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In today’s briefing update, Iran’s President is visiting Japan in hopes of easing a nuclear impasse between Tehran and Washington. In Moscow, one person has been killed and more injured after a gunman opened fire near Russia’s intelligence agency. 

In the UK, MP’s are to vote on the prime minister’s Brexit deal today!

In India, fresh clashes between Indian police and demonstrators erupted on Friday bringing the death toll to nine.

Entertainment, JK Rowling faces backlash after publically supporting a woman who was sacked over her transgender comments. 

ALL this and more in today’s news briefing – A daily roundup of all the news headlines that you need to know, summarised as part of WTX News Briefing.

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Iran’s Rouhani to visit Japan in hope of easing nuke impasse

Arab News says Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is visiting Tokyo to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday. The meeting is in hopes of easing a nuclear impasse between Tehran and Washington and reduce tensions in the Middle East. Rouhani to visit japan

It will be the first visit in 19 years from an Iranian president and comes just before Japan is expected to announce a plan to deploy its troops to the region. 

The troops will ensure the safety of Japanese vessels transporting oil.

Japan is keen to restore stability in the Middle East, the source of more than 80% of Japan’s oil.

Read the full story on Arab News

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Moscow shooting: At least one person killed near Russian intelligence HQ

CNN says at least one person has been killed after a gunman opened fire near the headquarters of Russia’s main intelligence agency in Moscow, according to Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. shooting in Moscow

At least five people were injured in the shooting near the building on Thursday. Two Federal Security Service (FSB) officers suffered severe injuries, one FSB officer was shot dead.

Social media footage from the scene captured the sounds of gunshots and screams as people fled the area.

Read the full story on CNN

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Fresh clashes in India as death toll hit nine

France24 reports new clashes between Indian police and demonstrators erupted on Friday after more than a week of deadly unrest triggered by a citizenship law seen as anti-Muslim

On Thursday, three protesters were shot dead taking the death toll to nine. fresh clashes in india see death toll rise to nine

The law makes it easier for persecuted minorities from neighbouring countries to get citizenship, but not if they are Muslims. It has led to fears that Modi wants to remould India as a Hindu nation, which he denies. 

Read the full story on France24

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MP’s to vote on Johnson’s Brexit deal

BBC News says MPs will vote on Friday on whether to back Boris Johnson’s plan for the UK to leave the EU on 31 January. Mps to vote on PMs brexit deal

The EU Bill would also ban the government from extending the transition period – where the UK is out of the EU but follows many of its rules – past 2020. 

Opponents say the bill leaves the UK’s future uncertain, and agreeing a trade deal with the EU could take years.

Read the full story on BBC News

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JK Rowling back woman sacked over transgender comments

Sky News reports JK Rowling has divided opinion on Twitter after she spoke out in support of a woman sacked for tweeting that transgender people cannot change their biological sex. JK backlash

Maya Fortater lost her job as a tax expert at the Centre for Global Development in March. 

She was accused of publishing “offensive” tweets questioning government proposals to allow people to self-identify their own gender.

Read the full story on Sky News

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