British Ambassador To Iran Arrested, Briefly Detained In Tehran

New York’s Iconic ‘Goodfellas’ Bar Saved At 11th Hour From Closing

The 189-year-old Neir’s Tavern in Queens, which was prominently featured in the classic mob film Goodfellas, has been given a reprieve from an expected Sunday closing.

The bar, which was depicted as the place where the infamous Lufthansa robbery was planned by movie mobsters Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta, among others, would have been shut down Sunday because of a crippling rent increase. However, politicians intervened, and after negotiations with the landlord, a new five-year and affordable lease agreement was structured.

Loycent Gordon, the bar owner since 2009, emailed the good news to his friends and customers. The rent was expected to rise to an untenable $5,400 from $1,100 a month before negotiations brought it down to an undisclosed amount.

Gordon tried to obtain landmark status for the building earlier this year, but failed. It is one of New York’s oldest existing taverns.

Building owner Henry Shi, City Councilman Robert Holden and Assemblyman Mike Miller met and found a path to compromise.

Besides its cameo in Goodfellas, the bar also hosted actress Mae West’s first performance.

 

Gardai seeking public's help to locate missing Chloe (15)

Gardai are asking for the public’s help to locate missing teenager Chloe Clarke, who was last seen in the Blanchardstown area.

Chloe (15) from Mulhuddart in Dublin 15 has been missing since Wednesday January 8.

The teenager is known to frequent the Dublin 8 area.

“She is described as being 5’5″, with brown hair and of slim build. When last seen Chloe was wearing a red jacket,” a garda spokesman said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Blanchardstown gardai on 016667000.

Eleven migrants dead after boat capsizes off western Turkey: Anadolu

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Eleven migrants, including eight children, died after their boat capsized off Turkey’s western coast, state-owned Anadolu agency said on Saturday.

Eight others were rescued from the sea near the town of Cesme, on the Aegean coast, it said.

Turkey became one of the main launch points for migrants taking the sea route to European Union territory in 2015, many fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa. The movement was drastically curtailed by a 2016 accord between Ankara and the EU.

Opposition Green Movement official calls on Iran Supreme Leader to step down: Saham News

DUBAI (Reuters) – A leader of Iran’s opposition Green Movement, Mehdi Karroubi, called on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the top authority in the Islamic Republic, to step down over the handling of the shooting down of the Ukrainian airliner.

In a statement posted online, Karroubi asked when Khamenei was told about the shooting down of the plane after it took off from Tehran on Wednesday, and why there had been a delay in informing the public about the real reasons for the crash.

UK envoy to Tehran arrested for several hours for inciting anti-government protesters: Tasnim

Cairo (Reuters) – A British envoy to Tehran was arrested for several hours in front of Amir Kabir University for inciting anti-government protesters, the Tehran-based Tasnim news agency said on Saturday.

Iran has witnessed anti-government protests, as protesters in Tehran on Saturday chanted slogans against the nation’s top authorities, after the powerful Revolutionary Guards admitted shooting down a passenger plane, killing all 176 aboard.

Ariana Grande Booked To Perform At 2020 Grammy Awards

Ariana Grande joins the list of performers set to take the stage at the 2020 Grammy Awards.

The Recording Academy made the announcement Saturday, writing on its website: “Music’s Biggest Night goes Grande.”

The “Boyfriend” singer added on Twitter: “See you Jan 26 #GRAMMYs @cbs @recordingacademy,”

She joins previously announced performers Aerosmith, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, plus host Alicia Keys, who will be returning for her second straight year as MC.

A previous Grammy winner, Grande is nominated in five categories this year, including Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for thank you, next. Record Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Perfomance for “7 Rings” and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Boyfriend” with Social House.

Lizzo leads the nominees with eight nods, while Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X each have six. The three will compete for the Best New Artist honor with Black Pumas, Maggie Rogers, Rosalia, Tank and the Bangas and Yola.

The Grammys are set to air live on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on CBS.

For Deadline’s complete list of the nominees click here.

Libya’s Haftar Forces Accept Ceasefire Offer, Halts Offensive

Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar accepted a truce to halt a nine-month-long offensive to seize the capital Tripoli following calls by Turkey and Russia, his spokesman Ahmed Al-Mismari said in a statement.

Mismari said the truce would take effect at midnight local time and would depend on the internationally recognized government in Tripoli also respecting the ceasefire. The Tripoli-based government has already said it would welcome a truce.

The presidents of Russia and Turkey, who back rival sides in the North African state’s civil war, had earlier this week called for a ceasefire starting Sunday.

British Ambassador To Iran Arrested, Briefly Detained In Tehran

Iranian officials arrested and briefly detained Robert Macaire, the British ambassador to Iran, according to the United Kingdom’s foreign secretary.

Macaire was arrested amid a protest outside of a university in Tehran and detained for more than an hour. He was eventually released, the Iran-based Tasnim News Agency reported.

“The arrest of our Ambassador in Tehran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of international law,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement Saturday.

“The Iranian government is at a cross-roads moment,” Raab continued. “It can continue its march towards pariah status with all the political and economic isolation that entails, or take steps to deescalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forwards.”

The U.S. State Department also denounced the arrest and called on the Iranian regime to formally apologize in its own statement Saturday.

“This violates the Vienna Convention, which the regime has a notorious history of violating,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said on Twitter. “We call on the regime to formally apologize to the UK for violating his rights and to respect the rights of all diplomats.”