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Iran Strikes Back and Stormzy's Slippers

FROM Iran striking back by launching missiles at US bases to Stormzy's slipper slip-up live on the BBC, This Reporter brings you the news headlines on Wednesday 8th January 2020.

Iran has launched more than a dozen missiles at Iraqi bases hosting US troops, in retaliation for the killing last week of top general Qassem Suleimani. Al-Asad air base in Iraq's Anbar province and at least one other base in the northern city of Erbil were targeted in the early hours of Wednesday morning. US President Donald Trump tweeted in the immediate aftermath that "All is well!" and "so far so good" at the news there appears to have been no casualties.
War Watch 3 descends into murk here, as it is not clear whether the incident of an Ukraine passenger plane, which crashed killing all 176 people on board just minutes after take off this morning, is somehow connected to Iran's vengeance. Though the most probable cause so far appears to be engine failure.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has condemned the "dangerous and reckless" missile attacks, urging Iran not to repeat them. British warships, helicopters and hundreds of military personnel have been put on standby for 48 hours for deployment to Iraq should the Iran crisis escalate.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been conspicuous for his absence in the House of Commons since his return from his Christmas holiday in the Caribbean, despite the scent of war in the air, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accusing him of hiding behind his ministers.
Also missing in action over the festive period was the predicted "Boris bounce", which promised to give a boost to the economy following the election of a Tory government just weeks before Christmas.
Falling victim to consumer caution were the big four supermarkets Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury's and ASDA, who all reported the slowest Christmas sales growth in at least four years, with evidence many customers cut back on traditional festive classics.
Sales of Christmas puddings were down by 16 per cent, seasonal biscuits were 11 per cent lower and turkey sales fell by one per cent. This Reporter speculates the 'joy de vivre' we were all, allegedly, experiencing at Johnson retaining his Prime Ministership was not as wide-spread as we were led to think.
The bushfires in Australia have sparked a global crafting effort as thousands of volunteers united to knit, crochet and sew shelters for animals affected by the devastation.
Millions of hectares of land have been burned in the bushfires in the last few weeks, killing an estimated one billion animals and many creatures have been orphaned or left without homes. Hand-stitched pouches have been donated to young marsupials including kangaroos, wombats and possums who require them to grow, whilst mittens have been knitted for koalas with burnt paws.
And finally, rapper Stormzy accidentally forgot to change out of his slippers before he got into a taxi to head to BBC Breakfast for a serious interview about racism in the UK.
"I forgot, I'm an idiot!" he told hosts Dan Walker and Louise Minchin. "I did a signing in Bristol...then I got in the car. I was like, 'ah damn, I ain't got my trainers'".
Twitter went into a "veritable frenzy" following the slip-up, with one tweeter commenting Stormzy had proved "what every middle-aged white man has known for years, slippers are cool".

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