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Posted: 20 Jan 2020 10:44 PM PST











Picture Of The Day

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 10:30 PM PST

A large crowd gathers on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. Thousands of armed gun-rights activists filled the streets around Virginia's capitol building to protest a package of gun-control legislation making its way through the newly Democratic-controlled state legislature. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

WNU Editor: The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... Thousands of armed activists gather at Virginia's pro-gun rally (Reuters). More here .... PHOTOS: Scenes from the gun-rights rally at Capitol Square in Richmond (Richmond)

Mexico Murders Rise To A New Record High In 2019

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 10:26 PM PST

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico's president, speaks during a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. © Bloomberg

Bloomberg: Mexico Murders Rise to Record in AMLO's First Year in Office

(Bloomberg) -- Murders in Mexico rose to a new record in 2019, the first full year of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's presidency, posing a challenge to the popular leader to make good on a campaign promise of reducing violence.

Slayings, often fueled by the nation's drug cartels, climbed to 34,582, compared with 33,743 a year earlier, according to data released by the national public security system. The 2.5% increase represents the least since homicides fell in 2014 and compared with increases of 17% to 28% in the previous three years.

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WNU Editor: Here is an easy prediction. 2020 will be also be a record year for murders in Mexico.

Turkish President Erdogan Says Turkey Invited By Somalia To Explore For Oil

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 10:20 PM PST

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan reacts during a news conference in Ankara, Turkey January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File Photo

Middle East Eye: Turkey invited by Somalia to explore for oil, says Erdogan

The Turkish president's comments come amid growing efforts to develop oil exploration in the region.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Somalia had invited Turkey to conduct energy drilling and exploration operations in its seas.

"We had a proposal from Somalia. They said that Somalia had oil in its seas. [They said] as in Libya, [we] could do the same [drilling operations] in [Somalia]," Erdogan told journalists on the presidential plane returning from a summit in Berlin on Sunday, where world powers discussed the situation in Libya.

Erdogan said Ankara was intending to honour the invitation. "There would be steps that we will take there. This is something beneficial for us," he said.

According to seismic data processing firm Seismic Geo, there is a high potential for hydrocarbon exploration off Somalia's shores. The country last week passed a new petroleum law to attract foreign investment in the energy sector from giant firms such as ExxonMobil and Shell.

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WNU Editor: Somalia, like Libya, is a war-zone. Good luck to Turkey if they think they can develop an oil field in such an environment.

EU Debates Sending Military Forces To Libya

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 10:05 PM PST



Bloomberg: EU Agonizes Over Troop Deployment With Libyan Oil Flows Blocked

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the European Union must be prepared to back up its diplomacy with force as the bloc's foreign ministers discussed sending troops into Libya.

As von der Leyen made her first appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, since taking charge of the EU's executive arm, officials in Brussels were discussing how to ensure a tentative truce in Libya becomes a proper cease-fire.

"The European Union needs hard power but always together with diplomacy and crisis prevention," von der Leyen said Monday in Bloomberg Television interview in Davos. "Only that together is comprehensive security."

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WNU Editor: There is no stomach in Europe to send forces into Libya. As for the UN-backed government in Libya, there are growing concerns that the oil blockade will collapse the government .... Libya will face 'catastrophe' if oil blockade continues: Tripoli premier (Reuters).

Many Iraqis Do Not Want U.S. Forces To Leave

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 09:42 PM PST



France 24: VIDEO: Iraqis split on parliament's call to expel foreign troops

Following the US killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani on Iraqi soil earlier this month, Iraqi lawmakers have called on the government to expel all foreign forces deployed in the country. While some Iraqis support the call, others see the continued presence of the US-led coalition in Iraq as vital to protecting the country against the Islamic State (IS) group and other militia groups. FRANCE 24 reports.

On January 5, the Iraqi parliament passed a resolution calling on the government to expel the US-led international coalition in Iraq, saying the deadly air strike near Baghdad's international airport two days earlier had been an unacceptable breach of Iraqi sovereignty. Not the least because the air strike had also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of the Iran-backed militia group the Popular Mobilization Forces.

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WNU Editor:
I can understand why many Iraqis are leery over a U.S. withdrawal. When the U.S. withdrew the last time, Iraqi sectarianism reared its ugly head that deeply divided the country. This was then followed by ISIS launching their offensive from Syria that resulted in the utter collapse of Iraq's security forces and a war that took two years to defeat the Islamic State.

