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Yemen rebel missile fired at Riyadh 'bears hallmarks' of Iran.

A missile fired from Yemen at the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, bears the hallmark of a weapon provided by Iran, the US ambassador to the UN has said. Nikki Haley said Iran's actions threatened to drag the world "deeper into a broadening regional conflict". The missile was shot down by Saudi Arabia's military yesterday. There were no reports of any damage. Iran denies arming Houthi rebels in Yemen who are fighting Yemen's government and a Saudi-led coalition.

China, Russia and Islamists top Donald Trump’s enemy list

US President Donald Trump’s new National Security Strategy, announced yesterday, promises support for India’s emergence as a “leading global power,” while identifying China, Russia and Islamism as ‘main threats’.
Nation-building or promotion of democracy in Islamic countries is not part of the strategy. Mr. Trump, in a campaign style speech to unveil the new strategy, slammed his predecessors for protecting the interests of other countries at the cost of the interests of the US.

Amtrak Washington train crash: Deaths as carriages fall on US motorway.

passenger train on its inaugural run in Washington state has derailed, with carriages crashing on to the motorway below at the height of the morning rush hour.A number of people died and many more were injured on board the train, which hit vehicles on the I-5 highway below.

Images from the scene showed that all the carriages of the high-speed train had left the track. It was Amtrak's first passenger service to run on a new, shorter route.Train 501 had left Seattle, heading south for Portland, at 06:00 local time .The derailment happened on a section of track, south of Tacoma, previously only used for freight trains.

2500-year old cave paintings discovered on Indonesian island

Scientists have discovered ancient cave paintings, dating back at least 2,500 years, on a tiny Indonesian island that was previously unexplored. The team uncovered a total of 28 rock art sites on the island of Kisar. The island lies north of Timor-Leste. According to a study published in the Cambridge Journal of Archaeology, the discovery pointed to a stronger shared history with the neighbouring island of Timor than previously known. The researchers said the relationship between the two islands extends back to the Neolithic period 3,500 years ago, which saw an influx of ‘Austronesian settlers’ who introduced domestic animals, such as dogs, and perhaps cereal crops.

Theresa May says she 'will not be derailed' in Brexit negotiations.

The UK prime minister has said the government is "proving the doubters wrong" with its Brexit negotiations. EU leaders agreed talks can move on to the next stage in the new year, shortly after Theresa May suffered her first Commons defeat on Brexit.


Earthquake hits Indonesia’s Java island

A strong earthquake shook the Indonesian capital yesterday on the country’s most populous island of Java, killing an unknown number of people, amid reports of collapsed buildings. Authorities issued a tsunami warning for parts of Java’s coastline after the quake struck just before midnight. Strong tremors were felt for about 20 seconds in the capital city and in areas in western and central Java. The US Geological Survey said the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter Scale. Indonesia sits on the “Pacific Ring of Fire” and has frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

French school bus cut in two, in rail crash

At least four children were killed and 19 people injured, when a train crashed into a school bus at a level crossing in southern France. The bus, which was carrying around 20 students from a local secondary school, was struck by the train in Millas, close to the Spanish border. The bus was split in two by the force of the crash. Around 70 emergency workers and four helicopters were deployed as part of the rescue effort. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who flew to Millas by helicopter, said the process of identifying the victims was "extremely difficult".

UK PM May defeated over Brexit vote

The UK government has been narrowly defeated in a key vote on its Brexit bill after a rebellion by 11 Tory MPs. In a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, MPs voted to give Parliament a legal guarantee of a vote on the final Brexit deal struck with Brussels. The government had argued this would jeopardize its chances of delivering a smooth departure from the EU. Despite a last-minute attempt to offer concessions to rebels, an amendment to the bill was backed by 309 to 305. Ministers said the "minor setback" would not prevent the UK leaving the EU in 2019.

Turkey President urges World leaders to recognize Jerusalem as Palestinian capital.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged leaders of Muslim nations to recognise Jerusalem as the "occupied capital of the Palestinian state". Addressing a summit of the Organization for Islamic Co-operation, he said the US decision to recognise the city as Israel's capital was "null and void".


US ready for North Korea talks without preconditions

The US is ready to open nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea, without preconditions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said yesterday. His statement appeared to shift the US position away from previous demands that North Korea must first disarm. North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons technology has led to heavy US-led sanctions against the regime.

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