Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Iraq: “Iraqi security forces were scrambling Monday to locate several Americans kidnapped in Baghdad over the weekend. Ala Al-Sadr, a spokesman for the American Embassy in Baghdad, confirmed Sunday that some U.S. nationals were missing in Baghdad. He did not say when the kidnapping occurred.”
* Iran: “The U.S. military released new details on Monday about how 10 Navy sailors were taken captive briefly by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf last week, but it remains unclear how the sailors first ended up in Iranian territorial waters before their capture.”
* Flint: “The National Guard sent dozens of additional members into Flint, Michigan, on Monday to help address the impoverished city’s water crisis, as Gov. Rick Snyder came under widening criticism – from residents and presidential candidates – for his handling of a massive exposure to lead.”
* East Africa: “Gunmen from Al Qaeda stormed a luxury hotel frequented by foreigners in Burkina Faso’s capital on Friday night, seizing hostages and killing others while fighting with dozens of security forces who began a counterattack hours later. It was Al Qaeda’s first major attack in this landlocked sub-Saharan country, a former French colony.”
* Germany: “A 26-year-old Algerian man has become the first person arrested in connection with a string of sexual assault during New Year’s celebrations in Cologne that sparked a debate about Germany’s ability to integrate migrants.”
* The former CIA chief in Benghazi says “13 Hours,” a movie Republicans are very excited about, is largely fictional, and includes made-up details conservative activists believe are real.
* The total swells when you add viewers who watched online: “The increasingly close race between Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders is capturing the attention of the American electorate, according to NBC, which said that more than 10 million viewers tuned in to watch the Democratic presidential debate on Sunday night.”
* Quite a statistic: “All the money in the world is growing ever more concentrated in the hands of just a few people, a report released Sunday night makes clear. Just 62 ultra-rich individuals – a list that is primarily made up of men and includes Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, the Koch Brothers and the Walmart heirs – have as much wealth as the bottom half of humanity. Five years ago, it took 388 rich guys to achieve that status.”
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