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S.Korea on virus 'high' alert, Italy and Iran take drastic steps

South Korea went on high alert Sunday following a sharp jump in coronavirus cases, and Italy and Iran took their own drastic containment steps as an epidemic that has killed nearly 2,500 people in China continued a relentless global expansion. The World Health Organization (WHO) also warned that Africa's poor health systems left it vulnerable to the COVID-19 disease, which spilled out of China to more than 25 countries. South Korea is raising the nation's alert to its "highest" level, President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday after the number of infections nearly tripled over the weekend to 556.

South Korea Signals Unprecedented Steps to Contain Virus Surge
South Korea Signals Unprecedented Steps to Contain Virus Surge

(Bloomberg) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in signaled the potential for unprecedented steps as the country reeled from a surge in coronavirus cases that triggered travel advisories around the world.The government on Sunday raised the infectious-disease alert to "red," the highest level, after about a 20-fold surge in confirmed cases over five days. The total is now 602, a majority of which have been linked to members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus. A further 18 were tied to a Catholic group that visited religious sites in Israel.A day after Prime Minister Chung Se-Kyun asked citizens to stop mass religious activities for safety, President Moon said the government could take...

Vietnamese dissident monk who was a Nobel Prize nominee dies at 93
Vietnamese dissident monk who was a Nobel Prize nominee dies at 93

Thich Quang Do, a dissident Buddhist monk who has effectively been under house arrest since 2003 and was nominated multiple times for the Nobel Peace Prize, has died aged 93. Head of the banned Unified Buddist Church of Vietnam (UBCV), the vocal patriarch was born on November 27, 1928 in northern Thai Binh province and spent most of his life advocating for religious freedom and human rights in communist-run Vietnam.

Flat-Earther Daredevil Killed in California Desert Rocket Crash
Flat-Earther Daredevil Killed in California Desert Rocket Crash

A daredevil and "flat earther" was killed Saturday while trying to launch himself 5,000 into the air on steam-powered, homemade rocket in the California desert. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department confirmed that a man had died in Barstow after a "rocket crashed in the open desert during a rocket launch event" but but did not identify the victim. But the Science Channel, which was filming the launch for its new series Homemade Astronauts confirmed that well-known amateur rocket-maker "Mad" Mike Hughes had been killed.Our thoughts & prayers go out to his family & friends during this difficult time. It was always his dream to do this launch & Science Channel was there to chronicle...

Warren rallies packed Seattle crowd, slams Bloomberg
Warren rallies packed Seattle crowd, slams Bloomberg

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren rallied a rowdy crowd in Seattle Saturday night as ballots for Washington state's March 10 presidential primary began arriving in mailboxes of the state's nearly 4.5 million voters. The Massachusetts senator congratulated Sanders on winning and thanked Nevada for keeping her in the fight.

Grave of slain Iraq commander, a new anti-US magnet
Grave of slain Iraq commander, a new anti-US magnet

Clad in black, they joined wailing women and men beating their chests in grief at Wadi al-Salam (valley of peace), an ever expanding cemetery. All eyes were on the grave of Iraqi paramilitary commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Killed alongside top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a US drone strike in Baghdad on January 3, Muhandis is now revered as a martyred icon of anti-American resistance.

Klobuchar congratulates herself for
Klobuchar congratulates herself for 'exceeding expectations' as early Nevada results show her in distant 5th

Sen. Amy Klobuchar's (D-Minn.) 2020 momentum may be sputtering, but she doesn't seem to notice.While the Democratic presidential candidate turned out a surprising third place finish in New Hampshire's Democratic primary earlier this month, that luck hasn't seemed to extend to Nevada's caucuses. Still, Klobuchar delivered a self-congratulatory speech on Saturday where she praised her team for having "exceeded expectations," despite early results showing her in a distant fifth place.With four percent of caucuses reporting Saturday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had secured more than 6,000 votes to former Vice President Joe Biden's 2,700 and Klobuchar's 1,068. That put Klobuchar in...

