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Iran’s deputy health minister has tested positive for coronavirus, the semi-official news agency ILNA reported today, February, 25.

The spokesman for Iran’s health ministry confirmed in an interview with state television that Deputy Minister Iraj Harirchi has been infected and is now under quarantine.

25-02-2020 16:20 +0400
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak died at the age of 91

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak - ousted by the military in 2011 - died in Cairo at the age of 91.

He spent three decades in office before a popular uprising swept Egypt.

Mubarak was found guilty of complicity in the killing of protesters during the revolution. That conviction was overturned and was freed in March 2017.

His death was confirmed by Egyptian state news. Mubarak underwent surgery in late January.

It should be mentioned that Mubarak was sentenced to life imprisonment over the deaths of some of the 900 protesters who were killed by security forces during the 2011 uprising. These charges were later overturned and Mubarak was released in 2017.

25-02-2020 16:16 +0400
At least seven people were killed and more than 100 injured in clashes in India

New violence erupted in the Indian capital on Tuesday, a day after at least seven people, including a police officer, were killed and more than 100 others were reportedly injured in clashes between hundreds of supporters and opponents of a new citizenship law that excludes Muslims.

Protesters in several areas of northeastern New Delhi defied orders prohibiting the assembly of more than five people and threw stones and set some shops and vehicles on fire, a police officer said. Some homes were attacked with rocks.

The clashes occurred as U.S. President Donald Trump held talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the second day of a visit to India.

The police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters, said the situation was tense but under control. Police and paramilitary forces sent reinforcements to quell the clashes.

25-02-2020 15:10 +0400
Man arrested after driving car into carnival parade in Germany

Police in Germany have tonight searched the home of a driver who deliberately drove a car into crowds at a German Carnival parade.

Special police officers dressed in all black with protective gear were seen entering the property of the 29-year-old who has been arrested for attempted murder after he ploughed his Mercedes into the carnival crowd packed with children.

30 people were injured following the incident and forensic officers have now set up a cordon around the car, with pictures showing several officers examining the silver vehicle.

The driver, a 29-year-old German citizen, mounted the pavement in the town of Volkmarsen, 15 miles west of Kassel, around 2.30pm on Monday before ploughing into families that had turned out for the festivities.

Police arrested the driver at the scene.

25-02-2020 10:23 +0400
Senate Democrats urge Trump administration to impose sanctions on Russia for election interference

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and other senior Senate Democrats on Monday called on the Treasury and State departments to impose sanctions on Russian individuals found to be meddling in U.S. elections following reports of new interference efforts.

In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Senate Democrats pointed to concerns about reports last week that Russian agents are already interfering in the lead-up to the 2020 U.S. elections in order to boost the campaigns of President Trump and Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“In light of this information, we urge you to immediately and forcefully impose sanctions on the government of the Russian Federation, any Russian actors determined to be responsible for such interference, and those acting on their behalf or providing material or financial support for these election interference efforts,” Schumer and Sens. Sherrod Brown and Bob Menendez wrote.

25-02-2020 10:09 +0400
Death toll from coronavirus rises to 2 698

All patients infected with coronavirus in France have been cured. However, the number of people dying of coronavirus worldwide is still rising. At this time, the virus killed 2 698 people. Most of the fatal cases have been reported in China.

According to the latest data, more than 80 000 people are infected with coronavirus worldwide.

There have been 35 deaths reported outside of mainland China, including 12 in Iran, 7 – in South Korea, 7 – in Italy, 4 – in Japan, 2 – in Hong Kong, Philippines, France and Taiwan – one in each of them.

25-02-2020 07:45 +0400
Several injured after car crashes into carnival crowd in Germany

Several people are injured after a car crashed into a crowd at a carnival procession in Volkmarsen.

The incident took place on Monday, the driver has been arrested.

According to police, it was too early to confirm what caused the car to crash on the south side of the town, outside a supermarket.

Police and ambulance services rushed to the scene.

Amateur video footage showed a silver Mercedes station wagon with local licence plates and its hazard lights blinking on the pavement while emergency crews walked by.

24-02-2020 19:17 +0400
Embassy of Georgia in Italy issues instructions regarding coronavirus

The Embassy of Georgia in Italy issued instructions regarding coronavirus for the citizens who are currently in the Lombardy and Veneto regions.

According to the Embassy, citizens’ cooperation is fundamental for combating the virus.

“Instructions for the Lombardy region: The citizens living in the Lombardy Communes (the municipalities listed in the February 21 decree), who have flu symptoms, should not go to the emergency medical service center, but should call the region"s hotline: 800.89.45.45 or 112 or 1500 for getting general information. For detailed information, please visit the website of the Lombardy region!

Instructions for the Veneto region: The citizens, who might have contact with infected persons, but do not have symptoms or have mild symptoms, such as fever and/or cough without respiratory complications, should not call 118 or seek hospital treatment, but should call hotline: 800.46.23.40. In case of suspicions, call 1500! Do not go to hospital in case of having symptoms, but call 118! Follow the region’s social networks e

For detailed information, visit the website of the Veneto region!”, - reads the statement of the Embassy.

24-02-2020 17:56 +0400
Prague to rename square near Russian embassy after slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov

The Pod Kastany square in Prague, where the Russian embassy is situated, will probably be renamed after the murdered Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, Mayor Zdenek Hrib said. He added that the plan is sure of support in the City Assembly.

The city’s toponymic commission has nodded to the renaming, which may take place on February 27, when five years will have elapsed since the murder of Nemtsov.
At present, the name of the square in the Prague 6 District is namesti Pod kastany (Chestnut Trees Square).

24-02-2020 17:06 +0400
Trump has a positive approval rating

Donald Trump is enjoying a positive approval rating for the first time since his inauguration, according to a poll released Thursday.

49% of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing, compared to 48% who disapprove of Trump’s performance.

The poll also found that the President is enjoying his highest approval ratings among Independents since taking office at 43%.

24-02-2020 15:21 +0400
The American military ship entered the Black Sea

American military ship in the Black Sea. According to the US Navy, the ship will participate in the training aimed at strengthening the regional stability.

“The purpose of the operation is to demonstrate our maritime military potential and readiness to work together with NATO allies and regional partners”, - reads the statement.

24-02-2020 15:14 +0400
Embassy of Georgia addresses Georgian citizens in the Republic of Korea regarding Coronavirus

The Embassy of Georgia addresses Georgian citizens residing in the Republic of Korea regarding Coronavirus.

The Embassy calls on Georgian citizens residing, travelling or studying in the Republic of Korea to comply with the recommendations of the country.

“The number of people infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19) has increased significantly in the country in the last two days.

Accordingly, on February 23, the authorities of the Republic of Korea declared the highest level of caution.

In view of all the above, the Embassy of Georgia calls on Georgian citizens residing, travelling or studying in the Republic of Korea to observe and comply with the recommendations made by the host country; refrain from visiting public places; observe safety and hygiene measures”, - reads the statement of the Embassy.

24-02-2020 11:31 +0400
9 killed, 50 injured in magnitude 5.7 earthquake near Turkey-Iran border

Nine people were killed and buildings collapsed across southeastern Turkey when a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck near the border with Iran, injuring more than a hundred in villages and towns in both countries, government officials said. In Turkey, three of the dead were children, and 50 people were injured, including nine critically.

The shallow tremor caused more than 1 000 buildings to collapse in Turkey, prompting a brief rescue effort to find those trapped under rubble.

The quake damaged buildings some 90 km to the west in the Turkish city of Van, and to the east in dozens of villages in Iran, where state TV said 75 people were injured including six in hospital.

There were several aftershocks including a larger tremor measuring 6.0 magnitude that stuck nearby 10 hours later. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from that quake, which was also fairly shallow and potentially dangerous.

