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Corona virus death toll rises in China’s Hubei Province
Asia Pacific Focus

Corona virus death toll rises in China’s Hubei Province

Hubei Province, the epicenter of the outbreak of the Corona virus in China, announced that the number of deaths due to infection with the virus rose to a record level on Thursday after using a new diagnostic method, while the government dismissed two local officials after criticizing their handling of the crisis.

Health officials in Hubei province said 242 people died from the virus on Wednesday, the highest daily increase in the number of deaths since the outbreak was monitored in December. This brings the deaths in the region to 1,310 cases. The latest daily increase in deaths was on February 10, at 103 people.

According to official media reports, the authorities dismissed Jiang Zhaoliang, secretary of the ruling Communist Party Committee of Hubei Province, and Ma Guoxiang, chairman of the Party Committee, in Wuhan, the provincial capital.

These reports did not mention the reason for the dismissal, but they are the most senior officials who have been fired until now since the outbreak of the Coruna virus in Wuhan began at the end of last year.

Dozens of health officials across the country lost their jobs after failing to contain the spread of the epidemic believed to have originated in a seafood market in Wuhan that is experiencing an illegal trade in wild animals.

The increase in deaths comes a day after China announced the lowest number of infections in two weeks, which reinforced speculation by the Chinese health advisor ; that the epidemic may end by April.

Hubei Province announced that the number of infected people had increased by 14,840 on Thursday, compared to 2015 across the country on Wednesday.For more Latest Asia Pacific News visit us.

Two explosions at a Dutch post office
Europe

Two explosions at a Dutch post office

Two explosions took place on Wednesday in the post office in the Dutch city of Amsterdam, the Dutch police confirmed that the explosions were caused by “mined messages”.

 The Dutch police said that two car bombs exploded in the post room of an administrative building in Amsterdam and in the building of a mail sorting company in the city of Karkradah Wednesday morning.

 The police added that “there were no injuries due to any of the two explosions.”

 The Dutch police have been investigating since January 3 in a series of  mined letters  saying that it seems that only one person sent it.

 There were previous letters that targeted a hotel, fuel station, vehicle and real estate company. To see more News From Europe .

Franco-Iranian researcher imprisoned in Iran stopped her hunger strike
Europe, Middle East & Africa

Franco-Iranian researcher imprisoned in Iran stopped her hunger strike

Franco-Iranian researcher Fariba Adelakha, who has been imprisoned in Iran since last June, suspended her hunger strike that started six weeks ago. The researcher’s lawyer, Saeed Dahqan, told Agence France Presse that “Adelkha has responded to a written request from civil and political activists and has stopped her hunger strike Wednesday afternoon”.

Last January, the French newspaper “Le Figaro” quoted a research fellow saying that Adelakha had entered a hunger strike since December 24 and that her health condition had deteriorated, while that of her colleague arrested with her, Ronald Marshall, was completely unstable.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian urged Iran earlier to release the French citizen and her colleague, saying that their health had deteriorated.

According to AFP, on January 7 Fariba Adelakha’s lawyer said that the authorities had dropped her charges of espionage but was still holding her for other security-related charges, adding that Marshall was being held on suspicion of acts harmful to Iranian national security. Read all the Latest news on africa visit us.

The Parliament of Northern Macedonia approves the country’s accession to NATO.
Europe

The Parliament of Northern Macedonia approves the country’s accession to NATO.

Northern Macedonia’s deputies voted in a majority vote to ratify the NATO Membership Agreement during the plenary session of the Legislative Assembly.

The head of the Legislative Assembly, Talat al-Jaafari, said: “114 deputies voted in favor of the decision,” as the number of deputies in Parliament reached 120 people.

The director of the fourth European section of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Yuri Pelibson, considered earlier that the process of NATO expansion, including the possibility of North Macedonia entering the alliance, undermines confidence and stability on the European continent and leads to an increase in confrontation.