How China Is Humiliating Pakistan
How China Is Humiliating Pakistan

Pakistan sees itself as a major regional power but recent events show that Beijing considers Pakistan little more than a subordinate colony to be exploited but not heard.

Here Comes 1984: China
Here Comes 1984: China's Regime Is An Existential Threat to the World

One expert tells you why.

Why the Boy Scouts bankruptcy is good news for victims - and for America
Why the Boy Scouts bankruptcy is good news for victims - and for America

We believe that if the BSA sees this moment as a wake-up call, the organization can continue its century-long tradition of positively influencing millions of lives.

At Least 3 People Dead and 18 Hospitalized After Bus Rolls Off California Highway
At Least 3 People Dead and 18 Hospitalized After Bus Rolls Off California Highway

The bus appeared to have rolled southbound off Interstate 15, to the south of Route 76

20-Year-Old Woman, Boyfriend Arrested Over Rental Dispute Triple Homicide
20-Year-Old Woman, Boyfriend Arrested Over Rental Dispute Triple Homicide

A 20-year-old woman and her 18-year-old boyfriend were arrested in Las Vegas on Thursday after the woman's three roommates were found dead inside their shared home in Hemet, California.Hemet police Chief Eddie Pust on Friday told reporters that Jordan Destinee Guzman, and her boyfriend, Anthony Damion McCloud, were apprehended in connection to the triple homicide-which allegedly stemmed from a dispute over the rental agreement. The three victims-46-year-old Wendy Araiza, her 21-year-old daughter Genesis Araiza, and Trinity Clyde, the 18-year-old girlfriend of Wendy's son-were found dead Wednesday evening after officials received a call about a woman lying in a pool of blood.According to...

Joe Biden says he was arrested in South Africa on a visit to see Nelson Mandela. He has never mentioned the arrest before.
Joe Biden says he was arrested in South Africa on a visit to see Nelson Mandela. He has never mentioned the arrest before.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, 77, has mentioned at three campaign events about being arrested while trying to visit Nelson Mandela in the 1970s.

Israeli forces kill suspect armed with knife: police
Israeli forces kill suspect armed with knife: police

Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli forces shot and killed a suspect in Jerusalem's annexed Old City Saturday after he approached officers posted near one of the gates armed with a knife, police said.

Federal judge blocks effort to transfer coronavirus patients to California city
Federal judge blocks effort to transfer coronavirus patients to California city

The plan was to move dozens of patients who tested positive for the coronavirus from Travis Air Force Base in Northern California to Costa Mesa.

Germany
Germany's extreme right under pressure after attacks

The extreme political right in Germany is on the defensive and stands accused of inciting last week's racist attacks in Hanau and others with its anti-migrant diatribes. Some have even asked that the hard right be subjected to police surveillance. "We have known for a long time that words can be followed by action and the elected representatives of the people cannot shirk this responsibility," said the chairman of the chamber of deputies, Wolfgang Schauble, in an interview with the daily Handelsblatt on Saturday.

Nevada results live: track the votes as they come in
Nevada results live: track the votes as they come in

Get the latest numbers as Democrats back their candidates in the crucial early voting state * Follow the latest updates * Help us cover the critical issues of 2020. Consider making a contributionDemocrats in Nevada will caucus for their chosen candidates on Saturday, in the third and "first-in-the-west" primary contest. Nevada is the most diverse state to vote so far, so the results will be closely watched to determine how candidates perform in an electorate more representative of Democratic voters.Following the chaos surrounding the Iowa caucuses, Nevada Democratic party officials have decided to abandon the same app for a combination of Google forms and scannable paper ballots as a...

