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Schiff lobbies Chief Justice Roberts to rule on questions of executive privilege

Schiff lobbies Chief Justice Roberts to rule on questions of executive privilegeRep. Adam Schiff, the lead House prosecutor, called on Chief Justice John Roberts to expedite rulings on any disputes between Congress and President Trump over witness testimony and documents, if the Senate votes to allow them.



China’s Coronavirus Keeps Spreading but the WHO Still Won’t Declare a Global Emergency

China’s Coronavirus Keeps Spreading but the WHO Still Won’t Declare a Global EmergencyHONG KONG—The Chinese government has imposed transit bans on at least eight cities to limit the spread of the contagious coronavirus that has killed at least 26 people as of Friday afternoon and surfaced as far away as the United States, where one case is confirmed and two are under observation. Yet the World Health Organization still has not declared a global health emergency.New Suspected Coronavirus Cases Pop Up in Two StatesIn China, the youngest fatality is 36 years old, and patients are dying outside of the province where the virus first appeared. Enormous metropolitan centers like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou are on alert to try to limit the spread of the illness, but Chinese authorities so far have not been able to wall in the contagion that has erupted during the massive holiday travel season ahead of the Lunar New Year on Saturday.Wuhan, where a now-shuttered meat and poultry market saw the origin of the outbreak, was the first city to undergo mass quarantine on Thursday; anyone who attempts to leave the city without permission from the government can face up to seven years in jail. Public transportation services were also halted in nearby Huanggang, Ezhou, Xiantao, Zhijian, Chibi, Jingmen, and Qianjiang. In all, more than 26 million people are in the quarantine zone.People who managed to leave Wuhan before the lockdown told The Daily Beast that the lack of reliable information from state-run news sources compounded the chaos that was felt in the city this week. “Healthy adults seem to recover just fine,” one man said. “But we didn’t know about the scale [of infection] or what to be cautious about.”After the Wuhan mayor came under fire for mismanaging matters during the outbreak’s onset, city-level officials in other parts of the country aren’t taking any chances. In Guangzhou, a major city in southern China, officials are actively locating travelers who entered the city after leaving Wuhan, even requiring those who display no symptoms to undergo self-quarantine for two weeks—the maximum incubation period for other deadly coronaviruses, known as SARS and MERS, that together infected many thousands and killed more than a thousand during epidemics in previous years.Coronavirus Patient Had Close Contact With 16 in Washington StateThe World Health Organization has been monitoring the spread of the virus. But after two days of deliberation, the WHO said it is not time to declare an international health emergency, even though outside of China there are confirmed infections in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, and Singapore, as well as in the United States.Elsewhere, suspected infections have appeared in the Philippines, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Australia, and Italy. Officials in the Philippines are in the process of repatriating 135 Chinese nationals who flew into the country from Wuhan earlier in the week. At a press conference held in Geneva on Thursday, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom said, “Make no mistake. This is an emergency in China, but it has not yet become a global health emergency. It may yet become one. … It is likely that we will see more cases in other parts of China and other countries.”Declaring a global health emergency would be a blow to the international legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party, whose officials in Wuhan initially downplayed the severity of the contagion’s spread only for higher authorities to later institute a quarantine that is impacting tens of millions of people. A WHO declaration would demand a “coordinated international response” to combat the spread of a disease that threatens the well-being of large populations. It also means there are “implications for public health beyond the affected state’s national border,” and countries around the world have an obligation to respond as quickly as possible.We now know that the coronavirus can be transmitted from human hosts to other humans and that infection can lead to complications that result in death. We also know that about one-quarter of the people who have been infected develop severe symptoms. But scientists are still trying to identify the virus' other key characteristics. For now, it is unclear just how infectious the virus is, or, critically, at what stage of infection a person begins to spread it to new potential hosts. Airports around the world are screening arriving passengers by checking their body temperatures, but that measure may not be an effective way of isolating potential coronavirus carriers if they are not exhibiting symptoms.China’s National Health Commission released some details about the first 17 people who died after falling sick, and some of them did not run fevers. The virus’ incubation period—possibly between one and two weeks—also means it can lie dormant in human bodies as they travel across borders or continents.Hospitals in some parts of China—particularly in Hubei, the province where cities are under mass quarantine—are slammed with people seeking medical tests or assistance. These facilities are short-staffed, and supplies are far from enough to handle the volume.The fear is that cramped hospitals, like those in Wuhan and surrounding areas where hundreds pack into a waiting room for hours on end to seek tests or medical assistance, can lead to a spike in infections, possibly even cultivating a “super-spreader”—an individual who is extremely contagious and infects a disproportionate number of people, particularly in densely populated areas.In the United States, officials have identified suspected infections in California and Texas on top of the country’s first confirmed case in Washington state. The traveler who arrived at Los Angeles International Airport departed Mexico City on an American Airlines flight and was taken to a local hospital while experiencing flu-like symptoms. In Brazos County, Texas, a student of Texas A&M University has been isolated for precautionary testing.The Chinese central government said it will build a new hospital in six days specifically to treat coronavirus patients. It will be modeled after a facility constructed in Beijing in 2003 to handle the SARS epidemic. For now, hospitals in Wuhan are asking for donations of medical supplies—surgical masks, protective goggles, and more. Doctors and nurses are stretched thin, and they’re waiting for any assistance that can be had.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



