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Yale psychiatrist urges Pelosi: Request 72-hour mental health hold on Trump after Iran attack

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Mumbai Takes Its Vintage Padmini Taxis Off The Road For Good

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An Indian taxi driver drives his Premier Padmini past the iconic building Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station in Mumbai, India.

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At the edge of a tree-lined lane in Mumbai, India, Abdul Kareem opens the hood of his taxi and pours water into the radiator. The car is black with a yellow roof, like all Mumbai cabs. But it stands out in a line of cars.

It’s antique-looking and kind of boxy, with bulbous headlights. It has a metal luggage rack on its roof that proclaims “Mumbai” in bright orange lettering. On the streets, Kareem says, people point out the taxi to their kids.

A generation ago, India’s financial capital Bombay became Mumbai. Its cotton mills were redeveloped into swanky malls and offices. Hipster bars replaced the city’s historical Irani cafes. Now another Mumbai icon is riding off into the sunset: the vintage black and yellow taxi.

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Abdul Kareem sits behind the wheel of his Premier Padmini taxi — which will go off Mumbai’s streets by the summer.

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The car — an Indian version of the Italian model Fiat 1100 — made a debut on India’s streets in the 1960s. It was manufactured in India by a local company, Premier Automobiles Ltd. The car was named Premier Padmini, after a legendary Indian royal. Early posters advertise the car as “a beautiful princess of your own,” with a picture of an Indian woman decked in gold jewelry.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Premier Padmini became synonymous with Mumbai taxis. In its heyday, some 60,000 Padmini taxis plied the city’s streets, according to Anthony Lawrence Quadros, general secretary of the Mumbai taxi drivers’ union.

“It’s an iconic car which has served millions of people,” Quadros says.

In 1991, when India’s government passed reforms allowing more private competition in the economy, global companies started flooding the Indian market. The Padmini, which hadn’t had an update in years, had to compete with modern, foreign cars equipped with the latest technology. Premier Automobiles suffered huge losses and stopped production in 2000.

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Cabbie Abdul Kareem poses with his Premier Padmini taxi — one of only about 50 that were still on Mumbai’s streets as of December. Once ubiquitous, the Padmini is being replaced by modern cars.

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Then, in 2008, the government of the state of Maharashtra, whose capital is Mumbai, started to phase out older cars to reduce pollution. They banned all taxis that were older than 25 years. In 2013, they revised the rule and made the age limit 20.

A lot of taxi drivers and owners became unemployed, says Quadros. Some had taken out loans for their vehicles and their lives were ruined, he says.

Thousands of Padmini taxis suddenly vanished from Mumbai’s streets. Sixty-year-old Ram Vilas Maurya’s cab was one of them.

“I miss Padmini,” Maurya says. “She was a tough car.”

The modern car he now drives gets a dent even at the slightest collision, he says. Padmini wasn’t like that, he adds.

Maurya smiles as he reminisces about his Padmini, which was also his first vehicle when he started driving taxis in Mumbai some 30 years ago. “I used to take my kids to the beach on weekends in that car,” he says.

This year, even the youngest Padminis will have to go. It’s already very hard to spot one. Only about 50 were left as of December, according to Quadros.

And Mumbai residents have started noticing their absence.

“When you’re trying to get to the airport and you have all these suitcases, you realize the new taxis that run on compressed natural gas have cylinders in the back and there’s not a lot of space,” says 37-year-old Rachel Lopez, a lifelong Mumbai resident. The Padmini, on the contrary, had a huge trunk space as well as an overhead carrier.

What else was different about riding in a Padmini cab? For one, Lopez says, you needed good upper-body strength to travel.

“They wouldn’t close with a polite little click,” she says. “You had to really kind of bash them in and then you hear a metallic thud and you knew the door had closed.”

Even though she misses them, Lopez says she’s not sad to see the Padminis go. They deserve a little rest now, she says. It also symbolizes how Mumbai operates.

