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Fashion World’s Future and its Contribution Amid Coronavirus
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Fashion World’s Future and its Contribution Amid Coronavirus

The entire world is currently struck and battling the coronavirus pandemic. Nations have banned travel and enforced lockdown to control the spreading of the virus. The lockdown has majorly hit the global market as malls, markets, fashion stores are all shut. One of the industries that have been smitten by this is the fashion industry. Artisans, tailors, small designers, apparel and textile industry, are facing the consequence of the outbreak worldwide.

Many major events have been canceled or postponed, such as the Paris Men’s Fashion Week and Couture Week, Met Gala, CFDA Awards, and others.

In March, The famous India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2020 got postponed, and the Chairman of Fashion Design Council Of India (FDCI) Sunil Sethi issued refunds to designers and sponsors who had invested in the show and stalls for the event. FDCI has also set up a fund to provide financial aid to small designers and businesses in the Indian Fashion Industry.

Big international brands like Giorgio Armani, Dior, Burberry, and many more pitched in to help mobilize by stitching masks and gowns for frontline workers.

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Dior reopened its BabyDior brand in Redon and volunteered to produce new masks and aid the healthcare professionals.

Giorgio Armani, in his Instagram post, announced that companies Italian production plants will contribute towards manufacturing disposable medical overalls for frontline workers.

Burberry stated that the company’s global supply chain would produce 100,000 surgical masks and support the NHS, and added that they stand together in the battle against coronavirus.

No one knows how the global fashion world will recover from such a drastic economic loss. The fashion and luxury industry is predicted to suffer around $600 billion due to the coronavirus, and it will surely make the consumers think before spending on luxury goods.

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French researcher Roland Marshall freed.
Europe, Middle East & Africa

French researcher Roland Marshall freed.

A French presidential official said that the Iranian authorities had released French researcher Roland Marshall, who had been imprisoned in Iran since June 2019. The official added that Roland is scheduled to arrive in France around noon on Saturday.

He indicated that French President Emmanuel Macron urged the Iranian authorities to also release French citizen Fariba Adelkha, who is still imprisoned in Iran. Adelkhah also holds Iranian citizenship.
Iranian media said that Iran and France had agreed to swap Marshall Mahbous for an Iranian convicted in Paris on violating US sanctions on Tehran’s charges.

Iranian state radio and television said that France had released Jalal Ruhullah Ahmadinejad, an Iranian engineer wanted by the US authorities, on charges of violating the sanctions.

France had called on Iran to release Marshall, a senior researcher at the Paris Institute for Political Studies (Science Po), and Paris announced his arrest in mid-October.
In May, a French court agreed to surrender Ruhullah Ahmadinejad to the United States to face charges of attempting to illegally transfer US technology for military purposes on behalf of an Iranian company, which US officials say is linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

This complicated much more the relations between France and Iran at a time when Macron was seeking to defuse tensions between Washington and Tehran.

The Revolutionary Guards have arrested scores of dual nationals in the past few years, most of them on espionage charges.

Turkey’s Erdoğan, EU leaders, and British PM held a video conference to discuss Syrian refugee crisis and coronavirus pandemic
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Turkey’s Erdoğan, EU leaders, and British PM held a video conference to discuss Syrian refugee crisis and coronavirus pandemic

Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Britain’s PM Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, held a video call to talk about Libya, the Syrian refugee crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. The four leaders were initially supposed to meet in person in Istanbul. However, the summit was held virtually due to travel restrictions.

Turkey has urged the four leaders in the conference to make new cash pledges to keep thousands of refugees from leaving the nation and attempting to arrive in Europe amid a Russian-Syrian assault in north-west Syria.

After a severe shelling in Idlib area a month ago, Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, encouraged thousands of refugees in the nation to proceed towards the borders of Greek islands and the Baltic.

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That push finished when the EU gave Turkey €6bn to dwell the displaced people in Turkey.

