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USA now the country with the highest case of Covid – 19 with over 115,000 cases

The US has registered about 1,300 deaths, almost a quarter of them in New York City, where hospitals are overwhelmed.

In China, where the virus was believed to have been transferred from wild animals to humans, the National Health Commission on Friday reported 55 new cases, including 54 it said were imported infections in recent arrivals from overseas.

There were no new cases reported in Wuhan, the provincial capital where the coronavirus is reported to have emerged from late last year.

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US President Donald Trump, who had until recently insisted on calling the new coronavirus the “Chinese virus”, tweeted on Friday that he and China’s President Xi Jinping had “a very good conversation” and discussed “in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet.”

Economy

The economic damage from the pandemic was growing as a record-shattering 3.3 million US citizens applied for unemployment benefits in a single week – nearly five times the old record, set in 1982.

Job losses have swept across sectors from food services to retail to transportation, as nearly half of the country has closed to non-essential businesses.

“It is staggering. We are only seeing the initial numbers. They will get worse, unfortunately,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters, estimating that half a million people in the city would lose work.

But stock markets continued to climb on Friday, with Asian bourses in the green after a third straight day of rises on Wall Street.

Traders have taken heart from the passage through the Senate of a $2 trillion stimulus bill – the largest in US history, which will support the country’s businesses and provide cash payouts to people.

The rescue plan, which is expected to be voted on in the House of Representatives on Friday, would initially dispense cheques of $1,200 per adult and $500 per child.

Source: Al jazeera

Iran President tells US To Expect Revenge Over Killing Of Their Commander

Iran will revenge killing of commander by US forces – President Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran wants the United States to expect his country would revenge the killing of Commander Qasem Soleimani

Soleimani was killed in an airstrike carried out by the US forces in Iraq

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also promises ‘harsh revenge’ over the death of Soleimani The president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, has expressed anger over the killing of his country’s Quds force commander, Qasem Soleimani, by a United States air strike in Iraq.

President Rouhani said his country will revenge the death of Soleimani as tension continues to build around world over the act by the US. Reuters reports that Rouhani said the death of Soleimani has further invigorated Iran to resist the US.

“Soleimani’s martyrdom will make Iran more decisive to resist America’s expansionism and to defend our Islamic values. “With no doubt, Iran and other freedom-seeking countries in the region will take his revenge,” Rouhani said in a statement as reported by Iranian state television.

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Breaking: US Murder Top Iranian Commander, Qasem Soleimani In Baghdad Air Strike

Qasem Soleimani: US kills top Iranian general in Baghdad air strike

Soleimani commanded Iranian military operations in the region
Iran’s most powerful military commander, General Qasem Soleimani, has been killed by a US air strike in Iraq, BBC reports.

The 62-year-old spearheaded Iranian military operations in the Middle East as head of Iran’s elite Quds Force.

He was killed at Baghdad airport, along with other Iran-backed militia figures, early on Friday in a strike ordered by US President Donald Trump.

Soleimani’s killing marks a major escalation in tensions between Washington and Tehran.

Under his leadership, Iran had bolstered Hezbollah in Lebanon and other pro-Iranian militant groups, expanded Iran’s military presence in Iraq and Syria and orchestrated Syria’s offensive against rebel groups in the country’s long civil war.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “severe revenge awaits the criminals” behind the attack. He also announced three days of national mourning.

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Soleimani was widely seen as the second most powerful figure in Iran, behind the Ayatollah Khamenei. His Quds Force, an elite unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, reported directly to the ayatollah and he was hailed as a heroic national figure.

But the US has called the commander and the Quds Force terrorists and holds them responsible for the deaths of hundreds of US personnel.

President Trump, who was in Florida at the time of the strike, tweeted an image of the American flag shortly after the news broke.

A statement from the Pentagon – the headquarters of the US Department of Defense – said Soleimani had been “developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region”.

“This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans,” it added.

BBC News