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Family member of crashed Iranian plane 'begged to send a chopper'

Media player Video. Relatives of passengers on board the missing plane that crashed in Iran are questioning the rescue efforts. All 66 people on the flight are feared dead. This footage was posted to social media. The BBC has not been able to verify the claims. MOST WATCHED. Why you can trust BBC News Full story

Michael Moore participated in anti-Trump rally allegedly organized by Russians

Michael Moore, the polemical filmmaker who has long accused President Trump of colluding with Russians, posted videos and pictures of himself participating in a protest in Manhattan that was allegedly organized by Russians in November 2016. Prosecutors said Friday that the Russians indicted for meddling in the presidential campaign were also behind anti-Trump rallies that occured after the election. The government alleged in an indictment ... Full story

Fallujah: Meet Issa Saer, mayor of ruined Iraqi city News

Fallujah was ruined in the battle against the Islamic State group - meet the mayor picking up the pieces. Full story

Turkey warns Syria of 'disastrous consequences' for supporting Kurdish militias

(CNN) Turkey's deputy prime minister has warned Syria of "disastrous consequences" should the Syrian government send forces to support Kurdish militias Ankara considers terrorist groups linked to an insurgency inside its own borders. Bekir Bozdag made the comments following reports Monday by Syrian news agency SANA that forces loyal to the Syrian government would be deployed to the Kurdish-held region "within hours.". Bozdag called the reports ... Full story

Christchurch declares state of emergency - BBC News

Image caption The storm which caused devastation in Tonga (pictured) last week is now on its way towards New Zealand. Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island has declared a state of emergency as former cyclone Gita approaches the country. Dozens of schools have been shut and roads closed as the South Island braces itself for the storm, which is due to make landfall on Tuesday. New Zealand's national airline has cancelled all flights in and ... Full story

Australian tax staff told to report 'long lunch' colleagues

Image caption Australian Taxation Office workers have been urged to monitor colleagues. Australian public servants have been told to anonymously report their colleagues if they are wasting time at work or spending too long at lunch. The Australian Taxation Office sent out a memo to 20,000 staff in December urging them to be aware of workmates' behaviours, local media reported. It encouraged staff to report things like inaccurate timesheets or ... Full story

Donald Trump ranked worst president in US history by nearly 200 political scientists

Nearly 200 of America's top political scientists have voted Donald Trump the worst president in US history. According to the 2018 Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey, Mr Trump ranks even lower than disgraced President Richard Nixon – even among conservatives. Abraham Lincoln , unsurprisingly, takes the top prize. Mr Nixon sits at 33. The study, conducted every four years, surveys social science researchers from the ... Full story

Shepard Smith goes after Trump for not condemning Russia in tweetstorm

Fox News host Shepard Smith slammed President Trump Donald John Trump Tillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: 'We have a Napoleon in the making' MORE on Monday for failing to condemn Moscow but instead attacking Democrats and the FBI after more than a dozen Russians were indicted for election interference. “The president ... Full story

#TrumpColluded goes viral on Presidents Day

President Donald Trump may not look back fondly on this Presidents Day. ... Full story

Georgia looks to drop electronic voting machines in favor of paper ballots

A unique effort is underway in Georgia to safeguard elections by taking voting machines back to the future. “The most secure elections in the world are conducted with a piece of paper and a pencil,” said Georgia State Rep. Scot Turner. “It allows you to continue into the future to verify the result.”. Turner has proposed a bill that would retire Georgia’s electronic touch-screen voting machines and switch to paper ballots that voters would fill ... Full story