we were in hard cover. pic.twitter.com/pj9U5KPUqi

— Nafiseh Kohnavard (@nafisehkBBC) January 26, 2020

At least one person was wounded, a senior Iraqi official told AFP on condition of anonymity, but it was not immediately clear whether the injured person was an American national or an Iraqi staff member

Later in the day, former Iraqi FM Hoshyar Zebari confirmed that at least one projectile had hit the US Embassy, directly damaging its canteen and setting it on fire. Still, the US remains silent on the matter and there has been no confirmation – or denial – of the claims.

The compound of #USEmbassy in #Baghdad received a direct rockets hit by unruly militia. The Embassy restaurant or canteen was damaged and burned. This is a very dangerous game by #PMF uncontrolled factions to galvanize the tense situation. It must stop.

— Hoshyar Zebari (@HoshyarZebari) 26 января 2020 г.

“We call on the government of Iraq to fulfill its obligations to protect our diplomatic facilities,” a US State Department spokesperson said, confirming they were “aware of reports of rockets landing in the International Zone” but carefully not mentioning the US Embassy itself.

The Green Zone has seen a string of similar incidents in recent weeks, with unknown attackers repeatedly – and quite imprecisely – targeting the US Embassy with unguided projectiles. Other US facilities across Iraq have sustained rocket fire on several occasions.

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Title: ‘We command all satanic pregnancies to miscarry’: White House spiritual adviser sparks intense reactions with bizarre sermon

Link: https://www.rt.com/usa/479238-paula-white-satanic-pregnancies/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 16:57:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Televangelist Paula White has brought some odd attention to the White House after a video of her sermon about “satanic pregnancies” went viral, sparking trending hashtags like ‘#satanicpregnancies’ and ‘#rosemarysbaby’ on Twitter.
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Televangelist Paula White has brought some odd attention to the White House after a video of her sermon about “satanic pregnancies” went viral, sparking trending hashtags like ‘#satanicpregnancies’ and ‘#rosemarysbaby’ on Twitter.

White, who is an adviser to the Faith and Opportunity Initiative at the Office of Public Liaison, can be seen giving a fiery, if somewhat disturbing sermon in a video posted by the group Right Wing Watch on Twitter.

“We command all satanic pregnancies to miscarry right now,” the Florida preacher told her congregation. “We declare that anything that’s been conceived in wombs, that it’ll miscarry. It will not be able to carry forth any plan of destruction, any plan of harm.”

She also talks about “demonic manipulation” and “witchcraft” being used to hurt both herself and US President Donald Trump, whom she has advised for years now. 

“We command all satanic pregnancies to miscarry right now” — Special Adviser to the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative Paula White pic.twitter.com/gtdZyGfkxy

— Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons (@GuthrieGF) January 25, 2020

The clip of White’s sermon quickly went viral, with many pointing out the odd nature of someone who is loudly pro-life demanding miscarriages. 

“You can’t be pro life and against #satanicpregnancy,” New York Post journalist Jon Levine wrote.

Jesus looking at Paula White when she shows up trying to get into heaven #satanicpregnancy pic.twitter.com/m4u7o6U4En

— Tahir Anderson Duckett (@TahirDuckett) January 26, 2020

“Welcome back to medieval times,” author Michael Marshall Smith tweeted.

Every pregnancy is sacred apart from those that are "satanic". They can just go ahead and miscarry: a pretty vile thing to say in a world where women do miscarry.

This woman is a regular visitor to the White House, and advises Trump on "faith".

Welcome back to medieval times. https://t.co/efsCY9K1lN

— Michael Marshall Smith (@ememess) January 26, 2020

Maybes it’s just me, but commanding someone to miscarry doesn’t seem very pro-life in my book... https://t.co/bvmgNgjfQI

— Libertarian-In-Chief (@ToddHagopian) January 26, 2020

Critics of the president, meanwhile, have used the video to go after pro-Trump conservatives.

“Yet another right-wing nutjub looking for attention, Paula White, needs a bit of conversion therapy. So someone strap her to a chair and make her watch #RosemarysBaby for 48 hours,” added tech writer Jack Wallen.

“No pregnancies are satanic,” responded Jesuit priest and author James Martin SJ.

No pregnancies are satanic. Every child is a gift from God. No one should ever pray for any woman to miscarry. No one should ever pray for evil or harm to befall another person. Jesus asked us to pray for our persecutors, not to curse them. To love our neighbors as ourselves. https://t.co/EZq9BwLV0v

— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) January 26, 2020

Even the Church of Satan eventually chimed in, saying that White’s call for miscarriages was “pretty messed up.”

Asking your imaginary friend to terminate someone else’s pregnancy against their will is pretty messed up. https://t.co/iosaJniFgp

— The Church Of Satan (@ChurchofSatan) January 26, 2020

White has responded to controversy surrounding the video by saying she was "taken out of context."

I don't normally respond but clearly this has been taken out of context. I was praying Eph 6:12 that we wrestle not against flesh and blood. Anything that has been conceived by demonic plans, for it to be cancelled and not prevail in your life... https://t.co/tKEUs4muwZ

— Paula White-Cain (@Paula_White) January 26, 2020

That is- any plans to hurt people. Let's be clear what is really going on... this is a disingenuous attempt to use words out of context for political gain. I will just keep praying!

— Paula White-Cain (@Paula_White) January 26, 2020

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Title: Plane ‘catches fire’ after takeoff from airport in northern Iran

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479237-iran-plane-fire-gorgan-airport/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 15:38:00 +0000

Desc: Preview A Tehran-bound passenger plane was forced to return to Gorgan airport in northern Iran, as one of its engines caught fire shortly after takeoff. Footage has emerged allegedly showing the frightening scene.
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A Tehran-bound passenger plane was forced to return to Gorgan airport in northern Iran, as one of its engines caught fire shortly after takeoff. Footage has emerged allegedly showing the frightening scene.

The aircraft made an emergency landing and the passengers have been evacuated. The plane was carrying 85 passengers, none of whom were said to have been injured in the incident, according to local media. The flight was reportedly operated by Qeshm Air.

Meanwhile, photos purportedly showing the extent of the blaze appeared on Twitter.

🔴 آتش گرفتن موتور هواپیمای گرگان به تهران
پرواز بعد از ظهر امروز هواپیمای گرگان به تهران به دلیل حریق در سیستم موتور هواپیما دچار سانحه شد.

موتور این هواپیما قبل از اوج‌گیری دچار حریق شد که با هدايت خلبان ، هواپيما به انتهاي باند هدايت شد و مسافرين پياده شدند#با_خر_سفر_کنیم pic.twitter.com/PHHbmepHQA

— gortash (@goortash) January 26, 2020

It’s the second aircraft-related incident in Iran just in two days. On Saturday, an Iran Airtour plane made an emergency landing in the country’s capital of Tehran. The aircraft suffered an unspecified technical issue, local media reported, yet was able to land safely and no one on board was hurt.

