Iran regime now faces ‘race against time’ as protests end

Iran's most significant protests in almost a decade may have calmed, but anger that fueled the nationwide demonstrations lingers and could erupt again at any time, according to experts.
Suzanne Maloney, deputy director of the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, called the recent rallies "one of the most serious crises Iran has faced in the past 25 years."
What made this mass display of dissent — which resulted in at least 21 deaths and more than 3,700 arrests — so significant was that it appeared to be leaderless and spread without the impetus of any particular opposition group. [source]

Anti-Brexit rap in parliament debate performed by MP

A Scottish MP has performed an anti-Brexit rap during a debate in parliament in a bid to draw attention to the risks stemming from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
Following a long speech during a debate about the government’s trade bill, Hannah Bardell, a lawmaker for the Scottish National Party (SNP) and its spokesperson on trade and investment, told fellow MPs in Westminster on Tuesday (January 9) that she wanted to share “a little lyric".
The MP went on to perform a minute-long rap in which she shared her fears for the future of trade relations and the UK’s economy. [source]

Following California's devastating mudslides more bodies are recovered

The number of people thought to have died in California's destructive mudslides has been put at 17 with at least a dozen more still missing.
Over a 100 homes have been destroyed and around 300 damaged after walls of mud poured through affluent communities along a stretch of Southern California coastline.
Verdant hillsides that had provided estates with a sense of seclusion were largely denuded by last month's historic wildfires, making them vulnerable to the massive mud and debris slides that sent boulders crashing into homes, turned highways into raging rivers and shredded cars into tangles of metal. [source]

Paris luxury Ritz hotel - thieves break in to a jewellery shop

Armed thieves broke into a jewellery shop at the luxury Ritz hotel in Paris on Wednesday and stole goods with an estimated value of 4.5m euros.
It happened at around six o' clock in the evening.
Three suspects were quickly arrested near the Place Vendôme in central Paris, but at least two others got away, according to a police official. No one was hurt. [source]

Operation to restart: MH370 rescue

Malaysia has signed a deal to pay a US seabed exploration firm up to $70 million if it finds the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft MH370 within 90 days of embarking on a new search in the Southern Indian ocean.
The disappearance of the aircraft en route from Kuala Lumpu to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 people aboard ranks among the world's greatest aviation mysteries. [source]