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U.S. Military Base Operations In Europe Are Threatened By The Coronavirus

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 02:00 AM PST

Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, left, the U.S. European Command's top general, said schools, fitness centers, chapels and other meeting places on U.S. installation at Vincenza, Italy, are closed until Wednesday and there is a 50 percent chance that those areas would remain closed beyond the middle of the week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Roll Call: Coronavirus threatens U.S. military base operations in Europe, general says

Top commander in Europe says a 'fair amount' of US troops in Italy are staying home to avoid the virus.

The spread of the coronavirus in Europe is affecting operations and services on some U.S. military bases in Italy, and precautions could soon extend to the thousands of personnel stationed in Germany, the general in charge of the military's activity on that continent told senators on Tuesday.

Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, who leads U.S. European Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that a "fair amount" of the military's 35,000 soldiers in Italy are staying home to avoid the virus. The disease was first detected in China, and the World Health Organization in January said the outbreak is a "public health emergency of international concern."

There are almost 300 confirmed coronavirus cases in Italy, where seven people have died from the illness. The outbreak in Italy, so far, has been most prevalent in the Lombardy region, in the country's northwest. But there are also confirmed cases in Veneto, the northeastern region that is home to the U.S. Army Garrison Italy in the town of Vicenza and close to Aviano Air Force base.

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Update: US Military Braces for Base Lockdowns in Germany as Coronavirus Cases Rise (Military.com)

WNU Editor: If It looks like US soldiers in Europe are going to be told to stay at home and/or on the base if this outbreak escalates.

First Active Duty U.S. Soldier Tests Positive For The Coronavirus In South Korea

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 01:00 AM PST



FOX News: Coronavirus infects US soldier for first time, military says

A U.S. soldier stationed in South Korea has tested positive for the coronavirus and is in self-quarantine at his residence off base, the military said Tuesday.

The 23-year-old is based at Camp Carroll near the city of Daegu, where most of the country's coronavirus cases have been clustered, and he visited Camp Walker earlier this week. He is the first U.S. service member to become infected.

Health professionals are trying to determine whether or not others have been exposed to COVID-19, U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said in a statement.

"USFK is implementing all appropriate control measures to help control the spread of COVID-19 and remains at risk level 'high' for USFK peninsula-wide as a prudent measure to protect the force," the command said.

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More News On The First Active Duty U.S. Soldier Testing Positive For The Coronavirus

First U.S. Service Member Contracts Coronavirus -- US News and World Report
US soldier in South Korea tests positive for coronavirus -- The Hill
US Soldier in Korea Has Active Duty Military's First Case of Coronavirus -- Military.com
USFK service member confirmed with coronavirus -- Korea Herald/Yonhap News
US Military in South Korea Registers First Soldier Coronavirus Case -- Sputnik

US Air Force And SpaceX Are Teaming Up For A 'Massive' Live Fire Exercise

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 12:00 AM PST

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching 60 Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 23, 2019. 1st Lt Alex Preisser, USAF

Warzone/The Drive: The Air Force And SpaceX Are Teaming Up For A 'Massive' Live Fire Exercise

The exercise will involve SpaceX Starlink satellites, a variety of military assets, and a new command and control system working together.

As space continues to play an increasingly important role for the United States armed forces, the Department of Defense has been also increasingly engaging with the private aerospace and communications sector to develop and implement solutions that better help it confront emerging warfighting challenges. Just last week, Air Force acquisition chief William Roper told reporters at the Pentagon that the Air Force and SpaceX will conduct an event on April 8, together with other branches of the U.S. military, that will see SpaceX Starlink satellites link up with multiple armed forces systems in a "massive" live fire exercise.

"SpaceX has been a great industry partner for us," Roper said. "They are very excited and we are excited to learn more about their satellites through the demonstration."

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WNU Editor: Welcome to the future of warfare.

East Africa's Huge Locust Outbreak Continues To Spread

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 11:00 PM PST



FOX News: Locust outbreak devastating East Africa reaches Congo, UN officials say

A locust outbreak that has devastated parts of East Africa and overwhelmed local officials has reached the Congo, according to the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization.

The desert locusts, carried in part by the wind, arrived on the western shore of Lake Albert on Friday, marking the first time the voracious insects have been seen in the Central African country since 1944.

The worst outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70 years also recently reached South Sudan, a country already devastated by food shortages and years of civil war.

Kenya, Somalia and Uganda also have been battling the locust swarms, which can reach the size of major cities.

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More News On East Africa's Huge Locust Outbreak Continuing To Spread

East Africa's huge locust outbreak now spreads to Congo -- AP
Locusts in East Africa: A Race Against Time -- Relief Web
Watch: Devastating locust swarms threaten food supply of millions -- The National
FAO 'deeply concerned' about invasion of locust swarms in East Africa -- France 24
Swarms of locusts have destroyed 170,000 acres of crops in East Africa — and local farmers are nearly helpless to stop it -- Business Insider

Chelsea Clinton Says Under President Trump America Is Less Prepared For A Coronavirus Outbreak

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 10:00 PM PST



Chelsea Clinton and Devi Sridhar, CNN: Under Trump, America is less prepared for a coronavirus outbreak

(CNN)The coronavirus that emerged from Wuhan, China, last year is causing alarm across the world, with fear that this could become the next pandemic. Late last month, the World Health Organization declared the virus, named COVID-19, a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern" and urged an immediate international response.

