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Thursday's #Coronavirus megathread starts here with the best #Covid19 global analysis and round up available on Twitter.

First a little quiz, answer in the next Tweet:
Do you know which country has had the most recorded cases of Covid19 as a percentage of population?
So I hope there was no cheating... I'll leave some blank lines here too in case some later viewers don't want the answer just yet...
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So the nation with more #Covid19 cases than any other based on population is highly vaccinated #Seychelles at more than 20% infected.
Today I spent quite a long time being filmed/interviewed by @bbcturkce about #Covid19 and #Turkey. Not sure how much they will use, let's see.

Coincidentally the cameraman Efe, just happened to be in Kyiv as one of those using Ukraine for a 10 day stop off to avoid hotel prison!
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Wednesday's #Coronavirus megathread starts here, with all the data, news and analysis as #Covid19 continues to cause problems.

Slightly less mega today on the thread as I am working abroad and struggling for time and internet. Doing my best!
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Starting with the case numbers from the islands of #Greece which I couldn't publish yesterday.

Broadly heading in the right direction, with exceptionally good numbers from #Crete again and #Zante

#Mykonos surges again and is still the most infected island.
2/3 #Covid19 cases Tuesday on the islands of #Greece

#Crete 196 (-148)
#Corfu 53 (-15)
#Andros 1 (-9)
#Chios 24 (+8)
#Ikaria 11 (-10)
#Ithaca 2 (-1)
#Kalymnos (-1)
#Karpathos (-1)
#KeaKythnos 1 (+1)
#Kefalonia 9 (-1)
#Kos 10 (-2)
#Lefkada 24 (-9)
#Lemnos 2 (-3)
#Lesbos 33 (+1)
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The daily #Coronavirus megathread for Tuesday starts early, from Manchester airport.

Because of the early start I missed a few countries from yesterday's thread, first I'll update these #Covid19 totals. Tweets during the day may be delayed due to travel & connectivity issues
1/3 #GreekIslands - yesterday cases nudged lower again in #Greece and there were some very promising data from the islands too.

#Crete cut new cases of #Covid19 by 43% while for #Corfu it was a 48% fall and #Rhodes saw a reduction of 38%.

#Samos and #Chios need watching...
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#Greece - #Covid19 on the islands yesterday vs previous week

#Crete 129 (-98)
#Corfu 26 (-24)
#Andros 2 (-1)
#Chios 22 (+11)
#Ikaria 3 (+1)
#Kalymnos 4 (-6)
#Kefalonia 4 (-4)
#Kos 9 (-4)
#Lefkada 5 (-7)
#Lemnos 4 (+3)
#Lesbos 19 (-4)
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🧵Pregnant women are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID. This is the second thread dedicated to pregnant women worldwide who lost their lives during the pandemic. By telling their stories we'll ensure that their memories live on #SoulsLostToCovid Image
In a worldwide study of 2,100 pregnant women, those who contracted COVID-19 during pregnancy were 20 TIMES MORE LIKELY to die than those who did not contract the virus. #SoulsLostToCovid thelancet.com/journals/lanin… Image
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy protects you from severe illness from COVID-19. cdc.gov/coronavirus/20…
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We're LIVE! 🔴

Join us on #Zoom for "Shaking EU Solidarity in the Western Balkans" with @donikaemini, @alrakaj, and Irena Pandeva to learn more about #Kosovo, #Albania, and #NorthMacedonia

How has #COVID19 impacted EU solidarity?

Highlights below 💪

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"When we were writing this book, we didn't know how #COVID19 would stand as a test of #EUsolidarity"

- @JohannesPollak, co-editor of the "Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals" series introduces our event

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This event is indeed based on our upcoming third edition of the series: "Solidarity in Action and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals", co-edited by moderator @JohannesPollak along with @MichaelKaeding and @_PaulSchmidt

LEARN MORE ➡️ tepsa.eu/tepsa-books/

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I asked @MiroslavLajcak why should the #WesternBalkan leaders trust the EU promises, taking into account the EU failed to deliver visa liberalisation to #Kosovo and accession talks with #NorthMacedonia.

