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Current U.S. Government Is The Worst In America’s History – Iran President

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has on Tuesday said in a speech that the current United State government is the worst in the history of America.

In a live broadcast on state television, Rouhani also said Iran’s upcoming parliamentary elections in February will have an effect on regional and international politics.

On January 8, Iranian forces shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 hours after launching a barrage of ballistic missiles at military bases in Iraq housing hundreds of U.S. forces, in retaliation for the U.S. killing of senior Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in a January 2 drone strike in Baghdad.

Three days after shooting the airliner and due to intense international pressure, Iran confessed to have unintentionally shot the jet down, its president asserted after the incident that the “root causes” of the tragedy were U.S. actions.

Ever since, tension between the two countries have increased as Iran’s state-controlled news agency Tasnim quoted Rouhani as saying “it was the U.S. that caused such an incident to take place.”

The Iranian regime has blamed the U.S. president Donald Trump administration for ratcheting up tensions with the controversial decision to kill Soleimani.

On January 10, U.S. imposed more sanctions on Iran in retaliation for its missile attack on U.S. forces in Iraq and vowed to tighten the economic screws if Tehran continued “terrorist” acts or pursued a nuclear bomb.

Also, Trump unilaterally withdrew in 2018 from the Iran nuclear deal struck by his predecessor Barack Obama and began reimposing sanctions that had been eased under the accord.

Iranian crude sales have been driven down by those U.S. sanctions, the Islamic Republic’s main source of revenues, but so far the actions have not brought Iran back to the negotiating table to discuss a new nuclear pact as sought by Trump.

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UK Cuts Overseas Aid After Worst Recession In Over 300 Years

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The British government is facing so much criticism over its decision to cut overseas aid and divert the funds to finance other spending priorities in the wake of what it described as the deepest recession in more than three centuries.

Treasury chief, Rishi Sunak, says the move is widely expected to free up at least five and a half billion dollars for the conservative government to use for other concerns.

Sunak says government needed to make tough choices at a time of unprecedented crisis.

He said the government aims to return to the target introduced by the labour government of Tony Blair around two decades ago, but that even with the new target, the U.K. Will still be the second biggest aid spender among the group of seven leading industrial nations.

Critics from inside the political spectrum indicate the decision goes against the government’s promise in last year’s general election to maintain the aid target.

Chief executive of the non-governmental organization, save the children, Kevin Watkins, says the NGO is deeply disappointed by the cut, and that, the UK had “broken a promise” to the world’s neediest people that could lead to “100,000 lives not saved by immunization.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the world’s Anglican communion, Justin Welby, said the cut “is shameful and wrong,” and against the teaching of Jesus Christ.

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Turkey Jails Hundreds For Life Over 2016 Failed Coup Attempt

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A Turkish court has jailed for life, three hundred thirty-seven former pilots and other suspects over an unsuccessful plot to overthrow president Recep Tayyip Erdogan four years ago.

475 defendants were accused of carrying out the attempt to overthrow the government in 2016, from an airbase near the capital Ankara.

More than 250 persons were killed in the attempt as rogue soldiers commandeered warplanes, helicopters and tanks in a bid to take control of key state institutions.

Of the 337 life sentences given, 291 were aggravated life sentences, the most severe punishment in Turkish courts. This means there is no possibility of parole.

State news agency, Anadolu, and other sources, said at least 25 F-16 pilots were given aggravated life sentences.

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Smaller Thanksgiving Gatherings Disrupt US Turkey Market

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Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States—a day when millions of families get together, share turkey meals and revel. And it is a day of the famous Macy’s parade. But it’s a smaller occasion this year as COVID-19 has put a damper on large celebrations.

The turkey industry in the country is seeing both a shortage of smaller turkeys and a surplus of the bigger ones as more Americans plan to hold smaller gatherings for Thanksgiving as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As Americans heed the advice of health authorities to hold smaller gatherings, they have had to downsize their turkeys from the usual thirty-pound birds.

A recent survey conducted by the American turkey and poultry company, butterball, found that three out of four of its respondents are opting for simpler, smaller dinners this year, which is in line with recommendations from the centers for disease control and prevention.

But that creates a problem for America’s turkey industry where at least forty million turkeys are usually consumed every Thanksgiving. The national turkey federation says most of the frozen turkeys one would find in the supermarkets now had gone into the field before the pandemic hit.  Now, there is a huge backlog, especially of the big size birds that people are not buying because of reduction in crowd sizes.

Nonetheless, Americans say they will make the best of this thanksgiving day and pray that next year would be coronavirus-free. Then, life can return to normal.

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