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Posted: 24 Mar 2020 10:47 PM PDT

Picture Of The Day

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 10:26 PM PDT

A person with a walker crosses 42nd Street in a mostly deserted Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York City. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

WNU Editor: The top picture came from this photo-gallery .... Top Photos of the Day (Reuters).

Pentagon Expects The Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic To Last Three To Four Months

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 10:19 PM PDT

Daily Mail: Chairman of the joint chiefs warns coronavirus will NOT be over by Easter warning military is planning for up to four MONTHS of crisis - unlike his boss Donald Trump

* The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley anticipated the coronavirus crisis to last three months, he said at the Pentagon Tuesday
* President Trump said during a Fox News Channel interview in the Rose Garden Tuesday that he'd like to see America reopened for business by Easter, April 12
* Defense Secretary Mark Esper also talked of a longer timeline, saying that he thought coronavirus would be a problem for an eight to 10-week period

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley anticipated the coronavirus crisis could last another three months - stretching until almost the Fourth of July, instead of Easter, which President Trump referenced Tuesday.

'You're looking at eight to 10, maybe 12 weeks, something like that, call it three months,' Milley said at the Pentagon Tuesday, according to Fox News. 'Some of it depends on what we do as a nation to mitigate it, to flatten the curve so to speak. But we, the United States military, we're going to do this as long as the mission takes.'

During a Fox News Channel interview in the Rose Garden, Trump had said he'd like the American economy back online by Easter Sunday, April 12.

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Update #1: Pentagon leaders indicate coronavirus outbreak could last for months (Reuters)
Update #2: Pentagon sees coronavirus crisis lasting several months (AFP)

WNU Editor: No one really knows.

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Africa -- News Updates March 24 - 25, 2020

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 10:11 PM PDT

Time/AP: Africa Coronavirus Cases Over 2,000 as South Africa Rushes Into Lockdown

JOHANNESBURG — Customers started behaving oddly about a week ago, visibly dejected street vendor Frank Mojapelo said. Some were wary to exchange cash. Some backed away, or refused to touch him.

Now, an unprecedented lockdown looms in South Africa over the coronavirus, with a country of 57 million people told to stay home starting Friday. Virus cases leapt again to 554 on Tuesday, the most of any country in Africa. Forty-three of the continent's 54 countries now have cases, with the total at 2,046, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Africa -- News Updates March 24 - 25, 2020

Africa cases over 2,000 as South Africa rushes into lockdown -- AP
Coronavirus sees lockdowns across Africa as cases of COVID-19 increase in the continent -- ABC News Online
Africa's weak health systems face escalating virus peril -- AFP
Economic fears as Africa escalates coronavirus response -- AFP
Coronavirus: Authorities across Africa brace for pandemic -- France 24
Egypt imposes two-week nightly curfew to slow coronavirus spread -- Al Jazeera
Egypt imposes night-time curfew over coronavirus -- BBC
Egypt imposes night-time curfew in bid to contain virus -- AFP
South Africa to go into nationwide lockdown from Thursday -- AP
South Africa's coronavirus cases surge past 500 -- AFP
South African prepare for 21-day lockdown -- DW
Sudan orders closure of all borders over COVID-19 -- Al Jazeera
Coronavirus may mean Botswana's hunting season is cancelled -- Al Jazeera
Libya sees 1st virus case as more curfews called in Mideast -- AP
Ethiopia's Abiy seeks $150bn for African virus response -- AFP
Coronavirus: Ethiopia seeks debt relief for Africa -- BBC
British tourist, 62, dies in Cape Verde after contracting coronavirus in West African nation's first fatality from pandemic -- Daily Mail

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In The Middle East -- News Updates March 24 - 25, 2020

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 10:07 PM PDT

AFP: Iran announces record rise in coronavirus cases with 1,762 diagnosed in the last 24 hours bringing the total to 24,811 as deaths increase by 112 to 1,934

* Iran has diagnosed 24,811 coronavirus cases - a record increase of 1,762 in a day
* Death toll rose to 1,934, though serious doubts have been raised over reliability
* Dead included Ayatollah Khamenei's son's mother-in-law, state news reported
* Iran is the worst-hit country in Middle East, which has 31,000 confirmed cases

Iran announced a record surge in the number of coronavirus cases diagnosed overnight while confirmed deaths also climbed to almost 2,000.

The country - the hardest-hit in the Middle East - confirmed 1,762 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total to at least 24,811.

Meanwhile deaths climbed by 112 to at least 1,934. Serious questions have been raised over the reliability of Iran's data after the country initially downplayed and tried to cover up the severity of the outbreak.

