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  • Scientists find female frog to save Sehuencas species

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    {{Environment}}
    {{date|January 18, 2019}} <!-- substitutes the date automatically; you don't need to modify the template -->

    Romeo the {{w|Sehuencas water frog}} (''Telmatobius yuracare'') may not be the last of his kind after all. After years<!--BBC 2018--> of searching, scientists from the {{w|Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d'Orbigny}} in {{w|Cochabamba City}}, have brought back five more specimens from [[Bolivia]]'s cloud forest, including two females, one of whom they have named Juliet.

    "The entire team was wet and tired, but we decided to look in one more stream before returning to the camp," reports team leader, herpetologist Teresa Camacho Badani. "We weren't too hopeful… but we took a chance anyway and after 15 minutes of searching, about four metres away from the waterfall, I saw a frog jump into a pond formed by the cascade."<!--Independent-->

    Until this report, Romeo was believed to be the only living Sehuencas water frog. He was collected ten years ago, when it was clear the species was threatened, but his caretakers had not expected it would take so long to find a female. His caretakers at the {{w|Cochabamba Natural History Museum}}'s K’ayara Centre publicized his plight, including making him a profile on the (human) dating site Match.com, which drew international attention.

    "Well hi there. I'm Romeo, a Sehuencas (pronounced 'say-when-cuss') Water Frog," read a Match.com profile established as part of a funding campaign, "and, not to start this off super heavy or anything, but I'm literally the last of my species. I know - intense stuff. But that's what I'm on here - in the hopes of finding my perfect match so we can save our own kind (no pressure ;))."<!--BBC 2018-->

    Juliet is being checked for a fungus called {{w|chytridiomycosis}}, which has infected many types of amphibians worldwide. Plans are to allow her to interact with Romeo in an environment conducive to mating. Hopes are high for the pitter patter of little tadpoles that may eventually be reintroduced to the wild:

    "We have a real chance to save the Sehuencas water frog - restoring a unique part of the diversity of life that is the foundation of Bolivia's forests," says Christ Jordan of {{w|Global Wildlife Conservation}}, "and generating important information on how to restore similar species at grave risk of extinction."

    The decline of South America's water frogs is attributed to habitat loss, disease, pollution, climate change and the introduction of trout.


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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url =https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/frog-romeo-mate-sehuencas-water-frog-endangered-extinct-bolivia-juliet-a8731256.html
    |title = Frog believed to be last of its kind has finally found a mate
    |author = Chelsea Ritschel
    |pub = The Independent
    |date = January 16, 2019
    }}

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46867424
    |title = World's 'loneliest' frog gets a date
    |author = Helen Briggs
    |pub = BBC
    |date =January 19, 2019
    }}

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-43004367
    |title = Race to find a mate for 'lonely' frog
    |author =
    |pub = BBC
    |date =February 8, 2018
    }}

    [[CAT:Species endangerment]][[CAT:South America]][[CAT:Biology]][[CAT:Environment]][[CAT:Bolivia]]


  • Bolivian scientists find female for world's lonliest frog

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    {{Endangered species}}
    {{date|January 18, 2019}} <!-- substitutes the date automatically; you don't need to modify the template -->

    Romeo the {{w|Sehuencas water frog}} (''Telmatobius yuracare'') may not be the last of his kind after all. After years<!--BBC 2018--> of searching, scientists from the {{w|Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d'Orbigny}} in {{w|Cochabamba City}}, have brought back five more specimens from [[Bolivia]]'s cloud forest, including two females, one of whom they have named Juliet.

    "The entire team was wet and tired, but we decided to look in one more stream before returning to the camp," reports team leader, herpetologist Teresa Camacho Badani. "We weren't too hopeful… but we took a chance anyway and after 15 minutes of searching, about four metres away from the waterfall, I saw a frog jump into a pond formed by the cascade."<!--Independent-->

    Until this report, Romeo was believed to be the only living Sehuencas water frog. He was collected ten years ago, when it was clear the species was threatened, but his caretakers had not expected it would take so long to find a female. His caretakers at the {{w|Cochabamba Natural History Museum}}'s K’ayara Centre publicized his plight, including making him a profile on the (human) dating site Match.com, which drew international attention.

    "Well hi there. I'm Romeo, a Sehuencas (pronounced 'say-when-cuss') Water Frog," read a Match.com profile established as part of a funding campaign, "and, not to start this off super heavy or anything, but I'm literally the last of my species. I know - intense stuff. But that's what I'm on here - in the hopes of finding my perfect match so we can save our own kind (no pressure ;))."<!--BBC 2018-->

    Juliet is being checked for a fungus called {{w|chytridiomycosis}}, which has infected many types of amphibians worldwide. Plans are to allow her to interact with Romeo in an environment conducive to mating. Hopes are high for the pitter patter of little tadpoles that may eventually be reintroduced to the wild.

    The decline of South America's water frogs is attributed to habitat loss, disease, pollution, climate change and predation by trout, an introduced specie.


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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url =https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/frog-romeo-mate-sehuencas-water-frog-endangered-extinct-bolivia-juliet-a8731256.html
    |title = Frog believed to be last of its kind has finally found a mate
    |author = Chelsea Ritschel
    |pub = The Independent
    |date = January 16, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url =https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/frog-romeo-mate-sehuencas-water-frog-endangered-extinct-bolivia-juliet-a8731256.html
    |title = https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2019/01/16/loneliest-frog-romeo-mate-mxp-vpx.hln/video/playlists/atv-trending-videos/
    |author =
    |pub =
    |date =January 16, 2019
    }}

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46867424
    |title = World's 'loneliest' frog gets a date
    |author = Helen Briggs
    |pub = BBC
    |date =January 19, 2019
    }}

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-43004367
    |title = Race to find a mate for 'lonely' frog
    |author =
    |pub = BBC
    |date =February 8, 2018
    }}

    [[CAT:Endangered species]][[CAT:FROGGY]][[CAT:Biology]][[CAT:Environment]][[CAT:Bolivia]]


  • Washington State officials say measles has reached outbreak status

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    {{Health}}
    {{date|January 17, 2019}} <!-- substitutes the date automatically; you don't need to modify the template -->

    Today, officials in {{w|Clark County}}, [[Washington]] in the northwestern [[United States]] announced that they have confirmed 16 cases of the {{w|measles}} since January 1 and suspect a few more.<!--Oregon Live--><!--KOIN's report from yesterday said the same thing but with lower numbers; measles moves fast-->

    "It's an outbreak because generally the way we define an outbreak is when you have more observed cases than expected cases and generally with measles the expected number is zero," reports Dr. Alan Melnick of Clark County Public Health. "You know, we have a very effective vaccine for measles. Two shots are 97% effective. We really shouldn't be seeing measles." He went on to describe measles as "a pretty nasty one" among vaccine-preventable infections.<!--KOIN-->

    All patients are children. Fourteen are known to have never received the measles vaccine and two have unknown vaccination histories.<!--OregonLive-->

    Officials are concerned because the children visited busy public places, such as the local airport and Costco.<!--OregonLive--> Measles is a highly infectious disease, and Clark County has one of the lowest student vaccination rates in Washington.

    The measles is an infectious disease with an average R<sub>0</sub> number of 15, meaning that each patient usually infects 15 other people while contagious. For comparison, ebola has a R<sub>0</sub> number of about 2.<!--SciAmBlog--> Measles often afflicts small children. According to Melnick, it killed between 400 and 500 people annually in the United States alone before the invention of a vaccine in the 1960s<!--KOIN-->, and ''Scientific American'' places the death rate at two million worldwide.<!--SciAmBlog--> People in developed countries are less likely to die of the measles today than in earlier times, but it still cause serious problems, such as swelling of the brain, hearing loss, and pneumonia. It is particularly dangerous to pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals.

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.oregonlive.com/clark-county/2019/01/clark-county-measles-outbreak-grows-to-16-confirmed-cases-5-suspected.html
    |title = Clark County measles outbreak grows to 16 confirmed cases, 5 suspected
    |author = Andrew Theen
    |pub = Oregon Live
    |date =January 17, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.koin.com/news/local/clark-county/14-measles-cases-confirmed-in-clark-county/1706700990
    |title = 14 measles cases confirmed in Clark County
    |author = Emily Burris and KOIN News staff
    |pub = KOIN News
    |date = January 16, 2019
    }}

    *{{source
    |url = https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/understand-the-measles-outbreak-with-this-one-weird-number/
    |title = Understand the Measles Outbreak with this One Weird Number
    |author = Evelyn Lamb
    |pub = Scientific American Blogs
    |date = January 31, 2015}}
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  • Lion Air disaster: Crashed jet's voice recorder recovered from Java Sea

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    {{date|January 16, 2019}}
    {{indonesia}}
    The [[National Transportation Safety Committee]] of [[Indonesia]] on Monday announced the {{w|cockpit voice recorder}} from {{w|Lion Air Flight 610}} has been recovered from the [[Java Sea]]. All 189 on the aircraft died when the flight came down last October.
    [[File:Lion Air Boeing 737-MAX8; @CGK 2018 (31333957778).jpg|thumb|left|250px|The aircraft photographed a month before the crash.{{image credit|[https://www.flickr.com/people/122786907@N03 PK-REN] via {{w|Flickr}}}}]]
    The device was located and recovered "broken into two pieces" from under eight {{w|metre|metres}} (about 25 {{w|foot (unit)|feet}}) of mud, according to investigators. The new {{w|Boeing 737 Max}} was not airworthy, investigators have said, and should not have taken off. It was commencing a journey from [[Jakarta]] to {{w|Pangkal Pinang}} and hit the ocean at speed shortly after asking {{w|air traffic control}} to return. It disintegrated upon impact.

    The location of the device, and the location of the {{w|flight data recorder}} recovered in November, were around 50&nbsp;m (165&nbsp;ft) apart. Authorities said they found human remains nearby the second recorder.

    Lion Air has been funding extended searches for both the recorder and outstanding human remains. The aircraft had been operating for days with a malfunctioning {{wikt|airspeed}} indicator; its {{w|angle of attack}} sensor had recently been replaced. Preliminary investigations suggest a new feature on the 737 Max, which had not suffered a crash before, was forcing the nose down in an erroneous attempt to prevent an [[aerodynamic stall]], while the pilots tried and failed to correct this.

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source|url=https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/01/14/breaking-lion-air-cockpit-voice-recorder-found.html
    |title=BREAKING: Lion Air JT610 cockpit voice recorder found
    |author=
    |pub=The Jakarta Post
    |date=January 14, 2019
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/14/lion-air-jet-crash-cockpit-voice-recorder-found-says-indonesian-official
    |title=Lion Air jet crash: cockpit voice recorder found, says Indonesian official
    |author=Kate Lamb
    |pub=The Guardian
    |date=January 14, 2019
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-46860074
    |title=Lion Air crash: 'Black box' voice recorder recovered
    |author=
    |pub=BBC News Online
    |date=January 14, 2019
    }}

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  • Iranian cargo plane crashes into Karaj houses,

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    {{date|January 15, 2019}}
    {{aviation mishaps}}
    A {{w|Boeing 707}} cargo plane, reported by local press as belonging to the [[Iran]]ian military, crashed into houses in {{w|Karaj}}, near [[Tehran]], the Iranian capital, yesterday<!--on Monday-->. All but one of the sixteen on-board died; no deaths were reported on the ground, with local media reporting no-one was in the houses.
    [[File:Karaj view1.JPG|thumb|left|200px|File image depicting Karaj.{{image|[[commons:User:Nedayealborz|mojtaba]]}}]]
    The aircraft came down into a residential area between {{w|foreign=suppress|Fath Airport}}, where it was attempting to land, and {{w|Payam International Airport}}. Fath Airport is owned by the {{w|Revolutionary Guards}}. State media reported the cockpit voice recorder was recovered. The army said the plane was bringing meat from {{w|Bishkek}}, [[Kyrgyzstan]] "to help the country's economy."

    {{w|Fars News}} said the crash involved pilot error.<!--sounds like the results of a thorough and detailed investigation, sure--> The lone survivor was a flight engineer. The entire crew were Iranians, the army said. {{W|Press TV}} said the crash was followed by a fire. Photographs showed the aircraft, ''sans'' wings, with the cockpit buried within a house and twisted engine parts strewn around.

