Published: January 12, 2020
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran has deployed riot police in the capital expecting more protests after its Revolutionary Guard admitted to accidentally shooting down a passenger plane. Riot police and plainclothes officers could be seen massing at several Tehran landmarks as calls circulated for protests later in the day. The plane crash early Wednesday killed 176 people, mostly Iranians and Iranian-Canadians. After initially blaming the crash on a technical failure, authorities finally admitted to accidentally shooting it down in the face of mounting evidence and accusations by Western leaders. The plane was shot down at a time of soaring tensions with the United States after a U.S. airstrike killed Iran's top general.
BODALLA, Australia (AP) — Crews battling Australia's wildfires say they have been able to turn from defense to offense for the first time in weeks thanks to a break in the weather. The weather is expected to remain benign for the next week, although any deterioration in conditions after that could see the wildfires flare up again. A firefighter was killed by a falling tree, bringing the death toll to at least 27 in a crisis that has destroyed more than 2,000 homes and scorched an area larger than the U.S. state of Indiana since September. Among those who died were four firefighters.
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Police in Colorado say three juveniles and two adults were wounded in a shooting. Aurora police said early Sunday that the five victims were in serious condition, but expected to survive. The victims included two girls, one boy and two adult men. Police said they responded to reports of a shooting at an apartment complex just before 11 p.m. Sunday. Police released a description of a suspect, but said they were still trying to determine whether there were more. Aurora is about 10 miles east of Denver.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has baptized 32 babies, including two sets of twins, in the splendor of the Sistine Chapel. Francis marveled that the babies were very quiet, with barely a peep as they waited their turn to be baptized Sunday morning under the Michelangelo-frescoed ceiling. The papal baptisms take place once a year in the chapel where popes are elected, and past such occasions have been noisy. Bracing for a chorus of wailing, Francis joked during his brief homily: “The concert still hasn't begun.”
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has attended church at her Sandringham estate ahead of a crisis meeting to work out a future for Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, after their decision to walk away from royal roles. The queen has summoned Harry, his elder brother, Prince William, and their father, Prince Charles, to the rural retreat in eastern England for a meeting on Monday. The royal summit reflects the queen's desire to contain the fallout from Harry and Meghan’s decision to “step back” as senior royals, work to become financially independent and split their time between Britain and North America.
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