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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.

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