    ''{{w|The Aviation Herald}}'' reported the failed landing at Fath, which has a much shorter runway than Payam, was a mistake and the jet was supposed to land at Payam. The industry publication stated the aircraft overran the runway and broke through a perimeter barrier. It cited the {{w|Iranian Air Force|Air Force}} as stating {{w|Saha Airlines}} owned the plane, and claimed a reported sixteenth death.

    In 2018 another aircraft confused the two airports, performing an emergency {{w|go around}} at "very low height" according to ''The Aviation Herald''.

    The Centre for Aviation's database of air carriers lists Saha as belonging to the Air Force and states it runs flights with Boeing 707s and {{w|Airbus A300}}s, but uses {{w|Boeing 747}}s for freight. Airfleets, a database detailing the aircraft operated by commercial carriers, states the aircraft uses the A300 and 747 as well as the {{w|Boeing 737}}. It does not, however, list any 707s. ''The Aviation Herald'' states the 707 was a freighter, despite photos showing a row of windows along each side; it lists a {{w|tail number}} of EP-CPP.

    ''Wikinews'' contacted [[Boeing]] in an effort to establish the plane's initial configuration when manufactured. Boeing did not release any specific information about the initial build, telling ''Wikinews'' the company "extends its profound condolences to the families and friends of those lost[...] as well as our best wishes for the recovery of those injured." Boeing referred to the 707 involved as a "cargo plane".

    Iran's air fleet is ageing, with sanctions restricting the purchase of both new planes and parts to maintain those already owned.

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    == Sources ==
    {{original}}
    *{{source|url=https://centreforaviation.com/data/profiles/airlines/saha-airlines-irz|title=Saha Airlines Airline Profile|author=|pub=The Centre for Aviation|date=Accessed January 15, 2019}}
    *{{source|url=https://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Saha%20Airlines.htm|title=Saha Airlines Fleet|author=|pub=Airfleets|date=Accessed January 15, 2019}}
    *{{source|url=http://avherald.com/h?article=4c2d9613&opt=0|title=Crash: Saha B703 at Fath on Jan 14th 2019, landed at wrong airport|author=Simon Hradecky|pub=The Aviation Herald|date=January 14, 2019}}
    *{{source
    |url = https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-iran-crash-airplane/military-cargo-plane-crashes-in-iran-15-killed-idUKKCN1P80EM
    |title = Military cargo plane crashes in Iran, 15 killed
    |author = Parisa Hafezi
    |pub = Reuters
    |date = January 14, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-46861324
    |title = Iran cargo plane crash 'leaves 15 dead' near Tehran
    |author =
    |pub = BBC News Online
    |date = January 14, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/14/middleeast/iran-cargo-plane-crash-intl/index.html
    |title = Cargo plane crashes in Iran, killing at least 15
    |author = Helen Regan, Shirzad Bozorgmehr, Jaide Garcia
    |pub = CNN
    |date = January 14, 2019
    }}

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  • Arrest made as mayor of Gdańsk, Poland stabbed on stage

    Pi zero: argh, another with no target


    {{date|January 14, 2019}}
    {{crime and law}}
    An individual has been arrested after [[Paweł Adamowicz]], mayor of the [[Poland|Polish]] city of [[Gdańsk]], was stabbed last night <!--sun-->whilst on stage at a fundraising event. He died today.
    {{QuoteLeft|We couldn’t win|4=Łukasz Szumowski on the failed efforts to save the mayor's life}}
    Reports on the implement used vary between a knife and a "sharp tool". The attacker is reported to have jumped on stage during the {{w|Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity}} and claimed he was wrongfully imprisoned under Adamowicz's former party {{w|Civic Platform}}'s time in government. Adamowicz was an early supporter of democracy, and has been mayor since 1998.

    Ex-Prime Minister {{w|Donald Tusk}}, the current President of the {{w|European Council}}, wrote "Let's all pray for Mayor Adamowicz. Paweł, we are with you." Tusk, a founding Civic Platform member, is from Gdańsk. Interior Minister {{w|Joachim Brudziński}} called the stabbing "an act of inexplicable barbarity." He said "I can’t find the words, an explanation, for this kind of act. Especially since the finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity has for the last 27 years always been associated with good, with something joyful, positive."

    The fundraiser was intending this year to obtain money for children's hospitals to buy equipment. It raises money annually to assist the nation's medical services.

    Brudziński said Adamowicz required resuscitation, and was in a "serious" condition; {{w|TVN24}} reported he received surgery. Prime Minister {{w|Mateusz Morawiecki}} [[twitter|tweeted]] "We are with Mayor Adamowicz in our {{w|thoughts and prayers}}." President [[Andrzej Duda]] remarked, "Today I am unconditionally with him and his loved ones, just as I hope all of us compatriots are. I pray for his return to health and full strength."
    [[File:Pawel Adamowicz by 1rhb.jpg|thumb|left|256px|Adamowicz from file, last year.{{image credit|[[commons:User:1rhb|Rudolf H. Boettcher]]}}]]
    Duda told local media Adamowicz's heart was restarted by doctors "and there is hope, but his condition is very difficult." Police spokesman Mariusz Ciarka said a press badge was used by the assailant, reported by ''[[The Guardian]]'' as convicted of assaults and by [[Associated Press]] of bank robberies, to gain entry. The detained suspect's identity is restricted to 'Stefan W' owing to Polish privacy legislation.

    Adamowicz was taken to the {{w|Medical University of Gdańsk}}, where Dr. Tomasz Stefaniak was met with applause early today upon announcing to journalists Adamowicz remained alive. "The next hours will decide everything," Stefaniak said. Politicians and the Archbishop of Gdańsk, {{w|foreign=suppress|Sławoj Leszek Głódź}}, were reported by local media to have visited the hospital while Adamowicz received emergency surgery.

    Adamowicz subsequently was announced to have died. Health Minister {{w|foreign=suppress|Łukasz Szumowski}} said "We couldn’t win," and the city flag is at half-mast. Gdańsk residents donated blood by the hundreds today in a bid to assist. Vigils nationwide this evening were attended by thousands.

    Adamowicz, 53, has supported [[LGBT]] rights and and the inclusion of minority groups. He recently condemned {{w|anti-semitism}} after vandalism against a synagogue in the city. Adamowicz was at the event after collecting money for the organisation in Gdańsk's streets alongside volunteers nationwide.

    A potential charge of murder against Stefan W carries a possible life sentence. Prosecutor Krzysztof Sierak told reporters today psychiatric assessments will be carried out to confirm if Stefan W is fit for trial.
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    == Sources ==
    *{{source|url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46867286|title=Pawel Adamowicz, Gdansk mayor, dies after stabbing|author=|pub=BBC News Online|date=January 14, 2019}}
    *{{source|url=https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/poland-mayor-dead-gdansk-stabbing-stage-charity-pawel-adamowicz-video-a8727126.html|title=Polish mayor dies after being stabbed on stage during Gdansk charity event|author=Samuel Osborne|pub=The Independent|date=January 14, 2019}}
    *{{source|url=https://www.apnews.com/966062c89bc9471e9add43945951bb49
    |title=Doctors fight to save Polish mayor stabbed in heart on stage
    |author=Vanessa Gera
    |pub=Associated Press
    |date=January 14, 2019
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/401288,BREAKING-Poland-shocked-as-mayor-stabbed-at-charity-event
    |title=Poland shocked as mayor stabbed at charity event
    |author=
    |pub=Radio Poland
    |date=January 13, 2019
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/13/gdansk-mayor-stabbed-on-stage-during-charity-event-in-poland
    |title=Gdańsk mayor stabbed on stage during charity event in Poland
    |author=Christian Davies
    |pub=The Guardian
    |date=January 13, 2019
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.itv.com/news/2019-01-13/gdansk-mayor-stabbed-on-stage-by-attacker/
    |title=Gdansk mayor in serious condition after being 'stabbed on stage' by attacker
    |author=
    |pub=ITV
    |date=January 13, 2019
    }}<!--seems to have some unattributed AP links-->
    *{{source|url=https://www.ksn.com/ap-top-news/poland-gdansk-mayor-stabbed-on-stage-at-charity-event/1700331960
    |title=Polish mayor stabbed on stage, condition very serious|author=Vanessa Gera ([[Associated Press|AP]])
    |pub=KSN
    |date=January 13, 2019
    }}

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  • Paris bakery explosion kills three, injures fifty

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    [[File:_105158962_fireparis.jpg|thumb|200px|The exploded bakery in France]]
    Three people, including two firefighters and one Spanish tourist, was killed on a bakery explosion on Paris's Ninth District. The explosion also injured dozens of civilians.

    Seen from the latest fragment, at the moment of the explosion, the scene rose and smoked. An Italian journalist, who had just lived in the hotel opposite the bakery, saw a lot of cars moored at the door of the bakery being blown to the side.

    After the firefighters arrived, the bakery was still on fire. The hotel room where the reporter was located was also seriously damaged. The hotel corridor was full of smoke and the guests were evacuated. As they passed through the hotel lobby, they saw the bakery exploding.

    As can be seen from another fragment, the firefighters sprayed water to the fire to control the fire; while climbing the ladder, evacuated the residents who lived at the scene of the explosion.

    The French Ministry of the Interior said that three people were killed in the explosion, two of whom were firefighters and a Spanish female tourist. She lived in a hotel near the bakery. Another 47 people were injured in the explosion, and 10 of them were seriously injured.

    The bakery was located in the ninth district of Paris and exploded on Saturday morning. The explosion was powerful, and the ground floor of the building was almost completely destroyed. The streets were covered with debris, the nearby cars were affected, and the shop windows hundreds of meters away were also damaged.

    The authorities dispatched more than 200 people and helicopter rescues. Firefighters set up ladders to open the throat to help rescue the upper floors of the buildings and evacuate the residents of nearby hotels. Some of the injured were transported by stretchers.

    The police initially pointed out that the explosion was caused by a gas leak and it is believed to be an accident.

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = http://std.stheadline.com/instant/articles/detail/908989-國際-巴黎麵包店氣爆最少2死逾40人傷+內政部長指情況受控
    |title = 巴黎麵包店氣爆最少2死逾40人傷 內政部長指情況受控
    |pub = Sing Tao News
    |date = January 13, 2019
    |lang=zh
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://news.tvb.com/world/5c3a86c5e603835b127522a4/
    |title = 巴黎麵包店疑氣體洩漏爆炸起火 目前增至3死約50傷
    |pub = TVB News
    |date = January 13, 2019
    |lang=zh
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/12/europe/paris-bakery-explosion-intl/index.html
    |title = Two firefighters killed, dozens hurt in Paris explosion
    |pub = CNN
    |date = January 13, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46849345
    |title = In pictures: Firefighters rush to Paris bakery blaze
    |pub = BBC News
    |date = January 13, 2019
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  • State-run bus crashes in Cuba en route to Havana, killing seven

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    {{date|January 12, 2019}}
    {{Road accidents}}
    A bus operated by {{w|Viazul}}, which is run by the [[Cuba]]n military's tourist section, crashed on Thursday between {{w|Baracoa}} and {{w|Guantanamo}}. It was carrying a mix of locals and foreigners from Baracoa to [[Havana]]. The crash reportedly killed seven.
    [[File:Viazul bus.JPG|thumb|left|250px|File photo of a Viazul bus in Havana.{{image credit|[[w:de:Benutzer:Escla|Escla]]}}]]
    The bus overturned<!--see the source photos--> in wet conditions; the bus driver told reporters he lost control, with some local press claiming he was attempting to pass another vehicle. The front-left section of the vehicle was heavily damaged<!--sources just say front, but just look at that pic at the top of Sky's piece, it's clearly focused on this corner--> in the rollover. At least one seat was pictured lying beside the wreck.<!--take care if copyediting; it looks torn out in the accident but could be cut free by rescuers--> According to reports, of the 40 passengers, 22 were Cuban.

    Foreign nationals were from [[France]], [[Mexico]], [[the Netherlands]], [[Canada]], and the [[United Kingdom]]. Four of the deceased were from overseas; they were two [[Argentina|Argentinians]], one from France, and a fourth from [[Germany]].