Iran, like most other coronavirus-hit countries, is also facing a shortfall of test kits which has hampered its ability to provide accurate figures.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In The Middle East -- News Updates March 24 - 25, 2020

Iran rejects 'foreign' help as virus death toll nears 2,000 -- Al Jazeera
Iran refuses US offer of aid -- BBC
War-torn Syria braces for lockdown after first virus case -- AP
Saudi Arabia reports first coronavirus death -- Al Jazeera
First death reported in Saudi Arabia -- BBC
Coronavirus outbreak will overwhelm Yemen's health system: WHO -- Arab News
Yemen: Five years of war cripple coronavirus preparedness -- Reliefweb
Iraq, Lebanon confirm new coronavirus cases, deaths -- Anadolu Agency
Jordan arrests over 1,600 for breaking virus curfew -- AFP
Coronavirus: Jordan to deliver food after imposing indefinite curfew -- BBC
Turkey tightens restrictions to curb coronavirus outbreak -- Al-Monitor
Kuwait sees decline in COVID-19 infections -- Middle East Monitor
'1 mil. Israelis with coronavirus is conservative,' disease expert says -- Jerusalem Post
Israel reports 488 new virus cases in past 24 hours, the largest single-day jump -- Times of Israel
Gaza: Virus fears in crowded strip -- BBC

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Asia -- News Updates March 24 - 25, 2020

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 10:01 PM PDT

Daily Mail: India announces coronavirus lockdown for its entire 1.3 BILLION population from midnight

* Indian PM Narendra Modi announced a 'total ban on venturing out of homes'
* He said India had to face a 21-day health lockdown or be set back by 21 years
* India has reported 482 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and nine deaths

India has today announced a 'total lockdown' for its 1.3billion people in the world's largest stay-at-home order to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Prime minister Narendra Modi announced the 'total ban on venturing out of your homes' in a televised address today.

The 21-day lockdown is set to begin at midnight in a measure which Modi says is intended 'to save India and every Indian'.

He said that if the country failed to manage the next 21 days, it would be set back 21 years.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In India -- News Updates March 24 - 25, 2020

India's prime minister decrees 21-day lockdown to curb virus -- AP
Coronavirus: India enters 'total lockdown' after spike in cases -- BBC
Coronavirus: Modi puts all of India under total lockdown for 21 days to fight coronavirus -- AFP
PM Modi orders 21-day 'total lockdown' in India -- France 24
India declares 21-day 'total lockdown' as coronavirus cases rise -- Al Jazeera
Map: How many coronavirus cases does each Indian state have? -- Al Jazeera
India's coronavirus fight complicated by people dodging quarantine -- DW
Foreign tourists face hostility in India amid coronavirus panic -- Al Jazeera
India's coronavirus lockdown takes toll on migrant workers -- Al Jazeera
Why do you lock down 1.3bn people? -- BBC

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In China -- News Updates March 24 - 25, 2020

Mainland China reports drop in new imported coronavirus cases, no local transmissions -- Reuters
China to lift travel curbs on Hubei province, including Wuhan despite new 'imported' cases -- France 24
Coronavirus: Wuhan to ease lockdown as world battles pandemic -- BBC
China to lift lockdown in Wuhan, Hubei province as coronavirus case numbers ease -- ABC News Online
China's Hubei to ease some travel curbs after months of lockdown -- Al Jazeera
Nike says China is coming back as online growth cushions virus blow -- France 24
China's factories work 24/7 to build medical ventilators for Milan, New York amid spreading global Covid-19 pandemic -- SCMP/AFP
Report: Restaurant in China celebrated U.S. coronavirus outbreak -- UPI

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Asia -- News Updates March 24 - 25, 2020

North Korea unresponsive to offers of COVID-19 help, Seoul says -- UPI
COVID-19: Hong Kong cracks down as China lifts restrictions -- Al Jazeera
Vietnam health ministry reports rise in coronavirus cases to 134 -- Reuters
Thailand imposes state of emergency to control coronavirus -- AP
Cambodia accused of political clampdown amid coronavirus outbreak -- Al Jazeera
49 new coronavirus cases in Singapore, of which 32 are from overseas -- Straits Times
Coronavirus: Australia limits funerals to 10 people -- BBC
Australia: One million jobs lost over coronavirus pandemic -- Al Jazeera

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Europe -- News Updates March 24 - 25, 2020

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 09:42 PM PDT

Daily Mail: London and Madrid are now facing WORSE coronavirus outbreaks than Italy's worst-hit region of Lombardy with deaths doubling every TWO days - but New York's mortality rate is outpacing them all - as global fatalities hit 18,574

* Humanitarian cost of pandemic continues to mount globally as more than 415,000 people have been infected
* Lombardy, Italy, replaced Wuhan in China, as the most badly impacted region and epicentre of the virus
* The trajectory of the virus shows that Madrid and London could become the next hotspots of the disease

Madrid and London are facing worse coronavirus outbreaks than Lombardy in Italy with deaths doubling every two days - but New York's mortality rate is outpacing them all.

The humanitarian cost of the pandemic continues to mount globally as more than 415,000 people have been infected with the deadly disease, and more than 18,000 have been killed.

