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Friday 02/21/2020
Italy reports 1st virus death, cases more than quadruple
Updated: February 21, 2020 - 6:46 pm

CODOGNO, Italy (AP) — Italy reported its first death from the new virus from China early Saturday and the number of people infected more than quadrupled due to a cluster of cases that prompted officials to order schools, restaurants and businesses to close.

South Korea becomes newest front in shifting virus outbreak
Updated: February 21, 2020 - 6:32 pm

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Cases of a new virus swelled Friday in South Korea, making the country the newest front in a widening global outbreak centered in China and now reverberating elsewhere.

Grief, anger and calls for action after shooting in Germany
Updated: February 21, 2020 - 4:32 pm

HANAU, Germany (AP) — Gokhan Gultekin’s juggling act was in many ways typical of Hanau’s Turkish community: taking care of frail parents, hustling to work at a late-night cafe, making some cash on the side at a second job and attending Friday prayers at the mosque across town.

Armani rails against baring trends by fellow designers
Updated: February 21, 2020 - 3:47 pm

MILAN (AP) — How much to show and how much not to show, that is the fashion question this season.

Iranians vote in parliament elections favoring conservatives
Updated: February 21, 2020 - 3:47 pm

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians voted for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran's leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and U.S. pressure isolates the country diplomatically.

US, Taliban truce takes effect, setting stage for peace deal
Updated: February 21, 2020 - 6:32 pm

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A temporary truce between the United States and the Taliban took effect on Friday, setting the stage for the two sides to sign a peace deal next week aimed at ending 18 years of war in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home.

Syrian war pulls in major foreign actors, increasing tension
Posted: February 21, 2020 - 12:34 pm

BEIRUT (AP) — 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 dirt roads, the tension between them on full display. U.S. troops even have had a deadly clash with Syrian gunmen at a checkpoint.

Survivor: German shooter emptied magazine, calmly walked out
Updated: February 21, 2020 - 12:17 pm

HANAU, Germany (AP) — Piter Minnemann and his friends were eating when they heard shots fired outside the door of the snack bar in Hanau where they had gathered.

Tokyo delays Olympic volunteer training because of virus
Updated: February 21, 2020 - 10:45 am

TOKYO (AP) — While again stating there are no plans to cancel or delay the Tokyo Olympics, local organizers postponed training sessions for volunteers on Friday for at least two months because of the virus outbreak spreading from China.

World markets slip on renewed fears over virus outbreak
Updated: February 21, 2020 - 6:31 am

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets slipped on Friday after a spike in new virus cases in South Korea and other countries refueled investor anxiety about China's disease outbreak.

IS supporter pleads guilty to St. Paul's Cathedral bomb plot
Updated: February 21, 2020 - 8:47 am

LONDON (AP) — ABritish woman who supported the Islamic State group pleaded guilty Friday to plotting to bomb St. Paul's Cathedralin London.

South Korea ups emergency response as viral cases surge
Updated: February 21, 2020 - 4:46 am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's government banned major rallies in its capital and declared a health emergency in its fourth largest city as 100 new virus cases were reported Friday, bringing the country's total to 204.

Stress, rumors, even violence: Virus fear goes viral
Updated: February 21, 2020 - 4:31 am

TOKYO (AP) — You might have heard that the fear of a new virus from China is spreading faster than the actual virus.

New Zealand killer of British backpacker sentenced to life
Updated: February 21, 2020 - 2:40 am

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for murdering a young British backpacker, whose mother told the court the stealing of her daughter's life had ripped a hole in her heart.

Thursday 02/20/2020
Irony prevails at Benetton, transparent femininity at Prada
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 5:31 pm

MILAN (AP) — The frills are on at Milan Fashion Week, where “pretty” is womenswear watchword of the next cold weather season.

Turkish soldiers killed in Syria amid threats of escalation
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 6:30 pm

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two Turkish soldiers were killed Thursday in an airstrike in northwestern Syria, Turkey said, after an attack by Ankara-backed opposition forces that targeted Syrian government troops. The deaths came after the Turkish president threatened to expand his nation's involvement in Syria if another one of his troops were hurt.