Erdogan, Putin, Merkel and Macron to Meet March 5 on Idlib
Erdogan, Putin, Merkel and Macron to Meet March 5 on Idlib

(Bloomberg) -- The Turkish, Russian, German and French leaders will meet on March 5 to try to find a solution to the crisis in the city of Idlib as Turkey and Russian-backed Syrian forces risk confrontation in the region.Following phone calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that he will meet them all on March 5. As Turkey slides toward war, Ankara has appealed to the U.S. and its European allies for support in a conflict that risks undermining the friendly ties he's built with Moscow.READ: Turkey and Russia Near Breaking Point in Syrian StandoffTurkey wants...

Mike Bloomberg
Mike Bloomberg's social media strategy is under fire as Twitter suspends 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts for platform manipulation

A Twitter spokesman said the identical posts violated its policy against manipulation and spam that was created in response to the 2016 election.

Twitter Has Reportedly Suspended 70 Pro-Bloomberg Accounts for Violating Its Platform Manipulation Policy
Twitter Has Reportedly Suspended 70 Pro-Bloomberg Accounts for Violating Its Platform Manipulation Policy

Twitter said the accounts violated its "rules against platform manipulation and spam"

Iraq
Iraq's Sadr warns MPs against rejecting new government

Populist cleric Moqtada Sadr returned to Iraq Saturday with a threat to organise protests outside parliament unless lawmakers back the government of prime minister-designate Mohammad Allawi in a confidence vote. The Shiite cleric with a cult-like following in Iraq has thrown his weight behind the appointment of Allawi, despite the premier's rejection by a protest movement Sadr once backed.

In Case on Wealth Test for Green Cards, a Scathing Sotomayor Dissent
In Case on Wealth Test for Green Cards, a Scathing Sotomayor Dissent

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the Trump administration to move forward with plans to deny green cards to immigrants who are thought to be likely to become "public charges" by making even occasional and minor use of public benefits like Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers.As in a similar case last month, the vote was 5 to 4, with the court's conservative justices in the majority. As before, the court's brief order included no reasons for lifting a preliminary injunction that had blocked the new program.The earlier case, from a judge in New York, concerned a nationwide injunction. Friday's order lifted a much more limited injunction, one that applied...

Taliban, Afghan forces clash on first day of violence reduction period
Taliban, Afghan forces clash on first day of violence reduction period

Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces clashed in parts of Afghanistan on Saturday, a day after a week-long "reduction in violence" was announced, but the incidents did not spark immediate alarm on either side. If the violence reduction period is observed successfully, the United States and the Taliban will sign an agreement on Feb. 29 that could lead to a pullout of thousands of U.S. troops after nearly two decades in the country. Taliban fighters attacked Afghan forces in Balkh province in the early hours of Saturday, according to the spokesman for the provincial police and head of the provincial council.

Trump was reportedly
Trump was reportedly 'furious' after officials flew Americans with the coronavirus back to the US from a quarantined cruise ship in Japan without telling him

The US flew back 14 patients from the Diamond Princess in Japan, keeping them isolated from uninfected passengers. Trump reportedly wasn't told.

I Live in South Korea Where Coronavirus Cases are Rising. Not Much Has Changed
I Live in South Korea Where Coronavirus Cases are Rising. Not Much Has Changed

It is important to keep perspective. There are fifty-three million people in South Korea. Only four hundred thirty or so of them have corona, and only two have died. The sensationalism of disease outbreak coverage does not help. We have all seen too many movies, and overwrought invocations of Contagion or zombie apocalypse movies generate paranoia and unnecessary anxiety. South Korea is safe.

These 10 global flight routes are where airlines made the most money in 2018 and 2019
These 10 global flight routes are where airlines made the most money in 2018 and 2019

Some routes are more important than others with airlines making upwards of $1 billion on some key routes alone.

Coronavirus updates: Cases in South Korea surge as U.S. prepares for pandemic
Coronavirus updates: Cases in South Korea surge as U.S. prepares for pandemic

As number of cases in South Korea surge, here is the latest news on Feb. 22.

Coronavirus: Could It Takedown China
Coronavirus: Could It Takedown China's Communist Party?

