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Posted: 04 Mar 2020 10:26 PM PST













Picture Of The Day

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 10:15 PM PST

An instructor kisses a cobra before he kills it during the Cobra Gold multilateral military exercise in Chonburi, Thailand March 4. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

WNU Editor: The above picture s from this photo-gallery .... Cobra Gold military exercises (Reuters).

Is A Covid-19 Coronavirus Epidemic Raging In North Korea?

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 10:12 PM PST


Legal Insurrection: North Korea's Ballistic Bluster May Mask Major Epidemic

Two years ago, President Donald Trump was meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore and celebrating the signing of a historic agreement.

Recall that Kim saw a video depicting the prosperous and productive nation North Korea could be if it were an honest partner and willing negotiator.

Kim treated Trump as if he were similar to his predecessors and act-out in the hopes of being bribed into good behavior. For example, he continues to order ballistic missile tests, trying to present "strength."

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WNU Editor: Even if Covid-19 is not raging in North Korea, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un believes that it is coming.

If Bloomberg Hired Russians To Buy $100,000 In Facebook Ads Would He Be On The Road To The Presidency Now?

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 09:57 PM PST


WNU Editor: Yup! That is what the media told us for 3+ years in explaining why Donald Trump won the Presidency.

Is The Media Covering For Former Vice-President Biden?

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 09:52 PM PST


WNU Editor: Running in this campaign has definitely aged the former Vice President. A few months ago he looked OK, even with all of his gaffes. But lately his face has developed a look that you see in the old and the sick, and his speeches are becoming more rife with errors and confusion. My father spent the last seven years of his life in a nursing home, and that experienced exposed me to scores of people experiencing dementia and loss of cognitive abilities. That is why I can say with confidence that the former Vice-President has all the signs of someone who is now experiencing short term memory loss, and his symptoms are going to get worse with time. There is medication out there that can help, but there are limits. So here is an easy prediction. Unless he experiences a medical emergency or a complete collapse in his next debate with Senator Sanders, he will be the Democrat nominee for President. But he is not suited to run a full fledged campaign, so that is why I expect his handlers will now try to minimize his exposure, and to control the narrative and his appearances as much as possible. I would also be surprised if they will agree to more than two debates with President Trump. He has not stand-out in any of the past Democrat primary debates, and I do not expect him to stand-out in any future ones.

Update: Too bad she will not be in the next Democrat debate. The contrast between her and the other candidates would be blinding .... You Didn't Really Think the DNC Would Allow Tulsi Gabbard Into a Debate, Did You? (PJ Media).

Update #2: A record number of Democrats voted on Super Tuesday. There is a lot of anger against President Trump out there. Republicans should not get cocky.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Schumer Threatens Two Supreme Court Justices

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 09:09 PM PST



Reuters: Chief justice condemns Democratic senator Schumer's 'dangerous' comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts on Wednesday issued an unusual statement criticizing what he called "dangerous" comments made by top U.S. Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer about two conservative Supreme Court justices appointed by President Donald Trump.

Schumer had earlier in the day assailed justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, saying they "won't know what hit" them if they rule in favor of abortion restrictions.

"Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous," Roberts said in a statement.

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WNU Editor: "You will pay the price". You will not know what hit you". This is the first time in my life that I have heard a US Senator threatening, actually threatening, US Supreme Court Justices before they issue a ruling. I shudder to think that this is what is now happening in the U.S..

Update:  Senator Schumer's office is now targeting the Chief Justice ....

Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak Medical News Updates -- March 4, 2020

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 05:00 PM PST

Scientists say the virus has split into two noticeably different strains, and most people have caught the more aggressive version, but it is now fading out while the milder strain continues to infect people

Daily Mail: TWO strains of the killer coronavirus are spreading around the world – and 70% of infected patients have caught the more aggressive and contagious type, study claims

* Researchers from Beijing and Shanghai studied 103 samples of the coronavirus
* They found two strains of it, named them L and S and found L was most common
* L is also the most aggressive, but it has become less common since early January
* A virus which is too aggressive may burn itself out by landing patients in hospital
* More than 94,000 people have now caught the coronavirus and 3,200 have died

The coronavirus has mutated into at least two separate strains since the outbreak began in December, according to Chinese scientists.

Researchers say there are now two types of the same coronavirus infecting people – and most people seem to have caught the most aggressive form of it.

At least 94,000 people have been infected around the world and almost 3,200 have died, while 50,000 have recovered from the disease.

The team of experts from Beijing and Shanghai said 70 per cent of people have caught the most aggressive strain of the virus but that this causes such bad illness that it has struggled to spread since early January.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak Medical News Updates -- March 4, 2020

Coronavirus: there are 2 types, Chinese researchers find, while authorities say faeces and urine can transmit the infection -- SCMP
Researchers identify two coronavirus strains as China cases dwindle -- Reuters
Coronavirus map: how Covid-19 is spreading across the world -- The Guardian
Coronavirus fatality rate is HIGHER than thought: Virus kills 3.4% of all patients - making it more than three times deadlier than flu - says WHO -- Daily Mail
Virus death rate still uncertain as mild cases are missed -- AP
Coronavirus fight is LOST: Leading scientist admits world tried 'very hard' to stop the outbreak but the battle is OVER as more than 80 countries have confirmed cases of the killer infection -- Daily Mail
Coronavirus: why do 'recovered' patients test positive again? -- SCMP
Why are some people at greater risk from coronavirus? -- The Guardian
Will warmer weather stop the spread of the coronavirus? -- DW
Human trials of coronavirus vaccines could start next MONTH in the UK and US in global race to stop the killer disease which has infected 94,000 people worldwide -- Daily Mail
Coronavirus patient gives chilling account of what killer disease feels like -- Daily Star

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 4, 2020

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 04:00 PM PST



Ayla Jean Yackley, Al-Monitor: Idlib operation splits Turks more than other Syria interventions

ISTANBUL — Turkey's fourth military operation in Syria in as many years has divided the country along the same political fault lines that have polarized it in recent years, with the government's supporters seeing an urgent threat emerging south of the border and its critics fearing Turkey is sliding deeper into the Syrian quagmire.

