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The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday it was declaring the China coronavirus outbreak that has killed 170 people in China a global emergency, as cases spread to 18 countries.
Trinidad and Tobago has imposed 14-day restrictions on travelers from China to prevent the spread of a new strain of coronavirus on the Caribbean island nation, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said on Thursday.
The United States` new ambassador to Russia urged Moscow on Thursday to release a former U.S. Marine accused of spying, and said Russian investigators had failed to present credible evidence to back up their case.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday it was declaring the China coronavirus outbreak that has killed 170 people in China a global emergency, as cases spread to 18 countries.
The Trump administration on Thursday said it will allow Russian, Chinese and European companies to continue work at Iranian nuclear sites to make it harder for that country to develop a nuclear weapon, drawing ire from Iran hawk Republicans.
Spain`s government said on Thursday it will begin talks on resolving the Catalan political conflict before elections are held in the region, walking back an earlier decision to postpone the negotiations until after the polls.
Moroccan airline Royal Air Maroc (RAM) temporarily suspended its direct flights to China due to the coronavirus outbreak, state news agency MAP said on Thursday.
At least 20 children and women have been held hostage at a house in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh for about eight hours by a man who had invited the children on the pretext of hosting a birthday party, police said on Thursday.
The United States reported its first case of person-to-person transmission of a fast-spreading new coronavirus on Thursday, as a World Health Organization (WHO) panel met to reconsider whether the outbreak that has killed 170 people in China should be declared a global emergency.
Tests on a passenger from Macau aboard a cruise liner blocked in an Italian port confirmed on Thursday she did not have coronavirus, an Italian health ministry spokesman said.
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A World Health Organization (WHO) panel of experts met on Thursday to reconsider whether China`s fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak that has now killed 170 people should be declared a global emergency.
The protests outside New Delhi`s Jamia Millia Islamia University on Thursday started out small and relatively low-key - another show of anger by students who oppose a citizenship law they say discriminates against Muslims.
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said Washington wants Israel to wait until after its March 2 election before making any moves toward settlement annexation in the West Bank, following the announcement of a U.S. peace plan.
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U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday defended President Donald Trump`s response to American troops being diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries from Iran`s missile strike, saying he cared about the service members.
Palestinians around the world are uniting to thwart U.S. President Donald Trump`s Middle East peace plan, former Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said, criticizing Arab governments who supported the plan.
CAIRO – 30 January 2020: A defendant, who is charged with killing seven members of the same family and setting their house on fire in Kafr el-Dawar city in Beheira govenorate, was sentenced to death on Thursday.

The case was referred to the Grand Mufti for religious advisory, and the final verdict will be issued on February 27. Referring cases to Grand Mufti is a standard procedure that seeks the religious authority’s approval on sentencing a defendant to death, although his decision is not binding.

Sherif Abdullah Ragab, 37 years, works as a butcher, and has admitted during investigations that he committed the crime because he wanted to steal the livestock from the victims, because he was having a financial problem.

According to his accounts on the crime, the defendant explained that he claimed to be wanted by security authorities, and had to hide at the victims` house. He added that he stabbed the first victim in the stomach, and the mother heard her son’s scream, and when she tried to rescue him, Ragab stabbed her as well.

Ragab gave details to investigators, saying that he also stabbed the wife and four children aged 15, 10, 4 and 3 years old, and set the house on fire as he tried to cover up his crime. He then fled the scene and hid at his relative’s house, but he was captured by the police after his blood was identified at the crime’s scene.

The prosecution had recommended death by hanging for Ragab over the premeditated murder of a seven-member family and setting their house on fire in Kafr el-Dawwar on January 5.

Ragab`s lawyer had called for sending his client to a psychiatric hospital to inquire about his mental state during the crime.
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CAIRO - 30 January 2020: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi directed the government to take all necessary measures for returning the Egyptian expatriates in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the birth-place of the deadly coronavirus (nCoV), said the Cabinet in a statement on Thursday.

The Egyptian ambassador to China Mohamed al-Badry contacted the Chinese authorities to get permission for returning the Egyptians who want to go back home and leave the city, said added.

