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‘As Long As I’m President, Gay Marriage Will Not Happen In Russia’ — Putin Declares

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Seaking on Thursday in Kremlin, where he met a state commission to discuss the changes to Russia’s constitution, the 67-year-old spoke against allowing the traditional notion of mother and father to be ‘subverted’ by what he called “parent number 1” and “parent number 2”.

“As far as ‘parent number 1’ and ‘parent number 2’ goes, I’ve already spoken publicly about this and I’ll repeat it again: as long as I’m president this will not happen. There will be dad and mum,” Putin said.

ast month, Dmitry Medvedev, the prime minister of Russia and the entire Russian government resigned after President Vladimir Putin proposed a constitutional reform that would allow him to remain in power indefinitely.

While addressing his parliament at that time, Putin proposed a referendum on amending Russia’s constitution to increase the powers of parliament while maintaining a strong presidential system.

“I consider it necessary to conduct a vote by the country’s citizens on an entire package of proposed amendments to the country’s constitution,” Putin said.

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Here’s a Running List of 19 Countries With A Confirmed Coronavirus Case

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Here’s a Running List of 19 Countries With A Confirmed Coronavirus Case

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to grow⁠—⁠having apparently started in China, it’s now in at least 19 countries—here’s a running list of every U.S. state and country reporting cases of the virus:

  • In the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Arizona, California, Illinois and Washington State all have confirmed cases.
  • In Europe: CDC also reports that France and Germany have confirmed cases.
  • The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Finland has its first confirmed case.
  • In Asia: World Health Organization (WHO) reports that China, Japan, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and South Korea all have confirmed cases.
  • The majority of cases are in China (nearly 6,000), where the virus is believed to have started.
  • In the Middle East: The United Arab Emirates has four confirmed cases. 
  • Elsewhere: Australia and Canada also have confirmed cases.

What to watch for: Whether the World Health Organization (WHO) declares an international public health emergency for coronavirus when it reconvenes its emergency committee Thursday. 

Key background: Some experts believe the disease originated from a seafood market in Wuhan. In an effort to contain the virus, Chinese officials have quarantined Wuhan and multiple surrounding cities, restricting the travel of millions of people. Other countries have enacted their own travel restrictions or evacuations, including Japan, the United States, Australia and France. North Korea, which says the outbreak is a matter of “national existence,” is not accepting foreign visitors. Some corporations have also banned or restricted travel for employees, while companies like McDonald’s, Disney, Starbucks, IKEA and more have temporarily closed their doors in affected areas. Multiple airlines and cruise companies have also modified their service schedules to restrict travel.

Culled from Forbes

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Iran Claims 80 Americans Killed By Missiles

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Iranian state television claimed that Wednesday missile strikes on bases in Iraq killed 80 Americans, in a report citing what it called an informed Revolutionary Guards source.

Iran launched 22 missiles overnight at the Iraqi bases used by US and other US-led coalition troops, the Iraqi army said.

“At least 80 American military (personnel) were killed in this attack,” the state television website reported.

In addition, it said, unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters and other military equipment had been severely damaged in the attack.

The Revolutionary Guards source said at least 140 targets of the US and their allies had been identified in the region and would be attacked “if the Americans commit any kind of mistake again”.

The source said 15 missiles hit Ain Al-Assad base and none was intercepted by “radars of America’s terrorist army”.

It was the first action of Iran’s promised revenge for the US killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Iraq last week.

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