Claims that the Russian operation was targeted CIA Agents in Australia with mysterious weapons have been dismissed by the Russian embassy, indicating that those who blame the country for such attacks are not mentally healthy.
According to a report published in GQ magazineTwo CIA agents, including one of the agency’s top officers, were attacked during the second half of last year while working in Australia.
The magazine reports that a CIA investigation has found that in several incidents around the world, agents have been subjected to microwave devices that can be used to cause brain damage similar to a severe concussion.
CIA investigators reportedly used cell phone data to prove that suspected agents from the FSB, the Russian security service, were in close proximity to CIA officers when they were attacked in Australia, Poland, Georgia and Taiwan.
The Russian embassy in Australia did not respond to detailed inquiries from the Australian Guardian, but instead referred to their response to the death of US Secretary of Defense James Forrestal in 1949.
Forrestal served during the second world war, and is considered one of the earliest voices in the Truman administration who voiced concerns about a resurrection. Russia.
Forrestal said ‘Russia is coming. Russia is coming. They’re around here. I’ve seen Russian soldiers’, ”said Evgeny Ilin, a spokesman for the embassy.
“Mr Forrestal allegedly said those words while suffering from mental illness, not long before committing suicide.”
Ilin also referred to a statement from Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, quoted on GQ as saying: “I will not try to confirm whether they are victims of ‘acoustic assault’, paranoia or Russophobia. That’s a question for doctors. “
Guardian Australia has not been able to confirm further details about the reported attacks, including where and when the attacks took place, or whether Australian agencies were aware of or investigating the claims.
That German The chancellor, Angela Merkel, said her country was on the brink of losing control of its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, telling colleagues from her Christian Democratic Union party “the situation is threatening” and “every day is important”.
In leaked comments to an internal party meeting, he told those attending the “very, very difficult months ahead” and added that “every day [would] counting “in tackling the spread of the virus.
Merkel’s grim remarks emerged in other countries Europe moved quickly to reimpose what had become unpopular and economically damaging restrictions, as governments and scientists reported records and still rising numbers of infections across the continent.
Underscoring growing concerns over the worsening situation in Europe, the World Health Organization pointed to a series of alarming indicators.
Speaking at a briefing on Monday, Dr Mike Ryan, the UN health agency’s top emergency expert, said a lack of contact tracing capacity in Europe, along with extremely high levels of positivity for those being tested, is pushing the coronavirus further into “darkness.”
“We are seeing very, very high levels of positivity and an increasing lack of capacity to carry out an effective form of contact tracing, which will further push disease into the dark,” Ryan said.
With officials across Europe warning of a shortage of hospital beds and uncontrolled infections, the continent’s confirmed death toll has surpassed 250,000, according to Johns Hopkins University, part of a global toll of more than 1.1 million.
Italy, which imposed a new curfew and closed gyms, swimming pools and cinemas, has become newest country for have an angry demonstration – including clashes with police in Rome and Napoli last weekend – prompted Giuseppe Conte’s government to pledge new financial assistance to businesses affected by the move.
In France, the head of the scientific council advising the government, Jean-François Delfraissy, said the actual number of infections in the country was probably twice the official figure and closer to 100,000 per day.
“There may be more than 50,000 cases per day. We estimate, on the scientific committee, we have more than 100,000 cases per day, “Delfraissy said.
Although France declaring a state of emergency this month and having imposed increasingly stringent restrictions since September, Dr Eric Caumes, head of the department of tropical infections and diseases at Paris’s Pitié Salpêtrière hospital, said the country needed to lock down again, adding that the virus was “getting out of control”.
“We lost control of the epidemic but that hasn’t happened since yesterday,” he told broadcaster France Info. “We’ve lost control of the epidemic a few weeks ago.”
Elsewhere, the picture is incessantly bleak as a series of countries report record increases and concerns over the spread of the virus.
In Spanish, which is the first country to report more than 1 million cases of disease, the prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, said the country was facing an “extreme” situation when he declared a new state of emergency on Sunday, imposing local night time. curfew and prohibited travel between regions in some cases.
Belgian also told they face a very important week in the struggle to limit the spread of the coronavirus, when a new series of restrictions take effect in one of Europe’s hardest-hit countries by the pandemic, with an official suggesting hospital beds will be fully stocked. in 15 days.
Pressure is building on state hospitals, where 467 people are treated on average each day, an increase of 85%. Nearly 5,000 people have been treated, more than 750 of them in intensive care, according to the latest data.
“What we do now, what we will do in the next two weeks, will determine,” said Yves Van Laethem, spokesman for the Belgian Covid-19 crisis center. If the numbers do not change, he said, “we are likely to reach 2,000 patients in intensive care in two weeks. That is our maximum capacity. “
Norway also announced it would impose tougher measures to combat the coronavirus following the recent increase in the number of infections, including stricter rules on private meetings, the prime minister, Erna Solberg, said on Monday.