Turkey Is Offering $2,000 Salaries And Turkish Nationality For Syrians To Fight In Libya

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 09:34 PM PST

Arif Hudaverdi Yaman / Anadolu Agency

Asia Times: Syrians enlist in Libya war day after Berlin talks

Fighters offered $2,000 salaries and Turkish nationality as Ankara seeks to bolster interests in Libya.

On Monday, less than 24 hours after world powers agreed to halt arms shipments to Libya's warring sides, men in northern Syria were still signing up to fight for the Turkish-backed government in Tripoli.

"The registration of fighters to go to Libya is continuing until this moment," an Asia Times correspondent in Syria reported Monday afternoon, after visiting one of three recruitment centers in the Turkish-dominated northern countryside of Aleppo.

Approximately 800 Syrian men are currently preparing to go to Libya, an official with Syria's opposition Ministry of Defense told Asia Times on condition of anonymity.

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WNU Editor: I would not be surprised if Turkey signs up a few thousand.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 20, 2020

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 04:35 PM PST


George Obulutsa, Reuters: World's richest 2,000 people hold more than poorest 4.6 billion combined: Oxfam

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The world's richest 2,153 people controlled more money than the poorest 4.6 billion combined in 2019, while unpaid or underpaid work by women and girls adds three times more to the global economy each year than the technology industry, Oxfam said on Monday.

The Nairobi-headquartered charity said in a report released ahead of the annual World Economic Forum of political and business leaders in Davos, Switzerland, that women around the world work 12.5 billion hours combined each day without pay or recognition.

In its "Time to Care" report, Oxfam said it estimated that unpaid care work by women added at least $10.8 trillion a year in value to the world economy - three times more than the tech industry.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 20, 2020

Davos braces for Trump-Greta showdown as climate change tops agenda -- DW

Iran threatens to ditch nuclear treaty after being accused of breaching accord -- Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner

Iran will go beyond missile strikes to avenge Soleimani -- Sara Bazoobandi, Al Jazeera

Why the U.S.-China Cold War Will Be Different -- Robert Kaplan, National Interest

Chinese internet outrage after women drive luxury SUV into Beijing's historic Forbidden City -- Michael Walsh and Bang Xiao, ABC News Online

Putin's constitutional reforms could lead to his political demise -- Roman Dobrokhotov, Al Jazeera

Explainer: The new life of Prince Harry and Meghan after split from royal family -- Andrew MacAskill, Reuters

Trade war and peace: Trump declares victory in China, Mexico-Canada deals, but doubts persist -- Paul Wiseman, USA Today/AP

Explained: Huawei's Meng Wanzhou US extradition trial -- DW

How Turbulent Will Trump's Trial Become? -- Hunter DeRensis, National Interest

World News Briefs -- January 20, 2020 (Evening Edition)

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 04:03 PM PST

U.S. President Donald Trump walks to give a speech at the American Farm Bureau Federation's Annual Convention and Trade Show in Austin, Texas, January 19, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Reuters: White House unveils list of leaders to meet with President Trump at forum in Davos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will hold a series of meetings with various world leaders when he heads to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week, the White House said.

Among the leaders he will meet with include Iraqi President Barham Salih, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Swiss Confederation President Simonetta Sommaruga and Nechirvan Barzani, the President of the Kurdistan Regional government. Reuters previously reported as well that Trump also intends to meet with Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.

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MIDDLE EAST

Russian raids kill 7 civilians in northwest Syria: monitor.

Yemen war: Death toll in attack on military base rises to 111.

Saudi Arabia, UAE slam 'Houthi' missile attack in Yemen's Marib.

Several killed as protesters battle security forces in Baghdad. Iraqi security forces kill three protesters in Baghdad.

Iran will leave pact barring it from getting nukes if complaint over 2015 deal filed with UN – Zarif.

Iran backtracks on sending black boxes from downed jet to Ukraine.

Iran considers dual nationals on downed Ukrainian plane to be Iranians: TV.

Public uproar in protest-hit Lebanon over FM's Davos invite.

ASIA

Abe says new unit will defend Japan from space tech threats.

China: coronavirus cases surge, fuelling fears of major outbreak. China confirms human-to-human transmission of new coronavirus. New China virus: Cases triple as infection spreads to Beijing and Shanghai.