Lombardy, Italy, replaced Wuhan in China, as the most badly impacted region in the world, with authorities in the European country announcing that 743 more people had died in the country on Tuesday, bringing the total dead to 6,820.

Italian authorities believe some of the restrictive measures taken may be beginning to have an effect after officially registered new infections rose by just eight percent, the same percentage increase as Monday- the lowest level since Italy registered its first death on February 21.

The trajectory of the rapidly spreading virus shows that Madrid and London could become the next hotspots of the disease, with deaths now doubling every two days in the respective capital cities.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Europe. -- News Updates March 24 - 25, 2020

Coronavirus: What are the lockdown measures across Europe? -- DW

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Italy -- News Updates March 24 - 25, 2020

Italy's coronavirus deaths rise by 743 in 24 hours, reversing recent decline in daily fatalities -- France 24
Italian coronavirus deaths jump, dashing hopes that worst was over -- Reuters
Life in lockdown Italy -- ABC News Online
Coronavirus: Life in Rome under lockdown -- BBC
Why is Italy's coronavirus fatality rate so high? -- Al Jazeera

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Spain -- News Updates March 24 - 25, 2020

Spain's coronavirus death toll jumps 514 in 24 hours -- BBC
Grim find: Bodies of virus victims in Spanish nursing homes -- AP
Spanish nursing homes abandoned, residents found dead in beds as coronavirus worsens -- ABC News Online
Coronavirus: Spanish army finds care home residents 'dead and abandoned' -- BBC
Spain's grim coronavirus picture: ice rink now a morgue, dead abandoned in retirement homes -- SCMP/AFP
Spain transforms ice rink into makeshift mortuary to cope with coronavirus deaths -- France 24

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In France -- News Updates March 24 - 25, 2020

France's coronavirus death toll tops 1,000, lockdown likely to be extended -- France 24
France begins building military field hospitals to deal with coronavirus patents as world intensifies battle against disease that has now killed 13,274 and infected more than 300,000 -- Daily Mail
French military field hospital starts peacetime combat against coronavirus -- France 24
France enters second week of lockdown as COVID-19 deaths rise -- France 24
France's coronavirus lockdown: What you can and can't do -- France 24

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In The U.K. -- News Updates March 24 - 25, 2020

UK sees biggest daily rise in coronavirus deaths with a further 87 -- The Guardian
UK clamps down to fight virus, but confusion still reigns -- AP
Boris Johnson puts UK into coronavirus lockdown for at least three weeks, with shops shut and residents told to stay home -- ABC News Online
Coronavirus: British PM Johnson issues sweeping stay-at-home order -- UPI
Quiet and confusion as UK begins three-week 'virtual lockdown' -- France 24
An unreal city: lockdown in London -- The Guardian
UK nationals with critical health conditions stranded in Pakistan -- Al Jazeera

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Russia -- News Updates March 24 - 25, 2020

Russia ramps up measures against coronavirus as cases grow -- AP
Russia's Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Jump to 438 -- Moscow Times
Official figures may underestimate scale of Covid-19 spread in Russia – Moscow mayor to Putin -- RT
Russian official questions Putin over coronavirus -- The Guardian
Moscow's coronavirus outbreak much worse than it looks, Putin ally says -- Reuters
Moscow Police Readying for Citywide Coronavirus Lockdown – RBC -- Moscow Times
100,000 cameras: Moscow uses facial recognition to enforce quarantine -- France 24
Eighty five Russians are onboard cruise ship Costa Victoria hit by coronavirus -- TASS
CPJ Calls On Russia To Stop Censoring News Outlets Reporting On COVID-19 -- RFE

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In The U.S. -- News Updates March 24 - 25, 2020

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 09:24 PM PDT

Daily Mail: Coronavirus death toll hits more than 780 in the United States after a sharp rise of 197 in just one day - its biggest jump to date - with total cases now standing at 54,905 and the infection rate climbing above Italy

* Total cases number of cases in US now stands at 54,905 as of Tuesday evening
* Experts say the spike is yet to come and the crisis will last for months, at least
* On Tuesday alone, more than 8,000 new positive cases were confirmed
* Across the US 175 million people living in 17 states have been urged to stay home
* New York is by far the worst affected state in the country, with 25,665 cases
* On Tuesday afternoon NYC mayor de Blasio said 131 people in the city had died

Coronavirus deaths in the United States rose to 783 Tuesday evening after a sharp rise of 197 in just one day, the nation's biggest jump to date.

The total cases number of cases in America now stands at 54,905 with the infection rate climbing above Italy.

Experts say the spike is yet to come and that the current state of crisis will last for another several months, at least.

Over the past week, there have been a surge of new cases as testing across the country increases. On Tuesday alone, more than 8,000 new positive cases were confirmed.

