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Head of hospital dies in coronavirus epicenter; global economic impact spreads

The head of a leading hospital in China’s central city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, died of the disease on Tuesday (February 18) while South Korea announced an economic emergen


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Coronavirus cases rise again in China as recession looms for Japan, Singapore

The number of reported new cases of coronavirus in China’s Hubei province rose on Monday (February 17) after two days of falls, as authorities imposed tough new restrictions on movement to prevent the


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Chinese tourist in France becomes first to die in Europe of coronavirus

An 80-year-old Chinese tourist infected with the coronavirus has died in France, the first fatality in Europe and the fourth outside mainland China from an epidemic that has shut Chinese factories, cu


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"The West is winning," Pompeo tells China, Russia

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended on Saturday (February 15) his nation’s global role despite misgivings in Europe, vowing that Western values would prevail over China’s desire for “empire”.


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China's coronavirus cases, deaths rise as it struggles to slow spread

More than 2,600 new cases were confirmed from a coronavirus outbreak in mainland China, health officials said on Saturday (February 15), a day after people returning to the capital from holidays were


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Germany busts 'terrorist organization' that planned attacks on Muslims, refugees

German police detained 12 men on Friday (February 14) suspected of setting up a far-right organization with the goal of carrying out attacks against politicians, asylum seekers and Muslims, the Federa


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No peak in sight as China reports 5,000 new coronavirus cases

China’s coronavirus outbreak showed no sign of peaking with health authorities on Friday (February 14) reporting more than 5,000 new cases, while passengers on a cruise ship blocked from five countrie


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Senate rebukes Trump, votes to limit Iran war making ability

The US Senate passed legislation on Thursday (February 13) to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to wage war against Iran, rebuking him weeks after a strike against an Iranian military commander a


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Iran says it will strike US and Israel if they make the 'slightest error'

Iran is ready to strike the United States and Israel if they give it any reason to do so, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said in a live speech on state television on Thursday (February 13)


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Coronavirus deaths, cases leap in China, suggesting much bigger crisis

The Chinese province at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak reported a record rise in deaths and thousands more cases on Thursday (February 13) under a new diagnostic method, suggesting a much b


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US Senate advances resolution limiting Trump's ability to wage war

The US Senate advanced legislation on Wednesday (February 13) ​intended to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to wage war against Iran, paving the way for a final vote as eight Republicans joined


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UN report names 112 companies doing business with Israeli settlements

The United Nations’ human rights office on Wednesday (February 12) named 112 companies it said have business ties to Jewish settlements in the West Bank, angering Israel and prompting a Palestinian th


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China's new coronavirus cases drop, but world still on alert

China reported on Wednesday (February 12) its lowest number of new coronavirus cases in nearly two weeks, lending weight to a forecast by its foremost medical adviser for the outbreak to end by April


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Japan cruise ship coronavirus cases climb to 175, including quarantine officer

Another 39 people have tested positive for the coronavirus on the cruise ship Diamond Princess quarantined in Japan, with one quarantine officer also infected, bringing the total to 175, the health mi


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Coronavirus emergency 'holds a very grave threat' for world: WHO

China’s coronavirus outbreak poses a “very grave threat for the rest of the world”, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday (February 11) in an appeal for sharing virus samples


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Chinese expert says coronavirus may peak soon as death toll surges past 1,000

China’s coronavirus outbreak may peak soon, a prominent Chinese expert said on Tuesday (February 11), as the death toll soared past 1,000 and worry grew about the true extent of economic disruption to


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UK coronavirus cases double to eight, government declares 'imminent threat'

Britain on Monday (February 10) said the number of confirmed coronavirus cases had doubled to eight as the government declared the virus a serious and imminent threat, giving it additional powers to i


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Britain 'reasonably confident' of US trade deal despite Huawei concerns

Britain takes US concerns about its use of Huawei equipment seriously but is confident a trade deal with the United States will be among its first after leaving the European Union, its foreign secreta


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US warns Israel against 'unilateral' West Bank moves

A US envoy warned Israel on Sunday (February 10) not to declare sovereignty over West Bank land without Washington’s consent, pushing back against calls for immediate action by ultra-nationalists with


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China slowly gets back to work as nearly 100 more die from coronavirus

Workers began trickling back to offices and factories around China on Monday (February 10) as the government eased some restrictions on working during a coronavirus epidemic that has killed more than


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