Chinese people are turning on the government as the coronavirus outbreak spirals into the Lunar New Year

Chinese people are turning on the government as the coronavirus outbreak spirals into the Lunar New YearAn unprecedented quarantine during the biggest festival of the year is proving a breaking point, as a fearful public faces the spreading virus.



A 'messy' winter storm bringing snow and flooding may cause travel delays across Northeast

A 'messy' winter storm bringing snow and flooding may cause travel delays across NortheastExpect travel delays, heavy rain and possible flooding in the Northeast over the weekend as a slow-moving storm moves east.



Damaged By Drone Strike: Suleimani's Sainthood Is Now Being Questioned

Damaged By Drone Strike: Suleimani's Sainthood Is Now Being QuestionedIran’s brand is thinning among the Shi’a and Suleimani’s departure creates breathing room for the Shi’a in the region.



Inmate charged with murder of 'Britain's worst pedophile'

Inmate charged with murder of 'Britain's worst pedophile'A prison inmate has been charged with the murder of “Britain’s worst pedophile," police have confirmed.



Chinese Uighurs in Saudi face impossible choice

Chinese Uighurs in Saudi face impossible choiceHis eyes brimming with tears, a Uighur student in Saudi Arabia holds out his Chinese passport -- long past its expiry date and condemning him to an uncertain fate as the kingdom grows closer to Beijing. The Chinese mission in Saudi Arabia stopped renewing passports for the ethnic Muslim minority more than two years ago, in what campaigners call a pressure tactic exercised in many countries to force the Uighur diaspora to return home. Half a dozen Uighur families in Saudi Arabia who showed AFP their passports -- a few already expired and some approaching the date -- said they dread going back to China, where over a million Uighurs are believed to be held in internment camps.



New Trump Rule Requires U.S. Officials to Weigh Pregnant Visa Applicants' Medical Needs

New Trump Rule Requires U.S. Officials to Weigh Pregnant Visa Applicants' Medical NeedsWould this new restriction impact pregnant women with genuine medical needs? It will come down to how individual counselors enforce it



‘On life support’: Buttigieg's struggles with black voters threaten his candidacy

‘On life support’: Buttigieg's struggles with black voters threaten his candidacyButtigieg has spent millions without budging in polls of South Carolina Democrats, signaling trouble no matter what happens in Iowa.



Trump complains his impeachment defense has a lousy time slot

Trump complains his impeachment defense has a lousy time slotSince being elected president, Donald Trump has tweeted about “ratings” exactly 100 times, according to the Trump Twitter Archive.



