12 February 2021 Security News
Other Security News
- US to Reverse Terrorist Designation of Yemen's Houthi Rebels VOA 12 Feb 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that he would revoke designations of Yemen's Houthi movement as a terrorist group.
- Revocation of the Terrorist Designations of Ansarallah US Dept. of State 12 Feb 2021 -- "Effective February 16, I am revoking the designations of Ansarallah, sometimes referred to as the Houthis, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under the Immigration and Nationality Act and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, as amended."
- US will remove Houthis from terrorist list on Feb. 16: Blinken Press TV 12 Feb 2021 -- The United States has announced that it will remove designations of Yemen's popular Houthi Ansarullah movement from the list of foreign terrorist organizations on February 16.
- Biden administration mulls closing Guantanamo prison: White House Press TV 12 Feb 2021 -- The administration of new US President Joe Biden has launched a formal review of the future of the notorious US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, in yet another move aimed at distancing Washington from his predecessor's flawed polices and reviving the Obama-era goal of closing the controversial detention center.
- Existing 3,600 US Troops to Remain on Border With Mexico Through Fiscal Year - Pentagon Sputnik 12 Feb 2021 -- An estimated 3,600 US troops will remain on the US border with Mexico through the current fiscal year, Defense Department spokesperson Lt. Col. Chris Mitchell told Sputnik.
- Mexico's President Supports Biden Decision to Stop New Border Wall Construction VOA 12 Feb 2021 -- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday he approves of U.S. President Joe Biden's decision to stop new construction of the border wall between the two countries.
COVID-19 Pandemic News
- WHO's Tedros Says All Hypotheses of COVID-19 Origins 'Remain Open' After Wuhan Mission Sputnik 12 Feb 2021 -- World Health Organization (WHO) experts who spent a month in the Chinese city of Wuhan investigating the origins of COVID-19 are keeping all hypotheses open, according to Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Friday.
- COVID fuelling risk of recruitment and use of children in conflict, UN and EU warn on International Day UN News 12 Feb 2021 -- More children could be pushed into the joining armed forces and armed groups due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, senior United Nations and European Union (EU) officials said on International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, observed on Thursday.
- All Theories Still Open Regarding COVID-19 Origins, WHO Chief Says VOA 12 Feb 2021 -- World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Friday all hypotheses regarding the origins of COVID-19 remain open, following his discussions with investigative team members about the findings during their visit to China.
- 'Constellation' of post-COVID symptoms will impact global healthcare, says WHO UN News 12 Feb 2021 -- Far more research is needed into the "constellation" of sometimes debilitating symptoms among people who've recovered from COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, adding that it "will impact" global health systems.
- DOD to Support FEMA Vaccination Effort DoD News 12 Feb 2021 -- The Defense Department's first 222-person team arrived in California and will begin to support a mass vaccination site in Los Angeles by Feb. 15, said the Pentagon press secretary.
- Over 390,000 volunteers dedicated to COVID-19 fight in China People's Daily 12 Feb 2021 -- More than 390,000 volunteers devoted themselves to the country's fight against COVID-19 in 2020, the Red Cross Society of China said.
- Chinese mainland reports no new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 12 Feb 2021 -- No new locally transmitted confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday across the Chinese mainland, the National Health Commission said Friday.
- EU Signs $800-Billion COVID-19 Recovery Fund VOA 12 Feb 2021 -- European Union leaders Friday signed an $814-billion package of grants and low-interest loans intended to help the bloc's member nations recover from the record recession brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- EU, WHO Announce Vaccine Program For Six Eastern European Countries RFE/RL 12 Feb 2021 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Union are launching a 40 million euro ($48.5 million) regional program to help six Eastern European countries with COVID-19 vaccinations.
- COVID-19 Vaccine Delay Stirs Political Tensions In North Macedonia RFE/RL 12 Feb 2021 -- Political tensions have been stirred up in North Macedonia by the government's failure to deliver its first COVID-19 vaccination shot while neighboring countries boast about progress in their vaccination programs.
- Hungary Becomes First EU State To Use Russian Vaccine RFE/RL 12 Feb 2021 -- Hungary on February 12 was on its way to become the first EU nation to use Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus, breaking ranks with the rest of the 27-member bloc.
- Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine Authorised in 26 Countries, RDIF Says Sputnik 12 Feb 2021 -- Russia's coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V has been authorised in Montenegro and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, thus bringing the total number of countries where it is authorised to 26, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said Friday.
