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Myanmar coup: US ‘horrified’ by deadliest day since military takeover

Myanmar coup: US ‘horrified’ by deadliest day since military takeover

World
ReutersThe US has said that it is "horrified" by the killing of scores of anti-coup protesters in Myanmar on Saturday.Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused the military of "a reign of terror" that was "sacrificing the lives of the people to serve the few".Saturday was the deadliest day since last month's military takeover.The defence chiefs of a dozen nations, including the UK, on Sunday issued a rare joint statement condemning the military's violent actions.The US, Japan and Australia were also among the signatories of a statement that said: "A professional military follows international standards for conduct and is responsible for protecting - not harming - the people it serves."UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was "deeply shocked" at the violence and British Foreign Sec...
Australia records deadliest day as worldwide cases near 20M

Australia records deadliest day as worldwide cases near 20M

World
Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Monday the island nation recorded its highest single-day death toll of 19 but experienced a slight drop in cases. The announcement came as infections worldwide inched toward 20 million. Advertisement However, Australia has fared comparatively better than most countries in the face of COVID-19, but it has been fighting spiking cases in the southeastern state of Victoria. Of Australia's roughly 21,000 infections and more than 300 deaths, 14,957 infections were diagnosed in Victoria including 228 people who died to the virus, the state's health ministry said in an update. On Monday, all 19 deaths in the past 24 occurred in Victoria. The previous daily high was 17, which was also set by Victoria a day prior. Though deaths continu...
Coronavirus deaths top 900 after deadliest day yet

Coronavirus deaths top 900 after deadliest day yet

Health
Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus surged to 910 after Chinese health officials reported 97 people died from the disease on Sunday -- the deadliest day since the outbreak began in December. China's National Health Commission released the numbers early Monday, stating 91 deaths occurred over the day prior in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak. The number of cases of the disease also rose by 3,062, bringing the nation's total cases of the disease to 40,171, of which nearly 3,300 have been cured and discharged from the hospital, health officials said. Among the infected are 27 foreigners, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters, adding that 22 of them still remain in the hospital. The figure includes two deaths -- that of a U.S. ...
2nd deadliest Ebola outbreak in history spreads to major city

2nd deadliest Ebola outbreak in history spreads to major city

World
The second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city. Butembo, a bustling city of almost a million people in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, is reporting an increasing number of cases of Ebola virus disease in the country's current epidemic. There has been a "significant increase" in infections there over the past three weeks, with a total of 25 confirmed cases thus far, according to Thursday's bulletin from the country's health ministry. Butembo is a key trading and transport hub with links to other major cities in the country as well as to neighboring Uganda. It's about two times the size of the city of Beni, the outbreak's epicenter, and is located just 35 miles away. The health ministry said the "high density and mobility" of Butembo's ...
California wildfires: Trump visits state's deadliest blaze

California wildfires: Trump visits state's deadliest blaze

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Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has visited California to survey the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state's history.The Camp Fire, in northern California, has killed at least 76 people.More than 1,200 people have been reported missing, although officials say that figure could fluctuate.In the destroyed town of Paradise, Mr Trump described the scene as "sad" and reiterated his disputed claim that poor forest management was to blame."We do have to do management maintenance and we'll be working also with environmental groups. I think everyone's seen the light," he said."I don't think we'll have this again to this extent," he added.Experts have pointed to the weather, climate change and popula...