‘Fox & Friends’ Desperately Tries to End Unhinged Giuliani Interview, Repeatedly Fails

‘Fox & Friends’ Desperately Tries to End Unhinged Giuliani Interview, Repeatedly FailsPresident Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani showed up on the president’s favorite morning program on Friday—and apparently didn’t want to leave.A day after Giuliani claimed on Twitter that he was about to go public with evidence that will reveal the “Biden Family Enterprise made millions by selling public office” when Joe Biden was vice president, the former New York City mayor sat down on Fox & Friends’ curvy couch for what can generously be described as an unhinged, rambling, off-the-rails performance.Giuliani, whose involvement in the Ukraine scandal is at the heart of the president’s impeachment, continually left the hosts of the Fox News slack-jawed as he prattled on and bulldozed right through their efforts to keep him from incriminating and implicating himself.For example, as he claimed he would provide “compelling” evidence later in the day on a podcast to support his wild assertions about the Bidens that seemingly ensnare the entire Obama administration AND Hillary Clinton, co-host Brian Kilmeade wanted to make sure “the State Department and the White House know everything you were doing."Elsewhere in the interview, which was aired in front of a live studio audience, the one-time America’s Mayor dismissed text messages and call logs with shady businessman Lev Parnas and other figures associated with Ukraine, oddly boasting, “How about all those phone records that show that I am a very hard-working lawyer?”Finally, after Giuliani once again repeated his Biden-related conspiracies, co-host Steve Doocy stepped in to wrap up the segment.“I know you could go clear through noon when your podcast starts. Give it up for Rudy Giuliani,” Doocy exclaimed to cheers from the audience. “We’re going to be watching.”The Trump lawyer, however, wasn’t budging, instead saying that he’d only shown the “tip of the iceberg” while rambling on some more.“Rudy, we’re done,” Doocy begged, prompting Kilmeade to add, “We have got to go. The president wants you to continue this investigation?”“Would you like me to give up?” Giuliani replied, before adding, “Would you like me to say OK, Biden can keep his 8 million that he got in bribes. He can keep all the bribes that they got.”Again, Doocy tried to give the signal that the interview was over, telling Giuliani that “we’re waiting for noon” for the podcast. Giuliani, meanwhile, ignored Doocy while asking Kilmeade if he should “give it up” while grabbing his head and awkwardly leaning off the couch.The ex-mayor would continue to steamroll over Doocy’s efforts to go to commercial break so he could get yet another last word in, finally giving it up after Doocy’s fifth attempt to end the interview.Stephen Colbert Grills CNN’s Chris Cuomo on His ‘Friend’ Kellyanne ConwayRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



Lindsey Graham: 'Let's not be too hard' on Adam Schiff, Democrats

Lindsey Graham: 'Let's not be too hard' on Adam Schiff, DemocratsSen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) isn't a fan of the whole impeachment saga, but he's not taking it personally.Many GOP lawmakers were angered by a comment made by lead impeachment prosecutor Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during his closing arguments Friday. "CBS News reported last night that a Trump confidant said that key senators were warned, 'Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike.' I don't know if that's true," Schiff said.But Graham wasn't among the affronted. He said the comment was "over the top," but he's been in Schiff's shoes, so he understand that things can get away from you every once in a while in a tense environment.> .@LindseyGrahamSC, via @ckmarie, on Schiff's "head on a pike" comments: "Over the top, but let's not be too hard here. I've been in their shoes, you've been doing this for three days, you're passionate about what you believe, you're trying to appeal to our better nature."> > -- Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) January 25, 2020Overall, Graham was complimentary of the Democrats arguments, even if the chance that they swayed his opinion is negligible. > With a few exceptions, the House managers presented their case in a professional, articulate manner respectful of the body. > > They were prepared and very, very, very thorough. > > The other side of the story will be presented tomorrow and then we decide.> > -- Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 25, 2020More stories from theweek.com Trump is winning the impeachment battle — but losing the war Despite apparent preference for 'moderate' candidate, Iowans back Sanders in latest poll Trump debuts official Space Force logo — and it's literally a ripoff of Star Trek



Photos show how China is grappling with the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak as 12 cities are quarantined and hospitals run out of space

Photos show how China is grappling with the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak as 12 cities are quarantined and hospitals run out of spaceChinese authorities quarantined people in 12 cities, halting transportation and cutting off nearly 33 million people to try and quell the outbreak.