- Russia Reports 15089 New Covid-19 Cases, 507 Deaths SPA 12 Feb 2021 -- Russia reported 15089 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 4042837.
- India records a sharp decline in the Active Caseload; stands at 1.35 lakh today India PIB 12 Feb 2021 -- The country's total Active Caseload has seen a sharp decline, falling to 1.35 lakh (1,35,926) today.
- Update on COVID-19 Vaccination- Day 28 India PIB 12 Feb 2021 -- The cumulative number of healthcare and frontline workers vaccinated against COVID19 has reached 77.66 lakhs today. 77,66,319 beneficiaries have been vaccinated through 1,63,587 sessions, as per the provisional report till 6 pm today. These include 58,65,813 HCWs (58.9%) and 19,00,506 FLWs (21.2%).
- Pakistan Approves Chinese CanSinoBIO COVID-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use SPA 12 Feb 2021 -- Pakistan has approved China's CanSino Biologics Inc's (CanSinoBIO) COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, Pakistan's Health Minister Faisal Sultan said on Friday, Reuters reported.
- Official: COVID-19 claims 58 more lives in Iran IRNA 12 Feb 2021 -- Some 58 more Iranians have died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours bringing the total deaths to 58,809, Iran's Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Friday.
- Second consignment of Russian-made Sputnik-V vaccines arrives in Iran: Ministry Press TV 12 Feb 2021 -- The second consignment of Russian-made Sputnik-V vaccines developed to curb the COVID-19 contagious disease has arrived in Iran earlier than originally planned, the country's Health Ministry says.
- South Korea Reports 403 New Coronavirus Cases SPA 12 Feb 2021 -- South Korea reported today 403 more Covid-19 cases, including 384 local infections, raising the total caseload to 82,837, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), Yonhap News Agency reported.
- S. Korea reports 403 more COVID-19 cases, 82,837 in total People's Daily 12 Feb 2021 -- South Korea reported 403 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Thursday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 82,837.
- 353 New Confirmed Covid-19 Cases, 305 Recoveries Reported, in Saudi Arabia SPA 12 Feb 2021 -- The Ministry of Health announced, in a statement here today, that 353 new confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) have been reported, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number to 372,073, including 2,702 active cases undergoing treatment.
- Taiwan reports 1 new imported case of COVID-19 CNA 12 Feb 2021 -- Taiwan on Friday confirmed one new imported case of COVID-19, a United States citizen in his 50s, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
- ICRC Calls for Africa to Get Fair Share of COVID-19 vaccines VOA 12 Feb 2021 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is calling on the world community to make sure Africa gets a fair share of COVID-19 vaccines.
- Over 3 mln Turkish people receive China's COVID-19 vaccines Global Times 12 Feb 2021 -- The number of people who have received their first doses of China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines topped 3 million on Friday across Turkey, Turkish Health Ministry announced.
- Brunei receives COVID-19 vaccine donation from China Global Times 12 Feb 2021 -- Brunei's Ministry of Health said in a press release on Wednesday that the country received a batch of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine donated by China on Tuesday and is reviewing a vaccination program.
- Australia's Victoria enters snap lockdown as COVID-19 cluster continues to grow People's Daily 12 Feb 2021 -- The Australian state of Victoria will enter a snap five-day lockdown from midnight Friday as COVID-19 cases linked to a quarantine hotel in the state rose to 13.
- UAE Announces 3,307 New Covid-19 Cases SPA 12 Feb 2021 -- The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced 3,307 new cases of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the UAE to 342,974.
- Tunisia Reports 828 More COVID-19 Cases SPA 12 Feb 2021 -- The Tunisian Ministry of Health reported 828 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 220,478.
- Zimbabwe's Alleged Use of COVID as Excuse to Stifle Dissent Draws UN Concern VOA 12 Feb 2021 -- The United Nations Human Rights Office says it is "concerned" by a new Human Rights Watch report that says Zimbabwe's government is using the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext to clamp down on freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
- Kazakhstan Authorises Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine Against Coronavirus Sputnik 12 Feb 2021 -- The development signifies that Kazakhstan has become the 27th nation to authorise the vaccine. Earlier in the day, the Russian Direct Investment Fund announced that Sputnik V had been authorised in a total of 26 nations after Montenegro and St Vincent and the Grenadines greenlighted the medication.
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