Bangladesh sentences 10 Islamists to death for 2001 bombing.

Moody's downgrades Hong Kong, blames government response to protests.

India moves to seek closer military ties with Sri Lanka.

Amid raging wildfires, Australia hit by extreme floods, hail and dust storms.

China struggles in new diplomatic role, trying to return Rohingya to Myanmar.

China to ban single-use plastic bags and straws.

AFRICA

Libya will face 'catastrophe' if oil blockade continues: Tripoli premier.

Libya's warring factions urged to support ceasefire from global powers at Berlin summit.

World powers agree to strengthen arms embargo in Libya's war.

Suicide bomber kills nine civilians in western Chad.

Jihadists attack key aid facility in northeast Nigeria.

Pompeo expresses outrage over death of US citizen jailed in Egypt.

Yahya Jammeh faces arrest if he returns to Gambia - minister.

Unprecedented locust plague in Kenya and Horn of Africa threatening food security.

Isabel Dos Santos, Africa's richest woman, made her fortune by exploiting her country, ICIJ says.

EUROPE

Trump heading to Switzerland as impeachment trial reconvenes.

Boris Johnson's Brexit bill hits last-minute hiccup.

Putin sends his constitutional proposals to Parliament.

EU foreign ministers discuss next steps for Libya.

Bodies of Ukrainian victims of Iran plane crash returned home among emotional scenes at Kiev airport.

Ukraine insists Iran hand over downed jet's black boxes.

Norway government collapses over IS spouse repatriation spat.

French police video of officer hitting protester sparks inquiry.

Russian opposition wants big protest over Putin's plan to 'rule for ever'.

Russia bomb hoaxes: Thousands evacuated as campaign targets Moscow.

AMERICAS

Pro-gun rally by thousands in Virginia ends peacefully.

McConnell proposes swift impeachment trial for president.

Trump impeachment: Schumer ready to 'force votes for witnesses'.

Trump rejects impeachment charges as an affront to U.S. Constitution.

Morales announces his candidate for Bolivian presidential race.

Venezuelan opposition leader defies travel ban, arrives in Colombia.

At least 75 inmates escape from Paraguayan prison near Brazil border.

U.S.-bound migrant caravan in tense standoff at border between Mexico and Guatemala.

Hundreds of troops to help Canadian province recover from huge blizzard.

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou to face extradition hearing.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Honduras declares Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

Trump obsessively hunts 'celebrity' terrorist targets and ignores other threats to the US, former CIA officer says.

Guantánamo: psychologists who designed CIA torture program to testify.

Iran's new Quds leader vows 'manly' revenge for Soleimani killing.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Global stocks stay near record highs; focus turns to central banks, earnings.

IMF: Low rates and reduced trade tension to aid world growth.

Global tourism growth slowed in 2019: UN.

More precious than gold: Why the metal palladium is soaring.


Oxfam: Economic inequality is 'out of control'.

The Iran Regime Is Not Going To Change

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 03:41 PM PST

Handout / Reuters

Suzanne Maloney, The Atlantic: Iran's Leaders Have a Problem They Can't Fix

The downing of a plane showed citizens what's wrong with the Iranian government, but the regime has no plans to change.

When Ayatollah Ali Khamenei led prayers at Tehran's Grand Mosque for the first time in eight years on Friday, Iran's supreme leader described the downing of Ukrainian Airlines Fight 752 by his military as a "bitter accident"—one that enemies abroad were exploiting as an excuse to discredit the Islamic Republic. But the real threat to the regime, which has spent decades trying to cement its rule, is the discontent of the Iranian public. Both the plane crash on January 8 and the cover-up that followed struck at the heart of the grievances that shape Iranians' anger toward and alienation from their government. And if the demise of Flight 752 revealed the government's malign disregard for its own citizens, its relentless suppression of the subsequent protests has only underscored its imperviousness to any meaningful accountability.

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WNU Editor: Here is an easy prediction. Life for the ordinary Iranian is going to get worse.

