World News Updates — January 17, 2020

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Reuters: Iran’s Khamenei stands by Guards after unrest over downed plane

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s supreme leader threw his support behind the elite Revolutionary Guards in a rare sermon on Friday after their belated admission that they had accidentally downed an airliner triggered days of protests on the streets.

In his first Friday prayers sermon in eight years, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also told worshippers chanting “Death to America” that the elite Guards could take their fight beyond Iran’s borders after the U.S. killing of a top Iranian commander.

Washington said any threats would only isolate Iran further.

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MIDDLE EAST

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.

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.

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.

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 PM Honcharuk submits resignation amid scandal. Ukraine Prime Minister Honcharuk submits 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.

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

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

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.