The leaders talked about the chances of a new refugee deal, ways to battle the continued Russian warning in Idlib, and the dread that coronavirus could spread the refugee camps flanking Syria in Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon, The Guardian reported.

The EU has likewise offered an enormous cash amount to the refugees to leave the Greek camps and come back to Turkey. About 13,000 refugees, as indicated by the UN, are stranded on the border with Greece and Bulgaria in Turkey’s Edirne region.

A couple of days back, Turkey announced that refugees inside its borders were free to go, and they accumulate along the Greek borders. The decision shocked the EU and compelled them to aid refugees and to help end the Syrian crisis.

EU leaders criticized the move as blackmail even as they scrambled to pacify Erdogan, The Guardian published.

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Coronavirus. “We are at war” French president said announcing a two-week lockdown in France

Coronavirus. “We are at war” French president said announcing a two-week lockdown in France

French President Emmanuel Macron announced yesterday a new phase to fight the coronavirus emergency. From Tuesday noon and for at least 15 days, restrictions on movement will be applied in France, it will be limited to movement for health reasons, food shopping, work, if no teleworking option is foreseeable, and solo sporting activity. Large gatherings are prohibited as concerts, demonstrations, sporting and cultural events. President Macron also announced that sanctions would be applied for transgressors, that the French government should develop in a communiqué later.

Macron said in televised remarks that the government decided to order the restrictions because people haven’t complied with earlier public health measures and “we are at war”. The address arrived after he held a meeting with his prime minister, top military adviser, intelligence coordinator and ministers of health, the interior and foreign affairs on the health crisis. “I want our citizens to realise that there are people who are sick, who are in intensive care and that their number runs into hundreds,” France’s director general of health Jérôme Salomon said on Monday. According to the latest official figures published on Sunday, France has had 127 coronavirus deaths and 5,423 confirmed cases. According to France24, that was a jump of 36 deaths and over 900 cases in 24 hours. More than 400 people have been hospitalised in a serious condition.

A series of measures was also announced to support the French medical and hospital system, businesses, workers, and independent stores. The State will offer financial and material support to hospitals and their staff. A military hospital and the army will be mobilised to reduce public hospitals’ congestion, and to support hospital, medical and nursing personnel. Taxis and hotels will be made available and paid by the State for these personnel, and they will be provided with a dedicated childcare service. It must be said that such lockdown measures have already been applied in Italy and Spain. Belgium or Greece have also taken similar measures. Several EU countries even decided to close their borders, followed by Spain. The European Commission has also issued recommendations or measures that are developed on its dedicated website.

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To fight the COVID-19 outbreak, lockdowns and visa restrictions are imposed worldwide
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To fight the COVID-19 outbreak, lockdowns and visa restrictions are imposed worldwide

Spain and France also join Italy in imposing lockdowns on millions of people, Australia asked self-quarantine to foreigners who arrived, and many nations extended visa bans as the world battles Covid-19 pandemic.

Britain, the United States, and Australia leaders urged to maintain calm as frenzy purchasing over the virus pandemic expanded as the lockdown was imposed. More than 156,000 people have been infected worldwide, and 5,800 died lately.

Several nations urged to avoid large social gatherings, postponing sports, religious, and cultural events, while medical practitioners suggested people to practice “social distance” to minimize the spread.

In Rome, Pope Francis’ Easter service one month from now will be held without the attendees, the Vatican stated on Sunday. The religious services include four days of main events from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday. Ordinarily, it draws a considerable number of people to visit Rome and the Vatican.

Austria’s chancellor asked people to self-quarantine and announced not more than five people to gather and further limited visas.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated that from Sunday, international travelers in the nation would need to isolate themselves for 14 days, and cruise ships would be restricted for 30 days, given an increase in imported cases.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency lately and stretched out his nation’s movement boycott to Britain and Ireland.

Worldwide travel bans, border checks, shutting down of eateries, cinema halls, sporting events, shopping malls, closing of schools, and universities have been imposed. Especially travel industry and the global market have been impacted immensely. Many people are experiencing panic, anxiety, distress, and loneliness due to self-quarantine.

