Underground Mall Newsletter: 2020-01-30

Catching you up on the news around the world from the past week! This week, everything you need to know about the coronavirus, plus more on Syria, Palestine, tech, and more.


[New York Times] “Coronavirus Death Toll Climbs in China, and a Lockdown Widens

[BBC] “Coronavirus: Wuhan shuts public transport over outbreak

[Yahoo News] “Passengers Screened for Coronavirus Symptoms at Guangzhou Metro Station

[Deadline] “Shanghai Disneyland Closing In Response To Coronavirus Outbreak

[Reuters] “Singapore confirms first case of new China virus, another likely

[Reuters] “Vietnam says two Chinese citizens in Vietnam confirmed to have coronavirus

[Reuters] “Parties unite over Taiwan’s exclusion from WHO anti-virus planning

[China Internet Information Center] “Macao confirms 2nd novel coronavirus case

[Insider] “Canada has confirmed its first Wuhan coronavirus case in Toronto

[New York Times] “Saudi Arabia to Screen Travellers From China After Virus Outbreak

[Strait Times] “Singapore confirms 4th case of Wuhan virus; patient from Wuhan stayed at Sentosa hotel

[New York Times] “France Confirms First Two Cases of Coronavirus

[Reuters] “Malaysia confirms fourth case of coronavirus infection

[NBC News] “CDC confirms 5th case of new coronavirus in U.S.

[New York Times] “Hong Kong Bars Hubei Residents From Entering City as Coronavirus Fears Intensify

[Reuters] “Public anger grows over coronavirus in Thailand, with eight cases of the illness

[Reuters] “Thailand coronavirus cases rise to 14, all passengers from China to be screened

[Reuters] “Companies in Shanghai cannot resume work before February 9 due to virus fight: government

[City News] “First presumptive case of Wuhan coronavirus confirmed in B.C.

[Rolling Stone] “Coronavirus Is Spreading — And So Are the Hoaxes and Conspiracy Theories Around It

[Reuters] “Singapore says China virus outbreak will hit its economy this year

Middle East/South Asia

[BBC] “Syria war: Jihadist assault ‘kills dozens of soldiers’

[Middle East Eye] “US seeking to carve out Sunni state as its influence in Iraq wanes

[Slate] “Hundreds of Thousands of Iraqis Turn Out to Protest U.S. Military Presence

[Reuters] Iraq protests continue after attempted crackdown and two protester deaths

[New York Times] “Israel to Allow Its Citizens to Visit Saudi Arabia

[Reuters] “Amid Palestinian doubts, Trump to share Mideast peace plan with Israelis

[Reuters] “‘Slap of the century’: Palestinians reject Trump Mideast plan

[New York Times] “Trump Releases Mideast Peace Plan That Strongly Favors Israel

[Washington Post] “Syrian government forces open new front in effort to strangle rebel-held bastion

[CNN] “Death toll rises to 36 and at least 1,607 hospitalized in Turkey earthquake

[Middle East Monitor] “Erdogan slams UAE for funding Russian mercenaries in Libya

[Guardian] A US military plane crashed in Afghanistan. The Taliban takes responsibility, but the US claims the plane was not caused by enemy fire

[Economic Times] “India’s clear message to Trump: No role for third party on Kashmir issue

[Reuters] “Limited internet restored in Kashmir, no access to social media

North America / tech

[CNBC] “Palantir CEO Alex Karp defends his company’s relationship with government agencies

[Business Insider] Insiders say Alex Karp compared Project Maven, Palantir’s AI targeting for drones project, to Manhattan Project

[The Hill] “Amazon asks court to halt Microsoft’s work on Pentagon ‘war cloud’

[New York Times] “Bezos Phone Hack Tied to Saudi Crown Prince Puts New Pressure on Kingdom

[Seattle Times] “Workers criticize Amazon on climate despite risk to jobs

[Reuters] “U.S. says 50 troops now diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after Iran strike

[Forbes] “Clearview AI’s Database Has Amassed 3 Billion Photos

[Seattle Times] “1 dead and 7 injured, including 9-year-old boy, in mass shooting on downtown Seattle sidewalk

[Buzzfeed] “A British Man Has Become The Fifth Immigrant To Die In ICE Custody Since October

[Buzzfeed] “A Cuban Man Has Become The Sixth Immigrant To Die In ICE Custody Since October


[Al Jazeera] “UK gov’t votes against measures protecting child refugees

[The Hill] “Mnuchin urges UK to ban Huawei from networks

[BBC] “German shooting: Man kills six of his family in small town

[ABC News] “Hungary: Warning shots fired as migrants try to cross border

[Guardian] “French police clash with firefighters during Paris protest

Latin America

[Reuters] “Germany to urge next Bolivian leaders to revive lithium deal” — The US doesn’t have a monopoly on South America imperialist behavior!

[Digital Journal] “Record southeastern Brazil rainstorms kill 30

[Reuters] “Bolivia’s Anez sparks fierce backlash with election bid

[Reuters] “Bolivia’s Anez reshuffles cabinet after backlash“, replacing ministers who objected to her presidential run


[Al Jazeera] “Lassa fever outbreak kills [at least 29] in Nigeria

[New York Times] “Egypt Sentences 37 to Jail for Joining Islamic State

[AP] “Growing outcry in Ethiopia over abducted university students

[TRT World] “How the UAE is coercing young Sudanese into becoming mercenaries

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