Ukrainians hurl stones at evacuees from China
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 6:30 pm

NOVI SANZHARY, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's effort to quarantine more than 70 people evacuated from China over the new virus outbreak plunged into chaos Thursday as local residents opposing the move hurled stones at the evacuees and clashed with police.

New threats emerge in outbreak while China voices optimism
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 5:01 pm

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese health officials expressed new optimism Thursday over the deadly virus outbreak while authorities in South Korea’s fourth-largest city urged residents to hunker down as fears nagged communities far from the illness’ epicenter.

Paranoia, racism: German killer drew on conspiracy tropes
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 5:01 pm

BERLIN (AP) — He mixed extreme paranoia about secret state surveillance with far-right conspiracy tropes, misogyny and racist vitriol.

German gunman calling for genocide kills 9 people
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 6:30 pm

HANAU, Germany (AP) — A German who shot and killed nine people of foreign background in a rampage that began at a hookah bar frequented by immigrants had posted an online rant calling for the “complete extermination” of many “races or cultures in our midst,” authorities said Thursday.

Israel to probe failed company of Netanyahu's challenger
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:00 pm

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli prosecutors on Thursday announced the opening of a criminal investigation into the failed start-up of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's challenger, shaking up the final days of what has been a bitter and tumultuous election campaign.

Iran announces 3 new cases of new virus after 2 deaths
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 12:31 pm

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Thursday that three more people have been infected with the new virus that originated in central China, following an announcement the day before that two people had died of the illness caused by the virus in the Iranian city of Qom.

S. Korea reports 1st virus death; 2.5M urged to stay home
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 7:31 am

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.

Global stocks mostly slip as virus weighs on companies
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 7:15 am

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares mostly dipped Thursday as several companies estimated that the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China will weigh on their earnings.

German security official says suspect in mass shooting appeared to have a far-right motive
Posted: February 20, 2020 - 2:40 am

HANAU, Germany (AP) — German security official says suspect in mass shooting appeared to have a far-right motive.

German federal prosecutors take over investigation of Hanau shootings amid reports suspect had far-right motive
Posted: February 20, 2020 - 1:36 am

HANAU, Germany (AP) — German federal prosecutors take over investigation of Hanau shootings amid reports suspect had far-right motive.

AP PHOTOS: Olympic bidder Sapporo has erratic snowfall
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 4:01 pm

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — After two months of almost no snow, Japan's northern city of Sapporo was overwhelmed with the white stuff.

Virus limits next Tokyo Olympic test event to Japanese-only
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 1:39 am

TOKYO (AP) — A test event for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for later this month that would have involved some non-Japanese athletes is being revamped because of fear of the spreading virus from China.

Suspect, 1 other found dead after 9 people killed in Germany
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 1:01 am

HANAU, Germany (AP) — A man suspected of fatally shooting nine people in the German city of Hanau was found dead at his home early Thursday, hours after the attacks in and outside two hookah lounges, police said.

Wednesday 02/19/2020
PM says Australians 'devastated' by domestic violence attack
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 12:31 am

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.

Egypt's once-reviled street dogs get chance at a better life
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 12:06 am

CAIRO (AP) — Karim Hegazi spends his days in a Cairo clinic taking care of animals long considered a menace in Egypt.

Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street rises to record
Updated: February 19, 2020 - 11:03 pm

TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mixed Thursday in Asia after Wall Street recovered to record highs, but worries persist about damage to the regional economy from the new virus that began in China.

Lawyer: Assange was offered US pardon if he cleared Russia
Updated: February 19, 2020 - 8:47 pm

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to claim during an extradition hearing that the Trump administration offered him a pardon if he agreed to say Russia was not involved in leaking Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, a lawyer for Assange said Wednesday.

Passengers leave ship docked off Japan after quarantine ends
Updated: February 19, 2020 - 8:31 pm

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — About 500 passengers left the Diamond Princess cruise ship Wednesday at the end of a much-criticized two-week quarantine that failed to stop the spread of the new virus among passengers and crew.