China is Expanding into the Indian Ocean—Here Are Five Things the Indian Navy Can Do About It

China is Expanding into the Indian Ocean—Here Are Five Things the Indian Navy Can Do About ItTwo emerging superpowers square off. Who wins?



Photos from the Lunar New Year show how coronavirus turned China's biggest party into a washout

Photos from the Lunar New Year show how coronavirus turned China's biggest party into a washoutHere are photos comparing last year's celebration — complete with Chinese lions, historical dances, and family time — to this year.



Mexico seeks US extradition of drug lord's son for reporter murder

Mexico seeks US extradition of drug lord's son for reporter murderCuliacán (Mexico) (AFP) - Mexico is seeking the extradition from the United States of the son of a Sinaloa cartel drug lord over the 2017 murder of acclaimed journalist Javier Valdez, the attorney general's office said Thursday. Damaso Lopez Serrano, the son of former top "El Chapo" lieutenant Damaso Lopez Nunez "El Licenciado", is accused of being the mastermind behind the killing of Valdez. An arrest warrant for Lopez Serrano was approved Thursday afternoon after prosecutors interviewed members of the Sinaloa cartel who testified against him, the attorney general's office said in a statement.



Two pedestrians killed by snowplow in Kansas

Two pedestrians killed by snowplow in KansasThe two victims were struck by a snowplow north of the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, authorities said.



Wax On, Wane Off: A Guide to All the Lunar Phases

Wax On, Wane Off: A Guide to All the Lunar Phases



Pentagon: 34 US troops had brain injuries from Iran's strike

Pentagon: 34 US troops had brain injuries from Iran's strikeThe Pentagon said Friday that 34 U.S. troops were diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries suffered in this month's Iranian missile strike on an Iraqi air base, and that half of the troops have returned to their military duties. Seventeen of the 34 are still under medical observation, according to Jonathan Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesman. President Donald Trump had initially said he was told that no troops had been injured in the Jan. 8 strike.



Parties unite over Taiwan's exclusion from WHO anti-virus planning

Parties unite over Taiwan's exclusion from WHO anti-virus planningTaiwan's exclusion from World Health Organization meetings on the coronavirus outbreak has united the island's political parties, who normally agree on little, especially to do with China. Taiwan is not a member of the WHO due to the objection of China, which considers it a Chinese province with no right to participate in international organizations as a separate entity. Taiwan was not allowed to participate in an emergency WHO meeting on Wednesday about the new virus, which has killed at least 25 people since originating in the Chinese city of Wuhan last month.



Philippine President Duterte threatens to end military deal with U.S.

Philippine President Duterte threatens to end military deal with U.S.Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned the United States on Thursday he would repeal an agreement on deployment of troops and equipment for exercises if Washington did not reinstate the visa of a political ally.



Fox News primetime is covering Trump's impeachment trial — but with no audio of evidence from Democrats

Fox News primetime is covering Trump's impeachment trial — but with no audio of evidence from DemocratsFox News host Sean Hannity assured viewers the impeachment trial wasn't worth watching, and summed it up as "babble" and "talking points."



This Is What Skiing in Africa Looks Like

This Is What Skiing in Africa Looks Like



Will China Invade Taiwan Before the Communist Party Approaches its 100th Anniversary?

Will China Invade Taiwan Before the Communist Party Approaches its 100th Anniversary?Could it happen?



LGBT Rights Group Demands Sanders Renounce Rogan Endorsement

LGBT Rights Group Demands Sanders Renounce Rogan Endorsement(Bloomberg) -- The Human Rights Campaign is calling on Bernie Sanders to renounce an endorsement from radio host Joe Rogan, who has made derogatory comments about African Americans and LGBTQ people.Rogan, who hosts “The Joe Rogan Experience,” one of the most downloaded podcasts, said he would “probably vote for Bernie,” adding “I believe in him. I like him a lot.”In response, HRC President Alphonso David said in a statement that while Sanders’ campaign has been “unabashedly supportive of the rights of LGBTQ people,” Rogan “has attacked transgender people, gay men, women, people of color and countless marginalized groups at every opportunity.”The statement from the largest LBGTQ advocacy group and lobbying organization in the U.S. pointed to instances in which Rogan had compared African Americans to “Planet of the Apes,’’ and repeatedly misgendered transgender people, including referring to MMA fighter Fallon Fox as “that tranny.”Sanders has appeared on Rogan’s show, as have fellow Democratic candidates Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard.(Disclaimer: Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. He is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)This post is part of Campaign Update, our live coverage from the 2020 campaign trail.To contact the author of this story: Emma Kinery in Washington at ekinery@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Max Berley at mberley@bloomberg.net, Ros KrasnyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.