Across the U.S. 175 million people living in 17 states have been urged to stay home.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In The U.S. -- News Updates March 24 - 25, 2020

US coronavirus cases top 53,000, Universal Resort extends closure -- CNBC
State by state, COVID-19 grinds U.S. to a halt -- Reuters
Map: How many coronavirus cases does each US state have? -- Al Jazeera
'A bullet train': Virus peak may come soon, swamp hospitals -- AP
Coronavirus spreading in New York like 'a bullet train' -- BBC
NY governor sounds alarm over 'astronomical' coronavirus numbers -- AFP
New York's coronavirus cases spike, but Trump favours reopening US economy -- France 24
Cuomo says worst yet to come for NYC, 'apex' of coronavirus cases expected within weeks -- RT
In a city shut down over coronavirus, New Yorkers hit the bottle -- AFP
Coronavirus sweeps across New York, California fears it could be next -- Reuters
Trump officials advise people leaving New York to self-quarantine for 14 days -- The Hill
White House says ANYONE who has recently been to New York should self quarantine for 14 days after Mayor Bill de Blasio called his city the epicenter of the outbreak with 1 in every 1,000 residents infected -- Daily Mail
First American child dies from coronavirus in LA as San Francisco medical officials warn 'the worst is yet to come', with more than 2,200 infections and 49 deaths across California -- Daily Mail
Coronavirus: US triggers wartime provision as WHO warns country could become epicentre -- SCMP
Trump warns coronavirus shutdown could 'destroy a country' -- AFP
Coronavirus: Donald Trump wants US 'opened up' by Easter, ignoring experts' warnings of health risks -- SCMP
Trump declares coronavirus fight close to end, but cases rise -- AFP
Donald Trump insists America is 'near the END' of the coronavirus battle and commits to opening the country by Easter - despite Dr. Fauci's warning to be 'flexible' as nationwide cases continue to skyrocket -- Daily Mail
Forget politics. Majority of Republicans, Democrats now agree coronavirus is 'serious threat': Reuters/Ipsos poll -- Reuters
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear slams patient who tested positive after attending a 'coronavirus party' for people in their 20s as Americans continue ignoring social distancing with more than HALF the population told to stay home -- Daily Mail
Pentagon sees coronavirus crisis lasting several months -- AFP
Lockdowns, closures: How is each US state handling coronavirus? -- Al Jazeera

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Live Updates And WHO Announcements -- News Updates March 24, 2020

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 09:00 PM PDT

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Live Updates -- News Updates March 24, 2020

U.S. could be next 'virus epicenter' as India locks down, global recession looms: Live -- Reuters
As it happened: Italy virus deaths rise -- BBC
Coronavirus live news: India locks down population of 1.3bn as Hubei eases restrictions -- The Guardian
Coronavirus latest: India announces complete lockdown -- DW
Coronavirus update: WHO warns US could become epicentre, Italy deaths rise again, India in 'total lockdown' -- ABC News Online
Live Coronavirus News, Updates and Video -- The New York Times
India joins coronavirus lockdown, WHO warns US: Live updates -- Al Jazeera

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic WHO Announcements -- News Updates March 24, 2020

World Health Organization: 85% of new coronavirus infections, deaths coming from Europe and U.S. -- AP
Number of coronavirus infections in the world doubles in six days, exceeding 400,000 -- TASS
The US could soon become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic after a 'very large acceleration' in cases, WHO says -- Business Insider
Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases? -- Al Jazeera
Coronavirus: Travel restrictions, border shutdowns by country -- Al Jazeera

World News Briefs -- March 24 - 25, 2020

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 08:42 PM PDT

Reuters: U.S. could be next 'virus epicenter' as India locks down, global recession looms

GENEVA/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The United States could become the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, as India announced a full 24-hour, nationwide lockdown in the world's second-most populous country.

India joined the ranks of Britain and other countries clamping down to hold back the virus as business activity collapsed from Japan to the United States at a record pace in March.

The highly contagious coronavirus has caused entire regions to be placed on lockdown. In some places soldiers are patrolling the streets to keep consumers and workers indoors, halting services and production and breaking supply chains.

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UN calls for total ceasefire in Syria to focus on coronavirus. UN calls for Syria ceasefire to tackle virus threat.

Russian Defence Chief holds talks with Assad in Syria on Putin's instructions.

Russia sends ship with military ambulances toward Syria after virus outbreak.

Kurds agree to ceasefire to fight coronavirus.

Iraq launches operation to track down Daesh militants.

Calls grow for U.S. to lift Iran sanctions due to coronavirus crisis.

Five years on, Saudi struggles to escape Yemen quagmire.

Yemen rebels welcome UN cease-fire call amid pandemic.

IMF urges action to face 'big drop' in Mideast growth.

Netanyahu ally, Israeli Supreme Court clash, with PM's future at stake.


Japan PM Abe agrees with IOC to delay Olympics until summer 2021 at latest.

In Japan, disappointment but understanding over postponed Olympics.

Pompeo says China still withholding coronavirus information.

