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Iran launches missile attack on Iraq base housing U.S. troops

The attack on the Ain al-Asad airbase came after pro-Tehran factions in Iraq had vowed to join forces to “respond” to an American drone strike. | Iran-U.S. unrest updates

Ukrainian aircraft crashes in Iran, all 176 on board killed

The plane had taken off from Imam Khomeini International Airport in the Iranian capital when a fire struck one of its engines. The pilot of the aircraft then lost control of the plane, sending it crashing into the ground.

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake hits near Iran’s nuclear power plant

The quake, which had a depth of 10 km, struck 17 km south-southeast of Borazjan city at 6.49 a.m. (3.19 a.m. GMT), the US Geological Survey said.

JNU violence: Delhi Police claim to have vital clues about identities of masked persons

Plainclothesmen will be inside the JNU campus while police personnel in uniform will remain outside the campus, Delhi Police (Southwest) Deputy Commissioner Devender Arya said. | Efforts on to facilitate semester registration for ‘willing’ students: JNU VC tells HRD Ministry

Muzaffarpur shelter home case: 35 girls believed murdered are found alive, CBI tells SC

Allegations about the ‘murders’ had first surfaced last year in the statements of girls rescued from the shelter home run by the kingpin, Brajesh Thakur. The CBI had also found that the names of these had mysteriously disappeared from the balikagarh (girls’ home). In March 2019, the agency told the court that 35 girls with identical or similar names had indeed lived in the shelter home at one point of time or the other.

10 central trade unions participate in nationwide strike

Nearly 25 crore people are said to have taken part in this all-India strike against ‘anti-people’ policies.

Nissan ex-chairman Carlos Ghosn appears for 1st time in public after escape

In statements, Ghosn has said he fled to avoid “political persecution” by a “rigged Japanese justice system.”

Amid dismal economic scenario, PM Modi meeting honchos for ‘honest feedback’

According to top sources in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the idea for such a series of interactions (eight till now and seven more to follow), came after Mr. Modi addressed the centenary meet of the industry body, ASSOCHAM, on December 20.

2019 was the 7th warmest year since 1901, says IMD

During the year, the annual mean surface air temperature, averaged over the country, was +0.36°C above average. The average is defined as the mean temperature from 1980-2010.

Malaysia Masters: Saina, Sindhu through to 2nd round; Sai Praneeth, Srikanth bow out

Reigning world champion Sindhu, seeded sixth, took just 35 minutes to beat Evgeniya Kosetskaya of Russia 21-15 21-13 in the first round. The other Indian in the fray, London Olympics bronze medallist Saina needed just 36 minutes to get the better of Belgium’s Lianne Tan.

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