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Virus games are going viral as the coronavirus spreads

As officials and experts worked to stem the global spread of the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, and has left nearly 1,500 people dead, gamers have turned their …


‘Parasite’ shines light on South Korean basement dwellers

For many South Koreans, the image of a cramped basement apartment portrayed in the Oscar-winning film “Parasite” rings true


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 15, 2020

New virus cases fall; Xi urged steps as early as Jan. 7

China reports a drop in new virus cases for the third straight day, as it became apparent that the country’s leadership was aware of the potential gravity of the situation …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

Venezuelan president says arrest of Juan Guaido “will come”

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says authorities haven’t detained opposition leader Juan Guaido because the courts haven’t ordered it, but he has warned: “It will come


Full board of France’s Cesar film awards steps down

The entire leadership of the Cesar Awards, France’s version of the Oscars, has stepped down in a spat over both its opaque decision-making process and controversial director Roman Polanski, whose …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

Haiti officials say 15 children died in residence fire

Officials say a fire swept through a Haitian children’s home run by a Pennsylvania-based religious nonprofit group, killing 15 children


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

China reports major drop in new virus cases; 143 new deaths

China has reported 2,641 new virus cases as it escalates measures to contain the outbreak and reassure an anxious public


Transgender woman poised to make Argentine soccer history

Dozens of trophies, balls and cups sit on two worn, wooden shelves in the small home in a Buenos Aires suburb of Mara Gomez, who is poised to become the …


Twitter, Facebook fined for not moving user data to Russia

A court in Moscow fined Twitter and Facebook 4 million rubles each Thursday for refusing to store the personal data of Russian citizens on servers in Russia, the largest penalties …


UK Treasury chief quits as Johnson shakes up Cabinet

U.K. Treasury chief Sajid Javid unexpectedly resigned on Thursday after resisting a reduction in his power, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to tighten his grip on the government with …


US woman wanted for husband’s 2002 death arrested in Rome

An American woman wanted in the 2002 death of her husband, whose remains were so badly burned they weren’t identified for more than a decade, was arrested in Rome after …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

China reports spike in virus cases with new diagnosis method

China on Thursday reported 254 new deaths and a spike in virus cases of 15,152, after the hardest-hit province of Hubei applied a new classification system that broadens the scope …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

For decades, the CIA read the encrypted communications of allies and adversaries

For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret. But what none of …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

U.S. announces 15th virus case, this one in Texas evacuee

U.S. officials on Thursday announced the country’s 15th confirmed case of the new coronavirus – an evacuee from China who had been under quarantine in Texas.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

‘A luxury prison camp’: Washingtonians on cruise ships held captive by coronavirus, uncertainty

A Marysville, Washington, woman has been confined to her windowless cabin aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, on which 174 people, including 25 Americans, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Pope avoids question of married priests in Amazon document

Pope Francis refused Wednesday to approve the ordination of married men or women as deacons to address a shortage of priests in the Amazon, sidestepping a fraught issue that has …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Man charged with 2019 murder of Northern Ireland journalist Lyra McKee

Police in Northern Ireland charged a 52-year-old man on Wednesday with murdering Lyra McKee, a journalist shot dead during a riot involving Irish Republican Army dissidents last year.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Doctor: ‘Way too early’ to talk about ending China outbreak

The number of new cases in China dropped for a second straight day in the virus outbreak that has infected about 45,000 people and killed more than 1,100, health officials …


London police deploy face scan tech, stirring privacy fears

London police started using facial recognition cameras on Tuesday to automatically scan for wanted people, as authorities adopt the technology that has raised concerns about increased surveillance and erosion of …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Official: Sudan to hand over al-Bashir for genocide trial

Sudan’s transitional authorities have agreed to hand over ousted autocrat Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court to face trial on charges of war crimes and genocide, a top Sudanese …


Honduran national police chief accused of money laundering

Honduran authorities on Tuesday arrested the head of the national police, accusing him and his wife of money laundering.


Mandela’s release 30 years ago birthed a new South Africa

Thirty years ago, Nelson Mandela was released from 27 years of imprisonment by South Africa’s apartheid regime and instantly galvanized the country, and the world, to dismantle the brutal system …


Rebels shoot down Syrian helicopter as fighting intensifies

Rebels shot down a Syrian military helicopter in northern Syria on Tuesday, killing its crew members in a fiery crash, while the government kept up its relentless bombing campaign on …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

China’s new virus cases fall again, deaths now exceed 1,100

China has reported another drop in the number of new cases of a viral infection and 97 more deaths, pushing the total dead past 1,100 even as the country remains …


Thai city copes with sorrowful fallout from mass shooting

Authorities in northeastern Thailand began releasing bodies to relatives Monday after security forces cornered and killed a soldier who carried out the country’s worst mass shooting in an hourslong siege …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

Fierce storm causes deaths, damage and delays across Europe

A storm battered Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains, killing at least seven people and causing severe travel disruptions as it moved eastward across the continent Monday and bore …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

South Koreans explode with joy over ‘Parasite’ Oscar wins

South Koreans reacted with rare collective joy Monday after director Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” won the Oscar for best picture and three other awards, good news that came as their …


Germany: Merkel’s party in crisis as heir apparent quits

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s heir apparent unexpectedly threw in the towel Monday, plunging her conservative party into an even deeper crisis as it struggles to agree on its future political …


Gastro outbreak forces Caribbean cruise ship to return to US

A Caribbean Princess cruise was cut short following a gastrointestinal outbreak aboard the ship caused it to be denied entry to at least one island before it headed to its …


Irish election produces an earthquake as Sinn Fein tops poll

Ireland braced for weeks of political uncertainty Monday after an earth-shaking election that saw the Irish Republican Army-linked party Sinn Fein – long shunned by its bigger rivals – take …