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Tokyo Olympics could be canceled if coronavirus isn’t under control by May, IOC member says

TOKYO — A senior member of the International Olympic Committee said Tuesday that if it proves too dangerous to hold the Olympics in Tokyo this summer because of the coronavirus outbreak, organizers are more likely to cancel it altogether than to postpone or move it. Dick Pound, a former Canadian swimming champion who has been on the IOC since 1978, making him its longest-serving member, estimated there is a three-month window — perhaps a two-month one — to decide the fate of the Tokyo Olympics, ...
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Volunteer Tourists Are Still Showing Up at Greek Refugee Camps. Are They Really Helping?

When Omar Alshakal, a 26 year-old Syrian refugee, arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos , having swum across the Mediterranean from Turkey in 2014, he found the Moria refugee camp to be flooded with young, Western volunteers. After spending time almost a year in the camp, Alshakal began to notice a trend. “When young people arrive from their countries, they see kids here and fall in love with them,” says Alshakal, who founded his own organization, Refugee 4 Refugee, in 2017. “They sp...
Tags: Europe, News, Greece, Uncategorized, European Union, Turkey, Afghanistan, United Nations, UNHCR, Mediterranean, Refugee, Spyros Galinos, Knott, Moria, Yousef, Greece refugees


Olympic Committee Member: 3 Months to Determine Coronavirus Impact on Tokyo Games

(TOKYO) — Dick Pound, the longest-serving member of the IOC, estimates there’s a three-month window to decide the fate of the Tokyo Olympics, which are being threatened by the fast-spreading virus from China. Pound, in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, did not sound alarmist. But he did speak frankly about the risks facing the Olympics, which open July 24. Pound has been an International Olympic Committee member since 1978, 13 years longer than current President Thomas Bach....
Tags: South Korea, Europe, Japan, London, News, China, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Middle East, United Nations, Moscow, World Health Organization, Tokyo, Associated Press, Montreal, Ioc


Declassified: From Snowden to WikiLeaks to Crypto AG, these are the biggest leaks of the past decade and what we've learned from them

For decades, the CIA used Swiss company Crypto AG, which it covertly owned, to spy on both adversaries and allies, according to leaked documents published last week. The CIA called it "the intelligence coup of the century," but it's far from the only state secret to revealed in recent years. Documents leaked by whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning have shed light on everything from offshore tax havens to CIA torture to the NSA's mass surveillance of American citizens. Here ar...
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Connections: the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty to the ATF Form 4473

Opinion – ATF Changes Form 4473 USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is proposing a revision to their ATF Form 4473 ((5300.9) last Revised October 2016). The revision poses an interesting question: “Is the Federal Government, via the ATF Form 4473, desiring to create a future firearms list, or database, of firearm owners?” We need to discuss this because in the past lists have often been utilized to confiscate civilian firearms. First, a lit...
Tags: Usa, Guns, Virginia, US, United States, United Nations, Un, Donald Trump, Long Island, South Carolina, New York State, Trump, Nra, ATF, NICS, Gun Rights News


How youth could save the Earth

Major global environmental problems threaten us. Recent scientific reports show that we are falling short on tackling climate change or stopping biodiversity loss, meaning that the Earth’s climate is under threat and natural species are undergoing a mass extinction wave. While these global environmental issues persist and become more urgent, policymakers have trouble elaborating and implementing solutions helping society to adapt. Considering the paralysis of the international system, new actors...
Tags: Europe, Books, Featured, Climate Change, Earth, Uganda, United Nations, Protests, Un, Biodiversity, Greta, Science & Medicine, Earth & Life Sciences, John Cameron, Environmental Politics, Thunberg


Climate Change May Doom 1 In 3 Species Of Plants, Animals In Next 50 Years

(CNN) — Take a moment to cherish your plants and appreciate the animals you see around you. In 50 years, a third of them may no longer exist. Using data from surveys that studied 538 animals, insects and plants from 581 sites across the globe, researchers John J. Wiens and Cristian Román-Palacios from the University of Arizona found that approximately one in three plant, insect and animal species could face extinction by 2070. However, things could be even worse if emissions continue to rise as ...
Tags: Climate Change, Cnn, Paris, United Nations, Noaa, Offbeat, University Of Arizona, Trump, Wiens, Cable News Network Inc, WarnerMedia Company, John J Wiens, Cristian Román Palacios, Román Palacios