Islamic State's New Leader Has Been Unmasked

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 01:00 PM PST

Photo: The new leader of Islamic State has been revealed as Iraqi Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi (pictured)

Daily Mail: ISIS's new leader unmasked: Sharia law graduate born into Iraqi Turkmen family is revealed as the hardliner now running the terror group after al-Baghdadi's assassination

* Two intelligence services said that al-Salbi took over from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
* Al-Salbi, who helped found ISIS, brought in brutal Sharia Law in Iraq and Syria
* Spies unmasked al-Salbi and paint a picture of extremist similar to al-Baghdadi

The new leader of Islamic State has been revealed as Iraqi Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi.

Two intelligence services said al-Salbi took over from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi after the terrorist leader blew himself up in October.

Al-Salbi, who helped found ISIS, brought in brutal Sharia Law in Iraq and Syria, led the enslavement of the Yazidi and has operated across the world.

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WNU Editor: He does not look like a "celebrity terrorist", but I willing to bet that under Trump he is on a US kill list .... Former CIA Official Accuses President Trump Of Being Obsessed With 'Killing Celebrity Terrorist Targets'.

Iran Will Not Send Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752's Black Boxes To Overseas Investigators

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 12:00 PM PST

The crate containing purportedly the two black boxes recovered from the crashed Ukrainian airliner, Boeing 737-800, is seen in this still image taken from a video, in Tehran, Iran January 10, 2020. IRIB VIA WANA/Handout via REUTERS

ABC News Online: Iran aborts plan to send black boxes of downed Ukranian plane to overseas investigators

Iran appears to have backtracked on its promise to send the flight recorders from a downed Ukranian jet it shot down for overseas analysis — a day after officials said they would be sent to Kiev.

Hassan Rezaeifar, head of the accident investigations unit of Iran's civil aviation authority, was quoted by the state-run IRNA news agency on Sunday (local time) as saying, "the flight recorders from the Ukrainian Boeing are in Iranian hands and we have no plans to send them out".

He said Iran was working to recover the data and cabin recordings, and that it may send the flight recorders — commonly known as black boxes — to Ukraine or France.

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Update #1: Iran backtracks on plans to send black boxes from downed jet to Ukraine (DW)
Update #2: Iran to keep black box from downed Ukrainian passenger jet as victims' bodies are returned home (Washington Examiner)

WNU Editor: I cannot say that I am surprised that they have decided to not send the black boxes to outside investigators. They cannot been seen losing control of the narrative, especially now with the current unrest in Iran.

Iran Threatens To Withdraw From Nuclear Treaty If Europeans Bring The Case To The UN

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 11:08 AM PST



Reuters: Iran says it will quit global nuclear treaty if case goes to U.N.

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Monday it could quit the global nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) if European countries refer it to the U.N. Security Council over a nuclear agreement, a move that would overturn diplomacy in its confrontation with the West.

The 1968 NPT has been the foundation of global nuclear arms control since the Cold War, including a 2015 deal Iran signed with world powers that offered it access to global trade in return for accepting curbs to its atomic program.

The fate of the 2015 pact has been in doubt since U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of it and reimposed sanctions. Iran has responded by scaling back its commitments, although it says it wants the pact to survive.

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More News On Iran Threatening To Withdraw From Nuclear Treaty If Europeans Bring The Case To The UN

Iran says it may pull out of nuclear treaty over Europe dispute -- AFP
Iran threatens to withdraw from nuclear treaty if Europeans bring case to UN -- The Hill
Iran will leave pact barring it from getting nukes if complaint over 2015 deal filed with UN – Zarif -- RT
Iran tensions: Tehran warns it will leave global nuclear weapons treaty if referred to UN -- The Independent

Norway's Governing Coalition Collapses Over The Repatriation Of An ISIS Bride And Her Children

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 10:53 AM PST

Norway's Progress party leader and Finance Minister Siv Jensen today, she had accused the woman as 'using her child as a shield to come back to Norway'

Daily Mail: Norway's government collapses over decision to allow ISIS bride to return to the country from Syria with her children

* Prime Minister Erna Solberg said she would endeavour with a minority coalition
* ISIS bride, 29, was arrested after flying back to Oslo with two children Saturday
* She was repatriated on the grounds her five-year-old is seriously ill
* Progress Party leader said 'the cup is now full' and says his party not consulted

Norway's government has collapsed over the decision to allow an ISIS bride to return to the country from Syria with her children.

The populist Progress Party pulled out of Norway's coalition government today after the mother was permitted repatriation so that her gravely ill five-year-old son could receive medical treatment.

The 29-year-old and her two children have been living in the Al-Hol camp in Syria - notorious in Britain as the detention centre which held Shamima Begum.

