Daily World News Briefs — January 10, 2020 (Evening Edition)

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The crate containing purportedly the two black boxes recovered from the crashed Ukrainian airliner, Boeing 737-800, is seen in this still image taken from a video, in Teheran, Iran January 10, 2020. IRIB VIA WANA/Handout via REUTERS

Reuters: Iran to probe black boxes after missile blamed for plane crash

DUBAI (Reuters) – Tehran said on Friday it wanted to download black box recordings itself from a Ukrainian airliner crash that killed all 176 people aboard, amid Western suspicions the plane was brought down by an Iranian missile, probably by mistake.

The crash has heightened international pressure on Iran after months of friction with the United States and tit-for-tat military strikes. Washington killed an Iranian general last week in Iraq, prompting Tehran to fire at U.S. targets.

Iran, which denies the Boeing 737-800 was downed by a missile, showed the voice and flight data recorders on state TV on Friday but said it could take a month or two to extract data.

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MIDDLE EAST

Iran will announce reason for crash of Ukrainian airliner on Saturday: Fars news.

French, US investigators to help probe plane likely downed by Iranian missile.

‘Serious concerns’ raised over integrity of Iran plane crash site.

Trump administration announces new sanctions on Iran. US imposes fresh sanctions on Iran after Iraq attack: Mnuchin.

Iran could have nuclear weapons in one or two years, says France.

Fearing nuclear proliferation, Europe scrambles to calm Iran tensions.

Russia announces ceasefire deal with Turkey in Syria’s Idlib.

Washington turns down Iraqi call to remove troops.

Thousands of Iraqis rally against government, Iran and US.

Israel releases Druze spy to Syria. Israel releases two Syrian prisoners in ‘goodwill gesture’.

U.S. Army plans to expand Asian security efforts to counter China.

Officials order 250,000 to evacuate in Australia near ‘megafire’.

Australia: More than one million acres of land decimated.

At least 15 dead in Pakistan mosque suicide bombing.

Two Indian army porters killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan Along Line of Control.

China casting long shadow over Taiwan elections this weekend.

Huge rival rallies on final day before Taiwan votes.

Trump wishes Kim Jong Un a ‘happy birthday,’ South’s adviser says.

Hong Kong PTSD level ‘comparable to conflict zones’, study finds.

Tunisian parliament rejects proposed new government in a confidence vote.

Libya’s Haftar vow to press Tripoli campaign despite ceasefire call.

Niger army base attack kills 25 soldiers.

Somali army kills 3 al-Shabab militants.

Sudanese in rebel-held Kauda hope for peace after Hamdok’s visit.

Congo ethnic killings may amount to crimes against humanity, UN says.

Morocco rights activists warn over free speech after arrests.

Zimbabwe’s VP wife sues husband over access to children, house.

Ukraine security service prioritizing missile, terrorism as possible causes of plane crash.

EU holds rare emergency meeting to save Iran nuclear deal. European leaders hold emergency summit to save Iran deal.

Zelenskyy: Claims Iran missile downed Ukraine plane ‘unconfirmed’.

Germany urges EU unity ahead of Middle East crisis meeting.

Germany, Russia see goals align amid tension in Middle East.

EU parliament stops recognizing jailed Catalan separatist as lawmaker.

‘We won’t give up’: French protesters defiant on day 36 of pension strikes.

Sinn Féin supports deal to restore devolution in Northern Ireland.

Bulgarian environment minister charged over water crisis.

Russian human rights group fined again under ‘foreign agent’ law.

Meghan returns to Canada as Queen calls for ‘workable solution’ .

Trump impeachment charges may go to Senate as early as next week.

No more ‘teary eyes’ from Trudeau: Iranian-Canadians demand action on crash.

Killing Iran general delivered ‘American justice’, Trump tells rally.

Pompeo defends intelligence behind Soleimani strike amid press grilling.

Qasem Soleimani: Democrats question Trump’s embassy attacks claim.

Pelosi set to send impeachment articles to the Senate next week.

Canadians demand justice as they mourn victims of Iran plane crash.

US sharply reduces flights to Cuba.

Venezuela opposition calls on U.S. to step up pressure on Maduro ally Russia.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

U.S. targeted Iranian official in Yemen in failed strike: sources.

Africa’s Sahel seeks new ways to fight terrorism.

The Islamic State (IS) group has welcomed the death of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

Airstrike in western Afghanistan kills leader of Taliban splinter group, may have killed civilians.

ECONOMY/BUSINESS/ECONOMY

Wall Street slips from records after jobs data, but posts weekly gains.

Oil slips towards $65 as Middle East tensions ease.

Zuckerberg’s 10 year plan: Facebook CEO reveals grand vision for the next DECADE including ‘curing all diseases’ and ‘new forms of government’.

Boeing 737 Max: Worker said plane ‘designed by clowns’.