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Japan says 88 more virus cases confirmed on quarantined ship

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:17am

Japanese health authorities said Tuesday they have confirmed 88 more cases of the new virus on a quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo.

Iran sentences alleged US spies to up to 10 years in prison

Amir Vahdat, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:15am

Iran sentenced eight environmental activists, including an Iranian who reportedly also has British and American citizenship, to prison sentences ranging from four to 10 years on charges of spying for the United States and acting against Iran's national security, the judiciary said Tuesday.

Major trial of govt opponents speeds toward end in Turkey

Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:09am

The trial of 16 leading members of Turkish civil society, seen by critics as a momentous bid by the government to crack down on opposition voices and criminalize mass anti-government protests, moved toward a hasty conclusion Tuesday.

Japan health authorities say 88 more cases of virus found on quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo, bringing total to 542.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 2:43am

Japan health authorities say 88 more cases of virus found on quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo, bringing total to 542.

Bomb kills Pakistani policeman assigned to anti-polio team

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 12:02am

A roadside bombing targeted a police vehicle in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing a policeman and wounding three others, officials said. The police were assigned to escort health workers during an anti-polio vaccination campaign in the region.

Turkey seeks 695 arrests over links to U.S.-based cleric

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 11:52pm

Turkish prosecutors have issued detention warrants against 695 people suspected of links to the U.S.-based Muslim cleric blamed by Turkey for a failed coup attempt in 2016, state media reported Tuesday.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 10:40pm

Japanese health authorities have confirmed 88 more cases of the new virus on a quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo. The new cases bring the total on the Diamond Princess to 542. The number is by far the largest outside China. The Japanese government has repeatedly defended the effectiveness of the quarantine and bristled against criticism that the ship became a virus incubator instead of a quarantine facility.

Virus claims life of hospital director in hard-hit Wuhan

Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 7:44pm

As a mysterious new virus enveloped central China's Wuhan early this year, Liu Zhiming mobilized all the resources of his hospital in the city's Wuchang district to deal with the thousands of sick people arriving daily, threatening to overwhelm the local health care system.

UN: Impact of long Libya war on civilians is `incalculable'

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 6:39pm

The U.N humanitarian coordinator for Libya said Monday the impact of the country’s nine-year war on civilians “is incalculable,” pointing to its intensity escalating “exponentially” since a rebel commander launched an offensive last April, casualties rising and almost 900,000 people now needing assistance.

Killing of 7-year-old stokes anger in Mexico over femicides

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 5:59pm

The killing of a 7-year-old girl on the southern outskirts of Mexico City has stoked rising anger over the brutal slayings of women, including one found stabbed to death and skinned earlier this month.

China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98 amid report 80% of cases have been mild

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 5:16pm

China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98 amid report 80% of cases have been mild.

Protester chains himself to Russian security agency's doors

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 10:33am

A Russian activist was detained Monday after he chained himself to the front doors of the nation's top security agency to protest its handling of a controversial criminal case.

Pompeo in Africa visit praises Angola's moves against graft

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 10:26am

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in his latest Africa stop on Monday praised Angola’s president for his dramatic actions to recover billions of dollars looted bycorrupt officials, saying it would help attract investment to one of Africa's largest economies.

No Bull: German court rules dogs not too big to be miniature

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 10:23am

A German court has decided a Duesseldorf dog dispute, ruling Monday that not only size matters in determining whether a dog is officially "miniature."

Popular Rwandan gospel musician found dead in police cell

Ignatius Ssuuna, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 7:22am

A popular Rwandan gospel musician who in 2015 was found guilty of conspiracy to murder or harm President Paul Kagame was found dead in a police cell Monday in the capital, Kigali, authorities said.

Suicide bomber in SW Pakistan kills 8 at Islamist rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 7:19am

A powerful suicide bombing killed eight people and wounded 16 others in Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province on Monday, local police said, when it struck an Islamist rally in the regional capital.

Virus fears rise after Cambodia's acceptance of cruise ship

Sopheng Cheang, Eileen By and Grant Peck, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 5:24am

The feel-good story of how Cambodia allowed a cruise ship to dock after it was turned away elsewhere in Asia for fear of spreading a new disease took an unfortunate turn after a passenger later tested positive for the virus.

Quarantine ruling: Russia sends woman back after she escapes

Daria Litvinova, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 5:21am

A Russian court on Monday ordered a woman who escaped from a virus quarantine to return back to the hospital she fled and stay under quarantine for at least two more days. The ruling underlined the chaotic public health approaches being taken to stop the spread of the new coronavirus from China.

Amid protests, Greece suspends migrants detention plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 4:51am

Greece's government says it is suspending an emergency plan to build migrant detention camps on Greek islands near the Turkish coast to allow for negotiations with local authorities who strongly oppose the move.