“Something old has to go to make room for something new,” says Lopez.

But before it disappears, it needs to be chronicled, says Lopez. A few years ago, she took it upon herself to document one classic feature of Mumbai’s taxis: their funky, vibrant ceilings. Her Instagram page @thegreaterbombay has hundreds of photos of weird designs and patterns that adorn Mumbai’s black-yellow taxi ceilings.

The humble Padmini taxi that served commuters for decades has now become a muse for artists and photographers. Finnish photographer Markku Lahdesmaki is one of them.

In the spring of 2011, when Lahdesmaki came to Mumbai for work, the scene that greeted him outside the airport surprised him.

“I saw these hundreds of very cool looking vintage taxi cars and I was like, wow,” Lahdesmaki says.

Over the next three days, he traveled across the city to take pictures of these cabs in interesting scenarios. What struck him the most, he says, was that all the cabbies were very proud of their taxis.

“When I was riding in this Padmini taxi, I felt like I was in a movie,” says Lahdesmaki.

Some of Lahdesmaki’s photos from the project have been adapted for T-shirts and caps.

When he heard that the government was phasing out the Padmini taxis, Lahdesmaki says he decided to buy one himself. He’s trying to get it shipped to Los Angeles, where he now lives.

They may not be sleek and powerful like their modern counterparts but Padmini taxis still have their fans.

Recently, Kareem picked up a man in his still-legal Padmini near a railway station. The passenger had a high-end chauffeur-driven car waiting for him. But he got into the cab instead and asked Kareem to follow his car. The man just wanted to take a Padmini taxi, for old times’ sake.

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Former Bengahzi team member: Susan Rice comments on Soleimani ‘typical tactics’ from Dems

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Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s comments accusing the Trump administration of “misrepresenting the facts” about the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani are “typical tactics” from Democrats, former U.S. Marine and Benghazi Annex Security team member Mark Geist said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with host Pete Hegseth, Geist said that Rice “pretty much has zero integrity in my book.”

Rice told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Friday that she couldn’t trust the Trump administration to tell the truth.

“This administration sadly, tragically, has a record of almost-daily misrepresenting the facts — telling falsehoods about issues big and very small. So, it’s hard to have confidence on the face at their representation,” she said.

SUSAN RICE SAYS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ‘DIDN’T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY’ TO KILL SOLEIMANI

Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, was killed by a targeted drone strike at Baghdad International Airport in an operation ordered by President Trump. The strike came slightly more than two months after another U.S.-led strike resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

“It’s typical tactics from the Democrats,” Geist said. “They’re going to bring out their standard bearer, just like they did in Benghazi.”

Geist said that Blitzer was “letting her skate” one more time talking about “integrity.”

In a separate interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Rice said that had the Obama administration “been presented such an opportunity, what we would have done is weigh very carefully and very deliberately the risks versus the potential rewards.”

“So, if in fact the administration can be believed that there was indeed strong intelligence of an imminent threat against the United States that’s being carried out by Soleimani and related militia then the question becomes [was] there more than one way to address that threat?” she asked Maddow. “Was the only way to deal with it to kill Soleimani? Certainly, given his history and track record, he deserves his just rewards but the question is does that serve our interests? Does that make us more secure?”

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“First off, I mean, when has a protest ever occurred at night and, I mean, most protests they don’t typically bring AK-47s, bell-fed machine guns, and RPGs. That’s somebody planning an attack and they knew it,” Geist told Hegseth.

“They knew it when she went out on the speaking circuit on Sunday,” he continued. “But, instead of telling the truth she wanted to tell lies because she had to say what the administration — at the time — wanted.”

“If President Trump had been in office during Benghazi, we wouldn’t have lost four Americans,” he concluded.

Fox News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.

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Timeline: How The U.S. Came To Strike And Kill A Top Iranian General

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This photo released by the Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office shows a burning vehicle at the Baghdad International Airport following the airstrike, in Baghdad, Iraq, early Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.