Pompeo makes unannounced trip to Afghanistan. US cuts aid to Afghanistan by $1 billion after Pompeo fails to break impasse.

Coronavirus threatens to undermine Afghan peace plan.

Philippine rebels declare ceasefire to heed UN chief's call.

Media groups urge China to reconsider expulsion of US journalists.


Coronavirus sees lockdowns across Africa as cases of COVID-19 increase in the continent.

Africa gears for COVID-19 pandemic's economic fallout.

Boko Haram kills dozens of soldiers in Chad, Nigeria. Boko Haram kills 92 Chadian soldiers in seven-hour attack.

At least 70 Nigerian soldiers killed in jihadist ambush: Military sources.

Several killed in Tripoli mortar attacks by Haftar's forces: GNA.

Several killed in Guinea during controversial referendum.

Exclusive report: Investigating massacres in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region.

Algerian protest figure sentenced to year in prison.

'We are dying': Residents lament attacks in northern Mozambique.

64 migrants found dead in truck container in Mozambique.


Coronavirus: Europe on lockdown.

Coronavirus hits Russian markets.

'Psychosis'? Lukashenka shrugs, opponents are appalled by lack of COVID-19 measures in Belarus.

Germany will block foreign takeovers to avoid economy sell-out.

Kosovo parliament to vote on no-confidence motion raised over coronavirus restrictions.

EU fires warning shot at China in coronavirus battle of the narratives.

After years of delay, North Macedonia, Albania get OK to begin EU accession talks.

Coronavirus lockdown in Croatia's capital of Zagreb hampered by magnitude-5.3 earthquake.


US deal appears at hand to ease economic pain of coronavirus. Congress homes in on $2 trillion rescue for virus-hit US economy.

Trump hoping to see US economy reopened by Easter amid virus.

Trump approval rating rises as he responds to the coronavirus outbreak.

Colombian prison violence inmates say was sparked by coronavirus fears leaves 23 dead.

U.S. targets Venezuela's Maduro regime with fresh charges, sanctions.

Venezuela's flagship communications satellite out of service and tumbling.

Paraguay closes borders, LatAm's second-largest airline grounds planes.


Boko Haram kills almost 100 soldiers in a seven-hour attack in Chad.

Does Turkey have the will to take on jihadis in Idlib?

American woman rescued in secretive military operation, Trump says.


Asian shares jump after Dow sees biggest gain since 1933.

Global stock markets surge after weeks of losses.

US Stock markets rally after Federal Reserve starts printing money.

Saudi king to chair G20 video talks on coronavirus Thursday.

Real estate billionaire Barrack says U.S. commercial mortgages on brink of collapse.

COVID-19: US box office records zero takings for the first time ever.

Facebook revenue slips as usage leaps during pandemic.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 24, 2020

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 12:28 PM PDT

The Hill: Top Pentagon officials estimate coronavirus crisis could last months

Top Pentagon leaders on Tuesday estimated that the coronavirus outbreak could last months, as the number of military service members with confirmed cases continues to climb.

"I think we need to plan for this to be a few months long, at least, and we're taking all precautionary measures to do that," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said during a virtual town hall meeting at the Pentagon.

"I'm fully confident that at the end of the day, in a period of months, we will get through this."

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley estimated that it might be as late as July before the crisis abates.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 24, 2020

Boeing suspends Washington production, GE Aviation lays off thousands -- The Hill

Boeing shuts down KC-46, P-8 plants for two weeks because of COVID-19 -- UPI

The U.S. Navy's Seawolf Class Submarine: When the Best is Just Too Expensive -- National Interest

Why U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers Aren't Obsolete Just Yet -- Peter Suciu, National Interest

Marines Plan to Retool to Meet China Threat -- The Wall Street Journal

Marine Corps Changes Inch U.S. Closer to a Restraint‐​Friendly Military Posture -- CATO Institute

Here's Who Will Battle to Build the Army's Next Assault Helicopter -- Motley Fool

An F-117, a stealth jet that retired in 2008, was spotted flying over California again -- Business Insider/The Aviationist

Future Virginia-class submarine USS Vermont completes alpha sea trials -- Naval Technology

Raytheon nabs $392.4M for tactical missiles -- UPI

Grenell taps new acting director of National Counterterrorism Center -- The Hill

Lora Shiao to Be Acting Head of U.S. Counterterrorism Agency -- Bloomberg

The trouble when military robots go underground -- C4ISRNet

Why The Pentagon's THAAD Missile Defense System Is Becoming Critical To Protection Of The U.S. Homeland -- Loren Thompson, Forbes

Author Reveals Why Boeing E-6 is 'America's Deadliest Plane Ever' -- Sputnik

A new training system for the Air Force's airborne ICBM launch center is coming soon -- Defense News

US, UAE troops Hold Major Exercise amid Virus, Iran Tensions --

US, Israel Holding Joint Military Exercises Observing Coronavirus Rules of Social Distancing -- Sputnik