It advised its member states to put in place national preparedness plans and procedures for identifying and responding to any COVID-19 cases that might present. The death toll of more than 2,600 people far exceeds that of the SARS outbreak nearly 17 years ago.

This outbreak is terrifying for the tens of millions of people impacted in Wuhan and in countries around the world, and it arguably could not come at a worse time for Americans.

There's a famous adage in public health: "Outbreaks are inevitable; epidemics are not."

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WNU Editor: Chelsea Clinton is teaching at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia?!?!? When did she become an expert in public health?

Tweets For Today

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 09:30 PM PST











Picture Of The Day

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 09:30 PM PST

Residents line up to collect necessities purchased through group orders at a residential compound in Wuhan, February 21, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... Inside Wuhan, epicenter of China's coronavirus outbreak (Reuters).

San Francisco Has Declared A State Of Emergency Over Coronavirus

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 09:00 PM PST



SFGate: Local emergency declared in San Francisco amid coronavirus concerns

Not long after CDC officials urged Americans to prepare for coronavirus outbreaks that will almost certainly begin to spread nationwide, Mayor London Breed declared a state of emergency for the city of San Francisco.

"The global picture is changing rapidly, and we need to step-up preparedness," Breed said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.

While there are currently no cases of coronavirus in the city, the recent declaration will allow the city to secure funding, mobilize additional city resources and expedite the process of emergency planning.

"Given the high volume of travel between S.F. and mainland China, it is likely we will see one or more cases eventually. If a San Francisco case is confirmed, the Health Department will make an announcement," said Breed.

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WNU Editor: The Mayor's declaration of an emergency is here .... City of San Francisco Moves Proactively to Prepare for Possible Novel Coronavirus Activity in the Community (Office of the Mayor, San Francisco).

More News On San Francisco Declaring A State Of Emergency Over Coronavirus

San Francisco Declares Emergency Over 'Growing Likelihood' Of Coronavirus Cases -- CBS SF Bay Area
San Francisco declares state of emergency over coronavirus -- The Hill
San Francisco's mayor has declared a state of emergency as the coronavirus continues to spread -- Business Insider
San Francisco declares preemptive state of emergency over coronavirus fears -- Washington Examiner

Tonight's U.S. Democratic Debate Was A Complete Mess

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 08:00 PM PST


NYPost: Democratic debate: Chaos reigns as shouting match breaks out in South Carolina

The South Carolina presidential Democratic debate quickly devolved into a scrappy schoolyard screaming match on Tuesday night — all of the candidates furiously talking over each other as the CBS moderators seemed helpless to do anything about it.

CBS News moderators Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell struggled to keep the unruly seven candidates in line as they rushed to attack Bernie Sanders who they now realize is on an unstoppable march to the nomination.

At one point, all of the candidates were wildly flapping their hands and yelling over each other before former veep Joe Biden chastised their on-stage decorum.

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WNU Editor: The moderators lost control. 

Will This Year's Summer Olympics Be Cancelled Because Of The Coronavirus Outbreak?

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 07:00 PM PST



Daily Mail: Tokyo Olympics will have to be SCRAPPED if it is not clear soon whether the event will be free of coronavirus, IOC member warns

* Dick Pound estimated a three-month window to decide the fate of the Games
* About 11,000 athletes are preparing to take part in the Games, to open July 24
* Pound said moving to another city seems unlikely because of short time frame

A senior member of the International Olympic Committee said Tuesday that if it proves too dangerous to hold the Olympics in Tokyo this summer because of the coronavirus outbreak, organizers are more likely to cancel it altogether than to postpone or move it.

Dick Pound, a former Canadian swimming champion who has been on the IOC since 1978, making him its longest-serving member, estimated there is a two-month window to decide the fate of the Tokyo Olympics, meaning a decision could be put off until late May.

He said: 'In and around that time, I'd say folks are going to have to ask: "Is this under sufficient control that we can be confident about going to Tokyo or not?".'

As the games draw near, he said, 'a lot of things have to start happening.

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WNU Editor: It will be a damn shame if the Games are cancelled.

More News On Concerns That This Year's Summer Olympics May Be Cancelled Because Of The Coronavirus Outbreak

Coronavirus outbreak means decision needed on Tokyo Olympics by May, says top IOC official Dick Pound -- ABC News Online
IOC member casts doubt on postponing or moving Tokyo Games -- AP
Olympic Committee member estimates three-month window to decide whether Tokyo Games happen -- The Hill
Tokyo no-go: Olympic Games will be CANCELLED if killer coronavirus not brought under control within 3 months -- RT
Will the Summer Olympics be canceled because of the coronavirus? -- Politico

New Delhi Rocked By Riots During President Donald Trump's India Visit

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 06:00 PM PST



ABC News Online: New Delhi riots leave more than a dozen dead as unrest over citizenship law spills over during Donald Trump visit

More than a dozen people have been killed and hundreds injured in violent protests over a new citizenship law in India's capital New Delhi.

The clashes were the worst in the capital since unrest over the new law began in December.

