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Iran protests turn violent; Congo orders telecoms shutdown; Liberian president vows to fight corruption Iran protests turn violent; Congo orders telecoms shutdown; Liberian president vows to fight corruption
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<h2>Curated top stories</h2> <h2>Curated top stories</h2>
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<li>Democratic Republic of Congo’s government <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-congo-protests/congo-orders-internet-and-sms-cut-ahead-of-anti-government-demonstrations-idUSKBN1EO0KV">ordered telecommunications providers</a> to cut internet and SMS services across the country before protests against the president's planned move to change the constitution to allow him to stand for a third term. Grassroots Catholic activists have called for marches in major cities on Sunday to demand that President <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-16120557">Joseph Kabila</a> not change the constitution and also release political prisoners. Kabila was required relinquish power last December but an election to replace him has been repeatedly delayed. It is now scheduled for December 2018.</li>   <li>Democratic Republic of Congo’s government <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-congo-protests/congo-orders-internet-and-sms-cut-ahead-of-anti-government-demonstrations-idUSKBN1EO0KV">ordered telecommunications providers</a> to cut internet and SMS services across the country before protests against the president. Catholic activists have called for marches in major cities on Sunday. Protesters demand that President <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-16120557">Joseph Kabila</a> not change the constitution so he can stand for election to a third term, and  demand he release political prisoners. Kabila was required relinquish power last December. An election to replace him has been repeatedly delayed but is now scheduled for December 2018.</li>
<li>Iranian protesters hit the streets for<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-rallies/street-protests-hit-iran-for-third-straight-day-as-pro-government-rallies-held-idUSKBN1EO04M"> a third day running</a> in demonstration against the government and the country's supreme leader <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Khamenei">Ayatollah Ali Khamenei</a>. Reuters reports that, in response, separate state-sponsored rallies were held to mark the end of similar protests that erupted in the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Iranian_presidential_election_protests">country in 2009</a>, according to Iranian news agencies and state media. At least two demonstrators shot in the western town of Dorud, according to a<a href="https://twitter.com/DrewLiquerman/status/947199213741502466"> series of videos posted</a> on social media. One of the videos <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42524610">was verified </a><a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42524610">by </a><a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42524610">BBC Persian</a>. Political protests are rare in Iran, however, discontent has been growing over<a href="https://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2016/12/economist-explains-4"> high unemployment</a>, inflation and alleged corruption (<em>The Economist</em>). <a href="https://www.apnews.com/ce07ad7aea0a4d1a86f9c90f6104a1ba/New-economic-protests-in-Tehran-challenge-Iran's-government">According to the Associated Press, state television said</a>: "Counterrevolution groups and foreign media are continuing their organized efforts to misuse the people’s economic and livelihood problems and their legitimate demands to provide an opportunity for unlawful gatherings and possibly chaos." The Saudi-based Al Arabiya news agency <a href="http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2017/12/31/Iran-cuts-off-Internet-service-in-several-cities-as-mass-protests-erupt.html">reports</a> that Iranian telecom providers have begun to cut off internet access in response to the ongoing demonstrations, an action that was also done in several Iranian cities in response to protests against allegedly unfair elections in 2009. The Iranian government declared schools were to be closed and train services cancelled for Sunday, <a href="http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iranians-protest-escalates-government-cancels-schools-and-trains-521411">according to the the Jerusalem Post</a>.</li>  
   <li>For<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-rallies/street-protests-hit-iran-for-third-straight-day-as-pro-government-rallies-held-idUSKBN1EO04M"> a third day</a> Iranians demonstrated against the government and the country's supreme leader <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Khamenei">Ayatollah Ali Khamenei</a>. At least two demonstrators were shot in the western town of Dorud, according to a<a href="https://twitter.com/DrewLiquerman/status/947199213741502466"> series of videos posted</a> on social media. One of the videos <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42524610">was verified </a><a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42524610">by </a><a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42524610">BBC Persian</a>. Political protests are rare in Iran, however, discontent has been growing over<a href="https://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2016/12/economist-explains-4"> high unemployment</a>, inflation and alleged corruption (<em>The Economist</em>).
