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January 7, 2020 | Via BBC

Trump Under Fire for Threat to Iranian Cultural Sites

US President Donald Trump has faced growing criticism over his threats to attack Iran’s cultural sites. The UN’s cultural organization and UK foreign secretary were among those to note that such sites were protected. The US and Iran have signed conventions to protect cultural heritage, including during conflict. Military attacks targeting cultural sites are considered war crimes under international law.

January 7, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Reynhard Sinaga Jailed for Life for Raping Dozens of Men in Manchester

Reynhard Sinaga, 36, a mature student from Indonesia, is thought by police to have abused at least 195 men over two and a half years after luring them to his flat under the guise of being a “good samaritan”, drugging his victims and then attacking them after they passed out. All but four of the 48 victims whose cases came to court were raped. He was jailed for a minimum of 30 years for 136 rapes.

January 7, 2020 | Via Time

32 Killed in Stampede at Funeral for Iranian General Qasem Soleimani

A stampede erupted on Tuesday at a funeral procession for a top Iranian general killed in a U.S. airstrike last week, killing 32 people and injuring 190 others, state television reported. According to the report, the stampede took place in Kerman, the hometown of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qasem Soleimani, as the procession got underway. Initial videos posted online showed people lying lifeless on a road.

January 7, 2020 | Via Sky News

Mexico Drug War: Almost 62,000 People have Disappeared Since 2006

Nearly 62,000 people have gone missing in Mexico – with most of those disappearing during the six years of the country’s bloody war on drug cartels. Initial figures released last year suggest 41,000 were unaccounted for – but that number has now increased by around 50%. Officials have so far discovered 1,124 corpses in 873 clandestine burial pits. Sites are frequently used by drug and kidnapping gangs to dispose of the bodies of their victims or rivals.

January 7, 2020 | Via CBS News

Weinstein Faces New Sexual Assault Charges in Los Angeles

Los Angeles prosecutors on Monday announced new sexual assault charges against Harvey Weinstein. The disgraced film mogul has been charged with raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in separate incidents back in 2013. The announcement comes the same day Weinstein’s criminal trial kicked off in New York City. In that case, he is charged with sexually assaulting two women: one in 2006 and another in 2013. Weinstein has denied any wrongdoing.

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