The cabinet called upon all Egyptians who want to leave the city to call the embassy on 01065322541 or send an e-mail on [email protected] , besides the other various ways of contacts on the social media platforms.

In a meeting with Prime Minister Moutafa Madbouly on Thursday, Minister of Health Hala Zayed stated a quarantine will be established for only the Egyptian expats who will come back from Wuhan, adding that they will quarantined for 14 days.

Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said on Wednesday that no cases of the new coronavirus have been recorded in Egypt, adding that it is ready to take all precautionary measures to prevent the deadly virus from entering the country.

Khaled Megahed stressed the readiness of all quarantine departments at the various entry points to the country. All travelers from the areas where the disease was reported undergo a medical inspection at the entry points, he said, adding that suspected cases would be immediately isolated.

He noted that those coming from China or any country that recorded cases become monitored by health institutions for 14 days.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s national airline EgyptAir on Thursday announced suspending flights between Egypt and China, after the last Chinese delegation currently in Egypt departs on February 4th.

Flights between Egypt and Hangzhou in eastern China will be suspended starting February 1st, while those to Beijing, the capital, and Guangzhou, northwest of Hong Kong will be suspended starting February 4th until further notice, to prevent the coronavirus (nCoV), which emerged in December last year, from entering the country, EgyptAir said in a statement.
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A French appeals court on Thursday overturned an earlier ruling against Philippe Barbarin, a Roman Catholic cardinal who was convicted last year of failing to report sexual abuse charges.
A British flight evacuating its citizens from the Coronavirus-hit city of Wuhan will also include around 50 non-British, mainly EU, nationals, Prime Minister Boris Johnson`s spokesman said on Thursday.
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U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar said on Thursday that travel from China has naturally dropped off since the discovery of a new coronavirus, amid airlines canceling flights and the U.S. State Department issuing strict travel warnings, but all options are still on the table for addressing the disease.
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Airlines have started suspending flights to China in the wake of a new coronavirus outbreak which as of Thursday had killed 170 people and infected almost 8,000.
The deadly coronavirus outbreak in China could start to disrupt India`s production of smartphones if it continues to spread in February, industry executives said, as it could delay component shipments.
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With sorrow, some support for Brexit and even hope of a return, Europeans from across the EU`s 27 remaining members bade farewell to the United Kingdom on the eve of its historic departure.
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CAIRO – 30 January 2020: Egypt’s national airline EgyptAir on Thursday announced suspending flights between Egypt and China, after the last Chinese delegation currently in Egypt departs on February 4th, amid an outbreak of a new deadly coronavirus.

Flights between Egypt and Hangzhou in eastern China will be suspended starting February 1st, while those to Beijing, the capital, and Guangzhou, northwest of Hong Kong will be suspended starting February 4th until further notice, to prevent the coronavirus (nCoV), which emerged in December last year, from entering the country, EgyptAir said in a statement.

Separately, an Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman said no cases of the new coronavirus have been recorded in Egypt, adding that it is ready to take all precautionary measures to prevent the deadly virus from entering the country.

Khaled Megahed stressed the readiness of all quarantine departments at the various entry points to the country. All travelers from the areas where the disease was reported undergo a medical inspection at the entry points, he said, adding that suspected cases would be immediate isolated.

He noted that those coming from China or any country that recorded cases become monitored by health institutions for 14 days.

The media center of the Egyptian Cabinet released on Thursday an infographic featuring the precautionary measures taken by the government to face corona virus, especially after it was reported in many world countries, the Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.

The infographic points out the symptoms of the infectious disease, including headache, fever and breathing difficulties.

It showed some precautions against the killer virus, including keeping the hands clean and avoiding close contact with anyone who has fever and cough.

The infographic pointed out the steps taken by Egypt to face the virus, including raising state of alertness at all quarantines and hospitals and immediate isolation of any suspected case.
Infection from China`s coronavirus spread to more than 8,100 people globally on Thursday, surpassing the total from the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic in a fast-spreading health crisis forecast to deal a heavy blow to the world`s second-largest economy.
While uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East have been quelled by deadly force, Algerian authorities are on the way to becalming a powerful protest movement without a shot fired - at least for now.

