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US-led coalition expected to announce more civilian casualties in strikes on Isis

civilian casualtiesThe US-led military coalition has called its war against the Islamic State the “most precise air campaign in history” despite having identified 16 civilians mistakenly killed and another nine injured in strikes last summer.

Colonel Patrick Ryder, a spokesman for the coalition, told reporters on Friday he expects “additional announcements” about civilian casualties in the “near future”, pending ongoing internal investigations.


Iran nuclear deal: US imposes new sanctions over missiles

Missile sanctions imposed in IranThe US has imposed fresh sanctions on Iranian companies and individuals over a recent ballistic missile test.

The new sanctions prevent 11 entities and individuals linked to the missile programme from using the US banking system.

The move came after international nuclear sanctions on Iran were lifted as part of a deal hailed by President Barack Obama on Sunday as "smart".

Four American-Iranians were also freed in a prisoner swap as part of the deal.

TVNL Comment: Does Iran monitor and sanction the missile program in the US?  Just asking....


‘Grizzly Adams’ star Dan Haggerty dies at 74

Grizzly AdamsDan Haggerty, the rugged, bearded actor who starred in the film and TV series “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams” about a mountain man and animal trainer, has died.

Haggerty died Friday at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, according to his manager, Terry Bomar. Haggerty was 74 and had been battling cancer of the spine, Bomar told The Associated Press.


Anglicans Sanction US Episcopal Church Over Gay Marriage

Anglican ChurchThe Anglican Communion voted to censure its American branch, the Episcopal Church, during a meeting in Canterbury, England, called to reflect on the future of the communion.

The vote Thursday (Jan. 14) to suspend the Episcopal Church from voting and decision-making for a period of three years was leaked a day ahead of a press conference that had been scheduled for Friday.


Alan Rickman, Harry Potter and Die Hard actor, dies aged 69

Alan RickmanActor Alan Rickman, known for films including Harry Potter, Die Hard and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, has died at the age of 69, his family has said.

The star had been suffering from cancer, a statement said.

He became one of Britain's best-loved acting stars thanks to roles including Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films and Hans Gruber in Die Hard.


David Bowie, rock star who mastered music reinvention, dies at 69

david bowieDavid Bowie, the innovative rocker who, through constant reinvention, broke pop boundaries across more than four decades, has died. Bowie turned 69 on Friday, the same day he released a new album.

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer,” read a statement posted on the rock star’s official social media accounts.


Supreme Court rejects former Alabama governor's appeal

Siegelman case rejected againThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman's appeal arising from his bribery conviction involving a $500,000 donation from a healthcare executive in a prosecution the Democrat contended was politically motivated.

The former governor had challenged his 6-1/2 year sentence in the case, saying it was based on conduct for which he was not found guilty. He is serving time in a federal prison in Louisiana and is scheduled for release in 2017.


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