“Russia’s position on NATO expansion is well known. This process in itself is destructive, it undermines confidence and stability on the European continent, and leads to an increase in confrontation,” Russia said

The diplomat stressed that “the issue is not related to the military threat that North Macedonia could pose to Russia but rather to the threats to European security”, which must be guaranteed in completely different ways, rather than engaging this country in anti-Russian policy and NATO military planning.

In a related context, Russia has announced, in recent years, unprecedented activity by NATO on its western borders, as it revealed that NATO is expanding its initiatives and describes them as a “deterrent to Russian aggression,” stressing that it does not pose any threat to anyone, but it will not ignore actions that may constitute Threat to its interests. Follow us for more News From Europe .

Emirati forces … an eternal imprint in Yemen’s memory.
Middle East & Africa

Emirati forces … an eternal imprint in Yemen’s memory.

The UAE armed forces represented a difference, within the Arab Alliance to Support Stability in Yemen. In addition to its military effort in assisting brothers and combating terrorism, the armed forces have contributed to supporting humanitarian efforts, and have contributed prominent, pivotal and strategic roles in normalizing public life and advancing various developmental aspects in more than 22 Yemeni governorates, where a long and wide range of humanitarian, charitable and development projects have been implemented that It benefits all segments and societal groups.

The liberation of Al-Mukalla, the capital of Hadramaut, the largest Yemeni city from the hegemony and control of the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda, represented a pivotal turning point in the path of combating terrorism in Yemen, where qualified Yemeni security and military formations that were carefully trained by the Emirati forces managed to regain control of the city that Al-Qaeda transformed it into a closed “emirate” on its influence and control, which turned into an after-effect after the Emirati intervention that started from the established values ​​of Emirati values ​​in combating extremism and fighting terrorism, which made the UAE represent the spearhead in the international coalition to combat terrorism.

The researcher in the history of fundamentalist groups, “Muhammad Abdel Nasser Banaji,” in a statement, considered that Hadramout, which is the largest governorate of Yemen and represents a third of the country, was threatened by the entire Al-Qaeda organization, which represented its control of the capital of the province, “Al-Mukalla”, a nightmare for all The sons of Hadhramaut, as it will pave the way for the terrorist organization to expand its influence and control over other parts of the province, which was not achieved, thanks to the Emirates that have competently led the battle to liberate the “Mukalla” and were able with their own forces and the Yemeni units that qualified them to fight this battle .Many of the leaders and elements of al-Qaeda who survived being killed in the clashes, disguised themselves in women’s clothes, to avoid being caught by the anti-terrorist forces.

Panaji pointed out that ending the presence and control of the so-called “Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula”, which is the strongest branch of the extremist fundamentalist organization in Mukalla and the “Azan” region of Shabwa, which the organization declared a “emirate” for it, striking the organization’s dens in “Abyan” and pursuing its elements in Marib Adjacent to the Saudi border, such an unprecedented achievement would not have been achieved without the UAE’s support, extensive logistical support operations, and the serious and qualitative qualification of the forces that fought.

The UAE has a unique, effective and pivotal role in enhancing the capabilities of the national army forces, both at the armed and combat levels, by undertaking the task of qualifying more than 90,000 soldiers and commanders and enabling them to “advanced” technical and field capabilities. See more Latest news on africa.

To contain the nuclear crisis: the European Union foreign minister visits Iran
Middle East & Africa

To contain the nuclear crisis: the European Union foreign minister visits Iran

European Union Foreign Minister Josep Borrell arrived in the Iranian capital, Tehran, according to what Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi announced, in light of renewed tension between the West and Tehran over its nuclear file.

Moussaoui said in a press statement that Borrell “will arrive in Iran for the first time since he took office (early December). Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif is scheduled to meet with other prominent officials in our country for consultations.”

Moussaoui did not provide further details about Borel’s arrival time or the duration of his visit.