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Title: Cleansing by fire? Hong Kong protesters set QUARANTINE-slated building alight as locals reject any coronavirus patients near them

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479235-hong-kong-quarantine-building-torched/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 15:16:00 +0000

Desc: Preview In a bizarre attack, masked protesters have thrown Molotov cocktails into the lobby of a building that the Hong Kong authorities were planning to use to quarantine people in need of testing for the deadly coronavirus.
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In a bizarre attack, masked protesters have thrown Molotov cocktails into the lobby of a building that the Hong Kong authorities were planning to use to quarantine people in need of testing for the deadly coronavirus.

As of Sunday, a total of eight people in Hong Kong had been diagnosed with the disease originating from the mainland China city of Wuhan, with three more patients added to the list. Hong Kong has declared a state of emergency over the outbreak and rolled out measures to prevent the spread of the infection.

One of these was meant to reserve a newly-built empty public housing building in the Fanling area as a backup quarantine area for people who may have contacted infected patients but don’t show symptoms themselves.

#LIVE: a room which appears to have been set up by the government as a quarantine site for the #coronarvirus. #China #CoronavirusOutbreak #2019_nCov #VirusCorona #HongKong pic.twitter.com/uCEpd5Lnxs

— Vernon Yuen (@vernon_yuen) January 26, 2020

But the decision has sparked protests from some local residents fearful that the building would pose a public health threat. On Sunday, some seemed to have taken their fears to another level, by using firebombs.

Protesters set fire to a public building believed to be used as a quarantine site to accommodate #coronarovirus victims in #HongKong.

Super Spreading Event.#CoronavirusOutbreak pic.twitter.com/m6TX88jUYS

— Darren of Plymouth 🇬🇧 (@DarrenPlymouth) January 26, 2020

In the wake of the incident the Hong Kong health authorities said the plan to use the building was suspended. Several other sites in more isolated locations have been set aside for the same purpose.

#Live: #Protesters set fire to a lobby of the building which is set to be use as a quarantine area and medical staff barracks in Hong Kong. #CoronavirusOutbreak #WuhanCoronavirus #nCoV2019 #China pic.twitter.com/ggOXvo2Jy2

— Vernon Yuen (@vernon_yuen) January 26, 2020

The firebombing incident highlights how the tactics embraced by violent anti-Beijing protesters in Hong Kong has become common in the city. Amid the coronavirus outbreak the city authorities have come under increased pressure, with a medical staff union demanding the closure Hong Kong’s border, threatening to go on strike otherwise.

The city is also working on providing isolated temporary housing to medics working with infected patients and who want to live separately from their families until the threat is dealt-with.

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Title: Australian Open 2020: Novak Djokovic powers into quarter-finals with straight-sets win (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/479236-australian-open-2020-novak-djokovic-diego-schwartzman/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 15:14:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Seven-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic breezed through to the last eight of the Australian Open with a dominant straight-sets victory over Diego Schwartzman at Melbourne Park.
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Seven-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic breezed through to the last eight of the Australian Open with a dominant straight-sets victory over Diego Schwartzman at Melbourne Park.

Djokovic ran out a comfortable 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victor over the Argentine as he powered into the quarter-finals in Melbourne for the 11th time in his career.

The Serbian superstar looked in ominously good form as he finished the matchup with a service game to love, and declared himself to be satisfied with his performance following his win.

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"It feels great, it was a very solid performance," said the 32-year-old.

"Today was a good test because Diego was in form, he hasn't dropped a set in three rounds. Obviously he can be a very dangerous opponent from the baseline if you give him time. I knew that.

"I stepped out on the court with a clear game plan what I need to do. I think I kept things pretty much in control in all three sets. Maybe could have finished the match a bit earlier."

Djokovic's victory was watched by Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, who saw the multi-time champion produce some prodigious shots as he booked his spot in the last eight, where he will face Canada's Milos Raonic, who he has defeated in all nine of their previous encounters to date.

"This will be a different match-up to the one today," said the 16-times Grand Slam champion.

"Raonic is one of tallest and strongest players. He's also got one of biggest serves. I'm ready for missiles.

"One of key elements will be how well I'm returning. It's good to see Milos healthy. He's a great guy and good friend."

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Title: There's only one Mo Salah? Liverpool star to join world-famous lineup at Madame Tussaud's wax museum

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/479233-mo-salah-madame-tussauds/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 15:08:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Liverpool's Egyptian ace Mo Salah is set to become the latest celebrity to have their figure immortalized in the world famous Madame Tussaud's wax museum in London, with his doppleganger set to be on display later this year.
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Liverpool's Egyptian ace Mo Salah is set to become the latest celebrity to have their figure immortalized in the world famous Madame Tussaud's wax museum in London, with his doppleganger set to be on display later this year.

Salah, 27, has earned several plaudits since joining Liverpool from Roma in 2017, winning the PFA Player of the Year award in his first season at Anfield as well as the league's Golden Boot in each of the last two seasons. 

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His exploits on the pitch have also led to two successive Champions League finals, winning one of them. In all likelihood, Salah will add Liverpool's first English top division crown in 30 years in a matter of months too - a sum total of achievements which have marked the player as one of the world's very best.

Salah's record-breaking exploits in the red of Liverpool have clearly caught the eye of the designers at the world famous Madame Tussaud's in London who have decided to add him to their menagerie of sports icons displayed in their museum in the English capital.

Wax statue of Salah with Beckham, Clay and Sports Legends https://t.co/nmiLx9V8LC pic.twitter.com/H7odKlvK17

— EG 24 NEWS (@EG24NEWS) January 25, 2020

"As Egyptian Forward and currently both European and World Club Champion with Liverpool FC, Mo Salah is a global star at the peak of his power," a representative of Madame Tussaud's said.

"We know that fans will love seeing him at the home of celebrity, where he rightly belongs."

Salah will join a collection of famous faces at the museum which also includes members of the Royal Family and a host of stars from the world of music and film.

The Egyptian King recently teamed up with museum designers to pose for this waxwork, with the finished article expected to be displayed to the public later this year. 

"I am so excited to be working with the artists of Madame Tussauds on my first ever figure," Salah said of the honor in a brief statement.

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Title: Brazil breaks oil production record

Link: https://www.rt.com/business/479099-brazil-oil-production-record/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 15:01:44 +0000

Desc: Preview Brazil produced more than 1 billion barrels last year, the first time it has breached the 1-billion-barrel mark, Reuters reports, citing the country’s oil regulator, ANP.
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Brazil produced more than 1 billion barrels last year, the first time it has breached the 1-billion-barrel mark, Reuters reports, citing the country’s oil regulator, ANP.

The daily average stood at 3.106 million bpd, up 7.78 percent on 2018, ANP also said.

More than half of the total oil production Brazil recorded in 2019 came from the prolific presalt zone off its coast. The contribution of the presalt zone stood at 633.98 million barrels, which was an annual improvement of 21.56 percent.

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Brazil’s crude oil production topped 3 million barrels per day for the first time ever in November 2019, the ANP reported last month, adding that total oil and gas production rose to 3.95 million barrels of oil equivalent daily - also a record-breaking figure.

The strong output result came on the back of ongoing ramp-up of production at eight new floating production, storage, and offloading facilities. The ramp-up added more than 100,000 bpd to the country’s total production between October and November.