IDF, US military conduct joint aerial drill -- i24 News

North Macedonia's President Signs NATO Accession Document -- RFE

Europe is losing the battle to unite its military efforts -- European CEO

Spain seeks NATO help as virus death toll touches 2,700 -- France 24

Warplanes: French Fortitude Foils Chinese Power Play -- Strategy Page

Yes, the British Royal Navy Does Want Two Aircraft Carrier Battlegroups -- David Axe, National Interest

Chinese warplanes to get new coatings to make them harder to detect -- SCMP

Author Reveals Y-20 Plane's 'Strategic Impact' on Chinese Aviation -- Sputnik

Russian Patrol Planes Are Probing NATO's Radar Gaps -- National Interest

Pair of Russian Tu-95 Bombers Escorted by Japanese Fighters During Routine Flight - Defence Ministry -- Sputnik

Russia Has New Tool For Massive Internet Shutdown Attack, Leaked Documents Claim -- Defense One

Russian Navy frigate to track NATO ships in Black Sea -- TASS

Russian Arms Exports in 2019 Surpassed $15.2 Billion -- Sputnik

Weeks after Thai soldier kills 29, Amnesty report describes conscript abuses -- Reuters

The Elite Spanish Army's Very Revealing Uniforms Are Twitter's New Obsession -- Newsweek

Countries Spending the Most on Their Military -- The Street

A Look At How The Military From The U.S. And Other Countries Are Responding to The Covid-19 Coronavius Pandemic

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 12:27 PM PDT

CNN: Esper says military 'can't meet everybody's needs' as coronavirus outbreak escalates

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Monday that he has received requests for assistance from multiple governors and stated the military "can't meet everybody's needs," as the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate.

However, he did say that the Pentagon is looking to send military field hospitals to New York and Seattle to help support local medical systems which are struggling to cope with a large number of virus cases. That would be in addition to the hospital ships being sent to New York and Los Angeles and the military working to convert civilian buildings into hospitals.

"I've spoken with seven, eight, nine, 10 governors so far. Each one of them has had requests for field hospitals. Those who have been along the coastline have talked about the need for ships, so we clearly can't meet everybody's needs with what we have in our inventory so we rely on (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) to do the assessment, validation and then the prioritization," Esper said.

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U.S. Military Response To The  Covid-19 Coronavius Pandemic

As coronavirus cases increase, Defense Secretary Mark Esper places new restriction on Pentagon -- Yahoo News

Esper Orders Pentagon into Stricter Health-Related Lockdown -- Defense One

SecDef to Troops: Speak Up If You See Unsafe Procedures During Outbreak --

Pentagon won't set social distancing standards despite 'inconsistencies' at lower levels -- Task & Purpose

Number of coronavirus cases within Defense Department doubles over the weekend -- CNBC

Defense contractor death marks first military-related coronavirus fatality -- The Hill

Four coalition troops in Afghanistan test positive for coronavirus -- The Hill

Navy sailor at Guantanamo tests positive for coronavirus -- The Hill

Air Force reports first two coronavirus cases inside the Pentagon -- The Hill

US military Central Command confirms first case of coronavirus at HQ -- CNBC

Navy sailor assigned to US Central Command headquarters tests positive for coronavirus -- The Hill

Pentagon monitoring 2,600 military personnel in Europe for possible coronavirus exposure -- The Hill

Navy sends coronavirus test kits to warships in the Pacific -- FOX News

Pentagon to deploy field hospitals to New York, Seattle -- The Hill

Navy Hospital Ships Will Be Used in the Fight Against COVID-19. But There's Much More the Military Can Do in This Crisis -- Time

Navy hospital ship deploying Monday to Los Angeles -- The Hill

Here's How a Navy Hospital Ship Will Help Fight the Coronavirus Pandemic --

DoD increases progress payments to contractors to shore up cash-strapped suppliers -- Space News

Esper further restricts Pentagon access as coronavirus spreads -- The Hill

Pentagon shuts down numerous entrances, Armed Forces Retirement Homes to turn away visitors -- Military Times

Army closing recruiting stations due to coronavirus outbreak -- The Hill

Coronavirus forces military to cut training, quarantine and shutter recruiting stations, creating strains -- USA Today

Nearly 5,500 National Guard troops deployed to combat coronavirus -- The Hill

Army Had 'Quarantined' Troops Mingle With Healthy Ones -- Daily Beast

US Army removes person tasked for social media after 'inappropriate' post on coronavirus -- CNN

Intelligence community wrestles with a security threat: Coronavirus hardship -- Politico

Coronavirus: Five things the military can do during pandemic -- Jonathan Marcus, BBC

How coronavirus could impact the defense supply chain -- Defense News

Where Are the Military's 130,000 Medical Personnel? -- Douglas A. McIntyre, 24/7 Wall St.

