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19-01-2018, 05:53 AM
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January 18, 2018 (Thursday)

Business and economy
The Emirates airline announces an order for up to 36 Airbus A380s. Emirates is already the aircraft's largest operator, with a fleet of over 100. (BBC)

Disasters and accidents
2018 Aktobe bus fire
A bus carrying Uzbek migrant workers catches fire in Kazakhstan's Aktobe Region, killing 52 people. Five people escape and are treated by rescue workers. (BBC)

Law and crime
Police in Serbia arrest three Australians, one of them Rohan Arnold, a known businessman, for allegedly smuggling 1,280 kilograms (2,820 lb) of cocaine into Sydney in 2016. (Sydney Morning Herald)

International Relations
French President Emmanuel Macron meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. (Politico)

Science and technology
In a world's first, a drone rescues two people off the coast of Lennox Head, New South Wales in Australia by dropping a safety device to them. John Barilaro, the Deputy Premier of New South Wales, praises the rescue as historic. (Channel News Asia) (BBC)

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19-01-2018, 09:47 AM
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Irish opposition leader swings behind legalizing abortion

Ireland’s opposition leader catalyzed the country’s abortion debate Thursday by saying he would defy the majority of his party to repeal a ban on terminating pregnancies.

Citing the “cruel inflexibility and unintended consequences” of the ban, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he would support expanding access to abortion, despite his concern for the “unborn.”

Martin is one of the country’s political heavyweights, and his remarks capped two days of emotional parliamentary debate about Ireland’s abortion law, in which there was clear momentum for a referendum to change it, as early as May or June. His remarks in the lower house seize the political initiative from Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of the Fine Gael party, who has yet to make his views clear, and dodged questions on the issue this week in Strasbourg...

France and Germany agree on eurozone reform
… Well, their economists do.

PARIS — Governments talk a lot about eurozone reform but can’t get their act together. So it’s time for academics to step in.

That impatience seems to be at the core of an unprecedented initiative by French and German economists, who published Wednesday a detailed plan on how to make the monetary union shock-resistant and a better guarantor of long-term prosperity.

Fourteen influential scholars, who in September published a joint op-ed in Le Monde and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung to urge their respective governments to be bold on reforming the monetary union, have taken a step further to detail what they think should be done — and the sooner the better.

The basic idea underlining their plan — which came in the form of a “policy insight” jointly published in Paris and Berlin — is that France and Germany may well be separated by historical and cultural differences in their approach to monetary union, but both make strong arguments. The plan is given extra weight because the German authors are more varied than the usual center-left academics traditionally sympathetic to French arguments...

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19-01-2018, 09:04 PM
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Federal officials say flu epidemic has killed at least 30 children

Jan 19, 2018, 8:17 PM ET

A deadly flu epidemic spreading across the nation has now claimed the lives of at least 30 children, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

The CDC's latest influenza-associated pediatric mortality report released Friday shows that at least 10 children died between Jan. 6 and Jan. 13, and the others have died the since the flu season started in October.

The report also shows that 8,990 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations were reported across the nation between Oct. 1, 2017 and Jan. 13, 2018.

Quote:A total of 110 died during the 2016-17 flu season, but CDC officials said this years flu hasn't even hit its peak.

Among the latest casualties Zainab Momin, a third-grader from Pike Road, Alabama, whose death has yet to be counted in the CDC report.

The girl died Tuesday night after her parents took her to the hospital with flu symptoms and fever, Pike Road Schools Superintendent Dr. Chuck Ledbetter told ABC affiliate WBMA in Birmingham, Alabama.

U.S. flu season gets worse, has ‘lot more steam’ than expected

Flu now considered epidemic in U.S. as hospitalizations climb during peak season

Ledbetter he's been urging parents to "do the little things that seem inconsequential," such as washing hands, getting the flu vaccine, and making sure sick students stay at home.

"We're working very hard to protect our children," Ledbetter said.

The CDC has identified a particular strain of influenza A, H3N2, as the culprit affecting thousands from coast to coast. Agency officials said 49 of 50 states have reported widespread flu activity at the same time.

In Swampscott, Massachusetts, Phyllis Gotlib, a beloved 68-year-old music teacher at the Clark, Hadley and Stanley elementary school died from flu complications. Schools in the district were closed Friday, so students and staff could attend her funeral.

“Phyllis was a wonderful person loved by everyone. She brought music into the lives of so many children in Swampscott and Marblehead," her family said in statement. "We are shocked and saddened and can’t express how much we will miss her."

In Texas, the influenza outbreak is so severe that the Bonham Independent School District, which has about 2,000 students, canceled classes through Tuesday.

At Loma Linda Medical Center in San Bernardino County, California, the medical staff has erected a triage tent outside the emergency room to handle the influx of flu patients.

"This seems to be the worst flu season we've had here in the last 10 to 15 years," Dr. Adrian Cotton, chief of medical operations at the Southern California hospital, told ABC's "Good Morning America." "We're seeing a lot more patients for the flu and the patients we're seeing are a lot sicker than usual."
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20-01-2018, 01:50 AM
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Ger-pocalypse now?

BERLIN — Europe’s politicos are heading into the weekend quietly confident that Germany’s Social Democrats will pave the way to another grand coalition at a special party congress on Sunday.

Never mind that this conventional wisdom is born of the same instinct that led most of us to assume the Brexit referendum would fail and that Donald Trump would lose. Then as now, the alternative would appear to be too scary to contemplate.

Imagine for a moment that things don’t go according to script. Consider that many Germans don’t want a “GroKo” (grand coalition) and that recent history suggests the zeitgeist is on their side. Above all, remember that the GroKo is the safe, proper choice, the status quo. It’s Germany’s Hillary Clinton.

If Germans, like the Brits and the Americans, decide they’re sick of the status quo, what happens?...

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