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Second batch of Diamond Princess passengers arrive in Hong Kong to face further quarantine

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 6:49pm
A second plane with 82 Hong Kong residents who were quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise in Japan for more than two weeks landed early on Saturday in the Asian financial hub, where they will face a further 14 days of quarantine.

Weinstein jury deadlocked on most serious sexual assault charges

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 6:30pm
The jury in Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault trial in New York said on Friday they were deadlocked on the most serious criminal charges and suggested they were unanimous on the others leveled against the former Hollywood mogul.

British passengers from virus-hit cruise ship due to arrive home

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 6:04pm
Some 35 British passengers were due to arrive back home on Saturday after spending more than two weeks stuck on a quarantined cruise ship in a Japanese port due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus fears, U.S. business data drag down Wall Street

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 5:55pm
U.S. stocks sold off and the Nasdaq had its worst daily percentage decline in about three weeks on Friday as a spike in new coronavirus cases and data showing a stall in U.S. business activity in February fueled investors' fears about economic growth.

First Italian dies of coronavirus as outbreak flares in north

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 5:54pm
An elderly man in the northern city of Padua has died after being infected with the coronavirus, becoming the first Italian victim of the disease, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Friday.

‘Tamales for Tío Bernie’: Sanders’ outreach to Latino voters pays off

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:30am
Violeta Alvarez is so passionate about Bernie Sanders that she becomes emotional talking about the white, 78-year-old senator from Vermont, a state 3,000 miles from this sun-drenched California enclave.

Coronavirus breaks into China prisons as global markets, U.S. business take hit

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:29am
The coronavirus has infected hundreds of people in Chinese prisons, authorities said on Friday, contributing to a jump in reported cases beyond the epicentre in Hubei province, including 100 more in South Korea.

Iran says coronavirus has spread to several cities, reports two new deaths

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:29am
The coronavirus has spread to several Iranian cities, a health ministry official said on Friday, as an outbreak that the authorities say began in the holy city of Qom caused two more deaths.

World must act fast to contain coronavirus, says WHO's Tedros

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:25am
The window of opportunity to contain wider international spread of the epidemic of the new coronavirus disease is closing, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Friday, after cases were reported in Iran and Lebanon.

U.N. says it fears 'bloodbath' in northwest Syria fighting

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:24am
The United Nations warned on Friday that fighting in northwest Syria could "end in a bloodbath" and called again for a ceasefire, while Moscow denied reports of a mass flight of civilians from a Russian-led Syrian government offensive.

Germany reopens hate speech, gun law debates after shisha bar killings

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:22am
Germany faced calls to toughen gun ownership laws and step up efforts to track far-right sympathizers after the suspect in one of its worst mass shootings since World War Two was found to have published a racist manifesto.

Lebanon confirms first case of coronavirus, two more suspected

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:19am
Lebanon confirmed its first coronavirus case on Friday and said it was monitoring two other potential cases after a 45-year-old woman who returned from Iran tested positive.

France, Germany call on political solution to 'catastrophic' Idlib crisis

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:19am
The leaders of France and Germany told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that the humanitarian crisis in Syria's northwest Idlib province needed a political solution and that the three should meet soon with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Wall Street slides as gloomy data adds to coronavirus fears

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:12am
U.S. stock indexes fell on Friday after data showed U.S. business activity stalled in February, and a spike in new coronavirus cases in China and elsewhere sent investors scrambling for safer assets such as gold and government bonds.

Stocks slide as coronavirus fears spur safe-haven buying

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:10am
Global equity markets slumped on Friday as the fast-spreading coronavirus drove investors into safe-havens, with gold hitting a fresh seven-year high and the yield on the 30-year U.S. Treasury sliding to an all-time low.

Iranians vote in parliamentary election, hardliners set to cement grip

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:03am
Hardliners loyal to Iran's supreme leader are likely to sweep a parliamentary election on Friday that will cement their grip on power as the country faces mounting U.S. pressure over its nuclear program and growing discontent at home.

Turkey's Erdogan tells Russia's Putin it's necessary to control Syrian government in Idlib

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:00am
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan emphasized the necessity to control Syrian government forces and halt a humanitarian crisis in Syria's Idlib region during a phone call with Russia's Vladimir Putin, the Turkish presidency said on Friday.

Trump: U.S. may give farmers more aid until trade deals 'kick in'

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 10:54am
The United States may give American farmers additional money until trade deals with China, Mexico, Canada and other countries fully go into effect, President Donald Trump said on Friday.

Assange's fate hangs in balance as UK court considers U.S. extradition bid

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 10:54am
Almost a decade after his WikiLeaks website enraged Washington by leaking secret U.S. documents, a London court will begin hearings on Monday to decide whether Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States.

Trump says he is eyeing four candidates for intelligence chief

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 10:52am
President Donald Trump said on Friday he had four candidates under consideration to be the next U.S. intelligence chief and that a decision would be made soon, even as one potential candidate said he was not interested in the job.