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President Trump ordered an airstrike on Thursday evening that killed the Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, a man he said was “plotting imminent and sinister attacks” against Americans in the region.

Soleimani was the leader of the Quds Force, a covert section of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The White House says he was the mastermind behind attacks on Americans during the past two decades — including two recent attacks.

Trump said Friday he was not seeking regime change, but ordered the attack to protect Americans. “Under my leadership, America’s policy is unambiguous: To terrorists who harm or intend to harm any American, we will find you; we will eliminate you,” he said.

The White House has kept a close hold on many details of what led up to the decision to kill Soleimani. Here’s what is known from public accounts.

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Friday, Dec. 27: Attack near Kirkuk

Militia group Kataib Hezbollah attacks the K1 military base near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk with rockets, killing an American contractor and wounding several American and Iraqi personnel. Kataib Hezbollah has ties to Iran. It has denied orchestrating the attack.

Sunday, Dec. 29: Trump orders some airstrikes

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Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, right, listen as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers a statement on Iraq and Syria, at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, right, listen as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers a statement on Iraq and Syria, at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019.

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From Florida, Trump responds with an order for airstrikes in sections of Iraq and Syria where members of the militia group were reportedly located.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, surprise reporters with a short evening briefing at Trump’s Florida home, Mar-a-Lago.

  • Pompeo says he briefed the president on “activities that have taken place in the Middle East over the course of the last 72 hours” and that provocative actions had been happening for weeks.
  • Esper describes five targets in western Iraq and eastern Syria, and adds: “I would add that, in our discussion today with the president, we discussed with him other options that are available. And I would note also that we will take additional actions as necessary to ensure that we act in our own self-defense and we deter further bad behavior from militia groups or from Iran.”

Tuesday, Dec. 31: Embassy compound stormed

On Tuesday morning, Iraqi supporters of Kataib Hezbollah begin storming the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. The violence escalates, with militia members attempting to enter the embassy, starting fires and damaging the outside and a reception area of the embassy.

Trump has a meeting on the issue at his golf course, and speaks with the Iraqi prime minister. White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham says Trump is getting regular updates. “As the president said, Iran is orchestrating this attack and they will be held fully responsible,” she said. “It will be the president’s choice how and when we respond to their escalation.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he met with Trump about the situation.

Later on Tuesday, Trump threatens Iran.

Esper announces the U.S. will deploy an infantry battalion from the 82nd Airborne Division to the U.S. Central Command area. The decision is described as a precaution; about 750 soldiers at first and additional troops over the next several days.

Later that night, Trump speaks to reporters before attending a New Year’s Eve gala and is asked if he foresees going to war with Iran. “Do I want to? No. I want to have peace. I like peace,” Trump told reporters. “And Iran should want peace more than anybody. So I don’t see that happening.”

Wednesday, Jan. 1: Pompeo cancels trip

The secretary of state cancels his planned trip to Ukraine and four additional countries. He speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, among other regional leaders.

Thursday, Jan. 2: Esper’s warning; Soleimani killed

Esper gives a statement emphasizing that the U.S. “will not accept continued attacks against our personnel & forces in the region.” He also sends a message to U.S. allies to “stand together” against Iran.

Esper and Milley hold a press gaggle. Esper says there are some signs Iran may be planning additional attacks and delivers a warning. “If that happens, then we will act, and by the way, if we get word of attacks or some type of indication, we will take preemptive action, as well to protect American forces, to protect American lives.”

“So the game has changed and we’re prepared to do what is necessary to defend our personnel, and our interests and our partners in the region.”

Later that night, there are reports of a strike near the Baghdad airport — and early reports Soleimani was killed.

Eventually, the Pentagon confirms the events, writing that Soleimani was “actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”

The statement also said Soleimani had orchestrated attacks on bases and approved the attack on the embassy, adding, “this strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans.”

