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Japanese island of Hokkaido declares state of emergency over pace of virus transmission, urges residents to stay home

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 1:55am

Japanese island of Hokkaido declares state of emergency over pace of virus transmission, urges residents to stay home.

South Korea reports 315 more virus cases, bringing its increase for the day to 571 and total infections to 2,337

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 1:07am

South Korea reports 315 more virus cases, bringing its increase for the day to 571 and total infections to 2,337.

Ardern calls out Australia: Don't deport 'your problems'

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 12:40am

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called out her Australian counterpart at an extraordinarily abrasive joint news conference Friday for his country's rigid policy of deporting foreign criminals to homelands they left as children.

NATO in urgent talks after 33 Turkish troops killed in Syria

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 12:35am

Ambassadors from the NATO military alliance were to hold emergency talks Friday at the request of Turkey following the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in northeast Syria.

Speaker rejects Mahathir's call as Malaysia's turmoil grows

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 11:53pm

The speaker of Malaysia's House rejected interim leader Mahathir Mohamad's call for a vote next week to chose a new premier, deepening the country's political turmoil after the ruling alliance collapsed this week.

Turkey raises death toll to 33 troops in Syrian airstrike

Andrew Wilks, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 11:10pm

Turkey on Friday raised the death toll from a Syrian government airstrike on its forces in northwestern Syria the previous night to 33 Turkish troops, the highest number of Turkish soldiers killed in a single day since Ankara first intervened in the Syrian conflict in 2016.

Turkey raises death toll from Syrian government airstrike on its forces in northwest Syria to 33 Turkish troops killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 11:04pm

Turkey raises death toll from Syrian government airstrike on its forces in northwest Syria to 33 Turkish troops killed.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 10:40pm

Saudi Arabia cut travel to Islam’s holiest sites, South Korea toughened penalties for those breaking quarantines and airports looked for signs of sick passengers as a new virus troubled more places. With the number of sick and dead rising, the crisis gave way to political and diplomatic rows and a sense that no part of the world was immune. South Korea reported a jump in new cases that pushed its total past 2,000. The hardest-hit country by far remains China, though its daily increases are continuing a downward trend. It reported 327 new cases and 44 deaths Friday, raising its totals to 78,824 with 2,788 deaths.

Nigeria announces first confirmed case of new coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 10:09pm

Nigeria announces first confirmed case of new coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa.

Publisher, 2 politicians charged over Hong Kong protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 8:18pm

Outspoken Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai and two prominent opposition politicians were charged Friday with illegal assembly over a pro-democracy march last year as the territory's Beijing-backed government appeared to move to settle scores over the protests.

Apple Daily newspaper says publisher, opposition party vice chairman detained over Hong Kong pro-democracy march

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 8:17pm

Apple Daily newspaper says publisher, opposition party vice chairman detained over Hong Kong pro-democracy march.

UN chief: Growing inequality for women should shame world

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 8:03pm

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Thursday that inequality for women is growing and it “should shame us all in the 21st century because it is not only unacceptable, it is stupid.”

South Korea reports 256 additional cases of new coronavirus, raising its total to 2,022

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 6:21pm

South Korea reports 256 additional cases of new coronavirus, raising its total to 2,022.

China reports 327 new cases and 44 deaths from new viral illness, continuing a sharp downward trend in the country

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 5:54pm

China reports 327 new cases and 44 deaths from new viral illness, continuing a sharp downward trend in the country.

Western nations demand immediate cease-fire in Syria's Idlib

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 4:59pm

The United States and key Western allies on Thursday demanded an immediate cease-fire in Syria’s last opposition stronghold in northwestern Idlib which is facing what the U.N. calls an “unfolding humanitarian catastrophe,” but Russia ignored their calls and said it will keep helping the government eliminate “terrorists” from Idlib.

22 Turkish soldiers killed in northeast Syria air strike

Andrew Wilks, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 2:59pm

A Turkish official said early Friday 22 Turkish soldiers have been killed in an air strike by Syrian government forces.

9 Turkish soldiers killed in northeast Syria air strike

Andrew Wilks, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 2:28pm

Nine Turkish soldiers were killed in an air strike in northeast Syria late Thursday, a Turkish official said.

Virus outbreak spreads in France with 20 new cases

Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 2:04pm

French authorities on Thursday reported twenty new cases of people infected with the new virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total in the country to 38, including two deaths.

3,000-strong African force planned against Sahel extremism

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 9:30am

African leaders have decided to work on deploying 3,000 troops to West Africa’s troubled Sahel region as extremist attacks surge, an African Union official said Thursday.