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S. Korea reports 1st virus death; 2.5M urged to stay home

By KIM TONG-HYUNG and HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea reported its first death from the new virus on Thursday while the mayor of a southeastern city urged its 2.5 million people to stay inside as infections linked to a church congregation spiked. The ...

PM says Australians ‘devastated’ by domestic violence attack

SYDNEY (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday that Australians were "shocked, saddened and devastated" by the deaths of five people including three children after a car fire in apparent domestic violence. Hannah Baxter, 31, and her children Aaliyah, 6, Lainah, 4, and Trey, 3, ...

9 killed in suspected far-right attack in Germany

By DAVID McHUGH and FRANK JORDANS Associated Press HANAU, Germany (AP) — A 43-year-old German man shot and killed nine people at several locations in a Frankfurt suburb in attacks that appeared to have been motivated by far-right beliefs, officials said Thursday. The gunman first attacked a ...

New Chinese virus cases decline, but method revised again

By KEN MORITSUGU Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — New virus cases in China have again declined, up just 394, after authorities on Thursday again changed how they count new daily infections. They are now discounting cases that came back negative after laboratory tests. Another 114 people ...

Weather and protests hamper Ukraine quarantine efforts

by YURAS KARMANAU Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's effort to evacuate more than 70 people from China over the outbreak of a new virus faced setbacks Thursday as weather conditions delayed the return of the evacuees and protests broke out near a hospital where they were to be ...

Official says US, Taliban reach Afghanistan truce agreement

By MATTHEW LEE and KATHY GANNON Associated Press MUNICH (AP) — The United States and the Taliban have reached agreement on a temporary truce that will take effect in the coming days and, if successfully completed, will lead to a formal cease-fire, the start of peace negotiations between all ...

Virus cases rise as experts question China’s numbers

By KEN MORITSUGU Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Infections and deaths from the new virus in China ballooned for a second straight day Friday, on paper at least, as officials near the epicenter of the outbreak struggled to keep up with a backlog of patients' lab work. The acceleration in ...

Valentine’s Day brings love and some worry in Iraq holy city

By MARIAM FAM Associated Press NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — Hasanain al-Rufaye was busy in his flower shop wrapping bouquets, stuffing dolls into gift boxes and sprinkling petals into others labeled with "LOVE," while simultaneously fielding orders. "It's Valentine's these days. On normal days, it ...

Virus renews safety concerns about slaughtering wild animals

By SAM McNEIL and CANDICE CHOI Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China cracked down on the sale of exotic species after an outbreak of a new virus in 2002 was linked to markets selling live animals. The germ turned out to be a coronavirus that caused SARS. The ban was later lifted, and the ...

Freezing temperatures in Syria’s Idlib compounds cris

is By SARAH EL DEEB and ZEINA KARAM Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — A military offensive on an opposition-controlled region of northwestern Syria has created one of the worst catastrophes for civilians in the country's long-running war, sending hundreds of thousands of people fleeing, many ...

China still mostly closed down as virus deaths pass 1,000

By JOE McDONALD Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China remains mostly closed for business, as the daily death toll from a new virus topped 100 for the first time, pushing the total above 1,000. Despite the official end of the extended Lunar New Year holiday, many remained at home on Tuesday ...

China denies cybertheft following Equifax accusations

BEIJING (AP) — China denied involvement in any hacking activities on Tuesday after the United States indicted four members of the Chinese military for allegedly breaking into the computer networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency and stealing the personal information of tens of millions ...

Philippines notifies US of intent to end major security pact

By JIM GOMEZ Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines notified the United States on Tuesday it would end a major security pact allowing American forces to train in the country, in the most serious threat under President Rodrigo Duterte to their 69-year treaty ...

UN meeting ponders fast-track drugs, vaccines for new virus

By JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization convened outside experts Tuesday to fast-track promising tests, drugs and vaccines to help slow the outbreak of a new virus that emerged in China that has killed more than 1,000 people and spread to two dozen other ...

Buddhist monk recalls Thai soldier’s rampage at temple

By EMILY SCHMALL and PREEYAPA T. KHUNSONG undefined NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand (AP) — A rogue soldier whose rampage left 29 people dead and dozens more injured in northeastern Thailand terrorized a Buddhist temple on his way to a shopping mall where he held people hostage in a nearly ...

UN chief warns ‘a wind of madness is sweeping the globe’

By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that "a wind of madness is sweeping the globe," pointing to escalating conflicts from Libya and Yemen to Syria and beyond. At a wide-ranging news conference, he said, "All ...

US general slips into Iraq for talks to salvage relations

By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — The top U.S. commander for the Middle East slipped quietly into Iraq Tuesday, as the Trump administration works to salvage relations with Iraqi leaders and shut down the government's push for an American troop ...

Hong Kong reports virus death as workers strike at hospitals

By KEN MORITSUGU Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong hospitals cut services as thousands of medical workers went on strike for a second day Tuesday to demand the border with mainland China be shut completely. The new virus caused its first death in the semi-autonomous territory, adding ...

China opens virus hospital, market plunges as toll grows

By KEN MORITSUGU Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China sent medical workers and equipment to a new hospital built in 10 days, infused cash into tumbling financial markets and further restricted people's movement in sweeping new steps Monday to contain a rapidly spreading virus and its ...

Ukraine: Recordings show Iran knew jetliner hit by a missile

By YURAS KARMANAU and JON GAMBRELL Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A leaked recording of an exchange between an Iranian air-traffic controller and an Iranian pilot purports to show that authorities immediately knew a missile had downed a Ukrainian jetliner after takeoff from Tehran, ...