Friday, Jan. 3: Trump defends decision; world reacts

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A boy in Tehran carries a portrait of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in the U.S. airstrike in Iraq.

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Trump first addresses Soleimani’s killing by tweet, saying the general had been “plotting to kill many more” Americans.

Later, he speaks to reporters, defending his decision to order the killing of Soleimani. “If Americans anywhere are threatened, we have all of those targets already fully identified, and I am ready and prepared to take whatever action is necessary. And that, in particular, refers to Iran.”

Meanwhile, leading figures in Iran vowed revenge and demonstrators in Iran, Iraq and elsewhere condemned the attack.

Big questions remain, including how Iran could retaliate and what Trump’s broader plan is in the Middle East. Read more on that here, from NPR’s Phil Ewing.

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‘If You Are Wondering Who Benefits’: Weapons Makers See Stocks Surge as Trump Moves Closer to War With Iran

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Boeing commercial business is headquartered in WA, but the majority of their work in the state is for the commercial side of the business. Their Defense business is headquartered and operated in St. Louis where the F-15 and F-18 are built. There’s obviously other operations throughout the country like other large corporations, but they’re not creating WA jobs by getting more money for Boeing.

Additionally they get the vast majority of their revenues and profits from the commercial side most years, but that side has been hurting the last 2 years with how they fucked up with the 737.

I’m not discounting that Congress has royally screwed up with how they appropriate funds on the military. Most of the equipment that is bought is requested by the services, but they don’t get the advancement in tech that they want in lieu of congressional adds for more tanks or older generation equipment.

Point is people start on the weapons manufacturers anytime this stuff happens, but don’t actually understand that most of their revenues won’t see any marketable change outside of full blown conventional war with a country like China or Russia that requires constant churn of new equipment (most of which takes 2+ years to make).

The paramilitary contractors are a different story, they actually do see a huge spike in business when these things happen.

Edit: correction since I was speaking of the different headquarters of their two main operations and inadvertently referred to the overall corporation being headquartered in WA versus Chicago.

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Donald Trump’s order to assassinate Soleimani was more about grabbing headlines than foreign policy

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9 Apple AirPods tricks you’ll wish you knew before now

AirPods were a holiday season top seller, and if you haven’t already cut the cord on your earbuds, you can expect to do so soon. Small, sleek, and Bluetooth-enabled, AirPods have turned regular old earphones into dynamic devices in their own right, and they have only improved with each generation.

Yet, many people are concerned that AirPods may cause cancer since they are embedded within one’s ear canal, directly exposing the inner ear to EMF radiation. The proximity to the brain is also alarming to many scientists. Tap or click here to read the research 250 scientists presented to the United Nations and World Health Organization.

The earbuds are pricey, retailing from $159 to $259 on Apple’s site. But one clever Redditor built his own Airpods using parts purchased on eBay. Tap or click here to learn how he made AirPods for $4.

If you’re new to AirPods, here are 9 helpful tips that will enhance your auditory experience. I bet you’ll find more than one on this list you’ll use time and time again.

1. Use only one pod when in a pinch

Although you can expect your AirPods to last several hours on a single charge, here’s a clever, quick fix for when you’re in a battery pinch. Leave one AirPod in the charging case while you use the other. Swap them when necessary.

2. Put Siri to work for you

If you installed the latest operating system, Siri can read your incoming messages via your AirPods, using nothing but your voice. After listening to your messages, you also have the option to reply to texts with a voice command.

The latest models of AirPods let you summon Siri with the simple “Hey Siri” command. You can request Siri to help with any number of additional tasks, such as change songs, turn up the volume or get the weather forecast.

Do proceed with caution, though. Apple gives you the option to disable Siri’s audio collection. Tap or click here to learn which privacy setting you must change to keep Siri from spying on you.