An official at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in New Delhi said 13 people had died there and more than 150 injured people, many of them with bullet wounds, had been treated.

India's capital has been a focus of unrest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, which makes it easier for non-Muslims from three neighbouring Muslim-dominated countries to gain Indian citizenship.

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More News On New Delhi Being Rocked By Riots During President Donald Trump's India Visit

Delhi clashes: Thirteen killed as Hindu and Muslim groups clash -- BBC
More than a dozen killed, hundreds injured as New Delhi riots overshadow Trump visit -- Reuters
Delhi rocked by deadly protests during Donald Trump's India visit -- The Guardian
Deadly violence rocks New Delhi as Trump praises Modi on 'religious freedom' -- France 24
India protesters disappointed by Trump's support for Modi -- DW
Mosque set on fire as violent protests continue across New Delhi -- Al Jazeera

U.S. Democrat Debate In South Carolina (Live)

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 04:55 PM PST

Global Stocks And Commodity Prices Plunge For A Second Day Amid Fears That The Coronavirus Is Spreading

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 04:30 PM PST



The Guardian: Global markets tumble for second day amid fears of coronavirus spread

Dow Jones lost 877 or 3.1%, the tech-heavy Nasdaq dropped 2.7% and the S&P 500 fell 3% following similar losses across the Atlantic

Investors sold off shares across the world for a second day on Tuesday as fears of the economic impact of the coronavirus continued to grow.

In New York the major markets experienced their biggest drop in two years amid fears that the growing virus outbreak will put the brakes on the global economy and more companies warned the outbreak will hurt their finances.

The Dow Jones lost 877 or 3.1%, the tech-heavy Nasdaq dropped 2.7% and the S&P 500 fell 3% following similar losses across the Atlantic.

In London the FTSE 100 index closed at its lowest level in a year, down 1.9% at 7,018, lowering the value of Britain's blue-chip companies by about £35bn and contributing to a two-day loss of nearly £100bn. Germany's Dax fell 1.8% and in France the CAC fell 1.94%.

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More News On Global Stocks And Commodity Prices Plunging For A Second Day Amid Fears That The Coronavirus Is Spreading

Stocks plunge for a second day as the Dow lost more than 800 points on Tuesday -- CNBC
Stocks sink, bonds soar on fears virus will stunt economy -- AP
Wall Street's sell-off deepens as coronavirus fears intensify -- Reuters
Financial markets drop again on coronavirus fears -- BBC
US stock markets nosedives for second consecutive day -- DW
Oil Prices Rise Above $50 On Smaller Than Expected Crude Inventory Build -- OilPrice.com
Oil prices have tanked 12% since coronavirus exploded globally — but key OPEC members swear the alliance will take action to stabilize if needed -- Business Insider
Gold retreats from seven-year high, but virus fears limit losses -- Reuters
Fears of a 'supply shock' are rattling stocks and global markets as viral outbreak continues -- CNN

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 25, 2020

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 04:12 PM PST



James Gallagher, BBC: Analysis: How close are we to a pandemic?

Major outbreaks of the new coronavirus have suddenly been detected in both Italy and Iran in the past few days.

Meanwhile, cases in South Korea have surged making it one of the worst-affected countries.

The new coronavirus is no longer a problem just in China, with a small number of exported cases.

It has many people asking if the virus is about to become a pandemic and whether containing it is still possible?

A pandemic is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time.

This virus "absolutely" has pandemic potential, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

But he added: "We are not witnessing uncontained global spread of the virus, using the word pandemic does not fit the facts."

Not everyone agrees.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 25, 2020

The new coronavirus: What we know so far -- France 24

Are you still alive?' Virus fears grip South Korean city -- Hyung-Jin Kin, AP

Coronavirus exposes the divide between China's rich and poor -- Melissa Sou-Jie van Brunnersum, DW

Coronavirus poses tough challenge for economic policymakers -- Paul Wiseman and Christopher Rugaber, AP

The Coronavirus Outbreak Is the Shape of Things to Come -- Stewart M. Patrick, WPR

Epidemic vs. pandemic? Glossary of terms for virus outbreak -- AP

Trump's India visit a lesson for Islamabad -- Imad Zafar, Asia Times

Why a U.S.-India Partnership Must Succeed -- Jonathan D. T. Ward & Jagannath Panda, National Interest

Malaysia's political turmoil: everything you need to know -- Rebecca Ratcliffe, The Guardian

Inside story behind Malaysia's political meltdown -- Nile Bowie, Asia Times

Jacinda Ardern's leadership under question in New Zealand despite being lauded abroad -- Melissa Clarke, ABC News Online

Cleaning Up Turkey's Mess in Idlib -- Aaron Stein, War on the Rocks

Post-Brexit Britain starts search for new global role -- Reuters

A Conversation with Bernie Sanders's Foreign Policy Ally in Congress -- Matthew Petti, National Interest

Can Bernie be stopped? Some Democratic donors are trying -- Brian Slodysko, AP

World News Briefs -- February 25, 2020 (Evening Edition)

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 05:15 PM PST



AP: 'Time is everything': World braces for spread of new virus

China's massive travel restrictions, house-to-house checks, huge isolation wards and lockdowns of entire cities bought the world valuable time to prepare for the global spread of the new virus.