    The crash took place on a bendy road at around 15:00 local time. Cuban roads suffer a large number of accidents; 2018 saw 11,187 recorded<!--stands to reason--> accidents leading to 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries. [[Sky News]] said Thursday's accident was the fourth major bus crash in a month. In addition to the deaths, 33 were reported hopitalised with five seriously injured.
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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-46842861
    |title = Cuba bus crash: Foreigners among seven dead
    |author =
    |pub = BBC News Online
    |date = January 11, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://news.sky.com/story/britons-feared-dead-in-cuba-bus-crash-that-killed-seven-11604646
    |title = Tourists killed as Cuba bus crashes in wet weather - Brits among injured
    |author =
    |pub = Sky News
    |date = January 11, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/cuba-crash-brits-feared-dead-as-bus-full-of-tourists-crashes-killing-seven-a4036741.html
    |title = Cuba crash: Brits injured in Cuba tourist bus crash that killed seven
    |author = Patrick Grafton-Green|pub=Evening Standard
    |date = January 11, 2018
    }}

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  • Wikinews investigates disappearance of Indonesian cargo ship Namse Bangdzod

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    {{date|January 10, 2019}}
    {{Indonesia}}
    In late December, [[Indonesia]]n cargo ship {{w|motor ship|MV}} ''Namse Bangdzod'' vanished in local waters. The tanker, {{w|gross tonnage}} around 1,150 and loaded with crude {{w|palm oil}}, had over ten crewmembers. ''Wikinews'' examined data and contacted experts and local authorities in an effort to establish further details.

    The exact date of disappearance is unclear, with industry publications reporting either December 27 or December 28. Crew totals are also unclear, with both eleven and twelve reported by industry sources while ''{{w|The Jakarta Post}}'' reports a captain and eleven other crew. ''Wikinews'' has contacted the Command and Control Centre of the {{w|Indonesian Coast Guard|Coast Guard}} seeking to clarify, among other things, the date of the disappearance and is awaiting a response.<!--It's late at night in Indonesia when we who keep UTC are up and about-->
    [[File:Indonesia Sea and Coast Guard vessel KN Jembio underway, Dec 2017.jpg|thumb|left|250px|A file image of KN ''Jembio'', an Indonesian Coast Guard vessel.{{image credit|{{w|Indonesian Ministry of Transportation}}}}]]
    ''Wikinews'' is also awaiting responses from both the Coast Guard and the [[National Search and Rescue Agency]] detailing the efforts being made to find the ship, which was last known to be in the [[Java Sea]]. MV ''Namse Bangdzod'' sailed with cargo from {{w|Sampit}}, a port town on a river in [[Borneo]]; it was last bound for [[Jakarta]]. It is owned and operated by Indonesian companies and also registered in Indonesia. The 75&nbsp;{{w|metre|m}}<!--MarineTraffic--> (250&nbsp;{{w|foot (unit)|ft}}) ship was built in 1993 in [[Japan]].

    Ships broadcast their position and other information via both the {{w|Automatic Identification System}} (AIS) and the {{w|Long Range Identification and Tracking}} (LRIT) system. AIS is a ship-to-ship safety system, but can also be detected from further afield by satellites.<!--based upon general reading of the expert comments--> {{w|Marine Traffic}}'s AIS tracking database shows a reestablishment of AIS contact by MV ''Namse Bangdzod'' on January 6, with a pattern described by Marine Bulletin as "rather hectic and kind of confused". In addition to asking local authorities, ''Wikinews'' sought expert input on the AIS data.

    Dr. Tristan Smith of {{w|University College London}}, a shipping researcher with expert experience interpreting AIS results, explained to ''Wikinews'' that crews might turn their AIS transponders off on purpose for security reasons, such as "in certain sea areas where piracy is a risk" in order to "avoid attracting unwanted attention. This can involve them being turned off for several days at a time." Doug Miller of Milltech Marine, a firm specialising in AIS, told our correspondent an AIS transponder will broadcast automatically provided it has power and antennae, even if the crew abandoned the vessel.
    [[File:AIS Manche Est.png|thumb|left|250px|An exemplar image of movements within a busy shipping channel generated from AIS data.{{image credit|[[w:fr:user:Pline|Pline]]}}]]
    Baslan Damang, a security official from the port of departure, on Tuesday told ''The Jakarta Post'' radio broadcasts were being used to alert other traffic such as fishing vessels to look out for MV ''Namse Bangdzod''. He added authorities "are still waiting for updates on the tanker's condition, so please refrain from speculating that it had been hijacked". As of yesterday<!--Weds-->, no oil slicks or other evidence of accidents have been found along the scheduled route the vessel was due to take. A major search continues.

    Miller and Smith both acknowledged faults with the AIS system on-board as possible explanations, with Miller describing issues with the signal between the transponder and the satellite receiving it as one potential scenario for intermittent data reception. He too suggested a hypothetical scenario, in which "the AIS equipment has been tampered with or has been turned off for some of the time &mdash; either intentionally or accidentally or due to a power malfunction." Smith called the disappearance an "interesting" case; Miller said "It is a little hard to definitively say what's going on". Miller explained that while transponders generally transmit every ten seconds<!--he implied it was to be taken as read this incident would involve a Class A transponder; I don't know, so I'm hedging a little with 'generally'--> "even if the transponder is transmitting there is no guarantee that other vessels or MarineTraffic can see it". "It could also be a power supply issue or faulty transponder", said Smith.
    [[File:INS Trishul foils piracy attempt in the Gulf of Aden on 6 October 2017 (4).jpg|thumb|right|[[India]]n naval sailors conducting counterpiracy work in foreign waters, in this case the {{W|Gulf of Aden}}, from file.{{image credit|{{w|Indian Navy}}}}]]
    Smith told ''Wikinews'' "There are also some operations done on ships containing hazardous cargoes[...] where all risks of sparking/arcs need to be removed and radio transmitting equipment is sometimes turned off for this reason." He said this applied to product tankers, but the long duration of AIS downtime would in this instance be unusual if this is the reason. Smith had one more theory: ''Namse Bangdzod'' could be the victim of identity theft, with a second vessel conducting manoeuvres it wished to conceal while falsely transmitting information identifying itself as ''Namse Bangdzod''. Smith told ''Wikinews'' this might happen in cases of illegal fishing. He stated "In this scenario, it would normally be expected that both the legal and illegal transmission would be received but depending on how Marine Traffic handle this, it's possible the two signals could be confused."
    [[File:HMAS Maryborough arriving at Jakarta in February 2017.jpg|thumb|left|250px|File photo of an Australian naval boat in Jakarta.{{image credit|The Australian Embassy in Jakarta}}]]
    Smith drew attention to LRIT as another method for {{w|search and rescue}} personnel to find the tanker. Unlike AIS, which is a safety and tracking system, LRIT is used for maritime security by seagoing nations. Created under the auspices of the {{w|International Maritime Organization}}, LRIT allows states to examine data about ships bearing their flag, visiting their ports, or in or near their waters.

    Like all vessels exceeding 300 tons, ''Namse Bangdzod'' is required to transmit LRIT data. Search and rescue bodies can also access this information; Smith told ''Wikinews'' he believed this would include foreign navies with ships in the Java Sea. [[Singapore]], [[India]], and [[Australia]] have in the past conducted emergency searches of the Java Sea: All three nations offered military assistance after [[Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501]] vanished in December 2014.
    {{HYS question right|What has happened to MV ''Namse Bangdzod''?}}
    Marine Traffic's website's most recently publicly available AIS result, as of Tuesday, showed the ship underway a few miles off Jakarta. VesselFinder listed no AIS results for the last month. Vessel Tracker's database had no sighting of the ship within the last 59 days on Tuesday; the website noted the AIS signal received from Jakarta but declared the ship was not actually there. Maritime Connector has an entry for the ship in its database but has no location data available.

    Local authorities, according to Maritime Bulletin, have noted other unusual AIS data. The website yesterday <!--weds--> suggested piracy, perhaps to obtain the valuable cargo, is now the most prominent theory. The Indonesian Palm Oil Producers Association reports a value of [[US$]]473.60 per metric ton of crude palm oil as of November 2018, with the price decreasing that month.<!--JPost--> "Its plausible that an explanation [why] the AIS transponder is not transmitting is that it had been turned off by pirates who wanted to hamper the efforts of a rescue mission" Smith told ''Wikinews'' yesterday<!--Weds-->.

    Yesterday<!--Wed--> the Search and Rescue Agency told ''The Jakarta Post'' it was intending to end its search on the basis of piracy, which is outside its remit; the paper also spoke to the {{w|Indonesian Navy|Navy}}, who told it this was as-yet uncomfirmed and noted no ransom has been sought and the ship vanished from an area without previous piracy problems. Four Navy ships assisted by aircraft are searching. "We will continue searching until we find it," 1st Fleet Command's Navy Information Agency head Arba Agung told ''The Jakarta Post'', which also today<!--thurs--> reported location data falsely showing the ship in Sunda Kelapa Port after its inaccurate position in {{w|Jakarta Bay}} was recorded.
    {{haveyoursay}}
    ==Related news==
    *{{wikinews|title=AirAsia jet vanishes over Indonesia, 162 missing|date=December 28, 2014}}
    == Sources ==
    {{original}}
    *{{source|url=https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/01/10/the-curious-case-of-the-namse-bangdzod-mystery-shrouds-vessels-disappearance.html|title=The curious case of the Namse Bangdzod: Mystery shrouds vessel's disappearance|author=|pub=The Jakarta Post|date=January 10, 2019}}
    *{{source|url=https://maritimebulletin.net/2019/01/09/tanker-missing-in-java-sea-hijacked/|title=Tanker missing in Java sea hijacked?|author=Mikhail Voytenko|pub=Maritime Bulletin|date=January 9, 2019}}
    *{{source|url=https://maritimebulletin.net/2019/01/08/update-tanker-missing-in-java-sea-turned-into-mystery/
    |title=UPDATE: Tanker missing in Java sea turned into mystery
    |author=Mikhail Voytenko
    |pub=Maritime Bulletin
    |date=January 9, 2019
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/01/08/search-still-on-for-missing-tanker.html|title=Search still on for missing palm oil tanker|author=|pub=The Jakarta Post|date=January 8, 2019}}
    *{{source|url=https://splash247.com/indonesian-tanker-goes-missing-in-java-sea/
    |title=Indonesian tanker goes missing in Java Sea
    |author=Jason Jiang
    |pub=Splash 24/7
    |date=January 8, 2019
    }}

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  • Tennessee governor grants clemency trafficked woman who killed a john

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    {{date|January 8, 2019}} <!-- substitutes the date automatically; you don't need to modify the template -->

    [[Tennessee]] Governor {{w|Bill Haslam}} on Monday announced that he had granted clemency to {{w|Cyntoia Brown}}, now 30, who is serving a life sentence for the 2004 murder of a man who had arranged to have sex with her in exchange for payment. Brown was 16 at the time. She is to be released from prison on August 7 and remain on parole for ten years.<!--AP-->
    [[File:Governor Bill Haslam.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Haslam in 2012, from file.{{image credit|{{w|US Department of Agriculture}}}}]]
    "Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16. Yet, imposing a life sentence on a juvenile that would require her to serve at least 51 years before even being eligible for parole consideration is too harsh," said Governor Haslam, "especially in light of the extraordinary steps Ms. Brown has taken to rebuild her life. Transformation should be accompanied by hope." <!--CNN-->

    Brown was tried as an adult rather than in juvenile court. Prosecutors claimed the murder of 43-year-old Johnny Mitchell Allen was premeditated, that Brown shot him while he was asleep so she could steal his money, guns and truck. Brown's lawyers argued she was in fear for her life and only took Allen's money so she would not return to her pimp with nothing. <!--CNN-->

    {{w|WZTV}} news anchor {{w|Stacy Case}} remarked, "If Cyntoia Brown were tried today, legal experts say she would not have been tried in the same way[...] Our courts today would view her as a child [[human trafficking|sex slave]][...] she would be viewed as a victim[.]" <!--CNN-->

    Public figures such as {{w|Ashley Judd}}<!--CNN--> and {{w|Rhianna (singer)|Rhianna}}<!--AP--> had spoken of Brown's case publicly and asked for clemency. Brown's trial also inspired a documentary, ''My Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story'', in 2011 that contributed to discussion about Tennessee's view of sex trafficking and juvenile crimes. Tennessee's sentencing guidelines for juvenile offenders have since changed.

