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United States 

US injured toll rises after Iranian attack 

The Pentagon has said the number of injured U.S. troops has risen to 50. The troops suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI)s is 16 more than previously indicated.  This follows the Iranian attack on a U.S. base on Jan. 8. 

Europe 

European Parliament approves Brexit agreement 

Members of the European Parliament ratified the Brexit withdrawal agreement by 621 votes to 29 following debates in Brussels. The U.K. is due to leave the bloc at 11 p.m. GMT on Friday. 

Australia 

New South Wales to launch inquiry into bush fires 

The Australian state of New South Wales will launch an independent inquiry into the causes of the fires. During the six-month inquiry, they will also examine how the state prepared and responded to them. The inquiry will consider how climate change, human activity, and other actors contributed to the fires. 

Middle East 

Syrian troops recaptures town  

The Syrian army says it has recaptured the town of Maarat al-Numan after inflicting heavy losses on jihadist fighters. At least 147 pro-government fighters and 151 opposition fighters had been killed since the siege.  Syria’s army took control of the town after clashes with fighters from a jihadist alliance known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.  

Africa 

Mass protests in Ethipoia over abducted students 

Following the failure of authorities to find a group of 27 students abducted 50 days ago, demonstrations have taken place across northern Ethiopia. Tens of thousands took to the streets following a social media campaign. 

Asia 

Indian MP’s penalized for comments on peaceful protesters 

Two members of parliament, Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Varma, were penalized and have had their removals ordered. The two MP’s made controversial comments against thousands of largely Muslim women who have been staging a demonstration in Shaheen Bagh- a Muslim dominated neighborhood in Delhi.  

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