24-02-2020 11:26 +0400
Seven wounded in shooting at flea market in Houston

A gunman opened fire at a flea market in Houston, wounding seven people in an area known for its Hispanic community, with a suspect being taken into custody at the scene.

The victims were being taken to hospitals and that some injuries may have been a result of a bullet ricochet.
The shooting occurred as the Sunday market was taking place in the busy area.

24-02-2020 09:17 +0400
Israel says it struck Islamic Jihad sites in Gaza and Syria

The Israeli military says it has launched air strikes against a Palestinian militant group in Gaza and Syria in response to rocket fire.

Israel’s military said it had struck Islamic Jihad targets in southern Damascus and the Gaza Strip on Sunday.

In a rare acknowledgement of a strike on Syria, the Israeli military said it targeted “a hub of Islamic Jihad"s activity”.

Syria said its air defences shot down most of the Israeli missiles.

Four people were wounded in Gaza, health officials say, but there have been no immediate reports of fatalities from the Israeli strikes.

24-02-2020 09:11 +0400
Ukraine’s Healthcare Minister to spend 14 days with quarantined Ukrainians

Ukraine’s Minister of Health Zoryana Skaletska has decided to join the quarantined people at the Novi Sanzhary Medical Center and will spend the next 14 days with them. She wrote about it on her Facebook page after local citizens attacked the bus, which was carrying evacuated Ukrainians, with stones.

“I made the decision to join the people in the observation. I will spend the next 14 days with them in the same room and in the same conditions. I hope that my presence will reassure both those in Novi Sanzhary and the rest of the country ... I want to emphasize one more time: these people are our compatriots, they are no strangers to us. We live in one country and we must take care of their health and safety”, - wrote Skaletska.

According to her, the evacuation was carefully prepared and the safe conditions of stay in observation were provided, taking all WHO standards and practices of other countries into account.

21-02-2020 19:36 +0400
Germany and France called on Russia for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Idlib

Germany and France called on Russia for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Idlib.

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel broke away from the extraordinary European Council budget summit in Brussels to call Vladimir Putin to suggest convening a meeting to try to broker a ceasefire.

“The chancellor and the president wanted to alert President Putin about the humanitarian situation of the civilian population in Idlib province in Syria”, - said Macron’s office.

Macron and Merkel “called for an immediate cessation of hostilities” and asked parties “not to block humanitarian aid access to populations in need”.

21-02-2020 14:10 +0400
Voting underway in Iran parliamentary election

Iranians began voting Friday in a parliamentary election which conservatives are expected to dominate, capitalising on public anger against moderate conservative President Hassan Rouhani over a ravaged economy, corruption and multiple crises.
State television showed the Islamic republic’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei casting the first ballot in Tehran.
As he voted, Khamenei called on all Iranians to take part in the election “as soon as possible”, saying that doing so would “guarantee the country’s national interests”.

21-02-2020 10:59 +0400
Death toll of coronavirus victims reached 2 247

According to the latest data, the number of people with coronavirus reached 75000, while 2 247 people died.

118 deaths and 1,600 new cases of infection reported in the last 24 hours.

A new case of coronavirus disease reported in two Chinese prisons, where 200 prisoners and seven security guards have the virus.

21-02-2020 09:37 +0400
Storm Dennis in UK - Floods hit 1 000 properties in Rhondda Cynon Taff

More than 1 000 homes and businesses have been hit by the Storm Dennis floods in Rhondda Cynon Taff.

The Welsh Government estimated there was more than 800 properties across the whole of Wales affected by Storm Dennis and Ciara.

Homes and businesses were damaged after rivers burst their banks when Storm Dennis hit communities in south and mid Wales.

As the clean-up continues, more heavy rain is expected, with a yellow weather warning.

There are five flood warnings in force in Wales, four are in Monmouthshire, meaning flooding is expected and immediate action required. The fifth is in Llangollen, Denbighshire.

20-02-2020 09:51 +0400
In China the number of people killed by coronavirus reached 2 118

China’s National Health Commission reported on Thursday at least 114 new deaths from the coronavirus outbreak as of the end of Wednesday, bringing to at least 2 118 the number of fatalities nationwide.

At least 108 of the new fatalities were from Hubei Province, the epicentre of the epidemic. 

The national health commission also reported 394 new confirmed cases, significantly lower than the 1,749 cases reported nationwide the previous day.

The latest confirmed number of cases is the biggest drop in almost a month.

20-02-2020 09:18 +0400
8 killed in shootings in the German city of Hanau

Eight people were killed in shootings in the German city of Hanau on Wednesday evening. Two hookah lounges reportedly were targeted.

Authorities were searching for the perpetrators early Thursday, three hours after the shootings which took place at about 10 p.m., which police said also left five people wounded.
A heavy police presence was in place in central Hanau, with officers cordoning off the scene of one of the shootings as a helicopter hovered overhead. A car covered in thermal foil also could be scene, with shattered glass next to it.

20-02-2020 09:13 +0400
US imposes sanctions on Rosneft subsidiary over Venezuelan oil

The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on the trading arm of Rosneft, Russia’s state oil champion, for transporting Venezuelan crude in violation of US sanctions, ramping up its pressure campaign to oust Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro from power.

“As the primary broker of global deals for the sale and transport of Venezuela’s crude oil, Rosneft Trading has propped up the dictatorial Maduro, enabling his repression of the Venezuelan people”, - said Mike Pompeo, US secretary of state. He added that Maduro had benefited from “malign support” from Russia, Cuba, Iran and China.

A senior US administration official said that the measure “not only goes after the US-based assets but also stands as a prohibition worldwide”. He added that anyone engaging with Rosneft Trading, the Geneva-based subsidiary, risked being sanctioned by the US.

19-02-2020 14:32 +0400
One of the reasons for August War 2008 is Saakashvili"s rhetoric - Kurt Volker

Kurt Volker, the U.S. former Special Representative for Ukraine thinks one of the reasons for the August War 2008 is Mikheil Saakashvili’s rhetoric towards Vladimir Putin.

“Saakashvili had done a lot for his country, including sweeping reforms. He effectively developed relations with the US and the West. However, Putin was extremely nervous about Saakashvili’s harsh rhetoric. I think this resulted in August War 2008.

The current Georgian government chose different rhetoric towards Russia, but that does not mean the government forgot Russian aggression or occupation”, - said Volker in the interview with European Pravda.

The U.S. former Special Representative for Ukraine cited Georgia’s example while talking about the minimization of Russia’s aggression and its resistance tactics.

19-02-2020 11:42 +0400
The prohibition of Georgia-produced medicines in Tskhinvali – the President addresses International Organisations

The President of Georgia informed Director-General of World Health Organisation, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Commissioner of Council of Europe for Human Rights in the occupied territories of Georgia on prohibition of Georgia-produced Medicines in occupied Tskhinvali.

“The so-called Akhalgori crossing point is locked, which is the direct cause of the humanitarian crisis.

Residents of the occupied territories, and especially retirees, those suffering from chronic diseases are in a difficult position. By blocking the so-called crossing point and banning the use of medicines, fundamental human rights, such as the right to health, the right to life and freedom of movement, are restricted. 

Also, imposing ban on medicines restrict fundamental human rights, including the right to health, the right to life and freedom of movement.

We called on the Commissioners to focus on the situation in the occupied territories of Georgia”, - reads the statement of Salome Zurabishvili.

19-02-2020 11:27 +0400
Vladimer Putin sacks his top adviser Vladislav Surkov

Vladimir Putin sacked Vladislav Surkov, one of his chief advisers and the architect of Russia’s Ukraine policy.

The dismissal of the 55-year-old Surkin was announced on the Kremlin website but there was no indication of what his new job would be.

In recent years, Surkov was in charge of the Kremlin’s Ukraine policy and cultivated close ties with the separatists who have carved out “people’s republics” in the ex-Soviet country’s eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk.

