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December 31, 2019 | Via Deutsche Welle

Ex-Nissan Chief Carlos Ghosn Flees Japan

Disgraced businessman Carlos Ghosn said Tuesday he had escaped Japan and arrived in Lebanon, raising questions about how he fled months before trial. Ghosn had been under “strict surveillance” by authorities in Japan and had surrendered his passports while on bail. “I have not fled justice, I have escaped injustice and political persecution,” the former Nissan chief said in a statement.

December 31, 2019 | Via NBC News

U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Stormed by Protesters After Iraq Airstrikes

Dozens of people stormed the compound of the United States embassy in Iraq on Tuesday in response to American airstrikes that killed dozens of fighters from an Iran-backed militia group. American fighter jets on Sunday bombed weapons depots in Iraq and Syria that the U.S. said were linked with a group called Kataeb Hezbollah, which it blames for attacks on coalition bases in recent months.

December 31, 2019 | Via Reuters

Sydney Gears up for New Year’s Spectacle Despite Australian Fires

Large crowds thronged Sydney harbor on Tuesday to watch Australia’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks, even as smoke from deadly wildfires turned skies in nearby coastal towns blood-red. The planned spectacle is going ahead despite calls from some members of the public for the fireworks to be canceled, in solidarity with fire-hit areas in New South Wales (NSW) of which Sydney is the capital city.

December 31, 2019 | Via The Guardian

Huawei Says ‘Survival is Our First Priority’ in 2020

The embattled Chinese telecommunications company Huawei says “survival” is its first priority after announcing sales were hit hard by a boycott from western countries. Eric Xu, the company’s chairman, said estimated sales revenue would reach 850bn yuan for 2019 (US$121bn) – up roughly 18% from the previous year. In January this year, the company, which was banned from working with American firms over national security fears, forecast sales revenue of US$125 billion.

December 31, 2019 | Via BBC

Delhi Reels from Coldest Day in More than a Century

India’s capital Delhi has recorded its chilliest day in more than a century amid a severe cold wave across the northern part of the country. Thick fog blanketed the city on Monday as the maximum day temperature dropped to 9.4C and pollution levels peaked. Delhi started tracking temperatures in 1901 and the earlier record was set at 9.8C on 2 January 2013.

December 30, 2019 | Via ABC News

3 Dead Including Suspect in Shooting at Texas Church

Two victims were killed and three others were injured when a gunman opened fire inside a crowded Texas church on Sunday morning before he was shot to death by two armed parishioners, including a security guard. The shooting occurred at 10:57 a.m. at the West Freeway Church of Christ in the Fort Worth suburb of White Settlement and was captured on the church’s livestream of the service, officials said.

December 30, 2019 | Via Sky News

Chinese Scientists Jailed over ‘World’s First Gene-Edited Babies’

Three scientists who claimed to be behind the first-ever gene-edited babies have been handed prison sentences for illegal medical practice, Chinese state media has said. Lead researcher He Jiankui sparked controversy last year when he claimed to have created the infants by altering the DNA of embryos for several couples during fertility treatments. Xinhua news agency said he was given a three-year prison sentence.

December 30, 2019 | Via The Guardian

New York’s Jewish Community on Edge After String of Hanukah Attacks

Jewish groups and political leaders have issued calls for increased protection in New York after a string of attacks during Hanukah left members of the region’s Jewish community on edge. On Saturday night, an attacker stabbed five people during Hanukah festivities at a rabbi’s home in Monsey, Rockland county, about 30 miles north of New York City, in what Governor Andrew Cuomo called “an act of domestic terrorism”.

December 30, 2019 | Via Reuters

Cyprus Court Finds ‘Gang Rape’ Briton Guilty of Lying

A Cyprus court on Monday found a British woman guilty of lying about being gang-raped by Israeli youths six months ago. In a case closely followed by rights groups, a district court in the town of Paralimni ruled that the woman, aged 19 at the time, had lied about being sexually abused by 12 Israeli teenagers. Sentencing was set for Jan. 7.

December 30, 2019 | Via BBC

Australia Fires Worsen as Every State Hits 100F

Scores of fires are burning out of control across Australia amid a heatwave that has seen temperatures exceed 40C (104F) in every state. The most dangerous fires on Monday were in the state of Victoria. About 30,000 residents and tourists were urged to flee East Gippsland, but evacuations were later deemed too risky as fires encroached on major roads. A volunteer firefighter died battling a blaze in the state of New South Wales.

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