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Posted: 02 Mar 2020 10:58 PM PST











Dow, S&P And Nasdaq Score Biggest Point Gains Ever

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 10:37 PM PST



CNN: Dow rallies 1,294 points, most in its history

US stocks rebounded sharply on Monday, with the Dow logging its biggest point gain in history.

Stocks are coming off their worst week since the 2008 financial crisis. The Dow (INDU) last week dropped 12.4%, while the S&P 500 (SPX) plunged 11.5%.

The Dow also recorded its worst one-day point drop in history on Thursday.

"If [the market is] priced to perfection and then something indicates that the perfection is a pipe dream, prices will come off," said Brad Cornell, emeritus professor of finance at UCLA, of last week's selloff. Prices are much more reasonable now, he added.

But Monday's rebound was strong. After a sharply higher open and some flipping between gains and losses mid-morning, stocks moved solidly higher.

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Update #1: Dow roars back from coronavirus sell-off with biggest gain since 2009, surges 5.1% (CNBC)
Update #2: Dow, S&P and Nasdaq score biggest point gains ever as stocks make coronavirus comeback (FOX News)

WNU Editor:
From last Thursday's worst one-day point drop in history, to today's largest point gain in history. This is why I do not invest in the stock market.

Picture Of The Day

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 10:21 PM PST

Crowds wearing protective masks, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, are seen at the Shinagawa station in Tokyo, Japan. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

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

Covid-19 Outbreak In Europe -- News Updates March 3, 2020 (Evening Edition)

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 10:17 PM PST





SKY News: Coronavirus: Italy deaths jump to 52 as EU raises risk level

More than 2,000 cases of COVID-19 have now been confirmed in Italy, which is facing Europe's biggest outbreak.

The number of people who have died from coronavirus in Italy has risen to 52, as the risk of the virus in the European Union was raised to its second highest level.

More than 2,000 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, have now been confirmed in Italy, which is facing Europe's biggest outbreak.

The number of deaths in the country from the virus rose by 18 over the last 24 hours.

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Covid-19 Outbreak In Europe -- News Updates March 3, 2020 (Evening Edition)

EU raises coronavirus risk level to 'high' as deaths reach 38 -- AFP
EU raises risk level of coronavirus infection as global deaths pass 3,000 -- The Guardian
Germany, France monitoring coronavirus very closely, ready for decisive action: Scholz -- Reuters
Italy coronavirus deaths jump to 52, cases climb above 2,000 -- Reuters
Coronavirus cases in Italy jump by 50 per cent in 24 hours as five more patients die -- ABC News Online
Italy's health system at limit in virus-struck Lombardy -- AP
Police clash with French islanders fearing coronavirus among tourists --AFP
Louvre stays shut as staff and management discuss coronavirus risks -- France 24
France says it now has 191 confirmed cases of coronavirus -- Reuters
Coronavirus: Widespread transmission in UK 'highly likely' -- BBC
Coronavirus: four more people in England test positive -- The Guardian
Coronavirus: Entire UK cities could be placed on lockdown in bid to contain spread -- Mirror
Coronavirus outbreak will spread, British PM Johnson says -- Reuters
Scotland says 250,000 could be hospitalised if coronavirus spreads -- BBC

Covid-19 Outbreak In the Middle East -- News Updates March 2, 2020 (Evening Edition)

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 10:11 PM PST



ABC News Online: Coronavirus's spread in Iran sees nation become focus of COVID-19 fears in Middle East

As Iran becomes a new hotbed for coronavirus outside of China, authorities around the world are scrambling to expand their travel restrictions to stem the spread of the disease.

Tehran reported a 65 per cent jump in new confirmed coronavirus cases overnight, from 593 the day before to 978.

Of those, 54 have died from the virus — the highest death toll outside China — according to official figures, but there are reports the real figure has surpassed 200.

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Covid-19 Outbreak In the Middle East -- News Updates March 2, 2020 (Evening Edition)

Saudi Arabia announces first case of coronavirus -- France 24
First coronavirus case in Saudi Arabia: Ministry of Health confirms -- Gulf News
Saudi Arabia announces first case of coronavirus -- Reuters
Saudi Arabia prepares 25 hospitals to handle coronavirus cases -- Middle East Monitor
Iraq announces two new coronavirus cases - Health Ministry -- Reuters
Iraq's coronavirus cases rise to 21 -- Anadolu Agency
Tunisia, Jordan and Indonesia confirm cases of coronavirus as Iran reveals 1,500 patients have been infected out of 90,000 worldwide -- Daily Mail
Adviser to Ayatollah Khamenei becomes first senior Iranian official to die from coronavirus as opposition group claims death toll is TEN times higher than official figures -- Daily Mail
Iranians fearful and struggling to cope as virus spreads -- AFP
Virus reopens religion versus science debate in Iran -- AFP
Alarming videos show Iranians LICKING holy shrines in religious tradition as country's clerical hardliners refuse to close sites despite coronavirus outbreak -- Daily Mail

Covid-19 Outbreak In Asia -- News Updates March 2, 2020 (Evening Edition)

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:54 PM PST



Business Insider: China has recorded more fully recovered coronavirus patients than people still infected, suggesting it is overcoming the epidemic

* The number of Chinese patients with coronavirus is greater than the number who have recovered, according to figures released over the weekend.
* The trend seems to be holding: as of Monday there have been 44,518 recoveries in China, compared to 32,741 outstanding infections.
* The figures suggest a tipping point in the spread of the disease on the mainland, which has noticeably slowed in recent days.
* However, outside of China — including in Iran, Italy, and South Korea — the virus is continuing to pick up speed.

