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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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World in Brief: de-escalation, volcano, false alarms

President Hassan Rouhani announced Iran’s intentions to de-escalate from long-lasting tensions with the US last Sunday. Rouhani met with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, to conclude de-escalation was the only solution for the wellbeing of the region. “We’ve decided to have more consultations and cooperation for the security of the entire region,” said Rouhani, according to the Agence France Presse

Qatar diplomatically rests uncomfortably between Iran and the US with the largest American military base in the region as well as strong relations with Iran. This comes shortly after high-ranking Iranian general Qassem Soleimani was shot down by a US-led drone attack and a Ukranian Airlines airplane crashed near Tehran after takeoff. It was confirmed the plane had been “mistakenly” taken down by an Iranian missile.

A small volcano near Philippines’s capital Manila erupted on Sunday. The eruption was ranked at a danger level of four, five being the highest ranking. The eruption ejected dust and pebbles 10 to 15 kilometres into the sky. Ash quickly covered the runways at Manila’s international airport, grounding all domestic flights. The eruption was followed by a series of earthquakes, reported the authorities, who rushed to evacuate nearly 300,000 people in the region, reported the Associated Press. The volcano was famous among tourists for its breathtaking scenery.

An alert about the Pickering Nuclear Generation Plant was sent out on Sunday morning. It was soon found to be a mistake during a routine training exercise conducted by the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre, reported CBC. It was only two hours later that a second alert was sent out to reassure the public about the incident. The nuclear plant is located east of Toronto. Emergency Management Ontario will conduct a thorough investigation to find out who was responsible for the alert.

 

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World in Brief: Shooting, whistleblowers and deadly protests

Four people were killed and five injured in a shooting last Sunday in Kansas City. Police said the two suspects opened fired in a busy bar around 1:27 a.m. following a disturbance or fight. According to an article in The Washington Post, the four victims were all Hispanic men, but the police refused to add further comments.

A second whistleblower surfaced on Sunday morning supporting previous allegations on Donald Trump’s exchanges with Ukraine’s president. While they haven’t filed a complaint with the inspector general, attorney Mark Zaid said in an interview with the Associated Press that the whistleblower has “firsthand knowledge that supported” the original claims.

Protest in Iraq over unemployment and corruption are still raging since Oct. 1. The death toll was estimated at 106 on Sunday – five days after the first confrontations between the police and protesters. According to an article in Reuters, the Iraqi government agreed to a plan that increases subsidized housing for the poor, stipends for the unemployed and training programs and small loans initiatives for unemployed youth.

Protesters in Hong Kong defied the law prohibiting marching with a masked face. According to an article in the Agence France Presse, the crowds were “condemning the government for deploying emergency powers to ban face masks at public gatherings.” What started as a peaceful march quickly turned into violent confrontations as police dispersed the crowd with tear gas and physical force.

 

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