Robert Koehler: Serial ‘pillowcase rapist’ suspect was building a ‘dungeon’ before arrest

Robert Koehler: Serial ‘pillowcase rapist’ suspect was building a ‘dungeon’ before arrestProsecutors in Florida believe a 60-year-old man building a “dungeon” under his home is the so-called pillowcase rapist, who authorities say broke into women’s houses and concealed his face with pillows and towels in as many as 40 assaults in the state since the 1980s.Robert Koehler was arrested on 18 January after authorities say they tied his DNA to samples collected from a 1983 case. The sample also matched DNA collected from several other cases between 1981 and 1986, according to the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.



Before March for Life, Betsy DeVos stirs controversy by comparing 'choice' of slavery, abortion

Before March for Life, Betsy DeVos stirs controversy by comparing 'choice' of slavery, abortionBefore March for Life, Betsy DeVos invoked Abraham Lincoln, suggesting his anti-slavery view is similar to anti-abortion stances. Historians disagree.



Tweets urge calls to Supreme Court for fair Senate trial

Tweets urge calls to Supreme Court for fair Senate trialThe Supreme Court doesn't have a public comment line for its own work, much less the Senate's. The court is receiving “a higher than usual number of public calls," Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said. Roberts is presiding over the Senate impeachment trial.



In southern Poland, archaeologists discover WW2 plane wreck

In southern Poland, archaeologists discover WW2 plane wreckArchaeologists have discovered the wreck of a U.S.-made bomber flown by the Soviet Red Army in World War Two, along with the remains of four crewmen killed when it crashed in southern Poland, private broadcaster TVN reported. Marta Wrobel in the town of Bierun during the war and told TVN that the blast from the crash had been powerful enough to blow out windows and doors. The remains of the four Soviet crewmen who perished in the crash will be laid to rest at a nearby Red Army cemetery.



