Archive for January 31st, 2020

31/01/2020

Coronavirus Is a Business Opportunity: US Secretary of Commerce

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The official’s comments disregard the fact that as of Thursday, there have been 8,137 confirmed cases of Wuhan coronavirus in mainland China, including 171 deaths.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross at the 50th World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 22, 2020.U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross at the 50th World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 22, 2020. | Photo: Reuters (Photo posted here from teleSUR‘s article).

30 January 2020 (teleSUR)* — The United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said Thursday during an interview with Fox News that the coronavirus outbreak could be a good thing for the U.S. economy as it would bring back jobs.

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31/01/2020

US Mideast Peace Plan: Israelis Offered the Cheese and Palestinians the Holes

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Credit: Palestine Campaign.Org

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 30 2020 (IPS)* – The Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem has described the much-ballyhooed US Middle East peace plan as “more like Swiss cheese– with the cheese being offered to the Israelis and the holes to the Palestinians”.

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31/01/2020

“The Best Gift Ever”

Sisters Salima, 6, and Samira, 5, can finally warm themselves by the heater they have been waiting for so long.

“We have suffered a lot from the cold. Dad said we would get a heater in our new house soon. This is the best gift ever,” say the two Afghan sisters Salima, 6, and Samira, 5, as they move closer to the wood-burning stove.

We meet their father Ewaz, 45, as the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is giving cash assistance to displaced families who need help staying warm through the winter. Each family receives 15,700 Afghani, equivalent to USD 200.

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31/01/2020

Find Unity ‘to Halt Libya’s Senseless Unraveling’, UN Envoy Urges Security Council

The top UN official in Libya on Thursday [30 January 2020] expressed his “deep anger and disappointment” over intensifying conflict in Libya despite a high-level summit held in the German capital of Berlin earlier this month, that set out measures to de-escalate fighting and put the divided country back on a path towards peace. (*).

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | Ghassan Salamé of Lebanon, newly appointed Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya

“There are unscrupulous actors inside and outside Libya who cynically nod and wink towards efforts to promote peace and piously affirm their support for the UN”, Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, told the Security Council.

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31/01/2020

Coronavirus Spread Now a Global Emergency Declares World Health Organization

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(UN News)* — The rise in new coronavirus cases outside China, now constitutes a global health emergency, the World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee declared on Thursday [30 January 2020], calling on all countries to take urgent measures to contain the respiratory disease.

UN News/Jing Zhang | Passengers wear face masks while riding the subway in Shenzhen, China.
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Latest WHO figures state there are more than 7,800 confirmed cases globally, with 7,736 confirmed in China, and a further 12,167 suspected cases inside the country where the outbreak began in Wuhan, a city of around 11 million which remains in lockdown.
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