    "If you look at Cyntoia's original transcripts, they are peppered with the phrase 'teen prostitute,'" says Derri Smith of End Slavery Tennessee. "Well we know today there's no such thing as a teen prostitute ... because this teen may think that she decided this was her idea to be raped multiple times a day and give money to someone else, it's pretty clear there's an adult behind that who's manipulating and exploiting her."<!--CNN-->

    While in prison, Brown earned an Associate's Degree and has been working toward a Bacherlor's. <!--CNN-->

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = https://apnews.com/199ec93abff34bf2a6c79b0ec385419b
    |title = Haslam grants clemency to woman convicted as teen
    |author = Kimberlee Kruesi
    |pub = Associated Press
    |date = January 8, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/07/us/tennessee-cyntoia-brown-granted-clemency/index.html
    |title = Cyntoia Brown is granted clemency after serving 15 years in prison for killing man who bought her for sex
    |author = Mallory Gafas and Tina Burnside
    |pub = CNN
    |date = January 7, 2019}}
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  • Catalonia apartment block fire kills four, injures sixteen

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    {{date|January 7, 2019}}{{spain}}
    [[File:Incendi Marques de Mont-roig 5-1-2019.jpg|thumb|left|230px|The aftermath of the blaze, with firefighters still on scene.{{image credit|Ajuntament de Badalona}}]]
    An apartment block caught fire on Saturday morning in {{w|Badalona}}, a [[Catalonia]]n city around ten {{w|kilometre|kilometres}} from [[Barcelona]]. The blaze killed three, including a 92-year-old woman, and injured sixteen, including a baby.

    The fire service indicated on [[Twitter]] the baby girl was critically ill, while two adults were seriously injured. Local authorities indicated the most seriously injured adults escaped alive by leaping from windows to flee the ten-storey building. As of yesterday, no cause had yet been released for the fire by authorities in the [[Mediterranean Sea|Mediterranean]] coastal town.

    Firefighters put the fire out on Saturday<!--source image caption--> and were subsequently pictured searching the charred apartments. Windows were been broken out on multiple floors, with soot coating the outside of the structure.<!--look at the photos; not in source text-->

    A second fire on Saturday, eighteen kilometres away in a another block of flats in {{w|La Llagosta}}, killed another person, according to firefighters.
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    *{{source|url=https://www.news.com.au/world/europe/fire-kills-four-in-spain-apartment-baby-in-critical-condition/news-story/def00c927bf0e66e2d5070ed2c3c9057
    |title=Fire kills four in Spain apartment, baby in critical condition
    |author=[[Agence France-Presse|AFP]]
    |pub=News.com.au
    |date=January 6, 2019
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/four-die-in-spain-building-fires-baby-critical-11089180
    |title=Four die in Spain building fires, baby critical
    |author=AFP, aa, ec
    |pub=Channel News Asia
    |date=January 5, 2019
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.timesofmalta.com/mobile/articles/view/20190105/world/four-dead-baby-critical-in-spanish-apartment-fires.698458
    |title=Four dead, baby critical in Spanish apartment fires
    |author=AFP
    |pub=The Times of Malta
    |date=January 5, 2019
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/05/spain-fire-apartment-badalona-north-of-barcelona
    |title=Spain: fire kills three in apartment building north of Barcelona
    |author=[[Associated Press|AP]]
    |pub=The Guardian
    |date=January 5, 2019
    }}

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  • Trump says he might put the nation into state of emergency, so he can build wall

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    {{United States}}
    {{date|January 7, 2019}}

    [[United States]] {{w|President of the United States of America|President}} [[Donald Trump]] said on Friday he can and may declare a national {{w|state of emergency}}, which he said would allow him to act without approval from [[US Congress|Congress]] and allocate funding for the construction of a wall along the country's border with [[Mexico]]. The US government is currently {{w|United States federal government shutdown of 2018–2019|partially shut down}} because the president and Congress could not agree on a national budget. The President insists that the budget include funding for the wall, which was one of his campaign promises, but Congress has not passed his proposed budget.
    [[file:Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore.jpg|thumb|left|255px|File photo of Donald Trump, 2011. {{image|Gage Skidmore}}]]
    Trump said on Friday "I can do it [call a national emergency] if I want. I may do it." Trump also said that he would prefer to agree a solution with the opposition. He also said, "I never threaten anybody." He also claimed that the wall was a crucial part of America's border security. The {{w|Vice President of the United States of America|Vice President}}, [[Mike Pence]], said on Friday the United States is "in the midst of a crisis on our southern border." [[Nancy Pelosi]], the Speaker of the House, said on Friday "We are committed to keeping our border safe. We can do that best when government is open. We made that clear to the president."

    The {{w|Senate Minority Leader}}, {{w|Chuck Schumer}}, said on Friday "We made a plea to the president once again: don't hold hundreds of thousands of federal workers hostage" and "So we told the president we needed the government open. He resisted."

    {{w|Senate Minority Whip}} {{w|Dick Durbin}} and incoming chair of the {{w|US House Intelligence Committee|House Intelligence Committee}} {{w|US House of Represenatives|Represenative}} {{w|Adam Schiff}} both yesterday questioned the President's power to do as he proposed. Schiff called it "a non-starter". Durbin said "I can just tell you, I don't know what he's basing this on, but he's faced so many lawsuits when he ignores the law and ignores tradition and precedent and just goes forward without any concern".

    President Trump claims he would be okay if the impasse over the shutdown went on for "years." This lockdown started on December 22, last year. Some museums, the {{w|US National Zoo|National Zoo}}, and immigration courts have shut, with some people working in still-open services without pay. The {{w|Internal Revenue Service}} website advises citizens to continue paying their federal taxes. Some services are still open, including medical services {{w|Medicare}} and {{w|Medicaid}}. Federal courts are relying on non-government sources, like court fees, for funding.

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    == Sources ==
    *{{source
    |url=https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/424053-schiff-trumps-threat-to-declare-national-emergency-a-non-starter
    |title=Schiff: Trump's threat to declare national emergency a 'non-starter'
    |author=Alicia Cohn
    |pub=The Hill (newspaper)
    |date=January 6, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/president-trump/trump-says-he-is-considering-calling-a-national-emergency-to-build-the-wall/ar-BBRPbFu?ocid=AMZN
    |title = Trump says he is considering calling a national emergency to build the wall
    |author = Grace Segers, David Martin
    |pub = CBS News
    |date = January 5, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/04/trump-national-emergency-border-wall-1081666
    |title = Trump says he would consider declaring a national emergency to force border wall funding
    |author = Matthew Choi
    |pub = Politico
    |date = January 5, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url=https://www.cbsnews.com/news/government-shutdown-what-closed-open-affected-explained-post-office-irs-national-parks-2019-01-05/
    |title=Government shutdown:What's closed during the partial government shutdown?
    |author=
    |pub=CBS News
    |date=January 5, 2019
    }}

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  • Florida highway pileup, fire kills five children, two truck drivers

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    {{road accidents}}
    {{date|January 5, 2019}}

    A road accident followed by a fire on a [[Florida]] highway near [[Gainesville, Florida|Gainesville]] on Thursday killed five children in a church bus and two truck drivers. One {{w|semi truck}} and a car<!--"passenger vehicle", as the NTSB would call it--> broke through the center guardrail before colliding with other vehicles; around 50 gallons of diesel fuel, officials said, spilled and ignited.
    [[File:Florida I75sb Alachua County line.jpg|thumb|left|250px|File photo of Interstate 75 entering {{w|Alachua County}}.{{image credit|[[Commons:User:Mjrmtg|Michael Rivera]]}}]]
    The children were all from {{w|Marksville}}, [[Louisiana]]. The Avoyelles House of Mercy, a {{w|Pentecostal}} church, had been travelling 700 miles from Louisiana to {{w|Walt Disney World}}<!--in Orlando?--> and was within an hour of its destination. One truck driver was from {{w|West Palm Beach}}, Florida, the other from [[Albuquerque]], [[New Mexico]].

    The deceased were aged nine, ten, thirteen, two aged fourteen, 49, and 59. At least eight more people were hospitalized.

    The accident sequence began, {{w|Florida Highway Patrol}} described, in the northbound lanes of {{w|Interstate 75}} close to {{w|Alachua, Florida|Alachua}} when the initial collision between the car and truck occurred. After crossing the center divider, the out-of-control vehicles collided with the church bus and a second semi truck in the southbound lanes. The bus overturned, with occupants ejected; a southbound fifth vehicle was unable to prevent itself running through the debris. Reports indicate this vehicle may have struck victims lying on the roadway.

    According to eyewitness Vinnie DeVita, "within probably 15 to 20 seconds of it all, it exploded. I mean, just a ball of flames." DeVita narrowly avoided being caught up in the accident. The Alachua Sheriff's Office [[twitter|tweeted]] the response "required all hands on deck." Authorities stated the road was damaged by the fire's ferocity. Emergency workers have indicated a {{wikt|homicide}} probe is ongoing.
    {{QuoteLeft|Guardrails can only take so much|4=Troy Roberts}}
    Another eyewitness, Nicole Towarek, described extensive tire marks and "insane" heat. {{w|Florida Department of Transportation}} official Troy Roberts said yesterday morning the road itself, which is straight in the vicinity, will be examined as part of investigations. He said "Guardrails can only take so much." The guardrail would be examined, Roberts said, to determine if it had performed as designed. The state had lanes closed last night as it worked to repair the damaged surface.

    Also investigating is the Florida Highway Patrol, which is attempting to ascertain who, if anyone, is to blame. Meanwhile the [[National Transportation Safety Board]], commonly involved in major highway accident probes, was absent. It is presently unable to operate due to a shutdown of much of the Federal government in a budget dispute; however, its website notes that its operations center is still accepting accident notifications without specifying if this resource is operating 24/7 as it usually does.<!--One of the three revolving articles on the top of the homepage says this; the fact it is usually around the clock is mentioned on a static part of the homepage immediately below ("To report an incident/accident or if you are a public safety agency, please call 1-844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290 to speak to a Watch Officer at the NTSB Response Operations Center (ROC) in Washington, DC (24/7)."-->

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    == Sources ==
    *{{source|url=https://www.ntsb.gov/Pages/default.aspx|title=NTSB Home|author=|pub=National Transportation Safety Board|date=January 5, 2019}}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.gainesville.com/news/20190104/5-children-in-church-van-among-7-dead-after-1-75-crash
    |title = 5 children in church van among 7 dead after 1-75 crash
    |author =
    |pub = The Gainesville Sun
    |date = January 4, 2019
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://news.sky.com/story/seven-dead-in-florida-highway-crash-as-fuel-spill-sparks-massive-fire-11598408|title=Five children heading to Disney World killed in Florida highway crash|author=|pub=Sky News|date=January 4, 2019}}
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    |title = 5 Children Among 7 Dead in Fiery Fla. Highway Crash
    |author = Kelli Kennedy
    |pub = NBC Chicago
    |date = January 3, 2019
    }}

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  • Escape room fire kills five teen girls in Koszalin, Poland

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    A fire yesterday afternoon killed five girls, all aged fifteen, at an {{w|escape room}} the group was visiting to celebrate a birthday in {{w|Koszalin}}, North [[Poland]]. Following the fire, which also seriously injured a man, authorities are performing checks on all the nation's escape rooms.
    [[File:Osiedle Północ - panoramio - mistickoszalin (2).jpg|thumb|left|242px|Koszalin from file.{{image credit|1=[https://www.panoramio.com/user/3102972?with_photo_id=32022717 mistickoszalin] via {{w|Panaramio}}}}]]
    Escape rooms see participants locked into a space and given clues and a time limit to figure out how to free themselves. The enterprises have grown in popularity in recent years with reportedly over 1,000 in Poland which are especially patronised by teens.

    President [[Andrzej Duda]] said the victims were "joyful girls starting out in life [who] have had life torn away from them" in an "appalling tragedy" while Interior Minister {{w|Joachim Brudziński}} wrote he had ordered fire safety checks on escape rooms across Poland by the State Fire Brigade. He [[Twitter|tweeted]], "I want to express my sympathy and regrets to the families of the victims of the fire". Duda also characterised the deaths as "crushing" and wrote "May God protect their parents and loved ones."

    Tomasz Kubiak, a fire service spokesman, told [[Agence France-Presse]] the male victim is in intensive care with "severe burns". Police press officer Monika Kosiec stated police believe him to be aged 25. Kosiec revealed police have been unable to question him. State press agency {{w|PAP}} has reported being told off the record all five deaths were caused by {{w|carbon monoxide}} poisoning.