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   <li>The Iranian government declared schools were to be closed and train services cancelled for Sunday, <a href="http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iranians-protest-escalates-government-cancels-schools-and-trains-521411">according to the the Jerusalem Post</a>. <a href="https://www.apnews.com/ce07ad7aea0a4d1a86f9c90f6104a1ba/New-economic-protests-in-Tehran-challenge-Iran's-government">According to the Associated Press, state television said</a>: "Counterrevolution groups and foreign media are continuing their organized efforts to misuse the people’s economic and livelihood problems and their legitimate demands to provide an opportunity for unlawful gatherings and possibly chaos."</li>
   <li>Saudi-based Al Arabiya news agency <a style="font-family: inherit;font-size: 1.6rem" href="http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2017/12/31/Iran-cuts-off-Internet-service-in-several-cities-as-mass-protests-erupt.html">reports</a><span style="font-family: inherit;font-size: 1.6rem"> that Iranian telecom providers have begun to cut off internet access in response to the ongoing demonstrations, an action taken also taken in 2009 in several Iranian cities in response to protests against allegedly unfair elections.  Separate state-sponsored rallies were held to mark the end of those protests</span><a style="font-family: inherit;font-size: 1.6rem" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Iranian_presidential_election_protests"> in 2009</a><span style="font-family: inherit;font-size: 1.6rem">, according to Iranian news agencies and state media.</span></li>
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<li><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-security/ukraine-hostages-freed-after-police-storm-post-office-idUSKBN1EO0CV" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ukrainian police freed all hostages</a> held captive by a  man strapped with explosives in a post office in the city of Kharkiv. None of the hostages were harmed. The police report that the incident was the result of a botched robbery, and unrelated to hundreds of <a href="https://www.reuters.com/news/picture/ukraine-and-pro-russian-rebels-swap-pris-idUSRTX3Z4ZE" target="_blank" rel="noopener">prisoners swapped</a> between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government this past <span class="aBn"><span class="aQJ">Wednesday</span></span>.</li>   <li><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-security/ukraine-hostages-freed-after-police-storm-post-office-idUSKBN1EO0CV" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ukrainian police freed all hostages</a> held captive by a  man strapped with explosives in a post office in the city of Kharkiv. None of the hostages was harmed. The police report that the incident was the result of a botched robbery, and unrelated to a <a href="https://www.reuters.com/news/picture/ukraine-and-pro-russian-rebels-swap-pris-idUSRTX3Z4ZE" target="_blank" rel="noopener">prisoner swap</a> between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government this past <span class="aBn"><span class="aQJ">Wednesday</span></span>.</li>
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<li>After winning Liberia's presidential election, George Weah<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-liberia-election/president-elect-weah-says-liberia-open-for-business-vows-to-fight-corruption-idUSKBN1EO0I5"> told supporters that the country</a> was open to investment and unwelcome to corruption. In his first speech to the nation, the former international football star said “those looking to cheat the Liberian people through corruption will have no place." <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/president-elect-george-weah-liberia-171230130535474.html">Al Jazeera reports that</a> "Weah tapped into a yearning for change and widespread discontent" to win this week's presidential run-off in a landslide. Liberian politics has been plagued by <a href="https://www.voanews.com/a/liberia-leader-acknowledges-failure-anti-corruption-fight/3690703.html">allegations of corruption</a> which the previous leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, acknowledged she had failed in wiping out. (Voice of America)</li>   <li>After winning Liberia's presidential election, George Weah<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-liberia-election/president-elect-weah-says-liberia-open-for-business-vows-to-fight-corruption-idUSKBN1EO0I5"> told supporters that the country</a> was open to investment and unwelcome to corruption. In his first speech to the nation, the former international football star said “those looking to cheat the Liberian people through corruption will have no place." <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/president-elect-george-weah-liberia-171230130535474.html">Al Jazeera reports that</a> "Weah tapped into a yearning for change and widespread discontent" to win this week's presidential run-off in a landslide. Liberian politics has been plagued by <a href="https://www.voanews.com/a/liberia-leader-acknowledges-failure-anti-corruption-fight/3690703.html">allegations of corruption</a> which the previous leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, acknowledged she had failed to wipe out. (Voice of America)</li>
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<li>Two months ago George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Papadopoulos became a central figure in the intelligence and security service's investigation into possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign. His importance in the administration has been downplayed <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/30/us/politics/how-fbi-russia-investigation-began-george-papadopoulos.html?_r=0">but this piece for the <em>New York Times</em></a>, outlines how the FBI became involved in the first place -- a conversation between Papadopoulos and Australia's top diplomat to the United Kingdom. Papadopoulos allegedly told the diplomat in 2016 that the "Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton." -- <em>Charles Anderson</em></li>  <li>Two months ago George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Papadopoulos became a central figure in the intelligence and security service's investigation into possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign. His importance in the administration has been downplayed <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/30/us/politics/how-fbi-russia-investigation-began-george-papadopoulos.html?_r=0">but this piece for the <em>New York Times</em></a>, outlines how the FBI became involved in the first place -- a conversation between Papadopoulos and Australia's top diplomat to the United Kingdom. Papadopoulos allegedly told the diplomat in 2016 that the "Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton." -- <em>Charles Anderson</em></li>
<li>In Myanmar, marriage between Rakhine Buddhists and a Rohingya Muslims is extraordinarily rare. It’s also risky in a nation where security forces have driven more than 730,000 Rohingya into exile since 2016, carried out large-scale massacres and burned hundreds of villages in a campaign the U.N. and human rights groups have described as “ethnic cleansing.” Here, <a href="https://apnews.com/d9f703dac59941a8a598943681b4634c" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the Associated Press</a> describes such a union at a time where tensions between the two ethnic groups is at an all time high in Myanmar. -- <em>Charlie Turner</em></li>  <li>In Myanmar, marriage between Rakhine Buddhists and a Rohingya Muslims is extraordinarily rare. It’s also risky in a nation where security forces have driven more than 730,000 Rohingya into exile since 2016, carried out large-scale massacres and burned hundreds of villages in a campaign the U.N. and human rights groups have described as “ethnic cleansing.” Here, <a href="https://apnews.com/d9f703dac59941a8a598943681b4634c" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the Associated Press</a> describes such a union at a time where tensions between the two ethnic groups is at an all time high in Myanmar. -- <em>Charlie Turner</em></li>
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