Fighting in Syria's northwest province of Idlib, the last stretch of territory held by Turkish-backed opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has intensified dramatically as Turkey downs Syrian jets and bombs air defense systems in Operation Spring Shield, launched at the weekend. At least 34 Turkish soldiers were killed Feb. 27 in Idlib in an airstrike blamed on Syria.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 4, 2020

US-Taliban deal: How Pakistan's 'Islamist support' finally paid off -- Shamil Shams, DW

Can Afghanistan ever find peace with the Taliban? -- Sean Callebs, CGTN

US defense leaders: Taliban peace deal results mixed -- Lolita C. Baldor and Matthew Lee, AP

Egypt believes Ethiopia is dodging dam agreement -- Ayah Aman, Al-Monitor

Guinea-Bissau: Coup or legitimate change of power? -- Antonio Cascais, DW

Deadlock broken, South Sudan on road to 'sustainable peace', but international support still key -- UN News

How Asia's official maps promote propaganda -- Rodion Ebbighausen, DW

The Coronavirus Is No 1918 Pandemic -- Jeremy Brown, The Atlantic

China's virus slowdown offers hope for global containment -- Liindsey Tanner, AP

Coronavirus: What can we learn from the Spanish flu? -- Stephen Dowling, BBC

Can Zuckerberg stop Facebook's coronavirus conspiracies? -- Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC

Biden's Super Tuesday surge reshapes Democratic race, Bloomberg out -- Jason Lange And Jonnelle Marte, Reuters

Mainstream Democrats relieved by Biden's Super Tuesday boost -- Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor, AP

World News Briefs -- March 4, 2020 (Eveing Edition)

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 03:36 PM PST


DW: EU 'strongly rejects' Turkey's 'use' of migrants at border

The EU has advised the 12,500 migrants gathered at the Greek border that "illegal crossings will not be tolerated." France's top diplomat accused Ankara of "blackmail" after Turkey decided to open its borders to Europe.

At a meeting of EU interior ministers in Brussels on Wednesday, the member states said that Turkey was exploiting refugees to get its way politically.

A joint statement said that bloc "strongly rejects" the "use" of migrants by Ankara, saying that the "situation at the EU's external borders is not acceptable."

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MIDDLE EAST

Erdogan demands EU help in Syria as price to end migrant crisis.

Two Turkish soldiers killed in Syria on eve of key Moscow meeting.

Turkey shoots down third plane as Syrian forces retake town.

Russia reinforces Syria before Putin-Erdogan talks - flight and shipping data.

Coronavirus has spread to nearly all Iran provinces: president.

Coronavirus in Iraq: Bullets, repression, Iran trump COVID-19.

IAEA 'asks Iran to explain possible nuclear activities at three sites'.

Iran refuses UN nuclear watchdog access to sites.

Israel election: Netanyahu seeks defectors after failing to secure majority. Israel election: Netanyahu seeks defectors after failing to secure majority.

Israel's Arab parties make historic gains as election support surges.

Palestinians protest as Israeli bulldozers clear land.

ASIA

China's economy could shrink for the first time in decades because of the coronavirus.

Japan coronavirus cases hit 1,000 mark as Tokyo insists Olympics on track.

Myanmar violence: Thousands displaced by fresh fighting.

US conducts first air strike against Taliban since peace deal. U.S. resumes airstrikes against Taliban to halt attack on Afghan forces.

Sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un insults South Korea in first known official statement.

North Korea blasts South's 'insulting' dramas and films.

Impeached South Korea leader implores conservatives to unite.

Malaysia's new Prime Minister delays Parliament as opposition parties challenge his legitimacy. Malaysia's new prime minister delays parliament by two months.

US navy aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt to visit Vietnam as South China Sea tensions simmer.

Philippines to resume aid talks with backers of UN drug war probe.

AFRICA

Libya envoy pushes for lasting ceasefire at Geneva talks.

Egypt bars Qataris over coronavirus fears.

US lifts embargo on 157 Sudan institutions.

Military restrictions hampering northeast Nigeria aid: HRW.

Aid agencies urge halt to civilian attacks in Cameroon's conflict.

Ethiopia: US being 'undiplomatic' over Nile dam project.

Kenya accuses Somalia of violating its territory in escalating regional feud.

Scientists turn to tech to prevent second wave of locusts in east Africa.

Inaugural Basketball Africa League postponed over coronavirus.

Mali village scarred by February 14 massacre.

EUROPE

Coronavirus cases in Britain rise to 85 in biggest daily jump.

Italy closes schools and universities until March 15 because of coronavirus.

Greece-Turkey border crisis: Tear gas fired on both sides. Battle at the border: Fire, smoke, and tear gas fill the air as Greek police fight back migrants trying to break through from Turkey after President Erdogan threw open its doors.

'Fake news': Greece rejects claims its forces killed a migrant trying to cross border.

Germany: Thousands of protesters demand EU open borders.

TWO EU officials working in Brussels test positive for coronavirus including one who had returned from Italy.

First confirmed case of COVID-19 in the EU institutions.

Ukrainian president removes PM in government reshuffle. Ukraine parliament appoints Shmygal as new PM.


French Parliament clears path for controversial pension reform.

AMERICAS

California, Washington state deaths add to U.S. coronavirus toll.

House passes bipartisan $8.3B bill to battle coronavirus.

Bloomberg out, Biden resurgent after Super Tuesday victories.

Michael Bloomberg ends US presidential campaign.

Peace eludes parts of Colombia as humanitarian situation worsens: ICRC.

Brazil's deadly storm causes landslides, killing at least 23 people with dozens still missing.

Brazil economy slows in Bolsonaro's first year.

Venezuela's Maduro urges women to have six children.

U.S. prosecutors accuse Honduran president of taking drug bribes.

Canada urges Iran to give access to downed airliner's black boxes.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Trump speaks with Taliban leader, likely first call between US president and insurgent group since 9/11.