It's up to Xi himself.

FYI, Democrats: New Hampshire and Nevada Are Very Different
FYI, Democrats: New Hampshire and Nevada Are Very Different

It's not 2016 anymore.

A day-by-day breakdown of coronavirus symptoms shows how the disease, COVID-19, goes from bad to worse
A day-by-day breakdown of coronavirus symptoms shows how the disease, COVID-19, goes from bad to worse

The first symptom is typically a fever. By day five, patients may have difficulty breathing. By day 10, some are admitted to the ICU.

"Here we go again," Trump says about intel on Russian meddling
"Here we go again," Trump says about intel on Russian meddling

The Nevada GOP canceled its caucus, which would have been held Saturday.

Virus ship crew
Virus ship crew's families fear for kin as Philippines evacuation postponed

Families of hundreds of Filipino crew members still stuck on board the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship are increasingly worried for their relatives' health, as the Philippines postponed on Saturday a scheduled trip to bring them home. The vessel, moored off the Japanese coast in Yokohama near Tokyo, has the biggest cluster of coronavirus infections outside the Chinese epicentre, with over 600 cases confirmed among the 3,700 passengers and crew. While hundreds of travellers have disembarked more than 1,000 crew remain -- including over 400 Filipinos whose return on Sunday has been delayed until Japan clears them to travel, the Philippines said Saturday.

Cases of the coronavirus are spiking outside of China and the World Health Organization warned
Cases of the coronavirus are spiking outside of China and the World Health Organization warned 'the window of opportunity is narrowing' to contain it

South Korea admitted it failed to keep the virus out of the country as cases now surge, and many countries are reporting their first cases and deaths.

NASA images reveal dramatic effects of heat in Antarctica
NASA images reveal dramatic effects of heat in Antarctica

New snapshots capture the 20% loss of snow on Eagle Island after Antarctica hit a record-breaking 64.9 degrees Fahrenheit earlier this month.

Bernie Sanders Leads in Nevada and the Establishment Isn
Bernie Sanders Leads in Nevada and the Establishment Isn't Doing Much to Stop Him

Somewhere in the recesses of the sprawling Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where giant animatronic dragons live, slot machines are always busy, and…

California grad students risk losing their jobs amid months-long strike
California grad students risk losing their jobs amid months-long strike

Fellow students and faculty across state march in solidarity amid call for better pay as cost of living soarsAcross university campuses in California on Friday, students and faculty members marched, chanted and waved signs in support of the graduate students at the University of Santa Cruz who have been waging a months-long strike for a cost-of-living-adjustment amid soaring rents.But despite that widespread support, many of those same Santa Cruz graduate students were readying themselves for the possibility of losing their teaching jobs and being forced to drop out of school.Since December, 233 graduate student instructors and teaching assistants have refused to submit nearly 12,000...

U.S. takes steps to prepare for pandemic as global coronavirus cases rise
U.S. takes steps to prepare for pandemic as global coronavirus cases rise

In the U.S., the number of confirmed cases rose to at least 34.

Judge dismisses Nunes lawsuit against Fusion GPS

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a racketeering lawsuit brought by Republican Rep. Devin Nunes against the political research firm that enlisted a former British spy to look into Donald Trump's ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign. Nunes, the former chairman of the House Intelligence

Chinese researchers just confirmed that patients can transmit the coronavirus without showing symptoms. A woman passed it to 5 relatives.
Chinese researchers just confirmed that patients can transmit the coronavirus without showing symptoms. A woman passed it to 5 relatives.

A woman tested positive for the coronavirus but she never became physically ill. Her family members, however, developed fevers.

Trump
Trump's intelligence shakeup is reportedly tied to his loathing for Adam Schiff, bond with Devin Nunes

President Trump berated outgoing acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire on Valentine's Day because he was upset over an election security intelligence briefing for the House Intelligence Committee on Feb. 13, several major newspapers reported late Thursday. Trump was reportedly angry that Shelby Pierson, the election threat czar at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, had briefed lawmakers without his knowledge, and also that she had told them Russia is currently interfering in the 2020 election with the goal of helping Trump win re-election.Specifically, Trump was furious that Pierson had briefed House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff...

