Coronavirus: Hong Kong protesters rally against planned quarantine centres

Hundreds of demonstrators rallied for a second day in Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against plans to turn some buildings into coronavirus quarantine centres, reviving anti-government protests in the Chinese-ruled city. The virus has opened a new front for protesters after months of demonstrations over the perceived erosion of freedoms had largely fizzled out […]

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Trump doesn’t want war ahead of 2020 vote: Iran President Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that he doesn’t believe the US will pursue war with his country, because it will harm President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection bid. Rouhani said that Trump knows that war with Iran will “ruin” his chances of winning the 2020 US presidential election. The Iranian leader added that war would […]

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Coronavirus: Home quarantine for travelers buys time as new outbreak spreads

On his return from China last week, Dr. Ian Lipkin quarantined himself in his basement. His wife now puts his food on the stairs. He’s run out of things to watch on Netflix. At odd hours, he walks in New York’s Central Park, keeping 10 feet away from others. Lipkin is among hundreds of people […]

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China: President Xi’s early involvement in virus outbreak raises questions

A recent speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping that has been published by state media indicates for the first time that he was leading the response to a new virus outbreak from early on in the crisis. The publication of the February 3 speech was an apparent attempt to demonstrate that the Communist Party leadership […]

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Taiwan confirms first coronavirus death on island, cases at 20

Taiwan Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said during a news conference on Sunday that the deceased person was a 61-year-old man who had diabetes and hepatitis B. Taiwan has to date accumulated 20 confirmed cases. The deceased person had not traveled abroad recently and was a taxi driver whose clients were mainly from Hong Kong, Macau […]

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1 dead, 4 wounded in Connecticut club shooting, says US Police

Gunfire erupted at a Connecticut nightclub early Sunday morning, killing a man and wounding four other people, police said. A 28-year-old man died in the shooting at the Majestic Lounge in Hartford’s South End, police Lt. Paul Cicero said. Two other males and two females were wounded, with two of them in surgery Sunday morning […]

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Kim Jong Un makes first public appearance in 22 days amid coronavirus outbreak

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid tribute to the statue of former leader Kim at Pyongyang’s Kumsusan Palace of the Sun — his first public appearance in 22 days amid an outbreak of coronavirus — state media reported. North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un. (Photo: Reuters) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his […]

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Americans disembark from coronavirus-hit Japanese cruise

American passengers were taken off a cruise liner on Sunday to fly home after being quarantined for two weeks off Japan, while China said that the rate of new coronavirus cases had slowed, calling that proof its steps to fight the outbreak were working. An announcement on the tannoy aboard the Diamond Princess, where 3,700 […]

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Coronavirus quarantine clinics not enough, fully close China border: Hong Kong protesters’ new demand

Hundreds of anti-government protesters marched in multiple Hong Kong neighbourhoods on Saturday against government plans to potentially turn some buildings into coronavirus quarantine centres, demanding full closure of the mainland China border. The protests – which escalated in June over a perceived tightening of Beijing’s grip over the city, which Beijing denies – have lost […]

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Japan confirms 70 new coronavirus cases from cruise ship

Another 70 people aboard the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan’s Yokohama have been tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total to 355 cases, Health Minister Katsunobu Kato confirmed on Sunday. The health ministry said that the 70 new cases came out of 289 people tested, bringing the total number of those […]

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