His reply was abhorrent: "If you don't trust the EU, go somewhere else." 1/
Lajčak continued by saying: "It's trendy to criticise the EU about the visa liberlisation, but #Kosovo leaders should go to those countries blocking the freedom to travel and ask how to comply."

However, all the required benchmarks for visa lib have been delivered by Kosovo! 2/
.@Bujar_O, Foreign Affairs Minister of #NorthMacedonia spoke eloquently about the erosion of EU credibility in the #WesternBalkans:

"We keep hearing 'If you deliver, we will deliver', and we changed both our country's name and the constitution, but the EU hasn't delivered." 3/
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Dr. Craig Jurisevic 🇦🇺 surgeon of 🇭🇷/ 🇸🇮 origin who was with #Albanian 🇦🇱 #KLA terrorists in #Kosovo in 1999. testified in this video about locations of Albanian surgeons in the cities of #Krume, #Elshani, and #Tirana which are related to the organ trafficking networks. ⤵️
Besides #Yugoslavia, he was working in #Israel and #Gaza, East Timor, and #Afghanistan. At the time when the organs of the Serbs were forcibly removed, the Australian surgeon Kreg Jurišević, who was fighting on the side of the KLA, was also situated in the area of #Kukes.⤵️
In 2010. he released a book on his experiences in #Albania and #Kosovo in 1999. by the name of Blood on My Hands: A Surgeon At War which has been on the best-seller list in Australia sometime after and where he witnessed himself shooting Serbian soldiers.
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Hello! It's a super sunny Sunday in (almost) all of #UK, enjoy the BBQ & don't worry too much about #Covid19

This is the daily #Coronavirus megathread and soon I'll make my predictions about🚦travel review.

To my anonymous donors💚just sorry I can't thank you personally.
Late on yesterday's thread some alarming news from #Bahrain, and also on there data from #Argentina and #Brazil

But today in the next 2 tweets, I'll start by taking a look at the infection situation which can go a long way to determining🟢🚦countries

Europe's most #Covid19 infected nations (7-day rate AD/M)
Same top 10. NL slow getting cases down

1 #Sweden 188
2 #Netherlands 182
3 #Lithuania 177
4 #Latvia 168
5 #Denmark 167
6 #Belgium 164
7 #Greece 154
8 #Andorra 148
9 #France 139
10 #Slovenia 135

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"National Songs of Serbia" by Owen Meredith, First Earl of Lytton #Serbia #poetry #translation #epic #Folklore ImageImageImageImage
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"Such flowers as grow here my be merely mountain weeds, but the dew of the morning is on them." ImageImageImageImage
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The daily #Coronavirus thread is underway.

If Friday turned out to be fearful, we can only hope it's not a shocking Saturday.

More and more countries and regions heading back into lockdown as #Covid19 spreads quicker then the vaccines.

And already today new record - read on..
The first record to report is from crisis-torn #Brazil

For the 3rd successive day over 2,000 deaths.
But it's new #Covid19 cases rewriting the record books today with 84,047 positive tests, that's 12% more than the week before

2,152 more deaths takes total fatalities over 275k
Almost a record for #Norway too tonight.

905 new #Covid19 infections diagnosed in the last 24 hours, just 25 below the national record. Today's total is 31% up on the previous week.

Over 300 more Covid patients have been admitted to hospital in the last 2 days alone.
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#BREAKING🚨

#TURKEY #KOSOVO #ANKARA #ISRAEL #JERUSALEM

The chief of Vetevendosje and the new Prime Minister Albin Kurti, who won the election of Febuary 14th, received a letter from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulating him on his election victory.
Erdogan said in his letter that he appreciated the stance of Kurt's faction, which expressed its willingness to rethink the decision to open the Kosovo embassy in Jerusalem.
Furthermore, I am pleased to hear the position of your party if takes, that if takes the power it would reconsider engagement of Kosovo on opening of the Embassy in Jerusalem. I believe it would be useful to avoid such a move, which would cause serious harm to Kosovo,”
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THREAD #Serbian #Orthodox #Church bishops start Conclave (#Sabor-Holy Assembly in #SPC parlance) to elect new #Patriarch, 3 months after previous died of #Covid. Election much more about politics than religion, mainly #Serbia #Kosovo relations but also #Russia Orthodox Church /2
2/ vs. #Ecumenical Patriarch of #Constantinople. Most of numerous traditional cleavages within SPC (Young Lions vs. Old Guards); Serbians vs. TransDrinians; ecumenicals vs. hardline Orthodox etc. will be irrelevant with only the split between Russian vs. Greek students, roughly/3
3/corresponding with main division: support for whatever "solution" President Vucic might propose to satisfy int'l demand to at least de facto recognize Kosovo vs. stubborn refusal to accept anything not in line with current Serbian constitution that says #KosovoJeSrbija. /4
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To this date no one in four #WesternBalkan countries recieved a #CovidVaccine:

#BiH🇧🇦, #Kosovo🇽🇰, #Montenegro🇲🇪 & #NorthMacedonia🇲🇰

Many rightfully ask why

In #BiH, for example, authorities relied on #COVAX, #EU🇪🇺 procurement mechanism patience of citizens (?!)👇🏼
Following an agreement of BiH governments in charge for health matters by November 2020 state level authorities (kind of) finalised paperwork to be able to order 1,232,000 dosis of vaccines via #COVAX + 892.000 dosis via an #EU procurement mechanism.

balkaneu.com/bih-finalizes-…
Already in December 2020 authorities in #BiH made it clear they had no plans to try to negotiate, lobby & get vaccines via direct purchase. They defended their decision by claiming it is safer & cheaper (+legal) to wait & hoped citizens would be patient.

klix.ba/vijesti/bih/do…
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#Kosovo #Serbia #Priština #Coronavirus #VACCINE #EU #CONFLICT

The goverment of Kosovo, wich is not fully recognized but defacto independent and Serbia see it as part of Serbia,
complianed that Serbia conducts illegal Covid-19 vaccines in the northern Kosovo were mainly minorities of ethnic serbs do life got vaccained threw illegal vaccine stations. Kosovo complained about this via its EU official as the EU did say it had knowledge about this.
A EU official saied to media that Kosovo, wich is mainly ethnic Albanian, should cooperated in distrubution. In a press conference in Belgrade on Monday, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that the distribution of vaccines in northern Kosovo ich
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#Albanians terrorists started the war.
They killed those #Albanians who opposed it.
They exposed civilians by hiding in villages & using its inhabitants as human shields.
They used their casualties for foreign media, the more, the better for the propaganda.
What did you expect?😏
2. Ultimately, your #terrorists called the cavalry to help them win an otherwise unwinnable war.
Weak & disgusting as a whole.
10 times more #Albanians died out of it.
But thousand of #Serbs died also.
Then, your terrorists ethnic-cleansed #Kosovo in peace time.
Whose genocide?😏 Image
3. We call peace-time the post 10/06/1999 period after the #Kumanovo agreement.
And yet, between 10/06/99 & 31/12/2000, 860+ civilians were killed, & 425+ disappeared, per the HLC list endorsed by Pristina.
That was also a war.
A war against disarmed civilians.
Under KFOR's eyes.
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Let's start a #Serbian & #Yugoslav map thread.
Here I'll share the best material I compiled over 3 years about the #History of #Serbia & #Yugoslavia.
Let's start with a map of companies implanted in SFR.Yugoslavia.🏭
57 are detailed in the link provided.👇
investitor.me/2019/06/17/50-… Image
2. Here comes a #Yugoslav map for foodies.
Unlike for companies, the destruction of #Yugoslavia didn't change the local specialties, which remain the delight of all locals & visitors.
#Meatlovers are like fish in water there, & back in #France I dearly miss ćevap & pljeskavica!🥺 Image
3. Here are 2 pseudo #tourism-maps of #Yugoslavia, respectively made by locals & #Americans.
I wish we helped, as requested, to conserve & protect this #beauty.🕯️
As a citizen of a #NATO country, & especially as a #French, I'm sorry we didn't, even if most of this still exists.🙏 ImageImage
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1-The election of the new 46th Serbian Patriarch (Full title: Archbishop of Peć, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovci, and Serbian Patriarch), who are the candidates, the election process and what's at stake. My thread
2-During the period of interregnum, the church will be lead by a caretaker, most probably Hrizostom, the Metropolitan Bishop of Dabrobosna, Archbishop of Sarajevo and Exarch of all Dalmatia. A Bishop unlikely to become the Patriarch
3-How is the new patriarch elected? The Assembly of Bishops of the SPC votes. It elects 3 candidates who win most votes. Their names are written on 3 pieces of paper and placed in the Bible. The oldest of the archimandrites (superior abbot) prays over it the entire night
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1) Let's game out what a realistic independence movement in #space might look like. AS ALWAYS these views are my own. We're going to need to draw from #spacelaw, #internationalrelations, #InternationalLaw, and #history here. A thread.
2) Let's posit that the goal is a sovereign, self-governing habitation on #Mars, free-floating, or on the #Moon, not subject to control by a terrestrial country. How do we get from where we are now to there? Yes we've all read Moon is a Harsh Mistress and the Red Mars trilogy.
3) The first thing to realize is that you can't do this in one step. Ops in space are entwined with terrestrial activities and governments so separation is hard. As for law, the #OuterSpaceTreaty requires countries to exercise jurisdiction & control over activities, even private.
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#KOSOVO THREAD:

