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A REACT EMS paramedic talks with a home of an 82 year old woman suffering from possible coronavirus symptoms after she was exposed to be Covid positive family member in Shawnee, Oklahoma, January 12. Reuters/Nick Oxford
 

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The captain of the Costa Concordia Francesco Schettino is still in prison for his part in the sinking. He was sentenced to 16 years in 2016. He was 54 at the time and not expected to leave prison until he is at least 70 years old. Thirty two people died that night and there were 4,200 survivors. The residents of Giglio, who took in passengers and crew had to live with the Concordia's wrecked carcass off their shore for another two years until it was righted and hauled away for scrap.
 

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The Queen has agreed to strip the Duke of York of his honorary military roles and royal patronages. The duke will also no longer use the title of His Royal Highness in any official capacity. The Palace said in a statement: “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen. The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”

After reading a book about this coward, when someone at a social event referred to him as “Andrew”, he turned on them and said “Your Royal Highness to you.”
 
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California Governor Gavin Newsom has denied parole to Sirhan Sirhan, the Palestinian refugee serving a life sentence for assassinating US presidential candidate Robert F Kennedy in 1968. Newsom made the announcement today (Thursday). The Palestinian had previously been denied parole 15 times.
 

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Melbourne, Australia
Supporters of Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic gather around a car outside what is believed to be the location of his lawyer’s office during a day of legal proceedings over the cancellation of his visa for the second time to play in the Australian Open.
Photograph: Loren Elliott/Reuters
 

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KOBLENZ, Germany, Jan 13 (Reuters) - A German court on Thursday jailed a Syrian ex-intelligence officer Anwar Raslan for life for murder, rape and crimes against humanity, handing down the first ever conviction for state-backed torture committed during Syria's civil war after a landmark trial.

Anwar Raslan, 58, was linked to the torture of over 4,000 people in Syria's civil war in a jail known as "Hell on Earth". The trial in Koblenz is the world's first criminal case brought over state-led torture in Syria.
 

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Gower, Swansea, Wales
Welsh mountain ponies graze in the mist and rain on the salt marsh near Crofty.
Photograph: Joann Randles/Cover Images

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Gower Peninsula
The 19 mile-long Peninsula starts at Mumbles and extends westwards. It’s famous for its jaw-dropping coastline and beaches and is a favourite destination for walkers and surfers. Inland you’ll find sheltered woodland and rolling grasslands; country pubs and fine food.
 

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New York City, US
People look out of their window at the apartment building on East 181st Street that was the scene of a fire in the Bronx borough of New York City. Seventeen people were killed and 13 were in a critical condition following the fire, which was reportedly started by a faulty heater.
Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA
 

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Port Angeles, Washington, US
Olympic cougar project members work to replace the GPS collar on Lilu, a wild cougar, near Port Angeles. The project is a partnership between a coalition of Native American tribes, a renowned cougar expert and the Washington department of transportation. It could lead to placing highway crossings so wandering cougars can find new places to breed, improving the wider environment.
Photograph: Stephanie Keith/Reuters
 

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
A trainee pulls a fellow trainee, who is pretending to be injured, through sewage-contaminated water during the last week of a 10-week programme to become members of the Taiwan navy’s elite amphibious reconnaissance and patrol unit, at Zuoying navy base. The trainees have to endure everything from long marches to hours in the water, with constant screaming at them from their instructors. Of the group of 31 who started the course, only 15 completed it.
Photograph: Ann Wang/Reuters
 

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Los Angeles, US
A Union Pacific freight train lies idle after derailing near an area where thousands of empty boxes were left by cargo thieves in the Lincoln Heights section. Dozens of freight cars are broken into every day on LA railways
Photograph: Jim Ruymen/UPI/Rex/Shutterstock
 

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Sydney, Australia
People sit on Bondi beach after a tsunami warning cancelled the Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman events. Beaches along Australia’s Queensland and New South Wales coast were closed after an undersea volcano erupted off Tonga.
Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images
 

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Kobe, Japan
People light up paper lanterns during a memorial service before the 27th anniversary of the Great Hanshin earthquake in Chuo district
Photograph: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images
 

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Colleyville, Texas
A daylong hostage drama at a Dallas-area synagogue ended in dramatic fashion one Saturday with the suspect declared dead and all hostages out alive and safe. Photo Andy Jacobsohn/AFP via Getty
 

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BOMBING COMMEMORATED: Survivor Harry King is comforted at a 30th anniversary memorial service for eight men killed by an IRA bomb in Co Tyrone. The Teebane bombing on the Drum Road between Cookstown and Omagh was perpetrated on January 17th, 1992, when the IRA detonated a roadside bomb as a van carrying 14 construction workers passed by. The eight who died were Protestants. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/PressEye
 

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Prince Andrew has been accused of “victim blaming” by legal experts and campaigners after demanding to see Virginia Giuffre’s mental health records and confidential notes from counselling sessions in an effort to discredit her. His lawyers have asked to interview Dr Judith Lightfoot, a psychologist, and Giuffre’s husband, Robert, under oath for any information about “alleged emotional and psychological harm and damages”.
 

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NATO ships in the Baltic Sea
The timing of the deployment can be linked to the tense security situation in Europe, where Russia has mobilized at Ukraine's border and demanded that NATO not approve any more member states.

NATO confirms that warship HNLMS Rotterdam has been stationed in an area just south of Sweden. "We are there to show presence and solidarity with the alliance", says a spokesperson for NATO to Aftonbladet. The warship that belongs to Royal Netherlands Navy is the flagship of NATO's rapid response force Standing NATO Maritime Group 1. The ship is there to monitor the situation in the area and to be available for defensive missions and exercises.
 

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The Biden administration is pushing to get Congress, Europe and Ukraine on the same page as it tries to deter Russia from invading Ukraine — all while knowing that the decisive factor will ultimately be the whims of Vladimir Putin.

The U.S. claims to have intelligence indicating that Russia is sending saboteurs to eastern Ukraine for a potential "false flag" operation that would give Moscow a reason to invade — likely within weeks.

Officials from virtually all sides are warning that the risk of a large-scale, conventional war on the European continent is greater than at any time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Few agree on how to stop it.

In 2005, in his annual state of the nation address, President Vladimir Putin called the collapse of the Soviet empire “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.” Biden officials admit that sanctions imposed after Putin's annexation of Crimea in 2014 have failed to weaken his ambitions.
 

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Tangerang, Indonesia
Elementary school students accompanied by a man wearing a Spider-Man costume wait their turn to receive a dose of Sinovac vaccine during a Covid-19 vaccination drive for children between the ages of six to 11, at an Islamic Al-Ashar elementary school
Photograph: Adi Weda/EPA
 


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