The presalt zone has become the center of attention of the Brazilian oil industry now that the government settled its dispute with Petrobras regarding the handling of an area that falls within the zone. The area could hold up to 15 billion barrels of untapped crude, which would double Brazil’s total reserves to 30 billion barrels and make it the world’s fifth-largest oil producer.

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Meanwhile, it emerged that Brazil may join OPEC soon, with talks likely to begin in July this year. Brazil’s president is on board with the idea—Jair Bolsonaro said last October that Saudi Arabia had invited Brazil to join the cartel—but the industry is not so enthusiastic.

If the country becomes an OPEC member it would have to comply with production control agreements at a time of rising oil production, and Petrobras plans to further the rise. This could be precisely why OPEC wants Brazil to become a member: according to the group’s production forecasts, Brazil will be the second-largest contributor of non-OPEC production growth this year, after the United States.

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Title: German police probe sale of ‘Nazi beer’ bearing Third Reich symbols

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479234-nazi-beer-investigation-germany/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:55:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Police in Germany have launched an investigation after beer branded with Nazi-era symbolism was discovered on sale. The inflammatory alcohol was priced at an eyebrow-raising €18.88.
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Police in Germany have launched an investigation after beer branded with Nazi-era symbolism was discovered on sale. The inflammatory alcohol was priced at an eyebrow-raising €18.88.

The probe was opened after conservative politician Gotz Ulrich spotted the ‘Deutsches Reichsbräu’ (German Reich Brew) on sale in the small town of Bad Bibra in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt. The drink’s label features a Nazi-esque eagle clutching a flared cross.

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Ulrich said he was ashamed to see the provocative beverage on sale, adding that matters were even made more distressing by the fact that the beer appeared to be doing a brisk trade. "But the worst thing is: The beer did good business and is sold out!" he wrote on Facebook.

The drink is produced by neo-Nazi activist Tommy Frenck, who is a former politician with the National Democratic Party. A box of the incendiary brew costs €18.88 ($20.82), numbers that are well-known Nazi code symbols for “Adolf Hitler” and “Heil Hitler”.

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Police in Saxony-Anhalt are investigating the sale of the drink. However authorities in the neighboring state of Thuringia, where Frenck is based, said that neither the "Reich eagle," nor the Iron Cross symbol featured on the label were among the "anti-constitutional" symbols banned in Germany.

Ulrich spotted the beer in a branch of the Getränke-Quelle chain of shops. The company said it is severing its partnership with the Bad Bibra franchise following the controversy, Deutsche Welle reports

“Until today we knew nothing about the sale of beer 'Deutsches Reichsbräu.' We immediately got in contact with the manager and demanded the removal of the article from the store… We will have our branding removed this coming Monday," it said.

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Title: 'I can see the light': WATCH rescuers save 2yo girl & her mother after they spent 24 HOURS trapped under rubble in Turkey

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479229-turkey-earthquake-girl-saved/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:03:00 +0000

Desc: Preview An injured mother and her baby girl spent nearly a whole day buried under debris after a deadly earthquake struck several cities in eastern Turkey.
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An injured mother and her baby girl spent nearly a whole day buried under debris after a deadly earthquake struck several cities in eastern Turkey.

Rescuers heard the woman's faint voice coming from deep under the rubble on Saturday, nearly 24 hours after a multi-story apartment complex in Elazig, eastern Turkey was demolished by a 6.8-magnitude earthquake. Ayse Yildiz told the first response team that she and her two-year-old daughter Yusra were trapped and could not get out on their own. "I can see the light. Please, be quick," the woman was quoted as saying as rescuers rushed to clear the debris.

Luckily, the mother and daughter were saved in time. A video, filmed by a local news crew, shows the rescuers first extracting the baby girl, who emerged conscious and covered in dust. Several hours later, they pulled out her injured mother, who was then evacuated on a stretcher.

#SONDAKİKA Enkazdan 24 saat sonra çıkarılan ve umutları bir kez daha yeşerten 2 buçuk yaşındaki Yüsra'nın ağzından ilk çıkan söz "anne" olmuştu. Annesi Ayşe Yıldız da kızından tam 4 saat sonra, depremin 28'inci saatinde kurtarıldı pic.twitter.com/rxXNXJK2z7

— Habertürk TV (@HaberturkTV) January 26, 2020

Overall, 35 people were killed in the earthquake, Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Sunday. A total of 45 residents have been rescued from the debris since Friday.

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Title: At least 19 soldiers killed after attack on military camp in Mali

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Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 13:55:49 +0000

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The Sokolo army campin central Mali came under attack early on Sunday, according to the country's military. The operation, which left at least 19 servicemen and five others dead, has been claimed by Al-Qaeda affiliate Nusrat al-Islam (JNIM), a group active in the Maghreb and West Africa regions. It remains unclear whether the perpetrators sustained any casualties.

The attackers reportedly took the servicemen by surprise, breaching the base's cordon on motorbikes then gunning down their victims. Footage released by pro-jihadist outlets shows a cache of small arms, several pickup trucks and other equipment purportedly seized by the attackers. Malian military acknowledged the loss of equipment but did not provide any detail on the scale of losses.

The incident comes just two weeks after a major attack on an army base in Niger, which occurred close to the border with Mali. Almost 90 soldiers were killed in the carnage of that operation.



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Title: 1st ‘presumed case’ of coronavirus confirmed in Austria, number of infected in France rises to 3

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Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 13:50:10 +0000

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A Chinese flight attendant has been hospitalized in Vienna with symptoms of flu, the city's authorities have confirmed. The woman has recently traveled to Wuhan – the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, and is suspected of having contracted the disease.

France remains the only European country so far where cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been confirmed. The number of infected persons there has recently increased to three, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

The total number of infections globally has surpassed 2,000. Most of them are in China, yet additional cases have also been reported from beyond that country's borders. In particular, a third case was confirmed in the US on Sunday.



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Title: Woman killed, 5 injured as speeding US embassy car rams into their vehicle in Islamabad

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Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 13:49:00 +0000

Desc: Preview At least one woman has been killed and five members of her family injured after a US embassy car apparently jumped a red light and rammed into the side of another vehicle in the Pakistani capital.
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At least one woman has been killed and five members of her family injured after a US embassy car apparently jumped a red light and rammed into the side of another vehicle in the Pakistani capital.

The accident happened due to negligence and overspeeding by the driver of the embassy car, a Pakistani citizen who was detained after the incident, senior superintendent of the Islamabad Traffic Police, Farrukh Rashid, told Xinhua.

US Embassy vehicle rams into car in Islamabad, one killed https://t.co/4IQTFxNeTV pic.twitter.com/2TCYOypKa7

— Latest Pakistan News (Being News) (@latestbreaking1) January 26, 2020

A female passenger of the car that was hit was instantly killed, as well as the driver, according to some conflicting media reports. The injured parties – all members of the same family – also include a young girl, who is said to be in critical condition. The victims were transferred to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in Islamabad.