    In addition to the inspections Brudzinski also ordered the installation of safety improvements at the facilities. Mayor of Koszalin {{w|Piotr Jedlinski}} has declared tomorrow a day of mourning.

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source|url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46765692
    |title=Escape room fire kills five teenagers in Poland
    |author=
    |pub=BBC News Online
    |date=January 4, 2019
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/04/five-teenagers-killed-after-fire-in-escape-room-in-poland
    |title=Five teenagers dead after fire in 'escape room' in Poland
    |author=[[Agence France-Presse|AFP]]
    |pub=The Guardian
    |date=January 4, 2019
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/Teenage-Girls-Killed-Poland-Escape-Room-Fire-503916361.html|title=Police: 5 Teenage Girls Killed in Poland 'Escape Room' Fire|author=[[The Associated Press|AP]]|pub=NBC Chicago|date=January 4, 2019}}

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  • Nancy Pelosi again elected Speaker as 116th U.S. Congress sworn in

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    [[Nancy Pelosi]] yesterday<!--Thursday--> resumed the office of {{w|Speaker of the United States House of Representatives|Speaker of the House}}, being voted into the position by the incoming 116th [[United States]] [[US Congress|Congress]].

    The new members of the [[US House of Representatives|House of Representatives]], which include 235<!--CNBC--> [[Democratic Party (United States)|Democrats]] and 199 [[Republican Party (United States)|Republicans]], voted for Pelosi to serve as Speaker with 220 votes. Republican {{w|Kevin McCarthy}}, who held the post of Speaker this past term, received 192.
    [[File:Nancy Pelosi, official photo portrait, 111th Congress.jpg|thumb|left|Portrait of Nancy Pelosi taken for the 111th Congress.{{image|United States Government}}]]
    "I pledge that this Congress will be transparent, bipartisan and unifying; that we will seek to reach across the aisle in this Chamber and across the divisions across our nation," Pelosi told the public.<!--CNBC--> Guests at the swearing in included Pelosi's grandchildren and such celebrities as fashion designer {{w|Tim Gunn}} and {{w|Grateful Dead}} drummer {{w|Mickey Hart}}.

    President [[Donald Trump]] congratulated Pelosi, saying, "hopefully we're going to have a lot of things that we can get done together."<!--CNBC-->

    Pelosi has said her plans for the new term will begin with less controversial issues with which she could find common ground with Republicans<!--CNBC-->, but Democrats also plan to address the current government shutdown promptly.

    About a quarter of the U.S. federal government, 800,000 employees, is not in operation because President Trump and the previous Congress could not reach an agreement about the national budget. President Trump has said he will not approve a budget that does not allocate funding for {{w|Mexico-United States border|a wall along the country's border}} with [[Mexico]].<!--Guardian--> Pelosi has proposed legislation that would fund the government through September. For the budget to pass, it must also be approved by the [[US Senate|Senate]], which has a Republican majority, and it must be signed by President Trump.<!--Guardian-->

    Within her own party, the choice of Pelosi was not uncontested. Some called for younger leadership. Altogether, fifteen Democrats defected. Pelosi had agreed to support some of her opponents' plans, such as term limits for individuals serving as Speaker.<!--Guardian-->

    The 116th U.S. Congress has the greatest number of women, 102, and [[wikt:people of color|people of color]] in the country's history and also has the youngest average age.<!--Guardian-->

    Nancy Pelosi became the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House in 2007 and held the post until 2011.<!--Guardian--> The Speaker of the House is the third-highest ranking person in the U.S. Federal government and automatically assumes the presidency if the President and Vice President are both killed or incapacitated.<!--Whitehouse-->

    Unlike Senators, who serve six-year terms, members of the House are elected for two-year terms. As such, every member of the House is either re-elected or replaced during every federal election.<!--Whitehouse-->

    {{haveyoursay}}

    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/03/democrats-government-shutdown-congress-legislation
    |title = Democrats reclaim power as Nancy Pelosi elected House speaker
    |author = Lauren Gambino, Ben Jacobs, [[Associated Press|AP]]
    |pub = The Guardian
    |date = January 3, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/nancy-pelosi-trump-indicted-774413/
    |title = Nancy Pelosi Comes Out Swinging
    |author = Ryan Bort
    |pub = Rolling Stone
    |date = January 3, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/02/nancy-pelosi-voted-house-speaker-as-democrats-take-majority.html
    |title = Nancy Pelosi reclaims House speaker's gavel as Democrats prepare to take on Trump
    |author = Jacob Pramuk
    |pub = CNBC
    |date = January 3, 2019
    }}

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/the-legislative-branch/
    |title = Our Government: The Legislative Branch
    |author =
    |pub = Whitehouse.gov
    |date = January 3, 2019 (date of access)
    }}

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  • Male Magellanic penguins pine for pairings: Scientists report reasons for skewed sex ratio

    Blood Red Sandman: {{DISPLAYTITLE:Male Magellanic penguins pine for pairings: ''Wikinews'' interviews biologist Natasha Gownaris}}


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    In findings published on Wednesday in ''Ecological Applications'', scientists from the {{w|University of Washington}} and {{w|Center for Ecosystem Sentinels}} examine the reason for the plummeting numbers of female {{w|Magellanic penguins}} (''Spheniscus magellanicus'') that have been reported at the birds' breeding sites in [[South America]] for over twenty years.<!--UWash-->
    [[File:Magellanic penguin, Valdes Peninsula, e.jpg|thumb|left|A Magellanic penguin on the {{w|Valdes Peninsula}}. {{image|{{w|PenguinWaddle}}}}]]
    "Two decades ago, there were about 1.5 adult male Magellanic penguins for every adult female at {{w|Punta Tombo}}," postdoctoral researcher and study co-author Natasha Gownaris said in a press release. "Today, it's approaching three males for every female." The findings showed that a disparity in the death rate of juvenile and adult penguins, not differences in chick survival, account for this difference.

    Punto Tombo is one of the annual breeding sites for the species; it is in [[Argentina]]. The penguins travel thousands of miles each year to reach these sites.<!--UWash-->

    The work involved building population models out of over thirty years of data collected by tagging individual penguins. Findings also suggested that the pronounced sex disparity might make population models used to predict survival among other birds with a more even gender balance inappropriate for use on Megallanic penguins.

    The overall population of Magellanic penguins in Punto Tombo at one of their annual breeding sites in [[Argentina]] has declined 40% since 1987, and the male-to-female ratio has gone up a great deal.<!--UWash-->

    Since 1983, the research team has been putting stainless steel bands on tens of thousands of chicks hatched at the Punta Tombo breeding site in Argentina and noting which juvenile and adult birds make it back to the site the next year and extrapolating how many lived and died. Among juveniles, there was a 17% survival rate for males and 12% for females. Among adults, it was 89% and 85%. These effects became compounded every year, reaching as high as six males to one female among older penguins.<!--UWash-->

    The researchers noted implications for penguin conservation: "Over the years, this team has helped preserve the land and waters around breeding colonies like Punta Tombo," said Gownaris. "But now we’re starting to understand that, to help Magellanic penguins, you have to protect waters where they feed in winter, which are thousands of miles north from Punta Tombo."<!--UWash-->

    ''Wikinews'' caught up with Natasha Gownaris to learn more.

    {{WNIQ|Wikinews}} What prompted your curiosity about Magellanic penguins?

    '''Natasha Gownaris''':

    {{WNIQ}} How did you approach putting together such a large-scale study?

    '''NG''':

    {{WNIQ}} How much time did you end up spending in Argentina? What was it like at the breeding site?

    '''NG''':

    {{WNIQ}} Do you have any theories on why more female juveniles die at sea? You mention starvation; what might be the causes of that, and are there other possible explanations you can think of?

    '''NG''':

    {{WNIQ}} You suggest conservation efforts should look at protection of feeding grounds. What sort of measures do you think might be beneficial?

    '''NG''':

    {{WNIQ}} What do you think might be causing pressure on food sources for the penguins?

    '''NG''':

    {{WNIQ}} Have you noticed differences in behavior among the penguins as the ratios become increasingly skewed?

    '''NG''':

    {{WNIQ}} Your release mentioned sexing the penguins was problematic; how did you achieve it with confidence?

    '''NG''':

    {{WNIQ}} How well can you extrapolate population trends at Punta Tombo based on the birds you tagged? More broadly, how well do you think this work represents global populations?

    '''NG''':

    {{WNIQ}} In your opinion, for how much longer are penguin populations sustainable without intervention?

    '''NG''':

    {{WNIQ}} What are your next plans moving forward with your work?

    '''NG''':

    {{haveyoursay}}

    == Sources ==
    {{interview}}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.washington.edu/news/2019/01/02/single-male-magellanic-penguins/
    |title = The number of single male Magellanic penguins is rising at this breeding colony. Here’s why.
    |author = James Urton
    |pub = University of Washington News
    |date = January 2, 2019
    }}

    ==External links==
    *{{source|url=https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/eap.1826|title=Sex‐biased survival contributes to population decline in a long‐lived seabird, the Magellanic Penguin|author=N.J. Gownaris and P.D. Boersma|date=January 2, 2019|pub=Ecological Applications}}

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  • U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren announces candidacy in 2020 presidential race

    Blood Red Sandman: This one also escaped us. If only my new hardware had arrived 24hrs earlier.


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    Monday<!--Monday, December 31-->, [[Elizabeth Warren]], 69, a [[United States]] Senator representing [[Massachusetts]] announced her formation of an exploratory committee regarding a planned {{w|2020 U.S. presidential race|run for president in 2020}}.
    [[File:Elizabeth Warren--Official 113th Congressional Portrait--.jpg|thumb|left|Official portrait of Elizabeth Warren. {{image|[[United States Senate]]}}]]
    The announcement came in the form of an email accompanied by an online video.<!--ABC--> The content focused on economics. "America's middle class is under attack," she said in her statement on New Year's Eve. "How did we get here? Billionaires and big corporations decided they wanted more of the pie and they enlisted politicians to cut them a fatter slice." She provided charts and other images discussing the changes in the country's middle class and acknowledged the greater difficulties faced by people who are not part of the country's white racial majority.<!--Guardian-->

    Warren's political accomplishments to date include proposing what later became the [[Consumer Financial Protection Bureau]] and proposing legislation that would have required corporations to consider the public good. She has drawn criticism for claims she made many years ago about being part Native American, which earned her the nickname "{{w|Pocahontas}}" from President [[Donald Trump]]. Her release earlier this year of DNA test results that she presented as supporting this family claim brought words of censure from the leader of the {{w|Cherokee Nation}}.

    A Massachusetts newspaper, ''The Boston Globe'', expressed doubts as to whether Warren's run was a good idea: "While Warren is an effective and impactful senator with an important voice nationally, she has become a divisive figure. A unifying voice is what the country needs now after the polarizing politics of Donald Trump."<!--Guardian; per source these are words from their editorial board.-->

    In October, President Trump responded to speculation that Warren might run, saying, "I hope that she is running. I do not think she'd be difficult at all. She'll destroy the country. She'll make our country into Venezuela."<!--Guardian-->

    Charles Chamberlain of the group Democracy for America responded to the announcement with, "Senator Elizabeth Warren's formal entrance into the 2020 race for president today helps launch what we believe will be a vibrant discussion of bold, inclusive populist ideas in the Democratic primary, and we look forward to the wide array of progressive candidates that we expect to join her in it in the year ahead."<!--Guardian-->

    Per U.S. election rules, establishing a formal {{w|exploratory committee}} permits Senator Warren to begin soliciting campaign funds from donors.<!--Guardian--> She is also allowed to use the more than US$12 million left over from her last re-election campaign. Julian Castro, the housing chief under the Obama Administration, announced an exploratory committee of his own earlier this month, and Democratic Congressman {{w|John Delaney}} of Maryland has announced an actual intention to run.<!--Time-->

    Although U.S. law permits people to run independently, presidential elections are almost always won by a candidate endorsed by one of the country's two major political parties, the Democrats and Republicans.<!--Common knowledge, but take it out if you feel uncomfortable with it.--> Other Democrats rumored to be planning to seek their party's presidential candidacy include former Vice President [[Joe Biden]], former mayor of New York City [[Michael Bloomberg]], and senators {{w|Cory Booker}}, {{w|Kamala Harris}}, and {{w|Kirsten Gillibrand}}, and Independent [[Bernie Sanders]].<!--Guardian-->

