New virus has killed 17 in China

New virus has killed 17 in China

The number of fatalities from a new type of pneumonia rose to seventeen, with the death of eight more patients, while the total number of infected people reached 444.

The figures were put forward by the authorities in Wuhan, a city in central China where the outbreak originated.

The National Health Commission of the Asian country also warned today that the new type of coronavirus “can mutate and spread more easily”.

The virus was initially detected last month in Wuhan, which is also an important center for domestic and international transport.

Climate crisis and political turbulence are major risks in 2020

Climate crisis and political turbulence are major risks in 2020

Long-term climate threats, geopolitical turbulence and short-term economic confrontations and political polarization top the list of risks, in a World Economic Forum report.

According to the Global Risks Report 2020, political and economic polarization is expected to increase in 2020, making a collaborative strategy between world leaders more capable of halting serious threats to the climate, environment, public health and technological systems.

Warmer temperatures were recorded between 2010 and 2019

Warmer temperatures were recorded between 2010 and 2019

The United Nations considers that the growing global warming is confirmed, marked by the increase of extreme weather phenomena. 2016 was the hottest year and 2019 followed, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

“Unfortunately, many extreme weather phenomena await us in 2020 and in the coming decades, motivated by the record levels of concentration of greenhouse gases that retain heat in the atmosphere,” said Petteri Taalas, secretary general of the United Nations agency Nations (UN) in a statement.

The official said that the year started with “strong meteorological and climatic phenomena”, as in Australia, which “had its warmest and driest year in 2019”, he added.

Rain relieves fire-stricken areas in Australia

Rain relieves fire-stricken areas in Australia

The heavy rains provided little relief in some areas devastated by forest fires in Australia, which put the future of 327 protected species of animals and plants at risk.

Officials in the states of New South Wales and Victoria, in the south-east of the country, have warned that today will be marked by severe storms, hail and possible floods and winds.

Heavy rains fell in the East Gippsland region, one of the areas most affected by the fires in Victoria, and rains also hit the south coast and the Snowy Mountains, which have been devastated by flames since New Year’s Eve.

Ukrainian plane was shot down by two missiles

Ukrainian plane was shot down by two missiles

Two missiles were launched against Ukraine International Airlines’ Boeing 737 shot down on January 8 by the Iranian armed forces.

“The investigators […] accessed the information and found that two M1-TOR missiles […] were fired at the plane,” pointed out a preliminary investigation report by the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization (CAO).
“The effect on the accident and the analysis of this action are under investigation”, according to the document.

Donald Trump's world popularity is very low

Donald Trump's world popularity is very low

Most respondents from a US institute study across countries reveal that they have no confidence in the US President’s foreign policy.

According to a Pew Research Center study, 64% of the 40,000 or so respondents in 33 countries across continents do not trust the US President’s foreign policy decisions, with only 29% showing that confidence.

Young man saves koalas in Australia

Young man saves koalas in Australia

Patrick Boyle, 22, became a hero for breaking into an unsafe zone to rescue endangered animals.
See the video.

The young Australian risked his life to save koalas from the fires that are plaguing the country.

Patrick decided to enter an unsafe area in Mallacoota Forest, Victoria, to rescue the animals.
“I found eight or nine by the time they were rescued. I found more than 10 who were dead and another five who were alive and healthy”, he told local media.

Former President of Pakistan is sentenced to death

Former President of Pakistan is sentenced to death

Pervez Musharraf, exiled in Dubai, was sentenced to death for committing “high treason”.

“A special court of three judges sentenced Pervez Musharraf to death. The court stated that Pervez had committed high treason,” said the lawyer of former Pakistani head of state Azhar Siddique.

The conviction refers to the decision the former president made on November 3rd, 2007, when he imposed a state of emergency in the country and suspended the constitutional order.

Greta Thunberg named Time Person of the Year

Greta Thunberg named Time Person of the Year

Activist covers the magazine with a photograph taken at the Lisbon coast on December 4th, 2019.

Greta Thunberg was selected as a Person of the Year by Time magazine, under the title “The Power of Youth.”

The Swedish activist has been known to have started a global movement to combat climate change.

Israeli Prime Minister is in a two-day visit to Lisbon

Israeli Prime Minister is in a two-day visit to Lisbon

Benjamin Netanyahu will meet Prime-Minister António Costa and the Head of US diplomacy.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in a two-day visit to Lisbon, starting on the November 4th, where he will meet with António Costa, and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Planet temperature will rise

Planet temperature will rise

Temperature will rise by 3.2 degrees, even if the Paris Agreement’s reduction commitments will be fulfilled, warns the UN.

The United Nations Environment Program annual report on carbon emissions compares the actual reductions with those needed to “fight” against global warming.

The data will be analyzed at the Climate Summit that is to be held in Madrid between December 2nd and the 13th.

Fourth climate strike takes place in 157 countries

Fourth climate strike takes place in 157 countries

Since August 2018, young people from 6,600 cities in 223 countries have participated in the climate strikes.

The Global Climate Strike is held today in 157 countries and its fourth edition aims to mobilize young people to participate in the 2019 United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP25). In total, 63,000 climate strikes have already taken place.

Bad weather continues to cause deaths across Europe

Bad weather continues to cause deaths across Europe

Since Sunday, at least 9 people have died, victims of heavy rains that have affected France, Italy and Greece.

The death toll from the torrential rains that have plagued France, Italy and Greece has risen to 9.

The most recent victims were two women who died after the heavy storm that hit the Aegean islands.