Figures released by the Chinese government on Monday showed a new and optimistic trend: the total number of people to have recovered from the coronavirus exceeds the number who are currently sick.

Numbers reported by the state-controlled China Global TV Network (CGTN) put the total recoveries at 44,518 as of March 2.

The tipping point came on February 29, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The trend has held for the two days since.

According to the latest figures, in China there has been a total of 80,174 cases — a figure which includes all people confirmed to have ever been sick, including those who died, and those who are well again.

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Covid-19 Outbreak In Asia -- News Updates March 2, 2020 (Evening Edition)

Coronavirus: first Chinese province that declared top-level emergency downgrades alert status -- SCMP
China closes 1st 'pop-up' coronavirus hospital, built in 10 days, after last group of recovered patients discharged -- RT
'Overworked' Chinese clinic boss, 32, dies of a heart attack after fighting coronavirus on the front line for 33 days straight -- Daily Mail
China's president says research centers to be set up to help contain coronavirus -- Reuters
South Korea sect leader tests negative for coronavirus as 600 new cases reported -- Reuters
South Korea's coronavirus cases continue to rise, top 4,200 -- UPI
South Korea church leader apologises over coronavirus outbreak -- Al Jazeera
North Korea spotlights COVID-19 cases in South -- UPI
India reports three more cases of coronavirus, including Italian national -- Reuters
Coronavirus Hits India's Capital Delhi as Pandemic Fears Intensify -- CCN
How long will India remain safe? Fear spikes after new coronavirus data -- Economic Times
Coronavirus: Hong Kong reaches 100 confirmed cases as two more infections recorded including cruise ship evacuee -- SCMP
Mongolian president placed under quarantine after returning from China - state media -- Reuters
Coronavirus COVID-19 has now reached Indonesia, President Joko Widodo confirms -- ABC News Online
Coronavirus COVID-19 has now reached Indonesia, President Joko Widodo confirms -- ABC News Online

Covid-19 Outbreak In The U.S. -- News Updates March 2, 2020 (Evening Edition)

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:40 PM PST





Daily Mail: FEMA is 'preparing for Donald Trump to declare coronavirus a national emergency' to free up disaster relief funding and federal assistance

* An 'infectious disease emergency declaration' would allow FEMA to free up disaster relief funding and provide federal assistance, according to reports
* It would mean mobile hospitals and military transport could be provided
* FEMA currently has $34 billion in their disaster relief fund, latest figures show
* The president would have to enact the 1988 Stafford Act, last used by Bill Clinton in 2000 in New York and New Jersey for outbreaks of the West Nile virus
* 'To me this is another indication that the president and the White House are finally aware of the gravity of the situation', a former FEMA chief of staff said
* The total number of US cases has now soared to 91 with two deaths

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is said to be preparing for Donald Trump to declare coronavirus a national emergency.

An 'infectious disease emergency declaration' would allow FEMA to free up disaster relief funding and provide federal assistance, NBC News reports.

The president would have to enact the 1988 Stafford Act, last used by Bill Clinton in 2000 in New York and New Jersey for outbreaks of the West Nile virus.

It would mean mobile hospitals and military transport could be provided by FEMA using the $34 billion they have in their disaster relief fund.

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Covid-19 Outbreak In The U.S. -- News Updates March 2, 2020 (Evening Edition)

U.S. Senate leader wants to pass coronavirus bill within two weeks -- Reuters
Coronavirus deaths rise to six in Seattle area as U.S. pushes for more testing -- Reuters
Second person dies of coronavirus in US -- The Hill
US reports second death from coronavirus as New York City confirms first case -- France 24
Cuomo says no need to panic after New York confirms first coronavirus case -- The Guardian
Coronavirus spread in New York City is 'inevitable' and something you 'can't control' claims Governor Cuomo as Manhattan's first coronavirus patient is confirmed to be a female healthcare worker, 39, who visited Iran -- Daily Mail
Fears of US coronavirus outbreak rise amid new cases -- BBC
Coronavirus cases 'will surge in their thousands by NEXT WEEK' and three 'critical' weeks were lost in containing the spread because CDC tests failed -- Daily Mail
Florida governor declares public health emergency after state records first coronavirus cases -- The Hill
US coronavirus death unsettles Seattle, raises response questions -- Al Jazeera
Coronavirus may have spread undetected for weeks in U.S. -- Boston.com
FEMA preparing for possible coronavirus emergency declaration -- NBC
Trump says "very safe" to hold campaign rallies despite virus spread -- AFP
'We're talking about a vaccine, maybe even a cure.' Donald Trump meets pharma executives at the White House as coronavirus spreads and says he WON'T stop holding rallies because they are 'safe' -- Daily Mail
Panic buying hits the U.S. as anxious shoppers stockpile food and medical supplies as the number of coronavirus cases surge to 91 -- Daily Mail
Coronavirus: Ecuador reports five new cases -- BBC
Dominican Republic confirms 1st coronavirus case cruise denied entry -- FOX News

Covid-19 Live Updates And News Roundup -- March 2, 2020 (Evening Edition)

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:37 PM PST



Reuters: Gatherings banned, travel restricted as coronavirus cases grow worldwide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas rolled out bans on big gatherings and stricter travel restrictions as cases of the new coronavirus spread around the world.

The United States on Saturday reported its first death from the disease, a man in his 50s in Washington state, where officials said two of the state's three cases have links to a nursing home with dozens of residents showing disease symptoms.

Although most Americans face a low risk from the virus, more U.S. deaths could be imminent following the nation's first, CNN quoted Vice President Mike Pence as saying.