3. Easily connect your AirPods to your various devices

Users routinely connect their AirPods to their iPhone, Macbook, iPad, and Apple Watch simultaneously. AirPods automatically switch audio between the two devices. But there may be occasions you want to put down your iPhone and use your AirPods to listen to the audio from your Mac or iPad.

The transition requires little effort if you pair your AirPods with your iPhone first. That’s the trick. This process connects the headset to your Apple account, which will allow the buds to work across all of your Apple devices.

To switch up devices open Control Center (swipe down the home screen on iPhone X or newer and swipe up on an iPhone 8 or older). Press down on the audio card in the upper right corner of Music and tap on the device you want to use.

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4. Share the AirPod love

Because AirPods are wireless, you can opt to share the earbuds with someone else when listening to music or watching a movie. Even if you receive a phone call while sharing your earbuds, you both can hear the phone conversation. Do keep in mind because only one mic is active at a time; only one person can speak to the caller.

5. Find your lost AirPod

AirPods are super easy to lose. If you need to replace one AirPod, a 2nd gen is $69 each, and an individual AirPod Pro is $89. Make it routine that when you are done using your AirPods, you drop them directly back into its charging case. Knowing that might not always happen, it’s essential to take precautionary steps now.

If you have the “Find my iPhone” feature activated on your portable device and have paired it with your AirPods, you can also use this feature to locate your lost earbuds. When you need to find missing AirPods, go into your iPhone Settings, and tap your name. Click Find My and enable Find My iPhone and Send Last Location.

6. Know who’s calling without looking

Thanks to your AirPods and Siri, you can hear who is calling without needing to check your iPhone. To enable this feature, go into your iPhone Settings and tap on Phone, then tap Announce Calls and select Always. Nice.

7. Use your AirPods with non-Apple products

Despite what you may think, AirPods are not exclusive to Apple products. You can use your earbuds with other iOS gear not logged into an iCloud account or with Android devices.

With your AirPods in the closed case, open the lid, press and hold down the pairing button on the back of the case. Launch the Bluetooth settings on your device, the select AirPods to confirm pairing. To re-pair with your iPhone when done, reselect AirPods within your iPhone’s Bluetooth settings.

If you’re wondering how AirPods compare to Bose, Beats, Echo and Sony’s similar products, tap or click here for my complete buying guide.

8. Turn your AirPods into a makeshift hearing aid

If you have ever had difficulty hearing someone during a conversation, AirPods can be your on-demand hearing aid. Apple introduced a feature, starting with iOS 12, called Live Listen. Once set up, you can place your iPhone closer to the person you want to hear, and the AirPods will produce clearer audio for you.

To set up this feature, go into your iPhone Settings and click Control Center. Select Customize Controls and tap the plus sign next to Hearing. When ready, place the AirPods in your ears, and either swipe down your iPhone X (or newer) home screen or up on an iPhone 8 or older and click the ear icon. Tap Live Listen.

9. Customize how you use your AirPods

Although the default double-tap settings on your AirPods are functional as is, you may wish to change them. It’s easy to customize both the double-tap or press-and-hold settings for either earbud.

With your AirPods connected to your iPhone or iPad, go into Settings and select Bluetooth. Click on the “i” icon next to your AirPods and choose the left or right to make changes. Options include play, pause, play genre and skip to next track.

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Mourners Chant ‘Death To America’ In Soleimani Funeral Procession

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of mourners chanting “America is the Great Satan” marched in a funeral procession Saturday through Baghdad for Iran’s top general and Iraqi militant leaders, who were killed in a U.S. airstrike.

Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds force and mastermind of its regional security strategy, was killed in an airstrike early Friday near the Iraqi capital’s international airport that has caused regional tensions to soar.

Iran has vowed harsh retaliation, raising fears of an all-out war. U.S. President Donald Trump says he ordered the strike to prevent a conflict. His administration says Soleimani was plotting a series of attacks that endangered American troops and officials, without providing evidence.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Mourners march during the funeral of Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani, 62.