But with troubling outbreaks now emerging in Italy, South Korea and Iran, and U.S. health officials warning Tuesday it's inevitable it will spread more widely in America, the question is: Did the world use that time wisely and is it ready for a potential pandemic?

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MIDDLE EAST

Syria's Idlib sees ghost towns as hundreds of thousands flee.

Turkey-backed fighters recapture key town in Syria's Idlib.

Talk about truce with terrorists in Idlib means surrender — Lavrov.

Yemen: US to stop aid in Houthi areas if rebels do not cooperate.

Remaining parties in Iran nuclear deal to meet in Vienna.

Saudi nationals sentenced for 'offering intelligence to Iran'.

Netanyahu to approve 3,500 Jewish homes on disputed 'E1' land.

Coronavirus: Gulf states suspend more flights.

First Iraqis catch coronavirus amid fear of Iran epidemic spillover.

Iranian clerics keep shrines open, even as virus spreads.

ASIA

Afghan government agrees to postpone Ghani inauguration: U.S..

China struggles to revive manufacturing amid virus outbreak.

Trump wraps India visit after defense, trade talks with PM Modi.

Deadly violence rocks New Delhi as Trump praises Modi on 'religious freedom'. Delhi clashes: Thirteen killed as Hindu and Muslim groups clash.

Pompeo confirms US will sign Taliban deal if weeklong 'reduction in violence' is successful.

US urges Afghans to unite for Taliban talks amid election dispute. US upbeat on Taliban peace, warns Afghan leaders.

Kazakhstan's crackdown on opposition dashes hopes for fair polls.

East Timor PM Taur Matan Ruak resigns as coalition collapses.

Of the 200 cities with worst air pollution, 90 per cent are in China and India.

AFRICA

East Africa's huge locust outbreak now spreads to Congo.

Algerian leader to go to Saudi Arabia in first state visit since election.

Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak dies aged 91.

Egypt executes eight men over church bombings: sources.

Regional leaders react to the passing of Egypt's Hosni Mubarak.

Libya conflict: Turkey confirms first soldiers killed. Erdogan says two Turkish troops killed in Libya.

Watchdog HRW accuses army in massacre in anglophone Cameroon.

Lesotho PM expects praise for early resignation.

Ethiopia to free high-profile prisoners 'for the national good'.

EUROPE

Europe: Officials try to stem virus panic, keep borders open.

6 European nations report virus cases with Italy link.

Italy sees virus cases rise 45% in a day; deaths up to 11.

Coronavirus spreads through Europe from Italy to Austria, Croatia and Tenerife.

Coronavirus updates: Borders remain open as Italian cases rise 45%.

Russia-China trade impacted by coronavirus but situation not critical, deputy PM says.

Switzerland confirms its first coronavirus case — media.

Coronavirus: Tenerife hotel with hundreds of guests locked down. Tenerife coronavirus: 1,000 guests at hotel quarantined.

Greece: Clashes on islands over new migrant camps.

CDU politicians Merz and Laschet announce their bids to lead Germany's biggest party.

Belarus, Russia sign protocol on compensations for off-spec oil.

Man who drove into carnival crowd injured 52, German police say.

AMERICAS

As world scrambles, experts warn virus spread in US certain. U.S. braces for coronavirus spread as outbreaks worsen in Italy, Iran.

Trump, US officials send mixed messages on virus risk here.

Democrats warm up for big debate, unloading on Sanders.

Bernie Sanders under sustained attack ahead of debate.

Coronavirus could cause 'severe disruption' in America, CDC says.

GOP chairman of Appropriations panel worries Trump 'lowballing' coronavirus funding request.

Trump says Russian interference 'highly exaggerated', blames Adam Schiff for leaking report.

Brazil: Murder rate spikes in CearĂ¡ state as police strike.

Chile anti-government protests mar music festival's opening night.

Harvey Weinstein to face charges in Los Angeles after guilty verdict in New York.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

U.S. military says killed militant leader behind attack in Kenya that killed Americans.

Sahel summit appeal to step up fight against jihadism.

Shaky ceasefire holds between Islamic Jihad, Israel in Gaza.

As Yemen's war intensifies, an opening for al-Qaeda to resurrect its fortunes.

9/11 firefighter who found own brother in rubble dies of related illness.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Stocks sink, bonds soar on fears virus will stunt economy.

Dashboard of a downturn: coronavirus starts to set off some recession alarm bells.

Oil slips for 3rd day as virus fears outweigh supply cuts.

Coronavirus outbreak to cost airlines almost $30bn.

U.S. Secretary Of State Pompeo Says Afghanistan 'Reduction Of Violence Is Working'

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 02:00 PM PST





DW: Pompeo confirms US will sign Taliban deal if weeklong 'reduction in violence' is successful

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that the US will sign a troop reduction deal in Afghanistan if the current "reduction in violence" is successful. "All sides are tired of fighting," he told reporters.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that the US will sign a troop reduction deal in Afghanistan with the Taliban, if the current weeklong reduction in violence is successful.

"If — and only if — it's successful, we will sign the US-Taliban agreement," he told reporters. The agreement would include negotiations around the withdrawal of thousands of US troops from the country for the first time in 18 years.