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Live Updates

EU raises virus risk level as world cases grow: Live -- BBC
Coronavirus: two patients die in France as four new cases detected in England – live updates -- The Guardian
As it happened: EU raises coronavirus risk to 'moderate to high' as France reports third death -- France 24
Coronavirus latest: Global cases top 90,000 -- DW
Coronavirus update: Australian cases rise above 30 as expert warns more are 'inevitable', travel advisory to Italy issued -- ABC News Online
Saudi Arabia reports first coronavirus case: Live updates -- Al Jazeera
Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases? -- Al Jazeera

Covid-19 News Roundup -- March 2, 2020 (Evening Edition)

Coronavirus: World in 'uncharted territory' -- BBC
Virus spreads to more countries as new cases slow in China -- AP
South Korea, Iran, Italy and Japan are greatest virus concern: WHO -- Reuters
Global coronavirus death toll surpasses 3,000 -- France 24
Coronavirus death toll passes 3,000 worldwide; cases in Italy rise 50% -- UPI

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 2, 2020

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 04:38 PM PST

Members of a Taliban delegation in Moscow, Russia, May 2019 Evgenia Novozhenina / Reuters

Carter Malkasian, Foreign Affairs: The Real Test in Afghanistan Is Yet to Come

How to Make a U.S.-Taliban Peace Deal Stick

After more than 18 years of fighting in Afghanistan and many missed opportunities, the United States and the Taliban are on the verge of signing a conditional peace agreement. As a prelude to the deal, both parties began a voluntary seven-day reduction in violence on February 22. So far, the lull in the fighting has held. While an accord with the Taliban entails a number of risks, such dangers are to be expected in a complicated peace process, and they should not obscure the fact that the agreement is Washington's best hope of ending the longest American war.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 2, 2020

4 Takeaways From U.S.-Taliban Deal -- Mujib Mashal & Russell Goldman, NYT

The Real Test in Afghanistan Is Yet to Come -- Carter Malkasian, Foreign Affairs

The US Once Wanted Peace in Afghanistan -- Kathy Gilsinan, Defense One

Coronavirus could see the Tokyo Olympics cancelled. Is Japan's handling of the outbreak to blame? -- Jake Sturmer and Yumi Asada, ABC News Online

Kenya needs to stop panicking and start preparing for coronavirus -- Patrick Gathara, Al Jazeera

Four years after Turkey deal, EU no closer to new asylum system -- Jennifer Rankin, The Guardian

Explainer: Israel voted three times in a year. What happens now? -- Stephen Farrell and Dan Williams, Reuters

Duterte's decision to end the alliance with the US is reckless -- Richard Javad Heydarian, The Guardian

Demonstration effects: How the Hirak protest movement is reshaping Algerian politics -- Amel Boubekeur, ECFR

African Union to EU: We've Got Our Own Strategy -- Simon Marks, Politico EU

Either U.S. or Dictators Will Shape AI Norms -- Cohen, Panetta, Hagel & Carter, DEfense One

World News Briefs -- March 2, 2020 (Evening Edition)

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 04:00 PM PST



Reuters: Coronavirus spreading fast outside China, airports to increase screenings

GENEVA/BEIJING (Reuters) - The new coronavirus appears to now be spreading much more rapidly outside China than within, and airports in hard-hit countries were ramping up screening of travelers.

World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said almost eight times as many cases had been reported outside China as inside in the previous 24 hours, adding that the risk of coronavirus spreading was now very high at a global level.

At a briefing in Geneva, he said outbreaks in South Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan were the greatest concern, but that there was evidence that close surveillance was working in South Korea, the worst affected country outside China, and the epidemic could be contained there.

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MIDDLE EAST

Syrian government forces re-enter strategic town, Turkey vows to keep up strikes.

Turkey downs Syrian planes in Idlib as refugees flood Turkey's European borders.

Syria's White Helmets urge no-fly zone to end civilian exodus.

Turkey says millions of migrants may head to EU.

Iraq's Allawi withdraws his candidacy for prime minister as vacuum looms. Iraq power vacuum as political crisis hits PM post.

Coronavirus: Iran council member close to supreme leader Khamenei dies of Covid-19.

Exclusive: Newly obtained documents show Huawei role in shipping prohibited U.S. gear to Iran.

Exclusive: U.N. nuclear watchdog plans alert on Iranian stonewalling - diplomats.

Israel bombs vehicle in Syrian Golan after cross-border sniper attempt.

Exit polls: Netanyahu just short of majority in Israel vote. Netanyahu declares victory in Israeli election.

ASIA

Sri Lankan Parliament dissolved, elections set for April.

China pledges support for US-Taliban peace agreement.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani rejects prisoner release following US-Taliban deal.

Taliban reject talks until 5,000 prisoners released in accordance with US deal.

Afghan conflict: Taliban to resume attacking local forces after deal with US.

Afghanistan: Explosion kills 3 at football match, as truce falters.

Indonesia confirms first COVID-19 cases; clusters skyrocket in South Korea, Italy.

Coronavirus: Xi Jinping focuses on long-term battle as more countries report cases.

Philippines V-Mall siege ends as ex-security guard surrenders, releases hostages.

AFRICA

Five soldiers killed in checkpoint attack in central Mali.

At least 50 killed in northern Nigeria 'bandit' attacks.

With only three official cases, Africa's low coronavirus rate puzzles health experts. Africa readies for new virus as cases confirmed on continent.

Tunisia and Senegal confirm coronavirus cases.

Libya peace efforts thrown further into chaos as UN envoy quits.

Interim Gineau-Bissau president resigns, citing death threats.

