Coronavirus-a global emergency

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Our top story focuses on the rapid spread of the coronavirus.  The UN has called the virus a “global emergency.”

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Accessed on 31 January 2020, 1620 UTC, Post 972.

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LATEST NEWS Jan 31, 2020
Coronavirus spread now a global emergency declares World Health Organization

The rise in new coronavirus cases outside China, now constitutes a global health emergency, the World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee declared on Thursday, calling on all countries to take urgent measures to contain the respiratory disease. …

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Statement on the second meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

“The second meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019 in the People’s Republic of China, with exportations to other countries, took place (…) The Committee agreed that the outbreak now meets the criteria for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and proposed …

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US Warns Americans Not to Travel to China

The Trump administration is warning Americans not to travel to China as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases grows rapidly.

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Russia Closes Parts of Border with China to Combat Spread of Virus

Russia joined the list of countries introducing strict measures to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus from China, in what has emerged as an early test of new Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin’s government. …

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U.S. Officials: Some Troops To Stay In Africa Amid Moves By Russia, China

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the Pentagon does not intend to remove all its forces from Africa, amid concerns from allies that Washington could abandon the continent militarily while China and Russia “aggressively” look to increase their influence and as the extremist threat remains. …

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Pentagon Discovers Hundreds of Deficiencies in F-35 Combat Aircraft – Report

The annual review of the fighter jet found over 800 flaws in the aircraft’s capabilities, with dozens of them having a direct effect on pilot safety and readiness for combat, if not fixed. …

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US Navy Begins Controversial Deployment of Mini-Nukes Aboard Subs – Reports

In 2018, the Trump administration completed a review of the nation’s nuclear stance, lowering the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons and introducing new situations in which the US could claim a justification to use nuclear weapons preemptively, including against non-nuclear armed nations. …

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US Waiting on Iraq to Approve New Missile Defenses

U.S. efforts to better protect troops in Iraq from the threat of Iranian missiles are being held up by Iraqi officials, who have yet to decide whether to allow Patriot missile defense batteries into the country. …

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