An official with the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq said it has scaled back operations and boosted “security and defensive measures” at bases hosting coalition forces in the country. The official spoke on condition of anonymity according to regulations.

Washington has dispatched another 3,000 troops to neighboring Kuwait.

Soleimani was the architect of Iran’s regional policy of mobilizing militias across Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, including in the war against the Islamic State group. He was also blamed for attacks on U.S. troops and American allies going back to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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picture alliance via Getty Images Mourners stand next to a giant portrait for Qassem Soleimani during a funeral procession.

The mourners, mostly men in black military fatigues, carried Iraqi flags and the flags of Iran-backed militias that are fiercely loyal to Soleimani. They were also mourning Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a senior Iraqi militia commander who was killed in the same strike.

The procession began at the Imam Kadhim shrine in Baghdad, one of the most revered sites in Shiite Islam. Mourners marched in the streets alongside militia vehicles in a solemn procession.

The mourners, many of them in tears, chanted: “No, No, America,” and “Death to America, death to Israel.” Mohammed Fadl, a mourner dressed in black, said the funeral is an expression of loyalty to the slain leaders. “It is a painful strike, but it will not shake us,” he said.

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SABAH ARAR via Getty Images Thousands of Iraqis chanting “Death to America” joined the funeral procession on Saturday.

Two helicopters hovered over the procession, which was attended by Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi and leaders of Iran-backed militias.

The gates to Baghdad’s Green Zone, which houses government offices and foreign embassies, including the U.S. Embassy, were closed.

As tensions soared across the region, there were reports overnight of an airstrike on a convoy of Iran-backed militiamen north of Baghdad. Hours later, the Iraqi army denied any airstrike had taken place. The U.S.-led coalition also denied carrying out any airstrike.

The Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group of mostly Iran-backed militias, and security officials had reported the airstrike in Taji, north of the capital. An Iraqi security official had said five people were killed and two vehicles were destroyed.

It was not immediately clear if another type of explosion had occurred.

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Abdullah Dhiaa Al-deen / Reuters Soleimani, top commander of the elite Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards was killed in an airstrike at Baghdad International Airport on Friday.

Iraq, which is closely allied with both Washington and Tehran, condemned the airstrike that killed Soleimani and called it an attack on its national sovereignty. Parliament is to meet for an emergency session on Sunday, and the government has come under mounting pressure to expel the 5,200 American troops based in the country, who are there to help prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State group.

The U.S. has ordered all citizens to leave Iraq and closed its embassy in Baghdad, where Iran-backed militiamen and their supporters staged two days of violent protests earlier this week in which they breached the compound.

The British government has warned travelers not to go anywhere in the country except for the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, and there only for trips considered essential. In its advisory, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said the security situation “could deteriorate quickly,” saying citizens already in Iraq should consider leaving.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS The killing of Soleimani comes after months of rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran stemming from U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal and restore crippling sanctions.

No one was hurt in the embassy protests, which came in response to U.S. airstrikes that killed 25 Iran-backed militiamen in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. said the strikes were in response to a rocket attack that killed a U.S. contractor in northern Iraq, which Washington blamed on the militias.

The killing of Soleimani comes after months of rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran stemming from Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal and restore crippling sanctions.

The administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign has led Iran to openly abandon commitments under the deal. The U.S. has also blamed Iran for a wave of increasingly provocative attacks in the region, including the sabotage of oil tankers in the Persian Gulf and an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure in September that temporarily halved its production.

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picture alliance via Getty Images On Saturday, billboards appeared on major streets in Iran showing Soleimani’s face, many carrying the warning from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that “harsh revenge” awaits the US.

Iran denied involvement in those attacks, but admitted to shooting down a U.S. surveillance drone in June that it said had strayed into its airspace.

On Saturday, billboards appeared on major streets in Iran showing Soleimani’s face, many carrying the warning from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that “harsh revenge” awaits the US.

