WORLD: All eyes are on the coronavirus. In the US, the first two coronavirus-related deaths were confirmed - both of which were in Washington state. Plus the first cases were reported in New York, Florida, and and Rhode Island. This came after Prez Trump called the virus a “new hoax” during a rally. Meanwhile, cases in Italy surged by around 50 percent in a single day - while South Korea faced 600 new cases over the weekend. Now, it looks like countries are scrambling to contain the virus as the global death tolls reaches 3,000. In other news, recently, South Korea said ‘well that can’t be good’ and announced that North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles. Stay tuned.
POLITICS: The other day, the US and the Taliban shook hands on their new peace deal. You read that right. The deal would have the US withdrawing most of the 12,000 troops currently in Afghanistan, while the Taliban would shake its head to harboring terror groups - plus intro negotiations with the Afghan gov for lasting peace. Oh, and the deal also includes a prisoner swap. Only a slight problem...Afghanistan’s prez says the US doesn’t have the authority to promise a prisoner release. And recently, publicly rejected the swap’s timeline. No word yet on this from the US gov. Meanwhile, Turkey is opening Europe’s gates to new migrants - many of whom come from Syria. Cue backlash from European govs.
ELECTIONS: ICYMI, back in April 2019, Israel headed to the polls. The race was between the current prime minister (Benjamin Netanyahu) and Benny Gantz - who’s known as the anti-Netanyahu. Netanyahu took the win...but his political party didn’t snag the majority. Meaning it was up to Netanyahu to get a group of parties together in a coalition - something he wasn’t able to do. Cue election number two - except after multiple attempts, neither candidate was able to form a majority gov. Now, it looks like the country’s heading to the polls for the third time in eleven months. Speaking of elections, Slovakia just elected an anti-corruption party to the gov in what’s being seen as a response to the murder of a prominent journalist.