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    More On: Coronavirus Here’s when de Blasio expects every NYer who wants a COVID vaccine will get one NYC hospitals nix elective surgeries as COVID-19 rate hits 6% US breaks daily records for coronavirus cases, deaths Singapore’s foodie ‘hawker’ culture given UNESCO recognition WARSAW – When the coronavirus pandemic surged across Europe in April and hospitals were desperate for ventilators, Poland’s government turned to an unlikely supplier: an arms dealer. Andrzej Izdebski, 69, has helped smuggle rifles and ammunition across borders, worked for Poland’s Communist secret services and claims to have sold dietary supplements to North Korea. Months later, as a second coronavirus wave strains Poland’s hospitals and raises its COVID-19 death toll, Izdebski has provided less than a fifth of the 1,241 ventilators the government agreed to buy for about $53 million, the government and Izdebski say. Izdebski’s struggle to deliver ventilators to Poland opens a window into the extraordinary lengths countries have gone to obtain the devices in the pandemic. While wealthier countries raced to secure the breathing machines from big manufacturers in China, Europe and the...
    By Anna Koper WARSAW (Reuters) - When the coronavirus pandemic surged across Europe in April and hospitals were desperate for ventilators, Poland’s government turned to an unlikely supplier: an arms dealer. Andrzej Izdebski, 69, has helped smuggle rifles and ammunition across borders, worked for Poland’s Communist secret services, and claims to have sold dietary supplements to North Korea. Months later, as a second coronavirus wave strains Poland’s hospitals and raises its COVID-19 death toll, Izdebski has provided less than a fifth of the 1,241 ventilators the government agreed to buy for about $53 million, the government and Izdebski say. Izdebski’s struggle to deliver ventilators to Poland opens a window into the extraordinary lengths countries have gone to obtain the devices in the pandemic. While wealthier countries raced to secure the breathing machines from big manufacturers in China, Europe and the United States, poorer countries like Poland had a choice when the pandemic swept the globe: go on a waiting list that could delay shipments by months or turn to little-known third-party brokers. Izdebski went with the brokers. Under the deal,...
    German doctors treating Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny have contacted Bulgarian colleagues amid suspicions he was poisoned with the same mysterious toxin used on an arms dealer. 'Obviously, they consider it possible that the same or very similar substances were used,' reported news magazine Der Spiegel. Doctors at Berlin's Charité hospital - where Navalny remains in a coma - said they believe the 44-year-old Vladimir Putin critic was poisoned with an unknown substance used variously in drugs, insecticides and nerve agents. In 2015, Bulgarian doctors found that arms dealer Emilian Grebev was poisoned but were unable to identify the substance. German doctors treating Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (pictured) have contacted Bulgarian colleagues amid suspicions he was poisoned with the same mysterious toxin used on an arms dealer This came as Navalny's wife, Yulia, 44, who is at his bedside in Berlin, marked their 20th wedding anniversary by quoting the words of a song: 'Our power in is our love. Don't give up, live!' 'Sometimes you can afford to be a little sentimental. Today is exactly that kind of...
    By Fabian Cambero and Aislinn Laing SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The Chilean Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request by the United States to extradite businessman Carlos Cardoen, whom it accuses of having illegally exported a mineral used to make cluster bombs to Iraq. The court said too much time had lapsed since Cardoen, 78, was indicted by a U.S. court in 1993 for exporting zirconium from the United States and selling cluster bombs to former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein between 1982 and 1989. Interpol issued a international arrest warrant the same year but Washington asked the Chilean Foreign Ministry only in March last year to arrest Cardoen so he could be tried on U.S. soil. The ruling brings an end to an almost 30-year legal saga that has prevented business tycoon Cardoen, once labeled a "Merchant of Death" by U.S. Customs officials, from leaving Chile. He has turned instead to running a hotel and museum and making wine in the town of Santa Cruz, 100 miles south of the capital, Santiago. The U.S. Department of Justice indicted Cardoen in 1993...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday warned that the Iranian regime will become an arms dealer to despots in places such as Syria and Venezuela if a 13-year-old arms embargo is allowed to expire -- and that more people will die in the Middle East as Tehran gets its hands on weapons. "If Iran is allowed to buy weapons from the likes of China and Russia, more civilians in the Middle East will die at the hands of the regime and its proxies -- it’s that straight forward," Pompeo said at during a news conference. POMPEO: IF UN LETS IRAN ARMS EMBARGO EXPIRE, IT WILL 'BETRAY' IDEALS OF PEACE, SECURITY The arms embargo imposed on Tehran more than a decade ago is due to expire as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, in October. But the U.S. has warned that, given the rogue behavior of the Iranian regime and its funding of terror proxies such as Hezbollah, that the consequences will be disastrous for the region and elsewhere -- and...
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