Guinea-Bissau army urged to stay neutral in power struggle.

Egypt sentences 37 to death including former Army officer.

EUROPE

Albania opposition rallies to stop 'coup d'etat' over reforms.

Putin's new amendments revere God, ban same sex marriages.

Italy coronavirus deaths jump to 52, cases climb above 2,000.

EU raises risk level of coronavirus infection as global deaths pass 3,000.

FIERCE clashes, tear gas at border as Greece vows to 'turn back' flow of migrants from Turkey (VIDEOS).

Erdogan's use of refugees to pressure EU is 'unacceptable' – Merkel.

Angela Merkel says racist attacks in Germany of 'deepest concern'.

Britain, EU begin post-Brexit trade talks in Belgium.

EU warns UK to tone down political rhetoric as trade talks start.

Slovakia opposition party wins parliamentary election.

AMERICAS

Coronavirus may have spread undetected for weeks in U.S..

FEMA preparing for possible coronavirus emergency declaration.

Democratic candidates gear up for a dramatic Super Tuesday.

Klobuchar, Buttigieg to back Biden at rally in Super Tuesday state of Texas.

Klobuchar to drop out of 2020 campaign, endorse Biden.

Buttigieg dropping out of presidential race.

Uruguay ushers in first conservative government in 15 years.

Guyana votes amid high hopes over oil discoveries.

Venezuela arrests officials for giving US oil data.

Canada: Wet'suwet'en and ministers agree tentative deal in land dispute.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Battle for the Sahel: the new frontline in the war on terror.

The missing ISIS victims and the families they left behind.

Why a U.S.-Taliban peace deal could strengthen ISIS in Afghanistan.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Dow surges 5% on hopes for central bank help on the economy.

Apple to pay up to $500M over battery-related phone slowdown.

Coronavirus: Global growth 'could halve' if outbreak intensifies. Grim economic forecasts as coronavirus spreads.

Coronavirus: BA and Ryanair cancel flights as bookings drop.

Coronavirus causes mass cancellations of business, cultural and sports events.

Apple, Nike and other major companies implicated in Muslim forced labour in China.

Top US General Says Military Preparing for Potential Coronavirus ‘Pandemic’

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 03:33 PM PST

Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley. (Reuters/Amanda Voisard)

CNN: Top US General says military preparing for all coronavirus scenarios, including potential pandemic

Washington (CNN)Top US military officials said the US military is planning for all scenarios as it faces the coronavirus, including a pandemic should the spread of the virus reach that point.

"The United States military looks at a wide variety of scenarios," Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Pentagon, adding that "pandemic is the worst case."

"Of course we do all kinds of planning in the department of defense," Milley told reporters, adding that the military labs are working on a vaccine. "With respect to the vaccine, yes, the military labs are working very consistently ... working in direct support with health and human services."

Milley spoke alongside Defense Secretary Mark Esper shortly after the US canceled a joint military exercise with Israel due to the coronavirus, a US defense official told CNN Monday.

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More News On General Millet Saying that The Military Is Preparing For A Potential Coronavirus 'Pandemic'

Coronavirus poses low risk to troops and military logistics, Pentagon says -- CNBC
US military working to develop coronavirus vaccine -- The Hill
Pentagon prepping for 'variety' of coronavirus scenarios — including pandemic -- NYPost
Top US General Says Military Preparing for Potential Coronavirus 'Pandemic' -- Epoch Times
Coronavirus poses low risk to troops and military logistics, Pentagon says -- CNBC
DoD restricting base access, travel and exercises in response to coronavirus -- Federal News Network

Pentagon Gives Go-Ahead For U.S. Troops To Withdraw From Afghanistan

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 03:22 PM PST





Military.com: US Troops Will Begin Pulling Out of Afghanistan Despite Renewed Violence, SecDef Says

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday that the U.S. plans to go ahead with troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, starting in just days, despite renewed violence and a spate of objections raised by the Kabul government to the U.S.-Taliban peace deal.

Esper said he had directed Army Gen. Austin Scott Miller, commander of U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan, "to get moving" on drawing down U.S. forces from about 12,000 to 8,600 under the U.S.-Taliban agreement signed Saturday in Doha, Qatar.

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More News On The Pentagon Giving A Go-Ahead For U.S. Troops To Withdraw From Afghanistan

Esper gives go-ahead to begin drawdown of American forces in Afghanistan -- Military Times
Pentagon lays out Afghanistan withdrawal plans after Taliban accord -- Reuters
Defense Secretary Gives Go-Ahead For U.S. Troops To Start Afghan Drawdown -- NPR
Pentagon chief gives go-ahead to begin troop drawdown in Afghanistan -- The Hill
Defense Secretary Gives Green Light to Begin Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan -- NRO

Taliban Ends Truce. Orders Attacks On Afghan Government Forces

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 03:15 PM PST

Talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban must begin by March 10 under the US-Taliban agreement [Sorin Forcui/Al Jazeera]

The Guardian: Afghanistan: bomb attack kills three as Taliban ends partial truce

* Motorcycle with bomb explodes during football match
* Taliban's week-long 'reduction of violence' expired on Saturday

Three people have been killed and 11 injured in a motorcycle bomb attack at a football match in eastern Afghanistan, as the Taliban announced an end to a partial truce two days after signing a deal with the US.

The Taliban had agreed to a week-long "reduction of violence" as a confidence-building measure ahead of the agreement signed on Saturday, in which the US pledged that all foreign forces would leave Afghanistan within 14 months, if the Taliban sat down for talks on Afghanistan's future with government representatives.

