February 12, 2020

Iranians face crucial questions on 41st anniversary of Islamic Revolution

CGinspiration/iStock(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Tens of thousands of Iranians attended a pro-system demonstration on the streets of Tehran and other cities across the country Tuesday to celebrate the 41st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. The demonstrations marked an emerging gap between the country and the United States with heightened tensions between the two countries. Slogans mostly reflected recent speeches given by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei about the pointlessness of any neg..
February 12, 2020

Family of American who died in Egypt prison seeking US response, Trump condolences

Kassem Family(NEW YORK) -- The family of an American citizen who died in an Egyptian prison said they are disappointed that they haven't heard from President Donald Trump or other senior officials in his administration, they said in a new statement. Mustafa Kassem, who would have been 55 years old on Tuesday, died after being imprisoned for over six years on trumped-up charges. The father of two and New York City taxi driver had been on a hunger strike since September 2018 to raise awarenes..
February 11, 2020

Coronavirus fears threaten global tech conference

mrtom-UK/iStock(BARCELONA, Spain) -- The coronavirus, declared a global health emergency, is posing a threat to one of the most-attended yearly global tech conferences, Mobile World Congress. MWC, held each year in Barcelona, Spain, drew 109,674 attendees last year and is a destination for the most prominent tech companies in the world. Several of these companies have officially withdrawn from MWC 2020, scheduled for Feb. 24-27, citing concerns over coronavirus. "We’ve informed GSMA, the organiz..
February 11, 2020

WHO gives the new coronavirus a name: COVID-19

jarun011/iStock(GENEVA) -- Top health officials have finally named the novel coronavirus that has sickened tens of thousands of people around the world. The coronavirus is now called COVID-19, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general at the World Health Organization announced during a Tuesday news conference. "Co" stands for coronavirus, "Vi" is for virus and "D" is for disease, Tedros explained. Health officials purposely avoided naming COVID-19 after a geographical location, animal or grou..