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Is Iran into CHOPPING OFF ‘teen thieves’ fingers? Not quite, say local officials as MSM runs shocking headlines - rt

Is Iran into CHOPPING OFF ‘teen thieves’ fingers? Not quite, say local officials as MSM runs shocking headlines

Iranian officials have rebuked reports in Western media that three teens were set to have their fingers amputated. They explained that the convicts were over 20 years of age and that their sentences are yet to be confirmed.
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Trump's WeChat Ban Could Cut Off Chinese-Americans From Their Families

“I use WeChat. My parents, my grandparents, aunts, uncles, extended family, all their friends in the Chinese community, they use it.”
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Travel to anywhere in the world within 1 hour may be possible by 2045, top Chinese scientist reveals - rt

Travel to anywhere in the world within 1 hour may be possible by 2045, top Chinese scientist reveals

A leading Chinese academic has revealed that the country’s top space travel scientists are exploring technology that would enable people to travel anywhere in the world within one hour.
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Sweden's coronavirus gamble paying off? Danish professor says Swedish population nearing herd immunity to Covid-19

With much of Europe struggling to contain a second wave of coronavirus infections, a Danish professor has claimed that the pandemic “may be finished” in Sweden, thanks to herd immunity.
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Bikini-clad Israelis rally against Covid-19 lockdown at Tel Aviv BEACH protest (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) - rt

Bikini-clad Israelis rally against Covid-19 lockdown at Tel Aviv BEACH protest (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Tel Aviv residents assembled at a local beach to express their displeasure with Israel’s second nationwide coronavirus lockdown. The protest appears to have had a festive atmosphere – at least, until the police arrived.
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Murder victim, 23, whose body was found on fire in the street is pictured - metro

Murder victim, 23, whose body was found on fire in the street is pictured

Loeike Guei lived on Thornton Heath but was found shortly after 6am on Thursday roughly three miles away in Mitcham, south London.
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16 arrested as mounted police chase people protesting Melbourne’s controversial lockdown measures - rt

16 arrested as mounted police chase people protesting Melbourne’s controversial lockdown measures

A protest against controversial lockdown measures in the Australian city of Melbourne descended into chaos on Saturday as police on horseback chased after demonstrators, arresting 16 and fining over 20 others.
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IRGC chief warns Trump of retaliation if ‘a hair comes off an Iranian’s head’ amid rising tensions as US threatens sanctions - rt

IRGC chief warns Trump of retaliation if ‘a hair comes off an Iranian’s head’ amid rising tensions as US threatens sanctions

Iran’s top general didn’t shy away from taking aim at Trump, metaphorically, telling him to worry about his signature haircut if the US puts any Iranian in harm’s way. It comes as more shots were fired in the US-Iran war of words.
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France says no ‘tangible’ evidence supporting US allegation of secret Hezbollah explosive stores - rt

France says no ‘tangible’ evidence supporting US allegation of secret Hezbollah explosive stores

France has pushed back against Washington’s assertion that Hezbollah has stockpiles of ammonium nitrate stashed around Europe, stating there’s no indication of such stores existing in its own country.
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Cargo plane ploughs into barrier after crash-landing at Mogadishu airport (PHOTOS) - rt

Cargo plane ploughs into barrier after crash-landing at Mogadishu airport (PHOTOS)

A twin-engine aircraft carrying cargo to Somalia slid off the runway and rammed into a concrete fence after landing at Mogadishu airport. Photos from the scene show the airframe was severely damaged in the impact.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Died at Age 87 - vice

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Died at Age 87

Ginsburg’s passing signals the eruption of a new battle over the future of the high court, which will begin just weeks before the presidential election on November 3.
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US deploys armored vehicles to Syria & steps up air patrols after dust-up with Russian forces - rt

US deploys armored vehicles to Syria & steps up air patrols after dust-up with Russian forces

The Pentagon has sent a number of armored vehicles, radar systems and additional troops to Syria in a show of force, bolstering the US military presence in the country following a run-in with Russian forces last month.
rt - 17 hours ago
Admiral Insurance boss gives staff £10,000,000 bonus after retiring - metro

Admiral Insurance boss gives staff £10,000,000 bonus after retiring

Chief Executive David Stevens, 58, said it was the 'right thing to do' to reward his staff for their efforts.
metro - 18 hours ago
Man convinced he saw UFO after spotting ‘green flying saucer’ in the sky - metro

Man convinced he saw UFO after spotting ‘green flying saucer’ in the sky

Before this encounter, he didn't believe that flying saucers were real.
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French finance minister tests positive for Covid-19, as country grapples with record new infections - rt