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WNU Editor: There will be no talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government as promised for March 10. The war continues.

More News On The Afghan Taliban Resuming The War

Taliban resumes attacks against Afghan forces despite U.S. peace deal -- AP
Taliban end partial truce as Afghan violence resumes -- AFP
Afghan conflict: Taliban to resume attacking local forces after deal with US -- BBC
Taliban Orders Resumed Attacks on Govt Forces -- TOLO News
Taliban say will resume operations against Afghan forces -- AFP
Taliban announces end of partial truce days after signing deal with US -- The Hill
Afghanistan: Explosion kills 3 at football match, as truce falters -- DW
Cracks start to show in Taliban peace deal -- Politico

The US Navy's Coronavirus Quarantine Plans For Its Ships In The Pacific Is Raising Concerns

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 02:02 PM PST

U.S. Navy

Daily Beast: U.S. Navy Coronavirus Quarantine Could Get Ugly

"If your goal is to spread the virus, that's probably a very good thing to do."

The U.S. Navy's new plan to preemptively self-quarantine ships in the Pacific region, where they will remain at sea for 14 days over fears about the 2019 novel coronavirus, sparked concerns of disastrous consequences mirroring the explosion of cases on a cruise ship off Japan.

It was almost fitting that, hours after the plan went public, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Friday it had confirmed two more cases of the deadly disease in Americans who were rescued from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

As of Friday, there were 62 confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S. One of those cases—a severely ill person in northern California who had not traveled abroad—marked the first infection of unknown origin on American soil, while 14 patients came through the American health system after traveling to China or having close contact with someone who had. The rest, aside from the 44 cases from the cruise ship, were repatriated individuals who fled the vicinity of the virus's origin in China on State Department-chartered planes.

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WNU Editor: Sailors want to go home. The prospect of being stuck at sea because of a quarantine condition is certainly unpleasant, but certain precautions have to be implemented.

British Troops Deployed To Senegal To Counter Growing Terrorism Threat In West Africa

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 01:55 PM PST

Operation Mansio: British troops (pictured) provide counter-terrorism training to Nigerian, Cameroonian and Moroccan forces in Senegal. Some 30 troops are stationed around these soldiers and in a huge exercise last week, UK forces guided the African soldiers as they attacked and detained members of a terrorist cell

BBC: UK military gears up for deployment in Mali

Britain is significantly stepping up its military support in West Africa to help combat the world's fastest growing Islamist-led insurgency.

Over the past month, British troops have been helping train local forces to fight extremism in the Sahel.

The region, a semi-arid stretch of land just south of the Sahara Desert, has been a frontline in the war against Islamist militancy for almost a decade.

Later this year, 250 British soldiers will join a UN mission in Mali.

It has been described as the most dangerous peacekeeping operation in the world.

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Update #1: Operation Stop ISIS: British troops are sent to Senegal to provide counter-terrorism training as new jihadi danger rises in West Africa (Daily Mail)
Update #2: ISIS threat: British troops deployed to Senegal as terrorism threat in West Africa rises (Express)

WNU Editor: Sending a few dozen soldiers is going to make no difference in this conflict.

North Korea Fires Two Short Range Missiles This Weekend

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 01:50 PM PST





BBC: North Korea 'fires two missiles in first test of the year'

North Korea has launched two unidentified projectiles, South Korea's military says, in its first apparent weapons test of the year.

The projectiles were launched from the North's east coast towards the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said they were "believed to be short-range ballistic missiles".

Last May saw the first missile tests after an 18-month freeze. As the year progressed, many more followed.

North Korea, which has historically stepped up missile testing in the spring, carried out its last test in November.

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WNU Editor: China, Japan, U.S., Russia, and South Korea are more worried about the coronavirus than North Korea launching a few short range missiles.

More News On North Korea Firing Two Short Range Missiles This Weekend

North Korea fires two projectiles after warning of new 'strategic weapon' -- ABC News Online
N.Korea fires unidentified projectile -S.Korea defense ministry -- Reuters
North Korea fires two projectiles off east coast, says Seoul -- France 24
North Korea fires presumed short-range missiles into the sea -- AP
North Korea fires two unidentified projectiles: S Korean military -- Al Jazeera
North Korea fires two "short-range ballistic missiles," South Korea says -- NK News

Turkish President Erdogan Says 'Millions' Of Refugees Heading To Europe

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 11:29 AM PST



DW: Erdogan warns 'millions' of refugees heading to Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has criticized Turkey's actions at the Greek border, saying that it was "wholly unacceptable" for Recep Tayyip Erdogan to punish migrants because of his dissatisfaction with Europe.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's decision to bus thousands of migrants from refugee camps to Turkey's border with Greece was the wrong approach, even if Ankara "currently does not feel sufficiently supported" by Europe.

"But despite all the willingness to negotiate on providing yet more support [for Turkey], it is wholly unacceptable to then take this out on refugees," Merkel said of Erdogan's decision. She said he was leading desperate people into a "cul-de-sac," with Greece already making it clear it does not intend to grant them entry.

