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Johns Hopkins University reported that the average daily incidence of coronavirus jumped to 209.5 thousand cases during the past day, after it was gradually coming down from the peak of 216 thousand cases recorded on July 1.

Thus, by Wednesday morning, the total number of HIV infections in the world exceeded 11 million and 829 thousand, of which more than 544 thousand deaths, and more than 6 million and 447 thousand cases of recovery.

The United States hit 3 million cases with 2996 thousand cases, while Brazil recorded one million and 688.5 thousand, India 742.4 thousand, Russia 693.2 thousand (the figure does not include the latest statistic published on Wednesday) and Peru 309.2 thousand cases.

Among the Arab countries, the largest numbers of cases are due to Saudi Arabia (217.1 thousand), followed by Qatar (100.9 thousand), Egypt (77.2 thousand), Iraq (64.7 thousand), the Emirates (52.6 thousand) and Kuwait (51.2) A) and Oman (48.9 thousand).

Source: RT

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump will receive his Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in Washington at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, four months before the US elections.

The goal of the Mexican president's first visit abroad since he took power 18 months ago raises questions and criticism on both sides of the border.

Officially, the first bilateral meeting between the two presidents aims to celebrate the entry into force of the new free trade agreement in North America.

For his part, the Mexican President stressed that the meeting "will be a working meeting" and that he will not "go into party politics."

And about ten Latin American deputies called in Congress to cancel the meeting because they consider that the entry into force of the new agreement is only a pretext.

They argue that President Trump's actual goal is "to divert attention from the emerging Corona virus crisis" and conceal "his failure to properly address the epidemic."

For their part, a number of Mexican opposition figures condemned the visit and saw it as a form of acquiescence.

"It is a futile and risky visit, without any benefit for Mexico," former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda told AFP.

Source: AFP

By:Nadeemy Haded

Japanese Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura stressed that there is no need to declare a new emergency due to the Corona virus, despite the increase in infections.

The minister added today, Wednesday, that if the serious cases remain low and there is no pressure on the health system, the state of emergency will not be declared.

But he pointed to an increase in the number of cases that cannot be detected and injuries of the elderly, saying "it is necessary to deal with the feeling of the crisis."

Source: Reuters

By:Nadeemy Haded

 

Human Rights Watch said that more than 180 bodies were found in mass graves in the town of Djibo in northern Burkina Faso.

The organization said in a report today, Wednesday, that the available evidence indicates that government forces are involved in extrajudicial mass executions, and called on the government to hold those involved in these operations accountable.

The Burkina Faso government, for its part, has informed the human rights organization that it will investigate these allegations.

Defense Minister Mumina Sharif Sai said the killings may have been committed by Islamic militant groups who used army clothing and stolen logistical equipment.

He added, "It is difficult for the population to distinguish between armed terrorist groups, army and security forces."

Burkina Faso has been waging war against militant groups linked to al Qaeda and ISIS since 2017. The conflict, which also affects neighboring Niger and Mali, has killed hundreds of civilians and displaced nearly a million people.

Source: Reuters

By:Nadeemy Haded

New documents presented by the Attorney General to a US court showed that former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn transferred more than $ 860,000 to a company run by two people suspected of helping him escape.

Ghosn had fled to Lebanon last year, after being released on bail pending trial in Japan on charges of financial violations.

These new documents were presented as former Special Forces soldier Michael Taylor and his son Peter Taylor are trying to obtain bail, as part of their battle in the United States against being extradited to Japan on suspicion of a role in Ghosn’s escape.

Taylor was arrested in May in Massachusetts at the request of the Japanese government.

On Tuesday, a US federal judge rejected a request by Taylor to cancel their arrest warrants.

These documents include two financial transfers in October totaling $ 862,500 from a Paris bank account linked to a branch, to Promote Fox, which is run by Peter Taylor and his 27-year-old son, according to records provided by prosecutors to the Massachusetts court.

Source: nikkei

By:Nadeemy Haded

 

U.S. President Donald Trump has said he is ready for another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

This came despite Pyongyang's repeated announcement that it does not intend to hold talks with the United States.

"I understand that they want to meet, and we will definitely do it," Trump said in an interview with "Greta Van Sostren" on Gray TV on Tuesday (Washington time).

"I will do it if I think it will be useful," Trump was quoted as saying.

Asked if he thought such a meeting would be beneficial, Trump said: "Maybe. I have a very good relationship with him, (so) he might be useful."

Trump and Kim have met three times, since their first summit in June 2018, when they agreed to work for a denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, in exchange for security guarantees for Pyongyang.

Source: Yonhap Agency

By:Nadeemy Haded

 

Chinese media reported that at least 21 people were killed and 15 injured after a bus plunged into the Hongshan Lake in Anshun City, in southwest China's Guizhou Province.

Initial information on the accident says that the bus hit a barrier and slipped into the Hongshan Reservoir.

The bus was later withdrawn from the lake, and the injured, including students, were taken to hospital for treatment.

Source: Chinese media

By:Nadeemy Haded

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