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WNU Editor: Fighting has not stopped .... At least six killed in Taliban attacks in Afghanistan despite 'reduction of violence' deal (Task & Purpose).

More News On The Afghan Peace Process

Pompeo says US will sign an agreement with Taliban 'if and only if' reduction in violence is successful -- CNN
Pompeo: Afghanistan 'reduction of violence is working' -- The Hill
'Reduction in violence' working in Afghanistan, Pompeo says -- RT
'All sides are tired of fighting': Taliban peace deal may be signed this week, Mike Pompeo says -- Washington Examiner
US urges Afghans to unite for Taliban talks amid election dispute -- France 24
U.S. wants Afghan president to postpone planned inauguration -- Reuters
Taliban attacks significantly down as reduction in violence deal appears to hold -- Military Times

Covid-19 Outbreak In The U.S. -- News Updates February 25, 2020

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 01:26 PM PST



Daily Mail: 'This might be bad': Top CDC official warns it's 'not a question of if but when' coronavirus spreads in the US and tells parents to prepare kids for school closures and 'significant disruption in our lives'

* Senior CDC official Nancy Messonier said coronavirus is moving closer to meeting the criteria of a pandemic
* She says she that it's not a question of if, but when, spread will occur in the US
* Dr Messonier said she called her children's school and asked if there are plans for tele-schooling if necessary and recommended parents do the same
* More than 80,000 people have been infected worldwide and more than 2,700 people have died

It's no longer 'a question of if...but when' the coronavirus will spread in the US, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials said on Tuesday as they told parents to prepare their children for the possibility of school closures.

The CDC said Americans may need to prepare for 'tele-schooling' should the virus continue to spread throughout the US.

So far, 57 cases have been confirmed - 14 in the nation, 40 from citizens repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan and three evacuated from China.

And although the threat is currently low, Dr Nancy Messonier, CDC's director of the Center for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, says the public needs to be ready if the virus becomes a pandemic.

'It's not so much of a question of if this will happen in this country any more but a question of when this will happen,' she told reporters in a media call on Tuesday.

'We are asking the American public to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad.'

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Covid-19 Outbreak In The U.S. -- News Updates February 25, 2020

Coronavirus live updates: US confirms 57 cases, CDC outlines pandemic planning -- CNBC
US health officials say coronavirus will likely cause a global pandemic -- CNBC
U.S. health officials raise alarm about likely local spread of coronavirus -- Reuters
Top health official warns coronavirus spread appears inevitable in US -- The Hill
Coronavirus could cause 'severe disruption' in America, CDC says -- The Guardian
We don't have any Americans dying of coronavirus says Donald Trump as he claims the markets will bounce back from massive day-long sell-off over fears about infection becoming a pandemic -- Daily Mail
Trump administration seeks $2.5 billion in funds to fight coronavirus -- Reuters
Pompeo accuses China and Iran of hiding coronavirus outbreak -- The Hill
Washington pledges $1 billion for coronavirus vaccine as pandemic risks grow -- France 24

Covid-19 Outbreak In Italy -- News Updates February 25, 2020

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 01:17 PM PST

A weekend outbreak of coronavirus in northern Italy has now seen cases spread across the country - including to Palermo in Sicily - and jump the border to Austria, Croatia, mainland Spain and Switzerland

Daily Mail: Italy's coronavirus death toll climbs to 11: Four more die as number of new infections increases 45% in one day and panic-buyers strip supermarket shelves bare in Palermo

* Italy confirmed four more deaths from coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total number of fatalities to 11
* Four new deaths were announced in Vento and Lombardy - two men and two women, the youngest was 76
* Meanwhile the number of cases in the south climbed to three, all of them in the Sicilian capital of Palermo
* All three infected travelled to the south from the north before a lock-down was put into place last week
* Italy confirmed 95 new cases bringing the total to 322 as virus jumped to Austria, Croatia and Switzerland

Four more people have died from coronavirus in Italy, bringing the total number of fatalities to 11 as 322 cases were confirmed across the country.

The total number of cases in Italy rose to 322 from 229 on Monday, with the vast majority from Lombardy and Veneto, the economic powerhouse of the country that include the financial capital Milan and the tourist hotspot Venice.

Four new deaths were announced in the two regions - two men, aged 91 and 81, and two women, aged 83 and 76. All the others who have died since the flare-up came to light on Friday were also elderly and suffering from underlying health problems.

Three new cases were confirmed in Sicily and two in Tuscany as the contagion spread south. All three Sicilian cases are concentrated in the regional capitol of Palermo, having travelled to the region as part of a 29-strong group including a 66-year-old woman who was the south's first confirmed case.