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More News On Turkish President Erdogan Saying That 'Millions' Of Refugees Are Heading To Europe

President Erdogan says 'MILLIONS' of migrants will head to Europe and the continent must share the migrant 'burden' after opening Turkey's borders, as Greeks say they fear 'invasion' --Daily Mail
Turkey says millions of migrants may head to EU -- BBC
Erdogan threatens Europe with 'millions' of migrants -- AFP
Migrant Shot Dead by Greek Police as Border Clashes Grow -- Summit News
Migrants clash with Greek police at Turkey, Europe border -- DW
Greece blocks thousands of migrants trying to enter from Turkey -- France 24
Turkey-EU standoff: Greece blocks refugees stranded in Turkey -- Al Jazeera
Syrian migrant killed as thousands attempt to cross from Turkey into Greece -- France 24

Turkey Escalates Military Operations Against Syrian Military Forces

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 11:26 AM PST



BBC: Syria war: Turkish drone strikes 'kill 19 Syrian soldiers'

Nineteen Syrian soldiers have been killed in Turkish drone strikes on Idlib, a UK-based monitor has said.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the attacks targeted a military convoy and an army base amid increasing violence.

Turkey also shot down two Syrian fighter jets on Sunday.

Russia, a key backer of the Syrian government, has warned it cannot guarantee the safety of Turkish aircraft in Syrian airspace.

Tensions in Idlib escalated sharply last week when at least 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an air strike.

The incident sparked fears of a major escalation involving Turkey and Syria's main military ally, Russia.

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WNU Editor: The Turkish air force is devastating Syrian forces on the ground and in the air. Not surprising .... Russia is warning Turkey .... Russia says no longer guarantees safety of Turkish aircraft in Syria (Daily Sabbah).

More News On Turkey's Military Operations In Syria

Turkey targets Syrian planes, airports in escalating Idlib fight -- France 24
Turkey downs two Syrian fighter jets as it intensifies Idlib attacks -- The Guardian
Turkey downs Syrian planes in Idlib as refugees flood Turkey's European borders -- ABC News Online
Syria war: Turkish drone strikes 'kill 19 Syrian soldiers' -- BBC
Turkey is crushing Syria's army after wiping out its heavy armor with superior tech -- Task & Purpose
Turkey's Killer Drone Swarm Poses Syria Air Challenge to Putin -- Bloomberg
Several Syrian soldiers killed in Turkish drone strikes, war monitor says -- France 24
Turkey launches attack on Syrian forces in Idlib -- UPI
Soldier & equipment losses for Syrian Army are just the beginning – Erdogan -- RT
Russian military police deployed to strategic Idlib town of Saraqeb – Defense Ministry -- RT
Erdogan says he hopes for Idlib ceasefire deal in Putin talks -- Al Jazeera
Ceasefire in Idlib will hopefully be achieved after talks with Putin – Erdogan ahead of upcoming meeting in Moscow -- RT

World News Briefs -- March 2, 2020

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 03:35 PM PST



Reuters: World 'in uncharted territory' as coronavirus spreads: WHO

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - Coronavirus is now spreading much more rapidly outside China than within the country, leading the world into uncharted territory, but the outbreak can still be contained, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

Almost nine times as many cases had been reported in the past 24 hours beyond China than inside, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, adding that the risk of coronavirus spreading was now very high at a "global level".

He said outbreaks in South Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan were the greatest concern, but that there was evidence surveillance methods were working in South Korea, the worst affected country outside China, and the epidemic could be contained there.

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MIDDLE EAST

Turkey downs Syrian planes in Idlib as refugees flood Turkey's European borders.

Syria's White Helmets urge no-fly zone to end civilian exodus.

Turkey says millions of migrants may head to EU.

Iraq's Allawi withdraws his candidacy for prime minister as vacuum looms. Iraq power vacuum as political crisis hits PM post.

Coronavirus: Iran council member close to supreme leader Khamenei dies of Covid-19.

Israel bombs vehicle in Syrian Golan after cross-border sniper attempt.

Netanyahu faces Gantz again as Israelis head to polls for the third time in a year.

Israeli election: Turnout high despite fears of coronavirus, voter fatigue.

ASIA

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani rejects prisoner release following US-Taliban deal.

Taliban reject talks until 5,000 prisoners released in accordance with US deal.

Afghan conflict: Taliban to resume attacking local forces after deal with US.

Afghanistan: Explosion kills 3 at football match, as truce falters.

Indonesia confirms first COVID-19 cases; clusters skyrocket in South Korea, Italy.

Coronavirus: Xi Jinping focuses on long-term battle as more countries report cases.

Philippines V-Mall siege ends as ex-security guard surrenders, releases hostages.

AFRICA

Five soldiers killed in checkpoint attack in central Mali.

At least 50 killed in northern Nigeria 'bandit' attacks.

With only three official cases, Africa's low coronavirus rate puzzles health experts. Africa readies for new virus as cases confirmed on continent.

Tunisia and Senegal confirm coronavirus cases.

Libya peace efforts thrown further into chaos as UN envoy quits.

Interim Gineau-Bissau president resigns, citing death threats.

Guinea-Bissau army urged to stay neutral in power struggle.

Egypt sentences 37 to death including former Army officer.

EUROPE

EU raises risk level of coronavirus infection as global deaths pass 3,000.

FIERCE clashes, tear gas at border as Greece vows to 'turn back' flow of migrants from Turkey (VIDEOS).

Erdogan's use of refugees to pressure EU is 'unacceptable' – Merkel.

Angela Merkel says racist attacks in Germany of 'deepest concern'.

Britain, EU begin post-Brexit trade talks in Belgium.

EU warns UK to tone down political rhetoric as trade talks start.

Slovakia opposition party wins parliamentary election.

AMERICAS

Coronavirus may have spread undetected for weeks in U.S..

FEMA preparing for possible coronavirus emergency declaration.

Democratic candidates gear up for a dramatic Super Tuesday.

Klobuchar to drop out of 2020 campaign, endorse Biden.

Buttigieg dropping out of presidential race.

Uruguay ushers in first conservative government in 15 years.

Guyana votes amid high hopes over oil discoveries.

