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The U.S. strike in Baghdad that killed Iran's top general may mark a death blow for American political influence in Iraq. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Iraq will make a big mistake in alienating itself with the US.
Iran has identified at least 35 US targets that could be hit with retaliatory strikes after the country’s president chillingly vowed to exact revenge for the killing of its top general, Qassem Soleimani. New York Post
VOA VIEW: One attack against the US or its allies will cost Iran much.
The year 2020 has arrived, and the fireworks in London, both literal and figurative, have ended. Three and a half years after the people of Britain voted to leave the EU — after months of acrimony, party infighting, and one very decisive election — Brexit will have its day. As of Jan. 31, Britain will... New York Post

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“There is an anti-Semitism crisis. It is not by any means just in this city, and in this country, but more and more in the entire Western world,” Mayor de Blasio said at a Manhattan synagogue. New York Post
Interest in the draft and “World War III” surged online, stalling the government website where young men are required to register. Here’s what you need to know. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday said he had spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Iran following the U.S. air strike that killed Iranian military general Qassem Soleimani. Rueters
Groups of protesters took to the streets in Washington and other U.S. cities on Saturday to condemn the air strike in Iraq ordered by President Donald Trump that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani and Trump's decision to send about 3,000 more troops to the Middle East. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Protesters are anti America cowards.
Britain urged all parties to show restraint on Saturday after the United States killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in an air strike, but said its closest ally was entitled to defend itself against an imminent threat. Rueters
VOA VIEW: As this President will.
Mercedes-Benz is recalling roughly 750,000 cars because the vehicles’ sunroofs could potentially detach and fly off ABC
VOA VIEW: Not good news for the brand.

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Wang Zhimin will be replaced as director of Beijing's liaison office after six months of unrest. BBC
VOA VIEW: China made a smart move.
A high-ranking Iranian military official says Iran will punish Americans following the airstrike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani. U.S. military units are on high alert to protect some American embassies in Africa and the Middle East, while security measures are being increased across the country. CBS
VOA VIEW: Retaliation by Iran would be dumb and heightened security is a must.
Journalist and Iran expert Barbara Slavin, director of the Atlantic Council's "Future of Iran" initiative, joined "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss the ramifications of President Trump's decision to order an airstrike against Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, because of threatened attacks on Americans. CBS
VOA VIEW: Only cowards would object to the action.
"Previous presidents have had the opportunity to take measures like what we saw last night but have held back," said an assistant secretary of defense during the Obama administration CBS
VOA VIEW: Dumb!

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On Saturday evening, a rocket fell inside Baghdad's heavily-fortified Green Zone near the U.S. Embassy. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Mistake!
Oppenheimer Asset Management's John Stoltzfus believes renewed tensions with Iran won't derail the bull market. CNBC
The Senate seems certain to keep President Donald Trump in office, thanks to the overwhelming GOP support expected in his impeachment trial. But now small cracks in GOP unity are starting to surface. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Liberal news wishful thinking.

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Bernie Sanders tried to set himself apart from the 2020 Democratic primary field following the U.S. killing of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani. CNBC
VOA VIEW: An idiot.
The Trump administration has privately warned members of Congress that Iran is expected to retaliate against the US "within weeks" for the strike that killed Qasem Soleimani even as they failed to convince some that the operation was merited due to an imminent threat against American lives. CNN
VOA VIEW: It would be Iran stupidity - what's new.
Retired Major General James "Spider" Marks says Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) should "just be quiet" after Murphy criticized President Trump's decision to carry out a strike which led to the death of top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. CNN
VOA VIEW: Good!
Leaders from the United Methodist Church reportedly announced a tentative plan Friday to split the church over differences on same-sex marriage and the inclusion of gay clergy. FOX News

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US secretary of state unfavourably compares European reaction with ‘partners in the region’Mike Pompeo has expressed disappointment with European reaction to the US killing of the Iranian general Qassem Suleimani, suggesting the UK, France and Germany have not been sufficiently supportive.The US secretary of state compared the European response unfavourably with US “partners in the region”, a likely reference to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which Pompeo consulted after the Suleimani assassination. Guardian
VOA VIEW: True!
Politicians attack the prime minister for not addressing the Middle East crisis from his holiday on MustiqueBoris Johnson was facing growing criticism last night for failing to cut short his Caribbean holiday as the Middle East faced one of the gravest crises since the Iraq war in 2003. Related: I have no confidence Boris Johnson will keep us out of a quagmire in Iran Guardian
Iraq's Kataib Hezbollah militia warned on Saturday Iraqi security forces to stay away from U.S. bases in Iraq, al-Mayadeen television said. Reuters

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Two Katyusha rockets fell inside Iraq's Balad air base, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, which houses U.S. forces on Saturday but caused no casualties, two security sources told Reuters. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Fight fire with fire.
West Virginia leads a list of nine states the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia expects to contract in 2020, the most states since the end of the Great Recession in 2009. UPI

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