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Sunday January 5th, 2020 day edition

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Check back for possible updates... Just 24 hours after claiming he isn't seeking war with Iran, President Donald Trump Saturday night threatened that the U.S. is prepared to strike "52 Iranian sites" if Tehran retaliates for the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani.

"Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge," Trump wrote in a series of tweets.

Observers were quick to point out that the deliberate destruction of cultural sites is a war crime under international law.

Purposefully destroying cultural sites is considered a war crime as per UN resolution 2347. — Nilo Tabrizy (@ntabrizy) January 4, 2020.

"Without doubt, the people of Iran will take revenge for this horrific criminal act," tweeted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

"Trump was never fit to be president—amid a crisis of his own creation he is openly threatening war crimes against the Iranian people," tweeted Ryan Costello, policy director at the National Iranian American Council.

"Not only does Congress need to halt this march to war and atrocity, they need to get him out of office. »

Trump: If Iran attacks, we will attack 52 Iranian targets

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US President responds to Iranian threats of revenge and states his plans if Iran decides to act. U.S. President Donald Trump responded to the threats coming from Iran regarding revenge for the killing of Qassem Soleimani.

President Trump continued and wrote: "He was already attacking our Embassy, and preparing for additional hits in other locations.

Trump concluded his message with a threat and warning: "Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. »

Iran unfurls red flag to show they are ready for war after US airstrike

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A red flag has been raised during a ceremony to honour Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani in a declaration they are ready for war.

Iranian state television aired the image from a mosque in the Shiite holy city of Qom, showing the flag flying above the minarets.

It is the first time in history that the red flag has been hoisted on top of the Jamkaran mosque in the Iranian city and comes after warnings of harsh retaliation against the US. »

Henry Ford Introduces the Minimum Wage: On This Day, January 5

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On January 5, 1914, automaker Henry Ford made history by instituting a $5-a-day wage.

Five dollars a day constituted double the industry norm—and double the pay of most of Ford’s own employees.

You can explore the history of federal and state minimum wage rates on the Department of Labor website: History of Federal Minimum Wage Rates and Minimum Wage Laws in the States. »

Leaked GPU Specs Suggest Xbox Series X Substantially More Powerful Than PS5

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If this rumor proves true — always something to keep in mind — the Xbox Series X will launch packing the equivalent of a high-end PC GPU.

That would give the Xbox Series X 3,584 GPU cores compared to 5,120 for Navi 20, or about 70 percent as many.

On the other hand, if this points to an upper-end Xbox Series X, it means that version of the console is going to pack high-end* PC-equivalent performance. »