Russia participated in the “Normandy format” talks that were hosted by Germany on Friday. The negotiations lasted the whole day. Representatives from France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine participated at the summit, which was held in Berlin. The Normandy Format Talks were created in 2014, after Crimea’s annexation by Russia.
The Covid19 situation has been affecting most businesses, and so far, there does not seem to be any end to the situation. Like most companies, coworking spaces are hit with the pandemic and are experiencing the same issues. While the situation is unpredictable and any kind of planning to curb the condition is not hugely impactful, quick solutions are needed to overcome the catastrophe. In this article, we will see how coworking spaces deal with the pandemic and what initial steps they are taking to restrain the situation.
Cyber War is more dangerous than nuclear and chemical war. The basic structure and economy of any country can be destroyed by creating a barrier in the network through hacking. Even a military base can be demolished. Overall, this accomplished by shattering the structure of any system through hacking and stealing the private and confidential information.
Spain’s north-eastern region of Catalonia has enforced a new lockdown measure today on more than 200,000 residents of Lérida, due to the multitude of outbreaks of the new coronavirus registered in the region. “We have decided to confine Segria due to data that confirms too significant a growth in the number of COVID-19 infections,” Catalan regional president Quim Torra told a news briefing.
At least nine Malian soldiers were killed in an ambush in Guoari, one of the villages where 31 civilians were massacred the day before. Army spokesman Col. Diarran Kone said that a military unit was dispatched to the village to help bury the bodies. He said that around 8 PM, the village seemed deserted.
At least 12 gunmen from a drug cartel have been killed by Mexican soldiers in the border town of Nuevo Laredo. The soldiers were patrolling in the border city when they came under fire. The Defense Department, while confirming the incident, said that no troops were hurt.
Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, has announced the mandatory wearing of masks in the country as of Sunday, in covered public places. Meanwhile, an additional 148 new deaths were reported in one of the territories in the Middle East most affected by the pandemic.
The death toll from a massive landslide in a jade mine in northern Myanmar has risen to 166 after four more bodies were retrieved. “Search and rescue operations were resumed this morning and four more bodies were just recovered,” said an official from Hpakant township fire office.
Another 232 people were confirmed to be infected with coronavirus in Nepal on Saturday, and two died, according to the Ministry of Health and Population. The deceased have been identified as a 44-year-old man from Gorkha and a 75-year-old man from Rupandehi.
The European Commission has conditionally approved the antiviral medication remdesiver as a treatment for COVID-19. Earlier, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended that remdesivir be approved for the treatment of patients over 12 years of age who suffer from COVID-19 and need oxygen support.
At least four people have been killed in a fireworks factory explosion in Sakarya province in Turkey. According to authorities who confirmed the incident, 97 people were injured in the explosion. The noise from the blast was heard around 30 miles from the scene, sending dozens of people into panic.
Official news sources reported on Friday that Zheng Yanxiong had been appointed head of the newly established “Office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.” He will be in charge of implementing the Hong Kong National Security Act.
Thanks to a decision by Pope Francis, a Bolivian will be responsible for the office of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, in charge of spreading the Catholic faith on the continent. The Pope’s new appointee is Julio César Caballero, who assumes the role after having been Evo Morales’ ambassador to the Vatican for four years.
According to Amnesty International, a court in Istanbul on Friday sentenced Taner Kilic, the group’s former chairman in Turkey, to more than six years in prison for “membership in a terrorist group.” The court also convicted three other human rights activists, including Idil Eser, of charges of aiding a “terror group.”
The death toll from COVID-19 has risen again in the last 24 hours, which had been double-digits in Iran for some time. In addition, 154 patients have lost their lives in the last 24 hours. This statistic doubled in late April and early May, and in June it even reached 50 deaths per day.
UAE social media influencers have welcomed the launch of New Media Academy stressing that it will help build a new generation of professionals equipped with digital media skills and content creation capabilities.
Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and the Chairman of UAE National Media Council (NMC), said the New Media Academy represents a qualitative addition to the media sector that contributes to enhancing the skills of young cadres and empowering them with knowledge and expertise. “The initiative enhances the opportunities associated with the new media industry, by creating a new generation of influencers who will highlight the country’s achievements and promote the spread of UAE messages in accordance with the best global practices,” he said.
A prominent politician in Ethiopia, Jawar Mohammed, appeared in court on Thursday as Halachu Hundessa was laid to rest amid tight security. Jawar and another prominent Oromo politician, Bekele Gerba, are facing charges of “participating in the death of a person.”
At least 162 have been killed following a massive landslide in a jade mine in northern Myanmar. Firefighters said that they had recovered the bodies, and added that 54 people who had been injured were taken to hospital for treatment. They revealed that more people could still be trapped in the mud.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed alarm over the many arrests that have been made since Wednesday in Hong Kong courtesy of the controversial new national security law. Hundreds of people have since been arrested in the former British colony since Wednesday.