    {{haveyoursay}}

    ==Related news==
    *{{wikinews|U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren releases DNA test results, asks Donald Trump to make promised donation|October 18, 2018}}

    == Sources ==
    *{{source|url=http://time.com/5490761/elizabeth-warren-president-2020-exploratory-committee/|pub=Time|date=December 31, 2018|title=Elizabeth Warren Just Took a Major Step Toward Running for President in 2020|author=Elana Schor of the Associated Press with Juana Summers and Steve LeBlanc}}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.wcvb.com/article/sen-elizabeth-warren-announces-presidential-exploratory-committee/25712048
    |title = Sen. Elizabeth Warren announces presidential 'exploratory committee'
    |author =
    |pub = ABC (WCBV5)
    |date = December 31, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/31/elizabeth-warren-2020-run-president-trump
    |title = Elizabeth Warren announces 2020 run for president against Trump
    |author = Erik Durkin
    |pub = The Guardian
    |date = December 31, 2018}}

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  • Magnitogorsk apartment building collapses after explosion, dozens missing

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    An apartment building collapsed on Monday in {{w|Magnitogorsk}}, a city in the {{w|Ural Mountains|Ural region}} of [[Russia]]. A suspected gas leak led to an explosion, followed by the ten-storey building coming down. A total of 39 are confirmed dead, officials told state media, adding that rescuers ended their work yesterday<!--on Thursday-->. Some reports suggest a deliberate criminal act.
    [[File:Magnitogorsk, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia - panoramio.jpg|thumb|left|250px|A file photo showing a view of Magnitogorsk.{{image credit|1=[https://www.panoramio.com/user/3557809?with_photo_id=105478158 АлександрВ.И.] via {{w|Panaramio}}}}]]
    The 1973 building was home to over 1,000<!--the source discrepancy appears attributable to the fact the building looks split into sections; collapsed section could reasonably house 110; 1,000 plus across all of them. Defining buildings is hard in cities where everything all mashes together.--> people; 48 apartments were damaged. Rescuers, working in temperatures well below freezing, according to the emergencies ministry recovered at least ten survivors from the debris on Monday. The building was evacuated. Over 1,000 rescuers responded.

    The {{w|Investigative Committee of Russia|Investigative Committee}} and the [[Federal Security Service]] (FSB) said they believe gas, which leaks relatively frequently in Russia, was the trigger for the disaster which occurred at 6am as many occupants slept. {{w|President of Russia|President}} [[Vladimir Putin]] was briefed, and flew to Magnitogorsk on Monday, observing the rescue mission and visiting the wounded in hospital. In a meeting that day he was told by Emergencies Minister {{w|Yevgeny Zinichev}} of "presumably between 36 and 40 people under the rubble", while {{w|Chelyabinsk}} regional Deputy Governor {{w|Oleg Klimov}} indicated 68 people were missing.

    {{w|Search and rescue}} was suspended on Tuesday, with Zinichev describing the "real threat of [another] part of the building collapsing" as making it "impossible to continue working in such conditions", and work launched to stabilise the remaining structure. He estimated this would take 24 hours. Cranes were used to hoist workers into position to demolish sections deemed dangerous. Rescue work resumed on Wednesday, with additional bodies recovered increasing the confirmed death toll from fourteen to 31.
    [[File:Президент провёл оперативное совещание в штабе МЧС в Магнитогорске 2.jpg|thumb|left|250px|President Putin pictured in Magnitigorsk after arriving there in response to the disaster.{{image credit|Администрация Президента России}}]]
    "The search and rescue operation is complete," Deputy Emergency Situations Minister {{w|Alexander Chupriyan}} told {{w|TASS}} on Wednesday. Chelyabinsk's governor has promised each victim will be subject to a payout of one million {{w|Russian ruble|rubles}}.

    Health Minister {{w|Veronika Skvortsova}} indicated on Monday the chances of those trapped being found alive were already diminishing. On Tuesday an eleven-month-old boy, identified only as Ivan, was rescued alive and flown to [[Moscow]] for treatment of injuries including [[frostbite]], leg fractures, and head trauma. He was found under rubble, still in his cot after having been trapped for over 30 hours. Ivan's condition was on Wednesday reported to not be life-threatening.

    The Emergencies Ministry said six deaths were of children.

    On the night of Monday to Tuesday another explosion hit a gas-powered minibus in the city. Officials said three people died; their identities were not provided. Both explosions took place on Karl Marx Avenue, within two miles of each other.
    [[File:Президент провёл оперативное совещание в штабе МЧС в Магнитогорске.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Officials including Putin at a meeting in Magnitogorsk on Monday.{{image credit|Администрация Президента России}}]]{{QuoteLeft|It's impossible to continue working in such conditions|4=Zinichev calling a temporary halt to rescue work ahead of emergency stabilisation works}}
    The FSB denies the two explosions are related; reports describe speculation the disaster's cause was not in fact a gas leak. One news site, Znak.com, claims FSB sources have ascribed the explosion to terrorism. The Investigative Committee says it has found no trace of explosives despite Znak.com claiming an anonymous source described a second-floor apartment being used as an explosives depot ahead of a planned shopping centre bombing. Znak.com further reported its source said that apartment's tenant moved in the day before the blast.

    Regional governor {{w|Boris Dubrovsky}} said FSB officers were present where the minibus exploded outside the local administrative building, but said this too was unrelated to the other explosion. Znak.com reported its source said "three terrorists" were killed in a firefight on Monday night, while footage from the scene showed the vehicle burn amid what sounds like gunfire.

    The website further reported its anonymous source claimed a fourth offender escaped and remains wanted. Monday saw armed police with dogs searching a second apartment block in Magnitigorsk. Residents there told the press the officers claimed to be seeking a bomb.

    {{haveyoursay}}

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    == Sources ==
    *{{source|url=https://themoscowtimes.com/news/rescuers-end-search-at-magnitogorsk-building-collapse-site-final-death-toll-39-64033|title=Rescuers End Search at Magnitogorsk Building Collapse Site, Final Death Toll 39|author=|pub=The Moscow Times|date=January 3, 2019}}
    *{{source|url=https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/02/magnitogorsk-russian-investigators-deny-explosives-caused-building-collapse|title=Russian investigators deny explosives caused deadly building blast|author=Marc Bennets|pub=The Guardian|date=January 2, 2019}}
    *{{source|url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46734925|title=Russia Magnitogorsk blast: Death toll rises to 21|author=|pub=BBC News Online|date=January 2, 2019}}
    *{{source|url=https://www.pulse.ng/news/world/collapse-threat-halts-hunt-for-survivors-of-russia-high-rise-blast/yn68f6z|title=Collapse 'threat' halts hunt for survivors of Russia high-rise blast|author=[[Agence France-Presse|AFP]]|pub=Pulse Nigeria|date=January 1, 2019}}
    *{{source|url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46728114|title=Magnitogorsk blast: Boy found alive in rubble flown to Moscow|author=|pub=BBC News Online|date=January 1, 2019}}
    *{{source|url=https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/31/europe/magnitogorsk-russia-explosion-intl/index.html|title=8 dead, 36 missing in Russian apartment block explosion|author= Joshua Berlinger|pub=CNN|date=January 1, 2019}}
    *{{source|url=https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/russia-apartment-explosion-at-least-four-dead-and-68-missing-after-tower-block-collapses-a4027581.html|title=Russia apartment explosion: At least four dead and 68 missing after tower block collapses|author=Patrick Grafton-Green|pub=The Evening Standard|date=December 31, 2018}}
    *{{source|url=https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/russia-dozens-missing-deadly-apartment-collapse-181231094035213.html
    |title=Russia: Dozens missing after deadly apartment collapse
    |author=
    |pub=al-Jazeera
    |date=December 31, 2018
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-magnitogorsk-house/at-least-two-die-in-russias-high-rise-apartment-collapse-reports-idUSKCN1OU061
    |title=Four dead, dozens trapped under rubble after Russian gas blast: agencies
    |author=Vladimir Soldatkin, Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber, Richard Balmforth, Robin Pomeroy
    |pub=Reuters
    |date=December 31, 2018
    }}

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  • Indian parliament's lower house passes Triple Talaq bill

    Blood Red Sandman: Per this message on my talk, it seems best to refocus on the upcoming action in the upper house and keep the current material for background


    {{stale}}{{date|December 30, 2018}}{{Crime and law}}
    On Thursday, the lower house of the [[India]]n parliament, the {{w|Lok Sabha}} passed the bill to criminalise ''{{w|triple talaq}}'', an [[Shari'a|Islamic law]] which allows men to divorce their wives instantly without the need of a judicial hearing. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, was passed with 245&ndash;11 majority. The hearing went on for five hours and opposing parties including [[Indian National Congress|Congress]], {{w|All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam|AIADMK}}, and {{w|Rashtriya Janta Dal}} (RJD) did not participate in voting.

    ''Talaq'' allows a husband to effect a divorce solely by saying ''talaq'' thrice. Muslim women who are against this law say it ruins their lives and is against gender equality.<!-- see related news' third para -->

    ''Talaq'' is an Arabic word which translates to repudiation or divorce. It is a right limited to the Muslim men. The announcement must be clear and unambiguous but it does not require a judicial hearing. There is a waiting time of three months &ndash; or, precisely, three menstrual cycles; called ''{{w|Iddah}}'' &mdash; in which the husband can change his decision. Once the divorce is final, it is the responsibility of the husband to pay his wife a certain sum, known as ''{{w|Mahr}}''. ''Mahr'' is declared at the time of marriage, and the husband only need pay it if ''Mahr'' was not paid before. The husband does have some continuing financial obligations to his ex-wife during ''Iddah'' and if she is pregnant, the husband must look after her until the child is born. <!-- see related news' fourth para -->

    The Muslim Women (Protection of the Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 criminalises ''triple talaq'', makes the divorce "null" and "void", and makes its use punishable by a three-year prison sentence. If this bill is passed and comes in effect, it is to replace last year's bill. Last year's bill against ''triple talaq'' made it a non-bailable and punishable offence. This bill introduces limitations that only the wife or her close relatives can open a police complaint if the husband had pronounced "talaq" thrice to divorce his wife. The wife can also pull out of the case if the couple can settle the case themselves. If passed the law would be applicable to all the states of India except Jammu and Kashmir where {{w|Ranbir Penal Code}} is applicable instead of {{w|Indian Penal Code}}.

    The Indian Supreme Court began the hearing against ''triple talaq'' in May 2017 and later ruled it was unconstitutional. The 2018's bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 17 after the ordinance in September. Ordinance in India has a validity of six months.

    President Amit Shah of the ruling party, {{w|Bharatiya Janta Party}} (BJP), congratulated his government <!-- N Modi is of BJP, see [[BJP's Narendra Modi elected new prime minister of India]] --> on [[twitter]] and said, "This is a historic step ensuring equality and dignity for the Muslim women. Congress and other parties must apologise for decades of injustice towards Muslim women."

    Voices opposing the bill, including Congress, {{w|Communist Party of India}}, {{w|Samajwadi Party}}, {{w|Biju Janata Dal}} and {{w|All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen}} (AIMIM) cited freedom of religion granted by the constitution of India to oppose the bill. Article 25 of the Indian constitution states "all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practice and propagate religion".

    Mallikarjun Karge, a member of congress said, "This is a very important bill which needs detailed study. It is also a constitutional matter. I request he bill be sent to joint select committee". He also said, "We will discuss the bill. The government shouldn't interfere in religious matters".

    {{w|Meenakshi Lekhi}}, a member of BJP said, "Our constitution talks about a uniform civil code and not a uniform religious code. Do we want to create a society where men have he sole right to divorce Women whenever they want, a society where men can change wives like clothes". She questioned "in which ''suraa of the Qur'an is ''talaq-e-biddat'' mentioned" and said: "This is not he vs she, these are issues of human rights violation".

    People opposing the bill also raised concerns about the effectiveness of the bill. Sushmita Devi, a member of parliament of Congress said: "This law is not about empowering a Muslim woman, it is a bill that only penalises a Muslim man. In the name of power, you are giving the Muslim woman nothing but a criminal case".

    Congress politician {{w|Shashi Tharoor}} said this bill "conflates civil law with criminal law by criminalising a wrong form of divorce and by criminalising an act which is legally null and void".

    President of AIMIM {{w|Asaduddin Owaisi}} compared the punishment term of three-year sentencing with that of hit-and-run case which is just two years in prison. He also said, "If he [the husband] is sent for three years in jail, then how will he earn to provide an allowance to his wife and children?"