Featured in Ripley`s Believe It or Not!

While there are many windy cities in the United States, the titleholder has always been the city of Chicago, Illinois. But, before you dress from head to toe in your windbreaking gear, we have some news for you: America’s “Windy City” isn’t actually number one on the list. That honor belongs to a multitude of different cities—depending on who you ask.

Contender number one is Cold Bay, Alaska. Cold Bay, which has a population of slightly more than 100 people, is located at the western edge of the Alaska Peninsula. This chilly stop has an annual average wind speed of 16.1 mph, according to data collected in early 2019 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). And, even more shockingly, its annual maximum wind speed is a whopping 96 mph! To put these whipping gusts into perspective, Windy City—Chicago—has an average wind speed of less than 10 mph.

And, as if wind speed wasn’t enough to change your mind about Chicago, the state with the greatest number of windy cities is actually Texas. According to a 2016 list by the Weather Channel, four of the top ten windiest cities in the country are all in Texas: Amarillo, Lubbock, Corpus Christi, and Abilene.

So, where does Chicago actually rank on the list? CoreLogic, an analytics company, examined wind data and ranked Chicago as the 50th windiest city in the United States. Consulting different data than the NOAA, CoreLogic devised their own rankings of metropolitan areas based on their highest wind gusts, rather than the highest wind speeds. As a result, the leader on CoreLogic’s list was Jackson, Mississippi.

Wellington, New Zealand

As for the windiest city on earth, Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, reigns supreme. The city is located on the Cook Strait between the country’s north and south islands, and winds hit an average speed of 16.6 mph. Its strongest ever recorded gust was 154 mph back in 1962.

So why is Chi-Town dubbed the “Windy City” even though it doesn’t make any top 10 lists? In its defense, the city does experience frigid wind generated by Lake Michigan known for blowing between the city’s buildings quite fiercely. And another non-weather-related explanation for the nickname is that, historically, the politicians had a tendency to speak verbosely and were considered “windbags.”

Lastly, a third explanation is purportedly backed up by a New York Sun article published in 1890. During that time, Chicago and New York City were competing to host the 1893 World’s Fair. The article’s editor warned readers to dismiss the “nonsensical claims of that windy city” because “its people could not build a World’s Fair even if they won it.” However, most experts discount this reason because the original article is nowhere to be found.

Another clue to Chicago’s nickname is related to its rivalry with Cincinnati in the 1870s and 1880s. The two cities competed in intense baseball matches—the Cincinnati Red Stockings versus the White Stockings. Sporting news at the time often referred to the “Windy City” when writing about Chicago.

Whatever the reason, Chicago is definitely not the windiest city in America.


By Noelle Talmon, contributor for Ripleys.com

Source: The Windy City Doesn’t Exactly Live Up To Its Name

Underwater shot of record-breaking Egyptian freediver Raghda Ezzeldin. Image credit: Taimour Osman

Immersed in a world of peace and serenity as she spends most of her time floating underwater, Raghda Ezzeldin has made a profession out of her love for the open waters. A record-breaking freediver, Ezzeldin claims to have been doing it since she was a child – when she would spend her summers on the North Coast’s sandy beaches, kissed by the Mediterranean sun. 

“Free diving is such a natural activity, most kids love playing underwater… holding their breath and seeing who stays longer, swimming underwater from one pool edge to the other,” explains Ezzeldin, “I found out that I could practice the sport professionally four years ago, and it was the best discovery of my life!”

Ever since taking freediving on professionally, Ezzeldin set an Egyptian national record back in 2017 with a 5.03 minute breath hold. Her passion for the sport has blossomed into her co-founding Blue Odysea, a place where she and her business partner Ahmed Soliman aim to “help more people reconnect to the water, whether through deep diving, underwater dancing, water relaxation and reflexology or simple play and underwater games,” says Ezzeldin. 

“Ancient Egyptians believed that water compensated for the freedom that the soul loses in its bodily form,” commented Ezzeldin, “it takes us back to a state of fluidity and flow where we are freed from the rigid solidity of our existence on land.”

