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U.S. labor market remains strong; manufacturing likely stabilizing

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 10:39am
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose modestly last week, suggesting sustained labor market strength that could help to support the economy amid risks from the coronavirus and weak business investment.

German prosecutor: Shooting victims included foreigners and Germans

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 10:34am
The victims of a shooting in Hanau that left nine people dead included German citizens and foreigners aged between 21 and 44, Germany's federal prosecutor said on Thursday.

Mexican prosecutors to issue arrest warrants in probe for young girl's murder

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 10:12am
Mexican authorities said on Wednesday they would soon issue arrest warrants for two people wanted for the murder of a 7-year-old girl in Mexico City, the latest in a series of killings that have unleashed outrage over growing violence against women.

Factbox: Stone is one of dozens ensnared in Trump-Russia probe

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 10:11am
Roger Stone, a long-time associate of President Donald Trump, was due to be sentenced on Thursday in a criminal case that sprang from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation that documented Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Super-spreaders: What are they and what do they do?

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 9:58am
South Korea's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has described an outbreak of coronavirus infections linked to a church in the city of Daegu as a "super-spreading event". But experts, including the WHO, say the term is poorly defined.

China backs Pakistan decision not to evacuate students from coronavirus lockdown

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 9:58am
A Chinese diplomat on Thursday backed Pakistan's decision not to evacuate Pakistani students from the province at the centre of China’s coronavirus outbreak, a day after parents confronted government ministers demanding their children be brought home.

Vietnam eases border trade restrictions with China to help virus-hit businesses

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 9:53am
Vietnam has eased restrictions on cross-border trade with China to prop up economic activities hit by the new coronavirus, the Ministry of Industry and Trade said on Thursday.

Trump offered to pardon Assange if he denied Russia helped leak Democrats' emails: lawyer

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 9:52am
U.S. President Donald Trump offered to pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if he said that Russia had nothing to do with WikiLeaks' publication of Democratic Party emails in 2016, a London court heard on Wednesday.

Jurors begin third day of deliberations in Weinstein rape trial

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 9:11am
Jurors weighing rape and sexual assault charges against former movie producer Harvey Weinstein began their third day of deliberations in criminal court in Manhattan on Thursday.

Haiti political morass fuels growing crisis of hunger, malnutrition

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 11:14pm
Farmhand Celavi Belor has lost so much weight over the past year his clothes hang limply off his angular frame.

Fires and climate fears rattle Australia's giant coal lobby

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 11:13pm
As bushfires and floods fuel public concerns in Australia about global warming, the country's powerful mining lobby is facing increasing pressure from investors to drop support for new coal mines, according to a dozen interviews with shareholders in global mining companies.

Bloomberg comes under bruising attack at Democratic presidential debate in Nevada

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 10:57pm
Michael Bloomberg faced a barrage of attacks at his first Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday, as his rivals rushed to criticize the billionaire businessman for his wealth, record on race and history of sexist comments.

Eight people killed in shootings near Frankfurt, police giving chase

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 10:56pm
Eight people were killed on Wednesday in two shooting incidents in a German city near Frankfurt and special forces were chasing the gunmen who fled in a car, police said.

Gunman suspected of deadly shootings found dead - German police

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 10:55pm
A gunman suspected of killing eight people in a western German city has been found dead at his home, police said on Thursday.

'We’re running against a billionaire' - Democrats attack Bloomberg in U.S. presidential debate

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 10:46pm
The top six candidates competing for the Democratic nomination to take on U.S. President Donald Trump in November participated in the ninth presidential debate on Wednesday, with one quickly becoming the focus: Michael Bloomberg.

China records drop in new coronavirus cases; two deaths reported from quarantined ship

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 10:41pm
China reported a dramatic drop in new coronavirus infections on Thursday although scientists warned the flu-like pathogen may spread even more easily than previously believed, while more passengers disembarked a quarantined cruise ship off Japan.

In coronavirus fight, Shanghai river town opts for caution

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 10:41pm
In Qibao, an old river town on the outskirts of Shanghai, officials have deployed more than 2,700 staff and volunteers to check temperatures and monitor traffic as they work to contain the coronavirus that has now killed more than 2,000 in China.

Asian stocks slip as virus' global impact puts markets on edge

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 10:33pm
Asian stocks eased and currency markets were skittish on Thursday, as virus cases rose in South Korea and Japan even as China added more stimulus via a rate cut to support its economy.

China records drop in new coronavirus cases; two deaths reported from quarantined ship

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 10:33pm
China reported a dramatic drop in new coronavirus infections on Thursday although scientists warned the flu-like pathogen may spread even more easily than previously believed, while more passengers disembarked a quarantined cruise ship off Japan.

Google plans to move UK users' accounts outside EU jurisdiction

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 10:14pm
Google is planning to move its British users' accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, the company confirmed late on Wednesday.