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More News On Norway's Governing Coalition Collapsing Over The Repatriation Of An ISIS Bride And Her Children

Norway party quits government in 'jihadist-wife' row -- BBC
Norway populist party quits govt over jihadist spouse's repatriation -- AFP
Norway populist party quits coalition over 'Isis bride' repatriation -- The Guardian
Norway's governing coalition collapses over ISIS repatriation -- CNN
Norway finance minister quits over IS woman's return from Syria -- Reuters
Norway government collapses over IS spouse repatriation spat -- DW

Another Night Of Riots In Beirut

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 10:42 AM PST





CNN: Violent unrest grips Beirut as 'week of rage' escalates

Violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters gripped sections of Beirut Sunday night, as part of a "week of rage" declared by protesters that has paralyzed much of the Lebanese capital.

Protesters were seen attacking bank branches and smashing the windows of one prominent cell phone company.

Some threw Molotov cocktails and rocks at police, who attempted to disperse protesters with tear gas. As clashes continued, security forces deployed water cannons and rubber bullets.

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More News On The Unrest In Lebanon

More than 370 people wounded in Beirut, highest toll since protests started with the 'Whatsapp tax' -- ABC News Online
Lebanese security forces, protesters clash in second day of violent escalation -- France 24
Beirut turns into a battleground as clashes escalate -- Al Jazeera
Lebanon on 'brink of chaos and anarchy' as peaceful protests turn violent -- The Washington Post
'Traitors': Lebanese protesters recount taunts and abuse from police -- National Interest

Former CIA Official Accuses President Trump Of Being Obsessed With 'Killing Celebrity Terrorist Targets'

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 10:25 AM PST

Via Kevin McCarthy/Instagram, and Daily Mail: "President Trump ate ice cream and meatloaf with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday when the Pentagon confirmed that a top Iranian general was killed in an airstrike. From left: Trump aides Hogan Gidley and Dan Scavino; McCarthy; and Trump at Mar-a-Lago on Thursday night."

Just Security: The President, His Relationship with Intelligence, and the Soleimani Strike

When it comes to intelligence, like with so much else, President Donald Trump likes big names. It's this focus on celebrity, headlines, and immediate gratification — versus substance, impact, and consequences — that so often motivates him. Partly because of this, as a senior CIA counterterrorist manager, my team and I often struggled in persuading the president to recognize the most important threats. Now, with the killing of Qassem Soleimani, I worry that while Trump got a big name and lots of headlines, the long-term impact on U.S. strategic interests was not fully considered.

At CIA, I saw this play out more than once. Trump's obsession in focusing resources against Osama bin Laden's son Hamza is one example of the president's preference for a "celebrity" targeted killing versus prioritizing options that could prove better for U.S. security.

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WNU Editor: So who would this ex-CIA official approve in killing?

More News On A Former CIA Official Accusing President Trump Of Being Obsessed With 'Killing Celebrity Terrorist Targets'

Trump obsessively hunts 'celebrity' terrorist targets and ignores other threats to the US, former CIA officer says -- Business Insider
Trump puts 'celebrity' terrorism targets ahead of national security – ex-CIA man -- The Guardian
Former CIA senior official says Trump obsessed with killing 'celebrity' targets for 'headlines' -- Washington Examiner

The Swiss Prepare For The Arrival Of President Trump

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 09:51 AM PST


Aviation 24: Zurich Airport prepares for Air Force One and President Trump, who will visit Davos, Switzerland

The arrival of Air Force One carrying President Trump will not go unnoticed at Zurich Airport, tomorrow 21 January. President Trump will visit the yearly World Economic Forum in Davos, located in the Eastern Alps region of Switzerland.

Air Force One's arrival is expected on Zurich's runway 16 between 08:00 and 10:00 (UTC +1). For the occasion, Zurich Airport will open the spotters terrace already from 07:00. President Trump is set to depart again early Wednesday afternoon.

"There are US Secret Service agents in the tower," a spokesman for the Swiss air traffic controller, Skyguide, confirmed to the NZZ am Sonntag.

According to the newspaper, it is unusual for foreign security agents to be allowed into areas that are usually off-limits. "It's not the general rule," said the spokesman in the article.

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Update: Trump gets Swiss army security as climate protesters trek to Davos (Reuters)

WNU Editor: Here is an easy prediction. Trump is going to dominate the summit.

