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Iran-US tensions, Ghosn's comeback, Australia wildfires, Royal fallout

By: François PICARD Follow | Juliette LAURAIN
46 min

Ten days into 2020 and it feels like we have already been to the brink of war and back. We ask whether a de-escalation of tensions between the US and Iran is on the cards. There is also the plane crash that happened soon after the Iranian missile strikes on Wednesday. That morning, 176 people were killed on a Ukraine International Airlines flight from Tehran, shortly after take-off. On social media, many Iranians expressed anger that the plane was allowed to fly. An amateur video purports to show the moment the Boeing 737 was hit.


Nine days after his daring escape from house arrest in Tokyo, Carlos Ghosn would not be drawn on whether he was smuggled out in a sound case. But the former Renault-Nissan boss was back in his element as he held his first press conference since his initial arrest 13 months ago.

Australia's hottest year on record coupled with a dry summer have the whole world watching bushfires that have so far left 27 people dead. This Friday was particularly brutal, with two megafires in the southeast merging into one inferno the size of greater London and residents of Kangaroo Island cut off from the mainland. The prime minister, whose popularity plummeted when he stayed on vacation in Hawaii in December, has been criticised since for his handling of the rescue effort.

They are quitting their day job. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced on Instagram that they had had enough of the pressures of being sixth in line to the British throne. The announcement caught Buckingham Palace off guard, thus sparking a furious backlash from the tabloids. The news completely eclipsed parliament's final vote to officially leave the European Union on January 31. The famed London wax museum Madame Tussauds even removed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from the royal display.

Produced by Charles Wente, Juliette Laurain and Melissa Kalaydjian.

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