19-02-2020 09:37 +0400
Georgia’s judicial system, which now seems to be politically motivated - Lithuanian MP

Lithuanian MP responds to the arrest of Gigi Ugulava. Laurynas Kasciunas talks about “reasonable questions about Georgia’s judicial system” and dialogue between the parties:

“The situation raises reasonable questions about Georgia’s judicial system, which now seems to be politically motivated and this brings a bad influence for a successful continuation of the dialogue between Georgia’s governing party and opposition representatives”, - tweeted Laurynas Kasciunas

19-02-2020 09:14 +0400
Death toll from coronavirus rises to 2004 in China

The death toll in China from novel coronavirus outbreak has risen to 2,004, with 136 new fatalities reported in the past 24 hours, the Chinese state health committee said.

The number of confirmed cases has gone up by 1 749 to reach 74 185. The number of people who have recovered and have been discharged from hospitals has risen by 1 824 to 14 376.

The novel coronavirus disease, dubbed COVID-19 by the World Health Organization, was first detected in Wuhan, China’s Hubei Province, in late December 2019 and has since spread to more than 25 other countries.

19-02-2020 08:52 +0400
Ukraine rebels open fire - one government soldier killed

Russian-backed separatists tried to break through the trench line in the stalemated war in eastern Ukraine, killing one government soldier and wounding four others.

In Kyiv the attack was seen more as a diplomatic feint than a military assault, an effort to gain leverage during talks to end the war. In response, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, convened an emergency meeting of his national security council. The Kremlin denied any involvement.

After a phase of widespread violence in 2014 and 2015, the war settled into a dreary back-and-forth along a frontier consisting of about 270 miles of trenches.

Despite a negotiated cease-fire, skirmishes break out daily, most of them with long-distance artillery. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe reported nearly 300 000 cease-fire violations by both sides last ye

18-02-2020 17:10 +0400
Court reinstates order for Russia to pay $50 bln over Yukos

In a major legal defeat for the Russian government, a Dutch appeals court on Tuesday reinstated an international arbitration panel’s order that it should pay $50 billion compensation to shareholders in former oil company Yukos.

The ruling overturned a 2016 decision by The Hague District Court that quashed the compensation order on the grounds that the arbitration panel did not have jurisdiction because the case was based on an energy treaty that Russia had signed but not ratified.

The Hague Court of Appeal ruled that the 2016 decision “was not correct. That means that the arbitration order is in force again”.

The arbitration panel had ruled that Moscow seized control of Yukos in 2003 by hammering the company with massive tax claims. The move was seen as an attempt to silence Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a vocal critic of Vladimir Putin.

18-02-2020 15:51 +0400
1 died and 9 people injured in fire in Shopping Center in Baku

1 died and nine people got injured in a fire at the Sadarak Shopping Center in Baku, and 60 shops burnt down.

The injured got provided with medical care on the spot.

The firefighters localized the fire. According to preliminary reports, the fire broke out in the department of the perfume products.

18-02-2020 14:46 +0400
1 870 deaths, over 72 500 cases confirmed in China

In China, the death toll from coronavirus has risen to 1 870. According to the latest data, than 72 500 people have been infected and 12 552 patients have been recovered.

According to the Head of the World Health Organization, 4 out of every 5 people are able to recover.

The vast majority of cases have occurred in mainland China.

18-02-2020 10:00 +0400
EU prolongs arms embargo and sanctions against Belarus for a year

The EU extended the arms embargo against Belarus for a year, as well as restrictive measures against four citizens of this country. This is stated in a statement by the EU Council, circulated on Monday in Brussels. 

The Council decided to extend the restrictive measures against Belarus for one year, until February 28, 2021.

The document explains that Brussels has extended the embargo on the supply of arms and police special equipment, as well as visa restrictions against four Belarusian security officials “in connection with the unsolved disappearances of two opposition politicians, one businessman and one journalist in 1999-2000”.

The EU introduced the first block of visa sanctions against Belarus and its president, Alexander Lukashenko, in connection with human rights violations back in 2002.

17-02-2020 17:05 +0400
Thousands take part in Japan’s "Naked Festival"

Ten thousand men stripped off to take part in “Hadaka Matsuri”, an annual naked festival in Japan’s Honshu Island.
The loincloth-clad competitors gathered at the Saidaiji Temple in Okayama Prefecture for the event to celebrate prosperity and fertility. 
Their aim was to snatch one of two 20cm-long “shingi” wooden sticks thrown by a priest into the crowd. 
The sticks, thrown among 100 bundles of twigs, are meant to bring a year of good fortune to whoever is lucky enough to catch them. 

17-02-2020 13:32 +0400
Costa Rican police find six tonnes of cocaine in biggest ever haul

Police in Costa Rica have found almost 6 tonnes of cocaine in a shipping container, leading to the country’s biggest ever drug seizure.
The drugs, which weighed 5 800kg, were discovered on Friday evening in Limon in a container of flowers due to be sent to Rotterdam, Holland.
In a press conference on Saturday afternoon, interior minister Michael Soto Rojas confirmed it was the largest ever drug seizure in Costa Rica.
The interior minister estimated that the haul has a European market value of 126 m Euro.
More than 5 000 packets of cocaine were found inside 202 suitcases. 

17-02-2020 10:04 +0400
At least 14 killed in Congo as runaway truck slams into vehicles and pedestrians

At least 14 people died and some two dozen more were hurt when a truck plowed into vehicles and pedestrians in the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa.

The truck smashed into a taxi bus and other vehicles as well as pedestrians after its brakes failed.

Congolese often accuse the authorities of responding inadequately to such incidents.

Top Congo FM radio tweeted that the truck was carrying a cargo of stones and hit “several vehicles and motorbikes”.

17-02-2020 09:34 +0400
In China, the number of coronavirus deaths has risen by 105 in the last 24 hours

The death toll in China from the coronavirus outbreak has risen to 1 771 the country’s National Health Commission said.

Authorities said 70 548 confirmed cases have been reported, while in the last 24 hours, 105 people have died and almost 2 048 new cases have been detected.

The number of those detected with the virus outside China’s mainland stands at 57 in Hong Kong and 10 in Macau. Both are special administrative regions.

The number of those under medical observation dropped to 150 539.

17-02-2020 08:29 +0400
Popocatepetl volcano erupts in Mexico

Popocatepetl Volcano erupted in the Tlamacas region of Mexico, releasing lava and smoke into the air.

Over a period of 24 hours, the volcano released 268 exhalations, one volcano-tectonic earthquake, 90 minutes of tremor, and one moderate explosion.
Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention issued a Yellow Phase 2 warning urging civilians not to get too close to the volcano or its crater. Credit: Nicola Rustichelli via Storyful.

14-02-2020 11:13 +0400
Iran Guards commander threatens to hit Israel

The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on Thursday threatened to target both Israel and the United States if they make an “error”.

Iranian Major General Hossein Salami, who made the comment in a speech broadcast live on state TV, was responding to a report by The Times of Israel on recent remarks by Defense Minister Naftali Bennett.

Bennett said at a campaign event at a synagogue on Saturday that Jerusalem and Washington have agreed Israel will be in charge of countering Iranian influence in Syria, while the US will do so in Iraq.

Salami said that in light of that remark, Iran will view both countries as responsible in case of military action against it: “If you make the slightest error, we will hit both of you”.

He also warned Israel not to rely on the United States.

14-02-2020 11:03 +0400
U.S. Senate passes resolution limiting Trump’s power to launch military operations against Iran

U.S. Senate passed a resolution curbing the U.S. president’s ability to use military forces against Iran without congressional approval.

The Senate voted 55-45 to pass the war powers resolution, which demands the U.S. president terminate the use of U.S. troops for hostilities against Iran without congressional approval.

8 Republican senators joined the Democrats to support the resolution despite opposition from Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The House of Representatives has indicated it will take up the resolution, which does not seek to prevent the U.S. from defending itself from imminent attack.