First court appearance today of former President Hashim Thaci, charged with 3 other senior KLA leaders of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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balkaninsight.com/2020/11/09/kos… Image
The case before the Hague-based special court marks a crucial step for justice and the rule of law – in #Kosovo and beyond.

Victims, survivors, and their families may now finally learn the truth and get justice.

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Two steps are essential now:

1) Ensure robust witness protection, which has undermined so many #Kosovo cases in the past; and

2) Fair trials as soon as possible with the defendants enjoying due process rights.

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hrw.org/news/2020/06/2…
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Vienna attacker was born and raised in #Vienna
He also had "Albanian roots" (parents from North Macedonia)

The gunman shot dead in the Vienna attacks was also one of 90 Austrian Islamists who wanted to travel to #Syria

Why is it relevant?

mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/id…
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The #Balkans play an important role for #ISIS, which sees them as a buffer and a future battleground. The region already has established networks that can be used to transfer people and to raise support for ISIS.
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ISIS has popped up in all corners of the globe, not being contained in the territory it physically controls in Iraq and Syria. Its goal is to create a Caliphate, an Islamic state which holds religious authority over the ENTIRE global Islamic community.
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Today we present Economic & Investment plan for #WesternBalkans to boost economic development & recovery of the region. We will mobilise up to €9 billion of funding for investment flagships in transport, energy, green & digital transition, to create sustainable growth and jobs.
In addition, investment capacity of the region should be boosted by mobilisation of a new #WesternBalkans Guarantee Facility, w ambition to potentially raise investments of up to €20 billion. Plan will increase grants compared to loans, as region’s fiscal space is limited.
The Plan also offers a path for a successful regional economic integration to help accelerate convergence, ultimately speeding up process of #EU integration. This plan should help to transform #WesternBalkans into one of the most attractive region for investments in the world.
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NEW: US charges #Chicago man w/joining #ISIS in #Syria in 2015

@TheJusticeDept says Lirim Sylejmani, a #Kosovo-born US citizen, was captured by the #SDF in 2019 & "recently transferred" to @FBI custody

Sylejmani made his initial court appearance in Washington Wednesday
“The defendant is a US citizen who abandoned the country that welcomed him to join #ISIS" per per acting US Attny Sherwin in statement "“He will now be held accountable for his actions in an American courtroom"
Sylejmani has spoken to a number of US media outlets

"The choices that I made, in somebody's eyes, the wrong choices, so I face jail time" he told @CBSNews last year
cbsnews.com/news/isis-susp…
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#Germany #Frankfurt #Hessen #Airport #Coronavirus

Most of the return travelers who tested positive for the coronavirus at Frankfurt Airport came from Kosovo. This emerges from statistics from the company Centogene, which offers corona tests at Frankfurt Airport.
The numbers refer to the period between July 15th and September 8th. At least 350 people were tested from all countries included in the evaluation. Overall, 0.85 percent of the 104 177 people tested were positive.
The so-called positivity rate was highest in the country of entry #Kosovo at 6.38 percent. This is followed by #Malta (4.71), #BosniaHerzegovina (3.17), #Hungary (2.57), #Croatia (2.31) and #Albania (2.14). At the bottom of the list are Spain with 0.30 percent,
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