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Covid-19 Outbreak In Italy -- News Updates February 25, 2020

Coronavirus: Europe on alert as four more deaths reported in Italy – updates -- The Guardian
Coronavirus spreads through Europe from Italy to Austria, Croatia and Tenerife -- SCMP
Eleventh death in coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy - Veneto region -- Reuters
Coronavirus updates: Borders remain open as Italian cases rise 45% -- DW
Italy struggles to contain coronavirus outbreak as cases spread south -- France 24
Coronavirus: EU rules out Schengen border closures amid Italy outbreak -- DW
Coronavirus: Quarantine raises virus fears in northern Italy -- BBC
Italy imposes draconian rules to stop spread of coronavirus -- The Guardian
Italians struggle with 'surreal' lockdown as coronavirus cases rise -- The Guardian
Coronavirus could force Italian clubs to ban fans -- France 24
Coronavirus hits heart of Italy's economy -- DW
Italy probes "insane" prices for coronavirus masks, sanitizers -- Reuters
What it's like in Italy's coronavirus epicentre -- DW

Iran's Deputy Health Minister Has Contracted The Coronavirus

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 01:13 PM PST



Daily Mail: Iran's deputy HEALTH minister tests positive for coronavirus after looking shaky and unwell while he played down outbreak's dangers - as death toll rises to 15 and cases are exported around the Middle East

* Iran's deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi was placed into quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus
* Comes a day after he sweated his way through a press conference while insisting outbreak is under control
* Iran has officially declared 95 cases and 15 deaths, but there are fears that the true number is much higher
* Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Iran to 'tell the truth' and cooperate with health officials over the virus

Iran's deputy health minister has tested positive for coronavirus amid a rapidly worsening outbreak in the Islamic republic today.

Iraj Harirchi was taken into quarantine just a day after sweating heavily at a press conference where he insisted that the outbreak was not as bad as feared.

The virus's spread into the health ministry is the latest sign of Tehran's faltering efforts to contain the outbreak.

The regime has refused to seal off the holy city of Qom at the centre of the crisis even as pilgrims spread the virus around the Middle East and Iranians face shortages of masks and testing kits.

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WNU Editor: He does look sick.

More News On Iran's Deputy Health Minister Contracting The Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Iran's deputy health minister tests positive as outbreak worsens -- BBC
Iran's deputy health minister: I have coronavirus -- The Guardian
Iran's deputy health minister tests positive for coronavirus -- Al Jazeera
Iran's deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi has tested positive to coronavirus -- ABC News Online
WATCH: Iran health chief mops sweaty brow during coronavirus briefing and COUGHS in TV interview before own diagnosis -- RT

Covid-19 Outbreak In Iran -- News Updates February 25, 2020

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 01:10 PM PST



SCMP: Fears mount as coronavirus outbreak worsens in sanctions-hit Iran

* Local official says death toll stands at 50, raising concerns of a cover-up and whether the country will be able to cope with the crisis
* Calls for US to ease restrictions to allow China and other Tehran-friendly countries to provide emergency aid

As coronavirus cases and deaths spike in Iran, experts have warned the outbreak in the Islamic Republic could be far worse than officially reported, and emergency aid will be needed to help the sanctions-hit country avoid a humanitarian crisis.
Fifty people have died from the new coronavirus
in the Shiite Muslim holy city of Qom this month, a local official was quoted as saying by Iran's semi-official ILNA news agency on Monday.

The new figure, which has yet to be confirmed by the government, is significantly higher than the official tally, which stands at 12 deaths out of 47 confirmed infections, according to state television.

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Covid-19 Outbreak In Iran -- News Updates February 25, 2020

Iran's coronavirus death toll rises to 16 as worries deepen -- Reuters
Iran virus deaths rise to 15, deputy minister among infected -- AFP
Coronavirus claims three more lives in Iran -- AFP
Iranian prison inmates fear transfer to ward that hosted coronavirus victim -- The Guardian
Iran flights halted as coronavirus spreads across Middle East -- SCMP/AP
UAE halts all Iran flights over coronavirus outbreak -- Al Jazeera
Iran gripped by rumour and counter-rumour as coronavirus death toll rises -- Middle East Monitor

U.S., South Korea May Scale Back War Games Over Coronavirus Concerns

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 12:58 PM PST





CNN: US and South Korea considering scaling back military exercises due to coronavirus concerns

The United States and South Korea are considering scaling back upcoming joint military exercises due to the coronavirus outbreak in the Korean Peninsula, according to US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.

Esper said the US commander of US forces in Korea, Gen. Robert Abrams, and South Korea's chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Park Han-ki, "are looking at scaling back the command post training due to concerns about the coronavirus."

Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon alongside his South Korean counterpart, Minister of Defense Kyeong-doo Jeong, Esper said he is confident the US and South Korea will "remain fully ready to deal with any threats that we might face together."

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WNU Editor: There is also the issue on the lack of a funding deal between South Korea and the U.S. to pay for these exercises .... US wargames in South Korea might be scaled back over coronavirus fears – or lack of funding deal with Seoul (RT)

More News On Reports That The U.S. And South Korea May Scale Back War Games Over Coronavirus Concerns

Coronavirus threatens joint US-South Korea military exercises: reports -- The Hill
U.S., South Korea may scale back military training over coronavirus concerns -- Reuters
Coronavirus Outbreak in South Korea Could Scale Back Joint Training Exercises -- Military.com
US and South Korea may scale back joint military exercises over coronavirus fears -- Military Times

Covid-19 Outbreak In South Korea -- News Updates February 25, 2020

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 12:39 PM PST



VOA: South Koreans Face 'Watershed' Moment as Coronavirus Spreads

SEOUL - South Korean schools closed, and major events — including concerts and the opening of the top Korean football league — were indefinitely postponed Monday, as the country attempted to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Warning of a "grave watershed moment," South Korean President Moon Jae-in has placed South Korea on the highest alert level. The move gives authorities greater latitude to forcibly restrict public gatherings and enforce quarantines on those with the virus.