The White House has threatened a veto if the resolution is sent to Trump’s desk, while the Senate will not have enough votes to override the veto.

14-02-2020 10:16 +0400
Coronavirus - 1486 dead and more than 65 000 infected

More than 65,000 people have been sickened and 1 486 died of the coronavirus in January, according to the World Health Organization.

Health officials worldwide are working to contain cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus that originated in China.

This map will be updated when more information is available. As of Feb. 13, COVID-19 cases were confirmed in China, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, the US, France, Australia, Malaysia, Nepal, Germany, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Finland, India, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Spain and Belgium.

14-02-2020 07:57 +0400
Crises, Coronavirus and Challenges - The 56th Munich Security Conference opens today

The 56th Munich Security Conference (MSC) will discuss a theme coined as “westlessness”, the loss of the common standing of what it means to be part of the West.

According to the organizers, the westlessness means a widespread feeling of uneasiness and restlessness in the face of increasing uncertainty about the enduring purpose of the West. Many security challenges seem to have become inseparable from what some describe as the decay of the Western project.

The MSC 2020 will seek answers and solutions to this fundamental question by examining the European project, defense cooperation, and the liberal international order as a whole.

Decision-makers and experts from across the world will also discuss hotspots from Libya to the Persian Gulf and further to East Asia, the trade disputes between the EU and the US, and the discord between Germany and the US over the project “Nord Stream 2”.

Pressing global challenges will be a focal point, above all the effects of climate change, but also the intersections of trade and technological progress with international security.

More than 500 high-level international decision-makers are expected at the conference.

14-02-2020 07:41 +0400
Nursultan Nazarbayev’s grandson seeks asylum in UK

Aisultan Nazarbayev, grandson of former Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev, is seeking asylum in the UK.

Aisultan is son of Dariga Nazarbayeva, the elder daughter of ex-president and his deceased son-in-law Rakhat Aliyev.

“I ask Great Britain to give me a political asylum, my last 5 years were terrible and people should know what really happened”, - he wrote in Facebook.

Aisultan claims that he was “injected with psychotropic drugs and sent to rot in prison in Orel near Moscow for 14 months” by his mother Dariga Nazarbayeva.

He also claims that he got out of the prison thanks to Alnur Musayev, former head of Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee, and Russian special service, which “brought dispute to the entire family”.

13-02-2020 20:01 +0400
UN lists more than 100 firms linked to Israeli settlements in West Bank

The U.N. human rights office released a list of more than 100 companies it said are complicit in violating Palestinian human rights by operating in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank - a first-ever international attempt to name and shame businesses that has drawn fierce Israeli condemnation.

The list’s publication after repeated delays escalated a looming showdown between Israel and the international community over its more than half-century policy of building settlements in the West Bank. Emboldened by a new U.S. Mideast initiative, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to annex Israel"s more than 100 settlements, while the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague has indicated she will soon launch a war-crimes investigation into settlement policies.

The list included well known global companies, among them Airbnb, Motorola and General Mills.

13-02-2020 14:53 +0400
Libya war - UN Security Council adopts ceasefire resolution

The UN Security Council on Wednesday in New York adopted a resolution calling for "lasting ceasefire" in Libya"s ongoing conflict.

The resolution confirms commitments made by international leaders during a summit in Berlin on January 19, including upholding a UN arms embargo and ending international interference in the conflict and military support for the opposing factions. 

The text, which was drafted by the United Kingdom, was approved by 14 votes out of 15, including Germany. Russia, a Security Council veto-wielding power abstained. The resolution calls for continuing talks between the factions in Geneva under the auspices of the UN.

The resolution affirmed “the need for a lasting ceasefire in Libya at the earliest opportunity, without pre-conditions”.
It also expressed “concern over the growing involvement of mercenaries in Libya”.

13-02-2020 12:01 +0400
US troops clash with pro-government group in northeast Syria

A Syrian was killed and another was wounded when government supporters attacked American troops and tried to block their way as their convoy drove through an army checkpoint in northeastern Syria, prompting a rare clash, state media and activists reported.
The U.S. military said its force came under fire, and that troops responded in self-defense. It said an investigation of the incident was underway.
Syrian state-run media said the man killed was a civilian and that he was among residents of a village east of the town of Qamishli who had gathered at the checkpoint and pelted the U.S. convoy with stones.

13-02-2020 10:13 +0400
242 people in one day - coronavirus death toll rises to 1 310

The hard-hit central province of Hubei reported 242 deaths in just one day and 14 840 new patients - by far its biggest one-day tally since the crisis erupted last month.
The jump raised the death toll to 1 355 and the total number of nationwide infections to nearly 60 000 - just hours after Presiden Xi Jinping touted “positive results” from the government’s drastic measures to contain the virus and a top Chinese expert predicted the epidemic would peak this month.

Officials in Hubei said they were broadening their definition for COVID-19 cases by including people “clinically diagnosed” with the virus in the daily tally.
Hundreds of infections have been reported in more than two dozen other countries and territories, but only two people have died from the virus outside mainland China - one in Hong Kong and another in the Philippines.

13-02-2020 09:01 +0400
Eight people died in the disaster in Bolivia

Heavy rain, floods and landslides in Bolivia. Eight people were killed in the disaster.

Several regions have been flooded. 50 houses were damaged due to the landslide. About 250 families were affected.

12-02-2020 10:15 +0400
Another critical letter from Washington - Congressman warns Gakharia

Another critical letter from Washington. This time a Republican congressman wrote to George Gakharia.

Randy Weber expresses concern over the failure of the promised electoral reform and the persecution of political opponents.

As Weber wrote, foreign direct investment in Georgia is down by more than 50% from 2017, the unfavorable environment for American companies is created. He added that “because of the observed negative trends amidst significant annual foreign aid, calls for consideration of sanctions and other penalties are increasing in the U.S.”.

12-02-2020 07:30 +0400
Storm Ciara kills at least seven in Europe

At least seven people have died across Europe as Storm Ciara moves east, shutting down transport and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.

High winds in Poland ripped the roof off a ski rental shop, killing a woman and her two daughters. Their father was injured. One man died after his boat capsized in southern Sweden. One other person on board remains missing. Two people were killed in their cars - one in Germany and one in Slovenia.

Storm Ciara caused extensive damage. After first sweeping across Ireland and the UK on Sunday, the storm thrashed the north coast of mainland Europe.

11-02-2020 20:43 +0400
Pele’s son opens up on Brazil legend’s deteriorating health amid depression concerns

Brazilian football great Pele is depressed over his poor health and reluctant to leave the house because he cannot walk unaided, his son Edinho said in an interview published in Brazil.

Pele, widely considered to be one of the greatest footballers in history and who will be 80 in October, has had hip trouble for years and now needs a frame to walk. Many of his recent public appearances have been in a wheelchair.

In an interview with TV Globo Edinho spoke of his father’s physical decline, and said he had lost confidence to leave his house: “He’s pretty fragile. He had a hip replacement and didn’t have an adequate or ideal rehabilitation”.

11-02-2020 15:34 +0400
Suicide attack in Kabul kills at least six people

A suicide attack targeting a military academy has killed at least six people in Kabul early on Tuesday, in what was the first major assault in the Afghan capital in months.
Along with the six - two civilians and four military personnel - killed, 12 other people, including five civilians, were wounded in the attack, said Nasrat Rahimi, the Ministry of Interior spokesman.

The Ministry of Defense, however, said five people were killed in the attack that took place at the gate of the Marshal Fahim Military Academy at approximately 7am (02:30 GMT).

11-02-2020 14:45 +0400
Syrian army shelling kills five Turkish soldiers in Idlib

Five Turkish soldiers were killed and five others were wounded as a result of “intense” shelling by Syrian government forces in Syria’s northern Idlib province, according to the Turkish defence ministry.

The ministry statement said Turkish artillery immediately responded to the attack, destroying targets.

