Gonorrhea and Other Things Not Forgotten – This is World News In Focus


US: President Donald Trump described his face-to-face meeting with the Russian president Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit meeting in Hamburg on Friday as “an honor.”

Just a day ago, the US President, while speaking in Warsaw, was accusing Russia of the aggression in Ukraine and support for hostile regimes in Syria and Iran.

No details of the meeting were released.  But during the 15-minute encounter, the US President was said to have pressed Mr. Putin, without persisting, on Russia’s interference in the 2016 US presidential elections.

Mr. Putin denied having interfered with the election, and he asked for evidence to substantiate the claim.

Meanwhile, protesters with various advocacies gathered in the historical city for a “Welcome to Hell” march on Thursday ahead of the G20 summit.  The mass demonstration would soon erupt into violence, which continued toward the weekend.

For more we go to PBS NewsHour:


North Korea: North Korea claimed success in launching its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

A state North Korean television station announced that the “landmark” test of the Hwasong-14 missile was personally supervised by Leader Kim Jong-un, who on Wednesday morning said the launch was a Fourth of July “gift” to the Trump Administration.

The test has the US worried because it demonstrates North Korea’s capability to strike at least as far as Alaska.

The US Administration responded by jointly firing ballistic missiles with South Korea in the waters along the Korean Peninsula’s east coast.

Meanwhile, Russia and China called for North Korea to stop any further nuclear and missile tests, and for the US to halt deployment of its THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea.

For more we go to CBS News Hour:


Technology: Volvo announced on Wednesday that it would stop producing cars that run purely on gas by 2019.

The Volvo group intends to offer only either fully electric or hybrid engines on all new models starting in two years and will phase out traditional combustion engines.

The pledge by the Swedish auto manufacturer, which is now owned by the Chinese automotive corporation Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., is considered a bold step ahead of other industrial leaders in pushing electric vehicles into the market, and ditching the gas engine entirely.

On Thursday, France announced that sales of petrol and diesel vehicles will end by 2040 as part of its commitment to meet its targets under the Paris climate accord.

For more we go to Volvo Cars:


Medicine:  The World Health Organization(WHO) warned on Friday that new strains of gonorrhea are spreading across the world.  And worse, the disease may become untreatable.

Oral sex is believed to be a cause of the fast proliferation of the deadly gonorrhea superbug.  WHO estimates 78 million people a year contract gonorrhea.  The sexually transmitted disease infects the genitals, rectum, and throat.

The newly founded gonorrhea strains are “very smart,” according to WHO human reproduction specialist Teodora Wi.  

Even the best available “drugs of last resort” treatment would soon be ineffective to beat the microbe, medical experts fear.

“Every time you introduce a new type of antibiotic to treat it, this bug develops resistance to it.” Wi said.

For more we go to the New York Daily News:


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