Egyptian army says high-profile Islamic jihadist executed.

'ISIS far more advanced in using social media than UK, US', says India's army chief.

Pro-ISIS group warns followers against using blockchain messenger (BCM) App.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Wall Street surges on Biden bounce. Stocks soar on plans for more stimulus measures, Biden wins.

IMF chief says coronavirus wipes out hopes for faster growth in 2020.

Oil prices take hit from coronavirus scare.

Tesla downgraded Model 3 chip in China thanks to coronavirus.

Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak In The Middle East -- News Updates March 4, 2020

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 03:07 PM PST





Daily Mail: Footage emerges claiming to show coronavirus body bags lined up in Iranian hospital - as country's first vice president 'is infected', illness affects 8% of MPs and 54,000 prisoners are released in bid to stop disease spreading

* The footage was reportedly recorded by medical personnel in a hospital
* It shows lines of seemingly full body bags lining the floors of the hospital
* Comes amid accusations regime is concealing the true extent of the outbreak
* Death toll reached 92, the highest outside of China, with 2,922 infected
* One of those infected is said to be the First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri
* Ali Khamenei said COVID-19 isn't 'that big of a deal' despite one of his most trusted advisers dying and eight percent of his parliament infected

Footage claiming to show rows of body bags filled with people killed by the coronavirus in Iran has been shared online, amid fears the country is hiding the true extent of the disease outbreak.

The country's first vice president has reportedly been struck by the disease, which is also affecting eight per cent of Iran's MPs and has killed 92.

Tehran announced total infections rose to 2,922 today and it was said the country's most senior VP, Eshaq Jahangiri, was the latest high-profile figure to contract the disease.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak In The Middle East -- News Updates March 4, 2020

Coronavirus: Iran death toll leaps to 92 as infection spreads to almost all provinces -- SCMP/Reuters
Iran says 92 dead as virus reaches all but one province -- AFP
Coronavirus has spread to nearly all Iran provinces: president -- Reuters
Iran rejects US virus aid offer amid 'vicious' sanctions -- AFP
Iraq announces first coronavirus death -- AFP
Iraq reports second coronavirus death in Baghdad -- Reuters
Saudi Arabia suspends year-round umrah pilgrimage to stop coronavirus spreading to holy Islamic sites -- AFP
Saudi Arabia suspends Umrah pilgrimage due to coronavirus fears -- France 24
More virus cases linked to UAE Tour as riders face isolation -- AP
Coronavirus compounds Gulf economic woes as oil prices slump -- AFP
World Bank pledges $12B to help developing nations fight COVID-19 -- UPI

Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak In Asia -- News Updates March 4, 2020

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 03:04 PM PST







Reuters: Thousands wait for hospital beds in South Korea as coronavirus cases surge

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea reported hundreds of new coronavirus cases on Wednesday as many sick people waited for hospital beds in Daegu, the city at the center of the worst outbreak outside China.

The new cases bring South Korea's total to 5,621, with at least 32 deaths, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.

Most cases were in and around Daegu, the country's fourth-largest city, where the flu-like virus has spread rapidly through members of a fringe Christian group.

Health officials expect the number of new cases to be high for the near future as they complete the testing of more than 200,000 members of the sect, as well as thousands of other suspected cases from smaller clusters.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak -- News Updates March 4, 2020

China says Hubei virus control and prevention still heavy task -- Reuters
China worries about new coronavirus surge from infected arrivals -- Al Jazeera
Chinese social media has been censoring coronavirus content since the day the government acknowledged the outbreak -- Business Insider
China's schools, forced online by virus, run into censors -- AP
South Korea reports lowest new infections for a week -- SCMP
North Korean swagger may conceal brewing virus disaster -- AP
India's coronavirus cases nears 30, hits major payments firm -- Reuters
India's Modi to go into virus lockdown for Holi festival -- AFP
Panic in Pakistan after fifth confirmed coronavirus case -- Business Today
Pakistan Shuts Afghan Border to Stop Spread of Coronavirus -- VOA
Olympic committee president insists cancelling or postponing Tokyo 2020 was not even discussed during key meeting today -- Daily Mail
Japan says virus may force Olympic torch relay changes -- AFP
Tokyo asks no cherry blossom party over virus fears -- AFP
Police seize 600,000 face masks from Indonesian warehouse after country's first coronavirus case sparks panic buying and soaring prices -- Daily Mail

Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak In Europe -- News Updates March 4, 2020

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 02:58 PM PST





Daily Mail: Italy's coronavirus death toll hits 107 just weeks after first case in the country - as all schools and universities and sporting venues are locked down and authorities plan a ban on KISSING

* The number of people infected in Italy soared to over 3,000 today, including 107 dead across the country
* All schools and universities will be shuttered until mid-March, and interpersonal contact will be discouraged
* Italian PM is expected to provide new health rules, including bans on kissing, hugging and shaking hands

Italy closed all schools and universities and prepared other emergency measures on Wednesday to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Europe's worst-hit country as the death toll and number of cases jumped.

The total number of dead in Italy rose to 107 after 28 people died of the highly contagious virus over the past 24 hours, the Civil Protection Agency said.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's government released a decree this afternoon which told the nation, among other restrictions, that the public should refrain from the traditional Italian greeting of kissing each other on the cheek.