Venezuela arrests officials for giving US oil data.

Canada: Wet'suwet'en and ministers agree tentative deal in land dispute.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Battle for the Sahel: the new frontline in the war on terror.

The missing ISIS victims and the families they left behind.

Why a U.S.-Taliban peace deal could strengthen ISIS in Afghanistan.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Coronavirus: Global growth 'could halve' if outbreak intensifies. Grim economic forecasts as coronavirus spreads.

Coronavirus: BA and Ryanair cancel flights as bookings drop.

Coronavirus causes mass cancellations of business, cultural and sports events.

Apple, Nike and other major companies implicated in Muslim forced labour in China.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 2, 2020

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:33 AM PST

© Sputnik / Aleksey Nikolskyi

RT: Russia seeks to 'create conditions so that NOBODY wants to fight us' – Putin

Vladimir Putin has confided that US President Donald Trump privately lamented the "insane" US military budget. He also says Russia protects itself by making the costs of attacking the country too high for anyone to contemplate.

"The US has outstripped us" in terms of annual defense expenditure, the Russian president said in a new episode of news agency TASS's '20 Questions to Vladimir Putin' series. But being the world's largest military spender doesn't really make Donald Trump particularly happy, Putin said.

"Donald told me that they have adopted an insane [military] budget for the next year, $738 billion."

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 2, 2020

'We Don't Plan to Go to War With Anyone': Putin Reveals Why Russia is Developing Hypersonic Weapons -- Sputnik

Changing fortunes: US now races to CATCH UP with Russia on hypersonic weapons – Putin -- RT

US military scrambles to cope with global 'threat' posed by coronavirus -- CNN

Pentagon races to counter coronavirus threat on military forces -- The Hill

Pentagon, State Department envoy clash over sending Patriot missiles to Turkey -- Politico

Pentagon Sees Taliban Deal as Allowing Fuller Focus on China -- AP

Pentagon looks to China in wake of Taliban peace deal -- Yahoo News

'You Don't Want to Play Laser Tag With Us': US Warns China After 'Incident With American Spy Plane' -- Sputnik

US Army wants $364M to counter China -- Asia Times

US Navy Takes Delivery of New F-35B-Carrying Amphibious Assault Ship -- The Diplomat

For the first time since the Cold War, the Navy is practicing to lead a convoy across the Atlantic -- Business Insider

Lawmaker asks Esper: Should the Army pay for sealift? -- Defense News

Navy is overhauling education system as US advantages erode -- AP

Fixing the Navy's Software -- Sean Lavelle, War On The Rocks

Congress questions Navy's plan for large drone ships -- Defense Systems

Why the USAF is buying fourth-generation Boeing F-15EX fighter jets -- Air Force Technology

US Army, Marines want to make the Hellfire missile replacement more deadly at sea -- Defense News

The Navy Has Big Ambitions: Will New Submarines And Destroyers Fit The Bill? -- National Interest

A woman is about to become a Green Beret and the military will be stronger for it -- We Are The Mighty

Trump Pushing for Three-Way Arms Control With Russia, China -- AP

South Korean military vows to mobilize maximum possible resources to support anti-virus battle -- Yonhap Nes Agency

North Korea tests again, fires two projectiles -- UPI

Chinese military puts joint drills on hold to fight coronavirus battle -- SCMP

China's military fast tracks medical research to aid virus battle -- Xinhuanet

Over 10,000 Chinese military medics fight against COVID-19 with zero infection -- CGTN

China Is Prepared to Reap the Strategic Rewards of Its Relationship With Russia -- National Interest

Russia to back up Malaysia's military might -- New Straits Times

Duterte's Exit From US Military Deal Faces Senate Challenge -- Bloomberg

French Air Force Studying Chinook Buy, Caracal Replacement -- Aviation Week

Greece to conduct military exercise near Turkish border -- Anadolu Agency

Royal Canadian Navy, coast guard short hundreds of sailors -- Canadian Press

DR Congo probes death of army military spy chief Delphin Kahimbi -- BBc

124 years ago, Ethiopian men and women defeated the Italian army in the Battle of Adwa -- Quartz

A Little Help From Their Friends: How Vietnam Withstood Largest Bombing Campaign in Human History -- Sputnik

Russian President Putin Says President Trump Told Him U.S. Military Expendituress Were Too High And 'Actually Advocated Disarmament'

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 08:00 AM PST

A combination image shows U.S. President Donald Trump at a Keep America Great rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on February 19, 2020 and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Jerusalem on January 23, 2020. Putin has told Russian outlet TASS that Trump had expressed concern about U.S. military expenditure.

Newsweek: Vladimir Putin Says Trump Told Him U.S. Military Costs Were Too High and 'Actually Advocated Disarmament'

Russian president Vladimir Putin has claimed that Donald Trump once expressed concerns to him about the level of U.S. military expenditure which he said was "too high."

As part of a series of filmed interviews with the Kremlin-funded agency Tass to mark the 20th anniversary of his position at the top of Russian politics, Putin was asked about Russia's military capabilities.

He told the interviewer, Andrei Vandenko, that Russia had no intention of fighting against anyone, rather the aim of its military development was "to create conditions so that nobody wants to fight against us."

"Today we rank seventh as far as arms spending goes. The U.S. has outstripped us, Donald [Trump] told me, 'they have adopted a huge budget for the next year, $738 billion budget, I think,'" Putin said.

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WNU Editor: President Trump's views on high military spending are well known. But Russian President Putin has also been saying the same thing for the past few years, and has in fact cut the Russian military budget since 2018 .... Russian Defense Spending Falls By Twenty Percent (May 2, 2018).