Finally let off cruise, passengers desperate for flight home
Updated: February 19, 2020 - 8:15 pm

BANGKOK (AP) — 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 at sea, hundreds of cruise ship passengers eyed warily over fears of a new virus are now simply trying to find a way home.

China revokes 3 Wall Street Journal reporters' credentials
Updated: February 19, 2020 - 7:32 pm

BEIJING (AP) — China revoked the press credentials of three reporters for The Wall Street Journal over a headline for an opinion column the government said Wednesday was racist.

Gucci bares backstage, No. 21 celebrates a decade
Updated: February 19, 2020 - 5:33 pm

MILAN (AP) — Milan Fashion Week opened Wednesday with outreach to China, largely cut off from the rest of the world by a new virus, and to Africa, often overlooked by luxury except as references.

China's virus center vows no patient unchecked as cases fall
Updated: February 19, 2020 - 4:45 pm

BEIJING (AP) — Inspectors in protective suits went door-to-door Wednesday in the epicenter of China's viral outbreak to try to find every infected person in an epidemic that is showing signs of waning as new cases fell for a second straight day.

UN: Thousands fleeing Syrian offensive, kids dying in cold
Updated: February 19, 2020 - 6:31 pm

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing a Russian-backed Syrian offensive are being squeezed into ever smaller areas near Turkey’s border “under horrendous conditions” in freezing temperatures that are killing babies and young children, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Wednesday.

Russia will replace 2 cosmonauts set for launch to space
Updated: February 19, 2020 - 3:31 pm

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's space agency said Wednesday that two cosmonauts scheduled to launch to the International Space Station will be replaced with alternates for medical reasons.

Iran state news agency says new virus has killed 2 citizens
Updated: February 19, 2020 - 2:03 pm

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The new virus has killed two elderly Iranian citizens, Iran's state-run IRNA news agency reported Wednesday.

Symbolic Aleppo flight comes as civilians suffer in Syria
Updated: February 19, 2020 - 1:15 pm

ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — 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 bombarding several rebel-held towns and villages nearby.

Turkey probes judges who acquitted businessman, activists
Updated: February 19, 2020 - 11:15 am

ISTANBUL (AP) — The body overseeing Turkish judges and prosecutors has launched an investigation into three judges who acquitted philanthropist businessman Osman Kavala and eight other activists of terrorism charges, Turkey's state media reported on Wednesday.

UK employers fear worker shortages in new immigration plan
Updated: February 19, 2020 - 10:15 am

LONDON (AP) — Vegetables rotting in the fields, food going unprocessed, the elderly and disabled left without care.

Devices found in missiles, Yemen drones link Iran to attacks
Updated: February 19, 2020 - 11:46 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A small instrument inside the drones that targeted the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry and those in the arsenal of Yemen's Houthi rebels match components recovered in downed Iranian drones in Afghanistan and Iraq, two reports say.

Global shares mostly rise but virus fears continue
Updated: February 19, 2020 - 7:32 am

TOKYO (AP) — Globalshares mostly rose Wednesday though investors continued to monitor the impact of the outbreak of a new virus that began in China.

Virologist: Tokyo Olympics probably couldn't be held now
Updated: February 19, 2020 - 6:02 am

TOKYO (AP) — A respected Japanese virologist on Wednesday said if the Tokyo Olympics were tomorrow, the games probably couldn't be held because of the fast-spreading virus from Wuhan, China.

Pompeo says South Africa land seizures would be 'disastrous'
Updated: February 19, 2020 - 4:01 am

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — America's top diplomat on Wednesday asserted that South Africa's plan to allow expropriation of private property without compensation would be “disastrous” for the country's economy and its people.

Tuesday 02/18/2020
Asian shares mostly rise despite continuing virus fears
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 11:03 pm

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly rose Wednesday, despite overnight losses on Wall Street and continuing fears about an outbreak of a new virus that began in China.

China turns to internet for food supplies amid virus fears
Posted: February 18, 2020 - 9:47 pm

BEIJING (AP) — Wang Feng, house-bound by China’s virus outbreak, counts on the parka-clad delivery drivers of e-commerce giant JD.com to keep her kitchen stocked.


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