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January 15, 2019

First Line News Articles for Tuesday, January 15 2019


US report says rapidly modernizing Chinese military has set sights on Taiwan

Over the last few years China has made a series of ambitious military reforms and acquired new technology as it aims to improve its ability to fight regional conflicts over places like Taiwan, according to a new report from the US Defense Intelligence Agency.

Afghan Taliban claim lethal car bomb attack in Kabul

The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a car bomb attack near a heavily fortified foreign compound in Kabul that killed five people, including an Indian national.

U.S. Considers Harshest Venezuela Sanctions Yet, on Oil

The U.S. is evaluating whether to impose tougher sanctions against Venezuela’s military and vital oil industry, a senior Trump administration official said Monday, as it seeks to ratchet up pressure on authoritarian leader Nicolás Maduro to hold free and fair elections.

Mexico president declares gains in fight against fuel theft

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stopped short Monday of declaring victory over Mexico’s fuel theft scourge, but said the government was making progress amid frustration over gas shortages.

New Migrant Caravan Heads North From Honduras to the Border

A new caravan of more than 500 migrants gathered at a bus station in a Honduran city Monday night to begin the perilous trek to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Despite US warning, Iran launches satellite and fails

Iran launched a satellite on Tuesday that failed to reach orbit, after the US warned against the launch earlier this month.

Al-Shabab claims responsibility for terror attack at upscale Kenyan hotel complex

Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for an attack at an upscale hotel complex in Kenya’s capital on Monday that left an unconfirmed number of people dead – as authorities continue to search buildings hours after the assault began.

‘At any cost’: China warns US Navy over Taiwan

A senior Chinese military official warned the US Navy Tuesday against any “interference” in support of Taiwan’s independence, saying that Beijing would defend its claim to the island “at any cost”.

Search continues for toddler thought to have fallen into 100-meter-deep well

The rescue mission to save a two-year-old toddler who is thought to have fallen down a 100-meter-deep well in Málaga in the south of Spain has entered its second day.