Iranian-Backed Militia Withdraws After Standoff at U.S. Embassy in Baghdad
The showdown at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad comes amid months of anti-government protests in Iraq. These protesters say they were not part of the showdown at the U.S. Embassy and that they are opposed to corruption and Iranian influence in Iraq.
9 Civilians Killed in Syrian Government Strike on School in Idlib
In Syria, aid workers say Syrian government artillery fire killed at least nine civilians — including five children — on New Year’s Day in the northwestern province of Idlib, which is facing a heavy bombing and a ground offensive by the Russian-backed Syrian government.
Wildfires Rage in Australia; Floods Kill 16 in Indonesia
The unprecedented fire season in Australia comes as the Indonesian capital of Jakarta was inundated by the worst rainfall in nearly a quarter-century. At least 21 people have died in the flooding, and more than 60,000 were forced to evacuate their homes. Both increasingly powerful wildfires and extreme rainfall have been linked to climate change.
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