The Daily Populous

Saturday January 4th, 2020 day edition

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Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), an umbrella grouping of militia groups, had said earlier on Saturday said that an air strike targeting its fighters had hit a convoy of medics.

However, the PMF later issued another statement saying that no medical convoys were targeted in Taj, the Reuters news agency reported.

Iraqi state television had earlier said that US air strikes had taken place against PMU camps near the capital, about 24 hours after the US assassinated top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.

Before the army's denial, an Iraqi military source had told Reuters that the strikes had killed six fighters at a base in Taj.

A US military spokesman also said that the US-led coalition fighting in the region had not undertaken any air strikes.

Washington responded two days later with air strikes on PMU bases that killed 25 fighters.

Protesters eventually left the areas surrounding the embassy, but late on Thursday, a US drone strike killed Soleimani - Iran's most powerful general. »

Trump administration briefed Israel on the Suleimani attack before it briefed Congress: report

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Speaking on Israel’s Channel 13, journalist Barak Ravid said that the “United States informed Israel” about the operation in Iraq to kill Iranian military leader Gen. Qassem Suleimani “a few days ago.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and I discussed the decisive defensive action @realDonaldTrump employed in Baghdad to protect American lives.

Read the full report over at The Los Angeles Times. »

Pelosi Statement on Urgency for Fair Senate Trial

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In an impeachment trial, every U.S.

Senator is required to take an oath to ‘do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.’.

The GOP Senate must immediately proceed in a manner worthy of the Constitution and in light of the gravity of the President’s unprecedented abuses. »

A new battery could keep your phone charged for five days

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A new lithium-sulphur battery with an ultra-high capacity could lead to drastically cheaper electric cars and grid energy storage.

Mahdokht Shaibani at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and her colleagues have developed a battery with a capacity five times higher than that of lithium-ion batteries.

The battery maintains an efficiency of 99 per cent for more than 200 cycles, and a smartphone-sized version would be able to keep a phone charged for five days. »

Protesters break into Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s home and vow to ‘s*** in his pool’ over wildfire outrage – The Sun

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Fletcher said: "We were waiting to s*** in his pool for him to be there, but that didn't happen.".

Police confirmed two people had been charged with trespassing but no damage was done to the property.

Fletcher said "In the arrest report the police say 'the accused does not appear to feel any remorse for his crimes and in fact appears to be quite proud of his actions'. »