Coronavirus Spread by a Second Coming ‘Cult’ Has Put South Korea on ‘Maximum Alert’

This article was updated on February 23, 2020, at 11:55 p.m. local time in South Korea.SEOUL—A South Korean church whose founder says, rather mysteriously, that he represents the second coming of Christ on Earth and has unique insights into God’s revelations is getting much of the blame for a major surge in the spread of the deadly coronavirus here.Coronavirus Now a ‘Tremendous Public Health Threat’: CDCFear of the disease now known as COVID-19 actually had been on the decline in South Korea unt...
Tags: South Korea, News, North Korea, China, Earth, Moon, United Nations, Korea, Seoul, Christ, Jesus Christ, Dong, Hubei, Lee, Yonhap, Daegu


The world’s newest countries

Much like human beings , the lives of countries take dramatically different shapes. Some lifespans are fraught with bloodshed, revolution, and unrest while others are lucky enough to enjoy peace and long periods of stability. Also like humans, new countries are born amid great fanfare, die when they can no longer sustain themselves, and sometimes even merge with each other to form a union. Whether formed through violent revolution, triumphant political autonomy, or the dissolution of a larger ...
Tags: Travel, England, Indonesia, Australia, US, Eu, Czech Republic, Egypt, Philippines, Italy, United Nations, Serbia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Un


Trump’s New Spy Chief Used to Work for a Foreign Politician the US Accused of Corruption

This article first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. President Donald Trump’s new acting intelligence director, Richard Grenell, used to do consulting work on behalf of an Eastern European oligarch who is now a fugitive and was recently barred from entering the U.S. under anti-corruption sanctions imposed last month by the State Department. In 2016, Gre...
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Google Is Letting People Find Invites To Some Private WhatsApp Groups

Google is indexing invite links to WhatsApp group chats whose administrators may want to be private. This means with a simple search, random people can discover and join a wide range of WhatsApp group chats. From a report: "Your WhatsApp groups may not be as secure as you think they are," Jordan Wildon, a multimedia journalist for German outlet Deutsche Welle, tweeted on Friday. Using particular Google searches, people can discover links to the chats, Wildon explained. App reverse-engineer Jane ...
Tags: Google, Tech, United Nations, Motherboard, Deutsche Welle, Jane Wong, Jordan Wildon


Burkina Faso: three attacks in four weeks

Burkina Faso (MNN) — Militant Islamist groups fatally attacked Christians in Burkina Faso on January 25, February 1, and February 16. You can read about the attacks here and here. The brutal attacks have killed and injured dozens of Christians. The violence in other West African countries like Nigeria has certainly enveloped Burkina Faso, says Voice of the Martyrs Canada’s Greg Musselman. “Already Burkina Faso has become a place where the attacks by militant Islamics is increasing. Again,...
Tags: Boko Haram, Nigeria, United Nations, West Africa, Jesus, Burkina Faso, Christ, Voice of the Martyrs Canada, Greg Musselman, Musselman, Pixabay, Burkina Faso MNN, Burkina Faso Pray, Wikimedia Commons Musselman, Burkina Faso Image, Ouagadougou Burkina Faso Image


On the ground in Idlib: 'This is the last call to people with humanity to help' – video

The UN has estimated that 170,000 of the 900,000 civilians forced from their homes in a recent wave of displacement in north-west Syria are living out in the open. Laith, an activist who is part of the White Helmets volunteer group, has called for the international community to ‘stand with [those] who left their homes and be with them in the camps’. The massive displacement follows an escalation of Russian-supported offensives by the Assad regime to the destroy the last rebel bastions in Idlib a...
Tags: World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Refugees, Un, Bashar al-Assad, Assad, Internally displaced people, Aleppo, Idlib, Laith


Trump’s Choice for Intel Chief Leaves Officials ‘Blindsided’