Turkey has sent major reinforcements to Syria"s northwestern Idlib region where the attack occurred, as Ankara tries to stem rapid advances by Syrian government forces.

A rebel commander said the insurgents launched a military operation on Monday against the Syrian army near Saraqeb with the help of Turkish artillery, with witnesses also reporting Turkish shelling of Syrian military positions in the region.

11-02-2020 14:20 +0400
Air traffic between Russia and Georgia will be restored after the end of Russophobia campaign in Georgia - Andrei Rudenko

Air traffic between Russia and Georgia will be restored only after the campaign of Russophobia is ceased and security of Russian citizens is no longer in danger in Georgia. Such a statement Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko made in the interview to Russian media.

“Talks over lifting the restrictions will be possible only after the necessary conditions are created for it. First of all - after the situation is stabilized, the Russophobia campaign is ceased and our citizens are no longer in danger in Georgia”, - concluded Rudenko.

Russia banned flights to Georgia after the protests launched by MP Gavrilov’s speech in the Parliament of Georgia in July, 2019.

11-02-2020 11:09 +0400
At least 6 killed as storm moves eastward across Europe

At least 6 killed as storm moves eastward across Europe

A storm battered Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains, killing at least six people and causing severe travel disruptions as it moved eastward across the continent Monday and bore down on Germany.

After striking Britain and Ireland on Sunday, the storm moved on, leaving a trail of damage including power cuts for tens of thousands of homes across Europe.

11-02-2020 10:18 +0400
China coronavirus death toll exceeds 1 000

China has reported 108 new coronavirus deaths on February 10, the highest daily toll since the outbreak began in Wuhan late last year, as two senior officials in the hard-hit province of Hubei were removed from their jobs.

The total number of deaths on the mainland reached 1 016 in the 24 hours until midnight, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday.

Some 2,478 new cases of infection were confirmed, bringing the total to 42 638.

Of the most recent deaths, 103 were in the province of Hubei, including 67 in the provincial capital of Wuhan. 

11-02-2020 09:25 +0400
Foreign media responds on the arrest of Gigi Ugulava

Foreign editions published articles about Monday’s Supreme Court verdict against Gigi Ugulava, one of the leaders of the opposition in Georgia. Reuters, Deutsche Welle and The New York Times wrote about this issue.

According to them, the opposition calls the verdict politically motivated.

International media wrote that critics accuse Ivanishvili, a business tycoon and leader of Georgian Dream, of “running the country from behind the scenes”.

11-02-2020 08:15 +0400
Hundreds of flights have been cancelled and delayed in Europe because of Storm Ciara

Airports all across Europe are experiencing delays this morning (10 February) as strong winds continue to strike the UK.

Storm Ciara has led to hundreds of cancellations and delays at airports around the UK, including more than 80 flights at Edinburgh Airport.

A total of 85 flights at Edinburgh Airport were cancelled due to the bad weather in the past couple of days.

Elsewhere, 472 flights have been cancelled at Heathrow Airport, 333 at Gatwick, 101 in Birmingham and 74 in Manchester.

Travelers due to or from Scotland today should check for any disruption to flights with their individual airline provider for the latest updates.

10-02-2020 20:14 +0400
Heavily-armed police and soldiers enter El Salvador parliament

Heavily-armed police and soldiers in El Salvador have forced their way into parliament, demanding the approval of a $109m loan to better equip them.

They entered the building as President Nayib Bukele was about to address lawmakers. Earlier, he gave them seven days to back his loan plan.
Opposition politicians called the appearance of armed men in parliament an unprecedented act of intimidation.
El Salvador has one of the highest murder rates in the world.
Most of the violence is carried out by criminal gangs that operate across Central America.

10-02-2020 14:38 +0400
Man arrested outside White House after threatening to assassinate the President

Police arrested a Brandon, Florida, man outside the White House after he threatened to assassinate Donald Trump.

Roger Hedgpeth, 25, approached a US Secret Service police officer on patrol and said, “I am here to assassinate President Donald Trump”.
Hedgpeth told the officer he planned to do it with a knife, which the Secret Service officer confiscated after a pat down search.
Roger was placed under arrest at which time the arresting officer was advised by the Secret Service that the suspect was a critically missing/endangered person as well as a mental health patient. Hedgpeth was then moved to a hospital for a mental health evaluation where he will be held until further notice, according to the report.

10-02-2020 14:27 +0400
While progress was made, there would continue to be unresolved differences between the ruling party and the opposition - Adam Kinzinger

Congressman Adam Kinzinger responds to a meeting with Archil Talakvadze, the Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia. The member of Congress posted a statement on his Twitter page.

“After our meeting, I engaged in dialogue with various parties involved in Georgia’s political crisis. While progress was made, it became apparent to me that there would continue to be unresolved differences between the ruling party and the opposition.

Democracy is not easy and while protests are normal in a free country, they must remain peaceful. As well, citizens must live with the assurance that their justice system will be fair to all, independent and without regard for political affiliation.

In Georgia, compromises must be made by all parties involved to achieve the democracy and freedoms they seek. As co-chair of House Georgia Caucus, I remain steadfastly committed to the strong and enduring U.S.-Georgia relationship”, - tweeted Kinzinger.

10-02-2020 11:07 +0400
OSCAR – 2020: The full list of winners

This year’s Academy Awards “OSCAR-2020” have taken place on February, 9, in Los Angeles.

The names of the 2020 winners are known.

Here’s the full list of winners and nominees.

Performance by an actor in a leading role nominees:

Antonio Banderas in PAIN AND GLORY
Joaquin Phoenix in JOKER - WINNER
Jonathan Pryce in THE TWO POPES

Performance by an actor in a supporting role nominees:

Anthony Hopkins in THE TWO POPES

Performance by an actress in a leading role nominees:

Cynthia Erivo in HARRIET
Scarlett Johansson in MARRIAGE STORY
Saoirse Ronan in LITTLE WOMEN
Charlize Theron in BOMBSHELL
Renée Zellweger in JUDY - WINNER

Performance by an actress in a supporting role nominees:

Scarlett Johansson in JOJO RABBIT
Florence Pugh in LITTLE WOMEN
Margot Robbie in BOMBSHELL

Best animated feature film of the year nominees:

Dean DeBlois, Bradford Lewis and Bonnie Arnold
Jérémy Clapin and Marc du Pontavice
Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh and Marisa Román
Chris Butler, Arianne Sutner and Travis Knight
Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera

Achievement in cinematography nominees:

Rodrigo Prieto
Lawrence Sher
Jarin Blaschke
1917 - WINNER
Roger Deakins
Robert Richardson

Achievement in costume design nominees:

Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson
Mayes C. Rubeo
Mark Bridges
Jacqueline Durran
Arianne Phillips

Achievement in directing nominees:

Martin Scorsese
Todd Phillips
Sam Mendes
Quentin Tarantino
Bong Joon Ho

Best documentary feature nominees:

Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert
Feras Fayyad, Kirstine Barfod and Sigrid Dyekjær
Petra Costa, Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris and Tiago Pavan
Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts
Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska and Atanas Georgiev

Best documentary short subject nominees:

Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam
Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva
John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson
Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan
Laura Nix and Colette Sandstedt

Achievement in film editing nominees:

Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland
Thelma Schoonmaker
Tom Eagles
Jeff Groth
Yang Jinmo

Best international feature film of the year nominees:

Directed by Jan Komasa
North Macedonia
Directed by Ljubo Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska
Directed by Ladj Ly
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
South Korea
Directed by Bong Joon Ho

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling nominees:

Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker
Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou
Jeremy Woodhead
Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White
Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis and Rebecca Cole

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score) nominees:

Hildur Guðnadóttir
Alexandre Desplat
Randy Newman
Thomas Newman
John Williams

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song) nominees:

