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Posted: 06 Mar 2020 10:30 PM PST











Purge Underway In The Saudi Royal Family

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 10:07 PM PST



Middle East Eye: Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince orders arrests of senior royal family members: Reports

Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz and Mohammed bin Nayef are among those arrested at behest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has detained three senior members of the kingdom's royal family in an attempt to remove any potential rivals in his pursuit of the throne, people familiar with the matter have said.

The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times reported that Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, King Salman's younger brother, and Prince Mohammed bin Nayef (MBN), the king's nephew, were arrested early on Friday.

The details of the charges could not be learned, but the two Saudi royals were accused of treason, the reports said.

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WNU Editor: With the entire world focused on the coronavirus outbreak, it looks like the Crown Prince is getting rid of his opposition.

More News On A Purge Now Underway In The Saudi Royal Family

Saudi Arabia detains three senior members of royal family -- BBC
Saudi Arabia detains two senior royals, including king's brother: sources -- Reuters
Saudi Arabia detains king's brother, nephew in crackdown: Reports -- Al Jazeera
Saudi royal family members arrested for treason over plot to oust King Salman -- SKY News
Saudi Crown Prince Detains King's Brother, Other Royals, Tightening Grip on Power as Oil Revenues Slide -- Newsweek
Top Saudi Royal Family Members Detained -- The Wall Street Journal
Saudi Arabia: Three Members of Royal Family Are Arrested -- The New York Times
WSJ: Saudis arrest 2 princes for allegedly plotting coup -- AP
MBS orders arrest of 3 senior Saudi princes including King's brother -- Middle East Monitor

Picture Of The Day

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 09:32 PM PST

South Korean soldiers wearing protective gear move to spray disinfectant as part of preventive measures against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Dongdaegu railway station in Daegu on 29 February 2020. South Korea confirmed 594 more coronavirus cases on 29 February, the biggest increase to date for the country and bringing the national total to 2,931 infections with three additional deaths. © AFP 2020 / YONHAP

WNU Editor:
The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... This Week in Pictures: 29 February - 6 March (Sputnik).

White House Moves To Protect Itself From The Coronavirus Outbreak

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 09:27 PM PST

The U.S. flag flies in a dawn breeze on top of the White House before the start of the midterm election in Washington, U.S. November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Helgren. Reuters

NYPost: How the White House protects Trump and his staff from coronavirus

WASHINGTON — The White House is holding meetings on how to reduce the threat of coronavirus infecting President Trump and his staff after quietly tightening visitor rules last month, The Post has learned.

In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, the White House has mandated that guests disclose all countries visited in the past 30 days. And further steps are under review by a group led by Tony Ornato, White House deputy chief of staff for operations.

The group was described to The Post by one senior administration official as a "task force" that convenes when necessary to address emerging threat situations.

The biggest visible change in the West Wing has been installation of hand sanitizer stations. But the senior official said temperature checks and ending public tours are possible if the crisis worsens — though neither is imminent.

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WNU Editor: The first thing that I would do is separate The President and Vice President. Cabinet members, key national security officials, they should also be separated and within their departments key personnel should keep their distance from each other. The White House is not alone in doing this. My friends in China tell me that the Chinese federal government has compartmentalize itself. If one ministry is infected, it can be isolated within that ministry. I am also told that key people in the government are now being tested regularly. Chinese President Xi has also made himself scarce in the past ten days. My gut tells me that he is in a secured place where no one on the outside can come in. I have asked people I know in Russia on what is the Kremlin doing to protect Putin and his cabinet from being infected. So far no one has responded to my inquiries.

Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak In the Middle East -- News Updates March 6-7, 2020

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 09:12 PM PST



Gulf News: Coronavirus in Middle East: 17 deaths, 1,234 new cases reported in Iran

Egypt reports 12 new cases, Palestine 7 cases and Iraq reports two deaths

Dubai: A total of 17 coronavirus patients has died in Iran on Friday, bringing the total number of deaths in the Islamic Republic to 124, according to Sky News Arabia.

Iranian health authorities has also detected 1,234 new cases infected with Covid-19, which is a record number in the recent days, taking the tally of confirmed cases to 4,747, Kyanosh Jahanpur, a spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Health, said.

"The new cases were probably infected with the virus two weeks ago (from outside the country) and came back to Iran after they developed symptoms," AFP reported quoting the official.

This comes at a time when the Iranian people are panicked by the government plans developed to deal with possible infections where 300,000 individuals, including Basij forces, are set to be deployed to conduct tests for people in their homes. This has raised fears of transmission.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak In the Middle East -- News Updates March 6-7, 2020

Friday prayers across Middle East overshadowed by coronavirus fears -- AFP
New Cases Of Coronavirus Reported In Iran, Egypt, As Middle East Steps Up Efforts Against The Outbreak -- Eurasia Review
Iran warns it could use 'force' to halt travel amid virus -- AP
ANOTHER senior Iranian official dies from coronavirus: Foreign minister adviser, who took part in 1979 US embassy hostage crisis, is regime's latest victim -- AFP
Coronavirus: Iranians lose trust in government as virus spreads -- DW
Coronavirus is sweeping through Iran, and the country is uniquely vulnerable to its spread -- ABC News Online
Coronavirus: Iran limits travel and urges banknote avoidance -- BBC
Iraq announces new steps against virus, cleric's sermon cancelled -- AFP
UAE discovers 15 new coronavirus cases: ministry of health -- Reuters
Coronavirus: Iraq reports first two confirmed deaths as fears rise -- BBC
Palestine declares state of emergency over coronavirus -- Al Jazeera
Israel confirms 21st case of coronavirus -- Ynet News
Coronavirus: Israel closes borders with Syria, Lebanon -- Anadolu Agency
Myths, lies and the coronavirus: How Middle East tensions are being stoked -- Marc Owen Jones, Middle East Eye
Coronavirus may hit the Middle East hardest – not least because its citizens don't trust their governments -- Ahmed Aboudouh, The Independent

Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak Medical News Updates -- March 6, 2020

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 07:00 PM PST





Daily Mail: 15 MILLION people will die and the global economy will take a $2.3 TRILLION hit from coronavirus in the BEST-CASE scenario, new study predicts

Research by Australian National University lays out a range of virus outcomes
In the worst case, the global death toll could reach a staggering 68million
Some countries' economies could shrink by eight per cent in a global meltdown

The global death toll from coronavirus could reach as high as 15million even in the best-case pandemic scenario, a new study says.

The research by the Australian National University also found that global GDP could shrink by as much as $2.3trillion even in what they call a 'low-end' pandemic.

In the most disastrous scenario, the death toll could reach a staggering 68million including hundreds of thousands of deaths in Britain and the United States.

In that worst-case pandemic, some countries' economies would shrink by as much as eight per cent in a global meltdown.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak Medical News Updates -- March 6, 2020

US company's 15-minute coronavirus blood test is being used in China, Italy and Japan - but it is NOT used in America because CDC and FDA officials have not approved it -- Daily Mail
Coronavirus facts: what's the mortality rate and is there a cure? -- The Guardian
What happens if you catch the new coronavirus? -- Al Jazeera
So how deadly IS coronavirus? You're most likely to die if you're a man, elderly and have an underlying heart condition, stats suggest -- Daily Mail
What we are fighting: Researchers capture the first pictures showing 'the real appearance' of the new coronavirus using cutting-edge microscope technology -- Daily Mail
Coronavirus mortality rate likely to drop, say health experts -- The Hill
We learned four valuable lessons from Ebola. They can help us fight the coronavirus -- The Guardian
'Can you get coronavirus from food? Can you get it twice?': The most googled questions about the disease (and the answers) -- Daily Mail

Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak In Asia -- News Updates March 6, 2020

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 06:00 PM PST



Al Jazeera: Tensions escalate in Asia over coronavirus

Japan's prime minister has imposed a mandatory quarantine on all visitors from South Korea and China, triggering warnings of countermeasures.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has imposed a mandatory quarantine on all visitors from South Korea and China.

South Korea, however, has called for it to be revoked, while also warning of countermeasures.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak In Asia -- News Updates March 6, 2020

Coronavirus quarantine plans ignite row between South Korea and Japan -- The Guardian
China may soon lift quarantine on virus-hit Hubei province: official -- AFP
Wuhan residents decry 'fake' work as Chinese official tours city -- AFP
Report: Xi Jinping to visit Wuhan for first time since outbreak -- UPI
Pompeo speaks of 'Wuhan virus' despite China's protests -- AFP
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accuses China of setting back coronavirus prevention efforts -- CNBC
Beijing's state anchor is 'banned from hosting shows' after claiming Chinese people should bow to the world and say 'sorry' for causing the coronavirus outbreak -- Daily Mail
South Korea has tested 140,000 people for the coronavirus. That could explain why its death rate is just 0.6% — far lower than in China or the US. -- Business Insider
All you need to know about coronavirus cases in India -- Al Jazeera
U.S. man, 79, becomes the first coronavirus case in Bhutan after flying in from India as the tiny kingdom bans ALL tourist arrivals for two weeks -- Daily Mail
Man with coronavirus went to packed rock concert at New Zealand arena -- The Guardian/Reuters
Rush on toilet paper: Coronavirus sparks panic buying in Australia -- France 24
Coronavirus: Vietnam's handwashing song goes global -- BBC

Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak In Europe -- News Updates March 6, 2020

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 05:00 PM PST



Al Jazeera: EU holds emergency meeting over coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus cases continue to rise sharply across Europe, with the Vatican, Serbia and Slovakia reporting their first infections on Friday.

Coronavirus cases continue to rise sharply across Europe.

The Vatican, Serbia and Slovakia reported their first infections on Friday.

Almost 1,000 new cases were confirmed in Italy in one day.

European Union officials held an emergency meeting in Brussels, urging solidarity to cope with shortages caused by the outbreak.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak In Europe -- News Updates March 6, 2020

Coronavirus: The latest developments in Europe -- DW
Italy coronavirus deaths near 200 after biggest daily jump -- Reuters
'This is surreal': Italian towns struggle under coronavirus lockdown -- The Guardian
Coronavirus sees tourists flee Venice, leaving it close to empty in peak season -- ABC News Online
Vatican City reports its first case of coronavirus, days after Pope tested negative -- Daily Mail
Spain confirms fifth death from coronavirus as infections rise to 350 -- The Local
'Have passengers been infected?' Travellers are left fearful after two BA baggage handlers at London Heathrow test positive for the killer coronavirus -- Daily Mail
Second coronavirus death confirmed in England -- Reuters
Macron urges limits to visits to elderly as France's coronavirus tolls rise -- France 24
Fear, hoarding and Gallic shrugs as French brace for coronavirus epidemic -- France 24
EU seeks united front to tackle medical shortages from virus -- AP
School's out: Parents stressed by Italy coronavirus shutdown -- BBC
Coronavirus cases rise to 45 in Greece after group trip to Israel, Egypt -- Reuters
Russia Registers 6 New Coronavirus Cases, Carriers Arrived From Italy - Health Authorities -- Sputnik
Few Germans afraid of coronavirus -- DW
Coronavirus in Germany: Health care system under pressure -- DW
Alpine skiing World Cup finals cancelled due to coronavirus -- France 24