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he had selected a loyalist and political ally as his administration’s next intelligence chief quickly raised eyebrows Wednesday on Capitol Hill among Democrats already concerned about the state of Team Trump’s attitude toward the intelligence community.On Wednesday night, Trump tweeted that Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany with a long history in the orbit of Trumpworld, would be named as the next acting Director of National Intelligence. ...
Tags: News, Congress, Senate, White House, China, Germany, Berlin, Iran, Ukraine, United Nations, Mitt Romney, National Security, Capitol Hill, Cia, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump


The Legacy of ISIL on Access to Education

A United Nations report published today finds that some children in Iraq are still unable to receive education in the aftermath of the territorial defeat of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant over two years ago, saying they cannot access schools or obtain key civilian documentation necessary for enrolment in state schools. The Right to Education in Iraq: The legacy of ISIL territorial control on access to education is jointly released by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq and t...
Tags: News, Islamic State, Iraq, United Nations, Un, Iraq Business News, Levant, Ministry of Education, United Nations Assistance Mission, IDP, Michelle Bachelet, UN Office, Danielle Bell, Ninewa Governorate, UNAMI Human Rights Office


Trump Taps Loyalist Richard Grenell as Acting Head of Intelligence

(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, will become acting director of national intelligence, a move that puts a staunch Trump ally in charge of the nation’s 17 spy agencies, which the president has only tepidly embraced. “Rick has represented our Country exceedingly well and I look forward to working with him,” Trump tweeted. Grenell follows Joseph Maguire, who has been acting national intelligence director since Au...
Tags: News, Washington, Senate, Germany, Virginia, Uncategorized, United Nations, National Security, Warner, Donald Trump, National Security Agency, George W Bush, Brookings Institution, Senate Intelligence Committee, Trump, National Intelligence


To Survive Disaster, Plan for the Worst

Getting ready for a disaster is still a tiny part of the world’s response to the likelihood of one. But some governments and officials are starting to plan well in advance.
Tags: Europe, Weather, News, Mexico, Africa, Drought, Famine, Earthquakes, United Nations, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rain, World Bank, Floods, Great Britain, Humanitarian Aid


Russia opposes UN declaration calling for Syria ceasefire: diplomats

Russia on Wednesday objected to the UN Security Council adopting a statement that would have called for a ceasefire in northwest Syria, diplomats said, after a tense closed-door meeting. "We tried very hard to have a press statement calling for cessation of hostilities and humanitarian access to Idlib," Nicolas de Riviere, French ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters.
Tags: News, Russia, Syria, United Nations, Un, UN Security Council


What to find in the Plaza Grande of Quito

The Plaza Grande or Plaza de la Independencia, is located on Av. Venezuela between Chile and Espejo. It is one of the biggest attractions of the colonial center of Quito. In it some of the architectural jewels are discovered which were fundamental pieces so that it has been declared by the United Nations, as Cultural […] The post What to find in the Plaza Grande of Quito appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Chile, Attractions, United Nations, Venezuela, South America, Ecuador, Regions, Going Out, Quito, Plaza de la Independencia


China's handling of coronavirus is a diplomatic challenge for WHO

Beijing’s draconian measures to contain outbreak have delayed global transmissionThe World Health Organization is having to perform a diplomatic balancing act over the new coronavirus outbreak, caught between China – whose draconian measures to contain the disease have delayed transmission to the rest of the world –and China’s critics, who say its behaviour is typical of its disregard for human rights.At every press briefing, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has defended China’s h...
Tags: Health, Science, China, US, Society, World news, Taiwan, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, United Nations, Who, World Health Organization, Tedros, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Coronavirus outbreak


Greece Welcomes UNWTO Support For Sustainable Tourism Growth

The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) paid a high-level visit to Greece to meet with the Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism and offer the United Nations' specialized agency's support as the country works to grow and diversify its tourism sector.
Tags: Travel, Greece, United Nations, World Tourism Organization UNWTO


EFF ‘circus’ becomes contagion as MPs heckle Malema

ANC MPs test the EFF’s disruptive tactics on the leader of the Red Berets in Sona reply The post EFF ‘circus’ becomes contagion as MPs heckle Malema appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Politics, Article, United Nations, Eff, Parliament, Fw De Klerk, Julius Malema, ANC, African National Congress, Democratic Alliance, Cyril Ramaphosa, John Steenhuisen, Sona, Malema, National Council of Provinces, Thandi Modise


The next pandemic is inevitable. Are we prepared?

