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Virus cases rise as experts question China’s numbers

By KEN MORITSUGU Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Infections and deaths from the new virus in China ballooned for a second straight day Friday, on paper at least, as officials near the epicenter of the outbreak struggled to keep up with a backlog of patients' lab work. The acceleration in ...

Valentine’s Day brings love and some worry in Iraq holy city

By MARIAM FAM Associated Press NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — Hasanain al-Rufaye was busy in his flower shop wrapping bouquets, stuffing dolls into gift boxes and sprinkling petals into others labeled with "LOVE," while simultaneously fielding orders. "It's Valentine's these days. On normal days, it ...

Virus renews safety concerns about slaughtering wild animals

By SAM McNEIL and CANDICE CHOI Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China cracked down on the sale of exotic species after an outbreak of a new virus in 2002 was linked to markets selling live animals. The germ turned out to be a coronavirus that caused SARS. The ban was later lifted, and the ...

Freezing temperatures in Syria’s Idlib compounds cris

is By SARAH EL DEEB and ZEINA KARAM Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — A military offensive on an opposition-controlled region of northwestern Syria has created one of the worst catastrophes for civilians in the country's long-running war, sending hundreds of thousands of people fleeing, many ...

China still mostly closed down as virus deaths pass 1,000

By JOE McDONALD Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China remains mostly closed for business, as the daily death toll from a new virus topped 100 for the first time, pushing the total above 1,000. Despite the official end of the extended Lunar New Year holiday, many remained at home on Tuesday ...

China denies cybertheft following Equifax accusations

BEIJING (AP) — China denied involvement in any hacking activities on Tuesday after the United States indicted four members of the Chinese military for allegedly breaking into the computer networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency and stealing the personal information of tens of millions ...

Philippines notifies US of intent to end major security pact

By JIM GOMEZ Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines notified the United States on Tuesday it would end a major security pact allowing American forces to train in the country, in the most serious threat under President Rodrigo Duterte to their 69-year treaty ...

UN meeting ponders fast-track drugs, vaccines for new virus

By JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization convened outside experts Tuesday to fast-track promising tests, drugs and vaccines to help slow the outbreak of a new virus that emerged in China that has killed more than 1,000 people and spread to two dozen other ...

Buddhist monk recalls Thai soldier’s rampage at temple

By EMILY SCHMALL and PREEYAPA T. KHUNSONG undefined NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand (AP) — A rogue soldier whose rampage left 29 people dead and dozens more injured in northeastern Thailand terrorized a Buddhist temple on his way to a shopping mall where he held people hostage in a nearly ...

UN chief warns ‘a wind of madness is sweeping the globe’

By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that "a wind of madness is sweeping the globe," pointing to escalating conflicts from Libya and Yemen to Syria and beyond. At a wide-ranging news conference, he said, "All ...

US general slips into Iraq for talks to salvage relations

By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — The top U.S. commander for the Middle East slipped quietly into Iraq Tuesday, as the Trump administration works to salvage relations with Iraqi leaders and shut down the government's push for an American troop ...

Hong Kong reports virus death as workers strike at hospitals

By KEN MORITSUGU Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong hospitals cut services as thousands of medical workers went on strike for a second day Tuesday to demand the border with mainland China be shut completely. The new virus caused its first death in the semi-autonomous territory, adding ...

China opens virus hospital, market plunges as toll grows

By KEN MORITSUGU Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China sent medical workers and equipment to a new hospital built in 10 days, infused cash into tumbling financial markets and further restricted people's movement in sweeping new steps Monday to contain a rapidly spreading virus and its ...

Ukraine: Recordings show Iran knew jetliner hit by a missile

By YURAS KARMANAU and JON GAMBRELL Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A leaked recording of an exchange between an Iranian air-traffic controller and an Iranian pilot purports to show that authorities immediately knew a missile had downed a Ukrainian jetliner after takeoff from Tehran, ...

UK to announce new rules for militants after street stabbing

By DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The British government plans to announce new rules for the imprisonment of convicted terrorists after an Islamic militant who was recently released from prison stabbed two people in south London, the second such attack in less than three months. ...

6 Turkish troops, 13 Syrian soldiers killed in north Syria

By SUZAN FRASER Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey hit targets in northern Syria, responding to shelling by Syrian government forces that killed at least six Turkish military personnel, the Turkish president said Monday. A Syrian war monitor said 13 Syrian troops were also ...

UK’s Johnson talks tough on trade; EU demands fishing rights

By JILL LAWLESS and RAF CASERT Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Union negotiator Michel Barnier set out tough opening gambits Monday in negotiating a future trade deal, making it clear that each side is willing to walk away without deal rather ...

Trump peace plan delights Israelis, enrages Palestinians

By ARON HELLER and MATTHEW LEE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited Mideast peace plan Tuesday alongside a beaming Benjamin Netanyahu, presenting a vision that matched the Israeli leader's hard-line, nationalist views while falling far short of ...

Bad timing: New virus poses threat to fragile world economy

By PAUL WISEMAN, JOE MCDONALD and YURI KAGEYAMA AP Business Writers This should be peak season for a 12-room hotel near the train station in the Chinese industrial hub of Wuhan. The Chinese New Year usually brings in plenty of travelers and delivers profits of around $3,000 a month. But the ...

Mag 7.7 quake hits between Cuba and Jamaica, but no injuries

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Associated Press HAVANA (AP) — A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and eastern Cuba on Tuesday, shaking a vast area from Mexico to Florida and beyond, but there were no reports of casualties or heavy damage. The quake was ...