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 6, 2020

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 04:00 PM PST

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia March 5, 2020. Pavel Golovkin/Pool via REUTERS

Tuvan Gumrukcu, Reuters: Ceasefire in Syria's Idlib comes at a cost for Turkey's Erdogan

ANKARA (Reuters) - Days before he flew to Moscow to strike a ceasefire deal with Russia to halt fighting in Syria's Idlib, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned Syrian government forces to pull back or they would not have a "head left on their shoulders".

After six hours of talks with Vladimir Putin, a somber Erdogan announced an accord which cements territorial gains by Russian-backed Syrian forces over Turkish-backed rebels.

Returning from Russia, Erdogan said his deal with Putin will lay the ground for stability in Idlib and protect civilians who could otherwise become refugees in Turkey, after months of fighting that has displaced nearly a million people.

"The ceasefire brings about important gains," he said.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 6, 2020

Erdogan's Ottoman Dreams Lie Broken in Syria -- Marc Champion, Bloomberg View

'The mood is hostile': Syrians in Turkey still caught in Idlib crossfire -- Bethan McKernan and Hussein Akoush, The Guardian

What Afghanistan Can Learn from the Cautionary Tale of Colombia's Terror Troubles -- William Shriver and Michael Kugelman, National Interest

US-Taliban agreement — a male-dominated affair -- Waslat Hasrat-Nazimi, DW

Religious polarization: Is India following Pakistan's path? -- Atif Tauqeer, DW

Kenya-Somali row: Has a phone call brought peace? -- BBC

Trouble as Trump dives into the dispute over Ethiopia's Nile mega-dam -- Benita van Eyssen, DW

Libya fighting: Foreign powers want stake now, as in past -- Al Jazeera

Not money, but lives: the real cost of the Yukos case -- Leonid Nevzlin, CapX

China's X-Files and the virus blame game -- Gordon Watts, Asia Times

Asylum-seekers, coronavirus collide with complicated results -- Pablo Gorondi, AP

Standard U.S. economic weapons may be inadequate for coronavirus crisis -- Howard Schneider, Jonnelle Marte, and Lindsay Dunsmuir, Reuters

Coronavirus outbreak: Quarantine stories go viral online -- Al Jazeera

When did the dollar cease to be a safe haven? -- David P. Goldman, Asia Times

World News Briefs -- March 6, 2020 (Evening Edition)

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 03:30 PM PST




Crossing more borders, the new coronavirus hit a milestone Friday, infecting more than 100,000 people worldwide as it wove itself deeper into the daily lives of millions, infecting the powerful, the unprotected poor and vast masses in between.

The virus, which has killed more than 3,400 people and emerged in more than 90 countries, edged into more U.S. states and even breached the halls of the Vatican. It forced mosques in Iran and beyond to halt weekly Muslim prayers, blocked pilgrims from Jesus' birthplace in Bethlehem and upended Japan's plans for the Olympic torch parade.

As financial markets dived again, repercussions from the virus also rattled livelihoods in the real economy.

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MIDDLE EAST

US blocks UN statement backing Syria ceasefire: diplomats.

Syria war: Idlib ceasefire between Russia and Turkey begins.

Tense calm, sporadic clashes in Idlib as Russia-Turkey ceasefire broadly holds.

Turkey kills 21 Syrian troops as cease-fire with Russia signed.

Iraq forces continue fight against ISIL without US air support.

ANOTHER senior Iranian official dies from coronavirus: Foreign minister adviser, who took part in 1979 US embassy hostage crisis, is regime's latest victim.

Friday prayers across Middle East overshadowed by coronavirus fears.

Palestine declares state of emergency over coronavirus.

ASIA

Asia-Pacific economies face $211 bn hit from virus, says S&P.

Gunmen stage deadly attack on Shiite memorial service in Afghan capital.

Afghan political leader Abdullah escapes attack on Kabul ceremony.

Trump insists Taliban wants to 'make a deal' after surge in violence in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan war crimes investigation by ICC goes ahead despite US opposition.

Trump: Taliban could 'possibly' seize power after US troops leave.

Coronavirus heightens tensions between Japan and South Korea.

North Korea stays quiet on Kim Jong Un letter.

India protest violence leaves thousands displaced.

Pakistan is hit by its worst locust plague in 30 years: Insect swarms DECIMATE entire harvests as country declares nationwide emergency.

AFRICA

U.S. creates new envoy position to counter rising terrorism in Sahel.

Away from coronavirus, DR Congo battles deadly measles outbreak.

Egypt detects 12 new coronavirus cases on Nile cruise boat.

Suicide bombers kill policeman in attack near US embassy in Tunisia's capital.

Six killed in attack on Nigeria military base.

Zambia's leader blames church officials for mob violence.

Sudan's June crackdown may have killed 241 people: Rights group.

Guinea protests: One dead in anti-government demonstration.

Congo protests against unpaid pensions as gov't debt balloons.

Farmers fear impact of Nile River dam.