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Coronavirus: Germany, France withdraw their ambassadors from North Korea

Coronavirus: Germany, France withdraw their ambassadors from North Korea

Germany and France have decided to withdraw their ambassadors from North Korea and closed their missions on Monday, the British ambassador there said, amid growing concern in the isolated country after the coronavirus outbreaks. North Korea has not confirmed any cases of the coronavirus but it has made foreigners from any country that has reported a case spend 30 days in quarantine. It has also reinforced border checks, al-Arabiya reported adding that North Korea is sandwiched between China, where the virus emerged late last year and has infected more than 80,000 people, and South Korea, where the virus has spread readily over the past few weeks to infect nearly 7,500 people.

It must be said that the Britain’s ambassador to North Korea, Colin Crooks, didn’t say why his German and French colleagues were leaving North Korea, nor did he mention the coronavirus. “Sad to say farewell this morning to colleagues from German Embassy and French Office in North Korea which are closing temporarily,” Crooks said on Twitter, reaffirming that the British Embassy remains open. Crooks also shared photos showing white vans, apparently taking his French and German colleagues to the airport. Germany has a delegation in North Korea, while France doesn’t have formal diplomatic relations with the Country, but runs an office there to foster exchanges. CNN has reported a plan was under way to evacuate some 60 foreign diplomats from North Korea, including those from Germany, French and Switzerland. Sweden’s ambassador to North Korea, Joachim Bergstrom, last week posted a picture on Twitter of himself in Pyongyang, and said he was happy to be out of the compound where he was quarantined for a month.

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Trump is ready to meet with the leaders of the Russia, China, UK, France to discuss arm control

Trump is ready to meet with the leaders of the Russia, China, UK, France to discuss arm control

US President Donald Trump is ready to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as with the leaders of China, Britain and France, to discuss arms control issues.

“The President of the USA made it clear that he is ready to meet with any world leader at any time to advance the interests of the national security of the United States. The United States will work with other members of the Five to work out and organize such a meeting,” a representative told the agency American administration, without specifying where and when the summit can take place.

The American leader plans to use a similar summit in order to make progress on the issue of a tripartite agreement on arms control with the Russian Federation and China. “The United States is using this opportunity to draw both Russia and China into the international arms control framework and prevent an expensive arms race,” the agency’s source explained. Washington insists on China’s participation in arms control negotiations, while Beijing has repeatedly rejected this idea.

According to the representative of the American administration, “both Russia and China are interested in avoiding a situation in which the United States would not be limited in its ability to modernize and deploy nuclear forces.” “Today, being the main military powers, as well as members of the Five, Russia, China and the United States must reduce the threat and engage in arms control. Not doing so would be irresponsible,” the Washington official added.

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Macron, Merkel and Erdogan held phone talks on Syria

Macron, Merkel and Erdogan held phone talks on Syria

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan held telephone conversations, during which they noted the need for a four-way meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the situation in Syria in the near future. This is stated in a statement distributed on Friday by the French leader’s administration.

Macron, Merkel and Erdogan discussed the situation in Syria, in particular Idlib, and recent events in Libya,” the administration noted. “As for Idlib, they expressed general concern about the disastrous humanitarian situation in which the civilian population is , and the danger of escalation. They agreed that the crisis needed a political solution. “

“In this regard, they considered it necessary as soon as possible, in a quadripartite format, to meet with the President of [Russia Vladimir] Putin,” they concluded in the Champs Elysees.

The situation in the de-escalation zone in Idlib in Syria escalated at the end of January, when, in response to violations by the militants of the ceasefire, the Syrian forces were forced to launch a counterattack, as a result of which a significant territory of the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib was liberated.

Moscow has repeatedly expressed support for these actions in the fight against terrorists, while in Ankara they regarded them as a violation by the government forces of the Sochi peace agreement, in connection with which Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced the Turkish military retaliatory operation in Idlib.