French finance minister tests positive for Covid-19, as country grapples with record new infections

France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has tested positive for the coronavirus and is isolating at home. Meanwhile, France recorded its worst day for new cases of Covid-19 since the pandemic began.
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Devastating storm WASHES BEACH AWAY on Greek island of Kefalonia (VIDEOS) - rt

Devastating storm WASHES BEACH AWAY on Greek island of Kefalonia (VIDEOS)

Storm Ianos made landfall in Greece on Friday and entirely washed away a beach on the island of Kefalonia. Videos posted by locals on social media showed massive destruction.
rt - 21 hours ago
Grandmother risks own health to feed poor in Covid-hit Peru - channel 4

Grandmother risks own health to feed poor in Covid-hit Peru

Peru locked down hard and early, but now it's battling one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world with their president declaring it "a war".
channel 4 - 22 hours ago
First votes cast in US presidential election - channel 4

First votes cast in US presidential election

The first votes have already been cast in November's US presidential election, as early voting opened in four states.
channel 4 - 22 hours ago
Israel in national lockdown as Covid cases soar in India - channel 4

Israel in national lockdown as Covid cases soar in India

Tonight marks the start of the Jewish new year and a fortnight which includes the holiest days in its calendar.
channel 4 - 22 hours ago
Fears ‘lost generation’ unemployment could top a million - channel 4

Fears ‘lost generation’ unemployment could top a million

No jobs, no training, no opportunities - in an economy battered by the impact of the pandemic there’s little wonder that young people are being called the lost generation.
channel 4 - 22 hours ago
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China’s coronavirus outbreak couldn’t have come at a worse time: Lunar New Year

China’s coronavirus outbreak couldn’t have come at a worse time: Lunar New Year

quartz - 7 months ago

The outbreak of a mysterious virus in China has infected hundreds and killed nine. The exact source has yet to be determined, human-to-human transmission has been confirmed, and Chinese health authorities say the virus has mutated and will likely spread further.

Now add to that China’s busiest travel season, as hundreds of millions are expected to criss-cross the country to get home for Lunar New Year family reunions kicking off this weekNew Year’s Eve falls on Friday, Jan. 24and millions more making trips abroad. Nearly 120 million railway trips have already been made from Jan. 10 to 19, according to the transport ministry, a 20% increase compared to last year. But such a large-scale migration of people at a time of a virus outbreak will likely spread the disease further, both within China and beyond. Cases have already shown up in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States.

Four hundred million people going home for Chinese New Year is certainly going to potentially complicate the control of this outbreak,” said Allen Cheng, a professor of infectious diseases epidemiology at Monash University in Australia. And though train stations and airports have set up mechanisms like temperature checks, he added, “evidence suggest that entry screening isn’t very effective at identifying people with new viruses.”

Around the world, airports have stepped up screening measures. But the fact that the symptoms of the new coronavirus seem to be relatively mildfever, cough, tightness of the chest, and difficulty with breathingis “paradoxically more worrying” because it allows people to travel further before their symptoms are detected, Antoine Flahault, director of the Institute of Global Health at the University of Geneva, told Agence France-Presse. China’s health commission at a press conference on Wednesday warned that the virus is still evolving.

The new virus belongs to the same family as the SARS virus that hit mainland China and Hong Kong hard in 2003, leading to nearly 800 deaths, but scientists who have sequenced the current strain say it is quite distant from that virus.

Chinese health officials have urged people to limit travel, though they have stopped short of enforcing actual blanket travel bans. They have also asked people to limit public gatherings. In Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and the epicenter of the outbreak, officials have prohibited outbound tour groups from departing the city, and private cars coming in and out of the city are to be checked for wildlife and live poultry, according to state news outlet Peoples Daily.

Some people have cancelled their Lunar New Year family reunions altogether. “I made the decision after seeing the spike in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wuhan over the weekend,” said Carol Huang, a Hong Kong-based financial reporter from Wuhan. “My mother called me three times asking me to cancel the flight, and all of my familys spring festival gatherings have been cancelled.”

Travel and hotel stocks have plummeted in reaction to the news. Hong Kong-listed Air China has slumped almost 7.5% since Monday, while New York-listed Chinese travel services company Trip.com dove almost 8%. Huazhu, the New York-listed Chinese hotel management company, sank more than 10%.

The outbreak at peak season for the travel, retail, and catering industries could deal another blow to an economy already contending with slowing economic growth, and food price inflation due to the spread of African swine fever among pigs last year. Lunar New Year holiday spending, which has seen its growth tapering, nevertheless hit $150 billion in 2019 for the seven-day period people typically take off.

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