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France Tells Iran To Stop Ballistic Missile Work Designed For Nuclear Weapons

France on Friday called on Iran to immediately stop all activities linked to ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear weapons after Tehran said it could put two satellites into orbit in the coming weeks, Reuters reported. “France recalls that the Iranian missile program (does) not conform with U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231,” Foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll told reporters in a daily briefing.France “calls on Iran to immediately cease all ballistic missile-related activities designed to carry nuclear weapons, including tests using ballistic missile technology.” – Agnes von der Muhll Von der Muhll was responding to comments by President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday,…

Explosion Sets Off Fire At Aden Oil Refinery

Civil defense forces in Yemen’s port city of Aden fought to extinguish a fire at an oil refinery on Friday, sparked hours earlier by an explosion, the cause of which was still unknown, the refinery company said, Reuters reported. There were no reports of casualties. Separately, Saudi state television reported that the Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Iran-allied Houthi group had destroyed a communication and control center the Houthis used to direct their unmanned aircraft. It did not give further details. A day earlier the Houthis launched a drone attack on a military parade in Lahaj, a province next to Aden, killing several people. The U.S. State Department condemned Thursday’s…

Macron Hopes Debate Can Defuse Unrest, As Did Ill-Fated French Monarch

President Emmanuel Macron, often criticized for a monarchical manner, is calling a national debate to mollify “yellow vest” protesters whose nine-week uprising has set Paris ablaze and shaken his administration, a move that has been compared to that taken by King Louis XVI on the eve of the French Revolution, Reuters reports. In 1789, Louis XVI summoned France’s aristocracy, clergy and citizens to discuss ways to plug the crown’s dismal finances and quell popular discontent over a sclerotic feudal society. It marked the start of the revolution. Within months the king was powerless and four years later beheaded by guillotine. Macron will launch the three-month “grand debat” initiative on Jan….

U.S. Ambassadors To Gather In Washington For Conference Despite Shutdown

Officials said Friday U.S. ambassadors from around the world are flying to Washington next week for a State Department “chiefs of mission” conference despite the partial U.S. government shutdown, Reuters reported. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo decided to go ahead with the Jan. 16-17 meeting “because it is essential to the conduct of foreign affairs essential to national security,” a State Department spokesman said on condition of anonymity.“The timing of this conference is crucial to the safety, security, and prosperity of the United States,” the spokesman added, saying the conference would “review the immediate global threats and challenges that affect all American citizens.” Current and…

Nazi Prison Camp Guard Who Lived In U.S. For Decades Dies At Age 95 In Germany

A former Nazi concentration camp guard who spent decades living in New York City before he was deported to Germany last year has died, NBC News reports. Jakiw Palij, who served as a guard at a Nazi forced labor camp during World War II before immigrating to the U.S. in 1949 and becoming a citizen in 1957, died Wednesday at the age of 95, according to a spokeswoman for the county of Warendorf, where Palij was most recently living in a retirement home.His U.S. citizenship was revoked in 2003 based on his wartime activities, human rights abuses and immigration fraud. But he was able to continue living in his red brick home in Queens with his wife, Maria, until 2018 because Germany, Poland,…

Up To 7.3 Million People Sick With Flu This Season: CDC

The latest data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday revealed an estimated 6.2 million to 7.3 million people have been sick with the flu since October, but that is still a milder season than last year, according to USA Today. At least half of those people sought medical care for their symptoms of the flu, with between 69,000 to 84,000 hospitalized from October through Jan. 5, according to the CDC. Friday’s data is the first time the CDC provided estimates for the 2018-2019 flu season, which are extrapolated from data points across 27 million people, or about 8.5 percent of the U.S. population. Even though the cases are milder than last season, the CDC’s…

Brexit Delay Could Create Legal Headaches For European Union

Brexit paralysis has prompted talk of a British election or a second referendum, but one odd side-effect could be Britons having to cast their votes for an EU parliament they had decided to leave, Reuters reports. Britain is scheduled to quit the European Union on March 29, two months before citizens of the other 27 EU states elect a new European Parliament. But with Prime Minister Theresa May looking unlikely to win British parliamentary backing next week for her EU withdrawal treaty, speculation is mounting that London will try to delay departure, creating a legal headache for Brussels.“We are looking into what this might mean, but there is very little that is clear, legally, and it…

[UPDATE] U.S. Troops Officially Begin Withdrawal From Syria, Expected To Take 3-4 Months

The U.S. military has begun the process of withdrawing troops from Syria, a U.S. defense official confirmed to CBS News on Friday, saying it was expected to take between 90 and 120 days. The official told CBS News senior national security correspondent David Martin that equipment had begun moving out earlier this week. America’s operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the country were to continue during the withdrawal process. Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the coalition fighting ISIS, confirmed earlier in the day in a statement emailed to The Associated Press that “the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria” was underway. “Out of concern for operational…

Parliament Passes Amendment To Rename Macedonia, Ending 27-Year Fight With Greece

Macedonia’s parliament voted to pass an amendment to the constitution which would rename the European country as the Republic of North Macedonia, an agreement which will end a 27-year-old dispute with neighboring Greece, according to Reuters. The 120-seat parliament, had 81 deputies voting in favor of the measure, while representatives of the opposition group VMRO-DPMNE boycotted the vote since they opposed the deal with Athens. The two countries agreed on the name deal last June, but Macedonia will only begin using it after the parliament in Athens also ratifies the agreement. Hundreds gathered outside parliament for the last several days to protect the deal in Macedonia. Prime Minister…

Saudi Teen Rahaf al-Qunun Will Fly To Canada For Asylum

The Saudi woman who fled to Thailand from her family has been granted asylum in Canada and will be flying there on Friday night, according to a Thai immigration chief who spoke to Reuters. Immigration chief Surachate Hakparn said Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, will board a Korean Air flight from Bankok to Seoul before heading to Canada on a connecting flight. “Canada has granted her asylum,” Surachate told Reuters. “She’ll leave tonight at 11.15 p.m.” Canadian authorities would not confirm the details of Qunun’s asylum. “We have nothing new to add on this right now,” a spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the…