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Mysterious illness in China ‘not’ SARS


China

The mysterious respiratory illness that has infected dozens of people in a central Chinese city is not Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), local authorities say.

Key points:

  • Dozens of patients were diagnosed with an unexplained viral pneumonia this month
  • Initial investigations ruled out SARS, Middle East respiratory syndrome, influenza, bird flu and adenovirus
  • The most common symptom is fever, with shortness of breath and lung infections also appearing in some cases

The 2002/03 SARS epidemic started in southern China and killed more than 700 people in mainland China, Hong Kong and elsewhere.

Fears of a SARS recurrence arose this month after a slate of patients were hospitalised with an unexplained viral pneumonia in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province.

As of Sunday, 59 people were diagnosed with the condition and had been isolated while they received treatment, according to the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission.

Seven were in critical condition, while the rest were stable.



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Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority said 15 patients were being treated for symptoms after recent visits to Wuhan. (AP: Andy Wong)

The commission said in a statement that initial investigations also ruled out Middle East respiratory syndrome, influenza, bird flu and adenovirus.

The commission previously said the condition’s most common symptom was fever, with shortness of breath and lung infections appearing in a “small number” of cases.

There were no clear indications of human-to-human transmission.

Several patients were working at the South China Seafood City food market in sprawling Wuhan’s suburbs.



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Officials have ruled out common respiratory diseases as the cause. (Reuters: China Daily CDIC)

The commission said the market would be suspended and investigated.

Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority said a total of 15 patients in Hong Kong were being treated for symptoms including fever and respiratory infection after recent visits to Wuhan.

Hospitals and doctors have been directed to report cases of fever in anyone who has travelled to Wuhan in the past 14 days, Hong Kong’s health chief Sophia Chan said.

The hospital authority said it had activated a “serious response” level to curb spread of the infection.

Ms Chan warned Hong Kong residents against visiting wet markets and eating wild game in mainland China.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said it was closely monitoring the situation and maintaining contact with Chinese authorities.

The organisation said no travel or trade restrictions were necessary at this time.

AP

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


Killing of Iranian general should have happened ‘years ago’, Donald Trump says


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

In his first comments since the surprise assassination of one of Iran’s top military generals, United States President Donald Trump says Qassem Soleimani should have been taken out “many years ago”.

Key points:

  • Qassem Soleimani was assassinated in a US strike in Baghdad on Friday
  • Mr Trump said the Iranian general was directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans
  • A UN human rights expert has called on the body to investigate the killing

On Friday, the Pentagon confirmed the killing in Baghdad of Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force and the architect of Tehran’s proxy wars in the Middle East.

The US carried out another air strike on Iran-backed militia in Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least five people according to officials.

The White House said in a tweet that General Soleimani “was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region”.

Why the killing of General Soleimani is such a big deal
The death of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani is a watershed moment, even in the long and bloody history of Middle East conflict.

The US also maintains that General Soleimani was responsible for multiple attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the past several months.

In a series of tweets, Mr Trump claimed General Soleimani was responsible for killing and wounding “thousands” of Americans, and was “directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people” without further elaboration.

“While Iran will never be able to properly admit it, Soleimani was both hated and feared within the country,” he wrote.

“They are not nearly as saddened as the leaders will let the outside world believe. He should have been taken out many years ago!”

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@realdonaldtrump tweet: ….of PROTESTERS killed in Iran itself. While Iran will never be able to properly admit it, Soleimani was both hated and feared within the country. They are not nearly as saddened as the leaders will let the outside world believe. He should have been taken out many years ago!

The US strike has provoked fears of retaliation against the US from Tehran and its allies in the Middle East.

In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the NYPD was increasing security at critical infrastructure points throughout the city.

“Our world changed last night,” he said.

“We are now potentially facing a threat that’s different and greater than anything we have faced previously.

“Over the last 20 years, this city, more than any other, has suffered the results of terrorism.”

“We’re in, at this point, a de facto state of war between the United States of America and Iran.”

Why America and Iran hate each other
They haven’t had formal diplomatic relations for decades, and at times appear on the brink of war. But why?

Officials said there is no specific, credible threat against New York City at this time, but that the city remains the top terror target in the country.

Hours after the killing of Qassem Soleimani, the US embassy in Baghdad urged all its citizens to leave Iraq immediately.