According to reports received from New Delhi on Thursday, India’s Ministry of Defense agreed to purchase 33 new Russian fighter jets and upgrade 59 others. The military pact between New Delhi and Moscow is worth $2.45 billion, according to the Defense Ministry. India is facing security challenges due to its borders with China and Pakistan.
A British court has ruled against an application by Venezuela’s central bank for a refund of €890 million in gold reserves. According to the ruling by the British high court, Venezuela’s existing gold reserves in the UK will be given to the parallel government of Venezuela, led by Juan Guaido.
Eight policemen, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police, have been killed after being fired upon by two criminals early Friday morning. According to police officials, many policemen have also been injured. A large number of police forces have been deployed at the scene.
A Coronavirus vaccine has been developed in India, and is scheduled to launch on August 15. Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company Bharat Biotech is preparing to launch it. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has directed to complete the clinical trial in the meantime.
India recorded 20,903 new cases in a single day yesterday, which is the highest number of cases reported in a single day in the country so far. With this, the total number of infected people in India has reached 62,5544. According to the Ministry of Health, there are currently 220,439 active cases in the country.
The Council of State in Turkey is considering a request by several organizations to convert the former Hagia Sophia Church into a new mosque. Anatolia News Agency reported that the decision may be made within the next 15 days at the latest. The issue has raised a great deal of concern from abroad.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the border area on Friday to take a direct look at the ongoing tensions between India and China. Prime Minister Modi’s visit comes at a time when diplomatic and military talks are underway between the two countries to resolve the standoff on the border.
In a new development on the Palestinian scene, and as Israel prepares to annex parts of the West Bank, the Secretary of the Central Committee of the Fatah movement, Gabriel Rajoub, met with the deputy head of the political bureau of Hamas, Saleh Al-Aarawi, via video conference.
A group of Russian scientists from the Crimean Federal University, together with experts from Moscow and Yekaterinburg, found some 661 lbs of bones of ancient animals. The remains found in June 2018 were located in one cave, which, according to scientists, was a haven for predators, where they dragged their prey.
Donald Trump’s administration has instructed prosecutors to file a lawsuit to seize four Iranian tankers carrying gasoline to Venezuela, according to Reuters. The lawsuit aims to seize Iranian tankers, prevent future deliveries of gasoline to Venezuela, and increase sanctions and economic pressure on both.
The military has been deployed in Ethiopia’s capital as protests continued following the death of a local musician, Halachu Hundessa. Gangs armed with machetes and sticks roamed the streets as gunshots could be heard in the city. The unrest has so far claimed more than 80 lives.
The US Senate passed a final version of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act on Thursday, authorizing Washington to sanction individuals and businesses that promote the controversial national security law in Hong Kong and restrict Hong Kong’s autonomy.
After the United Kingdom said it would provide citizenship for Hong Kong citizens holding a British National Overseas (BNO) Passport, the Australian government also sent a signal that it intends to provide visa convenience to Hongkongers who are worried about their own safety.
A court in Britain today ruled that it is opposition leader Juan Guaidó, and not President Nicolás Maduro, who has authority over Venezuela’s gold reserves deposited at the Bank of England. The London Commercial Court ruled that the government had “unequivocally recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president,” rather than Maduro.
German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said that, due to some cases of extreme right-wing tendencies in the German Special Forces, structural changes are being made in the command of these forces. AKK added that some parts of these forces will be disbanded.
Wednesday produced a big victory for Vladimir Putin. After counting more than 98 percent of the vote, a majority of Russians voted in favor of the proposed changes to the country’s constitution. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has said he does not recognize the results of the referendum and will protest.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a press conference on Wednesday that the US government’s goal is not to impose sanctions on Iran for only a short time. Instead, Pompeo said the United States would continue to seek an extension of the UN’s arms embargo against Iran.
On the last day of June, a record number of coronavirus infections was recorded in Uzbekistan, with 281 cases reported. “Of these, 255 were identified in quarantine facilities, 25 among the population, and 1 among the drivers of international trucks,” said the Ministry of Health.
Turkey, and especially its coasts, attract tens of thousands of German tourists each year. Now the situation has changed with the prevalence of COVID-19. Turkey is on the list of countries the German Foreign Ministry has warned against visiting. Previously, nothing seemed to stop German tourists from going to the Turkish coast to spend their holidays.
Israel’s July 1 deadline for annexation of the Jordan Valley has been postponed for various reasons. Israel now suffering from a second spike of the coronavirus could be the reason for suspending the annexation. In the last few days there have been over 800 infections discovered throughout the country.
Oxfam, in collaboration with the Greek Refugee Council, has published a report on the implications of the new Greek asylum law. According to the organization’s officials, the changes in the Greek asylum law practically mean violating the binding standards of European altruism.
Health officials in Kyrgyzstan say 526 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in a single day. Of these, 211 new cases were identified in Bishkek. The total number of infected people reached 6,261. It has tripled in a month, and is the highest in recent weeks. Four patients have died in the past day.