A later announcement confirmed that all sporting events will take place without fans present for at least the next month due to the virus outbreak.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak In Europe -- News Updates March 4, 2020

Coronavirus is now a 'worldwide pandemic,' German health minister says -- DW
Coronavirus outbreak a 'global pandemic', worse to come: German health minister -- SCMP/AFP
EU agency takes centre stage in fight against coronavirus -- France 24
First confirmed case of COVID-19 in the EU institutions -- Euractiv
Coronavirus death toll jumps to 107 in Italy, all schools shut -- Reuters
Italy closes all schools and universities as it plans a ban on KISSING to stop the coronavirus spread -- Daily Mail
No final decision to close Italy schools over Covid-19 - minister -- RTE
Virus fears prompt Italy to ban kisses, handshakes -- AFP
UK coronavirus cases jump to 85 in biggest daily increase to date -- The Guardian
Nervy British lawmakers sweat over coronavirus reaching parliament -- Reuters
France says it now has 285 confirmed cases of coronavirus -- Reuters
Louvre museum reopens in Paris as staff agree to end coronavirus protest -- France 24
No money for masterpieces: Louvre bans cash over virus fears -- AP
France to regulate price of hand sanitisers amid coronavirus outbreak -- France 24
Hungary confirms first two coronavirus cases -- Reuters
Northern Ireland confirms two new cases of coronavirus -- Reuters
Putin says Russia targeted from abroad by fake news on coronavirus -- Reuters

Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak In The U.S. -- News Updates March 4, 2020

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 02:58 PM PST




Daily Mail: One thousand people who came into contact with coronavirus NY lawyer are ordered to self-quarantine after he infected his wife, son, daughter and neighbor - while LA County declares state of emergency with six new cases and US death toll hits 11

* The number of coronavirus cases in New York jumped to six on Wednesday after the wife, two children and neighbor of a Manhattan attorney tested positive
* One thousand people who may have come into contact with the family have been ordered to self-quarantine
* The attorney remains in intensive care at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Health officials said the attorney has severe pneumonia that potentially put him in more danger than others
* His family and neighbor, who drove him to the hospital, are self-quarantined in their respective homes
* Those being asked to quarantine include members of their synagogue, two students at the son's university, some students at the daughter's Bronx high school, seven law firm employees and eight hospital staff
* In total, 11 people have now died from the COVID-19 coronavirus across the country as the number of confirmed cases has soared to more than 150
* Ten of the deaths have occurred in Washington state while California recorded its first death on Wednesday
* California death was an elderly patient with underlying health conditions who was likely exposed on a cruise ship from San Francisco to Mexico in early February
* Officials in Los Angeles County - which has about 10 million residents - also declared a health emergency on Wednesday after six new cases were confirmed in less than 48 hours, bringing the total in the city to seven

One thousand people who may have come into contact with a New York attorney who infected his family, a neighbor and his friend's family with coronvirus have been ordered to self-quarantine as the number of cases in the state increased to 11.

The US death toll from the COVID-19 coronavirus also rose to 11 on Wednesday as the number of confirmed cases across the country soared to more than 150.

California recorded its first death on Wednesday after an elderly patient with underlying health conditions likely died following exposure on a Princess cruise to Mexico in early February. It is the first coronavirus death outside Washington state where the 10 other patients have died - the majority linked to a nursing home near Seattle.

Health officials in Los Angeles County - which has about 10 million residents - also declared a health emergency on Wednesday after six new cases were confirmed in less than 48 hours, bringing the total in the city to seven and raising the California state case figure to 35.

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Covid-19 Outbreak In The U.S. -- News Updates March 4, 2020

California records its first coronavirus death after elderly patient who caught the disease on a cruise ship dies in isolation, and Washington state's deaths rise to 10 -- Daily Mail
U.S. virus death toll rises to 11 with California victim -- AP
Coronavirus hits New York family as U.S. cases rise; lawmakers reach funds deal -- Reuters
New York reports four more cases of coronavirus -- The Hill
Los Angeles-area officials declare emergency after confirming six new coronavirus cases over 48 hours -- CNBC
Congress reaches deal on $8.3B bill to battle coronavirus -- AP
Pence pressed over coronavirus response in testy Senate briefing -- The Hill
Seattle feels like 'ghost town,' business owners say as they face life in coronavirus hot spot -- NBC
Seattle clinic worker with 'all symptoms of COVID-19' claims GPs and hospitals have no clue how to get tested and that coronavirus hotline staff said she doesn't qualify unless she develops pneumonia or bronchitis' -- Daily Mail
Amazon employee in Seattle tests positive for coronavirus -- The Guardian
Coronavirus fears send shoppers scrambling to prepare 'pandemic pantries' as oat milk, fruit snacks, pretzels and cat food fly off the shelves -- Daily Mail

Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak Live Updates And WHO Announcements -- March 4, 2020

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 02:58 PM PST

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More than 93,000 patients have been struck down by the deadly coronavirus across the world. The death toll today surpassed 3,200

Daily Mail: Coronavirus IS a pandemic, Germany says after 22% spike in cases overnight as Poland becomes latest country to record a case and Iraq confirms first death

* German Health Minister declared global pandemic today after 44 new cases
* World Health Organisation has stopped short short of calling crisis pandemic
* But surge in cases in Europe, South Korea and Iran mean it may be matter of time
* Polish man Zielona Gora makes Poland 34th country with cases in Europe
* Death of 70-year-old man in Iraq marks first fatality in Middle East outside of Iran
* South Korea, the worst-hit country outside of China, now has over 5,500 cases

The coronavirus outbreak has turned into a global pandemic, Germany warned today, after it was hit by a spate of new infections and Poland became the latest European country to report a case.

Health Minister Jens Spahn said the outbreak, which has been teetering on the verge of a pandemic for weeks, had now surpassed the level of epidemic and warned the worst was still to come.

Germany reported a 22 per cent spike in cases yesterday, taking the official toll from 196 to 240. There have been no virus deaths recorded in the country yet.

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Covid-19 Outbreak -- Live Updates

The Latest: Korean Air limits some flights due to new virus -- AP
Live: Italy considers closing all schools and colleges -- BBC
Coronavirus live updates: Italy to close schools and universities as death toll passes 100 -- The Guardian
What's Happening: Virus closes schools, but Louvre reopens -- AP
Factbox: Latest on the spread of coronavirus around the world -- Reuters
Coronavirus latest: Italy closes schools until March 15 as death toll surpasses 100 -- DW
Iran toll rises to 92 as global outbreak deepens: Live updates -- Al Jazeera
Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases? -- Al Jazeera

Covid-19 Outbreak WHO Announcements -- March 4, 2020

WHO says coronavirus death rate is 3.4% globally, higher than previously thought -- CNBC
Coronavirus deadlier than flu, but containable: WHO -- Al Jazeera
WHO urges people not to talk about 'transmitting' coronavirus because it 'assigns blame' in woke message for medical staff -- Daily Mail
WHO warns of global shortage of medical equipment to fight coronavirus -- Reuters
Coronavirus is now killing more people a day outside China: Daily virus death toll is 126% higher in the rest of the world combined than it is where the outbreak originated -- Daily Mail
Coronavirus crisis ebbs in China, as fear spreads across the West -- France 24
COVID-19 clusters grow in South Korea, Italy, Iran -- UPI
In Italy and beyond, virus outbreak reshapes work and play -- AP
Coronavirus fears empty streets in some of the world's busiest cities -- NBC

How Are The Rich Preparing For A Pandemic?