Coronavirus: What misinformation has spread in Africa?

EUROPE

Vatican halts Mexico abuse prevention mission, cites virus.

EU blasts Turkey for "organized" migrant attack on Greece.

Clashes between Greek police, migrants reported on Turkish border.

Refugees told 'Europe is closed' as tensions rise at Greece-Turkey border.

'Open the gates,' migrants chant at Turkey-Greece border.

EU 'won't be pressured' over Greece-Turkey border crisis.

Ukraine president: Putin has one year to strike deal to end war.

Europe experiences exceptionally warm winter.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle begin farewell Royal events.

AMERICAS

Trump to host Brazilian president Bolsonaro in Florida.

Trump meets Tennessee tornado survivors and tours destruction which razed homes and shakes their hands despite first case of coronavirus hitting state.

Costa Rica confirms first coronavirus case in Central America.

Colombia confirms its first case of coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Trump signs $8.3bn aid bill as cases rise.

Solid US economy bracing for coronavirus infection.

US economy adds 273K jobs in February, crushing expectations amid coronavirus worries.

US Senator Romney to vote for Burisma subpoena.

Poll shows Joe Biden SIXTEEN points ahead of Bernie Sanders as AOC says she WILL back Biden if he gets the Democratic nomination despite her campaigning for democratic socialist.

Biden, Sanders set for key battle in Michigan.

Brazil recalls diplomats, officials from Venezuela.

'Our role is central': more than 1m Chilean women to march in huge protest.

Guyana president urged not to claim election victory. Guyana election: US concerned over 'electoral fraud'.

U.S. charges Russian billionaire with hiding $1B in income, assets.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Singapore jails Indonesian maid for funding IS-linked group.

Suicide bombers target police near U.S. Embassy in Tunisia.

Turkey's Operation "Spring Shield" delivers blow to Hezbollah.

Uzbek jihadist group congratulates Taliban for 'victory' in Afghanistan.

Germany: Alleged IS terrorist goes on trial.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Dow falls 250 points at close after wild week on Wall Street amid coronavirus fears.

Apple tells ALL its 12,000 staff at the Cupertino HQ to work from home with immediate effect - following Facebook and Microsoft edicts to its Bay Area staff.

Oil prices plunge 8% after OPEC+ fails to agree on a massive production cut.

The coronavirus is shaking up the world's art market in unexpected ways.

House investigation finds Boeing's 737 Max was 'marred' by technical problems, lack of transparency.

Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak In The U.S. -- News Updates March 6, 2020

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 03:23 PM PST



Daily Mail: US coronavirus death toll jumps to 15 after three more people die in Washington state as the number of cases across the country increases to more than 250

* The coronavirus death toll in the US is now at 15 after three more people were reported dead in Washington state
* Of the 15 deaths, 14 have been reported in Washington state and one in California
* Many of the cases in Washington, including at least six deaths, have been linked to an outbreak at a nursing home facility in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland
* Thirteen of the Washington deaths have occurred in King County, which is where the nursing home is. One person died in nearby Snohomish County
* The California death is linked to a cruise ship that is being held off the coast of San Francisco amid fears of a suspected coronavirus outbreak
* An increase in testing countrywide has seen a jump in confirmed cases in at least 19 states
* President Trump will visit the CDC in Atlanta on Friday after earlier calling it off because a person at the government facility was being tested for the virus
* He signed $8.3 billion coronavirus response funding bill as VP Milke Pence said there were not enough tests to meet demand going forward

The coronavirus death toll in the US is now at 15 after three more people were reported dead in Washington state as the number of confirmed cases across the country jumped to more than 250.

Of the 15 deaths, 14 have been reported in Washington state and one in California.

Many of the cases in Washington, including at least six deaths, have been linked to an outbreak at a nursing home facility in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland.

Fourteen of the Washington deaths have occurred in King County, which is where the nursing home is. One person died in nearby Snohomish County.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak In The U.S. -- News Updates March 6, 2020

Trump signs $8.3 billion coronavirus package -- The Hill
Coronavirus: Trump signs $8.3bn aid bill as cases rise -- BBC
Pence walks fine line on coronavirus response -- AP
US coronavirus: rise in cases in New York state -- Al Jazeera
Coronavirus: White House concedes US lacks enough test kits -- BBC
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo blasts CDC and 'bad government' over mixed messages about coronavirus testing after top NIH official Dr Anthony Fauci says he CANNOT promise to get at least one million test kits in next two weeks -- AFP
New York state has 44 cases of coronavirus with 'most' linked to a Manhattan lawyer as the number of people in the city who tested positive rises to five and 4,000 people are told to self-quarantine -- Daily Mail
21 on cruise ship off California test positive for virus -- AP
Passengers on cruise ship off California await coronavirus test results -- AFP
US cruise passengers face anxious wait for coronavirus test results as Grand Princess remains in limbo off San Francisco coast with more than 2,000 Americans on board -- Daily Mail
US prisons, jails on alert for spread of coronavirus -- AP
Solid US economy bracing for coronavirus infection -- AFP
With spreading virus comes fears -- and lots of stockpiling -- AP
Coronavirus fears disrupt daily life -- The Hill
Coronavirus: How prepared is the United States? Not very. -- Al Jazeera

Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak: Live Updates -- March 6, 2020

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 03:19 PM PST



Daily Mail: Worldwide coronavirus infection toll hits 100,000 as the World Health Organization's chief warns 'this is NOT a drill' and urges countries to 'pull out all the stops' to contain the killer virus

* The global toll is 100,094 as South Korea, Iran and Italy recorded more cases
* A 52-year-old man in Slovakia whose son visited Venice was confirmed today
* Serbia recorded a case too, a 43-year-old man who had visited Budapest
* A 25-year-old man Peruvian who had travelled Europe was also struck
* The Netherlands has reported its first death. The UK is believed to have a second
* At least 3,400 people have died from COVID-19, meaning 3.4% of infected die

Coronavirus has now infected more than 100,000 people worldwide as the head of the World Health Organization warned the outbreak is 'not a drill'.

WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom said countries need to 'pull out all the stops' to contain the deadly virus - but had concerns some are underestimating the threat.

Slovakia, Serbia and Peru today became the latest countries to confirm cases of the killer infection today.

The global toll surged into six figures, with South Korea, Iran and Italy all recording huge spikes amid fears the escalating crisis will only continue to worsen.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak: Live Updates -- March 6, 2020

Coronavirus latest updates: Italy death toll nears 200 with almost 4,000 cases -- The Guardian
Live: Coronavirus infections near 100,000 globally -- BBC
The Latest: Virus threat prompts cancellation of SXSW -- AP
Coronavirus: Cases nearing 100,000 worldwide, WHO says -- UPI
Coronavirus cases surpass 100,000 globally: Live updates -- Al Jazeera
Coronavirus live updates: US death toll rises to 15; SXSW canceled -- ABC News Updates
Coronavirus live updates: New York cases quadruple over 48 hours, market volatility continues -- CNBC
Coronavirus updates: SXSW canceled; 2nd LAX screener infected; 5 more states report cases -- USA Today
Coronavirus update: Australian Prime Minister reveals health fund, Grand Princess remains quarantined, COVID-19 impacts share market -- ABC News Online
15th American Dies From Coronavirus In Washington, LA County Confirms 2 New Cases: Live Updates -- Zero Hedge
Factbox: Latest on the spread of coronavirus around the world -- Reuters
Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases? -- Al Jazeera
Coronavirus infects more than 100,000 worldwide, wreaking financial havoc -- Reuters

UN Asks 9 Countries That Include China, France, And South Korea To Delay Their Peacekeeper Rotations

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 01:54 PM PST

The United Nations asked nine countries, all of which have experienced significant outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus, to delay rotations of the peacekeeping Blue Helmets by three months

AFP: Coronavirus: UN asks 9 countries to delay peacekeeper rotations

The United Nations on Friday asked nine countries, including China, South Korea and France, to delay by three months the rotations of their UN peacekeeping forces due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The request was made to the countries "to maintain operational strength and execute their mandated tasks," diplomatic sources at the UN said.

The nine countries also include Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal, India, Italy and Germany -- all of which have experienced significant outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus.

The UN peacekeeping missions, known as the Blue Helmets, are under constant reassessment in relation to the rotations of the soldiers and police, who are deployed to the mission by their home countries.

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WNU Editor: They are not saying it directly, but there is a genuine fear that these rotations may bring in soldiers into conflict zones who are infected with the coronavirus.

Will The Coronavirus Strengthen Xi Jinping And Chinese Communist Party?

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 01:47 PM PST

A cyclist in Shanghai rides past a banner featuring an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday. Photo: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Cissy Zhou, SCMP: Coronavirus crisis will ultimately strengthen Xi Jinping and Chinese Communist Party despite economic turmoil, US analysts say

* Another prediction: likelihood of China meeting the purchasing goals of the phase one US trade deal this year is 'somewhere between zero and zero'
* 'The state expands to deal with the crisis and then remains at a new expanded level even after the crisis fades away'

The likely outcome of the coronavirus epidemic is not only that Chinese President Xi Jinping remains in power, but also that the Communist Party emerges bigger and stronger despite the current economic challenges, long-time China watchers said on Thursday.

China's responses in the first few months of the outbreak resulted in some criticism of Xi, and multiple signs have pointed to negative economic growth in the first quarter. But, after the crisis fades, "it's very unlikely that there's any significant or overt political challenge to Xi Jinping," said Jude Blanchette, who holds the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington.

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WNU Editor: Chinese President Xi and the Chinese Communist Party will stay in power because they own the guns and the security apparatus that keeps them power. But make no mistake about it, President Xi and the Communist Party have taken a hit, and many in China are not happy with how this crisis has been handled.

Map Timelapse On The Spread Of Coronavirus Covid-19

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 01:38 PM PST


WNU Editor: If this trend continues, within 3 months the entire world will be blood red.

This Study Predicts That Even The Best-Case Scenario Will Result In 15 Million Dead, And A Cost Of $2.4 Trillion To The Global GDP.

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 01:36 PM PST



Business Insider: As the coronavirus spreads, one study predicts that even the best-case scenario is 15 million dead and a $2.4 trillion hit to global GDP

* The coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China, has killed nearly 3,300 people and infected more than 95,000. The virus, which causes a disease known as COVID-19, has spread to at least 81 countries.

* While much is still unknown about the virus, a group of Australian experts have estimated that the virus may have severe consequences on global gross domestic product.

* New modeling from The Australian National University looks at seven scenarios of how the outbreak might affect the world's wealth, ranging from low severity to high severity.

* In the low-severity model — or best-case scenario of the seven — ANU researchers estimate a global GDP loss of $2.4 trillion, with an estimated death toll of 15 million.

