Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said European nations including the UK “cannot be trusted” but Tehran is not against negotiating with anyone – except the US. Giving his first sermon in eight years in Tehran, the top cleric branded Donald Trump a “clown” who only pretended to support the Iranian people and would “push a poisonous dagger” into their back.
As the Senate opened an impeachment trial in which Donald Trump will stand charged with abusing the power of his office, the president was hit with new allegations of wrongdoing by an agency within Trump’s own administration. The Government Accountability Office released a finding on Thursday morning that the suspension last year of military aid for Ukraine at Trump’s direction violated laws governing the disbursement of congressionally appropriated funds.
The United States treated 11 of its troops for symptoms of concussion after an Iranian missile attack on an Iraqi base where U.S. forces were stationed, the U.S. military said on Thursday, after initially saying no service members were hurt. President Donald Trump and the U.S. military had said there were no casualties after the strike on the Ain al-Asad airbase in western Iraq and a facility in its northern Kurdish region.
China’s birth rate has fallen to its lowest since the formation of the People’s Republic of China 70 years ago – despite the easing of the one-child policy. The birth rate was 10.48 per thousand in 2019 – the lowest since 1949, the National Bureau of Statistics said. The country’s birth rate has been falling for years – posing a challenge for the world’s second biggest economy.
Seven people were killed in a bizarre religious ritual in a jungle community in Panama, including a pregnant woman and five of her children who were tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes. Police subsequently freed 15 people who were being held by the cult, and who had been tied up and beaten with wooden cudgels and Bibles.