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Sunday, January 19, 2020 1:00 am


Shiite missile kills Yemen troops

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SANAA, Yemen – A missile launched by Shiite rebels in Yemen hit an army camp Saturday, killing at least 25 troops, Yemeni officials said.

The strike in the central province of Marib wounded around 10 others. Officials said they expected the death toll to rise as burn victims were rushed to hospitals.

The Houthi attack on the military training camp followed an ongoing barrage of assaults by Saudi-backed forces on rebel targets east of the capital, Sanaa. Those attacks killed at least 22 people on both sides, according to officials.

Iran-backed Houthi rebels have remained in control of the capital, Sanaa, since ousting the government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi in 2014.

Puerto Ricans find unused supplies

People in a southern Puerto Rico city discovered a warehouse filled with water, cots and other unused emergency supplies, then set off a social media uproar Saturday when they broke in to retrieve goods as the area struggles to recover from a strong earthquake.

With anger spreading in the U.S. territory after video in Ponce appeared on Facebook, Gov. Wanda Vázquez quickly fired the director of the island's emergency management agency. The governor said she had ordered an investigation after learning the emergency supplies had been piled in the warehouse since Hurricane Maria in September 2017.

Lebanese forces, protesters clash

Fierce clashes erupted between security forces and Lebanese demonstrators near the parliamentary headquarters in Beirut on Saturday amid a protest against the delay in forming a new government.

The clashes took place when security forces prevented protesters from entering the parliamentary building.

The protesters hurled stones at the security forces, who responded with firing tear gas and water cannon.

The Lebanese Red Crescent said that it transferred 80 wounded people to hospitals, while 140 others were treated at the scene.

Newfoundland seeks blizzard aid

Newfoundland's premier asked for the Canadian military's help Saturday as residents of the province's capital struggled to tunnel out from homes buried by the heaviest snowfall recorded in St. John's.

Premier Dwight Ball said he had asked for the federal government's assistance, including mobilizing the armed forces, after the blizzard battered eastern Newfoundland.

Rob Carroll, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said St. John's had experienced a one-day snowfall of 30 inches, breaking the previous record of 27 inches on April 5, 1999.

Edward VIII coin fetches record

One of the world's rarest coins, a gold piece bearing the image of Britain's King Edward VIII before his abdication, has sold for $1.3 million, setting a record for a British coin.

The historical oddity shows Edward before he relinquished the throne in 1936 to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson.

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