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Why firefighters are so worried about the inferno to come

Sydney Morning Herald - Fri, 2020-01-03 04:30
A state of disaster has been declared across eastern Victoria as authorities fear extreme heat, unprecedented dryness and a wind change could lead to towns being wiped out.
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After Mistry’s exit, growing under Chandra: Tatas

Times of India - Fri, 2020-01-03 04:28
Tata Sons told the Supreme Court on Thursday that the NCLAT erred in recording that the Shapoorji Pallonji (SP) Group, of which Cyrus Investment and Sterling Investment are a part, had invested Rs 1,00,000 crore in Tata Sons when they had actually put in a mere Rs 69 crore.
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Prince William narrates mental health film for FA Cup games

BBC News - Fri, 2020-01-03 04:27
A film narrated by the Duke of Cambridge will urge football fans to look after their mental health.
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Layla Moran: Lib Dem MP announces she is pansexual

BBC News - Fri, 2020-01-03 04:22
Layla Moran says she is in a "committed, loving" relationship with a woman she met through work.
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Latham given captain's blazer as Kiwis' tour goes from bad to worse

Sydney Morning Herald - Fri, 2020-01-03 04:22
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson arrived in Australia with ambitions of beating Australia but began the last Test sick in his hotel room with the series gone.
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‘Act of international terrorism’: Iran vows ‘vigorous revenge’ on US after Quds Force chief killed in US airstrike

Russia Today - Fri, 2020-01-03 04:21

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced a series of US airstrikes that killed the chief of the elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, as international terrorism, warning the US of consequences of “rogue adventurism.”

The US' act of international terrorism, targeting & assassinating General Soleimani—THE most effective force fighting Daesh (ISIS), Al Nusrah, Al Qaeda et al—is extremely dangerous & a foolish escalation.

The US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism.

— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 3, 2020

Immediate aftermath of missile attack in #Iraq that killed Iran Quds Force commander #Soleimani

MORE: https://t.co/8Rshkr8fGz pic.twitter.com/uPFH1s2TD6

— RT (@RT_com) 3 января 2020 г.

In a statement on Soleimani’s death, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei warned that “revenge awaits the criminals who have stained their hands in his blood.” He promised that the airstrike will only “double” Tehran’s resistance against rivals in the region.

Defense Minister Amir Hatami pledged to exact “a crushing revenge” for the death of Soleimani. “We will take revenge on all those involved and responsible for his assassination,” he said.

Mohsen Rezaee, a member of a council that advises Khamenei and a retired major general in the Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), also sent out a tweet on Thursday night vowing swift retaliation for the assassination.

“Martyr [#Qasem Soleimani]… joined his martyred brothers, but we will take vigorous revenge on America,” he said.

A number of US airstrikes near Baghdad International Airport earlier on Thursday left Soleimani and several Iraqi militia leaders dead, with two other Iraqi commanders reportedly arrested by US Marines. The Pentagon later confirmed the strikes, stating they were “aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans.”

Also on rt.com Iran Quds Force commander killed in US strike on convoy at Baghdad airport

A number of American lawmakers also weighed in, some engaging in sabre-rattling, while others, such as Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), sounded the alarm about the prospect of a “massive regional war.”

“If Iran continues to attack America and our allies, they should pay the heaviest of prices, which includes the destruction of their oil refineries,” Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said in a tweet.

If Iran continues to attack America and our allies, they should pay the heaviest of prices, which includes the destruction of their oil refineries.

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 3, 2020

An Iranian military spokesman, speaking to the semi-official Fars News agency on condition of anonymity, said the country’s top security body had called a meeting to discuss the “criminal attack” that killed the Quds Force commander.

The Quds Force is the IRGC’s foreign special operations division, which Soleimani headed up since 1998.

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Escape from Narooma: you can't outrun climate change

Sydney Morning Herald - Fri, 2020-01-03 04:19
At first I thought a storm was bringing much-needed rain but this was no ordinary thunder.
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'Surviving R. Kelly Part II' reignites debate and pain

CNN - Fri, 2020-01-03 04:14
The first two episodes of "Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning" premiered Thursday night and much like the original docuseries, there were plenty of tears.
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Qassem Soleimani: Who was Iran's military leader?

Sydney Morning Herald - Fri, 2020-01-03 04:10
As leader of the Quds Force, the 62-year-old bore responsibility for quietly extending the military reach of Iran deep into foreign conflicts like those in Syria and Iraq.
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Melbourne United see Goulding's playmaking as crucial to success

Sydney Morning Herald - Fri, 2020-01-03 04:07
Chris Goulding isn't always shooting the most shots for Melbourne United anymore as the team looks to put more players in position to score as they try to make the NBL finals.
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Killing of Soleimani is hugely significant

CNN - Fri, 2020-01-03 04:06
The significance of Thursday's US strike against Qasem Soleimani cannot be overstated because he ran Iran's military operations across the Middle East.
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Wins and byes have Victory on the rise: Nabbout

Sydney Morning Herald - Fri, 2020-01-03 04:06
Victory's 2-1 triumph over City in the Christmas derby was only their third win from 11 outings this season and Andrew Nabbout says his teammates are in high spirits following that win and a bye.
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Who is Qassem Soleimani, Iran's elite Quds force leader?

Al Jazeera - Fri, 2020-01-03 04:03
General Qassem Soleimani was killed alongside six others following a US airstrike at Baghdad's international airport.
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Oil prices jump after Iran military leader killed in US strike

CNN - Fri, 2020-01-03 04:03
Oil prices pulled higher Friday morning after a top Iranian general was killed in a US airstrike at Baghdad's airport ordered by President Donald Trump.
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Trump ordered killing of Iran's general: Pentagon

Times of India - Fri, 2020-01-03 03:47
US President Donald Trump ordered the killing of IRGC commander Qasem Soleimani, the Pentagon said. Following Soleimani's death, Trump tweeted an image of the US flag without any further explanation. The strike, which occurred at Baghdad's international airport on Friday in Iraq, also killed the deputy chief of Iraq's powerful Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force.
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Warning over 'fake' apprenticeship courses

BBC News - Fri, 2020-01-03 03:43
Apprenticeship funding worth £1.2bn has been spent on low-quality training, says report.
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Eels star Sivo has travel ban overturned by Fijian court

Sydney Morning Herald - Fri, 2020-01-03 03:42
Parramatta winger has had his bail conditions changed ahead of a court appearance on Tuesday to answer a charge of of indecent assault.
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Damon: Killing of Iranian commander 'uncharted territory'

CNN - Fri, 2020-01-03 03:37
CNN's Arwa Damon says that the killing of Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's Quds Force, and a senior official in Iraq's paramilitary forces in a US airstrike at the Baghdad International Airport places the US in uncharted territory.
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Met Office: Last decade 'second hottest in 100 years'

BBC News - Fri, 2020-01-03 03:33
The year 2019 saw several high temperature records in the UK - concluding a record-breaking decade.
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