On Friday, US citizens working for foreign oil companies in the southern Iraqi city of Basra evacuated the country, the oil ministry said.

The Pentagon took steps to reinforce the American military presence in the Middle East in preparation for reprisals from Iran.

The US is sending nearly 3,000 more troops to the Middle East ordered by Mr Trump, defence officials said.

In Iran, a hard-line adviser to the country’s supreme leader who led Friday prayers in Tehran likened US troops in Iraq to “insidious beasts” and said they should be swept from the region.

“I am telling Americans, especially Trump, we will take a revenge that will change their daylight into a night-time darkness,” said the cleric, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami.

‘A more dangerous world’


Video: Video released on Friday showed the aftermath of the strike on Qassem Soleimani.

(ABC News)

When asked about the strike, France’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Amelie de Montchalin, told RTL radio that “military escalation is always dangerous”.

“We are waking up in a more dangerous world,” she said.

She indicated that urgent reconciliation efforts were being launched behind the scenes.

French President Emmanuel Macron and his foreign minister were reaching out to “all the actors in the region,” she said.

Russia and China expressed similar concerns, with both states warning about the strike’s escalation of tensions.



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Soleimani’s killing triggered several anti-US protests in Indian-controlled Kashmir. (AP: Mukhtar Khan)

However, the United Kingdom and Germany have expressed their qualified understanding for the US strike.

German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer described the strike as “a reaction to a whole series of military provocations for which Iran bears responsibility,” pointing to attacks on tankers and a Saudi oil facility, among other events.

“We are at a dangerous escalation point and what matters now is contributing with prudence and restraint to de-escalation,” she said.

The UK’s Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, said: “We have always recognised the aggressive threat posed by the Iranian Quds force led by Qassem Soleimani.”

“Following his death, we urge all parties to de-escalate,” he said. “Further conflict is in none of our interests.”

Attack ‘most likely violates human rights law’



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Agnes Callamard has called on the UN to investigate the US’s unilateral strike. (Reuters: Jose Cabezas)

Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extra-judicial executions wrote on Twitter that the Trump administration’s actions were “most likely unlawful and violate international human rights law”.

“To be justified under international human rights law, intentionally lethal or potentially lethal force can only be used where strictly necessary to protect against an imminent threat to life,” she wrote.

“In other words, whoever targeted these two men would need to demonstrate that the persons targeted constituted an imminent threat to others.

“An individual’s past involvement in ‘terrorist’ attacks is not sufficient to make his targeting for killing lawful.”

How likely is a US-Iran conflict? US-Iran tensions are on the rise. Here’s what that could mean for Australia, the region and world oil prices.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed yesterday that General Soleimani was planning an “imminent attack” without giving further details.

“He was actively plotting in the region to take actions — a big action as he described it — that would have put dozens if not hundreds of American lives at risk. We know it was imminent,” Mr Pompeo told CNN.

However, Dr Callamard said claims of self-defence were “unlikely” to meet the test of legal extrajudicial killing as “the test for so-called anticipatory self-defence is very narrow: it must be a necessity that is ‘instant, overwhelming, and leaving no choice of means, and no moment of deliberation’.”

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@AgnesCallamard tweet: The statement fails to mention the other individuals killed alongside Suleimani. Collateral? Probably. Unlawful. Absolutely.

She has called on the UN to use its muscle to investigate Washington’s actions.

A UN spokesperson said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was “deeply concerned with the recent escalation”.

“This is a moment in which leaders must exercise maximum restraint. The world cannot afford another war in the Gulf,” the spokesperson said.

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@AgnesCallamard tweet: There is no more pressing time for the #UN and its leadership to step up than now. But this statement does not bode well. You have the legal tools and the platform. Please use them. @UN @antonioguterres #WWIII

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Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


Young Thug – Gain Clout Lyrics


[Chorus]
All of these young niggas killin’ each other, they tryna just gain clout
How you gon’ lie, just say that I said that, the fuck is you talkin’ about?
I had the dick inside of her mouth and I still had the chopper out
I put the bitch inside of a Range, the way she suckin’ my cock
I take a hundred racks right out of the bank and put on your tator tot
I got the crop Chanel bag, I’m ’bout to go fuck up the block
Hop in out the Porsche then hopped out the Jag’ and jack it like Jack in the Box
I put Chanel, the lil’ bitty bags all over all of the dots

