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Iran’s Foreign Ministry Confirms Arrest Of US Citizen, Michael White

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Iran’s Foreign Ministry Confirms Arrest Of US Citizen

Iran’s foreign ministry has confirmed that an American citizen had been arrested in the city of Mashhad but denied reports he had been badly treated.

Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was quoted by the news agency as saying that forty-six year-old Michael White was arrested in Iran’s second largest city.

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Ghasemi said the United States government, through the Swiss embassy in Tehran, was informed of the arrest during the early days of the incident.

US interests in Iran are handled by the Swiss diplomatic mission, as the two countries have had no diplomatic relations since 1980.

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The US State Department confirmed it was “aware of reports” of his detention, but refused to release details because of privacy considerations.

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US Shutdown: Protests Continue Across Major Cities

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US Shutdown: Protests Continue Across Major Cities

U.S. Federal workers in Chicago have continued their protest against the unprecedented partial government shutdown as they hope to get back to work as soon as possible with the shutdown now in its thirty-first day, the longest in U.S. History.

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The shutdown started in late December after congress refused to grant president Donald Trump the five and a half billion dollars he requested for his long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall project.

In downtown Chicago, dozens of the 30,000 federal workers, who have been furloughed, took to the streets, and held aloft, protest signs while chanting: “end the shutdown now.” Many who have devoted decades of service have been left utterly aghast at the continuing situation.

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The shutdown has affected a quarter of the federal government and forced some eight hundred thousand workers across the country to miss their paychecks.

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UK Brexit: Citizens Anxious Over European Union Future

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UK Brexit: Citizens Worry Over European Union Future

British citizens are worried about the country’s future after leaving the European Union, with the United Kingdom left with difficult decisions to make after British lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal last Tuesday.

May has to formulate an alternative deal by today, and the UK has several choices ahead. It could have a no-deal break-up with the European Union, or re-enter negotiations to secure a more favorable deal with the EU.  It could also have a second referendum.

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No matter what the UK will choose, residents are concerned about the current situation and want it resolved soon.

Some say they are tired of the wrangle among different political groups in Westminster and just desperately want to see a solution in place before the exit date in march.

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May has faced a tumultuous few weeks, after last month delaying the meaningful vote on her deal, before surviving a call of no confidence in her leadership from her own party.  She then saw her deal overwhelmingly rejected, sparking a vote of no confidence in her government on Wednesday, which she survived by a margin of nineteen votes.  She faces an uphill task to push any new deal through parliament as the Brexit crisis deepens.

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Al Qaeda Claims Attack That Killed U.N. Peacekeepers In Mali

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Al Qaeda Claims Attack That Killed U.N. Peacekeepers In Mali

An affiliate of Al Qaeda based in Mali has claimed responsibility for an attack in northern part of the country that killed ten Chadian U.N. Peacekeepers in which 25 persons were also wounded.

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SITE Intelligence Group said on Monday, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Chad as the motive of the attack. The group said the attack was carried out in response “to Chad’s diplomatic pursuits with Israel”.

Israeli Prime Minister had visited Chad on Sunday to stress the two countries’ mutual interest in confronting Islamist insurgencies on the continent.

UN Secretary-General Gutterres says, such acts will not diminish the resolve of the United Nations to continue supporting the people and government of Mali in their efforts to build peace and stability in the country.

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