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Mexico again says there is 'no way' it will pay for Trump wall

Mexicos Foreign MinisterMexico's new Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Tuesday there is no way his country will pay for the wall that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to build on the United States' southern border to keep out illegal immigrants.

"There's no way that could happen," Videgaray said on Mexican television a few days after his appointment.

"There are no circumstances...not even the best possible trade deal, investments, support which would justify taking a step that would violate the dignity of Mexicans to such an extent."


Dozens killed in double suicide attack in Kabul

Dozens dead in Afghan bombingDozens of people have been killed and scores wounded in twin suicide blasts near Afghanistan's parliament in the capital, Kabul, according to officials, in an attack claimed by the Afghan Taliban.

Security officials said a suicide bomber blew himself up on Tuesday in the Darul Aman area of the city and was followed immediately by a car bomber in an apparently coordinated operation.


German Government Closely Watching Reports Of Russian Fake News Campaign

MerkelGerman government officials on Monday said they were carefully examining an unprecedented proliferation of fake news items amid intelligence agency reports of Russian efforts to influence the country’s parliamentary election in September.

The BfV domestic intelligence agency also confirmed that a December cyber attack against the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) used the same tools seen in a 2015 hack of the German parliament that was attributed to the APT28 Russian hacking group.

Russia denies being involved in any cyber warfare targeting Western governments and institutions.


Northern Island power-sharing in crisis as Sinn Fein leader to quit

Martin McGuinnessNorthern Ireland's power-sharing government was plunged into crisis Monday as the senior Catholic leader announced he was quitting in a showdown with his Protestant colleague that could unravel a central achievement of peacemaking.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, the former Irish Republican Army commander who has helped to lead the unity government for nearly a decade, said in his resignation letter that he intends to trigger early elections in protest against his power-sharing partner, First Minister Arlene Foster.


Suicide bombs kill at least 23 in Baghdad

Suicide bomb BaghdadAt least 23 have been reported dead in a series of suicide bomb attacks in Baghdad. It's the second weekend in a row marred by a wave of deadly attacks.

The first attack took place in the Shia district of Alwat-Jamila, a neighborhood in Sadr City in eastern Baghdad. A suicide bomber drove an explosives-filled truck into a crowd of people shopping at the city's main vegetable market. The attack killed 13 -- according to several reports -- and wounded at least 25 others. A similar attack claimed 35 lives on Monday, January 2.


Former Iran president Rafsanjani dies of heart attack

RasfanjaniFormer Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died on Sunday at the age of 82, state media reported, a big blow to moderates and reformists deprived now of their most influential supporter in the Islamic establishment.

"Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani was taken to hospital after heart attack and more than an hour long efforts by doctors to revive him were not successful," the deputy minister of health was quoted by Fars news agency as saying.

Residents said a crowd gathered outside the hospital in northern Tehran where Rafsanjani was taken.


Deadly attack as truck rams into soldiers in Jerusalem

Deadly attack on Israeli soldiersAt least four Israeli soldiers have been killed and several more wounded after a truck rammed into the troops in Jerusalem with authorities calling it a deliberate attack.

Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith, reporting from Jerusalem, said the driver of the attacking vehicle was shot dead following the incident on Sunday.

"Disturbing CCTV shootage shows the truck coming down the street, clearly the driver spotted the soldiers when he hit them," Smith said.

At least 10 soldiers were trapped under the truck but later rescued with three in critical condition, he quoted a medical official as saying.


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