#Islamabad
Today again US embassy vehicle violated the red signal and hit the family car, a man and lady died on the spot in the accident. @doamuslims @Quickieleaks @TalatHussain12 @HamidMirPAK @FaizullahSwati @SirajOfficial @MoulanaOfficial @JuiFPak @AhmedKhalili https://t.co/5bqz3WquGf

— جلی کٹی - Hard Talk (@jkreloaded1) January 26, 2020

A similar fatal traffic incident involving US diplomatic staff caused a major rift in 2018. Colonel Joseph Emanuel Hall, who was serving as a military attache in Islamabad, was accused of killing a 22-year-old motorcyclist after jumping a red light in an SUV. Pakistani authorities even prevented him from leaving the country until he agreed a compensation deal with the dead man's family.

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Title: Another Nessie? Fishing trip footage appears to capture Canada’s legendary ‘60ft-long’ lake monster Ogopogo (VIDEO)

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Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 13:41:00 +0000

Desc: Preview A father and son enjoying a fishing trip believe they captured footage of the mythical monster dubbed Ogopogo who, legend has it, lives in the murky depths of Canada’s beautiful Okanagan Lake.
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A father and son enjoying a fishing trip believe they captured footage of the mythical monster dubbed Ogopogo who, legend has it, lives in the murky depths of Canada’s beautiful Okanagan Lake.

Tales of the curious creature in the British Columbia lake date all the way back to the 19th century but no concrete evidence has ever been discovered.

Outdoor enthusiast Blake Neudorf believes he and his father finally found some while fishing off a dock in the town of Kelowna. 

Neudorf captured video appearing to show a very long, snake-like figure slithering through the lake’s blue waters.

The pair can be heard reacting with shock as they watch the head-scratching scene unfold in front of their eyes.

The teen says the creature he saw was at least 60ft long and it could be seen rolling through the water. He uploaded the footage to YouTube earlier this month after recording it on July 10, 2018.

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Interestingly, there were several other apparent sightings of the beast in the months after the video was taken.

In September, Kelowna native David Halbauer believes he caught the legendary animal on camera while enjoying a day at the lake with his family.

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Title: Margaret Court should be celebrated as a tennis great, not shamefully sidelined because of her transgender and gay marriage views

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Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 13:10:56 +0000

Desc: Preview Instead of celebrating the anniversary of Margaret Court’s incredible Grand Slam achievement, Australian tennis bosses are shamefully sidelining one of their nation’s greatest ever sportswomen.
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Instead of celebrating the anniversary of Margaret Court’s incredible Grand Slam achievement, Australian tennis bosses are shamefully sidelining one of their nation’s greatest ever sportswomen.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Court’s achievement of winning all four Grand Slam titles – the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open – in a calendar year.

Court is one of only three women ever to accomplish that feat, and her overall haul of 24 Grand Slam titles, accumulated in the 1960s and 1970s, remains a record for women’s or men’s tennis.

Court was known as a tough but fair competitor; someone who gave her all in pursuit of glory while representing her country. She is a tennis legend whose achievements remain remarkable even half a century later.

And yet rather than celebrate that fact at this year’s Australian Open in Melbourne, Tennis Australia (TA) chiefs have reduced Court’s presence at the tournament – which she won an astonishing 11 times – to a mere inconvenient sideshow because of her gay marriage and transgender views.

READ MORE: Australian Open to honor Margaret Court anniversary despite 'demeaning' comments on lesbians & transgender kids

Those beliefs are expressed in Court’s post-tennis vocation as a Pentecostal preacher. Court retired from from tennis in 1976 and became a minister in 1991, and four years later founded the Victory Life Centre church in her native Perth.

Given her devout beliefs, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Court, 77, has preached strong views on gay marriage and transgender issues.

"I believe in marriage as a union between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible," Court wrote in a letter to Australian airline Qantas back in 2017, announcing she would boycott the carrier because it had actively promoted same-sex marriage.

Court has also made the headlines for describing tennis as being “full of lesbians,” while at a recent sermon at her church in Perth she questioned how children could make decisions on gender issues.

“Children are making the decision at seven or eight years of age to change their sex,” Court said. 

“Just read the first two chapters of Genesis, that’s all I say. Male and female.

“And you know with that LGBT, they’ll wish they never put the T on the end of it because, particularly in women’s sports, they’re going to have so many problems.”

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These views have caused Tennis Australia to state last year that while Court would be attending the Australian Open in 2020, her calendar Grand Slam anniversary would merely be “recognized” rather than “celebrated.”  

“Tennis Australia respects Margaret’s unmatched tennis career and welcomes her to the Australian Open, particularly in this milestone anniversary year,” a TA statement read – before adding weasel-worded caveats and disclaimers that essentially diminished any notion that the welcome Court received would in any way be wholehearted.

“As often stated, Tennis Australia does not agree with Margaret’s personal views, which have demeaned and hurt many in our community over a number of years. They do not align with our values of equality, diversity and inclusion,” it proclaimed.

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Court’s four children responded with a joint statement expressing their disappointment that their mother was effectively being treated as an awkward guest at a venue which, through her performances, she made her own for more than a decade. 

“Mum has always been very Bible based in her Christian beliefs and that is the reason why we have such a strong loving family,” they said.

“It is hard for her family to understand how her current lifestyle would possibly affect her Tennis career in any way.

"It is disappointing to see Tennis Australia in the Open Letter amalgamating her sporting career which she won for the nation.”

Indeed, given Court’s religious beliefs – and arguably even the generation she grew up in – are these views really so radical as to warrant the ostracism from tennis that so many seem to crave?

And more importantly, are they even relevant considering that an event such as the Australian Open should stick to honoring tennis achievements, rather than pitching itself as a social justice warrior and pandering to various activist groups?

The short answer is no.  

But this is not the first time Court has faced criticism and calls for tennis to shun one of its own because of her beliefs.

There have been frequent calls for The Margaret Court Arena, named in her honor at the Melbourne Park tennis complex, to be renamed. Those clamoring for that step include fellow tennis icon Martina Navratilova – a prominent gay rights campaigner and someone who is wont to spout her own left-wing political views endlessly on her social media accounts.

Australian Open organizers have, thankfully, resisted those calls so far, but as one sports show host in Australia recently quipped, they seem prouder of the opening a transgender toilet at Melbourne Park than they do of welcoming Court there this year.

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Court's fellow Australian Rod Laver achieved a calendar Grand Slam twice during his gilded career, and the anniversary of his 1969 achievement was "celebrated" (not merely "recognized") at the Australian Open last year.

Court can expect much a much more muted occasion for a ceremony set to mark her own achievements on Monday.  

Yes, Court's views may be unpalatable for many who scrutinize them through the prism of modern, liberal Western values; but to Court, her beliefs have an unwavering religious foundation.

Indeed, in Australia's vote for same-sex marriage in 2017, 38.4 percent voted against the step. Does that mean any and all achievements from that proportion of the population should also be cancelled?

Court has frequently asserted that she has "nothing against homosexual people, they can lead their lives, but don’t touch marriage.”

She also claims has got into trouble simply for “saying what the bible says.”

Court attended the opening day of play in Melbourne last week, and says she will be there on Monday to mark her calendar Grand Slam achievement.

