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BBC news 2020-01-12

BBC news with Jerry Smitt.

Protesters in the Iranian capital have chanted slogan against the country’s leaders after the authorities blatantly admitted shooting down a Ukrainian airliner on Wednesday, killing 176 people. Some demonstrators torn down images of Qassem Suleimani,the top Iranian general killed in the U.S. air strike earlier this month.The Canadian Prime Minister has told Iran many more steps need to be taken after its admission of responsibility. Ukraine has also called for justice.

The incumbent president of Taiwan Cai Yingwen has won a landslide election victory. She opposes close ties with mainland China and her win is seen as a decisive rebut to Beijing’s attempts to exert more influence on the island.

Dozens of people are marching in the Polish capital Warsaw to denounce a government bill that they say threaten the independence of judges. Those taking part included judges and lawyers from most European Union member states.

Syrian activists say at least 18 civilians including 6 children have been killed in government air strikes on Idlib province, the country’s last opposition bastion. A new ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey is due to take hold shortly.

There have been street protests by tens of thousand of people in the Indian city of Calcutta in angry protest against the new citizenship law. The rallies coincided with a visit by the prime minister Narendra Modi.

Northern Ireland has an original assembly again after three years. The body reconvened after a power sharing agreement was revived by the main parities, representing the province’s sharply different political orientations.

And the Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has marked his return to Italian football at the age of 38 with the goal for AC Milan.

BBC news.

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