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Chinese-Australian politician complains that response to coronavirus is discriminatory

Chinese-Australian politician Scott Yung has complained to 2GB talkback radio host Ben Fordham about discrimination against the Chinese community as fears rise over coronavirus.

Mr Yung made the comments in an interview on Thursday afternoon. He is president of the Liberal Party Chinese Youth Council in Sydney, and is described by Mr Fordham as a future State or Federal MP.

Introducing the segment, Mr Fordham lamented rising racism against Chinese by other Australians.

“Community concern is sky-high, you can’t argue with that. The downside of that concern is that some are discriminating. There are already cases of people from the Chinese-Australian community being marginalised by other Aussies who are scared of coronavirus.”

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Snow in Dubai, Saudi Arabia as wild weather strikes globally

A powerful storm has brought sub-zero temperatures and widespread snowfall to parts of the Middle East.

The unseasonably cold weather has led to spectacular images of camels navigating snow and ice in the usually hot, sandy region.

While media in Australia have attributed the bushfires and storms during January in Australia to global warming, the ABC played down the irregularity of the Middle Eastern cold snap in their reporting.… Read the rest

Chinese shoppers begin stripping Sydney shelves of health, medical supplies

Disturbing images have emerged on social media of empty supermarket shelves in the Sydney CBD as shoppers clear them out of disinfectant wipes, hand sanitiser and face masks.

The images were uploaded on the evening of January 27, and follow on from images of Chinese supermarkets stripped bare by panicked citizens in response to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak this month.

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Doctors warn China coronavirus carriers may show no symptoms

A team of eminent doctors published a report in Friday’s edition of The Lancet medical journal which found that persons may be infected with the China coronavirus without presenting any symptoms.

Such patients were described in the report as ‘afebrile’, a medical term indicating no fever or outward signs of sickness. The authors of the report indicated such carriers may help to spread the outbreak by remaining undetected.

The findings of the study cast doubt on the effectiveness of screenings procedures implemented at airports around the world to prevent the spread of the disease.

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Shocking videos emerge of Wuhan outbreak

The fast-moving coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan, dubbed 2019-nCoV by authorities, has now spread to eight countries according to ABC News.

At this stage, eight Chinese cities remain under quarantine. The total population under emergency lockdown is now greater than the population of Australia, as Chinese authorities rush to prevent the spread of the virus during Chinese New Year this weekend.

The Chinese New Year period, during which Chinese travel to their ancestral villages to be with family, is the largest annual movement of people in the world. In Beijing, officials have closed the Forbidden Palace and also cancelled New Year events in the city.… Read the rest

First direct standoff between US & Russian troops occurs in Syria

US forces have blocked Russia troops from taking control of an oil field in Syria on Saturday, according to the Moscow Times.

It is the first time US and Russian soldiers have engaged directly in the region, marking a significant escalation in tensions between the two nuclear powers.

The US has 11 bases and military outposts in northeast Syria, more than three years after President Trump promised to bring troops home from the Middle East.

In the incident, US troops stopped Russian soldiers en route to an oilfield near the town of Rmelan, sending them back to Amuda, 100 kilometres to the west.… Read the rest

Wuhan coronavirus case confirmed in US, authorities scramble to respond

The first case of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States, the CDC reported Tuesday.

A Washington man in his 30s who just returned from Wuhan, China is now being treated for the illness.

Hundreds of cases have been confirmed across Asia, with six fatalities so far confirmed from the disease.

Authorities have been scrambling to respond to the new virus, although details about it are yet to be released to the public. The CDC, the peak body for the control of infectious diseases in the US, has activated its Emergency Response System after announcing the new case.… Read the rest

Newfoundland still under snow during unprecedented Canadian blizzard

The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador remains under a crippling deluge of snow after a record-breaking ‘bomb cyclone’ hit eastern Canada last week.

The Canadian Armed Forces have been sent to assist the region as locals attempt to dig out from the inundation before another storm hits, according to local news outlet 660 City News.

“Monday morning, we woke up to another load of snow on top of what we already received over the weekend, so it’s just been unlike anything we’ve ever really seen here in the St. John’s area,” said local reporter Ben Murphy from VOCM Local News Now.… Read the rest

Top Israeli Holocaust scholar says anti-Semitism caused World War II

The leading Israeli scholar on the Holocaust, Yehuda Bauer, has told the Times of Israel that anti-Semitism was “probably mainly” responsible for World War II.

“Anti-Semitism is a cancer that eats the world, and World War II is proof of that.”

Professor Bauer made the comments in response to Polish President Andrzej Duda’s decision not to attend this year’s World Holocaust Forum. The event will be held at the residence of the Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and will be attended by dignitaries including the king of Spain.

Professor Bauer cited Hitler’s fear of Jewish power, expressed in a secret memorandum written by Hitler in 1936, as the trigger that led to the outbreak of the war in Europe.… Read the rest