"I Can"t Let You Throw Yourself Away" from TOY STORY 4
Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
"(I"m Gonna) Love Me Again" from ROCKETMAN - WINNER
Music by Elton John
Lyric by Bernie Taupin
"I"m Standing With You" from BREAKTHROUGH
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
"Into The Unknown" from FROZEN II
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
"Stand Up" from HARRIET
Music and Lyric by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo

Best motion picture of the year nominees:

Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and James Mangold, Producers
Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers
Carthew Neal, Taika Waititi and Chelsea Winstanley, Producers
Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers
Amy Pascal, Producer
Noah Baumbach and David Heyman, Producers
Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren and Callum McDougall, Producers
David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh and Quentin Tarantino, Producers
Kwak Sin Ae and Bong Joon Ho, Producers

Achievement in production design nominees:

Production Design: Bob Shaw
Set Decoration: Regina Graves
Production Design: Ra Vincent
Set Decoration: Nora Sopková
Production Design: Dennis Gassner
Set Decoration: Lee Sandales
Production Design: Barbara Ling
Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
Production Design: Lee Ha Jun
Set Decoration: Cho Won Woo

Best animated short film nominees:

Daria Kashcheeva
Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver
Rosana Sullivan and Kathryn Hendrickson
Bruno Collet and Jean-François Le Corre
Siqi Song

Best live action short film nominees:

Meryam Joobeur and Maria Gracia Turgeon
Yves Piat and Damien Megherbi
Marshall Curry
Bryan Buckley and Matt Lefebvre
Delphine Girard

Achievement in sound editing nominees:

Donald Sylvester
Alan Robert Murray
Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate
Wylie Stateman
Matthew Wood and David Acord

Achievement in sound mixing nominees:

Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson and Mark Ulano
Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Steven A. Morrow
Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic and Tod Maitland
1917 - WINNER
Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson
Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler and Mark Ulano

Achievement in visual effects nominees:

Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken and Dan Sudick
Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser and Stephane Grabli
Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Elliot Newman
1917 - WINNER
Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy
Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach and Dominic Tuohy

Adapted screenplay nominees:

Screenplay by Steven Zaillian
Screenplay by Taika Waititi
Written by Todd Phillips & Scott Silver
Written for the screen by Greta Gerwig
Written by Anthony McCarten

Original screenplay nominees:

Written by Rian Johnson
Written by Noah Baumbach
Written by Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Written by Quentin Tarantino
Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won
Story by Bong Joon Ho


10-02-2020 10:45 +0400
Ruling party chaired by Ilham Aliyev leading in the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan’s ruling party leading in a snap parliamentary election called by President Ilham Aliyev.

There are 87 % of the ballots counted. Candidates from the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan (New Azerbaijan) party won about 65 of 125 seats in the single-chamber parliament, Mazahir Panakhov, the Central Election Commission head, said after counting the results from around 110 districts.

Early parliamentary elections took place in Azerbaijan on February 9 and was held the first time in the history of the country.

10-02-2020 09:58 +0400
97 people have died in the last 24 hours from coronavirus

97 people have died in the last 24 hours - coronavirus death toll reaches 910.

More than 40,000 people are infected.
The majority of deaths from the novel virus happened in mainland China, one in the Philippines and another in Hong Kong.
A team of world experts will arrive in China to fight the virus that will help the country in the fight against coronavirus. The World Health Organization and Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, made the decision.
The country is slowly trying to get back to its usual rhythm. Citizens returned to businesses and offices this morning. Due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, there are some restrictions regarding work schedules, leaving home and movement.
The virus has spread to 24 countries.

10-02-2020 09:11 +0400
Syrian army enters key town in Idlib after clashes with opposition fighters

Syrian government troops entered a strategic town in the country’s last rebel stronghold Thursday after fierce clashes with opposition fighters, even as Turkey sent reinforcements seeking to curtail the offensive.
The push by Bashar al-Assd’s forces into towns and villages in the northwestern Idlib province has caused the displacement of more than a half million people in just over two months, compounding a humanitarian disaster in the region packed with internally displaced people. It has also angered Turkey and risked a military confrontation between Turkish and Syrian troops.

The town of Saraqeb, near the Turkish border, has been at the center of intense fighting for days. Opposition fighters pushed out government soldiers who entered it Wednesday, while Turkey sent in new reinforcements Thursday and threatened to use force to compel the Syrian forces to retreat by the end of the month.

07-02-2020 21:53 +0400
4 missing Alaska children found protecting the youngest from the cold

Four children between the ages of 2 and 14 were found alive, but suffering from severe hypothermia, on Monday after becoming lost in a blizzard for 27 hours near Nunam Iqua, Alaska.
Alaska State Troopers have identified the children as 14-year-old Christopher Johnson, 8-year-old Frank Johnson, 7-year-old Ethan Camille, and 2-year-old Trey Camille. When the children were found they were “cold, hungry and tired”.

All four children were taken to Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel to be treated.
According to Karen Camille, the mother of three of the children and sister of the fourth child, the boys are expected to make a full recovery.

07-02-2020 17:47 +0400
Donald Trump has backed China over the coronavirus

Donald Trump has backed China over the coronavirus.
The President of U.S. tweeted his approval at Chinese president Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, saying that "great discipline is taking place in China. 
The US President made the positive comments after having a “long and very good” conversation with the Chinese leader. 

07-02-2020 16:44 +0400
South Korea, France, Spain, North Macedonia and Poland vying for Oscar best film

Ten international films, including widely acclaimed offerings from South Korea, Spain and Senegal, are on the shortlist of movies vying for Academy Award nominations.
The best international feature shortlist announced Monday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences includes Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite”, Pedro Almodovar’s semi-autobiographical “Pain and Glory” and “Atlantics”, Senegal’s entry from history-making director Mati Diop.

07-02-2020 13:35 +0400
Border police officer lightly injured after terrorist opens fire in Jerusalem"s Old City

Israeli police shot dead a terrorist who opened fire on officers in Jerusalem’s Old City, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.
“A terrorist opened fire at a border policeman. One policeman was injured lightly in the shooting”, - Rosenfeld said, adding that the assailant was then “shot and killed” by police.
Israeli Border Police officers were standing near Jerusalem’s Lion Gate when the shooter approached and opened fire. Police responded by firing back at the terrorist and neutralizing him, according to a police spokesman. 

07-02-2020 10:29 +0400
Donald Trump confirms murder of al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula

Donald Trump said the U.S. killed Qassim al-Raymi, the leader of Islamist group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), in a counterterrorism operation in Yemen, Reuters has reported.
“Under Rimi, AQAP committed unconscionable violence against civilians in Yemen and sought to conduct and inspire numerous attacks against the United States and our forces”, - said the President of U.S.

“His death further degrades AQAP and the global al-Qa’ida movement, and it brings us closer to eliminating the threats these groups pose to our national security”, - added Trump.

The U.S. regards AQAP as one of the deadliest branches of the al Qaeda network founded by Osama bin Laden.

07-02-2020 09:33 +0400
Coronavirus death toll rises to 638 in China

The death toll in mainland China reached 638. 3,143 new confirmed infections, taking the total to 31,161 cases, the National Health Commission said.

The virus has spread around the world, with 320 cases in 27 countries and regions outside mainland China.

There were 41 new cases among about 3 700 people quarantined in a cruise ship moored off Japan, for a total of 61 cases on board. In Hong Kong, a cruise ship with 3 600 passengers and crew was quarantined for a third day after three people who had been on board were found to be infected.

07-02-2020 09:27 +0400
Milan train crash - two dead and more than 20 injured after high-speed train derails

Two people have been killed and scores injured after a high-speed train derailed near Milan. 

At least two carriages and the front engine came off the tracks, video from the scene shows.
Images shared by emergency services show the train toppled over after it crashed around 5.30am (local time) near Lodi, a town in northern Italy
Two train drivers were killed in the crash, according to the head of the national civil protection unit. 
Twenty-seven people were left with non-life threatening injuries. 

