In today's news roundup, the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump begins, Magnus Carlsen breaks the record for the longest unbeaten streak in chess history, and a Japanese billionaire looks for female partner for a trip to the moon.
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In today's news roundup, avalanches caused by heavy snowfall have killed dozens in Pakistan's Kashmir, thousands of Thais joined a protest run against the government, and US Customs and Border Protection wants help controlling vultures.
On Sunday, Taal Volcano in the Philippines erupted violently. Over 82,000 people have been forced to leave the area around the volcano. Many are eager to return to care for their farms and the animals they depend on.
Taiwan's voters have re-elected president Tsai Ing-wen as president. The vote is a clear signal to China that Taiwan's people do not want to become part of China.
In today's news roundup, health experts study a mystery illness in China, Sultan Qaboos, who led Oman for 50 years, has died, and the 36th Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival has opened in Harbin, China.
In today's news roundup, a plane that crashed in Iran may have been shot down, Travelex's money exchange business has been hit by ransomware, and scientists put 3-D glasses on cuttlefish.
At around two in the morning on Wednesday, January 8, Iran launched 22 missiles at two US bases in Iraq. No US or Iraqi soldiers were hurt or killed.
The island nation of Palau has made sunscreens with certain chemicals in them against the law. The move is meant to protect its coral reefs, which are one of the main reasons people visit the country.
On Friday, an attack ordered by US President Donald Trump killed Iran's top general, Qassem Soleimani. The killing greatly raises tensions between the US and Iran at a time when tensions are already very high.
In today's news roundup, Indonesia's capital struggles with deadly floods, scientists catch a puffin using a stick as a tool, and Canada's army bases were invaded - by Pokémon Go players.
In today's news roundup, China responds strongly to negative comments from soccer star Mesut Özil, a Christmas song hits number one 25 years after it was recorded, and the US stops trading with the imaginary country of Wakanda.