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Iran parades ballistic missile on 38th anniversary of hostage crisis

Iran marked the 38th anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. embassy Saturday with a ballistic missile on display as thousands marched in celebration, Reuters reported.

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Meanwhile, a senior Iranian official accused President Donald Trump of a “crazy” return to confrontation with Tehran, Reuters reported.

Iran and the United States severed diplomatic relations soon after the 1979 revolution that toppled the Shah, during which hardline students seized the embassy and took 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.

The hostages remained in captivity from Nov. 4, 1979, to Jan. 20, 1981.

Attendance for Saturday’s event appeared to be higher, Reuters reported. Last month, Trump refused to recertify Iran’s compliance in a 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, Reuters reported.

Under the terms of the 2015 deal, most international sanctions against Iran were lifted in exchange for the Tehran government curbing its nuclear activity.

Iranians assumed a defiant tone Saturday. Iran officials have insisted that any missile programs it had was for defensive purposes and was not negotiable

“All the governments confirm that the American president is a crazy individual who is taking others toward the direction of suicide,” Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, told a rally in Tehran, state media reported.

“Trump’s policies against the people of Iran have brought them out into the streets today,” Shamkhani said.

A Ghadr ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km was put on display near the ex-U.S. embassy in Tehran, now a cultural center, during Saturday’s street demonstration, Tasnim news agency said.

“That America thinks Iran is going to put aside its military power is a childish dream,” said Brigadier General Hossein Salami, deputy head of its elite Revolutionary Guards who oversees the missile development, according to Tasnim.

China extends national anthem disrespect law to Hong Kong

Protesters considering taking a knee -- or even booing -- during the Chinese national anthem in Hong Kong will be arrested and jailed, Reuters reported.

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China’s parliament on Saturday formally extended a law banning disrespect of the “March of the Volunteers” to cover Hong Kong, Reuters reported.

During the past few years, soccer fans in Hong Kong have booed the national anthem during World Cup qualifiers and other matches. The Chinese parliament passed a law in September mandating a 15-day jail term for anyone who mocks the country’s national anthem. That covers the Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Macau, Reuters reported.

The National Anthem Law, which took effect on Oct. 1, has now been included in an annex of Hong Kong’s Basic Law, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency..

Hong Kong is a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997, but has retained a high degree of autonomy, Reuters reported. China’s legislation has caused some tension among citizens in Hong Kong.

Anyone lose a house? Strange house appears on man’s property

You’d think you’d know about all of the houses on your property. 

But a man in Canada had a surprise when he took a trip around his 320 acres of land: a house that he didn’t remember being there before. 

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So Patrick Maze did what anyone would do. He put a photo of the house on Facebook, asking if anyone knew how the house got on his property, Huffington Post reported.

It was a long shot, but eventually worked out and the woman who owned the structure came forward, CBC reported.

Brenda Robertson responded, “That’s my house.”

Robertson explained that the building was being taken to Winnipeg, when it was stopped by SaskPower because of permit issues. Robertson, prior to the post, had no idea where her house was. She thanked Maze for posting it and worked to get the house off the land quickly, Huffington Post reported.

Maze said that his tenant wasn’t currently using the land, but at the same time didn’t want to be held responsible if something happened to the house.

Photographer to publish book of pictures from David Bowie’s 1983 tour

A photographer who shadowed rock star David Bowie on his 1983 world tour will publish a limited-edition book in May 2018 that features unpublished photos, The Guardian reported. 

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“Ricochet: David Bowie 1983” will showcase the pictures British photographer Denis O’Regan and will be published by Moonlight Books. Only 2,000 copies will be produced, The Guardian reported.

The photographs all come from Bowie’s 1983 Serious Moonlight tour for his album “Let’s Dance.” Bowie played at nearly 100 venues in 15 countries, beginning his tour in Brussels, Belgium, and ending it in Hong Kong.

O’Regan recalled telling Bowie that it was seeing the Ziggy Stardust concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1973 that inspired him to take up rock photography, The Guardian reported“Being David, he wasn’t very good at taking compliments. I said: ‘It’s because of you that I became a rock photographer.’ He said: ‘Yeah, you’ll probably tell Bono the same thing tomorrow night.’”The book will contain memorabilia that includes handwritten lyrics, tickets, set lists, three large limited-edition prints and a 12-inch picture disc of “Ricochet” and “Let’s Dance.”

Bowie had intended to sign the book before his death in January 2016. Bowie and O’Regan sifted through nearly 20,000 photographs from the tour, The Guardian reported.

Great Pyramid hidden area found

In a first since the 19th century, a hidden chamber within one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World is hidden no more.

Scientists have discovered a 153-foot-long void above the Great Pyramid’s Grand Gallery, National Geographic reported. The area is also 26 feet high. 

