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Jan. 3, 2020(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.)Good morning.We’re covering the death of a top Iranian commander in a U.S. drone strike, the Trump administration’s ban on certain flavors of e-cigarettes, and a debate about the best seat on a New York subway train.DevelopingThe State Department urged Americans to leave Iraq…

Chris Stanford

  • Jan. 3, 2020

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Great early morning.

We’re covering the death of a top Iranian commander in a U.S. drone strike, the Trump administration’s ban on certain flavors of e-cigarettes, and a dispute about the very best seat on a New york city subway train


The State Department advised Americans to leave Iraq after the U.S. drone strike in Baghdad that killed a leading Iranian general. Here are the current updates


Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani in 2016. He led the powerful Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

Credit … Workplace of the Iranian Supreme Leader, through Associated Press

Iran’s top security and intelligence leader was eliminated early today in a drone strike at Baghdad International Airport that was authorized by President Trump, American authorities said. It was Mr. Trump’s most considerable usage of military force to date.

The death of the commander, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, was a major blow to Iran and a sharp escalation in Mr. Trump’s campaign against Tehran. A number of authorities from Iraqi militias backed by Iran were likewise eliminated in the attack.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called for 3 days of public mourning and after that retaliation. U.S. authorities were preparing for the possibility of cyberattacks and terrorism.

Go much deeper: General Suleimani, who was viewed as a possible leader of Iran, developed nearly every substantial operation by the nation’s intelligence and military forces over the past 20 years. The U.S. implicates him of having caused the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers in Iraq.

Closer look: The drone strike followed a violent two-day presentation at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad by pro-Iranian militia members. Here’s a look at how the stress have actually stepped up

In Washington: Mr. Trump’s decision to kill General Suleimani was one that Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama had rejected, fearing it would lead to war. The strike was brought out “without the assessment of Congress,” according to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, leaving legislators starkly divided along celebration lines

Fund-raising numbers for the 4th quarter of in 2015 reveal an uncommonly big number of governmental candidates with the resources to battle deep into the main calendar.

Led by Bernie Sanders, the five strongest Democratic fund-raisers are anticipated to report more than $115 million raised in the last 3 months of2019

The party’s ultimate prospect will deal with President Trump, who shattered his previous fund-raising records by collecting $46 million in the fourth quarter, his campaign said on Thursday.

Another angle: The Times consulted with Mark Galli, the editor in chief of Christianity Today, after an editorial in the evangelical magazine said that Mr. Trump should be gotten rid of from office. “I’ve been surprised by the ethical naïveté of the action I’m receiving to the editorial,” he said.

Prior to running away Japan for Lebanon this week, the previous chairman of Nissan and Renault held preliminary talks with a film manufacturer, explaining what he saw as his unjust imprisonment and his fight to show his innocence.

The talks didn’t get far, according to individuals acquainted with the discussions, however Mr. Ghosn delivered his own plot twist this week, involving a private airplane, numerous passports, rumors of shadowy forces at work and people in power denying they understood anything about it. Read the most recent from our correspondent in Japan

Related: A Turkish charter jet company stated today that its airplanes were utilized illegally in Mr. Ghosn’s escape The Japanese news media also reported that surveillance cam footage showed Mr. Ghosn leaving his Tokyo home on Sunday by himself.

Background: Mr. Ghosn, who was implicated in Japan of financial misbehavior, ended up being persuaded that he might never ever get a fair trial in a nation with a 99 percent conviction rate, individuals who know him state.

In 2015, The Times started following 6 individuals age 85 and up, recording their journeys through a stage of life that is often unnoticeable. Ruth Willig, above, is the just one remaining, at 96.

We talked to her and the households of the other elders about their emotional preparations for death. None were what anybody had hoped.

” I’m ready, I am,” Ruth said. “However I stress over my children. They’re so devoted to me. It scares me.”

Restriction on e-cigarette flavors: In an effort to fight teenage vaping, the Trump administration stated it would prohibited the sale of many flavored e-cigarette cartridges Menthol and tobacco tastes are being excused after a lobbying push by the tobacco and vaping markets.

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Australian wildfires: The weekend is expected be among the worst yet during a fire season in which a minimum of 18 people have already died. Here are the most recent updates

Turkey’s broadening footprint: The Turkish Parliament approved a strategy preferred by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to send out troops to oil-rich Libya The move will intensify a chaotic proxy war there including numerous powers.

Anti-Semitic attack: The police are examining whether the suspect in a mass stabbing at a Hanukkah event near New york city City was also associated with a stabbing near a synagogue a month previously, authorities stated.

Photo: Above, a tank destroying stills and other moonshining devices in Newport, Ky., circa1922 With the assistance of The Times’s image archive, we reviewed Restriction— the 13- year duration when the U.S. outlawed alcohol– which began 100 years ago this month.

Spirited train dispute: New Yorkers had viewpoints after a tweet including a photo of five seats on a subway train asked which one was best. (It’s No. 5, clearly.)

News test: Did you follow the headings this week? Test yourself

Modern Love: In today’s column, a man blogs about his grandma, who was getting married for the third time– to her former brother-in-law.

What we read: This essay in The New Yorker about the low and high of raising a young child. “Love this a lot,” says Emma G. Fitzsimmons, our brand-new Town hall bureau chief. “We require more composing on parenting by fathers. It should not be deemed (more) females’s work.”

Cook: Pancakes with crisp, fritter-like edges could improve your weekend.

Watch: With film awards season getting underway, our chief movie critics recalled at a year of fond memories, anxious gender relations and Quentin Tarantino’s alt-history.

Read: A collection of essays about the “Peanuts” cartoon is among 9 books we recommend this week

Smarter Living: Prepared to take the Christmas tree down? Here’s a guide to recycling it

The Times has actually been reporting on how your smartphone can cost you personal privacy.

Most just recently, our Viewpoint desk published “ One Country, Tracked,” an examination into the area information market that demonstrates how companies benefit from silently gathering the exact movements of smartphone users.

However there’s a new vulnerability coming.

Apple is including a chip in its iPhone 11 s that will allow ultra wideband cordless interaction with other phones and wise devices. More phone makers, like Samsung, appear all set to introduce their own UWB. (The chips are currently in N.F.L. gamers’ shoulder pads, to collect metrics and notify computer-animated replays.)

It’s a short-range technology that assures a host of benefits: opening your vehicle or front door as you approach and relocking when you leave, increasing the speed of phone-to-phone transfers, and more.

But it could likewise let observers track your area much more specifically In shops, retailers could “see” where you paused in the aisle, and deduce what you were tempted by but didn’t buy.

If past experience is a guide, police could also make use of the information.

That’s it for this instruction. See you next time.

— Chris

Thank you

Mark Josephson and Eleanor Stanford offered the break from the news. Andrea Kannapell, the rundowns editor, composed today’s Back Story. You can reach the team at


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