[Verse 1]
Maybach came with the torch and the hatchback
RayVac, spray his ass back nigga, blat, blat
My bitches got credentials and green eyes like a black cat
Your bitch is almost fat, better stop playin’ ‘fore you get whacked
Money got me shittin’ like a laxative, no comparin’, I ran up the racks
All of my bitches are bougie and bad, my money was long as his ‘lac
I told the bitch that wasn’t my kid, I need a paternity
Pull up to your block and takin’ your cookie, call me Bernie

[Interlude]
Got the red interior, red shoes and red Jeep
Got a bad bitch, don’t play the radio, Greg Street

[Verse 2]
Dead meat, know you’re just a dead breed
Red meat, eat it like a deadbeat (deadbeat)
I pop a wheelie, I fuck on a bitch like I’m Banshee (brrt)
Bought a Rolls Royce and then I was smokin’ on whammy
I put the bitch on her back and I beat it like Hercules (hah)
How the fuck you let these rat niggas go get them some cheese? (Hah)
I had to send the car comin’, I took off and ran with the keys
I put some diamonds on her toe, yeah they dancin’, Chris Breezy
I go to Fendi and I got a tall breezy comin’ from Greece
I don’t believe her, I think she Belize or she from Middle East

[Chorus]
All of these young niggas killin’ each other, they tryna just gain clout
How you gon’ lie, just say that I said that, the fuck is you talkin’ about?
I had the dick inside of her mouth and I still had the chopper out
I put the bitch inside of a Range, the way she suckin’ my cock
I take a hundred racks right out of the bank and put on your tator tot
I got the crop Chanel bag, I’m ’bout to go fuck up the block
Hop in out the Porsche then hopped out the Jag’ and jack it like Jack in the Box
I put Chanel, the lil’ bitty bags all over all of the dots


Dec 1, Harry Toddler & Ikel Marvlus – Middle East (Tonight) Lyrics


Middle East, middle east

Everybody mek we dance in peace
Middle East, middle east
Everybody mek we dance in peace
Do yuh foot soh
Do yuh foot soh
Everybody now, do yuh foot soh
Middle East, middle east, Everybodaaaayyyyy

Tonight am gonna get all my cash and drink my life away
Tonight me and mi friend dem a find any weh di party deh
Tonight we ago roll out the drop top
Party like we just win the jackpot
Tonight peer gal full up inna me snapchat
Any weh the party deh

Tonight when we step out is a clean ting
Support the bar not a mean ting
A nuh half pint but dem say greetings
Wifey deh home so me cheating

Party and Roun Robin keeping
Up inna di club or a street ting
Well we brave and shell out the bar
Dem call we the street king

Because
Tonight am gonna get all my cash and drink my life away
Tonight me and mi friend dem a find any weh di party deh
Tonight we ago roll out the drop top
Party like we just win the jackpot
Tonight peer gal full up inna me snapchat
Any weh the party deh

Tonight, hot topic so you know say we trending
A nuh Everton but it blending
A nuh Novascotia but we lending
Real to the game so we spending
Yeah, Belaire Champagne pon ice
Take a one puff and feel nice
Hennessy we sip right true the night
Anything we will pay the price

Middle East, middle east
Everybody mek we dance in peace
Middle East, middle east
Everybody mek we dance in peace
Do yuh foot soh
Do yuh foot soh
Everybody now, do yuh foot soh
Middle East, middle east, Everybodaaaayyyyy

Because
Tonight am gonna get all my cash and drink my life away
Tonight me and mi friend dem a find any weh di party deh
Tonight we ago roll out the drop top
Party like we just win the jackpot
Tonight peer gal full up inna me snapchat
Any weh the party deh

Tonight when we step out is a clean ting
Support the bar not a mean ting
A nuh half pint but dem say greetings
Wifey deh home so me cheating

Party and Roun Robin keeping
Up inna di club or a street ting
Well we brave and shell out the bar
Dem call we the street king

Because
Tonight am gonna get all my cash and drink my life away
Tonight me and mi friend dem a find any weh di party deh
Tonight we ago roll out the drop top
Party like we just win the jackpot
Tonight peer gal full up inna me snapchat
Any weh the party deh




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