    Lekhi argued in favour of bill stating "no woman wants to get divorced &mdash; I say this as a woman. We think that marriage is for life. We speak about marriage, not of divorce." She also said women "want to lead a happy married life with their family. Be it Christian, Hindu, and Muslim, women mostly want to save their marriage. Men, on the other hand, have been seen to divorce women over most trivial cases".

    While the debate of protection of interests of the people of minority religion vs rights of women were discussed, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "Don't weigh the bill on the scales of politics. The bill is about humanity and justice." Prasad also said "20 Islamic nations have banned ''triple talaq'', then why can't a secular nation like India [ban it]? I request that this should not be looked through prism of politics [...] this bill is for the rights of women and about justice".

    The bill is to be discussed in the upper house of the parliament: the {{w|Rajya Sabha}} on Monday. The BJP and [[Hindu]] nationalist party {{W|Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh}} (RSS) is minority in the upper house.
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    == Related news ==

    * {{wikinews|Supreme Court of India begins hearing against triple talaq|May 12, 2017}}

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    |pub = Government of India
    |date = December 30, 2018 (date of access)
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    |title = Rajya Sabha to discuss Triple Talaq Bill tomorrow, BJP, Cong issue whips
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    |pub = Hindustan Times
    |date = December 30, 2018
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    *{{source
    |url = https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/lok-sabha-passes-the-triple-talaq-bill/article22319663.ece
    |title = Lok Sabha passes triple talaq bill
    |author = Sandeep Phukan
    |pub = The Hindu
    |date = December 29, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
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    |title = Won't allow passage of triple talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha, says Congress
    |author = {{w|Press Trust of India|PTI}}
    |pub = The Hindu
    |date = December 29, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://indianexpress.com/article/india/lok-sabha-makes-triple-talaq-a-criminal-offence-all-you-need-to-know/
    |title = Lok Sabha clears Triple Talaq bill: All you need to know
    |author =
    |pub = The Indian Express
    |date = December 28, 1028
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://indianexpress.com/article/india/lok-sabha-passes-triple-talaq-your-faith-is-faith-mine-is-not-asks-owaisi-5512624/
    |title = Triple talaq: Your faith is faith, mine is not? asks Owaisi
    |author =
    |pub = The Indian Express
    |date = December 28, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/lok-sabha-clears-triple-talaq-bill-as-opposition-walks-out-1418630-2018-12-28
    |title = Lok Sabha clears Triple Talaq Bill as opposition walks out
    |author = Mausami Singh and Supriya Bhardwaj
    |pub = India Today
    |date = December 28, 2018
    }}
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    |url = https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/world-digest-dec-27-2018/2018/12/27/70c04830-09e9-11e9-a3f0-71c95106d96a_story.html
    |title = World Digest: Dec. 27, 2018
    |author =
    |pub = The Washington Post
    |date = December 27, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-20-islamic-nations-have-banned-triple-talaq-why-can-t-we-ravi-shankar-prasad-2700946
    |title = 20 Islamic nations have banned Triple Talaq, why can’t we: Ravi Shankar Prasad
    |author =
    |pub = Daily News and Analysis
    |date = December 27, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/triple-talaq-bill-not-about-he-vs-she-bjp-leader-meenakshi-lekhi-1968932
    |title = Triple Talaq Bill Not About "He Vs She": BJP Leader Meenakshi Lekhi
    |author =
    |pub = NDTV
    |date = December 27, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
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    |title = BJP says big day for Muslim women, Congress responds don't politicise religious matter
    |author = {{w|Press Trust of India|PTI}}
    |pub = India Today
    |date = December 27, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
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    |title = Triple Talaq About Woman Empowerment, Not Politics: Ravi Shankar Prasad
    |author = {{w|Press Trust of India|PTI}}
    |pub = NDTV
    |date = December 27, 2018
    }}
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    |title = 'Triple Talaq bill not against any religion,' says Prasad as debate begins in Lok Sabha
    |author =
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    |date = December 27, 2018
    }}
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    |title = Amit Shah on Twitter
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    |pub = Twitter
    |date = December 27, 2018
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  • Scottish Borders minibus crash kills one, injures 23

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    {{date|December 31, 2018}}{{Scotland}}
    A minibus overturned on the A6089 road between {{w|Gordon, Scottish Borders|Gordon}} and Carfraemill in the {{w|Scottish Borders}} on Saturday night. The rural accident killed one man and injured 23 more.
    [[File:The road to Kelso - geograph.org.uk - 842217.jpg|thumb|left|250px|A file photo of the A6089 near Gordon.{{image credit|[https://www.geograph.org.uk/profile/21251 James Denham] via the {{w|Geograph}} project}}]]
    The bus was reportedly carrying an all-male group from {{w|Newtongrange}} to {{w|Kelso, Scottish Borders|Kelso}}. Following the accident, local authorities declared a major incident, with [[Police Scotland]], the [[Scottish Ambulance Service]], the [[Scottish Fire and Rescue Service]], {{w|NHS Scotland}}, and Scottish Borders Council all collaborating on the response.

    Per the reports, an air ambulance ferried one survivor to [[Glasgow]]'s {{w|Queen Elizabeth University Hospital}}; fourteen casualties were taken to {{w|Borders General Hospital}} in {{w|Melrose, Scottish Borders|Melrose}}; and eight were taken to [[Edinburgh]] {{w|Edinburgh Royal Infirmary|Royal Infirmary}}. The minibus held 23 passengers plus a driver.<!--Significant in that nobody was uninjured--> Authorities closed the road after the crash at around 10:50am, reopening it at 9:00pm.

    59-year-old {{w|East Lothian}} man Ross Jones Barker has been identified as the man killed at the accident location. Barker and some other passengers were traveling to Kelso to attend the Kelso Races, a local horse race. Images of the bus showed it upended in a field perpendicular to the road, with extensive crush damage to the roof.<!--Not in source text; this is one of those where I've used the photos in the sources to provide details--> BBC reported the minibus left tyre marks on the road.

    {{w|Traffic Scotland}} took to [[Twitter]] on the day of the accident to warn of strong wind gusts affecting driving in the area. The road has a poor safety reputation among locals, who know it for its multiple {{w|blind corner#varients|blind summits}}. Police Scotland's Road Policing Unit carried out on-site investigations and was working to establish the circumstances. The vehicle has since been righted <!--see images--> and {{w|Vehicle recovery|recovered}}.

    Reverend Malcolm Muir of Newtongrange described "a solemnity across the village at the moment" in the "tight-knit community" which "has a very strong sense of identity."

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    |title = Police name man who died when minibus overturned in the Scottish Borders as Ross Jones Barker
    |author = Stephen Naysmith
    |pub = Herald Scotland
    |date = December 30, 2018
    }}
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    |title = One dead, 23 in hospital after bus overturns in Scottish borders
    |author =
    |pub = The Daily Telegraph
    |date = December 30, 2018
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    |title = Police name victim of fatal minibus crash in Borders
    |author =
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    |date = December 30, 2018
    }}
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    |title = One passenger dead and 23 in hospital after bus overturns in Scottish Borders
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  • Political writer Bre Payton dies suddenly

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    {{date|December 30, 2018}}
    {{obituary}}

    {{w|Bre Payton}}, a 26 year old [[United States|U.S.]] writer for the {{w|Conservatism in the United States|conservative}} online magazine ''{{w|The Federalist (website)|The Federalist}}'', and recurring pundit on the {{w|Fox News}}, {{w|Fox Business Network|Fox Business}} and {{w|One America News Network|One America News}} networks, died suddenly on Friday in [[San Diego]], [[California]], after contracting {{w|Influenza A virus subtype H1N1|H1N1 flu}} and {{w|encephalitis}}. Colleagues reacted with surprise to the death and recalled Payton's work ethic, [[Christianity|Christian]] beliefs, and physical attractiveness. News of the death spread virally, becoming the sixth most trending topic in the United States on {{w|Google}} for the day.
    [[File:BrePayton.png|thumb|left|Bre Payton publicity photo {{image|The Federalist}}]]
    According to an account on ''Caring Bridge'', a day after she appeared on ''One America News'' on Wednesday, Payton was found unresponsive. She was hospitalized and admitted into the {{w|intensive care unit}}. After tests, doctors made the diagnoses. Her condition worsened until she died.

    "We are devastated," [[twitter|tweeted]] ''The Federalist'' publisher {{w|Ben Domenech}}, "Last we saw her, she was her funny, smart, vivacious self. Now lost to us so suddenly."

    In a piece published yesterday<!--on Saturday-->, Domenech reflected on Payton's role as a young conservative woman and described her as "distractingly beautiful for the men of [[Washington D.C.]] [...] smarter than all of them, [and] would outwork them and outresearch them and outreport them".

    Payton joined the ''The Federalist'' in April 2015 after graduating from {{w|Patrick Henry College}}. In addition to ''One America News'', she appeared on the Fox shows ''{{w|Your World with Neil Cavuto}}'', ''{{w|foreign=suppress|Trish Regan Primetime}}'', ''{{w|Fox & Friends}}'', and ''{{w|Fox News @ Night}}''.

    "I cannot believe this," tweeted Fox News @ Night host {{w|Shannon Bream}}, "[Payton] was such a beautiful light, smart and funny and kind and talented[...] Please pray for her broken hearted loved ones, who are undoubtedly reeling. She was far too young."

    Payton is survived by four siblings and her parents who have started a scholarship fund in her name to benefit "young, rising, Christian leaders."

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    |title = Trending searches - December 28, 2018 (United States)
    |author =
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    |date = December 30, 2018 (accessed)
    }}
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    |title = Tweet
    |author = Curtis Houck
    |pub = Twitter
    |date = December 29, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://thefederalist.com/2018/12/29/federalist-remembrance-bre-payton-colleague-friend/
    |title = A Federalist Remembrance Of Bre Payton, Our Colleague And Friend
    |author = Ben Domenech
    |pub = The Federalist (website)
    |date = December 29, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/29/us/bre-payton-conservative-commentator-dies/index.html
    |title = Bre Payton, 26-year-old conservative writer, dies following sudden illness
    |author = Dakin Andone
    |pub = CNN
    |date = December 29, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/brepayton
    |title = Bre’s Story
    |author =
    |pub = Caring Bridge
    |date = December 28, 2018 (updated)
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.gofundme.com/bre-payton-scholarship-fund
    |title = Bre Payton Scholarship Fund
    |author = Cheekie Payton
    |pub = GoFundMe
    |date = December 28, 2018
    }}
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    |url = https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bre-payton-conservative-writer-and-television-guest-dies-at-26-after-sudden-illness
    |title = Bre Payton, conservative writer, dies at 26 after sudden illness
    |author = Alex Pappas
    |pub = Fox News
    |date = December 28, 2018
    }}
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    |title = Bre Payton, Beloved Staff Writer At The Federalist, Has Passed Away
    |author = The Federalist Staff
    |pub = The Federalist (website)
    |date = December 28, 2018
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  • Like Church taxes, German government considers introducing Mosque taxes 'to emancipate itself from foreign states'

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    {{date|December 29, 2018}}{{Germany}}
    On Wednesday, lawmakers of [[Germany|German]] ruling coalition parties — {{translation note|{{w|Christian Democratic Union of Germany}}|de|German language|Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands}} (CDU), {{translation note|{{w|Social Democratic Party of Germany}}|de|German language|Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands}} (SPD), and {{translation note|{{w|Christian Social Union in Bavaria}}|de|German language|Christlich-Soziale Union in Bayern}} (CSU) — announced they were considering imposing new mandatory taxation [[Muslims]] would have to pay, which the government would distribute as funding to mosques. The lawmakers said this was a possible solution to stop funding and finance of the mosques in Germany from foreign countries and institutes.

    The proposal would introduce taxes for Muslims similar to the mandatory taxes the state collects from practicing {{w|Protestantism|Protestants}} and {{w|Roman Catholicism|Catholics}} in order to fund the churches.

    Official estimates indicate Germany has around 4.4 to 4.7 million resident Muslims. Mosques currently receive funding from foreign sources. Press reports indicate Gulf countries provide funding to mosques and {{wikt|imam|imams}}. {{translation note|{{w|Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs}}|tr|Turkish language|Diyanet İşleri Türk-İslam Birliği}} (DİTİB) is reportedly one of the biggest foreign institutes currently funding mosques in Germany. DİTİB is under direction by the [[Turkey|Turkish]] government and reportedly influences over 900 German Muslim communities.

