THE NEW CORONAVIRUS IN CHINA TIMELINE December 31 2019: The WHO China Country Office was informed of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. Around 44 suspected cases were reported in the month of December. … [Read more...] about China reports 17 new cases of coronavirus in Wuhan – as JFK, San Francisco and LAX screen all passengers arriving from the city for the deadly viral pneumonia
On Thursday the internet in Kutupalong, a city-sized refugee camp in south-eastern Bangladesh, was switched back on for a few hours. The camp’s residents gathered around their phones as, 5,000 miles away in The Hague, the international court of justice (ICJ) delivered a ruling on Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority. They cheered as the court issued a set of legally binding obligations: that Myanmar’s military does not commit acts of genocide against some 600,000 Rohingya who still live in the country, and that evidence of past crimes remains intact. … [Read more...] about The persecuted Rohingya now have legal protection, but will it amount to anything?
The strategy shift comes at the end of a policy review on Burma ordered by Clinton is February. It coincides with a visit to the UN general assembly by the Burmese leader, Than Shwe, the first senior member of the junta to attend for 14 years. To try to ease criticism of the country's human rights record, the junta last week declared an amnesty for about 7,000 prisoners. … [Read more...] about US signals major policy shift towards Burma
Little wonder, then, that writers such as Shafak feel that they have become political chess pieces. The decision by the Nobel committee to award its prize for literature to Pamuk in 2006 must be seen at least partly in this heightened political context, while Shafak's novel has arguably been more widely debated than read. Pamuk's work, however, is nuanced enough to withstand this clumsy manoeuvring. What about Shafak's? … [Read more...] about Secrets and lies
'Wedding planing is non existent,' he said. 'I've been so busy ... I've literally been out of town the whole year. Cara has been incredibly busy as well ... we're kind of just doing things on our own schedule.' … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: Cara Santana was ‘completely blindsided’ by her fiance Jesse Metcalfe after he cuddled up to a mystery woman and held hands with model Livia Pillmann