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Taiwan goes to polls with future of democracy on line

The future of Taiwan’s democracy is on the line as the self-ruled island’s 19 million voters decide on whether to give independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen a second term.

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Indian students, activists protest against CAA, NRC outside High Commission in London

Amid poems, music, speeches, theatre workshops and sing-alongs, a 12-hour sit-in was organised by South Asian Students Against Fascism, UK, and SOAS India Society staged at the India High Commission in London on January 8 in solidarity with the nationwide trade union strike in India.

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Madame Tussauds Removes Wax Statues of Prince Harry, Meghan After Royal Family Split

Madame Tussauds waxwork museum has removed the figures of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan from its British royal family display, in response to the couple’s announcement that they will be stepping back from royal duties.

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After Soleimani’s killing, Future Tense In West Asia

Iranians around the world started 2020 with the threat of a war with the US hanging over their country. The unexpected killing of Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards IRGC’s Quds Force, by the American military in Iraq has opened a dangerous and lethal round of confrontation between the US and Iran. Soleimani’s assassination might have been celebrated by the Donald Trump administration as a decisive step against the mastermind of Iran’s proxy wars in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and elsewhere, but the prospects for West Asia do not look good from the perspective of the region’s geopolitics.

Iran ‘accidentally’ shot down Ukraine plane, killing 176 on board: US officials

One U.S. official said U.S. satellites had detected the launch of two missiles shortly before the plane crashed, followed by evidence of an explosion. Two officials said Washington believed the downing of the plane was accidental.

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Iran Targets US Forces In Iraq With Missiles; Trump Says “All Is Well”

Iran launched missiles at US-led forces in Iraq on Wednesday in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike on an Iranian commander whose killing last week stoked fears of a new Middle East war

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Iran media says 80 ‘US terrorists’ killed in strike

Iran has fired ballistic missiles at Iraqi air bases hosting US-led coalition personnel in retaliation for the killing of one its most powerful figures, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, last week. Solemani was the head of the elite Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, the military force that launched today’s strikes. The US drone strike that killed Qassem Soleimani near Baghdad airport plunged the region into turmoil, and now, Iran’s offensive could cause tensions to skyrocket. The US said earlier it would retaliate with unprecedented force in the event of any Iranian attack. Stay tuned to this live blog for the latest updates.

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Ukraine Boeing 737 crashes after take-off from Iran, all 170 on board killed

A Ukrainian airliner with at least 170 people on board crashed on Wednesday due to technical problems soon after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport, Iran’s official news agency IRNA reported.

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Iran declares all US forces “terrorists” after Qassem Soleimani killing..

ran has designated all US forces “terrorists” after an American drone strike killed one of its most powerful figures, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, last week, AFP reports.

The US operation, which killed several others, plunged the Middle East into turmoil and caused ties between Washington and Tehran to plummet even further.

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“Crazy Trump, Don’t Think Everything Is Over”: Iran General’s Daughter

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians thronged Tehran’s streets on Monday for the funeral of military commander Qassem Soleimani, killed by a U.S. drone strike last week, and his daughter said his death would bring a “dark day” for the United States.