    Speaking to {{w|Deutsche Welle}}, Seyran Ates, founder of a progressive mosque in German capital [[Berlin]], said German Islam "has a huge influence from outside, from foreign countries". Ates went on to say, "They [German Muslims] have to take care about their own religion here in Germany. So Muslims in Germany should do something for Islam in Germany".

    Thorsten Frei of CDU told German daily ''{{w|Die Welt}}'' this is an "important step" enabling "Islam in Germany to emancipate itself from foreign states". CSU's Michael Frieser said, "Mosques must be open and transparent".

    Describing the idea of the new tax as "worthy of discussion", Burkhard Lischka of SPD noted: "We need to work with the states on this issue, since the church tax is then responsibility of the states".

    Some other [[Europe]]an governments, similarly to Germany, mandate Christians pay church taxes in order to fund the churches; including [[Austria]], [[Italy]], and [[Sweden]].
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    == Sources ==

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    |url = https://theprovince.com/news/canada/religion-tax-proposed-for-practising-muslims-in-germany/wcm/7ad641b1-e159-4a46-8beb-456644801538
    |title = 'Religion tax' proposed for practising Muslims in Germany
    |author = [[The Washington Post]]
    |pub = The Province
    |date = December 28, 2018
    }}
    * {{source
    |url = https://sputniknews.com/europe/201812271071033370-germany-lawmakers-muslims-tax-mosques/
    |title = Germany Considering 'Mosque Tax' to Free Local Muslims From Foreign Clout
    |author =
    |pub = Sputnik News
    |date =December 27, 2018
    }}
    * {{source
    |url = https://www.rt.com/news/447468-germany-mull-mosque-tax/
    |title = Germany mulls ‘Mosque tax’ to help distract Muslims from 'foreign influence'
    |author =
    |pub = Russia Today
    |date = December 27, 2018
    }}
    * {{source
    |url = https://www.dailysabah.com/europe/2018/12/27/germany-mulls-mosque-tax-on-countrys-muslims-to-curb-foreign-influence
    |title = Germany mulls "mosque tax" on country's Muslims to curb foreign influence
    |author =
    |pub = Daily Sabah
    |date = December 27, 2018
    }}
    * {{source
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    |pub = Deutsche Welle
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  • US warns Spain of Christmas bus ramming plot in Barcelona

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    Police in [[Barcelona]], [[Spain]] yesterday<!--on Monday--> were searching, according to reports, for a [[Morocco|Moroccan]] man suspected of plotting an attack using a bus as a weapon during [[Christmas]] holidays. The [[United States]] State Department alerted the nation to the suspected plans.
    [[File:On 17.08.2017, day of Barcelona Terrorist Attack - 170817-0942-jikatu-2.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Emergency vehicles at the scene of the previous attack in Las Ramblas.{{image credit|jikatu}}]]
    [[File:15-10-27-Vista des de l'estàtua de Colom a Barcelona-WMA 2803.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Las Ramblas, pictured from file.{{image credit|[[commons:User:Ralf Roletschek|Ralf Roletschek]]}}]]<!--this seems a more appropriate image for a Main Page lead-->
    {{w|Las Ramblas}}, the scene of an [[Islamic State]] van ramming attack in the city in 2017, became the site of heavy police activity. The {{w|US State Department}} urged its citizens to be vigilant when in the area. Police were also patrolling a Christmas market at the nearby {{w|Plaza Cataluna}}, a major square.

    [[Catalonia]]'s police force is the {{w|Mossos d'Esquadra}}. Based on the intelligence received, Spanish newspaper ''{{w|El País}}'' reported, they were hunting for a 30-year-old bus driver from {{w|Casablanca}}, with only a minor criminal record in Spain. Police were performing spot checks on bus drivers in an effort to trace him.

    The 2015 attack, which killed over a dozen, was also conducted by a Moroccan; within hours, five linked assailants had conducted a similar second attack elsewhere in the city. This Friday saw the arrest of a 35-year-old Moroccan male suspected of working for the Islamic State in [[Syria]]. The Spanish Interior Ministry has left its terror alert level at four on a five-point scale. Catalan Interior Minister {{w|Miquel Buch}} said the situation was being taken seriously; the national Interior Ministry, meanwhile, indicated enhanced security was already in force for the final days of the year on a precautionary basis.

    Reports indicated the suspect was not known to be currently in Spain.

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    *{{source
    |url = https://www.timesofisrael.com/barcelona-on-alert-after-us-warns-of-possible-christmas-attack/
    |title = Barcelona on alert after US warns of possible Christmas attack
    |author = Daniel Bosque ([[AFP]])
    |pub = The Times of Israel
    |date = <!-- in the form of MONTH, DATE, YEAR, example: May 10, 2017 -->December 24, 2018
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  • Indonesia tsunami hits Sunda Strait after Krakatoa eruption

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    {{date|December 25, 2018}}{{Indonesia}}
    On Saturday, a [[tsunami]] struck [[Indonesia]]'s {{w|Sunda Strait|Sunda Strait}} coastline at around 21:30&nbsp;local time (1430&nbsp;{{w|Universally Coordinated Time|UTC}}). Indonesian officals suggested it was caused by an undersea landslide that followed the recent eruptions of {{w|Anak Krakatoa}}, later receiving support from geological experts.
    [[File:Sunda strait tsunami.jpg|thumb|left|251px|Soldiers on-scene as rescue efforts continue.{{Image credit|Indonesian National Armed Forces}}]]
    The [[BBC]] reported on Sunday 222 dead and 843&nbsp;injured, with Indonesian government officials saying the numbers were likely to rise further. {{w|NPR News|NPR}} reported at least 281&nbsp;killed; more recently ''{{w|The Guardian}}'' gave a minimum death toll of 373. Early reports indicated the wave was about 3–7&nbsp;{{w|foot (unit)|feet}} (1–2&nbsp;{{w|metre|meters}}) high. No [[earthquake]] accompanied it; victims had no warning before the surge arrived.

    On Sunday a tsunami warning siren went off accidentally, causing panic because of the false alarm. The affected area incorporates {{w|Java}} and {{w|Sumatra}}, the nation's most populous islands. The Sunda Strait forms a link between the [[Java Sea]] and the [[Indian Ocean]].

    The {{w|International Federation of the Red Cross}} said on Sunday it was on the scene working to support survivors and locate the deceased. {{w|President of Indonesia|President}} {{w|Joko Widodo}} spoke of his sadness at the disaster.

    Three months ago a tsunami hit {{w|Sulawesi}}, causing thousands of deaths. A 2004 tsunami that hit thirteen nations killed over 220,000 with Indonesia the worst affected. The island nation is in an area of high tectonic activity known as the {{w|Ring of Fire}}, making earthquakes and tsunamis relatively common.

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    *{{source|url=https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/24/sunda-strait-tsunami-volcano-indonesia|title=Indonesia tsunami caused by collapse of volcano|author=Lisa Martin, Naaman Zhou|pub=The Guardian|date=December 24, 2018}}
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    |title=More than 200 dead, hundreds more injured after tsunami hits Indonesia
    |author=Nicole Hernandez, Michael Sullivan, Francesca Paris
    |pub=NPR News
    |date=December 23, 2018
    }}
    *{{source |url=https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46663158
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    |date=December 23, 2018
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  • UK police locate missing Chinese teen Mei Chen, silent on details

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    {{date|December 23, 2018}}{{United Kingdom}}

    Seventeen-year-old [[China|Chinese]] student Mei Chen, who vanished from her host family's home in {{w|Scarborough}}, [[England]], was found safe and well on Thursday by police. Her host family suggested she was travelling to meet an unknown person from the [[Internet]]; ''Wikinews'' has contacted authorities to establish the circumstances, but has received no answers.
    [[File:185137 A Scarborough.JPG|left|250px|thumb|A file photo of a train in Scarborough.{{image credit|[[Commons:User:Peter Skuce|Peter Skuce]]}}]]
    [[North Yorkshire Police]] launched an urgent appeal on Tuesday for the teen's whereabouts, and alerted all of the [[United Kingdom]]'s regular<!--BTP is a little unusual, hence why sources list them separate to "all forces"; also, I doubt things like the Military Police were notified--> police forces as well as the [[British Transport Police]] and border authorities. She had been studying in Scarborough's International School since arriving in the country in October.

    The original police appeal has since been removed, and replaced with a boilerplate notice the content "may have been moved or deleted", possibly "because the crime has been solved or the missing person found." The 5-{{w|foot (unit)|foot}}-1-{{w|inch}} (1.55{{w|metre|m}}) girl was reported missing by her host family on Monday, with them suggesting they were "very concerned" for her. They also raised concerns Chen may be taken advantage of due to her young age, and reported she had discussed visiting [[London]] to meet an online friend.
    {{QuoteLeft|it [is] hard to contemplate just how harrowing an experience a missing loved one overseas can be|4=Matt Searle}}
    "No matter where in the world it happens, a loved one becoming a missing person is devastating for all involved", Matt Searle, Chief Executive of The Lucie Blackman Trust, told ''Wikinews'' on Thursday night. The charity provides support to those within the UK who experience loved ones abroad going missing, and more broadly supports UK victims of serious crimes overseas. Searle noted families of those missing find themselves "forever fearing the worst and imagining unthinkable outcomes", adding "when all of this is happening on the other side of the world, continents away, families feel even more helpless. At home they could talk to police, authorities and other organisations, go to the site they were last seen and at least do something. This is often impossible in overseas cases &mdash; culture and language barriers often create huge hurdles in simply reporting a case at all." He concluded by saying that, while charities such as his can provide some support, ultimately "it [is] hard to contemplate just how harrowing an experience a missing loved one overseas can be."

    Investigators found Chen caught a train from Scarborough on Monday morning shortly before 10:00 and alighted at {{w|York}}. From there, she caught another train travelling via {{w|Peterborough}} to London. ''Wikinews'' contacted three police forces in a bid to establish where Chen was found, and if any investigations into the circumstances of her disappearance are ongoing. British Transport Police told our correspondent the force was "alerted in the same way we would be for any missing person thought to be travelling on the rail network".

    A British Transport Police spokeswoman told ''Wikinews'', "I believe this was a North Yorks Police investigation, so you'd need to contact them for details." She also said the force "wouldn't hold that sort of info" in response to our inquiries. ''Wikinews'' asked North Yorkshire Police for the same information, but has received no response; the [[Metropolitan Police]], which cover the London area, also failed to reply.

    A message to the {{w|National Crime Agency}}, which includes a {{w|Child Exploitation and Online Protection}} area, has also gone unanswered. ''Wikinews'' wished to know if the agency was aware of the case and, if so, if they were conducting any investigations.

    Scarborough International School of English describes its goal as "to develop a warm, safe and caring atmosphere where every student will be happy and successful in learning English." Its website describes "a strong sense of belonging to a family community here". ''Wikinews'' contacted the school but they did not reply.

    North Yorkshire Police have issued a terse statement confirming Chen has been found, and thanking the public for sharing their initial, removed, appeal.

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    == Sources ==
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    *{{source|url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-46644891|title=Missing Chinese student from Scarborough 'found safe'|author=|pub=BBC News Online|date=December 21, 2018}}
    *{{source|url=https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/17307658.national-appeal-to-trace-17-year-old-mei-chen-missing-from-scarborough/|title=Missing Chinese student Mei Chen found safe and well|author=|pub=The Northern Echo|date=December 21, 2018}}
    *{{source|url=https://northyorkshire.police.uk/news/missing-chinese-student-mei-chen-found-safe-and-well/|title=Missing Chinese student Mei Chen found safe and well|author=|pub=North Yorkshire Police|date=December 20, 2018}}
    *{{source|url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-46618932
    |title=National police appeal for missing Chinese student from Scarborough
    |author=
    |pub=BBC News Online
    |date=December 19, 2018
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2018-12-18/urgent-national-appeal-for-chinese-student-missing-from-north-yorkshire/
    |title=Urgent national appeal for Chinese student missing from North Yorkshire
    |author=
    |pub=ITV
    |date=December 19, 2018
    }}

    ==External links==
    *[http://www.english-language.uk.com/ Scarborough International School of English]
    *[http://www.lbtrust.org/ The Lucie Blackman Trust]

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