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Monday, 30 March 2020 17:03 WIB

Britain is on an emergency footing for the first time since World War II. The move means the British government is setting up what it calls strategic coordination centers across the U.K. to distribute supplies to citizens to help combat the coronavirus outbreak.  There are more than 22,000 British confirmed cases of coronavirus “ Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Charles are among them. More than 1,200 have died. The government's deputy chief medical officer says the lockdown could last as long as six months but says if people do as they're told and conditions improve, the...

RECENT NEWS
Some Foreign Diplomats Depart North Korea Amid Virus Scare
Monday, 9 March 2020 23:49 WIB | Global

A group of foreign diplomats has departed Pyongyang, with some temporarily closing their missions in the North Korean capital amid a coronavirus scare. About 80 foreigners - including diplomats from Russia, Germany, France, and Switzerland - arrived Monday in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok, according to a Facebook post by the the Russian embassy in North Korea. Colin Crooks, the British ambassador to North Korea, tweeted: œSad to say farewell this morning to colleagues from German Embassy and French Office (in North Korea), which are closing temporarily. The British...

Turkey's Erdogan to Meet with EU Leaders Over Migrant Agreements
Monday, 9 March 2020 17:49 WIB | Global

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erodgan said Sunday that he will meet with European Union officials in Brussels on Monday to discuss an influx of migrants in Turkey. As migrants from Syria continue to cross into Turkey, Erdogan has said Ankara can no longer abide by the 2016 law that prevents migrants in Turkey from traveling into the European Union. "I will have a meeting with European Union officials tomorrow  in Belgium," Erdogan said during a speech in Istanbul on Sunday. According to the 2016 deal, the EU was supposed to provide Turkey with some $6.8 billion to finance housing...

Italy's Coronavirus Death Toll Spikes as Lockdown Takes Effect
Monday, 9 March 2020 10:33 WIB | Global

Italy's coronavirus death toll spiked Sunday by 133 to 366, the most in any country outside China. With the growing health risks, Rome imposed a new emergency decree, locking down the northern part of the country with a quarter of Italy's population. That includes the Lombardy region and the financial capital, Milan. In addition, Italy is closing off 14 other provinces, including Veneto, home of Venice. Travel into and out the areas will be highly restricted until early next month, as the country seeks to slow the tide of fatalities from the virus. Museums, theaters, cinemas and other...

US Accuses Russia of Spreading Fear, Panic on Coronavirus
Friday, 6 March 2020 23:40 WIB | Global

The United States is accusing Russia of opening up its entire disinformation playbook to prey on growing fears about the spread of the coronavirus. Moscow's effort, underway for weeks, according to officials, includes the use of state-run media outlets, fake news websites and œswarms" of fake online personas to churn out fabricated information in at least five languages. "We've been watching the narratives that are being pushed out ” false narratives around coronavirus," Lea Gabrielle, coordinator for the State Department's Global Engagement Center (GEC), told lawmakers Thursday. "We...

Iran Closes Schools, Limits Travel Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
Friday, 6 March 2020 18:39 WIB | Global

Iran has closed all schools and adopted a series of other new measures as it battles the worst outbreak of coronavirus outside of China. Health Minister Saeed Namaki told a news conference on Thursday that all schools and universities will remain closed until the end of the Iranian calendar year on March 20, and that checkpoints will be used to limit travel between major cities. "People should not consider this as an opportunity to go traveling. They should stay home and take our warnings seriously," Saeed Namaki said at a televised press conference. The moves come after authorities said...

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