As coronavirus cases continue to rise around the world, a group of Australian experts predict that the economic impact of the disease in the best-case scenario may total $2.4 trillion in lost global gross domestic product.

The coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China, has killed nearly 3,300 people and infected more than 95,000. The virus, which causes a disease known as COVID-19, has spread to at least 81 countries.

More than 150 cases have been reported in the US, including 11 deaths across two states. The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak an international public-health emergency and warned that the window of opportunity to contain it is narrowing.

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WNU Editor: The above report is the best-case scenario. One can only imagine the worst-case scenario.

President Trump Admits That The Taliban Could 'Possibly' Seize Power After US Troops Leave

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 11:46 AM PST



Al Jazeera: Trump: Taliban could 'possibly' seize power after US troops leave

Under a US-Taliban deal signed last week, all foreign troops would withdraw from Afghanistan within 14 months.

US President Donald Trump has said the Taliban could "possibly" overrun the United States-backed Afghan government after foreign troops withdraw from the country as part of a deal signed last week.

"Countries have to take care of themselves," Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday. "You can only hold someone's hand for so long."

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WNU Editor: I am sure the Taliban believe they can take over the country once the US leaves. But I have doubts that they will succeed anytime soon. There are many people in Afghanistan who hate the Taliban, and they will resist.

Islamic State Claim Today's Attack In Kabul That Killed Dozens

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 11:41 AM PST



Daily Mail: At least 27 people are killed and dozens wounded as gunmen assault political rally in Afghanistan's deadliest attack since US signed Taliban deal

* Taliban deny massacre days after United States and Taliban signed peace deal
* Women and children among the dead at remembrance ceremony in Kabul
* Afghan security forces tried to flush gunmen from a half-finished building
* Another 29 wounded by attackers, but true toll of Kabul assault 'will change'

At least 27 people were killed in an attack on a political rally in Kabul on Friday, officials said, in the deadliest assault in Afghanistan since the US signed a withdrawal deal with the Taliban.

The attack highlights the glaring lack of security in the heavily fortified Afghan capital just 14 months ahead of the scheduled withdrawal of all foreign forces under an agreement signed on February 29 by the US and the Taliban.

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More News On Today's Terror Attack In Kabul

Gunmen stage deadly attack on Shiite memorial service in Afghan capital -- France 24
Dozens killed in attack on political rally in Kabul -- Guardian/AP
Afghanistan: Gunmen kill 32 in Kabul attack -- DW
Dozens killed in Kabul ceremony attack claimed by ISIL -- Al Jazeera
Gunmen kill at least 27 in Kabul ceremony attack attended by top politicians -- ABC News Online
At least 27 killed in attack on Kabul ceremony -- UPI
Kabul attack: Abdullah Abdullah escapes deadly attack -- BBC

World News Briefs -- March 6, 2020

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 01:20 PM PST



The Guardian: Coronavirus cases pass 100,000 globally as Iran threatens force to restrict travel

WHO calls on countries to make containing spread their highest priority, as Trump signs emergency spending bill

The total number of coronavirus cases confirmed around the world passed 100,000 on Friday as Iran reported a sharp rise in cases and threatened to use force to stop people travelling between cities.

Tehran's announcement came as the World Health Organization called on countries to make "containment their highest priority" and Donald Trump signed a $8.3bn emergency spending bill to deal with the virus, despite insisting that it "will go away".

In Italy, Europe's worst-affected country, the death toll rose by 46 to 197, and the number of confirmed cases increased by 778 to 4,636.

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MIDDLE EAST

Syria war: Idlib ceasefire between Russia and Turkey begins.

Tense calm, sporadic clashes in Idlib as Russia-Turkey ceasefire broadly holds.

Turkey kills 21 Syrian troops as cease-fire with Russia signed.

Iraq forces continue fight against ISIL without US air support.

ANOTHER senior Iranian official dies from coronavirus: Foreign minister adviser, who took part in 1979 US embassy hostage crisis, is regime's latest victim.

Friday prayers across Middle East overshadowed by coronavirus fears.

Palestine declares state of emergency over coronavirus.

ASIA

Gunmen stage deadly attack on Shiite memorial service in Afghan capital.

Afghan political leader Abdullah escapes attack on Kabul ceremony.

Trump insists Taliban wants to 'make a deal' after surge in violence in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan war crimes investigation by ICC goes ahead despite US opposition.

Trump: Taliban could 'possibly' seize power after US troops leave.


Coronavirus heightens tensions between Japan and South Korea.

North Korea stays quiet on Kim Jong Un letter.

India protest violence leaves thousands displaced.

AFRICA

Suicide bombers kill policeman in attack near US embassy in Tunisia's capital.

Six killed in attack on Nigeria military base.

Zambia's leader blames church officials for mob violence.

Sudan's June crackdown may have killed 241 people: Rights group.

Guinea protests: One dead in anti-government demonstration.

Congo protests against unpaid pensions as gov't debt balloons.

Farmers fear impact of Nile River dam.

Coronavirus: What misinformation has spread in Africa?

EUROPE

Clashes between Greek police, migrants reported on Turkish border.

Refugees told 'Europe is closed' as tensions rise at Greece-Turkey border.

'Open the gates,' migrants chant at Turkey-Greece border.

EU 'won't be pressured' over Greece-Turkey border crisis.

Ukraine president: Putin has one year to strike deal to end war.

Europe experiences exceptionally warm winter.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle begin farewell Royal events.

AMERICAS

Coronavirus: Trump signs $8.3bn aid bill as cases rise.

