Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani met with US counterpart Donald Trump on Wednesday during the World Economic Forum of 2020. The meeting, which lasted about 40 minuted, was held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum 2020 in Switzerland. Barzani and Trump discussed regional developments and the bilateral ties between Erbil and Washington.

Zeina Akar, a Lebanese former parliament member has become the first woman in the Arab world to hold the post of Defense Minister after she was named for the position on Tuesday in Lebanon’s new government, Akar, was one of six women named to Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s cabinet. As this move ended a painful wait for Lebanese protesters and people. Akar, who was appointed despite her non-military or defense background, is the wife of Jawad Adra, a well-known Lebanese businessman who heads one of the country’s most prominent companies.

Wuhan, the Chinese city of eleven million people, which is to temporarily shut public transport as it tries to halt the outbreak of the new  coronavirus which has not previously identified in human. As of now, there are more than 500 confirmed cases and 17 people have died. Those living in the city have been advised not to leave, in a week when millions of Chinese are travelling for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday. The respiratory illness has spread to other parts of China, with some cases in other countries including the US.