Groundhog Day storm brewing? Forecasters monitoring the situation closely

Groundhog Day storm brewing? Forecasters monitoring the situation closelyThe weather pattern seems to be stuck in "weekend storm mode," and one such potential weather system could take shape and impact the eastern United States in early February, making it the third weekend in a row that the region faces a storm threat. A storm affected the central and northeastern United States with a wide variety of wintry precipitation during the weekend of Jan. 18 and 19, and another storm has continued that trend this weekend.Snowstorms have been hitting on a regular basis over the northern tier of the Northeast, as well as parts of the Midwest during January, but that has not been the case for the coastal mid-Atlantic, southeastern New England and the central Appalachians, where rain and mixed precipitation events have been the norm.This far out, a wide range of possibilities is associated with the track, strength and timing of the storm centered on the weekend of Feb. 1 and 2. However, early indications are that a sizable and potent storm is likely to form over the Gulf of Mexico on Friday and take a northeastward path.Whether that track is west of the Appalachians, just inland of the Eastern Seaboard or just off the Atlantic coast will make a huge difference in precipitation types expected in the eastern third of the nation, in particular across the Northeast.CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE ACCUWEATHER APP"The track of the storm is highly prone to shift in the coming days, so deep discussion of the forecast is a moot point this far out," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson said. "This is merely a heads-up on a storm that has the potential to disrupt travel by way of heavy rain, heavy snow, severe thunderstorms or strong winds or perhaps all of these weather extremes.""It does appear that the jet stream will become greatly amplified later this week and next weekend over the eastern half of North America, which suggests a major storm somewhere in the eastern part of the U.S.," Anderson stated.If the storm treks west of the Appalachians, then it would bring rain to much of the East Coast and mountains. Compare that to a storm that would parallel the coast and bring heavy snow to the mountains and the potential for the same in the Interstate-95 corridor of the Northeast."Until we get to the final day of January, a fairly benign pattern is in store for much of the U.S. and Canada with the exception of the Northwest and the Southeast corners," Anderson said. "The greatest temperature departures from average on the warm side will be across southern Canada and the northern U.S. Cloud cover will tend to hold temperatures back in parts of the South," he added.The period from February through March can be very stormy as building warmth from the strengthening sun and warming air in the southern parts of the U.S. can meet up with lingering cold across the northern part of the nation. Based on average, it is generally easier for snow to fall over the next six weeks when compared to the prior 12 weeks as the upper levels of the atmosphere are quite cold and water temperatures are generally at their lowest point of the year.However, the key to whether or not a big storm comes about and dumps heavy snow on the thus-far snow-deprived I-95 corridor of the mid-Atlantic and central Appalachians will depend on if an atmospheric traffic jam develops over the central Atlantic and Greenland. Such a road block might allow a storm to strengthen and slow down -- a factor that has been missing so far this winter. And yet meteorologists say a lack of cold air in the northern states this coming week poses a strong argument against heavy snow in general, let alone along the mid-Atlantic coast.Even without blocking in place, a storm could still get strong enough for heavy rain, strong winds and flooding along the coast and perhaps a rain and higher-elevation snow event for the central and northern Appalachians assuming a track near the coast. A man watches the surf as heavy seas in Wintrhrop, Mass., Saturday, March 3, 2018, a day after a nor'easter pounded the Atlantic coast with hurricane-force winds and sideways rain and snow, flooding streets, grounding flights, stopping trains and leaving 1.6 million customers without power from North Carolina to Maine. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) The same weather pattern that could generate a significant storm along the Atlantic coast during the first weekend of February might also allow benign and mild weather to hold over the Plains, including through the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 3.Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.



'No one ever makes a billion dollars. You take a billion dollars': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams billionaires for exploiting workers

'No one ever makes a billion dollars. You take a billion dollars': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams billionaires for exploiting workers"You sat on a couch while thousands of people were paid modern-day slave wages," the freshman lawmaker argued.



Are you in danger of catching the coronavirus? 5 questions answered

Are you in danger of catching the coronavirus? 5 questions answeredEditor’s note: The Chinese government has quarantined Wuhan, a port city of 11 million people, and it has restricted travel to and from several other cities, including Beijing, to contain the coronavirus that has sickened more than 800 people and killed at least 25 as of Jan. 23, 2020. A case has been reported in Seattle, and officials are monitoring a patient with a possible case in College Station, Texas. This raises the question: Will this spread – to me? Am I at risk?Not now, because currently every case of the novel coronavirus is linked to Wuhan. There are lots of different coronaviruses that group into three types. The common cold can be caused by both alpha and betacoronaviruses.Coronavirus was never really taken that seriously until 2003, when a coronavirus jumped species – likely from bats to humans via civets – and led to SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome. This species-jumping ability of coronaviruses is being observed again, now in Wuhan at the seafood market. This coronavirus is in the betacoronavirus group. China has now put travel restrictions in place to limit spread from Wuhan. What’s the big concern with this virus?For the novel coronavirus from Wuhan, there is no vaccine, and we’re lacking a specific therapy. So it is key to limit spread through quarantine of infected individuals and by tracing of contacts. What is so unusual about this coronavirus?This is a coronavirus that has never been seen in humans before. It likely came from bats, and it’s much more serious than the common cold coronavirus. This is only the third time that we’ve seen a coronavirus jump species from animals to humans. The concern is that this coronavirus is going to behave like SARS and MERS, or Middle East respiratory syndrome in 2012, both of which were serious. Do the deaths appear to be among people of a certain age?Many were in older men with pre-existing conditions. How can I stay safe?First of all, you need not be concerned about catching this right now. Practice the same precautions that you would to prevent catching a cold. Viruses that cause the common cold are on surfaces of handrails and doorknobs, so wash your hands, use sanitizers and stay home when you are sick.[ Get the best of The Conversation, every weekend. Sign up for our weekly newsletter. ]This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts.Read more: * Why washing your hands well is so important to protect your family from the flu * How vaccination is helping to prevent another flu pandemicWilliam Petri does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.



