Associated Press

Associated Press 14 Jan 2020

Patrick Stewart: 'We are living in dark times worldwide'

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At the premiere of new series "Star Trek: Picard" in Los Angeles, actor Patrick Stewart discusses why he ended his 17-year break from the sci-fi franchise. (Jan. 14)


"Star Trek" actor Sir Patrick Stewart says receiving a hand and footprint ceremony in front of the infamous TCL Chinese Theatre is "an extraordinary, exciting honor." (Jan. 14)
Media Stakeout by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on the recent rise in global tensions.

Secretary-General's statement to the press:

The New Year has begun with our world in turmoil.
We are living in dangerous times.
Geopolitical tensions are at their highest level this century.
And this turbulence is escalating.
Even nuclear non-proliferation can no longer be taken for granted.
This cauldron of tensions is leading more and more countries to take unpredicted decisions with unpredictable consequences and a profound risk of miscalculation.
At the same time, we see trade and technological conflicts that fracture world markets, undermine growth and widen inequalities.
And all the while, our planet is on fire. The climate crisis rages on.
In many parts of the world, we see many people frustrated and angry. We see increased social unrest and growing extremism, nationalism and radicalization, with a dangerous advance of terrorism, notably in Africa.
This situation cannot go on.
I have been following the recent rise in global tensions with great concern.
I am in constant contact with leading officials around the world.
My message is simple and clear:

Stop escalation.
Exercise maximum restraint.
Re-start dialogue.
Renew international cooperation.

Let us not forget the terrible human suffering caused by war. As always, ordinary people pay the highest price. It is our common duty to avoid it.
Thank you.
The medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières says a health emergency is unfolding as refugee camps on the Aegean islands see a spike in new arrivals from war torn countries. In Lesbos - almost 18,000 people are crammed into a camp that was originally built for around 2000 people. Pregnant women and newborn babies are some of the most vulnerable people in the camp. Many end up spending months living in what MSF call - an "endemic cycle of human suffering". The BBC's Global Health Correspondent Tulip Mazumdar reports
Sir Patrick Stewart is reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard in the new series "Star Trek: Picard," which premieres on CBS All Access on January 23. Stewart, fellow cast members and creators of the show sat down with CBS News contributor Jamie Wax to talk about the return of "Star Trek."

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