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Italy sees virus cases quadruple in day as cluster emerges

The number of people in Italy infected with the new virus from China more than quadrupled Friday due to an emerging cluster of cases in the country’s north that prompted …


Syrian war pulls in major foreign actors, increasing tension

In northern Syria, heavy exchanges between Syrian and Turkish troops are erupting with more frequency, threatening to escalate into full-blown conflict. Russian and U.S. convoys crisscross each other on remote …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020

U.S.-Taliban truce takes effect, setting stage for peace deal

A temporary truce between the United States and the Taliban has taken effect, setting the stage for the two sides to sign a peace deal next week


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020

Iran reports 2 more deaths, 13 new cases of new coronavirus

Iran has reported two more deaths from the new virus that emerged in China and says the fatalities were from among 13 new confirmed cases of the virus in Iran


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

South Sudan rival leaders agree to form coalition government

South Sudan’s rival leaders on Thursday announced they have agreed to form a coalition government just two days before the deadline, a breakthrough after months of delays and a major …


Turkish soldiers killed in Syria amid threats of escalation

Turkey’s Defense Ministry says two Turkish soldiers have been killed in an airstrike in Syria’s Idlib province and five others were wounded


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

Stress, rumors, even violence: Virus fear goes viral

You might have heard the fear of a new virus from China is spreading faster than the actual virus.


Amid protests, Portugal lawmakers vote to allow euthanasia

Portugal’s parliament voted Thursday in favor of allowing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill people.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

Suspected German gunman called for genocide before killing 9 people

Authorities say a 43-year-old German who posted a rant calling for the “complete extermination” of various races and cultures shot and killed nine people, most of them Turkish, in an …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

16 cruise ship evacuees being moved to U.S. hospitals

Eleven Americans who were brought to the U.S. from a quarantined cruise ship have been moved to hospitals, because delayed Japanese test results showed they had the new virus that …


Symbolic Aleppo flight comes as civilians suffer in Syria

A Syrian passenger jet landed in Aleppo on Wednesday from Damascus as domestic flights resumed between Syria’s two largest cities for the first time since 2012, while the government continued …


China revokes 3 Wall Street Journal reporters’ credentials

China on Wednesday said it has revoked the press credentials of three reporters for the U.S. newspaper the Wall Street Journal over a headline for an opinion column deemed racist …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Finally let off cruise, passengers – including those from Washington state – desperate for flight home

The cheers of celebration have faded. The waving of roses has ceased. Having finally reached a friendly port in Cambodia willing to accept them after nearly two weeks of uncertainty …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Japan says 2 former cruise ship passengers died from virus

Two elderly passengers taken off the Diamond Princess cruise ship because they were infected with the virus causing COVID-19 have died, Japan’s health ministry said Thursday, becoming the first fatalities …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Suspect, 1 other found dead after 9 people killed in Germany

Eight people were killed in shootings in and outside two hookah lounges in a southwestern German city late Wednesday, and authorities were searching for the perpetrators.


UK employers fear worker shortages in new immigration plan

Vegetables rotting in the fields, food going unprocessed, the elderly and disabled left without care. That’s the alarming picture painted by some British employers about the impact of new U.K. …


Lawyer: Assange was offered U.S. pardon if he cleared Russia

A lawyer for Julian Assange said Wednesday that the WikiLeaks founder plans to claim during his extradition hearing that he was offered a pardon by the Trump administration if he …


Duke and Duchess of Sussex to begin new life on March 31

Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, are breaking free of the royal family starting March 31, the couple’s office said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Abbott says top Malaysian leaders suspected pilot of MH370

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said the “top levels” of the Malaysian government long suspected that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 almost six years ago was …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

EU proposes rules for artificial intelligence to limit risks

The European Union unveiled proposals Wednesday to regulate artificial intelligence that call for strict rules and safeguards on risky applications of the rapidly developing technology.


Election commission: Afghan president Ghani wins 2nd term

Afghanistan’s independent election commission says Ashraf Ghani has won a second term as president, more than four months after polls closed.


India hastily builds wall along slum ahead of Trump visit

A 1,640-foot brick wall has been hastily erected in India’s Gujarat state ahead of a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump, with critics saying it was built to block the …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Russia and Turkey agree on more talks on Syria amid crisis

The United Nations human rights chief urged Syrian government forces and their allies Tuesday to allow safe corridors in conflict areas in northwestern Syria, where a military offensive has unleashed …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Huge locust outbreak in East Africa reaches South Sudan

The worst locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70 years has reached South Sudan, a country where roughly half the population already faces hunger after years …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Experts ponder why cruise ship quarantine failed in Japan

An extraordinary two-week quarantine of a cruise ship is ending in Japan, and many scientists say it has been a failure.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Netanyahu trial clouds last days of Israel election campaign

The criminal trial for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will begin March 17, court officials announced Tuesday, shaking up the final stretch of a contentious election campaign and hurting the longtime …


Spain looks to adopt digital tax that has angered the US

Spain’s government approved Tuesday the introduction of new taxes on digital business and stock market transactions, following similar steps by other European countries


China’s ‘War on Terror’ uproots families, leaked data shows

For decades, the Uighur imam was a bedrock of his farming community in China’s far west. On Fridays, he preached Islam as a religion of peace. On Sundays, he treated …


Afghan refugees tell UN: ‘We need peace, land to go home’

Hukam Khan isn’t sure how old he is, but his beard is long and white, and when he came to Pakistan 40 years ago fleeing an earlier war in Afghanistan, …


After gains in northern Syria, Assad predicts total victory

Syrian President Bashar Assad congratulated his forces Monday for recent gains in northwestern Syria that led to his troops consolidating control over Aleppo province, pledging to press ahead with a …