Iranian state television also aired images of a ceremony honoring Soleimani at a mosque in the Shiite holy city of Qom, where a red flag unfurled above its minarets. Red flags in Shiite tradition symbolize both blood spilled unjustly and serve as a call to avenge a person who is slain.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate in the country’s political establishment, visited Soleimani’s home in Tehran to express his condolences.

“The Americans did not realize what a great mistake they made,” Rouhani said. “They will see the effects of this criminal act, not only today but for years to come.”

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Thaier Al-Sudani / Reuters Global powers had warned Friday that the killing of Soleimani could spark a dangerous new escalation, with many calling for restraint

Global powers had warned Friday that the killing of Soleimani could spark a dangerous new escalation, with many calling for restraint. Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs, took to Twitter to reiterate the kingdom’s call for “self-restraint” to avoid “unbearable consequences.”

Another Saudi official confirmed to The Associated Press that the U.S. did not give a heads-up to Saudi Arabia or its other Gulf allies before carrying out the strike that killed Soleimani. The official was not authorized to discuss security matters and so spoke on condition of anonymity.

(El Deeb reported from Beirut. Associated Press writers Joseph Krauss in Jerusalem, Jon Gambrell and Aya Batrawy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Amir Vahdat in Tehran, Iran, and Zeina Karam in Beirut contributed.)

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Mourners Chant ‘Death To America’ In Qassem Soleimani Funeral Procession

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of mourners chanting “America is the Great Satan” marched in a funeral procession Saturday through Baghdad for Iran’s top general and Iraqi militant leaders, who were killed in a U.S. airstrike.

Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds force and mastermind of its regional security strategy, was killed in an airstrike early Friday near the Iraqi capital’s international airport that has caused regional tensions to soar.

Iran has vowed harsh retaliation, raising fears of an all-out war. U.S. President Donald Trump says he ordered the strike to prevent a conflict. His administration says Soleimani was plotting a series of attacks that endangered American troops and officials, without providing evidence.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Mourners march during the funeral of Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani, 62.

An official with the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq said it has scaled back operations and boosted “security and defensive measures” at bases hosting coalition forces in the country. The official spoke on condition of anonymity according to regulations.

Washington has dispatched another 3,000 troops to neighboring Kuwait.

Soleimani was the architect of Iran’s regional policy of mobilizing militias across Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, including in the war against the Islamic State group. He was also blamed for attacks on U.S. troops and American allies going back to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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picture alliance via Getty Images Mourners stand next to a giant portrait for Qassem Soleimani during a funeral procession.

The mourners, mostly men in black military fatigues, carried Iraqi flags and the flags of Iran-backed militias that are fiercely loyal to Soleimani. They were also mourning Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a senior Iraqi militia commander who was killed in the same strike.

The procession began at the Imam Kadhim shrine in Baghdad, one of the most revered sites in Shiite Islam. Mourners marched in the streets alongside militia vehicles in a solemn procession.

The mourners, many of them in tears, chanted: “No, No, America,” and “Death to America, death to Israel.” Mohammed Fadl, a mourner dressed in black, said the funeral is an expression of loyalty to the slain leaders. “It is a painful strike, but it will not shake us,” he said.

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SABAH ARAR via Getty Images Thousands of Iraqis chanting “Death to America” joined the funeral procession on Saturday.

Two helicopters hovered over the procession, which was attended by Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi and leaders of Iran-backed militias.

The gates to Baghdad’s Green Zone, which houses government offices and foreign embassies, including the U.S. Embassy, were closed.

As tensions soared across the region, there were reports overnight of an airstrike on a convoy of Iran-backed militiamen north of Baghdad. Hours later, the Iraqi army denied any airstrike had taken place. The U.S.-led coalition also denied carrying out any airstrike.

The Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group of mostly Iran-backed militias, and security officials had reported the airstrike in Taji, north of the capital. An Iraqi security official had said five people were killed and two vehicles were destroyed.