Video shows gunman shooting baby in head after her mother tries to get away from unwanted advances
Video shows gunman shooting baby in head after her mother tries to get away from unwanted advances

The video shows a gunman firing at least two shots and one of them hit 10-month-old Baby Fayth in the head. Police say Fayth's mother was trying to get away from a man's unwanted advances when the shooting happened.

Driving home from the hospital 3 days after giving birth, a woman saved a man from a burning oil tanker
Driving home from the hospital 3 days after giving birth, a woman saved a man from a burning oil tanker

Holly McNally saw the driver of an oil tanker on fire. She stopped her car and ran over to him, eventually helping him to safety with two others.

Bloomberg campaign accuses Bernie Sanders camp of inciting vandalism on their offices
Bloomberg campaign accuses Bernie Sanders camp of inciting vandalism on their offices

The Bloomberg campaign listed five incidents of vandalization they said mirrored Sanders' campaign rhetoric

Hacker Tied to Katie Hill Charged with Cyberattack on Her 2018 Opponents
Hacker Tied to Katie Hill Charged with Cyberattack on Her 2018 Opponents

The FBI has arrested a man who gave $500 to the campaign of former representative Katie Hill (D., Calif.) in connection with a spree of hacks against Hill's opponents in the 2018 election.Arthur Dam, the suspect in question, "was found to be connected to the cyber attacks through subscriber information, IP addresses, geolocation history, and open sources, including through his employer and his wife, K.O., who worked for one of the Victim's opponents," according to the complaint.Hill's Democratic opponents during the 2018 race, Jess Phoenix and Bryan Caforio, both allegedly had their campaign websites attacked by Dam, whose wife, Kelsey O'Hara, was Hill's fundraiser during the campaign and...

The DOJ is reportedly probing whether Boeing
The DOJ is reportedly probing whether Boeing's chief pilot misled regulators over the 737 Max

The former Boeing pilot who sent messages describing "egregious" problems with the 737 Max is under investigation by federal prosecutors.

Bernie Sanders suggests Russia might be behind the
Bernie Sanders suggests Russia might be behind the 'ugly' online attacks from 'Bernie Bros'

"Some of the ugly stuff on the internet attributed to our campaign may well not be coming from real supporters," Sanders said.

Bloomberg says he
Bloomberg says he'll release three women from nondisclosure agreements

Elizabeth Warren, who sharply criticized Bloomberg for the use of nondisclosure agreements during Wednesday's debate, called the move "not good enough."

'Enemies of the people': Coronavirus evacuees endure hostile return to Ukraine

Julia Volok says some of her fellow passengers expected a warm welcome on their arrival in Ukraine after finally being evacuated from the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic in China's Hubei province this week. Instead Volok, a 26-year-old Chinese-language student, and her fellow evacuees found their buses being pelted with projectiles by protesters on Thursday as they approached the sanatorium where they have started a mandatory two-week quarantine. Despite repeated reassurances from the government that there was no danger, the protesters feared being infected by the virus.

Why did it take months to issue an Amber Alert for missing Tennessee toddler Evelyn Boswell?
Why did it take months to issue an Amber Alert for missing Tennessee toddler Evelyn Boswell?

Evelyn Boswell, a Tennessee toddler at the center of a new Amber Alert, was reportedly last seen the day after Christmas, authorities said this week.

Mike Bloomberg is going after Trump with billboards mocking him for eating burnt steak and cheating at golf
Mike Bloomberg is going after Trump with billboards mocking him for eating burnt steak and cheating at golf

Bloomberg isn't even on the ballot in Nevada, but Trump may see the billboards when he visits Las Vegas and Phoenix for campaign events on Friday.


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