World News Briefs -- January 20, 2020

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 03:42 PM PST



SCMP: China says infections spreading as it reports third death from Wuhan virus; WHO indicates human transmission likely

* Authorities find 136 new infections in Wuhan, confirm first cases in other cities – one in Shenzhen and two in Beijing
* World Health Organisation says there could be some limited human-to-human infection

South Korea on Monday reported its first confirmed case of the China coronavirus, fuelling concerns that the pneumonia-like illness could be spreading across Asia.

A 35-year-old woman trying to enter the country from Wuhan, China, where the virus is thought to have originated, tested positive after being screened for symptoms at Incheon International Airport on Sunday.

"She was immediately separated for treatment in quarantine at a state-designated hospital," said the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). Among the symptoms she displayed were a high body temperature and respiratory difficulties.

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MIDDLE EAST

Russian raids kill 7 civilians in northwest Syria: monitor.

Yemen war: Death toll in attack on military base rises to 111.

Saudi Arabia, UAE slam 'Houthi' missile attack in Yemen's Marib.

Several killed as protesters battle security forces in Baghdad. Iraqi security forces kill three protesters in Baghdad.

Iran will leave pact barring it from getting nukes if complaint over 2015 deal filed with UN – Zarif.

Iran backtracks on sending black boxes from downed jet to Ukraine.

Public uproar in protest-hit Lebanon over FM's Davos invite.

ASIA

China: coronavirus cases surge, fuelling fears of major outbreak. China confirms human-to-human transmission of new coronavirus. New China virus: Cases triple as infection spreads to Beijing and Shanghai.

Bangladesh sentences 10 Islamists to death for 2001 bombing.

Moody's downgrades Hong Kong, blames government response to protests.

India moves to seek closer military ties with Sri Lanka.

Amid raging wildfires, Australia hit by extreme floods, hail and dust storms.

China struggles in new diplomatic role, trying to return Rohingya to Myanmar.

China to ban single-use plastic bags and straws.

AFRICA

Libya's warring factions urged to support ceasefire from global powers at Berlin summit.

World powers agree to strengthen arms embargo in Libya's war.

Suicide bomber kills nine civilians in western Chad.

Jihadists attack key aid facility in northeast Nigeria.

Pompeo expresses outrage over death of US citizen jailed in Egypt.

Yahya Jammeh faces arrest if he returns to Gambia - minister.

Unprecedented locust plague in Kenya and Horn of Africa threatening food security.

Isabel Dos Santos, Africa's richest woman, made her fortune by exploiting her country, ICIJ says.

EUROPE

EU foreign ministers discuss next steps for Libya.

Bodies of Ukrainian victims of Iran plane crash returned home among emotional scenes at Kiev airport.

Ukraine insists Iran hand over downed jet's black boxes.

Norway government collapses over IS spouse repatriation spat.

French police video of officer hitting protester sparks inquiry.

Russian opposition wants big protest over Putin's plan to 'rule for ever'.

Russia bomb hoaxes: Thousands evacuated as campaign targets Moscow.

AMERICAS

Trump impeachment: Schumer ready to 'force votes for witnesses'.

Trump rejects impeachment charges as an affront to U.S. Constitution.

Morales announces his candidate for Bolivian presidential race.

Venezuelan opposition leader defies travel ban, arrives in Colombia.

At least 75 inmates escape from Paraguayan prison near Brazil border.

U.S.-bound migrant caravan in tense standoff at border between Mexico and Guatemala.

Hundreds of troops to help Canadian province recover from huge blizzard.

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou to face extradition hearing.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Trump obsessively hunts 'celebrity' terrorist targets and ignores other threats to the US, former CIA officer says.

Guantánamo: psychologists who designed CIA torture program to testify.

Iran's new Quds leader vows 'manly' revenge for Soleimani killing.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Global tourism growth slowed in 2019: UN.

More precious than gold: Why the metal palladium is soaring.


Oxfam: Economic inequality is 'out of control'.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 20, 2020

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 08:32 AM PST

Adm. Chester Nimitz awards the Navy Cross medal to Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller for his actions aboard the battleship USS West Virginia (BB-48) during the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy

CNN: Navy to name new aircraft carrier for African American WWII hero

The US Navy will announce Monday that it will name a new aircraft carrier after Doris "Dorie" Miller, a decorated African American World War II veteran who defended Pearl Harbor during the 1941 attack on the Hawaiian naval base.