Greece has already registered four fatalities. Last Sunday two men, tourists, died after their boat sank.

Earthquake in Albania killed 13 people and more than 600 are injured

Earthquake in Albania killed 13 people and more than 600 are injured

The 6.4 magnitude quake struck the country on Tuesday 26TH.

According to the first official data provided by the Ministry of Defense, the earthquake caused 9 deaths and 600 injuries. However, the Albanian media reports 13 victims’ dead.

The victims found by rescue workers were in Durres, a coastal town located 40 kilometers from the capital that was the closest to the epicenter of the earthquake, but also in Thumana and Kurbin – two small towns north of Tirana, according to the Defense minister Olta Xhacka.

Dog with eyebrows becomes Internet sensation

Dog with eyebrows becomes Internet sensation

The four-legged animal was abandoned but everything ended up well.

According to “The Siberian Tim” magazine, the dog – that is about five months old – became famous for having eyebrows. The animal was found wandering in the streets of Bratsk, Siberia, after being abandoned by her owners for being “strange.”

The dog was taken to an animal shelter. The keepers who received her thought the dog’s appearance was a bad joke and the dog’s eyebrows had been drawn.

Syrian attack kills 15 in refugee camp

Syrian attack kills 15 in refugee camp

Six children are among the dead victims.

At least 15 people, including six children, died following a Syrian attack near the Qah refugee camp in northwestern Syria, near the Turkish border, according to the Syrian Human Rights Observatory.

“The forces of the [Syrian] regime launched at least two ground-to-ground missiles, causing extensive damage to the field and burning several tents,” said the United Kingdom-based non-governmental organization (NGO).

Dutch police finds 25 migrants on board

Dutch police finds 25 migrants on board

A group of 25 migrants was hidden inside of a refrigerated container.

You could hear some noises coming from inside the refrigerated container that alerted the crew of the boat that departed from the port of Vlaardingen, near Rotterdam, the Netherlands, towards the United Kingdom.

The crew found a group of migrants and called the local authorities because of the urgency to provide medical care to people.

Inside the Danish freighter were hidden 25 migrants, including one child. The nationality and the circumstances in which they would have boarded the vessel remain unclear.

Man trick the airline company to fly with his cat in cabin

Man trick the airline company to fly with his cat in cabin

Feline was two pounds overweight to be allowed to fly.

Mikhail Galin feared for the life of Viktor, his four-legged companion, and did not want him to travel in the hold of the plane.

In the transshipment in Moscow, the airline would not allow the cat to fly in the cabin because it was two pounds more than allowed, reports El Confidencial.

They tried to send the cat down to the airplane hold, but the owner was afraid Viktor would come to his destination lifeless, so he decided to trick the airline company.

Toulouse bridge collapse leaves one dead and several injured

Toulouse bridge collapse leaves one dead and several injured

A truck and a car fell on the Tarn River in southern France.

A suspension bridge over the Tarn River in southern France collapsed yesterday, causing a truck and a light vehicle to fall, according to the French emergency services.

The bridge that is about 150 meters long and five meters wide and with the capacity of two vehicles to pass at the same time, was renovated in 2003.

Dog with an extra tail on his head was saved

Dog with an extra tail on his head was saved

A dog, named Narwhal, is 10 weeks old and was saved after being abandoned by “Mac’s Mission”, a Missouri rescue center.

According to the BBC, this dog is special as it has an extra tail on the forehead. The dog has been observed by veterinarians and, it seems, that “there is no clinical reason to justify the removal” of the tail as it does not cause any pain to the dog.

Dog saves owner's life and refuses to leave hospital

Dog saves owner’s life and refuses to leave hospital

Ruby is Shauna’ heroine, a young woman who suffers from a rare syndrome.

Shauna adopted the Pitbull dog to help her cope with the anxiety, depression, and agoraphobia she suffered daily.

This Australian girl has never thought that in addition to teaching her how to deal with the mentioned health issues, the dog would save her life from another extremely serious problem.

Sánchez and Iglesias reach pre-agreement to form Government

Sánchez and Iglesias reach pre-agreement to form Government

Pablo Iglesias will be the next Vice President of the new government led by Pedro Sánchez.

What seemed impossible a few months ago was achieved in less than 48 hours. The actual prime minister and the leader of Unidas Podemos have reached a pre-agreement for a Coalition Government in Spain, according to the Spanish press, citing socialist sources.

Investigations into 2015 Paris and Bataclan terror attacks are closed

Investigations into 2015 Paris and Bataclan terror attacks are closed

130 people were killed and more than 350 injured in the attack on Bataclan and Saint-Denis in 2015.

French judges closes investigations into the November 13th
2015 bomb attacks, which killed 130 people in the cities of Paris and
Saint-Denis, said a court source.

Four years after the deadliest ‘jihadist’ attacks in France, the
magistrates announced that they will close the judicial investigation, leaving a one-month period for observations by the parties and requests from the French prosecutor before a final decision.

Hurricane Dorian Causes At Least 7 Dead In The Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian Causes At Least 7 Dead In The Bahamas

The number of deaths from Hurricane Dorian increased from five to seven.

In a news conference on Tuesday, Bahamas prime minister Hubert Minnis admitted the possibility of more deaths after having more injured victims on the Abaco Islands.

The prime minister highlighted that Abacus is completely flooded, including the airport.
“We are in the midst of an historical tragedy in the Bahamas,” said Minnis, noting that the official number of 7 dead, is just an initial number.