Bleach, sleeping pads and masks: What the military and Veterans Affairs are asking for to combat coronavirus -- CBS

More News On The Military Response From Other Countries To The Covid-19 Coronavius Pandemic

Armies are mobilising against the coronavirus - The Economist

France begins building military field hospitals to deal with coronavirus patents as world intensifies battle against disease that has now killed 13,274 and infected more than 300,000 -- Daily Mail

How the coronavirus affects NATO and security -- Luke Coffey, TRT

Prepare for multiple waves of COVID-19 over 12 months: Canadian military chief to troops -- CBC

Canadian military will no longer release info about numbers of personnel affected by COVID-19 -- Ottawa Citizen

Canadian military units overseas await deployment of their own COVID-19 testing kits -- CBC

Military says no link between military vehicle movement and COVID crisis: Armed Forces -- Ottawa Citizen

Russia ends war games as precaution against COVID-19 -- UPI

Russia sends military virologists to Italy to battle coronavirus -- RBTH

Chinese military scientists ordered to win global race to develop coronavirus vaccine -- SCMP

China's Military Claims to Be Virus-Free -- Foreign Policy

India's Limited War Capability Hit Hard as Procurement Worth Billions Halted due to COVID-19 -- Sputnik

How Singapore's Military Is Fighting COVID-19 -- The Diplomat

Virus kills 2 senior military officers in Egypt -- RFI

Is The U.S. Strategy Of Deploying Two Aircraft Carriers To Deter Iran Working?

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 11:55 AM PDT

The U.S. Navy aircraft carriers Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman navigate the Arabian Sea. (Seaman Maxwell Higgins/U.S. Navy)

David B. Larter, Defense News: With Iran tensions high, a US military command pushes a dubious carrier strategy

WASHINGTON — Amid heightened tension with Iran, the U.S. Navy is operating two carriers in the Middle East, and all signs point to increasing pressure from U.S. Central Command to maintain aircraft carrier presence that has ebbed in recent years as the U.S. focuses on competition with China and Russia.

The Navy announced March 20 that aircraft carriers Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman, and their respective escorts, are operating with a B-52 bomber in the Arabian Sea to demonstrate "combined joint capability and interoperability to plan and conduct multi-task force operations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility."

The image of two carriers operating together in the Arabian Sea recalled the late-2010 decision by then-CENTCOM head Gen. Jim Mattis to force the Navy to surge two carriers to the Arabian Gulf as the Obama administration pursued a carrot-and-stick approach to force Iran to the negotiating table over its nuclear program.

The two-carrier presence requirement in place for more than two years exacted an enormous toll on the service, with Navy leaders warning it was unsustainable.

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WNU Editor: I do not see it working. Especially now with Iran more focused on the impact of the Covid-19 impact on its population than a few US Navy ships operating far away in the Arabian Sea.

China Sees U.S. Navy Live-Fire Exercises In The Philippine Sea As A 'Warning'

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 11:23 AM PDT

The guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (left) launches a missile during a live-fire exercise on Thursday. Photo: US Navy

SCMP: US Navy launches live-fire missiles in 'warning to China'

* Unusual drill in the Philippine Sea a signal to the PLA that American forces can counter advanced threats, military observers say
* Exercise designed to support 'security and stability in the Indo-Pacific'

The US Navy was targeting China with live-fire missile tests in the Philippine Sea last week, sending a message that it was up to the challenge of the PLA's new advanced systems, military analysts said.

In the drill in waters east of the Philippines on Thursday, the guided-missile destroyer USS Barry launched a medium-range Standard Missile-2, the US Seventh Fleet said on its Facebook page.

It was accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh, which also launched an SM-2 during the drill.

Beijing-based military specialist Zhou Chenming said these kinds of drill were not common and "could be seen as a warning to the People's Liberation Army".

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WNU Editor: As the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic crisis grows, all the major powers are now testing each other .... Russian Patrol Planes Are Probing NATO's Radar Gaps (National Interest).

Russian President Putin Puts On Hazmat Suit To Visit Moscow Hospital Treating Covid-19 Coronavirus Patients

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 08:20 AM PDT

March 24, 2020. Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit to a hospital intended for patients with suspected coronavirus © Sputnik / Alexey Druzhinin

RT: Putin dons hazmat suit to visit hospital treating coronavirus patients in Moscow (VIDEO)

Russian President Vladimir Putin traded his usual shirt and tie for a hazmat suit as he visited patients receiving treatment for the Covid-19 virus in a Moscow hospital.

Surrounded by hospital staff, Putin climbed into the yellow hazmat suit and was fitted with a respirator before paying a visit to patients at the treatment center in the Kommunarka area of Moscow.

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WNU Editor: When I first saw the pictures and video I said to myself that it is over-kill. But upon reflection I now understand the message that they are trying to send out to everyone. This coronavirus is very infectious and dangerous, and this pandemic is very real with very real consequences to those who do not take it serious. There are currently 495 infections in Russia, with one death.

