Top 10 world news today: Coronavirus death toll, Thai mass shooting and more

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 09, 2020, 08.29 PM(IST)

File photo: A medical worker takes the temperature of a woman in the reception of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, following the outbreak of a new coronavirus, in Hong Kong, China. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Here are the major global stories of the day.

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Major General Hossein Salami unveiled the missile and engines alongside IRGC aerospace chief Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh. Meanwhile, Turkey says the advances by Russian-backed Syrian troops and their allies in Syria's Idlib threaten a fresh humanitarian disaster. 

Here are the top ten stories of the day.

Iran unveils ballistic missile, 'new generation' engines

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Major General Hossein Salami unveiled the missile and engines alongside IRGC aerospace chief Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh. Read more

Switzerland votes on new law against discrimination based on sexual orientation

Switzerland votes in a referendum to decide if discrimination based on sexual orientation and sexual identity should be made punishable by law. Read more

Turkey reinforces troops in Syria's Idlib, talks with Russia

Turkey says the advances by Russian-backed Syrian troops and their allies threaten a fresh humanitarian disaster, driving another wave of potential refugees to its southern border, and has threatened to act if they do not pull back. Read more

Bushfires, cyclone, torrential rain hit Australia's coasts

After months of destructive wildfires that have razed millions of hectares of land, Australia has been hit in recent weeks by wild weather that has alternately brought heavy downpours, hail storms, gusty winds and hot and dry air. Read more

Thai mass shooter killed at shopping mall, say security sources

The killings began Saturday when the soldier opened fire in a house before moving to an army camp and then to the mall in Nakhon Ratchasima in northeastern Thailand. Read more

China resorts to 'wartime' measures to stop coronavirus in Wuhan

China is racing against time to contain coronavirus outbreak and has introduced several lockdown measures to control the virus outbreak. Read more

Coronavirus global death toll overtakes Sars epidemic fatalities

The death toll from the novel coronavirus outbreak soared to 811 in China, surpassing fatalities in the Sars in 2002-2003. Read more 

Security forces storm mall after soldier kills 20 in shooting rampage in Thailand

A Thai soldier shot dead at least 20 people Saturday, posting messages on Facebook as he went on the rampage in a northeastern city where he was still holed up in a mall well over 12 hours after he first struck, authorities said. Read more

In a letter, PM Modi offers assistance to Chinese President Xi Jinping over coronavirus outbreak 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed solidarity with Chinese President Xi Jinping and the people of China over the deadly coronavirus outbreak, news agency ANI reported quoting sources. Read more

Oscars 'Night Before' party to lighten up with A-list celebrity hosts

The 18th edition Oscars Night Before is returning, a  champagne-soaked event that hosts all top celebrities of the Hollywood fraternity. Read more