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 01:20 PM PST

US supermarkets have been hit by panic buying. Photo: AFP

SCMP/Bloomberg: How America's rich are preparing for a deadly coronavirus outbreak

* Some billionaires, bankers and other members of the US elite are calm. Others are getting anxious

One investor may fly to Idaho with or without family. A doctor in a Colorado ski town is soothing wealthy clients who want a cure. And one New Yorker called up the hospital with his name on it.

Like everyone across the US, the rich are bracing for a deadly coronavirus outbreak. Ken Langone, the co-founder of Home Depot Inc, watched President Donald Trump's press conference and wondered if the media was overplaying the risk - but he also made two well-placed phone calls from his winter outpost in North Palm Beach.

One was to a top executive of NYU Langone Health, and the other was to a top scientist there. Both were reassuring.

"What I've been told by people who are smarter than me in disease is, 'As of right now it's a bad flu'," said Langone, an 84-year-old who loves capitalism so much that he wrote a book called I Love Capitalism! He plans to come back to New York this month for an appointment. If he happens to feel sick, he will go to NYU Langone, and said he'd expect no special treatment.

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WNU Editor: It makes no difference if you are rich or poor. The best way to prevent yourself from getting infected is prevention. Wash your hands, minimize human contact, stay at home, make sure your bills are all paid and that you have some cash at home (small denominations), and have enough to survive for two to three months.

Chinese And U.S. Defence Chiefs Discussed The Coronavirus Outbreak In China During A Phone Call On Tuesday

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 11:49 AM PST

Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe greets US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper in Bangkok in November. They spoke by phone on Tuesday. Photo: AP

SCMP: Chinese and US defence chiefs discuss coronavirus crisis in phone call

* Country's fight against the disease a 'total war' involving all people, Wei Fenghe says
* Mark Esper expresses willingness to boost exchanges on epidemic control and prevention

Chinese and US defence chiefs discussed the coronavirus epidemic in China during a telephone call late on Tuesday, the first time the heads of the world's two largest militaries have spoken about the situation.

China's Defence Minister Wei Fenghe told his US counterpart Mark Esper that the country's ongoing fight against the deadly disease was a "total war" that involved all people, according to a statement from the Chinese defence ministry.

Wei also said there was a continuing positive trend in the disease control situation.

Esper said he appreciated the efforts that China and its military had made to control the disease, according to the statement. The US secretary of defence also expressed a willingness for closer dialogue and consultation between the two militaries, and to strengthen exchanges and cooperation on epidemic control and prevention.

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WNU Editor:  The coronavirus outbreak definitely is impacting the military. My guess is that this phone call was arranged so that an understanding will be agreed upon so that patrols, drills, and exercises will follow certain protocols to minimize any misunderstandings or surprises should they arise.

Former New York City Mayor Bloomberg Drops Out Of Democratic Presidential Race. Senator Warren Assessing Her Campaign

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 11:25 AM PST



Daily Mail: Mike Bloomberg QUITS 2020 race after disastrous Super Tuesday saying winning is 'impossible' after spending $1 BILLION for just 44 delegates - and immediately endorses Joe Biden, while Elizabeth Warren 'assesses her path forward'

* Mike Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren are the dramatic losers on Super Tuesday
* Bloomberg quit at 10.11am having spent $1 billion to only win 44 delegates
* Warren came in third in her own state of Massachusetts and came in third in nearby Maine too; aides said she was 'assessing the path forward'
* Dramatic count in Texas ends with Joe Biden winning the state - securing a sensational comeback from the political dead after he joked: 'They don't call it Super Tuesday for nothing.'
* Bernie Sanders seized a victory in California in the last act of a dramatic Super Tuesday which saw Joe Biden win state after state in landslides across the nation – only for his rival to take the biggest prize of all
* Biden started Super Tuesday off strong, sweeping a swath of the south after first winning Virginia then picking up North Carolina, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Minnesota, Arkansas, Massachusetts and Texas
* Sanders currently has four states under his belt: California, Vermont, Utah and Colorado
* Both Sanders and Biden claimed victory, and both said they will take the nomination
* The path to the nomination in Milwaukee now runs through a mini-Super Tuesday on March 10, when Missouri, Michigan, Washington and Mississippi vote

Mike Bloomberg dramatically quit the presidential race Wednesday morning after a disastrous Super Tuesday and immediately backed Joe Biden.

The billionaire gained just 44 delegates by 10.11am, the time he announced his departure - but ran up a bill of $1 billion.

He immediately and whole-heartedly backed Biden, the night's big winner, hinting that his vast fortune is now at the former vice-president's disposal.

'I've always believed that defeating Donald Trump starts with uniting behind the candidate with the best shot to do it,' he said.

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WNU Editor: We learned last night that if you are Mike Bloomberg, you cannot buy the Presidency. As for Senator Warren. She should drop out, but her opposition to Senator Sanders is personal, and she is going to try her best to bleed progressive votes away from him in the next few races. But if she is to drop out now, it will be because of money. According to some reports her campaign coffers are now empty.