Outside Europe, a similar trend is seen in many other countries, including Iran, where there are warnings that hospitals in several provinces are in danger of being overwhelmed.
Mexico Health authorities admitted on Sunday the actual number of deaths in the country from the coronavirus pandemic was much higher than expected, saying there were 193,170 “excess” deaths in the year to September 26, with 139,153 of them judged to be linked to Covid-19. That translates to about 50,000 more deaths than Mexico’s official death toll, confirmed by trials of around 89,000, and about 56% higher than the previously estimated 103,882 deaths from the pandemic.
Russia The daily tally of new Covid-19 cases soared to a record high of 17,347 on Monday when the Kremlin said the pandemic was starting to take its toll outside the capital, Moscow.
The authorities said Russia has sufficient hospital beds and medicine to deal with the second wave of the coronavirus outbreak. But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said “very energetic” efforts from the federal and local governments were needed to tackle the growing number of cases.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany continues to investigate the behavior of the Thai monarch, who is likely to spend a long time in Bavaria, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday, as opposition protests in Thailand accelerate.
“We are monitoring this for the long term,” said Maas. “It will have immediate consequences if there are things that we consider illegal.”
In Bangkok, protesters plan to march to the German embassy on Monday to petition Berlin to investigate the monarch’s use of power while in the European country.
The German government says it is unacceptable for him to do politics from Germany.
Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Edited by Maria Sheahan
BEIJING / SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Brazil jumped to China’s third-largest crude supplier in September, import data showed on Sunday, as independent Chinese refiners scooped up cheap supplies of relatively high-quality South American exporter oil.
Imports from Brazil totaled 4.49 million tonnes, up from 2.96 million tonnes a year earlier, data from the General Administration of Customs of China showed. Brazil took over Iraq, which fell to the fifth largest supplier.
China’s January-September imports from Brazil were 33.69 million tonnes, up 15.6% from a year earlier, according to a Reuters calculation based on the data. China makes up 70% of Brazil’s oil exports, state oil company Petrobras said in July.
Saudi Arabia regained the top spot in Chinese oil purchases last month after losing that ranking to Russia over the previous two months, data showed.
Imports from the kingdom reached 7.78 million tons or equivalent to 1.89 million barrels per day (bpd), an increase from August’s 1.24 million barrels per day.
Russia supplied 7.48 million tonnes last month, or 1.82 million barrels per day, up 18.6% from a year earlier and up 32.8% from August, according to Reuters calculations.
During the first nine months of 2020, Russia remained the top seller with a total supply of 64.62 million tonnes, 16% above last year’s levels. Saudi Arabia trailed at 63.57 million tonnes, which was 6.5% higher year on year.
US shipments jumped to 3.9 million tonnes in September, compared with a year earlier of 517,982 tonnes.
China took in 13% more crude oil in the first nine months than a year earlier, as refiners ramped up production to meet the rapid recovery in demand from the pandemic and hoarded record low oil prices.
Below is a breakdown of imports from major suppliers, by volume in metric tons.
Reporting by Muyu Xu in Beijing and Chen Aizhu in Singapore; Edited by William Mallard
(Reuters) – Europe is the second region after Latin America to surpass 250,000 deaths on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally, with a record number of daily COVID-19 infections reported in the past two weeks.
Europe reported 200,000 daily infections for the first time on Thursday, as many Southern European countries this week reported their highest number of cases in a single day.
Europe accounts for nearly 19% of global deaths and about 22% of global cases, according to a Reuters tally.
Britain, Italy, France, Russia, Belgium and Spain account for nearly two-thirds of the estimated 250,000 deaths recorded to date out of a total of about 8 million cases across Europe.
Britain leads the number of deaths in Europe with around 45,000 deaths, followed by Italy, Spain, France and Russia. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday that Britain cannot depend on vaccines and needs to use other measures to slow the pandemic.
Based on the daily average death reports for the past seven days, Russia reported 250 deaths per day, the highest number of victims in Europe, followed by Britain and France with around 143 deaths each.
France became the seventh country to report more than 1 million coronavirus cases on Friday. It has been one of the hardest-hit countries in the second wave and has imposed curfews on most of the country.
The average number of deaths from COVID-19 reported daily in France has been increasing for the 10th day in a row, according to a Reuters analysis.
Spain recently passed 1 million cases and reported 136 deaths in the average of the last seven days of reported deaths. The death rate of about 7.38 per 10,000 people is the highest in Europe and the second highest in the world after Peru.
The global coronavirus tally stood at 42.1 million cases and 1.1 million deaths, according to a Reuters tally.
While health services have so far not been overwhelmed as far as the first wave, medical authorities have warned of a possible surge in demand for intensive care beds as colder weather forces more people indoors and infections spread.
Reporting by Anurag Maan and Kavya B in Bengaluru; Edited by Daniel Wallis