It was not immediately clear if another type of explosion had occurred.

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Abdullah Dhiaa Al-deen / Reuters Soleimani, top commander of the elite Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards was killed in an airstrike at Baghdad International Airport on Friday.

Iraq, which is closely allied with both Washington and Tehran, condemned the airstrike that killed Soleimani and called it an attack on its national sovereignty. Parliament is to meet for an emergency session on Sunday, and the government has come under mounting pressure to expel the 5,200 American troops based in the country, who are there to help prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State group.

The U.S. has ordered all citizens to leave Iraq and closed its embassy in Baghdad, where Iran-backed militiamen and their supporters staged two days of violent protests earlier this week in which they breached the compound.

The British government has warned travelers not to go anywhere in the country except for the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, and there only for trips considered essential. In its advisory, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said the security situation “could deteriorate quickly,” saying citizens already in Iraq should consider leaving.

No one was hurt in the embassy protests, which came in response to U.S. airstrikes that killed 25 Iran-backed militiamen in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. said the strikes were in response to a rocket attack that killed a U.S. contractor in northern Iraq, which Washington blamed on the militias.

The killing of Soleimani comes after months of rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran stemming from Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal and restore crippling sanctions.

The administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign has led Iran to openly abandon commitments under the deal. The U.S. has also blamed Iran for a wave of increasingly provocative attacks in the region, including the sabotage of oil tankers in the Persian Gulf and an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure in September that temporarily halved its production.

Iran denied involvement in those attacks, but admitted to shooting down a U.S. surveillance drone in June that it said had strayed into its airspace.

On Saturday, billboards appeared on major streets in Iran showing Soleimani’s face, many carrying the warning from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that “harsh revenge” awaits the US.

Iranian state television also aired images of a ceremony honoring Soleimani at a mosque in the Shiite holy city of Qom, where a red flag unfurled above its minarets. Red flags in Shiite tradition symbolize both blood spilled unjustly and serve as a call to avenge a person who is slain.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate in the country’s political establishment, visited Soleimani’s home in Tehran to express his condolences.

“The Americans did not realize what a great mistake they made,” Rouhani said. “They will see the effects of this criminal act, not only today but for years to come.”

Global powers had warned Friday that the killing of Soleimani could spark a dangerous new escalation, with many calling for restraint.

Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs, took to Twitter to reiterate the kingdom’s call for “self-restraint” to avoid “unbearable consequences.”

Another Saudi official confirmed to The Associated Press that the U.S. did not give a heads-up to Saudi Arabia or its other Gulf allies before carrying out the strike that killed Soleimani. The official was not authorized to discuss security matters and so spoke on condition of anonymity.

(El Deeb reported from Beirut. Associated Press writers Joseph Krauss in Jerusalem, Jon Gambrell and Aya Batrawy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Amir Vahdat in Tehran, Iran, and Zeina Karam in Beirut contributed.)

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Obama spotted paddleboarding shirtless during Hawaii vacation

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Former President Obama, who has spent the Christmas holiday with his family in his native Hawaii, was spotted paddleboarding in the Pacific this week.

The 44th president fell off the board a few times, but continued to paddle on, TMZ reported.

The Obamas have been staying in Oahu since Dec. 16. Their daughters Sasha and Malia visited for Christmas, but have since returned to the U.S. mainland, Hawaii News Now reported.

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Obama has also been spotted golfing on the island.

The former president posted Christmas and New Year’s messages on Twitter but has not forayed into politics recently.

Notably, he has not commented on the U.S. airstrike early Friday morning that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, which some Democrats have called a “declaration of war.”

At a private event in Singapore last month, however, Obama said, “I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on Earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything … living standards and outcomes,” BBC News reported.

Obama was born in Honolulu in 1961 and also spent some of his childhood in Indonesia.

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The Obamas currently live in Washington, D.C., and reportedly purchased a home recently on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts for $11.75 million.

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