Underground Mall Newsletter: 2020-02-06

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 Europe and EU trade, Trump’s “”peace plan”” for Palestine, American tech oligarchs, and more.


[CNET] “Coronavirus deaths spike over 400, 11 confirmed US cases

[Reuters] “Virus fears wipe $393 billion off China’s stock market despite government support moves

[LA Times] “Why the new coronavirus will hit the world economy harder than SARS

[New York Times] “Philippines Reports First Coronavirus Death Outside China

[CNN] “The Wuhan virus has turned China’s gambling mecca of Macao into a ghost town

[Las Vegas Review-Journal] “Macao casinos asked to close for 2 weeks in wake of coronavirus

[Reuters] “Hyundai to halt South Korea output as China virus disrupts parts supply

[New York Times] “Hong Kong Tightens Border as Medical Workers Call for Shutdown

[Forbes] “Twitter Bans ZeroHedge For Publishing Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory, Doxxing Chinese Doctor

[Reuters] “Passengers face two weeks on virus-hit cruise ship off Japan

[New York Times] “Burdened by Sanctions, North Korea Sees Coronavirus Threaten Economic Lifelines


[Reuters] “Sovereignty comes first: Britain lays out tough stance for EU trade talks

[Reuters] “EU rejects Trump Middle East peace plan, annexation

[AP] “Germany, Austria at odds on European financial trade tax

[AP] “Damaged Air Canada plane lands in Spain after tense hours

[BBC] “Denmark arrests Iranian opposition members suspected of spying for Saudis

[Reuters] “Hungarian teachers say new school curriculum pushes nationalist ideology

Middle East

[NPR] “Iran Upholds Death Sentence For Man Accused Of Giving Nuclear Secrets To CIA

[New York Times] “Israel Puts Brakes on West Bank Annexation Plan

  • “The Trump administration sought the delay, prompting fears among Netanyahu allies that it may cost them votes in the March election.”

[Al-Monitor] “Israeli left paralyzed over Trump’s peace plan

[Common Dreams] “Bloc of Muslim Nations Warns Trump Israel-Palestine Plan ‘Destroys the Foundations of Peace’

[Washington Post] “U.S. targets leader of al-Qaeda in Yemen

[CNN] “Turkey suffers first deaths in direct combat with Syria since start of war

[AP] Yemeni rebels release 32 detained Egyptian fishermen

South / Southeast Asia

[Yahoo] “Pakistan pledges to buy more Malaysian palm oil to compensate for India’s withdrawal

[Jakarta Post] “Bali confirms swine fever outbreak amid numerous pig deaths

North America

[Guardian] “US homeless student population reaches 1.5m, the highest in a decade

[Page Six] “Lady Gaga’s new boyfriend revealed as investor Michael Polansky

  • Michael Polanksy is a finance bro, who “was a Principal at Founders Fund working directly with Sean Parker and Peter Thiel”

[CBC] “3 dead, 2 injured after shooting at Airbnb in Toronto [in a 32nd floor condo], police not looking for suspects

[NY Daily News] “Man dies after getting trapped in clothing donation bin outside Walmart

[Quartz] “Goldman Sachs and Amazon may soon be in the banking business

[CNBC] “Tesla CEO Elon Musk got $4.5 billion richer overnight

[Washington Post] “Rush Limbaugh says he has advanced lung cancer, will continue radio program while he undergoes treatment

[USA Today] “Two Florida men arrested after package labeled ‘Bag Full of Drugs’ found in car

[Washington Post] “Second man with ties to Mexico’s largest monarch butterfly reserve found dead


[The News International] “Militants kill dozens in east Congo as attacks on civilians intensify

[New York Times] “New U.S. Travel Ban Shuts Door on Africa’s Biggest Economy, Nigeria

[New York Times] “Nigeria ‘Blindsided’ by Trump Travel Ban, Its Top Diplomat Says

[Travel and Leisure] “Ethiopian Airlines Announces Plans to Build Africa’s Largest Airport

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