BBC news 2020-02-06 (audio+transcript)

BBC news with Daniel Yaluyasga.

As America’s Senators make their final speeches in the impeachment trial of president Trump, one prominent Republican Senator Mitt Romney of Utah has said he will vote to convict him. Senator Romney said the President was guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust. Mr. Trump is accused of pressurizing Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. He is expected to be acquitted in a vote shortly.

An appeal for nearly 700-million dollars has been launched by the World Health Organization to help developing countries prepare for the possible arrival of the new coronavirus. The WHO head said it was better to invest now than to pay much more later. The virus has killed nearly 500 people.

The U.N Security Council is to hold an emergency session on Syria on Thursday as President Assad’s troops continue a major offensive in the province of Idlib. Government forces are now reported to have entered the town of Saraqib, which lies on two key highways.

Reports from the Iraqi city of Najaf say that at least six people have been killed and dozens wounded in clashes between anti-government protesters and supporters of the powerful cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr. Medical and security sources say Sadr’s supporters try to clear a protest camp.

A passenger plane belonging to the Turkish low-cost Airline Pegasus has skidded off the runway at the Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport, breaking into three pieces. More than 100 people have been injured, but there was no death.

A Palestine teenager has been shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in the West Bank. The Israeli military says soldiers opened fire after the 17-year-old Palestine threw a petrol bomb at them during clashes in Hebron.

And an international team of scientists has revealed how cancers are formed and could be individually treated after sequencing the genomes of dozens of tumors. They believe their findings could lead to more targeted treatments and early detection of cancers.

BBC news.

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