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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 25th - 10:40pm

The new virus has accelerated its spread in China with 56 deaths so far, and the U.S. Consulate in the epicenter of the outbreak, the central city of Wuhan, announced Sunday it will evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight. Chinese President Xi Jinping called the outbreak a grave situation. Medical workers in Wuhan have been among those infected and local media reported a doctor died of the virus. Two of Hong Kong's biggest attractions, Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park, are closing for the time being. Travel agencies have been told to halt all group tours, and concern is growing over the potential impact of millions of people traveling back to the cities after the Lunar New Year holiday ends on Thursday. 

US Consulate in epidemic-stricken city of Wuhan chartering flight Tuesday to evacuate personnel, some private citizens

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 25th - 8:34pm

US Consulate in epidemic-stricken city of Wuhan chartering flight Tuesday to evacuate personnel, some private citizens.

Virus death toll in China rises as US prepares evacuation

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 25th - 6:38pm

The new virus accelerated its spread in China with 56 deaths so far, and the U.S. Consulate in the epicenter of the outbreak, the central city of Wuhan, announced Sunday it will evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight.

Death toll from virus outbreak in China rises to 56 with a total of 1,975 cases reported

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 25th - 6:28pm

Death toll from virus outbreak in China rises to 56 with a total of 1,975 cases reported.

Spanish league president condemns racism, fan street clashes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 25th - 4:59pm

Spanish football was marred by a player being racially abused during a league game on Saturday, along with street clashes between rival fans outside stadiums before two matches.

4 dead, tents ablaze after Iraq cleric pulls protest support

Samya Kullab and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 25th - 1:00pm

Iraq cracked down on anti-government protesters who have been occupying key public squares for months, leaving four demonstrators dead Saturday in a country reeling from political turmoil and violence.

Israel's Gantz to meet Trump before peace plan unveiling

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 25th - 11:47am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's chief political rival confirmed Saturday he has accepted President Donald Trump's invitation to Washington, and will meet the president before the unveiling of the administration's long-awaited peace plan.

French carmaker to evacuate workers from China amid outbreak

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 25th - 10:04am

France and a major automaker said Saturday that they are moving to get citizens out of a locked-down Chinese city where a deadly outbreak of a new virus originated and has spread worldwide.

Peter MacKay begins bid to lead Canada's Conservative party

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 25th - 9:34am

Former Canadian cabinet minister Peter MacKay criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday as he officially announced he is running to be leader of Canada's Conservative Party.

Heavy rains in Brazil cause flooding, landslides; 11 killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 25th - 7:14am

Heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in southeast Brazil, killing at least 11 people, authorities said Saturday.

Hong Kong declares virus emergency, closes schools for two more weeks after Lunar New Year holiday

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 25th - 2:46am

Hong Kong declares virus emergency, closes schools for two more weeks after Lunar New Year holiday.

Virus-hit city in China bans most vehicles from downtown to limit movement in bid to keep disease from spreading

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 25th - 1:57am

Virus-hit city in China bans most vehicles from downtown to limit movement in bid to keep disease from spreading.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 p.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 10:40pm

The U.S. Consulate in the epidemic-stricken Chinese city of Wuhan will evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight Tuesday. A notice Sunday from the embassy in Beijing said there would be limited capacity to transport U.S. citizens on the flight that will proceed directly to San Francisco. It says that in the event there are not enough seats, priority will be given to to individuals “at greater risk from coronavirus," a new respiratory disease has sickened 1,975 people and killed 56, almost all in Wuhan. 

Use of 'rescues' by Mexican migration officials criticized

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 6:34pm

The headline on a statement from Mexico’s National Immigration Institute read: “INM rescues 800 Central American migrants who entered (Mexico) today irregularly.”

Xi calls situation grave as China scrambles to contain virus

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 6:10pm

China's leader on Saturday called the accelerating spread of a new virus a grave situation, as cities from the outbreak's epicenter in central China to Hong Kong scrambled to contain an illness that has infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41.

China reports number of cases of new virus has increased to 1,287 and the death toll has risen to 41

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 5:57pm

China reports number of cases of new virus has increased to 1,287 and the death toll has risen to 41.

UN alarm at education crisis: 258 million kids not in school

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 5:43pm

The U.N. deputy chief said Friday there is an “alarming” crisis in education, pointing to the 258 million children under the age of 17 who are not going to school — and only 49 percent completing secondary education.

France confirms 3 cases of virus from China, 1st in Europe

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 12:33pm

France on Friday announced the first cases outside Asia and the United States of the deadly new virus from China, and the country's health minister said Europe should brace for other new cases from the spreading epidemic that she said must be fought like a wildfire.

France confirms two cases of deadly new virus from China, the first in Europe

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 12:26pm

France confirms two cases of deadly new virus from China, the first in Europe.