This visit comes amid new tension between Iran and Western countries, against the background of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

On January 24, Borrell invited the signatories of the 2015 nuclear agreement in Vienna to a meeting in February, in order to preserve the agreement that has been at risk of collapse since the United States unilaterally withdrew from it in 2018.

He stated at the time that all parties “confirmed their determination to preserve the agreement that is in everyone’s interest.”

In Vienna, Iran agreed to limit its nuclear program in exchange for a partial lifting of international sanctions that stifle its economy.

But the U.S. exit from the agreement, and its reimposition of sanctions against Iran since 2018, deprived Tehran of the economic benefits it had been awaiting from the agreement.

With sanctions re-imposed, in May 2019, an economy in recession, Iran declared its non-compliance with the restrictions agreed in Vienna.

In an attempt to force Tehran to return to compliance with the terms of the agreement, the Europeans launched a mechanism in January to resolve the dispute.

In a related context, a Japanese destroyer sailed to the Gulf of Oman, amid increasing tension in the Middle East, in order to protect the shipping lines that supply the third largest economy in the world with almost all of their oil needs.

“Thousands of Japanese ships sail in these waters every year, including ships carrying nine-tenths of our oil. They are the lifeblood of Japan,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the crew of the destroyer Takanami, at the Yokosuka naval base near Tokyo, before sailing.

The ship, which will be escorted by two maritime patrol aircraft, will not join a U.S.-led naval force or any other naval alliances in the region.

Japan opted to act independently in the region’s conflicts. The Tokyo government has friendly relations with Iran and other Middle Eastern countries, and Abe traveled to the region in January to brief Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman on the mission after having held talks with Iranian leaders.

Tension has increased in the Middle East since the rift between Iran and the United States intensified following the decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw from the international nuclear agreement that Tehran concluded with world powers in 2015, and the subsequent re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran.To read all the latest news on africa.

The European Union supports Spain against Britain in the case of Gibraltar
Geopolitics

The European Union supports Spain against Britain in the case of Gibraltar

The European Union is expected to support Spain’s claim to Gibraltar, and to give Madrid the authority to exclude “The Rock” from the post-Brexit deal.

The European Union plans to give Spain the ability to “exclude” Britain’s Gibraltar from any deal with the European Union, after the “Brexit”.

According to reports, the European Union is expected to give British Prime Minister Boris Johnson the option to hand the territory over to Spain or exclude it from any trade agreement between the union and Britain.

A senior European diplomat told the British Observer newspaper: “They have asked in principle that the new relationship will not apply to Gibraltar without the explicit consent of Spain, and it will not be granted unless the Gibraltar issue is resolved through bilateral talks between Spain and Britain.”

It is noteworthy that Britain celebrated Friday the start of the process of leaving the European Union, and is scheduled to start the next stage of negotiations between the two sides on March 3rd.

The European Council’s Article 50 guidelines outline that the union cannot reach an agreement with Britain on Gibraltar without the approval of the Spanish government, according to the British newspaper “Sun”.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will also demand the smooth transportation of 10,000 people traveling daily to Gibraltar to work there, with access to the single market.

The British Prime Minister is looking to get his country out of the single market, and he will have to conclude a separate deal to prevent the presence of heavily guarded borders between Spain and Gibraltar.

It is worth noting that in a 2016 referendum, 96 percent of Britons voted in Gibraltar in the hope that easy access to and exit from Spain would be preserved for both workers and goods.

The Gibraltar region, which is subordinate to Britain, is a square peninsula of 4 kilometers long and has been a source of tension between Spain and Britain for centuries, and its population is estimated at about 30,000 people only, but it has great strategic importance as it lies on the entrance between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean, and between the two continents of Europe And Africa.

There is a British naval and military base in Gibraltar, one of its aims is to monitor shipping to and from the Mediterranean.

Spain rejects London’s control of the Gibraltar region, according to the Treaty of Utrecht signed in 1713, and has been demanding for years for sovereignty over it. Follow more Geopolitics News and Updates

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