There is no way to completely stop a pandemic from coming, says former United Nations medical officer and a key player in the World Health Organization's (WHO) smallpox eradication program in South Asia, Larry Brilliant. Being prepared and having a good public health infrastructure are necessary to reduce impact.Pandemics like ebola are more likely to start at the edges of poor countries, away from the main hub and away from major cities, but without isolation and containment protocols they c...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Government, Africa, Public Health, Medical Research, Innovation, United Nations, World Health Organization, Health Care, Humanity, Epidemiology, Pandemic, Global Issues


UN publishes 'blacklist' of companies doing business in Israeli settlements

The United Nations has published a database of more than one hundred companies it says are doing business in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. Though welcomed by Palestinian leadership, the list prompted a furious response from Israeli leaders who denounced it as an anti-Israel 'blacklist.'
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World leaders urged to 'step back from precipice' of ecological ruin

As governments prepare to negotiate a Paris-style UN agreement on nature, 23 former foreign ministers have issued a call for urgent actionHumanity’s ongoing destruction of nature threatens the survival of our species, a group of former foreign ministers has warned, calling on leaders to step back from “the precipice” of irreversible ecological ruin and protect the planet.The planet’s rapidly warming oceans must be the focus of increased conservation efforts due to their importance in producing o...
Tags: Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Oceans, Paris, United Nations, Un, Biodiversity


Cameroon army blames accident for village 'massacre'

Yaoundé (AFP) - Cameroon's army on Monday denied opposition charges that it had massacred villagers in a troubled English-speaking region, blaming instead an "unfortunate accident" caused by an explosion of fuel during a firefight. Up to 22 civilians, 14 of them children, died in the incident on Friday, according to the United Nations -- deaths which opposition parties blamed on members of the armed forces. Five civilians -- a woman and four children -- died, and "seven terrorists" were "neutr...
Tags: News, Cameroon, United Nations, Afp, Libreville, Atonfack


EU agrees to deploy warships to enforce Libya arms embargo

Operation in Mediterranean will come into force as mission to save migrants is wound downThe EU has agreed to deploy warships to stop the flow of weapons into Libya, as it wound down a military mission that had once rescued migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean.Josep Borrell, the EU’s chief diplomat, announced that 27 foreign ministers had agreed to launch a new operation with naval ships, planes and satellites in order to enforce the UN arms embargo on Libya. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Africa, Eu, European Union, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, United Nations, Libya, Un, Arms trade, Mediterranean, Josep Borrell


De Klerk now admits apartheid was a crime against humanity

Apartheid’s last president walks back comments that definition was a Soviet plot The post De Klerk now admits apartheid was a crime against humanity appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Politics, Article, Nelson Mandela, United Nations, Eff, Fw De Klerk, Apartheid, Cyril Ramaphosa, Pravin Gordhan, International Court, Economic Freedom Fighters, De Klerk, Sona, FW De Klerk Foundation, Thandi Modise, The Editors Picks


UK To Spend $1.6 Billion on World's Best Climate Supercomputer

The U.K. said it will spend 1.2 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) on developing the most powerful weather and climate supercomputer in the world. From a report: The program aims to improve weather and climate modeling by the government forecaster, the Met Office, Business Secretary Alok Sharma said in a statement Monday. The machine will replace the U.K.'s existing supercomputer, which is already one of the 50 most powerful in the world. "Come rain or shine, our significant investment for a new supe...
Tags: UK, Tech, Britain, United Nations, Boris Johnson, U K, Glasgow Scotland, Sharma, Alok Sharma, Met Office Business


Unexploded bombs pose rising threat to civilians in Libya

Rights groups and UN warn of rapidly accelerating danger as banned cluster weapons are deployed The threat posed by unexploded bombs is rising exponentially in wartorn Libya, experts have warned, with the use of banned cluster weapons a source of particular concern.The UN’s Mine Action Service (Unmas) said that even parts of the country previously cleared of explosive material had been recontaminated following a surge in fighting since April last year, when the warlord Khalifa Haftar launched a ...
Tags: Africa, World news, US news, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Global development, Libya, Un, Arms trade, Tripoli, Khalifa Haftar, Conflict and arms, Mine Action Service Unmas