Protesters chant anti-U.S. slogans during a demonstration against the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, close to United States' consulate in Istanbul, Jan. 5, 2020. Iran has vowed "harsh retaliation" for the U.S. airstrike near Baghdad's airport that killed Soleimani, as tensions soar in the wake of the targeted killing. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
5 international stories of the week
Editor’s Note: This listicle is part of a weekly series by The Ball State Daily News summarizing five stories from around the world. All summaries are based on stories published by The Associated Press.
The mourning of the slain Iranian Revolutionary Guard general, Iraq’s attempt to expel U.S. troops from the country, the Kenyan military base attack, wildfires in Australia and the fleeing of Nissan’s former chairman from Japan make up this week’s five international stories.
Weeping amid a crowd of hundreds of thousands of mourners, Iran’s supreme leader Monday prayed over the remains of a top Iranian general killed in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad, an attack that’s drastically raised tensions between Tehran and Washington. The targeted killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani has seen his replacement vow to take revenge and Tehran abandoning the remaining limits of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
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President Donald Trump insists that Iranian cultural sites are fair game for the U.S. military, dismissing concerns within his own administration that doing so could constitute a war crime under international law. He also warned Iraq that he would levy punishing sanctions if it expelled American troops in retaliation for a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad that killed a top Iranian official. In response to the killing, Iraq’s parliament voted Sunday to oust U.S. troops based in the country.
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Al-Shabab extremists overran a key military base used by U.S. counterterror forces in Kenya before dawn Sunday, killing three American Department of Defense personnel and destroying several U.S. aircraft and vehicles before they were repelled. The attack on the Manda Bay Airfield was the al-Qaida-linked group’s first attack against U.S. forces in the East African country. Five attackers were killed, Kenyan military spokesman Paul Njuguna said.
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government was committing an extra $1.4 billion to help communities recover from deadly wildfires that have ravaged the country in addition to the tens of millions of dollars that have already been promised. Nationwide, at least 24 people have been killed and 2,000 homes destroyed by the blazes, which have so far scorched an area twice the size of the U.S. state of Maryland.
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Japan’s justice minister vowed Monday to strengthen border departure checks and review bail conditions after Nissan’s former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, fled the country despite the stringent surveillance imposed as a condition of his release. Ghosn, who was chairman of Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi at the time of his arrest, skipped bail while awaiting trial on various financial misconduct allegations and later said from Lebanon he did it to escape injustice.
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