South Korea reported 231 new infections Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 833. Authorities also reported the seventh death from the highly transmissible virus, which causes a disease called Covid-19.

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Covid-19 Outbreak In South Korea -- News Updates February 25, 2020

Coronavirus fears grip South Korea as President Moon warns of 'very grave' outbreak, officials screen 200,000 'cult' members and Korean Air cabin crew member tests positive -- Daily Mail
South Korea coronavirus cases near 1,000; 11 dead -- UPI
Chinese cities quarantine travellers from South Korea amid spike in coronavirus cases -- SCMP
Coronavirus: Singapore bans visitors from South Korean cities at heart of outbreak surge -- SCMP
Coronavirus: CDC issues heightened travel warning for South Korea amid COVID-19 spread -- USA Today
Coronavirus: secretive South Korean church linked to outbreak held meetings in Wuhan until December -- SCMP
South Korea is testing 200,000 members of a doomsday church linked to more than 60% of its coronavirus cases -- Business Insider
Coronavirus: South Korea to test 200,000 sect members as pandemic fears hit markets -- The Guardian
One of Korean Air's cabin crew tests positive for coronavirus -- Reuters
Coronavirus: Why did infections shoot up in South Korea? -- BBC

Covid-19 Outbreak In China -- News Updates February 25, 2020

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 12:34 PM PST



CNA News: China reports 71 more COVID-19 deaths, lowest in 2 weeks

BEIJING: China on Tuesday (Feb 25) reported another 71 deaths from the novel coronavirus, the lowest daily number of fatalities in over two weeks, which raised the toll to 2,663.

The central province of Hubei, the epicenter of the outbreak, reported 68 new deaths, while in the provincial capital of Wuhan, 56 people died.

The National Health Commission also reported 508 new confirmed cases, with all but nine in hard-hit Hubei province.

It is up from Monday's 409 cases nationwide and brings the total number of confirmed cases in mainland China so far to 77,658.

Multiple provinces in China have reported zero new cases for several days in a row now, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) saying Monday that the coronavirus epidemic has "peaked" in China.

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Covid-19 Outbreak In China -- News Updates February 25, 2020

Latest on coronavirus spreading in China and beyond -- Reuters
China coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates -- Al Jazeera
Coronavirus cases slow in China as clusters grow worldwide -- UPI
Coronavirus: China introduces targeted coronavirus controls for each county -- SCMP
China's Xi rallies people back to work as country continues to battle virus outbreak -- CNBC
As its covid-19 epidemic slows, China tries to get back to work -- The Economist
Coronavirus in China: People of Hubei province treated as outcasts -- France 24
China hits back at American 'coronavirus overreaction' with travel warning for US -- SCMP
Coronavirus: Only a third of Chinese small businesses open as outbreak disrupts labour and logistics -- SCMP
Chinese cities are rolling out disinfectant tunnels and spray trucks to ward off the coronavirus — but experts don't think it will work -- Business Insider
What Happens If You're Critically Ill In China — But Not With Coronavirus -- NPR

World News Briefs -- February 25, 2020

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 05:15 PM PST



Reuters: Coronavirus increases Iran's isolation, strains South Korea and Italy

DUBAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Iran's coronavirus death toll rose to 16 on Tuesday, the highest outside China, increasing its international isolation as dozens of countries from South Korea to Italy accelerated emergency measures to curb the epidemic's global spread.

Believed to come from wildlife in Wuhan city late last year, the flu-like disease has infected 80,000 people and killed 2,663 in China. But the World Health Organization (WHO) says the epidemic there has peaked and has been declining since Feb. 2.

Beyond mainland China, however, it has jumped to about 29 countries and territories, with some three dozen deaths, according to a Reuters tally. Growing outbreaks in Iran, Italy and South Korea are of particular concern.

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MIDDLE EAST

Syria's Idlib sees ghost towns as hundreds of thousands flee.

Turkey-backed fighters recapture key town in Syria's Idlib.

Talk about truce with terrorists in Idlib means surrender — Lavrov.

Yemen: US to stop aid in Houthi areas if rebels do not cooperate.

Remaining parties in Iran nuclear deal to meet in Vienna.

Saudi nationals sentenced for 'offering intelligence to Iran'.

Netanyahu to approve 3,500 Jewish homes on disputed 'E1' land.

Coronavirus: Gulf states suspend more flights.

ASIA

Trump wraps India visit after defense, trade talks with PM Modi.

Deadly violence rocks New Delhi as Trump praises Modi on 'religious freedom'. Delhi clashes: Thirteen killed as Hindu and Muslim groups clash.

Pompeo confirms US will sign Taliban deal if weeklong 'reduction in violence' is successful.

US urges Afghans to unite for Taliban talks amid election dispute. US upbeat on Taliban peace, warns Afghan leaders.

Kazakhstan's crackdown on opposition dashes hopes for fair polls.

East Timor PM Taur Matan Ruak resigns as coalition collapses.