More News On Former New York City Mayor Bloomberg Dropping Out Of Democratic Presidential Race And Senator Warren Assessing Her Campaign

Bloomberg spent $500M on failed Democratic presidential bid -- AP
Bloomberg drops out after terrible Super Tuesday, endorses Biden -- The Hill
Michael Bloomberg drops out of Democratic presidential race, backs Joe Biden -- SCMP/Reuters
Mike Bloomberg quits 2020 race after spending more than $500m -- The Guardian
Bloomberg pulls out of US presidential race, backs Biden -- DW
Billionaire Bloomberg ends campaign, endorses Biden -- AFP
For candidate Bloomberg, Tuesday debut anything but super -- AFP
Warren huddles with advisers, reassesses presidential race -- AP
Warren reassessing campaign after disappointing Super Tuesday -- The Hill
Warren team turns grim after Super Tuesday wipeout -- Politico
Warren to 'assess' future in US presidential race: campaign -- AFP
AP VoteCast: Late deciders aid Biden, young loyal to Sanders -- AP
Super Tuesday: The winners and losers in Democratic race -- Anthony Zurcher, BBC
Five takeaways from Biden's Super Tuesday -- The Hill

Former U.S. Vice-President Biden Triumphs On "Super Tuesday"

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 11:13 AM PST



Daily Mail: 'I tell you with absolute confidence, we are going to win,' Bernie Sanders launches withering personal attacks on his Democratic rivals after Joe Biden racks up wins in Super Tuesday contests

* Bernie Sanders launched a series of personal attacks against his rivals
* Sanders only had two Super Tuesday wins when he spoke in Vermont
* Later California was called for Sanders, the biggest delegate prize of night
* Joe Biden racked up multiple wins across the nation as polls closed
* 'You cannot beat Trump with the same-old, same-old type of politics,' Sanders said in one of several blows he delivered to Biden
* Contest could be down to Biden and Sanders after Michael Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren have disastrous nights

Bernie Sanders launched a series of withering personal attacks against his rivals Tuesday night after Joe Biden racked up multiple wins in Super Tuesday contests following endorsements from former contenders.

Sanders only had two wins under his belt – Colorado and his home state of Vermont – when he spoke but he showed confidence he would prevail through the nomination process and beat President Donald Trump. Utah was called for him after he wrapped up his remarks.

And his biggest win came later - California, the largest delegate prize in the Democratic presidential contest.

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WNU Editor: He is right .... Trump claims Democratic establishment came together to 'crush' Sanders (The Hill).

Update: Here is the current delegate count .... Democratic primary 2020: latest delegate count (The Guardian).

Update #2: Regular reader James noticed that the states where former Vice-President Biden did well last night is also "Trump country".

Update #3: My take on last night's primaries. Contrary to my prediction yesterday, it was not a good night for Senator Bernie Sanders. The big winner was definitely former Vice-President Biden. To me this is a surprise. Two weeks ago no one was showing up at Biden's rallies .... and I mean no one. He was out of money, and in many of the states where he did well last night, he did not even show up once during the campaign, nor did he open any offices. My prediction was also based on those voters who did get a close look at him in Iowa and New Hampshire, who clearly did not like what they saw, and were quick to abandon him for the other candidates when they went to vote. But that all changed last week. Almost overnight his campaign account got flushed with money, and the media started fawning all over him. He then won a critical primary state on Thursday, that then further accelerated his momentum resulting in key endorsements. So what happened to change everything in just two weeks? Clearly the resurgence of Bernie Sanders scared a lot of people in the Democrat party and in the media. The other candidates were not going anywhere, and the only viable candidate left standing to maybe stop Senator Sanders was the former Vice President. So Biden became their candidate with all of his faults and liabilities, and they are going to support him with money and favourable media coverage up to November. Is this going to be a successful campaign? My gut says no. This is not going to be an easy campaign for the former Vice President. He does not have the energy to campaign non-stop, and when he does try his memory problems become evident. His baggage is also a problem, from the corruption of his son and family, to his ties with governments like China. And as for his policy positions .... open borders, free medical care for migrants, and restrictions on the energy industry that would cost hundreds of thousands of jobs, that is going to be a tough sell to mainstream America. But given a choice between Senator Sanders and Vice President Biden, Democrat voters last night made their decision, and the Democrat Party will now have to live with it.

More News On Yesterday's "Super Tuesday" Primary Election

Mike Bloomberg drops out of 2020 race as Elizabeth Warren 'to assess path forward' – live -- The Guardian
US Super Tuesday elections: All the latest updates -- Al Jazeera
Super Tuesday was the most important day in the race to become Donald Trump's opponent so far. Here's what happened -- ABC News Online
Bloomberg out, Biden resurgent after Super Tuesday victories -- AP
After Super Tuesday surge, Biden gets new boost as Bloomberg drops out -- Reuters
Stunning night for Biden surprises everyone — including his own loyalists -- The Hill
Joe Biden's historic and unbelievable political comeback dominates Super Tuesday -- CNN
Biden triumphs on Super Tuesday just a week after trailing far behind Sanders -- France 24
'He's Alive': Biden's Super Tuesday success -- France 24
Super Tuesday: Biden seals comeback with string of victories -- BBC
Super Tuesday: Biden wins 9 states, Sanders takes California -- Al Jazeera
Biden hails Clyburn, promises 'revival of decency and honesty and character' in victory speech -- The Hill
AP VoteCast: Late deciders aid Biden, young loyal to Sanders -- AP
Super Tuesday: The winners and losers in Democratic race -- Anthony Zurcher, BBC
Five takeaways from Biden's Super Tuesday -- The Hill

World News Briefs -- March 4, 2020

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 03:13 PM PST



DW: Turkey demands EU support in Syria; France decries migrant 'blackmail'

France's top diplomat accused Ankara of "blackmail" after Turkey decided to open its borders to Europe. Talks between top EU leaders and President Erodgan have so far failed to yield a compromise.

European Council chief Charles Michel and the EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell were in Turkey on Wednesday as political rhetoric between Ankara and Brussels heated up over the more than 12,500 refugees waiting at the Turkish border to enter Greece.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will not renogiate a refugee deal with Europe until the bloc agrees to support its military efforts in Syria, a move French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called blackmail.

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MIDDLE EAST

Erdogan demands EU help in Syria as price to end migrant crisis.