As she talks about what she enjoys most about freediving, Ezzeldin reiterates the meditative state the water puts her in, as well as the fact that it feels like flying to her and pushes her to move her body without the gravitational restrictions one would find on land.

Through these breathtaking underwater shoots, Ezzeldin manages to transport us to her perfectly serene world. She does most of her freediving in the Red Sea, which is internationally known to be both a diving as well as free diving hub. 

“I appreciate art very much and feel it can convey deep emotions which words fail to do,” says Ezzeldin, “these shoots allow me to communicate the state I immerse into when I’m underwater.”

The following photos were taken on two different occasions with two different artists, both of whom are fellow freedivers. With mutual passion amongst all three water lovers, photographer Taimour Osman and videographer Roberto D’Ugo Pardi managed to capture these wonderfully cinematic shots that seem almost otherworldly. 

Image credit: Taimour Osman

Image credit:Roberto D’Ugo Pardi

Image credit: Taimour Osman

Image credit: Roberto D’Ugo Pardi

Image credit: Taimour Osman

Image credit: Roberto D’Ugo Pardi

Image credit: Taimour Osman

Image credit: Roberto D’Ugo Pardi

Russia freed a U.S.-Israeli woman on Thursday who had been jailed on drugs charges, after President Vladimir Putin granted her a pardon following a high profile lobbying campaign championed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
A Russian plane made an emergency landing in Moscow on Thursday after a woman passenger stood up in the aisle and threatened to blow herself up, but police later said no explosive device had been found on her, news agencies reported.
CAIRO – 30 January 2020: An Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman said no cases of the new coronavirus have been recorded in Egypt, adding that it is ready to take all precautionary measures to prevent the deadly virus from entering the country.

Khaled Megahed stressed the readiness of all quarantine departments at the various entry points to the country. All travelers from the areas where the disease was reported undergo a medical inspection at the entry points, he said, adding that suspected cases would be immediate isolated.

He noted that those coming from China or any country that recorded cases become monitored by health institutions for 14 days.

Cairo governor Khaled Abdel Aal said fever Hospitals in Cairo are on high alert to be able to counter the coronavirus, Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.

Quarantine measures are applied to passengers coming from China, Abdel Aal assured Thursday.

All state apparatuses are acting to implement directives of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi with the aim to provide an integrated health system that would contribute to achieving sustainable development, the governor said.

No nCoV cases have been detected in Egypt, he affirmed, noting that the Health Ministry already issued a release focusing on the diagnosis of the virus and how to deal with it.
CAIRO – 30 January 2020: Minister of Transport Kamel el-Wazir instructed officials at Railways and Metro authorities to take precautionary measures against novel Coronavirus (ncov-2019).

The minister’s instructions stress on the importance of maintaining clean vehicles before each trip, because unclean environment contributes to the disease`s spread.

Around 3.5 million Cairenes use the metro every day. The railway system is also inundated with travelers on a daily basis, which makes hygiene procedures a priority amid threats of the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health announced a plan that includes measures like: Issuing medical cards to all travelers coming from China or a country that was affected by the virus, where the cards include details about the travelers to be monitored for 14 days from their arrival. Any suspected cases will be immediately isolated.

The ministry’s plan also includes allocating isolation departments at fever hospitals, and activating procedures to monitor acute respiratory diseases, raise awareness, and follow up the global epidemiological situation around the clock.

The Chinese health authorities announced Wednesday that 5,974 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus had been reported in 31 provincial-level regions, and a total of 132 people have died of the disease thus far.

Minister of Health Hala Zayed confirmed that Egypt is free from the new virus, and declared a state of emergency in quarantines at all the state’s air, maritime and ground outlets as a protection against the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Hafez negated on Tuesday the death of an Egyptian citizen in Wuhan, the Chinese city where coronavirus has spread.

Chinese Ambassador to Cairo Liao Liqiang also stated that no coronavirus has been detected among the Chinese community in Egypt, and that the Chinese tourists will be leaving Egypt in five days.

The Association of Egyptian Travel Agencies banned tourism flights from and to China until further notice as a precaution after the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday sought to defuse tension over Britain`s decision to allow China`s Huawei a role in its communication network, but described the Chinese Communist Party as the biggest threat of the current era.
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