Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Updates: Times Of Israel - PA Condemns Netanyahu Promises To Build In West Bank

Palestinian Authority FM lashes Netanyahu vow to build in West Bank corridor

The Times of Israel is liveblogging Wednesday’s developments as they unfold.

PA condemns Netanyahu promise to build settlement homes in West Bank’s E1 area

Israel’s plan to build new settler homes in an area of the West Bank would destroy the prospect of a two-state solution, Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki said Wednesday.
The plan to build 3,500 new homes in an area known as E1 “is so dangerous, more dangerous than any other settlement plans in the West Bank,” al-Maliki tells reporters on the sidelines of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Al-Maliki says the plan “intends to destroy the two-state solution” and would “kill any possibility” for a peace plan proposed by US President Donald Trump and accepted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month.
Netanyahu made the pledge to build new settler homes on Tuesday in the latest in a string of promises to expand settlements as the right-wing premier faces both a tight general election and a corruption trial.

WHO: More new daily virus cases outside China than inside

The World Health Organization says Wednesday there are now more new daily cases of the  coronavirus outside China than inside the hard-hit country, marking a shift in the outbreak.
“Yesterday, the number of new cases reported outside China exceeded the number of new cases in China for the first time,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tells diplomats in Geneva.
The UN health agency puts the number of new cases in China Tuesday at 411 while those registered outside the country stands at 427.

Teacher confirmed as first French coronavirus victim

A 60-year-old teacher has become the first French casualty of the coronavirus, the health ministry announces on Wednesday.
The man dies overnight in a Paris hospital, bringing the coronavirus death toll in the country to two, says the ministry’s deputy head Jerome Salomon.
The first victim was an 80-year-old Chinese tourist who died in hospital in mid-February.
The latest victim, who worked at a junior-high school in the town of Crepy-en-Valois, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) northeast of Paris, is not believed to have traveled to an area affected by the global coronavirus outbreak, the education ministry says.
Le Parisien newspaper quotes the mayor of the teacher’s hometown of Vaumoise as saying he had “begun to feel ill at the start of the (mid-term) holidays and had been quickly hospitalized.”

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