© Getty Images

Court has said that “it's not a lot but it's good what's happening," and has called on the media to focus on her sporting achievements, rather than the surrounding furor over her treatment by the tennis authorities. 

When asked about how fans will receive Court, Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley has said he would “leave their response up to them."

If Monday were about celebrating Court's views, the debate would, of course, be different. But it's not, it's about celebrating her remarkable tennis achievements.  

Sadly, Australian tennis bosses appear to have lost sight of that, contorting themselves into knots as they attempt to display their woke credentials and bending over backwards to pander to certain groups.

Their disclaimers and caveats have, ironically, caused resentment and division when there was no need for any.

So let's hope that when Court appears to honor her achievements on Monday she is treated with the dignity and respect she is due as one of her nation's and her sport's finest ever sportspeople.

Her achievements remain undiminished even 50 years on; far more than being recognized, they deserve to be celebrated.    

By Liam Tyler 



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Title: 'Didn't know it's virus reservoir': Chinese travel blogger forced to apologize for eating BAT on camera (VIDEO)

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Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 12:53:00 +0000

Desc: Preview A Chinese blogger has landed in hot water after a video of her enjoying a 'bat dish' resurfaced amid an outbreak of a previously-unknown deadly coronavirus, which has been linked to bat meat.
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A Chinese blogger has landed in hot water after a video of her enjoying a 'bat dish' resurfaced amid an outbreak of a previously-unknown deadly coronavirus, which has been linked to bat meat.

A video, which was originally published in 2017, shows popular blogger and travel show host Wang Mengyun tasting a cooked fruit bat in Palau, an archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean. Smiling at the camera, the woman showcases the animal in a bowl, before dipping it in sauce and taking a bite.

"The bat tastes very fresh, like chicken meat," she says in the video.

Video of a woman eating bat in 2016 recently went viral on Chinese social media, causing public condemn. She later apologized for her ignorance. According to a report by China Academy of Science, the virus caused #coronavirus outbreak is very similar to virus found in bats. pic.twitter.com/unBnn832No

— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) January 25, 2020

The clip from the show resurfaced and went viral after Chinese scientists discovered that the new rapidly-spreading coronavirus, which has already killed 56 people in the country, is nearly identical to the coronavirus found in bats, a delicacy in some part of China.

Many commenters on social media deemed Wang's video unsettling and accused her of spreading a dangerous message by encouraging others to consume bats. "Every Chinese ppl think it's disgusting," one person wrote of Twitter.

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The blogger promptly apologized, saying that she was "just trying to introduce the life of local people" to the viewers.

"I didn't know that bat is a primary reservoir of viruses ... I really did not check the information or explain its dangerous nature," she wrote, promising not to eat wild animals ever again. After the backlash, the video has been taken down from the channel.

A more recent video of another woman eating a bat at a restaurant has also been circulating on social media, which drew an equal amount of distaste.

A woman eats a whole bat in disturbing footage which has recently surfaced on the internet, as scientists link the deadly #coronavirus to the flying mammals.

Bat soup is a popular dish in #Wuhan, #China, where the virus originated. pic.twitter.com/HzEMcqNr9e

— RT (@RT_com) January 24, 2020

The outbreak led to ten large cities in China being quarantined and triggered a health scare around the world. The cases of the virus were since registered in other countries, including three confirmed cases in the US.

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Title: 'One of the most decorated fighters in history': Cris Cyborg wins FOURTH MMA title with TKO of Julia Budd at Bellator 238 (VIDEO)

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Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 12:33:15 +0000

Desc: Preview Brazilian buzzsaw Cris Cyborg has added another world title to her collection after she finished Julia Budd in the fourth round of their Bellator 238 headliner on Saturday - the fourth such accolade she has claimed in her career.
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Brazilian buzzsaw Cris Cyborg has added another world title to her collection after she finished Julia Budd in the fourth round of their Bellator 238 headliner on Saturday - the fourth such accolade she has claimed in her career.

Cyborg, who joined Bellator after the expiration of her UFC contract last September, was rarely in any real danger in her fight against the eight-years undefeated Budd, finishing the Canadian fighter via a fourth round TKO following a prolonged barrage of strikes against the cage.

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The win makes the 34-year-old the first fighter to hold world titles in Bellator, the UFC, Strikeforce and Invicta FC. 

The Brazilian slugger began the fight with her usual aggressive pace but employed a more patient style with her punches, perhaps wary of Budd's own kickboxing arsenal. She methodically set about attacking her opponent with combinations to the legs and body before finishing the exchange with winging strikes to the head. 

The pace set by Cyborg meant that Budd was almost constantly on the back foot and reacting, instead of being proactive, to the shots coming her way.

Cris Cyborg defeats Julia Budd (TKO/stoppage)#Bellator238 pic.twitter.com/yncK1nCpgr

— GIF Skull: JOIN DARK ORDER. Follow @GIFSkullJr (@GIFSkull) January 26, 2020

Cris Cyborg is one of the most decorated fighters in MMA history:

Strikeforce Champion
Invicta FC Champion
UFC Champion
Bellator Champion

— MMA History Today (@MMAHistoryToday) January 26, 2020

The Grand Slam Champ pic.twitter.com/N2hqvfpwCL

— Cyborg #Bellator238 LIVE NOW (@criscyborg) January 26, 2020

The fight was nearly stopped late in the third after Cyborg had secured mount position on Budd and unleashed a furious barrage before the clock mercifully elapsed. Blood was in the water, though, and Cyborg started the fourth round well aware of this.

Cyborg once again trapped Budd agains the cage but this time she unleashed a furious salvo of shots which eventually dropped her opponent. The end came at 1:14 of the fourth round.

"I respect Julia," Cyborg said after the fight. "She was a long time undefeated. I’m really happy. This is a new era. I’m happy to be a Bellator champion."

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Further challenges await Cyborg in her new home and afterwards she signalled her intention to stay busy in 2020, calling for Bellator president Scott Coker to set up a women's featherweight tournament to compliment the men's equivalent which is currently underway.

"I would like Scott to make a Grand Prix," she said.



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Title: Gorge-us! Stunning Mars canyon IMAGES hint at ancient life-supporting environment

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/479221-mars-canyon-photo-habitable-environment/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 11:53:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Spectacular images of one of the largest canyons on Mars have revealed layers of sandstone-like rock that may have formed a sodden ancient environment that could have supported life.
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Spectacular images of one of the largest canyons on Mars have revealed layers of sandstone-like rock that may have formed a sodden ancient environment that could have supported life.

The photos capture the breathtaking Candor Chasma, which is one of the largest canyons in the Red Planet’s Valles Marineris deep gorge system.

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They show that the canyon is filled with light-toned layered deposits that are thought to be sandstones. Scientists say these rocks may have formed in an ancient wet environment that may have been habitable.

The photos were snapped from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been orbiting around the fourth-planet from the sun for nearly 14 years. 

© NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

The spacecraft’s Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) instrument has collected thousands of images of Mars to create detailed maps of the rocks on its surface. 

The CRISM images are usually paired with photos snapped by the orbiter’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) instrument, however sometimes this is not possible.

