US embassy in Baghdad attacked

December 31, 2019

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The US Embassy wall is shown set on fire by a group of people adjacent.

Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary fighters set fire on the US Embassy wall to condemn air strikes on their bases, in Baghdad, Iraq Dec. 31, 2019.

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Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters

Protesters attacked the US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, on Tuesday in reaction to US airstrikes there. What is the symbolism of protesters breaching the compound, the largest and most expensive embassy ever built? Also, LGBTQ rights have seen both progress and setbacks over the last 10 years. Some countries have surprised activists by writing protections into law, while other countries have enforced regulations and further restrict their LGBTQ citizens. Plus, communities in Bermuda and Eastport, Maine, ring in the New Year with nontraditional ball drops. How are people ringing in the new year elsewhere around the world?


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