Of the 200 cities with worst air pollution, 90 per cent are in China and India.

AFRICA

Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak dies aged 91.

Egypt executes eight men over church bombings: sources.

Regional leaders react to the passing of Egypt's Hosni Mubarak.

Libya conflict: Turkey confirms first soldiers killed. Erdogan says two Turkish troops killed in Libya.

Watchdog HRW accuses army in massacre in anglophone Cameroon.

Lesotho PM expects praise for early resignation.

Ethiopia to free high-profile prisoners 'for the national good'.

EUROPE

Coronavirus spreads through Europe from Italy to Austria, Croatia and Tenerife.

Coronavirus updates: Borders remain open as Italian cases rise 45%.

Russia-China trade impacted by coronavirus but situation not critical, deputy PM says.

Switzerland confirms its first coronavirus case — media.

Coronavirus: Tenerife hotel with hundreds of guests locked down. Tenerife coronavirus: 1,000 guests at hotel quarantined.

CDU politicians Merz and Laschet announce their bids to lead Germany's biggest party.

Belarus, Russia sign protocol on compensations for off-spec oil.

Man who drove into carnival crowd injured 52, German police say.

AMERICAS

Bernie Sanders under sustained attack ahead of debate.

Coronavirus could cause 'severe disruption' in America, CDC says.

GOP chairman of Appropriations panel worries Trump 'lowballing' coronavirus funding request.

Trump says Russian interference 'highly exaggerated', blames Adam Schiff for leaking report.

Brazil: Murder rate spikes in CearĂ¡ state as police strike.

Chile anti-government protests mar music festival's opening night.

Harvey Weinstein to face charges in Los Angeles after guilty verdict in New York.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Sahel summit appeal to step up fight against jihadism.

Shaky ceasefire holds between Islamic Jihad, Israel in Gaza.

As Yemen's war intensifies, an opening for al-Qaeda to resurrect its fortunes.

9/11 firefighter who found own brother in rubble dies of related illness.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Dashboard of a downturn: coronavirus starts to set off some recession alarm bells.

Oil slips for 3rd day as virus fears outweigh supply cuts.

Coronavirus outbreak to cost airlines almost $30bn.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 25, 2020

Posted: 25 Feb 2020 11:25 AM PST



The Hill: Pompeo: Afghanistan 'reduction of violence is working'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that a seven-day "reduction in violence" agreement with the Taliban is largely holding.

"So far, the reduction of violence is working," Pompeo told reporters at a briefing. "Imperfect, but it's working."

Pompeo announced last week that the United States and the Taliban would sign a broader peace agreement at the end of February if a weeklong reduction in violence period holds.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 25, 2020

Pompeo: US will sign deal with Afghanistan only if reduction in violence works -- Reuters

Pompeo confirms US will sign Taliban deal if weeklong 'reduction in violence' is successful -- DW

US Navy Fleet Based in Japan Conducting Screenings for Coronavirus -- Sputnik

Navy Steps Up Coronavirus Screenings for Pacific-Deployed Personnel, Dependents And Visitors -- USNI News

Coronavirus threatens joint US-South Korea military exercises: reports -- The Hill

Navy Still Struggling with Ford Aircraft Carrier -- National Defense

Inside America's newly revealed nuclear ballistic missile warhead of the future -- Defense News

The Air Force we can afford: The 386-squadron goal appears out of reach -- Air Force Times

Jamming, precision artillery and long range drone strikes on Libyan battlefield offer lessons learned for US military -- Military Times

Pentagon defends handling of soldiers injured in Iranian attack -- UPI

The Air Force is changing how it recruits and trains its special operators -- Business Insider

The Marine Corps' top general wants more women in ground-combat jobs -- Business Insider/Military.com

Bipartisan groups push Congress to 'restore the balance of national security powers' -- The Hill

Trump creates new headaches for GOP with top intelligence pick -- The Hill

US government agencies are banning TikTok, the social media app teens are obsessed with, over cybersecurity fears — here's the full list -- Business Insider

Senators seek SECDEF support to add names of 'Lost 74' to Vietnam Memorial Wall -- Navy Times

Pentagon Has 'No Plans to Redeploy THAAD' in South Korea - Defense Secretary Esper -- Sputnik

Trump Says India Agreed to Purchase $3 Bln Worth of US Military Equipment -- Sputnik

France, Germany sign agreement to build sixth-generation fighter plane -- UPI

Nuclear warfare: How Sweden and Germany plan to curb the threat -- DW

Finnish Armed Forces Test Joint Barracks for Female, Male Conscripts to Boost Cohesion -- Sputnik

US, Canadian, Norwegian military to carry out observation flight over Russia -- TASS

Russia's Navy tracks movements of US guided-missile destroyer in Black Sea -- TASS

Russia Unveils Laika, Its Next-Gen Nuclear Attack Sub -- Popular Mechanics

Russia Has Developed Prototype of Air-to-Ground Hypersonic Missile
-- The Diplomat

Uncertainty Around Future of New START Concerning - Lavrov -- Sputnik

Submarines May Sink Indian Navy's Plans For Future Aircraft Carrier -- Forbes

Japan reviewing deployment of missiles in East China Sea -- UPI

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