Artist's rendering of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. © NASA

HiRISE is the most powerful of the orbiter’s three cameras. Researchers are now trying to completely pair up images from the instruments to give a clearer picture of the red planet’s surface.

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Title: A resurrection of sorts: Kim Jong-un's aunt stuns guests with a shock appearance, after being 'killed' by tabloids years ago

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Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 11:42:00 +0000

Desc: Preview The once-powerful aunt of North Korea strongman Kim Jong-un, who had not been seen in public since the downfall and execution of her husband, has reappeared as a guest of honor at an official Lunar New Year's Day celebration.
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The once-powerful aunt of North Korea strongman Kim Jong-un, who had not been seen in public since the downfall and execution of her husband, has reappeared as a guest of honor at an official Lunar New Year's Day celebration.

Kim Kyong-hui, a full sister of Kim Il-sung who held significant sway in North Korean politics under her father and, later, her brother, had not been seen since 2013. In December of that year her husband, the powerful general Jang Song-thaek, met with an unexpected political and physical demise. His arrest during a politburo meeting was shown by state television; he was accused of treason then executed by firing squad.

Jang's downfall led to media speculation that his family would also be purged. Kim Kyong-hui's subsequent disappearance from public view led to rumors of her imprisonment, of suicide, of a secret poisoning or death from health problems.

Kim Jong Un's aunt, Kim Kyong Hui once reported dead, makes surprise public appearance, six years after husband's execution by firing squad. pic.twitter.com/9ipNfOwUAM

— Graphenes (@Graphenes1) January 26, 2020

However, the 73-year-old is alive and was photographed sitting next to her nephew and his wife, Ri Sol-ju, during a performance at Pyongyang's Samjiyon Theater. KCNA, North Korea's official news agency, also mentioned her by name in its report from the concert, a first in many years.

Keeping track of public figures is a difficult task in North Korea, where the flow of information is strictly controlled. Filling in the gaps are media outlets in Japan and South Korea eager to paint the nation in the darkest possible terms. On numerous occasions, people who'd been reported as killed in some graphic way or disappeared for some slight against Kim Jong-un, later showed up alive and well.

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The peak of Kim Kyong-hui's political career came during the latest years of her brother's rule, when she accompanied Kim Il-sung during inspection trips and reportedly acted as his personal assistant and confidante. In 2010 she joined the politburo and was given the rank of a four-star general.

After Kim Jong-un inherited the country's leadership from his father the following year, Kim Kyong-hui and her husband reportedly served as co-chairs of an informal 'regency council' facilitating the transition of effective power to her nephew.

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Title: 'It was like a soccer match': Petra Kvitova says crowd 'didn't bother me at all' as she reaches Australian Open quarter-finals

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Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 11:32:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Last year's finalist Petra Kvitova battle back from a set down to defeat Greek starlet Maria Sakkari, then revealed she wasn't intimidated by the raucous pro-Sakkari crowd at the Rod Laver Arena on Saturday night.
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Last year's finalist Petra Kvitova battle back from a set down to defeat Greek starlet Maria Sakkari, then revealed she wasn't intimidated by the raucous pro-Sakkari crowd at the Rod Laver Arena on Saturday night.

Sakkari, roared on by a vocal fanbase inside the main arena, took the first set against the Czech star via a tiebreak, but Kvitova fought back to claim the victory 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 as she booked her place in the quarter-finals.

After the match, Kvitova said the atmosphere felt more like a football match than a tennis match at times.

"When I was shaking the hand with the umpire, I told him it was like a soccer match today," she said.

"It's nice on one side. On the other side, it's the tennis, and it's not a Fed Cup.

"It's strange. But it didn't bother me at all."

Greek players have received rapturous support from the Australian Greek community during the tournament, with Stefanos Tsitsipas also enjoying vociferous backing from the stands during his matches.

No. 6 seed Tsitsipas admitted last week that the crowd had at times crossed the line of what's acceptable during a match.

But despite experiencing a similar atmosphere on Saturday night, Kvitova kept her cool to produce a professional performance and progress to the final eight of the tournament.

"I didn't feel the best. I was just too tight and everything was flying somewhere," she said.

"But with the time on court I just get probably used to and I started to play a little bit better, more free."

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Title: 'It's just crazy': LeBron James surpasses Kobe Bryant for third place in NBA's all-time scorers list

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Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 11:07:00 +0000

Desc: Preview NBA superstar LeBron James achieved another career milestone on Saturday night as he eclipsed Kobe Bryant's mark to move up to third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
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NBA superstar LeBron James achieved another career milestone on Saturday night as he eclipsed Kobe Bryant's mark to move up to third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

James hit a third-period layup to take his career total to 33,644 points, one ahead of Bryant, as he moved into the rarified air of the NBA's all-time top three points scorers.

Despite Los Angeles Lakers star James' achievement coming on the Philadelphia 76ers' home court, the Sixers' fans paid tribute to James with a standing ovation for reaching his milestone.

By the end of the game, the Sixers fans were still in celebratory mood, with their team having defeated the Lakers 108-91.

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But despite the result, all the talk post-game was about James and his new points total.

"I'm happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bryant," he said after the game.

"One of the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one of the all-time greatest Lakers. The man got two jerseys hanging up in Staples Center. It's just crazy."

James now has to find more than 3,000 more points to reach the second spot on the list, with Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone occupying that position on 36,928 points. The top spot is held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, with 38,387 points.

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NBA ALL-TIME TOP SCORERS: THE TOP 10

  1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 38,387
  2. Karl Malone - 36,928
  3. LeBron James - 33,655
  4. Kobe Bryant - 33,643
  5. Michael Jordan - 32,292
  6. Dirk Nowitzki - 31,560
  7. Wilt Chamberlain - 31,419
  8. Shaquille O'Neal - 28,596
  9. Moses Malone - 27,409
  10. Elvin Hayes - 27,313



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Title: 'Apologize': Conor McGregor slams ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith for comments following Donald Cerrone clash at UFC 246

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/479215-conor-mcgregor-stephen-a-smith/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 11:06:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Conor McGregor once famously said that he would 'apologize to absolutely no one' but doesn't reserve the same advice for ESPN's Stephen A. Smith following comments that he made following McGregor's win against Donald Cerrone.
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Conor McGregor once famously said that he would 'apologize to absolutely no one' but doesn't reserve the same advice for ESPN's Stephen A. Smith following comments that he made following McGregor's win against Donald Cerrone.

Smith, who was part of the broadcast immediately following the UFC 246 main event, was critical of both fighters in the aftermath, suggesting that we learned little about McGregor following such a brief bout and also being critical of the efforts put forth in the cage by UFC veteran Cerrone.

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Discussing the issue with veteran fighter Josh Thomson on a recent episode of his popular 'The Joe Rogan Experience' podcast, Rogan elaborated on his feelings about Smith, saying that the broadcaster - who often discusses topics such as the NFL - knows little about mixed martial arts.

Rogan and Thomson went on to be criticize a video released by Smith showing him hitting some boxing pads.

"Someone needs to explain to me what’s happening here. It looks like he’s punching a baby," Rogan said of Smith. "This guy should not be allowed to talk about fighting."

