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World in Brief: Basketball legend dies, Iraq’s attack on the U.S. embassy, Trump and Thunberg at Davos 2020 and the Coronavirus

Former basketball all-star player, Kobe Bryant, died in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California last Sunday, reported the CBC. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna was among the nine victims in the crash. The city of Calabasas announced Bryant’s death via Twitter. Bryant won five championships, was an 18-time all-star NBA player and currently stands fourth on the all-time points list. He was 41.

Three rockets hit the U.S. embassy in Iraq’s capital last Sunday. A senior Iraqi official told the AFP that one person was wounded, but could not confirm whether it was a U.S. citizen or an Iraqi staff member. Around dinner time, one rocket hit an embassy cafeteria while the two others collided nearby. The attack has yet to be claimed, but Washington is already blaming Iran-backed Iraqi militias. The attack marks the beginning of new escalations following the missile strikes on a U.S. military base in Iraq on Jan. 8.

After four days of conferences, the 50th World Economic Forum ended on Friday in Davos, Switzerland. The annual meeting, which aims to engage world leaders in addressing current global issues, brought together more than 800 guest speakers covering seven themes. Climate change took over Davos 2020, though, as highlight speaker Greta Thunberg and U.S. President Donal Trump argued over the crisis. Without naming Thunberg directly, Trump attacked climate activists, referring to them as “prophets of doom”––as seen in this video shared by Time Magazine.

More than 2,700 cases of the Coronavirus––causing more than 100 deaths in China––have been confirmed as reported through live updates by The Guardian. The first pneumonia-like virus was reported in late-December in Wuhan, in the Hubei Province of China. On Friday, China closed all access to six cities and postponed various Lunar New Year activities. The World Health Organization continues to say that the virus is not a global emergency. As of Monday morning, one case has been confirmed in Canada, with a second presumptive case, both in Toronto.


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