Two Turkish soldiers killed in Syria on eve of key Moscow meeting.

Turkey shoots down third plane as Syrian forces retake town.

Russia reinforces Syria before Putin-Erdogan talks - flight and shipping data.

Coronavirus in Iraq: Bullets, repression, Iran trump COVID-19.

IAEA 'asks Iran to explain possible nuclear activities at three sites'.

Israel election: Netanyahu seeks defectors after failing to secure majority. Israel election: Netanyahu seeks defectors after failing to secure majority.

Israel's Arab parties make historic gains as election support surges.

ASIA

Myanmar violence: Thousands displaced by fresh fighting.

US conducts first air strike against Taliban since peace deal. U.S. resumes airstrikes against Taliban to halt attack on Afghan forces.

Sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un insults South Korea in first known official statement.

North Korea blasts South's 'insulting' dramas and films.

Impeached South Korea leader implores conservatives to unite.

Malaysia's new Prime Minister delays Parliament as opposition parties challenge his legitimacy. Malaysia's new prime minister delays parliament by two months.

US navy aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt to visit Vietnam as South China Sea tensions simmer.

Philippines to resume aid talks with backers of UN drug war probe.

AFRICA

Military restrictions hampering northeast Nigeria aid: HRW.

Aid agencies urge halt to civilian attacks in Cameroon's conflict.

Ethiopia: US being 'undiplomatic' over Nile dam project.

Kenya accuses Somalia of violating its territory in escalating regional feud.

Scientists turn to tech to prevent second wave of locusts in east Africa.

Inaugural Basketball Africa League postponed over coronavirus.

Mali village scarred by February 14 massacre.

EUROPE

Greece-Turkey border crisis: Tear gas fired on both sides. Battle at the border: Fire, smoke, and tear gas fill the air as Greek police fight back migrants trying to break through from Turkey after President Erdogan threw open its doors.

'Fake news': Greece rejects claims its forces killed a migrant trying to cross border.

Germany: Thousands of protesters demand EU open borders.

TWO EU officials working in Brussels test positive for coronavirus including one who had returned from Italy.

First confirmed case of COVID-19 in the EU institutions.

Ukrainian president removes PM in government reshuffle. Ukraine parliament appoints Shmygal as new PM.


French Parliament clears path for controversial pension reform.

AMERICAS

Bloomberg out, Biden resurgent after Super Tuesday victories.

Michael Bloomberg ends US presidential campaign.

Brazil's deadly storm causes landslides, killing at least 23 people with dozens still missing.

Brazil economy slows in Bolsonaro's first year.

Venezuela's Maduro urges women to have six children.

U.S. prosecutors accuse Honduran president of taking drug bribes.

Canada urges Iran to give access to downed airliner's black boxes.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Trump speaks with Taliban leader, likely first call between US president and insurgent group since 9/11.

Egyptian army says high-profile Islamic jihadist executed.

'ISIS far more advanced in using social media than UK, US', says India's army chief.

Pro-ISIS group warns followers against using blockchain messenger (BCM) App.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

IMF chief says coronavirus wipes out hopes for faster growth in 2020.

Oil prices take hit from coronavirus scare.

Tesla downgraded Model 3 chip in China thanks to coronavirus.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 4, 2020

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 08:46 AM PST

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RT: European Defence Agency CANCELS all meetings as two EU officials test positive for Coronavirus in Brussels – reports

Two European Union officials working at the bloc's Brussels administrative headquarters have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a spokesperson has confirmed.

"We have confirmation of the case," spokesperson Dana Spinant said after the first case was revealed on Wednesday. Spinant added that reports about a male official working at the European Defence Agency contracting the virus were true, and that he had recently returned from a trip to Italy.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 4, 2020

TWO EU officials working in Brussels test positive for coronavirus including one who had returned from Italy -- Daily Mail

New US Army recruits will be screened for coronavirus upon arrival at basic training -- Business Insider

US Navy imposes 14-day quarantine between port calls for ships in Europe amid coronavirus worries -- Business Insider

The US Army is working overtime to develop a coronavirus vaccine -- Task & Purpose

Pentagon calls NYT article on Esper and coronavirus response 'dangerous and inaccurate' -- The Hill

Coronavirus fears cause halt at Japan, Italy F-35 facilities -- Defense News

Nearly All the F-35 Jet Engines Ordered Last Year Arrived Late -- Bloomberg

Pentagon: UTX's Supply Chain Woes Continue to Slow F-35 Program -- Motley Fool

Lockheed Martin delivers 500th F-35 -- UPI

A fix for the KC-46 is already a year late -- Defense News

Boeing resurrects effort to turn JDAM bomb into cheap cruise missile -- Flight Global

The White House gave this nuclear agency a giant funding increase. Can it spend it all? -- Aaron Mehta, Defense News  

U.S. Navy Nightmare: All Russian Warships Armed With Hypersonic Missiles -- National Interest

How one ship keeps operations going at a secretive US Navy base in the middle of the Indian Ocean -- Business Insider

High training US casualties in 2019 stemmed from large-scale combat focus -- Army Times

Here Are the 16 Jobs that Will Be Available to Troops in US Space Force -- Military.com

U.S. State Department approves possible $2.4 billion sale of 8 KC-46 jets to Israel: Pentagon -- Reuters

US State Dept approves sale of KC-46 air refuelers to Israel -- France 24

International partners want in on Pentagon's cybersecurity standards -- Fifth Domain

Push to base six US Navy destroyers in Spain could be gaining steam -- Defense News

NATO Recognizes Space as an "Operational Domain": One Small Step Toward a Rules-Based International Order in Outer Space -- Just Security

Secret Submarine Capability Shown In NATO Photo -- Forbes

NATO's Mediterranean Maritime Group Mission More Than Tracking Russian Subs -- USNI News

Russia's Power Struggle Over the Syrian War Has Prompted Turkey to Seek U.S. Assistance -- National Interest

Putin Is Pushing: NATO Jets Are Scrambling to Intercept Russian Patrol Planes -- National Interest

