China is racing to curb the spread of the deadly Corona virus. Cities are in lockdown, more than forty million people have been quarantined and airports around the world are on alert.
The world economy produces wealth… as well as copious amounts of greenhouse gases, rising inequality and a devastating loss of biodiversity. Corporations now suddenly promise to fix all this. But will they really?
The appearance of the supreme leader at Friday prayers comes at a tumultuous time for Iran, which had seemed on the brink of war with the US. The last time he led the sermon was in 2012 when he threatened Israel.
Huge crowds gathered in the Iranian capital Tehran for the funeral of General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by US airstrikes. His daughter issued a threat to US soldiers in the Middle East.
Striking cabin crews have kept 60 Germanwings flights grounded on day two of their New Year's protest. The worst-affected airports were in Hamburg and Berlin, but chaos was largely avoided.
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