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Coronavirus poses greater global threat than terrorism, WHO warn

Coronavirus poses greater global threat than terrorism, WHO warn

World
The coronavirus is "the worst enemy you can ever imagine" and poses a greater global threat than terrorism, the World Health Organisation has warned.Urging the world to "wake up" and be as aggressive as possible in tackling the outbreak, the UN health agency has given a new name to the disease that has sickened more than 44,600 people. It is now going to be officially known as COVID-19 - CO stands for corona, VI for virus, D for disease and 19 for the year it emerged. Image: Leading doctors say the coronavirus must be treated as 'public enemy number one' Chinese health officials have expressed hope that the outbreak will be over in April, but the head of the World Health Organisation was far less optimistic.Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyes...
French minister in threat to veto British Steel deal

French minister in threat to veto British Steel deal

Business
A Chinese rescue of British Steel has been thrown into fresh doubt after a warning from the French government that it will withhold support for a deal.Sky News has learnt that Bruno Le Maire, France's finance minister, told the chancellor, Sajid Javid, during a meeting in Brussels last week that it would seek to veto a takeover of Scunthorpe-based British Steel by Jingye Group, a Chinese conglomerate. "Le Maire told Javid that there was no way the French would back the Jingye deal," a source briefed on the discussion said on Friday."The message came with the blessing of [French president Emmanuel] Macron."The latest intervention from Paris may turn out to be significant, with the British government attempting to secure the future of the country's second-biggest steel producer in the next f...
Deepfakes: A threat to democracy or just a bit of fun?

Deepfakes: A threat to democracy or just a bit of fun?

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device "We are already at the point where you can't tell the difference between deepfakes and the real thing," Professor Hao Li of the University of Southern California tells the BBC."It's scary."We are at the computer scientist's deepfake installation at the World Economic Forum in Davos which gives a hint of what he means.Like other deepfake tools, his software creates computer-manipulated videos of people - often politicians or celebrities - that are designed to look real.Most often this involves "face swapping", whereby the face of a celebrity is overlaid onto the likeness of someone else.As I sit, a camera films my face and projects it onto a screen in front of me; my features are then digitally mappe...
HRW calls on global community to combat China’s threat to human rights

HRW calls on global community to combat China’s threat to human rights

World
Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The Chinese government poses a threat to the rights of people worldwide, non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch said, calling on the international community to band together to counter Beijing's attacks. In HRW's annual 2020 report analyzing the world's human rights situation, its executive director, Kenneth Roth, warned that since China sees human rights as an existential threat, how it combats that threat jeopardizes the rights and freedoms of the rest of the world. "At home, the Chinese Communist Party, worried that permitting political freedom would jeopardize its grasp on power, has constructed an Orwellian high-tech surveillance state and a sophisticated Internet censorship system to monitor and suppress public criticism," wrote Roth. "Abroad, it uses its...
Flybe tight-lipped over collapse threat

Flybe tight-lipped over collapse threat

Business
Flybe has declined to comment on media reports that the airline is in crisis talks in an attempt to put together a rescue deal.According to Sky News, Flybe, which has already been bailed out once, has been struggling to secure fresh finance.All of the airline's flights are currently operating as normal.It said it was focusing on "providing great service and connectivity for our customers, to ensure that they can continue to travel as planned".Flybe added: "We don't comment on rumour or speculation."The reports come a year after Flybe was bought for £2.2m by a consortium including Virgin Atlantic and Stobart Group.Since then, the consortium has invested tens of millions of pounds in the troubled carrier, but losses have continued to mount.Tourism adviser a