Recognising India and Pakistan as Nuclear States Would Hurt Non-Proliferation Treaty - Moscow -- Sputnik

China demands US response over CIA hacking claims -- BBC

CIA has been hacking China for 11 YEARS, says Chinese cybersecurity firm citing Vault 7 leak -- RT

Chinese Arms Company Develops Versatile Combat Robot Vehicle -- Sputnik

Qatar cancels major defense trade conference as coronavirus fears spread -- Defense News

House Republicans sound the alarm on Taliban deal -- The Hill

Top allies press Trump to keep some U.S. forces in Afghanistan -- Politico

Eight Key Maps And Charts That Illustrate The Impact Of The Coronavirus On The World Economy

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 08:28 AM PST


BBC: Coronavirus: Eight charts on how it has shaken economies

The coronavirus outbreak, which originated in China, has infected tens of thousands of people. Its spread has left businesses around the world counting costs.

Here are eight key maps and charts to help you understand the impact seen on different economies and industries so far.

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WNUU editor: A must read for those who follow global economics.

U.S. Navy Wants A Port In Oman To Accomodate Its Aircraft Carriers

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 08:24 AM PST

Business Insider: Inside the Middle East port that the US wants to host aircraft carriers as it pressures Iran

* US Central Command is asking Congress for $21 million to expand its logistics footprint at the port of Duqm in Oman.
* Located outside the Persian Gulf, Duqm gives the US more capabilities in the region, including another port that aircraft carriers can use.
* Duqm could also give the US an advantage in a burgeoning competition with China, which is expanding its influence around the world.

A year after the US clinched a deal with Oman to access facilities and ports in Duqm, US Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, is asking for money to expand its operations there.

When the deal was stuck, US officials said it provided better access the Persian Gulf and reduced the need to sail through the Strait of Hormuz, a maritime choke point that Iran has threatened to block. US 5th Fleet, which is responsible for the region, is based in the Gulf on the island of Bahrain.

"The port itself is very attractive, and the geostrategic location is very attractive, again being outside the Strait of Hormuz," a US official told Reuters at the time, adding that negotiations began under Obama.

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WNU Editor: This port's location is a strategic prize.

After 75 Years The Last British Base In Germany Has Closed

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 07:59 AM PST


The Guardian: British army hands back last headquarters in Germany

Catterick Barracks Bielefeld is closing with the withdrawal of 20,000 army personnel

The British army has relinquished control of its last remaining military headquarters in Germany following 75 years in the country, ahead of the final withdrawal of serving personnel.

Following the second world war, the UK was among a number of allied nations to retain a military presence in Germany but it halved the amount of soldiers after the fall of the iron curtain.

About 20,000 British service personnel have been steadily withdrawn since 2010 during "Operation Owl" under cost-cutting measures announced by former prime minister David Cameron.

On Saturday, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed the UK would continue to have a military presence in Germany beyond 2020 once the withdrawal of British army units to the UK has been completed.

However, around 185 British army personnel and 60 MoD civilians are set to remain.

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Update #1: After 75 years in Germany, the British army has pulled out of its last base there (Business Insider/SOFREP)
Update #2: British Military Base Handed Back To Germany (Forces.net)

WNU Editor: A definite end to an era.

Boeing Unveils It's Concept Of A U.S. Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 07:40 AM PST



Warzone/The Drive: Boeing Reveals Its Contender To Be The Army's Future High-Speed Armed Scout Helicopter

The Army expects the winning design will replace nearly half of its AH-64 Apaches, which are also Boeing products.

After weeks of teasers offering fleeting glimpses of the design, Boeing has finally revealed its entry for the U.S. Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft program, or FARA. This project aims to fill the gap left by the early retirement of the service's OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout helicopters. The service plans to eventually replace nearly half of its AH-64 Apaches with the winner of the FARA competition, as well, making this effort particularly significant for the Chicago-headquartered aviation company, which makes those existing helicopters.

The new Boeing design, which the company does not appear to have its own name for at present, is a compound helicopter with a single six-bladed main rotor, a canted four-bladed tail rotor, and four-bladed pusher prop in the rear. A single General Electric T901 engine, with its air intake on the right side of the fuselage, is the primary source of power. The Army selected the T901 last year as the winner of its Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) and the service plans to use it first to re-engine AH-64s and UH-60 Black Hawks.

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More News On Boeing Unveiling It's Concept Of A U.S. Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft

Boeing's future attack recon helicopter has no name but 3 rotor systems -- Defense News
Here is what the Army's next armed scout helicopter might look like -- Business Insider
Boeing Reveals Long-Awaited FARA Design -- Aviation Week
Boeing lifts the lid on future attack reconnaissance helicopter -- Army Technology
Boeing unveils concept of U.S. Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft -- Defence Blog
This agile copter could be the Army's next scout helo -- Task & Purpose

The Afghan Taliban Are Claiming Victory Over America In The War

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 06:41 AM PST

Afghan men celebrate ahead of the U.S-Taliban agreement in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Friday. Parwiz / Reuters

NBC: U.S. sees Taliban deal as exit from Afghanistan. Militants see it as victory over the superpower.

"Even if we don't say that the U.S. is defeated in Afghanistan, it's an open secret now that they are," a member of the Taliban's Haqqani network said.

DOHA, Qatar — The Taliban cheered, whooped and cried "God is Great" just moments after one of their leaders signed an agreement that could lead to the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan after more than 18 years of war.

On Saturday in this tiny Gulf kingdom, senior American officials shook hands with the group that, as the government of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, had sheltered Osama bin Laden, the Al Qaeda leader and the architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The U.S. agreed to work toward lifting sanctions against the group, and Taliban leaders can even look forward to a possible meeting with President Donald Trump.

In short, after nearly two decades of war with the world's remaining superpower, the Taliban look like they not only have won the war, but they are also on the way to shedding their status as international pariahs.

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WNU Editor: This analysis is true .... Analysis: Taliban leader declares victory after U.S. agrees to withdrawal deal (Long War Journal).

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