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly will make the announcement during a ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam where he will also "recognize the contributions" of African Americans during the war, according to a release. The event takes place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the national holiday commemorating the life of the slain civil rights leader.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 20, 2020

Next U.S. Navy aircraft carrier to be named after African American Pearl Harbor hero -- CBS

Doris Miller: What to know about the African American Pearl Harbor hero honored by US Navy -- FOX News

US Army Cancels $45B Armored Vehicle Contest That Drew One Bid -- Defense One

How U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers Are Going All in on Drones -- National Interest

USS Gerald R. Ford carrier begins aircraft compatibility testing -- UPI

The Navy Has Built Too Many Aircraft Carriers For Its Own Good -- David W. Wise, National Interest

The Navy and Marines Want a New Land-Based, Ship-Killing Missile -- Popular Mechanics

How the Air Force's 'tank drivers' keep tankers full of fuel and in flying shape -- Business Insider

The B-52 Will No Longer Carry Certain Nuclear Weapons. Here's Why -- Military.com

The US Air Force is fixing up a remote base that could help keep an eye on Russia -- Business Insider

Here's the New Light Machine Gun SOCOM Is Evaluating -- Military.com

Space Force unveils service uniforms with camouflage design -- The Hill

Gremlin in the sky: Pentagon contractor shows maiden flight of its new 'swarm' drone -- RT

Lawmakers push back at Pentagon's possible Africa drawdown -- The Hill

Esper's Africa drawdown snags on Capitol Hill -- Defense News

The US Air Force recently acquired a new $64 million Gulfstream private jet for VIP government officials — see inside -- Business Insider

Zurich Airport prepares for Air Force One and President Trump, who will visit Davos, Switzerland -- Aviaiton 24

FAA warns military training exercise could jam GPS signals in southeast, Caribbean -- UPI

BAE Systems to acquire Collins' military GPS and Raytheon's airborne tactical radios businesses -- Space News

Former fighter pilot picked to lead British military's space command -- Defense News

Harry ends military posts as part of 'Megxit' -- ITV News

Canadian military resumes some operations in Iraq after U.S.-Iran conflict -- Global News/Canadian Press

German army employee goes on trial for spying for Iran -- DW

Pentagon Acknowledges US Underperformance in Hypersonic Weapons Development -- Sputnik

China and Russia's push to develop hypersonic weapons raises fears of arms race with US -- SCMP

China likely to step up coastguard port calls as part of South China Sea soft power play, analysts say -- SCMP

India Successfully Tests Nuclear Capable K-4 Ballistic Missile - Reports -- Sputnik

India Inducts BrahMos-armed Su-30 Squadron with Emanating Indian Ocean Threat in Mind -- Sputnik

Israel Building Underground Defense System on Lebanon Border -- Military.com/AP

Assessing Israel's tactical laser breakthrough -- Defense News

One-third of Israeli Youth Avoid Military Service For 'Mental Health' Reasons -- Al-Awsat

The RAF Wants A Fighter That Is Better Than The F-35

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 07:14 AM PST

The £100million Tempest stealth aircraft is being designed to replace the Royal Air Force's long-serving Typhoon, and will enter service in 2035

Daily Mail: RAF plans £100m fighter jet that can fly at more than 4,000mph and be controlled by virtual reality helmet

* The Tempest stealth aircraft is being designed to replace long-serving Typhoon
* The hypersonic £100million aircraft will be able to fly at more than Mach 5
* The aircraft will be able to fly unmanned and feature high-tech weaponry

The RAF is planning a fighter jet that can fly at more than 4,000mph and be controlled by virtual reality helmet.

The £100million Tempest stealth aircraft is being designed to replace the Royal Air Force's long-serving Typhoon, and will enter service in 2035.

The hypersonic aircraft will be able to fly at more than Mach 5, three times as fast as existing aircraft, as reported by the Daily Star.

The defence companies behind it – BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Leonardo's UK arm and MBDA – are due to present further proposals to ministers at the end of 2020.

