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Tributes are pouring in for legendary singer David Bowie whose death from cancer was announced late yesterday. Paul McCartney described him as a "great star" who "played a very strong part in British musical history". Frequent collaborator Brian Eno said reflected the shock of the news: "David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now." Iggy Pop wrote on Twitter: "David's friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is." Schoolmate Peter Frampton described Bowie as a "friend and mentor". Adam Lambert said he "challenged people's perception of gender stereotypes" and was "SO ahead of his time".
Drug-resistant Tuberculosis has gained a foothold on Australia's doorstep: More than 160 people on the PNG island of Daru in the Torres Strait are suffering with it. "We're seeing an outbreak of drug-resistant tuberculosis that we haven't seen the scale of before," communicable disease expert Professor Brendan Crabb of Melbourne's Burnet Institute told the ABC. Daru's only hospital - Australian-funded - is overcrowded and can't take anymore patients, and promised funding from the Papua New Guinea government has yet to arrive.
The UN food and medical aid convoy has reached Madaya, the besieged Syrian village where starving residents have been reduced to eating grass and leaf clippings. The delivery should supply 40,000 people for a month, although the residents of Madaya have been trapped in the village for six months, and the last aid delivery was in October. Aid convoys also reached Foah and Kefraya in the north, where 20,000 people are suffering under similar conditions.
Bombs from a suspected Russian war plane killed at least twelve children at a school in a rebel-held town near Aleppo. The Russians are not commenting, and UNICEF is investigating.
Police in Stockholm, Sweden are launching an internal investigation into whether police covered up accusations of sex abuse committed by asylum seekers at music festivals in 2014 and 2015. An internal police memo leaked to the newspaper Dagens Nyheter documented that police identified at least 50 suspects. Cops denied there was a cover-up, but acknowledged not publicizing the true extent of the problem so as not to "play into the hands" of anti-immigration, nationalist, and racist groups.
A report from Germany's interior ministry says the suspects who committed sexual harassment and assaults outside Cologne's train station on New Year's Eve were "almost exclusively" immigrants from the Arab world, and no German nationals are among the 19 identified suspects. People have so far filed more than 500 complaints about trouble outside the station on NYE, about 40 percent of them being sex harassment or assaults. The situation is shocking to Germans, who are questioning police competence and the government's open-door policy towards refugees.
The process of extraditing drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman from Mexico to the United States could take up to a year, with legal maneuvers and paperwork. But criticism is not waiting for Rolling Stone magazine and actor Sean Penn for conducting an interview with the criminal responsible for thousands of deaths through his drug trade while he was a fugitive from the law. The worst part for journalism ethicists is that Penn and RS submitted their article back to Guzman for his approval before publishing it. "Allowing any source control over a story's content is inexcusable," Andrew Seaman of the Society of Professional Journalists wrote in a blog post. "The writer, who in this case is an actor and activist, may write the story in a more favorable light and omit unflattering facts in an attempt to not be rejected." Others noted that real journalists - not hobbyists like Mr. Penn - have been killed in Mexico trying to document the ravages of the drug cartel on the country.