Top Adviser To Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei Has Died From The Coronavirus

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 07:21 AM PST

Mohammad Mirmohammadi (pictured left), a member of the Expediency Council which is hand-picked by the Supreme Leader of Iran, died aged 71 after falling sick with coronavirus. In this picture he is seated alongside two other officials, including Ali Akbar Velayti (centre)

Daily Mail: Adviser to Ayatollah Khamenei becomes first senior Iranian official to die from coronavirus as opposition group claims death toll is TEN times higher than official figures

* Adviser Mohammad Mirmohammadi died aged 71 in a Tehran hospital today
* He was a member of the Expediency Council which is hand-picked by Khamenei
* Regime says 66 have died but opposition group NCRI claims death toll is 650

An adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has become the first senior Iranian official to be killed by coronavirus after he died at a Tehran hospital today.

Mohammad Mirmohammadi, a member of the Expediency Council which is hand-picked by the Supreme Leader, died aged 71 after falling sick with the virus.

He is one of several regime members to have caught the virus, after vice president Masoumeh Ebtekar - known in the West for her role as 'Screaming Mary' in the 1979 hostage crisis - and visibly struggling health minister Iraj Harirchi were also infected.

It comes as the Iranian regime was accused of 'endangering the lives of Iranians and the world' after alarming videos of worshippers licking a shrine emerged online.

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WNU Editor: The death toll has got to be more higher than this .... Tehran reports 66 dead from coronavirus as WHO team heads to Iran (Reuters).

Update: If this breakout continues to escalate, Iran is going to need all the help that it can get .... Iran Rejects Trump Offer of Help on Coronavirus as Ayatollah Aide Dies: 'We Don't Need Them' (Newsweek).

More News On A Top Adviser To Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei Dying From The Coronavirus

Adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei Dies of Coronavirus -- Time/AP
Adviser to Iran's Supreme leader dies from coronavirus, as other top officials infected -- FOX News
Adviser to Iran's supreme leader dies from coronavirus -- Middle East Eye
A member of the inner circle of Iran's Supreme Leader died of the coronavirus, as the country records more deaths than anywhere outside China -- Business Insider
Expediency Council member Mohammad Mirmohammadi dies -- Tehran Times

The U.S. Navy's Smaller Ships Are Not Built To Handle Stormy Weather

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 07:00 AM PST

Small surface ships will struggle in high seas U.S. Navy

Craig Hooper, Forbes: The U.S. Navy's Future Fleet May Run Aground In Heavy Weather

The sea is a tough place, and, given that stormy seas often damage ships and endanger sailors, the U.S. Navy has habitually worked to keep vessels out of harm's way since 1944. But over the past 30 years the Navy became so risk-averse that it has kept surface ships out of several "strategic-but-stormy" seas for decades.

That retreat—and the general loss of sustained heavy-weather experience by the cost-conscious post-Cold War U.S. Navy—has had real consequences. As the memory of sustained, stormy weather operations faded under the weight of a tough anti-terror operational tempo, the number of U.S. sailors and other naval tastemakers who understood that battle in high seas demanded ships with particular sea-keeping features dwindled away.

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WNU Editor: Small unmanned vessels will probably be lost in such weather. This is an excellent article that analysis the impact that stormy weather and high seas will have on the effectiveness of developing smaller vessels for the US Navy.

U.K.'s New Ballistic Submarines Will Have The Latest In Periscopes And Sonars

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 06:14 AM PST

Artist impression of a Royal Navy Dreadnought-class SSBN. BAE Systems image.

Naval News: Thales UK to Supply Sonars & Periscopes for Royal Navy Dreadnought SSBNs

Contracts to develop the 'eyes and ears' of Dreadnought submarines will create 170 jobs and secure 350 more across the UK. BAE Systems Submarines, which is building four nuclear submarines for the Royal Navy, has awarded work worth around £330 million to Thales UK.

UK MoD press release

The Dreadnought sonar system will be developed at the global technology firm's sites in Templecombe, Somerset, and Stockport. The periscope – known as the 'Combat System Mast' – will be developed and manufactured in Govan with technical input from the workforce in Crawley.

Thales UK has been a trusted Continuous at-Sea Deterrence (CASD) partner with the MOD and Royal Navy since the first operation in 1969.

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Update #1: Periscopes for nuclear subs to be made in Glasgow (BBC)
Update #2: Britain's new ballistic missile submarines to get world-beating threat detection systems (The Telegraph)

WNU Editor:Having the best detection system in the world for your ballistic submarines makes sense. You want to spot them before they spot you.

Tourist Photo Reveals Cuban Navy’s Secret Submarine

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 06:02 AM PST

Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) image analysis showing a Cuban submarine in Havana. This is part of a larger panorama taken by a tourist. Sahureka/H I Sutton


Forbes: New Photo Reveals Cuban Navy's Secret Submarine

When a tourist took a photo of Havana's picturesque harbor, they didn't realize the intelligence value of what they were capturing. Lurking in the shadows near a pier, and behind a palm tree, was one of the world's least photographed submarines.

It's the Cuban Navy's Delfin Class, and this is by far the clearest image of it to date. It is also evidence that it has been active in the Florida Straits.

There are few areas of military hardware which are as shrouded in secrecy as submarines. And even among submarines some are better guarded than others. One of the least known is Cuba's Delfin Class submarine. Defense analysts only know of one other publicly shared photo, and that was long ago and poor quality. This new image gives us a much clearer view of the details. I will need to update the profile in my world submarines recognition book.

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WNU Editor: It is a really small submarine.

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