You're wrong on this one, @joerogan. pic.twitter.com/eU140zXlcW

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) January 26, 2020

"Mad respect to Joe Rogan," Smith said in a video response to Rogan on Twitter. "Nothing but respect for the man and the tremendous work that he has done and will continue to do throughout the years and for years to come. But you’re wrong on this one my man.

"You have your right, just like I have my right to respond, as I’m doing right now," he added. "But any time you want to talk to me about this fight, or you want to talk to me about my credentials to discuss something in the world of sports, name the time and place, Joe Rogan, and I’ll show up. It’s not a problem. It’s not a problem at all.

"You don’t know me, so I’m not going to knock you for speaking out the way you spoke out without calling me. I don’t care about all that. I respect where you’re coming from. You’re just wrong on this particular one, and I’m telling you you’re wrong."

Of course, it didn't take long for one of the discussion's central characters, Conor McGregor, to chime in.

The call you discuss here is A+. I didn’t show enough. I’m not paid by the hour though. Joe’s comments however, come from you saying the opposition fighter quit. Broken nose/orbital bone say different. Fighting is vicious. Those who make the walk deserve full respect!
Apologise.

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 26, 2020

"The call you discuss here is A+," McGregor wrote. "I didn’t show enough. I’m not paid by the hour though. Joe’s comments however, come from you saying the opposition fighter quit. Broken nose/orbital bone say different. Fighting is vicious. Those who make the walk deserve full respect! Apologize."

Within minutes, the following sequence of replies were written by Smith:

"Sir, much respect to the great @TheNotoriousMMA. My recollection on what I said is “That’s the way it looked.” Cowboy Cerrone is a perennial top-10 fighter. Much respect to him for the lengthy career he has had. Wishing him nothing but the best. But I don’t think it’s unfair to say that more than 40-seconds was expected from as tough of an SOB as he is, Conor McGregor.

"Nor do I think it’s wrong to assume that there’s no way that’s 40-second fight would take place w/ you vs Nurmagomedov or Masvidal. We expected more than what we got. Props to YOU for that. But to know how tough Cowboy is, lots of fans like myself expected more and I don’t think @joerogan is right to question my knowledge about a fight just because I wasn’t satisfied with what I saw. I said what I said and I meant it.

"It’s possible to do that and still have tremendous respect for you Conor McGregor, along with @joerogan. Both of you are fantastic for the @UFC. I wouldn’t enjoy it nearly as much without the both of you. I wish you both prosperity in the future. But we clearly disagree about Cowboy’s performance on Jan.18. #RESPECT."

Sir, mich respect to the great @TheNotoriousMMA. My recollection on what I said is “That’s the way it looked.” Cowboy Cerrone is a perennial top-10 fighter. Much respect to him for the lengthy career he has had. Wishing him nothing but the best. But I don’t think it’s unfair to..

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) January 26, 2020

say that more than 40-seconds was expected from as tough of an SOB as he is, @TheNotoriousMMA. Nor do I think it’s wrong to assume that there’s no way that’s 40-second fight would take place w/ you vs Nurmegamedov or Masvidal. We expected more than what we got. Props to YOU for..

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) January 26, 2020

that. But to know how tough Cowboy is, lots of fans like myself expected more and I don’t think @joerogan is right to question my knowledge about a fight just because I wasn’t satisfied with what I saw. I said what I said and I meant it. It’s possible to do that and still have...

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) January 26, 2020

Tremendous respect for you @TheNotoriousMMA, along with @joerogan. Both of you are fantastic for the @UFC. I wouldn’t enjoy it nearly as much without the both of you. I wish you both prosperity in the future. But we clearly disagree about Cowboy’s performance on Jan.18.#RESPECT

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) January 26, 2020
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Title: Chinese health chiefs warn coronavirus is growing ‘stronger’, MUTATION closely monitored by scientists

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Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 10:46:00 +0000

Desc: Preview The mysterious coronavirus is now spreading more rapidly and little is still known about it, China's senior health officials said, as Beijing grapples with shortages of hazmat suits and protective masks.
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The mysterious coronavirus is now spreading more rapidly and little is still known about it, China's senior health officials said, as Beijing grapples with shortages of hazmat suits and protective masks.

"The virus' transmission ability has become stronger," National Health Commission Minister Ma Xiaowei said at a press briefing on Sunday.

Ma said that the previously-unknown coronavirus, which has already killed 56 people in China, is spreading faster, while the outbreak is entering a "more serious and complicated phase."

The official noted that the government's knowledge of the new virus remains limited and they remain puzzled about the risks posed by its mutations. Beijing will dispatch additional teams of medics to assist patients and study the virus, he added.

Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention head Fu Gao said that there were no signs of clear mutation of the virus so far, but further surveillance is needed.

Local media has reported about the shortage of basic protective gear, like goggles and masks, in Wuhan, the capital of the central Hubei Province, which has been hit hardest by the outbreak. Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology Wang Jiangping said that Hubei needs about 100,000 protective medical suits per day but the factories across the country are making only 30,000 of them daily. 

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The authorities have ordered an increase in production and have diverted millions of masks, along with scores of hazmat suits, gloves and goggles, to Wuhan. The local office of the Red Cross has set up a 24-hour hotline for accepting donations of equipment. E-commerce giant Alibaba, laptop-maker Lenovo, and the world's largest gaming company Tencent have all pledged to donate large sums of money to purchase medical supplies.

Wuhan and nine other major cities in Hubei were partially quarantined in an effort to contain the outbreak. Ma said that the week-long Lunar New Year vacation provides the best window for the "isolation and disinfection" of the area.   

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Title: ‘Pakistan has far better minds than India’: Pak government minister’s peculiar pitch to Netflix unleashes slew of criticism

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Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 10:06:00 +0000

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Pakistan’s minister for science and technology is under fire for a bizarre pitch to Netflix and Amazon which claimed that Pakistan has “far better minds” than its neighbor India.

In a tweet congratulating a Pakistani TV channel for airing a drama he enjoyed, Fawad Chaudhry called on the streaming giants to invest in the Islamic republic.

“I yet again ask @amazon and @Netflix invest in Pak drama n film #Pakistan has far better minds than India our music is far superior, you guys wont regret” he wrote.

Must congretulate @ARYVideos for showing epic drama serial #MerayPassTumHo, writer n whole team deserves big applause. I yet again ask @amazon and @Netflix invest in Pak drama n film #Pakistan has far better minds than India our music is far superior, you guys wont regret.

— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) January 25, 2020

The mistake-laden message didn’t play out quite how the politician planned. Netflix or Amazon has yet to get out their checkbooks and Chaudhry’s Twitter account has been bombarded with scolding messages. 

As well as countless quips about spellcheck, many questioned why the minister felt the need to bring India into the conversation.

Dabbu saab,
What is the dying need to mention India while inviting Netflix n amazon?
Doesn't Pak have an identity of its own, and just wants to be identified as 'not being India'??

P.S: look up congratulate spelling

— Halwa-e-Hind (@e_halwa) January 25, 2020

What was the need of mentioning India? Forget about Netflix first separate religion from Lollywood then bark.

