World News Updates — January 17, 2020 (Evening Edition)

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Don Hepburn, The Hill: Why the US needs Russia and China to help change Iran’s behavior

Predicting the future behavior of any country in the Middle East is a dangerous undertaking. Some might suggest it’s a lot cheaper and more effective to rely on a pack of tarot cards than a report from the U.S. intelligence community. However, even considering the recent seemingly unpredicted and unprecedented events there, history does remain a prologue to this region’s future. As the next stage of this latest twist with Iran unfolds, the U.S. cannot, alone or with regional Arab allies, change Iran’s adventurism unless Russia and China become part of the calculation out of self-interest.

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MIDDLE EAST

Isolated Iran leader lashes out at Europe as nations join US in ramping up pressure.

Iran leader’s speech fails to quell plane anger.

Iran can take fight beyond its borders, Khamenei says after U.S. strike, unrest.

Iran’s supreme leader calls Trump a clown, praises missile attack in rare appearance.

Iran’s president says ‘no limit’ to nuclear enrichment.

Ukraine says Iran to hand over downed jet’s black boxes.

Top U.N. human rights official: Syria truce has failed ‘yet again’.

Syria war: Society leaders hold secret peace summit in Berlin.

Iraq protester killed in Baghdad clashes.

Lebanon releases protesters as rights groups slam security forces.

Taliban say they handed cease-fire offer to US peace envoy.

‘We don’t have political problems with India’: Iran’s Zarif urges Delhi to defy US sanctions & resume buying Iranian oil.

China just reported its weakest annual growth in 29 years.

China’s Xi arrives in Myanmar on billion-dollar charm offensive.

South Korea president’s office reprimands U.S. ambassador for remarks.

U.S. warship transits Taiwan Strait less than week after election.

Australia bushfires: Heavy rains, floods provide some relief.

Chinese patients test positive for new coronavirus in Japan, Thailand.

S.Sudan talks fail to end impasse over state boundaries.

Lesotho PM confirms resignation after alleged link to wife’s murder.

Angolan ex-president dos Santos denies ties to daughter’s alleged graft.

Libya strongman Haftar in Greece for talks ahead of Berlin peace conference.

Greek offer to send peacekeeping troops to Libya could spark ‘indirect’ conflict between Ankara and Athens.

Libya conflict: UN proposes ceasefire monitor.

Putin to take part in Libya peace conference in Berlin – Kremlin.

Niger violence: Rising death toll and affected families.

Guinea protesters urged to continue general strike.

DR Congo police fire tear gas to break up opposition march.

Russia’s foreign minister slams ‘aggressive’ US policies.

EU under pressure to prepare for Libya peace force.

State media hailed Putin’s power shake-up. Moscow residents seem less enthused.

Putin’s ministers were not told of resignation plans in advance.

Iranian representative coming to Ukraine next week, Kiev says.

Ukrainian president rejects prime minister’s resignation.

China tells European Union it won’t miss out because of trade deal with US.

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen announces 2022 presidential bid.

German population hits all-time high but growth is slowing.

Trudeau urges Iran to send downed jetliner’s black boxes to France.

POLL-Sanders climbs, now tied with Biden among registered voters.

Pompeo says he ‘never heard’ about any efforts to surveil Yovanovitch.

Bolivia exiled ex-president Morales retracts call for ‘armed militias’.

HSBC aware of Huawei’s ties with Iran unit before arrest of founder’s daughter, documents show.

Brazil: Far-right culture minister fired after echoing Nazi Goebbels.

Guatemala breaks off diplomatic relations with Venezuela.

Mexico’s Amlo considers presidential jet raffle in desperate bid to offload it.

UN chief calls on Haiti to ‘resist escalation’ 10 years after quake.

Canada offers funds to families of Canadian victims of Flight 752.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Hit by jihadist attacks, African states seek more say in Libyan crisis.

US military resumes counter-Islamic State operations in Iraq.

Shabab militants from Somalia may have received help from Kenyans for deadly Manda Bay attack.

British envoy to Pakistan claims ‘it is clear terrorist groups operate from within’ the country.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Tech, communications stocks push US indexes to more records.

Global markets rise despite slowest Chinese growth for 30 years.

Senate passes, sends U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade deal to Trump’s desk.

Intel reclaims top position in semiconductors over Samsung.