06-02-2020 14:17 +0400
12 soldiers wounded, 1 seriously, in suspected terror car-ramming in Jerusalem

At least 12 soldiers were wounded, including one seriously, in a suspected car-ramming terror attack in Jerusalem early Thursday morning, police and medics said.

The incident occurred shortly before 2 a.m. on Jerusalem’s David Remez Street near the First Station, a popular entertainment hub. Police said the driver of the vehicle fled the scene and “a large force of officers were carrying out searches”.
The car was later found abandoned in the town of Beit Jala outside Bethlehem, but the driver remained at large as of Thursday morning, police said.

06-02-2020 12:16 +0400
Kirk Douglas, Hollywood legend, dies at 103

Actor Kirk Douglas, whose Hollywood career spanned seven decades, has died aged 103.

The stage and screen actor was well-known for a range of roles, including the 1960 classic Spartacus, in which he played the titular character.
Born in New York in 1916, he rose to prominence during Hollywood’s “golden age”, earning his first Oscar nomination for the 1949 film Champion.

06-02-2020 12:12 +0400
Death toll rises to 38 as avalanche wipes out rescuers in eastern Turkey

Almost 40 people were killed in eastern Turkey Wednesday by a second avalanche which buried a team of rescuers searching for people hit by the first the day before.

The bodies of 33 rescue workers and civilians were discovered in Van province, where they had been helping dig out a minibus buried by snow late Tuesday, the government"s disaster agency said.

Five people aboard the vehicle were killed, taking the overall toll to 38, and eight people had been rescued alive from the first avalanche whilst a total of 53 were injured following a second avalanche between Bahcesaray and Catak districts. 

06-02-2020 09:02 +0400
Trump acquitted by Senate in impeachment trial

Donald Trump has been cleared in his impeachment trial, ending a congressional bid to oust him from office that bitterly divided the US.

The Senate, run by the president’s fellow Republicans, voted to acquit him 52-48 on charges of abuse of power and 53-47 on obstruction of Congress.

Democrats charged Trump in December with pressuring Ukraine to smear a potential White House rival.

In November, Trump will be the first impeached president to go for election.
In its historic vote on Wednesday, the Senate decided not to remove U.S. 45th President from office on charges arising from his dealings with Ukraine.

If convicted on either charge, Donald Trump would have had to turn over his office to Vice-President Mike Pence.

06-02-2020 08:19 +0400
Coronavirus - Newborn becomes youngest person diagnosed with virus

A Chinese newborn has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus just 30 hours after birth, the youngest case recorded so far, state media said.

The baby was born on 2 February in Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus.
The baby"s mother tested positive before she gave birth. It is unclear how the disease was transmitted - in the womb, or after birth.
Only a handful of children have come down with the virus, which has killed 563 people and infected 28 018.

06-02-2020 08:05 +0400
Pegasus Airlines Plane breaks apart after skidding off runway in Istanbul

An airplane skidded off the runway and broke apart while landing at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport. Turkish media showed the broken plane, and passengers being evacuated.

The Pegasus Airlines plane was carrying 177 people, many of whom were injured, according to the Turkish Transportation Ministry.

The plane caught fire after landing, and ambulances and rescue teams were at the scene to rescue passengers.

05-02-2020 20:39 +0400
New Zealand - severe flooding forces thousands to flee

Severe flooding forced thousands of residents in New Zealand’s South Island to flee their homes on Wednesday and left hundreds of tourists stranded at the remote Milford Sound.

The Southland region declared a state of emergency after being deluged with more than 1 000 millimetres of rainfall in 60 hours, triggering landslides on large roads and causing rivers to burst their banks.

Authorities told residents in the low-lying areas of Gore and Mataura to evacuate immediately early on Wednesday as floodwaters in the Mataura river peaked, warning those further downstream in Wyndham to prepare to leave.

“We have issued notices to evacuate and to prepare to evacuate to 6,000 people across the region”, - declared the Emergency Management Southland.

05-02-2020 19:15 +0400
Peace on the planet depends on the stability of Russia-US relations - Putin

Peace and security on the planet largely depend on the stability and predictability of the Russia-US relations. Such a statement the President of Russia Vladimir Putin made during ceremony of presenting credentials in the Kremlin.

“We are convinced that these relations should be based on the principles of equality, respect for sovereignty and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs”, - said Russian leader.

05-02-2020 17:30 +0400
At least 8 rescue workers killed in 2nd avalanche, 20 others believed buried

A second avalanche slammed into a mountain road in eastern Turkey on Wednesday, killing at least eight rescue workers and leaving 20 others buried under the snow, a local mayor said.

The emergency crew had been sent to the site to find two other people missing in a previous avalanche.

Some 300 emergency service workers were called to a highway near the mountain-surrounded town of Bahcesehir, in Van province, which borders Iran, after an avalanche struck late Tuesday, killing five people.

05-02-2020 16:23 +0400
Turkey won’t allow more ground to Syria in Idlib – Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey’s president said that his country won’t allow Syrian forces to gain additional territory in a northern Syrian province.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments came as Syrian forces reached the western gate of the rebel stronghold of Saraqeb in Idlib province in the north, while the U.N. announced that more than half a million people have fled their homes since December 1, because of the offensive.

“At the moment, Syria is trying to gain territory by forcing the innocent and poor people toward our border. We won"t give Syria the opportunity to gain territory”, - said Erdogan.

Eight Turkish citizens were killed in an exchange of shelling with Syrian government forces in Idlib on Monday.

05-02-2020 14:59 +0400
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in South Wales as part of a royal tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge carried out a day of engagements in South Wales on Tuesday. Their first stop was to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution Mumbles Lifeboat station, where they spoke to crew members about day-to-day life as part of a team which provides 24-hour rescue services.

The couple then travelled to Port Talbot to visit Tata Steel, the UK’s largest steel plant, to meet with employees and their families. William and Kate"s final engagement of the day was to the Bulldogs Development Centre.

05-02-2020 14:04 +0400
New Zealand flooding leaves hundreds stranded after road washout, state of emergency declared

Hundreds of people are stranded on New Zealand’s South Island after flash flooding spawned by heavy rainfall washed out the only roadway into an area popular with tourists.

The country’s weather service said parts of the island saw more than three feet of rain in the span of nearly three days, triggering landslides and inundating roadways.

The New Zealand Transport Authority released a video on Tuesday showing the extent of damage on Milford Road, the lone highway leading to Milford Sound, where more than 300 people, including tourists, are reported to be trapped.

05-02-2020 10:47 +0400
1 dead, 81 hurt as truck carrying migrants crashes in Mexico

A truck loaded with Central American migrants crashed in southern Mexico on Tuesday, killing one and injuring dozens more.

Images posted online by Mexican media outlets showed the crumpled truck on the side of the road and health workers treating the injured at the scene. Some were bleeding from the head, and there was at least one child in the group.

The Civil Defense department in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz gave the injury toll as 81.

Mexico’s National Guard said the crash was reported at 8 a.m. and those on board were undocumented people mostly from Guatemala but also Honduras and El Salvador.

05-02-2020 10:26 +0400
Donald Trump has hailed the "great American comeback" in a speech to Congress

President Donald Trump has hailed the “great American comeback” in a speech to Congress that exposed sharp divisions at the top of US politics.

At his annual State of the Union address, Trump set out his case for another four years in office.

He was speaking on the eve of his expected acquittal on corruption charges in his impeachment trial.

At one point the Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up a copy of his speech behind him.

05-02-2020 09:23 +0400
490 dead and more than 24 000 infected - Coronavirus statistics with no sign of slowdown in China

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak continues to climb in China, rising to 492 after Hubei, the province where the virus is thought to have originated, reported 65 new fatalities from the pneumonia-like infection. 

The latest figures from China’s National Health Commission say the overall number of confirmed infections rose to 24,324, with a much smaller number of cases in other countries. There are 230 cases of identified coronavirus infection in 27 countries. 