Why This 1 Missile Problem Is Creating Headaches for Iran's F-14A Tomcats

Why This 1 Missile Problem Is Creating Headaches for Iran's F-14A TomcatsWhat will Tehran do?



China hardens virus defences as death toll hits 56

China hardens virus defences as death toll hits 56China on Sunday expanded drastic travel restrictions to contain a viral contagion that has killed 56 people and infected nearly 2,000, as the United States and France prepared to evacuate their citizens from a quarantined city at the outbreak's epicentre. China has locked down the hard-hit province of Hubei in the country's centre in an unprecedented operation affecting tens of millions of people to slow the spread of a respiratory illness that President Xi Jinping said posed a "grave" threat. Outside the epicentre, three cities, including Beijing, and an eastern province announced bans on long-distance buses from entering or leaving their borders.



Female prisoner dies after guards ‘did not stop her being beaten with soap bars’

Female prisoner dies after guards ‘did not stop her being beaten with soap bars’A female prisoner died after guards did not intervene while she was being beaten with a sock filled with bars of soap, it is claimed in a lawsuit set to be heard in the US.Nicole Rathmann was attacked by another inmate as she lay on her bunk at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.



Trump Lawyers Dispute Democrats’ ‘No Evidence’ Impeachment Case

Trump Lawyers Dispute Democrats’ ‘No Evidence’ Impeachment Case(Bloomberg) -- Donald Trump’s lawyers said House Democrats failed to prove their case for impeaching the president and now are asking the Senate to take the unprecedented step of removing him from office without evidence to justify such a consequential act.“They are asking you not only to overturn the results of the last election, but, as I said before, they are asking you to remove President Trump from the ballot in an election that is occurring in approximately nine months,” White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said as he opened the president’s defense on Saturday. “They’re asking you to do something that no Senate has ever done and they’re asking you to do it with no evidence.”Trump’s lawyers spoke for about two hours Saturday in what they called a preview of their broader defense. They’ll resume Monday at 1 p.m.Cipollone and the other members of Trump’s team said they will provide a point-by-point rebuttal of the impeachment case presented by Democrats over the three previous days.Attacking the heart of the House impeachment article charging Trump with abuse of power -- that the president pressured Ukraine to help his 2020 re-election campaign -- Cipollone said Democrats were attempting “to perpetrate the most massive interference in an election in American history.”The defense began after House impeachment managers wrapped up their case Friday night arguing that the president must be held accountable for holding up U.S. aid to get Ukraine to announce an investigation into a political rival, Democrat Joe Biden, and then engaged in unprecedented obstruction of a congressional inquiry into his conduct.Attorneys for Trump will have 24 hours divided over three days to argue the president’s defense. The White House has not said whether they will use all of it. Trump tweeted on Friday that his lawyers were being “forced to start on Saturday, which is called Death Valley in T.V.”Trump is all but assured of acquittal on the two articles of impeachment by the Republican-controlled Senate. But he and his lawyers still face the task of winning over the public. Failing to do so could have significant implications in November when Trump stands for re-election and control of Congress is at stake.Public ViewA Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 47% of adults say the Senate should remove Trump from office while 49% say it should not. The same survey showed that roughly two-thirds of adults want to hear from additional witnesses -- such as former National Security Advisor John Bolton and Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney -- a move the White House has resisted and Senate Republicans have rejected.The polling suggests that Senate Republicans -- even if they vote to acquit Trump -- must show that they’ve taken the allegations seriously. Several lawmakers have pushed Trump’s team to make a strong, defensible case.As Democrats did in their presentation, members of the defense team made use of video clips from public testimony during the House impeachment inquiry last year.Trump attorney Michael Purpura showed excerpts from several witnesses, including Timothy Morrison, a former senior director for the National Security Council, who testified that he didn’t believe Trump had brought up the Biden investigation as a demand in a July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.“Why didn’t they give you the context of this testimony?” Purpura asked the senators.No PressureHe and the other Trump lawyers also said Zelenskiy and other Ukrainian officials have repeatedly said they didn’t feel pressured by the U.S.