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Trump’s Phone Call With Taiwan President Sparks China Complaint - WSJ

BEIJING—A call between U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is shaking delicate relations between Beijing and Taipei and threatening to place the U.S. in the middle of a relationship it has been careful not to upset.

China said it had lodged a formal complaint with the U.S., and Taiwan urged China to stay calm a day after Mr. Trump broke diplomatic protocol by speaking by phone with Taiwan’s leader.

“We must point out, there’s is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inseparable part of Chinese territory,” read a statement posted on the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s website Saturday afternoon.


Cuban exiles: Crowds flood streets of Little Havana to cheer Fidel Castro's death -

Miami (CNN) News of Fidel Castro's death was quick to reach Miami, the center of the Cuban exile community, where an outpouring of emotion brought jubilant crowds onto the streets of Little Havana.

Some popped champagne corks, others clanged pots and waved the Cuban flag as they cheered the death of a man who defined the lives of so many Cubans through decades in exile in the United States.


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Mosul offensive: Swathes of territory recaptured from ISIS -

Near Mosul, Iraq (CNN) A suicide car bomb, sowing panic as it plows toward Peshmerga positions. An ISIS fighter who ambushes Kurdish troops from a concealed tunnel before blowing himself up.

These were the early indications of how dedicated and single-minded Mosul's ISIS occupiers can be -- and how bloody and grinding Iraq's battle to liberate Iraq's second-largest city may prove.
As dawn broke Tuesday, the second day of the battle for Mosul, a diverse coalition of Iraqi Security Forces troops, Kurdish Peshmerga allies and thousands of Iraqi irregulars gritted their teeth and prepared to again meet militant forces in the dusty scrubland outside the city.


Battle for Mosul: Iraqi forces inflict losses on ISIS -

Near Mosul, Iraq (CNN) Iraq's military says it has inflicted "heavy losses of life and equipment" on ISIS in a district southeast of Mosul, as Iraqi-led forces close in on the city in the long-awaited battle to recapture it from the terror group.

Hours after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the beginning of the offensive, Iraq's military said it had inflicted losses and made advances in the Hamdaniya district.
Announcing the offensive in a televised statement early Monday morning, al-Abadi said "the victory bell has rung" in the massive mission to retake the key city, Iraq's second largest, and free more than 1 million residents from the "brutality and terrorism of ISIS."


US strikes Yemen after missiles launched on warship -

(CNN) An American destroyer struck three sites in Yemen on Thursday, hours after missiles targeted a US warship in the Red Sea for the second time in four days, defense officials said.

The USS Mason was targeted late Wednesday by missiles from territory controlled by the Houthis -- a minority Shia group that has taken control of swathes of Yemen, including the capital, Sanaa.
The strikes marks the first instance of the US firing at Houthi targets since the Yemen civil war erupted in March last year.


Black Lives Matter protesters arrested at London airport -

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTEThis group isn't interested in raising awareness, they're only interested in creating chaos. And frankly, if this group was truly interested in who is oppressing them, they would look at Democrat leadership.

London (CNN) A group of Black Lives Matter activists whose protest temporarily shut down a London airport Tuesday have been arrested and removed from the runway, police said.

Nine protesters caused flights to be suspended at London City Airport by locking themselves together on the runway and erecting a tripod, London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
Black Lives Matter UK, a network of anti-racism activists, said in a statement that the action was taken to protest Britain's "environmental impact on the lives of black people locally and globally."
The police said the protesters were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass, being unlawfully airside and breaching London City Airport bylaws, and were taken into custody. The statement was issued nearly six hours after police were alerted of the protest.


Report: U.S. sent $400M cash to Iran as American detainees freed - CBS News

The Obama administration strongly denied paying any ransom to Iran, Brennan says, but according to details first reported by the Wall Street Journal, currency worth $400 million was flown into Tehran on a cargo plane around the same time that the Americans were released.

The plane was loaded with cash: Euros, Swiss Francs and other currencies, since any transaction with Iran in dollars is illegal under United States law.


Japan knife attack: At least 19 dead -

EDITOR'S NOTE: Obviously, there needs to be a ban on knives.....

(CNN)At least 19 people were killed and 26 injured in a stabbing spree at a facility for disabled people west of Tokyo, making it one of Japan's deadliest mass killings since World War II. Nine men and 10 women, ranging in age from 18 to 70, were killed in the attack.

Officer Satomi Kurihara of the Sagamihara Fire Department confirmed the death toll at the Tsukui Yamayurien facility in Sagamihara, a residential area approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of the capital.
Satoshi Uematsu, a 26-year-old who worked at the facility until February, broke in through a window about 2 a.m. Tuesday (1 p.m. ET Monday), Kanagawa Prefecture officials said at a news conference.


Turkey army says it has seized power; PM says elected government still in charge | Reuters

Turkey's military said on Friday it had seized power, but the prime minister said the attempted coup would be put down.

If successful, the overthrow of President Tayyip Erdogan, who has ruled Turkey since 2003, would amount to one of the biggest shifts in power in the Middle East in years.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the elected government remained in office. There was no immediate word from Erdogan. The Turkish sister channel of CNN said he was "safe".

The armed forces had taken power in the country to protect the democratic order and to maintain human rights, the military said in a statement sent by email and reported on Turkish TV channels. All of Turkey's existing foreign relations would be maintained and the rule of law would remain the priority, it said.

The state-run Anadolu news agency said the chief of Turkey's military staff was among people taken "hostage" in the capital Ankara. CNN Turk also reported that hostages were being held at the military headquarters.

Turkey, a NATO member with the second biggest military in the Western alliance, is one of the most important allies of the United States in the fight against Islamic State.