Update: Russian hospitals are also suffering from shortages .... Russian Military Doctors Told to Sew Their Own Masks as Coronavirus Sparks Shortages (Moscow Times).

This Is What China's State Media Is Telling Its Citizens

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 07:06 AM PDT

Tom Rogan, Washington Examiner: Here's what Chinese state-run media are telling their citizens

We know how the media outside China is covering the coronavirus, but what about China's domestic state media apparatus? What is Xi Jinping's massive propaganda team telling his 1.4 billion citizens?

Well, here are some of the top stories driving Xi's media machine on Monday. And as you'll read, the overarching message is quite clear: the "war" against the coronavirus is a moment of destiny for the Chinese people, and America is the enemy.

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WNU Editor: When it comes to reporting the news and providing commentary, China's news agencies follow the following rule. There is the news that China wants the world to see, but Chinese citizens are banned from watching. And the news that Chinese citizens see, but the world cannot. In the current crisis China's media has doubled down on this rule, especially the anti-American aspect of it. But I do not think it is working in China as effectively as the Chinese government wants to think and believe it is. I know a lot of people in China, and everyone of them are skeptical and/or critical of the Chinese Communist Party line on this crisis.This pandemic has been a psychological trauma for many in China, and they know who to blame.

Tokyo Olympic Games Delayed To 2021

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 06:52 AM PDT

Daily Mail: Tokyo Olympics is postponed for a YEAR after Japan calls for delay due to coronavirus crisis

* The Games must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, the committee said
* Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke to the head of the IOC, Thomas Bach today when he proposed the delay
* The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee had pushed for the postponement of the Games

The Tokyo Olympics has been postponed for a year after Japan called for a delay due to the coronavirus crisis.

The Games must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, the International Olympic Committee said in a statement.

The name of the delayed Olympics will still be Tokyo 2020, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said today, adding that the Games would be held next year.

Koike made the comment to reporters after she and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke to the head of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach.

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WNU Editor: I am sure there are many who are disappointed with this decision. Myself included. But in view of the circumstances it is without question the most prudent thing to do.

More News On The Tokyo Olympic Games Being Delayed To 2021

Tokyo Games delayed to 2021, easing athletes' angst -- Reuters
Japan PM Abe agrees with IOC to delay Olympics until summer 2021 at latest -- France 24
Coronavirus: Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponed until 2021 -- DW
Tokyo 2020 Olympics POSTPONED: Japanese Prime Minister Abe agrees to reschedule Olympic Games -- RT

U.N. Secretary-General Calls For A Global Cease-Fire As The Coronavirus Pandemic Spread

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 06:21 AM PDT

Voice Of America: UN Chief Calls for Global Ceasefire in Face of Pandemic

NEW YORK - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Monday for a global cease-fire as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic.

"It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives," Guterres told journalists via a video press conference.

As of Monday, there were more than 350,000 confirmed cases worldwide of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. More than 15,000 people have died.

Guterres urged warring parties to silence their guns, end airstrikes, create humanitarian corridors and open windows for diplomacy.

"End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world," Guterres said. "It starts by stopping the fighting everywhere. Now. That is what our human family needs, now more than ever."

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Update #1: COVID-19: UN chief calls for global ceasefire to focus on 'the true fight of our lives' (UN Nations)
Update #2: UN chief calls for immediate 'global ceasefire' to fight coronavirus, calls pandemic the 'common enemy' (Business Insider)

WNU Editor: Here is an easy prediction. The wars and conflicts will continue.

U.S. Soldiers Frustrated That Non-Essential Tasks Are Continuing, And Failing To Test Potentially Sick Individuals

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 06:11 AM PDT

Soldiers at US Army Garrison Casey in South Korea, screen people awaiting entry to the installation, February 26, 2020. Army photo by Sgt. Amber I. Smith

Army Times/Business Insider: Soldiers say they're getting worried as Army commanders continue training during the coronavirus outbreak

* The Pentagon has taken a number of steps to limit the spread of the coronavirus and protect troops from the illness.
* But soldiers told Army Times they're frustrated by commanders still sending troops to the field, forcing them to come to work for non-mission essential tasks, and failing to test potentially sick individuals.

The Pentagon has assured the public that it's doing all it can to stem the coronavirus outbreak, but soldiers across the force say that guidance from experts has equated to only half-measures at their levels.

More than a dozen soldiers at installations across the United States and overseas told Army Times they're frustrated with commanders still sending troops to the field, forcing soldiers to come to work to do mundane tasks that aren't mission essential, and failing to test potentially sick individuals.

An Army physician assigned to a maneuver unit said the guidance handed down has been too reactive.

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WNU Editor: Many soldiers I am sure are not 100% focused on their mission. Their focus is on their own personal health, and the health of their loved ones back home. But for now, major U.S. military exercises are still continuing .... US, UAE troops Hold Major Exercise amid Virus, Iran Tensions (

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