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Turkey, Hakan Sukur against Erdogan: “Fight for justice and human freedom”

Turkey, Hakan Sukur against Erdogan: “Fight for justice and human freedom”

Do you remember Hakan Sukur? The former Turkish striker, 48 years old, a past in Italy with the shirts of Turin, Inter and Parma and holder of the record of the fastest goal in the World Cup gained during the match Turkey-South Korea 2002, final for third place, goal after 10 seconds and 8 cents, today he is forced to be an Uber driver on the streets of Washington and to sell books in the USA. The reason? Contrasts with Turkish President Erdogan. “He took everything away from me, I have nothing left.” Says Sukur talking to Italian media, stressing that he is not a traitor.

Sukur, who retired in 2008, decided to pursue a political career by siding with Erdogan’s party (AKP), so much so that he was elected parliamentarian in 2011, but the idyll ended soon. In 2016 the beginning of the nightmare, when he was accused of participating in the failed coup and of being close to Fetullah Gulen, former ally and subsequently enemy of the Turkish president.
Accusations that today the former Inter player, in a harsh outburst at Welt am Sonntag, rejects the sender: “Golpe? What would have been my role? Nobody can explain it. I have always done legal things. I am not a traitor or a terrorist. I am an enemy of the government, but not of the state or the nation, I love my country”.

Hakan Sukur has been literally persecuted in recent years, he and his family. “Thanks to the party my popularity had increased. Then when the hostilities started everything changed. I received constant threats after each declaration” confessed the ex-Galatasaray.
“They threw bombs in my wife’s boutique; my children were mistreated in the street. My father was imprisoned and all the assets were confiscated”. He revealed, confessing that forced therefore to emigrate to the United States, initially the problems continued there too: “I managed a coffee shop in California – he explains -, but strange people came to the bar playing Dombra music, defined by the AKP as the music of real Turks”.

Intimidations that seem to have ceased today, even if Sukur is forced to sell books and take people for a walk through the Uber application. Hoping to be able to return freely to Turkey, here is a message to Erdogan: “Return to democracy, justice and human rights. Interested in the problems of the people. Become the president that Turkey needs.”
The situation facing him is not unique. Indeed, his situation is in many ways emblematic of the wave of repression that has gripped Turkey with Muslim Brotherhood leadership. On Tuesday, another landmark verdict is expected in the case of the businessman Osman Kavala and 15 others accused of conspiring to overthrow Erdogan government. Despite failing to produce a shred of evidence to support their claim, the prosecution has nevertheless sought life in prison for them.

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France calls on Lebanese Government “to move quickly”

France calls on Lebanese Government “to move quickly”

France renewed its request on Wednesday for the new Lebanese government to move quickly to meet the people’s aspirations as soon as it gained the trust in Parliament. A French Foreign Ministry spokesman announced that “it is currently the responsibility of this government to move quickly to meet the economic, social and political aspirations that Lebanese have expressed for several months”.

According to AFP, on Tuesday the Lebanese Parliament trusted the new government despite protests from demonstrators who tried to block parliament’s access to MPs with clashes broking out between them and the security forces. Since October 17, Lebanon has witnessed unprecedented demonstrations against the political class, which the Lebanese accuse of not managing the subsequent political and economic crises.

The new Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, confirmed that his government had adopted the demands of the revolutionary uprising causing an earthquake in the country and pledged to “complete an emergency plan by the end of February”.

Following the request for the formation of a technocratic government which brings together ministers completely independent from the political class, the new Government team was formed after long talks between the parties with the majority of seats in Parliament, in particular pro-Iranian Hezbollah and the free patriotic movement founded by President Michel Aoun. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has indicated that the international community “awaits profound and bold reforms by the Lebanese authorities, in particular as regards economic transparency, financial resilience, the fight against corruption and the independence of the judiciary”. Read more News From Europe click us.

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