“There can’t be a threat without the person knowing he’s being threatened,” Purpura said.Trump’s lawyers attacked the foundations of the House impeachment case. That included arguing that there were good reasons for Trump to not trust the assessments by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia was acting alone in interfering in the 2016 election, and for his suspicions regarding corruption in Ukraine.Zelenskiy MeetingThey also said that the aid was released and Zelenskiy did get a meeting with Trump.“This meeting did in fact occur,” attorney Jay Sekulow said. “It occurred at the UN General Assembly on September 25, 2019.”The aid was released and the meeting at the UN was arranged after an uproar over the revelation of an intelligence community whistle-blower’s complaint. The complaint raised alarms about Trump’s July phone call with Zelenskiy and a subsequent decision by White House lawyers to put the record of the conversation in a secure server to restrict access.During that meeting, Zelenskiy said he had a “good phone call” and that “nobody pushed it.” He added that he didn’t want to “be involved” in U.S. elections.Trump’s legal team didn’t address in their opening arguments several central issues raised by Democrats as part of their argument that Trump abused his power.For example, the lawyers didn’t discuss Trump’s role in freezing aid to Ukraine, who else was involved in the decision and why it was done. The lawyers also didn’t address why the aid was finally lifted. And they didn’t provide any information or justification as to why Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was leading an effort outside of normal diplomatic channels to pressure Ukraine to announce the investigations.WitnessesSenate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said afterward the defense presentation left open questions that could only be addressed by calling as witnesses some of the administration officials with first-hand knowledge of what took place with Ukraine.“The president’s counsel did something they did not intend,” Schumer said. “They made a compelling case for more witnesses and documents.”Among the witnesses Democrats want to call are Mulvaney and Bolton, both of whom were directly involved in decisions regarding Ukraine.However, Schumer acknowledged it will be a “hard road” to get four Republican senators to join Democrats in voting for subpoenas for witnesses or additional documents.Several GOP senators said Saturday that there was no need for addition testimony.“I personally don’t see any need for witnesses whatsoever,” Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said. “The cross-examination should have been as they developed the record in the House. Some kind of fair due process there. I would like to conclude this trial as quickly as possible.”Trump’s legal team has previously indicated they will go after Biden after House managers defended the former vice president from unproven allegations made by Trump and Giuliani that Biden sought to stymie investigations into his son Hunter’s role on the board of the Ukrainian gas company, Burisma Holdings.Biden is running for the Democratic nomination to challenge Trump in November and any such attacks would come just days before the Iowa caucuses, the first contest in the campaign.The Democrats sought to pre-empt and undercut that line of attack in their closing arguments. They cited testimony and other material as evidence that Biden was acting in accordance with public U.S. policy and argued that Trump wasn’t concerned about the issue until the former vice president entered the presidential race.House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, who led the House prosecution, said Trump’s lawyers “don’t contest the basic architecture of this scheme,” which was to seek Ukraine’s help “to allow him to cheat against Joe Biden.”On Saturday, before his defense team took the Senate floor, Trump used Twitter to deliver a broadside against Democrats “& the entire Radical Left.”Trump’s team won’t just be making its impeachment defense on the Senate floor. The president’s schedule next week is unusually packed with public events, including a Tuesday meeting with Israeli leaders about the White House’s forthcoming Middle East peace plan, a signing ceremony on Wednesday for the revised North American Free Trade Agreement and two political rallies.A White House official said the scheduling is a deliberate effort to distract from the impeachment hearings, which have dominated television news coverage for the past week.(Updates with lawmakers’ additional remarks starting in 18th paragraph)\--With assistance from Jordan Fabian and Chris Strohm.To contact the reporters on this story: Billy House in Washington at bhouse5@bloomberg.net;Steven T. Dennis in Washington at sdennis17@bloomberg.net;Laura Litvan in Washington at llitvan@bloomberg.net;Daniel Flatley in Washington at dflatley1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Laurie AsséoFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.



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