About 80% of those who have died were over 60 years old.

05-02-2020 08:02 +0400
Rushing downstairs at end of school, 14 Kenyan children killed in stampede

Fourteen children were killed in a stampede as they rushed down a staircase at the end of classes at a primary school in western Kenya.

At least 39 more pupils were badly hurt in the incident at the Kakamega Primary School, the Daily Nation newspaper said, citing Western Region Police Commander Peris Kimani.

Some of the children fell from the third floor as they ran.

04-02-2020 14:55 +0400
Iran’s president says Tehran ready to work with EU to resolve nuclear deal issues

Iran is ready to cooperate with the European Union on issues related to the nuclear deal it agreed with world powers in 2015, said the President Hassan Rouhani.

He made his comments at a meeting with Josep Borell, the head of the EU’s foreign service, who traveled to Iran to try to reduce tensions in the Middle East after the U.S. killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani last month.
Under the deal, Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of most international sanctions, but the US withdrew from the deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is still ready for interaction and cooperation with the European Union for resolving issues and, whenever the opposite side completely upholds their commitments, Iran will return to its commitments”, - said Rouhani.

04-02-2020 10:23 +0400
Passengers disarmed gunman in Greyhound bus shooting that left 1 dead, 5 wounded

Passengers on a Greyhound bus were able to overcome and disarm the gunman in a shooting that left one person dead and five injured.

A man on the bus opened fire while the bus was in the Grapevine, California.

Due to some very heroic acts by the passengers, they were able to overcome this subject and disarm him - they were able to escort him off of the bus without further incident.
The passengers also administered first aid to the injured victims.
The bus, carrying 43 people including the driver, was headed from Los Angeles to the San Francisco area.
A 51-year-old woman from Colombia was killed, five other people - three women and two men - were shot and taken to local hospitals.

04-02-2020 08:38 +0400
Air Canada jet makes emergency landing in Madrid after reporting engine trouble, blown tire

Engine trouble and a blown tire forced an Air Canada Boeing 767 bound for Toronto to make an emergency landing in Madrid, Spain.

The passenger jet carrying 128 passengers and crew members experienced a ruptured tire on takeoff and “an engine issue” shortly after departing Adolfo Suarez-Barajas international airport, Air Canada said in an e-mail.
Flight AC837 circled the region southeast of the airport for four hours to burn fuel and lighten the aircraft, then made a safe landing on Monday evening, local time. No injuries were reported, and the plane taxied to the gate under its own power, Air Canada said.
“The aircraft, a Boeing 767-300, is designed to operate on one engine and our pilots are fully trained for this eventuality. Nonetheless, an emergency was declared in order to obtain landing priority. The cause of the problems is not yet known”, - the airline said.
Video of the landing shows emergency vehicles converging on the runway. Passengers on board the flight broke into applause when it touched down safely, according to a video apparently shot by a passenger.

04-02-2020 08:34 +0400
Islamic State claims responsibility for London stabbing attack

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a stabbing attack in south London, without giving evidence.
“The perpetrator of the attack in Streatham district in south London yesterday is a fighter of Islamic State, and carried out the attack in response to calls to attack the citizens of coalition countries”, - a statement carried by news Amaq said.
The assailant in Sunday’s attack, who was shot dead by police, had previously praised the Islamic State, shared an online al Qaeda magazine and encouraged his girlfriend to behead her parents.

03-02-2020 17:27 +0400
China says US reaction to virus spreads panic

China accused the United States on Monday of spreading panic in its response to the deadly coronavirus, including imposing a ban on Chinese travelers.

The US “hasn’t provided any substantial assistance” and has only created panic, said foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying at a regular press briefing.

Washington on Friday declared a public health emergency and temporarily banned the entry of foreign nationals who have travelled to China over the past two weeks, to contain the spread of the outbreak.

The coronavirus outbreak has now infected nearly 17,500 people globally and has killed at least 362 of them, almost all in China.

The vast majority of cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported in mainland China, with the epicenter still in Wuhan.

03-02-2020 15:00 +0400
Erdoğan to visit Ukraine and Zelensky

Turkey and Ukraine are set to weigh on their bilateral relations during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s day-long visit.
Erdoğan will arrive in Kiev on Monday and meet his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky. The two leaders will hold a face-to-face meeting before they co-chair the eighth meeting of the High-Level Strategic Council between Ukraine and Turkey.
At the invitation of Erdoğan, Zelensky paid an official visit to Turkey in August last year, during which the two leaders reviewed all aspects of the bilateral ties and expressed the determination to further boost trade between the two countries.

03-02-2020 14:02 +0400
Iran offers 80 000 USD to families of each Ukrainian killed in plane crash - Zelensky

Iran has offered to pay a sum of 80 000 USD to each family of Ukrainian nationals who died in the Ukraine International Airlines passenger jet crash near Teheran but Kiev thinks this sum is not enough, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said.
“As for the Ukrainian side, they offered a sum of 80,000 USD to the families of each crash victim but we did not accept it. I think it is not enough. A human life cannot be measured in monetary denomination but we will press for bigger compensation.
Kiev demanded the plane’s flight recorders be given to the Ukrainian side for decoding. The Iranian side suggested Ukrainian specialists be commissioned to Iran for these purposes. However, the Iranian side might refuse to hand over the flight recorders after decoding them. No, we want to have them [the flight recorders] back in Ukraine, Our specialists should have a possibility to take the flight recorders to Ukraine in case they were not completely decoded in Iran. The Iranian authorities said such an option was possible”, - said Zelensky.
On January 8, a Boeing-737 of the Ukrainian International Airlines bound for Kiev crashed minutes after takeoff at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport. 

03-02-2020 13:53 +0400
Airstrikes in northwest Syria kill 14 civilians

Air strikes by the Syrian regime and its Russian ally on Sunday killed 14 civilians in the last major opposition bastion of Idlib in the country’s northwest, a war monitor said.
Moscow-backed government forces have upped their deadly bombardment of the jihadi-dominated region in recent weeks, chipping at its southern edge and causing tens of thousands to flee their homes.

Eight of those killed Sunday died in a regime barrel bomb attack in the town of Sarmeen, seven from the same family, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

03-02-2020 09:13 +0400
Man shot dead after two stabbed in London terror attack

A man shot and killed by armed police officers after attacking people in the south London suburb of Streatham had only just been released early from prison for extremism-related offences, police and the government said on Sunday night. 

The latest incident in the capital, so soon after the November attack on London Bridge, looks set to trigger an attempt by the government to tighten sentencing and conditions for release for terror offences.

The Metropolitan Police said three people had been injured in the attack at about 2pm. One woman in her 50s was treated in hospital and released; a man in his 40s was initially feared to have life-threatening injuries but is now recovering; and a third, a woman in her 20s was hurt by flying glass.

03-02-2020 09:03 +0400
The UK will officially leave the EU today

The UK will officially leave the EU today. The European Parliament approved the Brexit agreement yesterday. The document was also endorsed by the Council of the European Union.

The 11-month transition period will begin on February 1, during which the UK will abide by EU rules, but will no longer be represented in the institutions of the organization.

After 47 years of membership, the United Kingdom is the first country to leave the bloc.

31-01-2020 17:36 +0400
Two cases of coronavirus reported in Russia

Two cases of coronavirus disease have been reported in Russia.

The Russian edition of the BBC is quoting Russian Vice Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova.

Two people infected with the virus are Chinese nationals living in the Tyumen Oblast.

31-01-2020 16:53 +0400
Two coronavirus cases confirmed in United Kingdom

Two people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, the chief medical officer for England has announced.
They are both members of the same family. No more details are being released about their identity or where they are being treated.

At least 213 people in China have died from the virus, mostly in Hubei, with almost 10,000 cases nationally. There have been 98 cases of the virus in another 18 countries.

31-01-2020 15:25 +0400