US economy adds 273K jobs in February, crushing expectations amid coronavirus worries.

US Senator Romney to vote for Burisma subpoena.

Biden, Sanders set for key battle in Michigan.

Brazil recalls diplomats, officials from Venezuela.

'Our role is central': more than 1m Chilean women to march in huge protest.

Guyana president urged not to claim election victory. Guyana election: US concerned over 'electoral fraud'.

U.S. charges Russian billionaire with hiding $1B in income, assets.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Suicide bombers target police near U.S. Embassy in Tunisia.

Turkey's Operation "Spring Shield" delivers blow to Hezbollah.

Uzbek jihadist group congratulates Taliban for 'victory' in Afghanistan.

Germany: Alleged IS terrorist goes on trial.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Oil prices plunge 8% after OPEC+ fails to agree on a massive production cut.

The coronavirus is shaking up the world's art market in unexpected ways.

House investigation finds Boeing's 737 Max was 'marred' by technical problems, lack of transparency.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 6, 2020

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 10:37 AM PST

Erdo─čan and Putin shake hands after a ceasefire in Idlib was announced on March 5. Michael Klimentyev/Sputnik

The Conversation: Why Turkey can't expect military support from NATO over attacks in Syria

A ceasefire has begun in the Syrian province of Idlib after an agreement was reached between Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow on March 5.

Conflict had escalated in the province after Syrian government forces, supported by Russian air power, killed at least 34 Turkish troops in late February. In response, Turkey, a NATO member, requested support from the North Atlantic Council, the alliance's main political decision-making body.

While NATO publicly condemned the air strikes by the Russia-backed Assad regime and urged both Russia and Syria to respect international law, Turkey should not expect the alliance to trigger Article 5 – its collective military response mechanism.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 6, 2020

Turkey will not abandon its military stations in Idlib, Erdogan says -- Middle East Eye

Turkey's 21st century art of war -- TRT World

Russian S-400 Air Defence Systems Will Enter Service in Turkey in April - Erdogan -- Sputnik

Erdogan Risks Sanctions With April Date for Activating Russian S-400s -- Bloomberg

Turkey deploys 1,000 police at Greek border as tensions rise -- The Guardian

Greece places Aegean on alert as concerns mount of Turkish provocations -- Ekathimerini

To combat the China threat, US Marine Corps declares ship-killing missile systems its top priority -- Defense News

Officials Prepare to Keep Pentagon Building Running in Event of Major Coronavirus Outbreak -- Military.com

Pentagon is 'fully confident' military can withstand threat of coronavirus: Esper -- FOX News

DOD Finalizing Coronavirus Plan for Pentagon -- Air Force Magazine

Service surgeons general voice concern about military health care reforms -- Military Times

Nuclear Threats Are Growing: How Should U.S. Missile Defenses Be Upgraded? -- Forbes

The U.S. Military Is Dead Wrong: Hypersonic Weapons Can Be Defeated -- David Axe, National Interest

The Pentagon Wants a Mix of Hypersonic Weapons. Here's Why -- Military.com

Pentagon to Spend Billions Mass-Producing Hypersonic Weapons -- National Defense

Study finds taller, heavier female soldiers outperform smaller peers -- Army Times

Pentagon Failed to Vet Saudi Military Recruit Who Killed 3 Americans -- Washington Free Beacon

AFRICOM recovered Hellfire missile lost in Niger drone crash -- Military Times

Even Republicans Are Angry at Trump Administration Over Potential Military Cuts in Africa -- Foreign Policy

Pentagon Failed to Collect Payment for $1 Billion in Fuel, Bombs and Services Sent to Allies, Accountability Office Finds -- Newsweek

U.S. aircraft carrier visits Vietnam to celebrate diplomatic ties -- UPI

Brazil and United States Sign Unprecedented Military Agreement -- Folha de S.Paulo

U.K. Defense Secretary Says Nation Shouldn't Always Assume American Support -- Air Force Magazine

British army on standby over coronavirus spread -- Al Jazeera

Canadian military needs to be 30-per-cent women for real change: vice-admiral -- Richmond News/Canadian Press

Pentagon push to boost cybersecurity could affect Canadian suppliers -- CBC News

Canadian military starts initial preparations for responding to pandemic -- Ottawa Citizen

Precarious Lack of Engineers May Keep Norwegian F-35s Grounded – Report -- Sputnik

Norway Quarantines 1,300 Soldiers in Military Base After Coronavirus Confirmed -- Bloomberg

Nuclear 'blitzkrieg': NATO ally Latvia fears Russia will stage swift invasion using small nukes -- Washington Examiner

Behind Moscow's Arms Control Offensive -- Stephen Blank, Euraisa Daily Monitor

Russia puts a limit on military medals -- Asia Times

Indian Army Uses Anti-Tank Missiles to Target Pakistani Army Positions – Video -- Spuntik

These 6 military habits -- kick 'em or stick with 'em? -- Task & Purpose

Oil Prices Have Collapsed After OPEC+ Talks End Without A Deal

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 08:54 AM PST



CNBC: Oil prices plunge 8% after OPEC+ fails to agree on a massive production cut

* Oil prices sank to multi-year lows on Friday as OPEC's allies rejected additional production cuts proposed by OPEC on Thursday.
* U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude fell nearly 9% at the session low, while international benchmark Brent crude dropped more than 9% at its low. Each contract shed more than $4.00 at the session low.
* The current production cuts will be in place until the end of March as planned, but it's uncertain if they will extend beyond this month.