— WS (@Suliemankheil) January 25, 2020

“What is the dying need to mention India while inviting Netflix and Amazon? Doesn't Pak have an identity of its own, and just wants to be identified as 'not being India'?” one person asked. Another added: “Is it really necessary to mention India everywhere? What are you 12 years old or what?” 

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Chaudhry also faced criticism for tweeting about Pakistani cinema but failing to comment on a prominent child abuse case while others also claimed that the power prominent imams hold over Lollywood is hampering the industry and shutting out big investors.

Yeah ask Netflix and Amazon to invest in Pakistan where they'll need approval from Khadim Rizvi to run their content. https://t.co/lO3EjHqQSt

— Uzair (@uzair_1993) January 25, 2020

Amazon and Netflix have both made bold moves into India in recent years. The media companies both ratcheted up their activity in the country in 2019 with Amazon releasing 10 original Indian shows and Netflix putting out five original Indian series and eight original films.

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Title: Tennis Australia slams Margaret Court's same-sex marriage views on 50th anniversary of her 'calendar Grand Slam'

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Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 10:04:00 +0000

Desc: Preview The Australian Open in Melbourne marks the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Margaret Court's remarkable "calendar Grand Slam" on Monday, but it will not be a celebration, according to the national governing body of the sport.
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The Australian Open in Melbourne marks the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Margaret Court's remarkable "calendar Grand Slam" on Monday, but it will not be a celebration, according to the national governing body of the sport.

Tennis Australia has made clear its opinion on Court's comments on same-sex marriage and the LGBT, saying the all-time record-holder for women's Grand Slam titles will be recognized, but not celebrated, for her achievement.

"As often stated, Tennis Australia does not agree with Court's personal views, which have demeaned and hurt many in our community over a number of years," the organization said in a statement in November.

"They do not align with our values of equality, diversity and inclusion."

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And this week organization doubled down on that view, with Australian Open CEO Craig Tiley saying that the "recognition is for her tennis achievements only."

"First of all, we've said from the outset that we will recognize what Margaret accomplished back in 1970 when she won all four grand slams," Tiley told the Tennis Channel.

"And there's a difference between a recognition of that and a celebration of someone."

Women's tennis legend Court is now a Christian pastor in a Perth church, and during a sermon last month ranted against transgender athletes and the teaching of LGBT materials, calling it the work of the devil.

She had also said in a 2017 interview that tennis was: "full of lesbians."

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The comments prompted her old rival Billie Jean King and 18-time Grand Slam champ Martina Navratilova to call for Melbourne Park's Margaret Court Arena to be renamed.

Court's "calendar Grand Slam" has only been achieved by two other women, with American Maureen Connolly and German Steffi Graf completing the feat of winning every Grand Slam in a calendar year in 1953 and 1988 respectively.

Australia's Rod Laver achieved the feat twice in his career – in 1962 and 1969 – and was celebrated last year. But this year's ceremony for Court is set to be more muted.

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Title: ‘Bad Farsi? Try English’: Iran’s Zarif mocks Trump for comments based on Fox headlines & shabby translation

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Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 09:55:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Tehran’s top diplomat has suggested the US president stop sourcing news from either Fox or his hapless Farsi translators, after Trump rejected negotiating with Iran, apparently missing a crucial nuance in a Der Spiegel interview.
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Tehran’s top diplomat has suggested the US president stop sourcing news from either Fox or his hapless Farsi translators, after Trump rejected negotiating with Iran, apparently missing a crucial nuance in a Der Spiegel interview.

President Donald Trump on Sunday told his Twitter subscribers that “Iran wants to negotiate with The United States, but wants sanctions removed.” He tagged Fox News and One America News and issued a resounding “No Thanks!” To hammer home the message, the commander-in-chief posted the same words in Farsi, the official language of Iran. Trump had earlier tweeted, also in Farsi, his support of anti-government protesters in Iran.

وزیر امور خارجه ایران می گوید ایران خواستار مذاکره با ایالات متحده است اما می خواهد که تحریم ها برداشته شود. @FoxNews @OANN نه، مرسی! https://t.co/fWdjR1DcUc

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2020

His remark apparently was in response to an interview with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, which was published by Der Spiegel magazine. The Iranian foreign minister appears to doubt whether Trump got his words right, Zarif took to Twitter to lecture the US leader.

Trump, he said, “would be better advised to base his foreign policy comments & decisions on facts, rather than @Fox News headlines or his Farsi translators.” He also suggested that Trump read the English version of the interview himself, or at least the relevant part of it, which he helpfully attached to his Twitter post.

.@realdonaldtrump is better advised to base his foreign policy comments & decisions on facts, rather than @FoxNews headlines or his Farsi translators

To be better informed, he can read my entire interview (in English) https://t.co/eZR8NzuWXV

Too many words? Then just read this: pic.twitter.com/URkbUll49P

— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 26, 2020

In the interview, Zarif said the US assassination of General Qassem Soleimani doesn’t mean Tehran will no longer speak to Washington, but stressed it was up to individuals in the US government to change their policies and start a dialogue. He seemed doubtful, however, that this would happen under Trump.

“The US has inflicted great harm on the Iranian people. The day will come when they will have to compensate for that. We have a lot of patience,” he said.

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The US and Iran remain locked in a bitter conflict as the Trump administration seeks to undermine Iran's regional influence through economic sanctions and military pressure. The killing of Soleimani, a top general responsible for projecting Iran’s power in the Middle East, was one of the inflammatory episodes in the ongoing confrontation.

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Title: 'Cash is trash', says billionaire investor Ray Dalio

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Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 09:05:53 +0000

Desc: Preview Investors shouldn't miss out on the strength of the current stock market, according to the head of one of the world's largest hedge funds Ray Dalio. He advises people to dump cash for a diversified portfolio.
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Investors shouldn't miss out on the strength of the current stock market, according to the head of one of the world's largest hedge funds Ray Dalio. He advises people to dump cash for a diversified portfolio.

"Everybody is missing out, so everybody wants to get in," Dalio told CNBC, referring to people who have been reluctant to put money in stocks.

"You have to have balance... and I think you have to have a certain amount of gold in your portfolio," said the founder of Bridgewater Associates.

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Dalio has been bullish about the yellow metal, advocating for nearly three years that between five and 10 percent of investors' portfolios should be in gold.

He has warned that investors should get out of cash, as central banks continue to print money. "Cash is trash. Get out of cash. There's still a lot of money in cash," he said.

The billionaire also warned against more speculative investments like bitcoin. "There are two purposes of money, a medium of exchange and a store hold of wealth, and bitcoin is not effective in either of those cases now," he said.

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Dalio's firm, Bridgewater, manages about $160 billion. He has been repeatedly calling for investors to avoid staying on the sidelines of the stock market and in 2018 declared that those holding cash were "going to feel pretty stupid" for missing the market's run-up.

Although the American investor said that he sees a low chance of a recession in 2020, he warned investors to look out further ahead. The risks arise from current monetary policy, which will be less effective when a downturn does come.

"At a point in the future, we still are going to think about what's a storeholder of wealth. Because when you get negative-yielding bonds or something, we are approaching a limit that will be a paradigm shift," he said.

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