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Update #1: Ambitious Tempest fighter jet programme to accelerate in 2020 (Financial Times)
Update #2: RAF plans world's first hypersonic combat jet - flown via virtual reality helmet (Daily Star)

WNU Editor: The promoters are hoping that this fighter jet can compete with the F-35 .... America's F-35 Stealth Fighter Won't Be Able To Compete With These Jets (National Interest).

What Do They Get Right And Wrong In Military Movies

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 06:37 AM PST



BroBible: Navy SEAL Breaks Down Military Movies, Explains What They Get Right And What They Get Horribly Wrong About Combat

Retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink served his country for 20 years, where he was deployed all over the world. Willink was enlisted Navy SEAL with SEAL Team ONE and SEAL Team TWO, plus he was the commander of SEAL Team Three's Task Unit Bruiser that fought Iraqi insurgents in Ramadi during the Iraq War. Willink earned the Silver Star and Bronze Star for his brave service.

With all of that experience in the military and fighting in bloody battles, GQ asked Jocko Willink to watch military movies and discreet the military action to see how realistic the films were. Willink analyzed several movies including 1990's Navy SEALs starring Charlie Sheen, Zero Dark Thirty, Captain Phillips, Act of Valor, Lone Survivor, and American Sniper, which is about Chris Kyle, who was in Willink's Task Unit Bruiser.

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WNU Editor: Retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink is never boring.

EU Issues Warning To Turkey To Stop Drilling Of Cyprus Coast. Cyprus Calls Turkey A 'Pirate State'

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 06:17 AM PST

Turkish warship patrols near Turkey's drilling ship Fatih in eastern Mediterranean near Cyprus last year (AFP/File photo)

DW: 'Pirate state': Cyprus slams illegal Turkish drilling

Cyprus called Turkey a "pirate state" on Sunday over its attempts to drill for oil and gas off Cypriot waters, one day after the EU issued a warning to Ankara. Turkey, for its part, said the bloc was prejudiced against Turkish Cypriots.

Cyprus, which is has been divided since 1974 into a northern Turkish part and the officially recognized southern Greek part, said Turkey had "provactively ignored" repeated warnings from the European Union to cease its illegal drilling.

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WNU Editor: It is not only the EU that is condemning these Turkish actions. A number of Arab states are also warning Turkey to stop .... Egypt warns against any violations of Cypriot rights: FM spokesperson (Ahram Online). More here .... Saudi Arabia offers 'full support' to Cyprus amid Eastern Mediterranean tensions (Arab News).

More News On The Growing Oil-Gas Drilling Dispute Between Cyprus And Turkey

Turkey deploys drill ship off south Cyprus -- Hurriyet Daily News
Cyprus blasts 'pirate state' Turkey's new gas drilling bid -- AP
Cyprus brands Turkey 'pirate state' in gas drilling row -- Middle East Eye
Turkey spars with EU over fresh drilling off Cyprus -- Reuters
EU warns Turkey off Mediterranean gas exploration plans -- Euractive/AFP

World Oil Prices Rise As Libyan Civil War Shuts Down Two Major Oilfields

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 06:03 AM PST



CNBC: Oil climbs above $65 after an escalation in Libya's civil war forces the shutdown of 2 major oilfields

* Oil climbed on Monday as the civil war in Libya forced two of the nation's largest oilfields to begin shutting down.
* Commander Khalifa Haftar's forces closed a pipeline connecting Libya's largest oilfield and another major production base.
* That has led both to start turning off the taps.
* Brent crude rose about 1.1% before retreating to hover at about $65.11. It reached the highest price since January 9.
* "The global oil market just isn't as exposed to shocks as it once was."

Oil climbed on Monday as the civil war in Libya forced two of the nation's largest oilfields to begin shutting down. The closures come after key Libyan oil ports were blocked over the weekend, threatening oil exports.

West Texas Intermediate crude rose 1% to $59.10, before slipping to about $58.70. Brent crude rose about 1.1% before retreating to hover at about $65.11. It reached the highest price since January 9.

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More News On The Shut Down Of Libya's Major Oil Fields

Oil rises as Libyan oilfields shut down -- Reuters
Libyan Oil Output Collapses as Group Shuts Export Pipeline -- Wall Street Journal
Oil prices jump as Libyan pipeline shutdown cripples output -- Al Jazeera

A Look At Nato's New Spy Drones

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 05:49 AM PST



WNU Editor: These drones are a few years late .... After years of delays, NATO receives US-made spy drones (Euractiv).

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