Oil prices sank more than 8% to multi-year lows on Friday as OPEC's allies rejected additional production cuts proposed by OPEC on Thursday.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude slid more than 8.8% to a session low of $41.77, its lowest level since August 2016. International benchmark Brent crude slid more than 8.5%, or $4.29, to trade at $45.70 per barrel. At its session low it was down more than 9%, touching its lowest level since at least June 2017.

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WNU Editor: For countries that are dependent on oil exports and high prices, this is a disaster.

More News On The Collapse Of Oil Prices

OPEC cuts deal falls apart as Russia resists, sending oil into tailspin -- Reuters
OPEC, Russia fail to agree on output cut, oil price dives -- AP
Oil Nosedives As OPEC Fails To Strike A Deal -- OilPrice.com
"Today Will Be A Regretful Day" - Oil Prices Have Collapsed After OPEC+ Talks End Without A Deal -- Zero Hedge

U.K. Royal Navy To Get Its First Underwater Drone

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 08:38 AM PST

MSubs S201 will be the basis for the for the Royal Navy's first XLUUV MSubs

Newsweek: U.K. Navy Has Just Bought What Could Be the World's Biggest Underwater Drone—And It Can Be Armed

The British Royal Navy has awarded a contract for the production of an autonomous submarine that will effectively be the world's largest underwater drone once constructed.

The contract for the XLUUV (extra-large unmanned underwater vehicle)—which will measure around 100 feet in length and have the capability to carry weapons—was awarded to U.K.-based manufacturer MSubs Ltd, which specializes in building military and scientific submersibles.

The Royal Navy drone will be almost double the length of the upcoming Boeing Orca XLUUV—four of which were purchased last year by the U.S. Navy.

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Update #1: Royal Navy To Get First Large Autonomous Submarine (Forbes)
Update #2: British Royal Navy has awarded contract for large autonomous underwater vehicle (Navy Recognition)

WNU Editor: Around 100 feet in length, these drones can also be armed.

A Brief History of Aircraft Carriers (Photo Gallery)

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 08:26 AM PST


Interesting Engineering: A Brief History of Aircraft Carriers: 11 Iconic Historical Evolutions

We take a look at how aircraft carriers became the huge war machines that they are today.

The aircraft carrier today is a huge war machine used by navies to deploy entire fleets of aircraft remotely, far away from their country of origin. The biggest aircraft carrier today can transport and launch more than 75 aircraft by sea. But did you know about the aircraft carrier's humble predecessor, the balloon barge?

What we've grown accustomed to seeing today in the news, in movies, and in real life is the result of an evolution that's taken place over more than a hundred years thanks to some extremely talented engineers.

Here are some of the biggest steps in the evolution of the aircraft carrier, or supercarrier, as we know it today.

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WNU Editor: Some cool historical pictures here.

New U.S. Navy Study Is To Examine The Future Of Next-Generation Aircraft Carriers

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 08:17 AM PST

The $13 billion USS Ford under construction in Newport News, Va.

Breaking Defense: Beyond The Ford: Navy Studies Next-Gen Carriers EXCLUSIVE

The Future Carrier 2030 Task Force, which the service will announce next week, will study how carriers stack up against new generations of stealthy submarines and long-range precision weapons being fielded by China and Russia.

WASHINGTON: The Navy is launching a deep dive into the future of its aircraft carrier fleet, Breaking Defense has learned, even as the Secretary of Defense, dissatisfied with current Navy plans, conducts his own assessment. The two studies clearly show the deepening concern over how China's growing might and the Pentagon's eroding budgets could affect the iconic, expensive supercarriers.

The Future Carrier 2030 Task Force, which the service plans to announce next week, will take six months to study how carriers stack up against new generations of stealthy submarines and long-range precision weapons being fielded by China and Russia. It comes at a fraught moment time for the fleet, as Defense Secretary Mark Esper has taken personal ownership over the service's force planning while publicly lambasting the Navy's deployment model as broken.

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WNU Editor:
Not surprised that the Secretary of Defence wants to examine the future of aircraft carriers. Advancements in the lethality of anti-access/area denial systems have made aircraft carriers vulnerable, and this will only increase with time.

Update: A good read .... U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers Are Even More Vulnerable Than We Thought (National Interest).

South Korea Is Getting An 'Aircraft Carrier'

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 08:04 AM PST

Image: Reuters

David Axe, National Interest: South Korea Is Getting An 'Aircraft Carrier' To Compete With China And Japan

Looking beyond the North Korean threat, South Korea clearly has ambitions to develop a far-sailing "blue-water" navy.

Key point: Seoul for years has mulled a purchase of F-35Bs to complement the country's land-based F-35As.

South Korea is getting an aircraft carrier. The vessel could help Seoul's navy to compete with its main rivals, the Chinese and Japanese fleets.

The South Korean joint chiefs of staff decided on July 12, 2019 to acquire an assault ship capable of operating fixed-wing aircraft, Defense News reported. The vessel presumably would embark vertical-landing F-35B stealth fighters.

Seoul for years has mulled a purchase of F-35Bs to complement the country's land-based F-35As.

"The plan of building the LPH-II ship has been included in a long-term force buildup plan," a spokesman for the joint chiefs told Defense News, using an acronym for "landing platform helicopter."

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WNU Editor: South Korea is now investing resources to have a serious regional navy. This "mini-aircraft carrier" is part of that plan.

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