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Ukrainian president visits eastern frontline as tensions rise with Russia

Ukrainian president visits eastern frontline as tensions rise with Russia

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Ukraine's president has visited the country's eastern frontline amid an escalation of tensions with neighbouring Russia that has raised fears of a resumption of large-scale hostilities.In Moscow, a senior Kremlin official sternly warned Ukraine against using force to reclaim control of the rebel east, saying that this might force Russia to step in to protect civilians there. The conflict with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine erupted shortly after Moscow's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula. More than 14,000 people have died in the fighting. Image: Ukraine's President Zelenskyy told soldiers they were 'a true example of heroism'. Pic: Associated Press Analysis: Russia using old Putin tactic to justify military pr...
Pope Francis visits regions of Iraq once held by Islamic State

Pope Francis visits regions of Iraq once held by Islamic State

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ReutersPope Francis is visiting parts of northern Iraq that were held by Islamic State (IS) militants on the third day of his historic trip to the country.Christians were among those targeted by IS when they seized the region in 2014, carrying out human rights abuses.The Pope has arrived in the city of Mosul where he is praying among the ruins of its churches, several of which were destroyed during the fighting.Later he will celebrate Mass in Irbil, with up to 10,000 attendees expected.There are fears the service could become a coronavirus super-spreader event.Iraq has seen a sharp rise in Covid-19 infections over the past month. The 84-year-old leader of the Catholic Church and his entourage have all been vaccinated, but Iraq only received its first batch of doses last week.'Pope's visit ...
WHO team in Wuhan visits disease control centers

WHO team in Wuhan visits disease control centers

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A World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic has visited two disease control centers in the province where the outbreak emergedBy EMILY WANG FUJIYAMA Associated PressFebruary 1, 2021, 9:56 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleWUHAN, China -- A World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic visited two disease control centers on Monday that had an early hand in managing the outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.The WHO investigators arrived in Wuhan, the provincial capital, last month to look for clues and have visited hospitals and a seafood market where early cases were detected.The team on Monday visited both the Hubei Provincial Center for Disease Control and its Wuhan cit...
WHO teams visits Wuhan food market in search of virus clues

WHO teams visits Wuhan food market in search of virus clues

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A World Health Organization team looking into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic is visiting a market known to be the food distribution center for the Chinese city of Wuhan during the 76-day lockdown last yearBy EMILY WANG FUJIYAMA and ZEN SOO Associated PressJanuary 31, 2021, 9:23 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleWUHAN, China -- A World Health Organization team looking into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday visited the seafood market in the Chinese city of Wuhan that was linked to many early infections.The team members visited the Huanan Seafood Market for about an hour in the afternoon, and one of them flashed a thumbs up sign when reporters asked how the trip was going.The market was the site of a December 2019 outbreak of the virus. ...
Submarine USS Georgia, in Arabian Gulf, visits Bahrain

Submarine USS Georgia, in Arabian Gulf, visits Bahrain

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Dec. 28 (UPI) -- The submarine USS Georgia, in the Arabian Gulf as tensions in the area increase, visited Manama, Bahrain, the Navy's 5th Fleet said on Monday. The vessel, which can carry 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles, noticeably transited the Strait of Hormuz last week, escorted by two guided-missile cruisers, according to Navy officials. Advertisement The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, which normally does not announce submarine movement, prominently mentioned the USS Georgia's travel. "Bahrain was a perfect opportunity for the crew to get some well-deserved rest and have the ability to speak with their loved ones back home over the Christmas Holiday," said Master Chief Arnell Brantley of the USS Georgia. The submarine had not visited Bahrain since 2009, and the visit was referred to ...