Underground Mall Newsletter: 2020-03-04

Need a distraction from American electoral politics? Get caught up on news around the world, from the coronavirus, Syria-Turkey conflict, Delhi riots, news from Europe, and tech industry developments.


[NPR] “Coronavirus Updates: Italy Reports 650 Cases And 17 Deaths

[BBC] “Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia suspends entry for pilgrims visiting holy sites

[The Hill] “54 now dead from virus in Iran, almost 1K confirmed cases

[New York Times] “Coronavirus Cases in Germany Jump to 117

[USA Today] “First coronavirus case of unknown origin confirmed in US. What does that mean?” – It means that there are people liekly spreading the disease in the US without knowing it, which is a very predictable trend with our healthcare system.

Election 2020

[Reuters] “‘Mayor Pete’ Buttigieg ends improbable U.S. presidential bid

[Politico] “Klobuchar rally in Minnesota canceled amid protests

Middle East

[Reuters] “At least 34 Turkish soldiers killed in air strikes in Syria’s Idlib

[New York Times] “Turkey Says It Will Let Refugees Into Europe After Troops Killed in Syria

[Politico] “Syria says 2 warplanes downed by Turkey as tensions soar

[NPR] “Migrants Again Try To Leave Turkey For Europe, But This Time The Gate Is Closed

[Middle East Eye] “Editor-in-chief of Russian media agency [Sputnik] released after arrest in Istanbul

[Al Jazeera] “Officials say Yemen’s rebels seize strategic northern city

[New York Times] “Egypt Sentences 37 to Death Including Top Militant Leader

[Al Monitor] “Iraq faces more chaos as PM-designate fails to form government

Latin America

[Washington Post] “Bolivia dismissed its October elections as fraudulent. Our research found no reason to suspect fraud.” – Isn’t it just FREAKING HILARIOUS how WaPo was egging on and defending the coup, and now that it’s long over, they’re safe to point out it was all fabricated bullshit? An absolute joke.

[Al Jazeera] “Argentina president to introduce bill to legalise abortion

South / Southeast Asia

[ABC News] “Prayers at fire-bombed mosques as India’s riot toll grows

[The Guardian] “Death toll from Delhi’s worst riots in decades rises to 38

[Yahoo] ““Sharia fintech”: Startups race to tap Indonesia growth by aligning with Islam


[Reuters] “Austria says it will stop any migrants trying to “”rush”” its border

[New York Times] “With West Divided, Huawei Plans First European 5G Factory in France

[Daily Mail] “‘We know how to make it a very nasty battle’: French minister warns Britain that a post-Brexit trade deal could collapse if there is no agreement to allow EU fishermen work in UK waters

[Reuters] “Luxembourg becomes first country to make public transport free

[Bloomberg] “Frankfurt Airport Operating Again Following Drone Sightings

[New York Times] “Albania Opposition Supports President’s Anti-Govt Protest

North America

[Buzzfeed] “The Husband Of LA County’s District Attorney Pointed A Gun At Protesters Who Showed Up At Their House

[The Watchdog] Report shows how Bellevue Washington-based commodity trading advisor company helped fund the alt-right

[Vox] “Walmart is quietly working on an Amazon Prime competitor called Walmart+

[Boston Globe] “Union accuses Massachusetts marijuana firm of retaliating against organizers

[New York Times] “Starbucks Baristas Accuse Service Company of Abuse and Pay Gaps

[BBC] “Tesla Autopilot crash driver ‘was playing video game’

[Slashgear] “Huawei Search is the company’s next step towards Google independence

[BBC] “Google asked to justify Toronto ‘digital-city’ plan

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