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Vanity Fair film critic is slammed for mocking Blue Ivy Carter and Jay-Z's appearance

Daily Mail - Fri, 2020-01-03 01:19
The 33-year-old Queen & Slim star hit back Vanity Fair film critic K. Austin Collins tweeted he feels 'sorry' for Blue Ivy because Jay-Z's 'face genes' are going to mar her beauty.
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Eurosceptic MPs launch bid to have Big Ben chime for Brexit on January 31

Daily Mail - Fri, 2020-01-03 01:15
The group, led by Mark Francois, the deputy chairman of the European Research Group, want the bell to ring out to celebrate the country's eventual departure from the European Union.
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Librarian found Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn manuscript in her attic

Sydney Morning Herald - Fri, 2020-01-03 01:14
“It could have been sold off page by page and disseminated to the winds.”
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Iran Quds Force commander killed in US strike on convoy at Baghdad airport

Russia Today - Fri, 2020-01-03 01:14

The head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, has been killed in a strike near Baghdad International Airport, along with senior leaders of the Iraqi Shia militia, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has confirmed.

News of the commander’s demise was carried by Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency, citing the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Breaking: Semi official Iranian news agency Fars confirms the death of Qasim Sulaimani #Baghdad #Iraq pic.twitter.com/eklxjmqTKV

— Steven nabil (@thestevennabil) January 3, 2020

Earlier, Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) blamed the US and Tel Aviv for Soleimani's takedown.

"The American and Israeli enemy is responsible for killing the mujahideen Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qassem Soleimani," said Ahmed al-Assadi, a spokesman for Iraq's PMF, as cited by Reuters.

Al-Muhandis is the deputy chief of the PMF, the umbrella group of Shia militias integrated into the Iraq’s armed forces, which was blamed for the siege of the US Embassy in Baghdad earlier this week.

#BREAKING: Iraqi State TV confirms death of Qassem al-Solaimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in airstrikes on Baghdad Airport road tonight. #Iraq #Iran pic.twitter.com/mTaqp4Kx5W

— Baxtiyar Goran (@BaxtiyarGoran) January 3, 2020

Al-Muhandis and Soleimani were apparently in a convoy traveling near the Baghdad airport when it was struck by multiple missiles. The PMF earlier confirmed the deaths of five of its members and two “guests.”

Reuters reported that the Pentagon has claimed responsibility for the strike, citing an unnamed US official.

Also on rt.com 10 people, including Quds Force chief Soleimani and Iran-backed Iraqi militia officials, killed in US attack – Iranian envoy

US Marines also reportedly captured two other influential Iraqi militia figures around the time of the strikes – Qais Khazali, head of the paramilitary group Asaib Ahl al-Haq, and Badr Organization leader Hadi al-Amiri – in a neighborhood of Baghdad, according to Al Arabiya.

While still lacking official confirmation that Washington was behind the assassinations, some US lawmakers have already challenged the legality of the supposed American raid, as Congress was apparently left in the dark about the mission. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) weighed in with a tweet later on Thursday, sounding alarm that the unauthorized operation could kick off a “massive regional war,” even though Soleimani was an “enemy of the United States.”

The high-profile assassinations come as tensions soar between Tehran and Washington over recent events in Iraq. An American air raid on an Iraqi Shia militia last weekend triggered a heated protest at the US embassy complex in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Tuesday, where demonstrators smashed windows, lit fires and chanted “Death to America.” Washington claimed the raid was in retaliation for a militia rocket attack on a US base in Kirkuk, and that Iran provided backing for the assault, though it offered no evidence.

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Iraqi state TV, officials: Gen. Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds force, has been killed in an airstrike

ABC (USA) - Fri, 2020-01-03 01:14
Iraqi state TV, officials: Gen. Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds force, has been killed in an airstrike

What's on in Sydney: January 4-5

Sydney Morning Herald - Fri, 2020-01-03 01:10
Here's your guide to what's happening in Sydney this weekend and beyond (with the Sydney Festival starting this week).
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Dashcam footage captures car driving off cliff

CNN - Fri, 2020-01-03 01:06
Authorities are investigating reports that a car drove off a cliff into the Pacific Ocean near California's Half Moon Bay.
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There's one team A-League leaders should fear above others

Sydney Morning Herald - Fri, 2020-01-03 01:05
Sydney FC are the best team in the A-League by some margin - for now. But the season isn't half-way through, and finals series always give others a chance.
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Several people wounded when rockets hit Baghdad airport

CNN - Fri, 2020-01-03 01:04
A number of people were wounded early Friday in Baghdad when three Katyusha rockets hit Baghdad International Airport, the Iraqi military said in a statement.
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Families were left without power on New Year's Day

Daily Mail - Fri, 2020-01-03 01:03
Britain's biggest energy supplier introduced a major change to the way 1.25million customers with prepayment meters can purchase credit on January 1.
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Published for the first time, interviews reveal how The Beatles really couldn't work it out...

Daily Mail - Fri, 2020-01-03 01:03
David Wigg's interviews took place between 1969 and 1973, offering a fascinating insight into The Beatles' emotions as the band came to a discordant end, racked with rancour and in-fighting.
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Smoke hazard forces FFA to postpone Sydney FC W-League match

Sydney Morning Herald - Fri, 2020-01-03 01:02
The Sky Blues' match against Canberra United will not go ahead on Sunday due to the heavy bushfire smoke shrouding the capital.
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Lolita actress 'could keep people guessing'

Sydney Morning Herald - Fri, 2020-01-03 01:00
Lyon was given the part in Lolita, reportedly beating out more than 800 other young actresses.
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'Weeds' and 'OITNB' creators' 20-year-old son died when he crashed into sign on ski run

Daily Mail - Fri, 2020-01-03 01:00
Charlie Noxon had been skiing with his two siblings and his father in Park City on New Year's Eve when he came up to a fork on the slopes and failed to navigate the turn before hitting the sign.
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Scotland 'could have helped hundreds avoid HIV'

BBC News - Fri, 2020-01-03 00:55
A Scottish facility had spare capacity to produce safe blood products in the 1980s but risky supplies were still imported.
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Jennifer Aniston, 50, weclomes the New Year in a black bikini on beach getaway in Mexico

Daily Mail - Fri, 2020-01-03 00:55
The 50-year-old actress welcomed in 2020 at the beach resort of Tulum in Mexico where she was seen bagging rays in a tiny bikini that showcased her fabulous figure.
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Bushfire refugees and injured wildlife escape Mallacoota 'Armageddon'

Sydney Morning Herald - Fri, 2020-01-03 00:51
The sky is no longer blood red but the feeling in Mallacoota is no less eerie on Friday, with the town smothered in an acrid thick smoke.
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Cancer survivor Ursula Martin walks from Ukraine back to the UK

Daily Mail - Fri, 2020-01-03 00:48
For just over a year, former baker Ursula Martin, 39, from Derbyshire, has been walking by herself from Ukraine back to the UK while fundraising for Target Ovarian Cancer.
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Lynn, Maxwell join bushfire fundraising effort

Sydney Morning Herald - Fri, 2020-01-03 00:47
Big Bash League stars Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell have joined the sporting world’s fundraising efforts for those affected by Australia’s devastating bushfires.
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Interpol red notice for ex-Nissan boss Ghosn as pilots arrested

Sydney Morning Herald - Fri, 2020-01-03 00:45
Auto-marker boss Carlos Ghosn became an international fugitive after he fled to Lebanon to escape what he called a "rigged" justice system in Japan.
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