So far experts are not sure why it is there or if it holds anything.

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Scientists from France and Japan on the ScanPyramids team announced their finding two years after they studied the structure. They used muography that shows changes in density inside rock structures, The BBC reported.

A smaller, similar void had been found on the pyramid’s north face.

The team will not call the voids chambers, of which there are three large chambers already discovered, along with several passageways.

Some believe the void could have been built to relieve pressure and stress above the King’s Chamber. Others say that it isn’t the case, that it is too large to relieve the weight of the pyramid, The BBC reported.

Now the challenge that faces the experts is how to get a look inside the void without damaging or destroying the ancient pyramid. 

One scientist suggested drilling a 3 centimeter hole that they could use to fly a robot through and into the area, but Egyptian officials would have to approve it, The BBC reported.

The Great Pyramid was built during Egypt’s Old Kingdom’s Fourth Dynasty about 4,500 years ago by pharaoh Khufu, National Geographic reported

8 killed in New York terror attack: What we know about the victims

A driver in a rented pickup truck plowed into pedestrians and bicyclists on a path in New York City on Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring 12 others.

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Police said the suspect in the case, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, was shot in the abdomen by a police officer after the truck collided with a school bus. Saipov, who came to the United States from Uzbekistan in 2010, carried out the attack in ISIS’s name, police said Wednesday.

>> Related: Who is Sayfullo Saipov, New York City terror attack suspect? 

Investigators said 20 people were injured in the attack, six of which were pronounced dead at the scene. Two other people died at hospital, according to authorities.

Here’s what we know about the victims:

Cab mounts pavement, crashes in London

A taxicab crashed into a sidewalk in London on Wednesday, scattering pedestrians and causing chaos one day after a man plowed a pickup truck into people on a bicycle path in New York City, according to witnesses.

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Police said that the accident did not appear to be terror related.

Video posted on social media from the scene in Covent Garden showed multiple police cars in the area following the crash.

Trump tears into Russia 'dossier,' Hillary Clinton and Uranium One in Twitter spree

President Donald Trump began his Sunday by laying into his political enemies.

>> Reports: First charges filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller

On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted about the now-infamous “dossier” prepared by intel group Fusion GPS.

Recently, reports revealed the Clinton campaign was one of the major backers of the dossier.

>> Trump ally Roger Stone suspended from Twitter after profanity-laden rant

Trump also tweeted about the “Uranium Deal" – a reference to reportedly unfounded allegations that Hillary Clinton allowed the sale of uranium to Russian energy agency Rosatom in exchange for a $145 million donation to the Clinton Foundation – as well as Clinton’s email scandal. Fact-checking sites such as Snopes and FactCheck.org have disputed those claims.

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“There is so much GUILT by Democrats/Clinton, and now the facts are pouring out,” Trump tweeted. “DO SOMETHING!”

Although the tweets came just days after reports that a grand jury approved the first charges filed in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, White House lawyer Ty Cobb told NBC News that Trump's tweets were not "a reaction to anything involving the special counsel, with whom the White House continues to cooperate."

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

US service member killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

A U.S. service member was killed and six crew members were injured when a helicopter crashed in Afghanistan, CNN reported Saturday.

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The helicopter crashed in the Logar province of Afghanistan on Friday evening, CNN reported, citing a statement from the NATO-led coalition in that country, Operation Resolute Support.

The Logar province is just south of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.

According to the statement, the crash did not occur because of enemy action.

"We have full accountability of all personnel and the crash site has been secured," the statement said.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our comrade," said Army Gen. John Nicholson, Resolute Support commander.

"On behalf of all of Resolute Support, our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of our fallen comrade and those injured in this unfortunate event."

US defense secretary Mattis visits Korean DMZ

Standing just a few yards away from North Korea, Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday criticized the country’s “reckless behavior,” adding that the United States and South Korea were committed to a “diplomatic solution,” CNN reported.

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Mattis spoke during a visit to the demilitarized zone that divides the two Korean nations As he spoke with his back to North Korea, Mattis said the goal of the United States is not war but rather “the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”

"North Korean provocations continue to threaten regional and world peace and despite unanimous condemnation by the United Nations' Security Council they still proceed," Mattis said.

Mattis’ trip to South Korea comes a week before President Donald Trump’s visit to Asia next week, CNN reported. The defense secretary spoke to troops at the Yongsan garrison after his visit to the DMZ.

“Ultimately our diplomats have to be backed up by strong soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines,” he said. “So they speak from a position of strength, of combined strength, of alliance strength. Shoulder to shoulder, (South Korea) and the U.S. together.

“You just keep working together and show the world we can do it and we'll buy time for our diplomats to solve this problem, OK?”

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