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Israel says cruise passenger flown home from Japan has virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 5:00am

One of the 11 Israelis who were flown home after being quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan has tested positive for the new virus that emerged in China late last year, the first case to be reported inside Israel, the Health Ministry said Friday.

IS supporter pleads guilty to St. Paul's Cathedral bomb plot

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:53am

ABritish woman who supported the Islamic State group pleaded guilty Friday to plotting to bomb St. Paul's Cathedralin London.

US: Taliban's 'reduction of violence' deal to start tonight

Kathy Gannon and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:48am

The countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States to end the 18 years of war in Afghanistan will begin on Friday night, when the seven-day “reduction of violence" promised by the Taliban will go into effect, a senior U.S. State Department official said. The deal will be signed on Feb. 29.

US official: 7-day 'reduction of violence' promised by Taliban starts tonight; US-Taliban deal to be signed Feb. 29

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:44am

US official: 7-day 'reduction of violence' promised by Taliban starts tonight; US-Taliban deal to be signed Feb. 29.

Ukraine condemns virus unrest; Italy seeks self-quarantines

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:18am

A Ukrainian village where residents clashed with riot police and threw rocks at buses while protesting the local quarantine of people evacuated from China is under control, but the unrest may continue, Ukraine's prime minister said Friday.

Iran reports 2 more deaths, 13 new cases of new coronavirus

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:18am

Iranian health authorities on Friday reported two more deaths from the new virus that emerged in China and said the fatalities were from among 13 new confirmed cases of the virus in Iran.

Lesotho's PM fails to show in court to face murder charge

Herbert Moyo, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:18am

Lesotho’s prime minister failed to show up in court on Friday to be charged with murder in the killing of his estranged wife, and police said he might have gone to neighboring South Africa for an undisclosed ailment.

Iran reports 2 more deaths from the new virus that emerged in China, says they were from among 13 new confirmed cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:10am

Iran reports 2 more deaths from the new virus that emerged in China, says they were from among 13 new confirmed cases.

Grief, anger and calls for action after shooting in Germany

David McHugh and Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:33am

Hundreds of grieving people are flocking to Friday prayers in the mosques of the German town of Hanau, two days after a racially motivated shooting shook the country and prompted fresh calls for a crackdown on far-right extremism.

South Korea has reported additional 48 cases of a new virus, raising its total to 204

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:05am

South Korea has reported additional 48 cases of a new virus, raising its total to 204.

New Zealand killer of British backpacker sentenced to life

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 12:59am

A New Zealand man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for murdering a young British backpacker, whose mother told the court the stealing of her daughter's life had ripped a hole in her heart.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 9:40 a.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 10:40pm

A senior U.S. State Department official says the countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States to end the 18 years of war in Afghanistan will begin tonight. The official says Friday night will mark the start of the seven-day “reduction of violence" deal promised by the Taliban, without specifying the exact time. Then, a peace agreement will be signed in Qatar on Feb. 29, paving the way for a withdrawal of U.S. troops and intra- Afghan negotiations. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the peace agreement will also lead to an eventual permanent cease-fire.

Stress, rumors, even violence: Virus fear goes viral

Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 8:04pm

You might have heard that the fear of a new virus from China is spreading faster than the actual virus.

South Korean capital Seoul bans rallies in major downtown areas in efforts to fight viral outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 7:03pm

South Korean capital Seoul bans rallies in major downtown areas in efforts to fight viral outbreak.

South Korea reports 52 new cases of coronavirus, raising its total to 156, after declaring southern city a special zone

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 7:02pm

South Korea reports 52 new cases of coronavirus, raising its total to 156, after declaring southern city a special zone.

China's leaders say nation yet to turn corner in virus fight

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:59pm

China's leadership sounded a cautious note Friday about the country's progress in halting the spread of the new virus that has now killed more than 2,200 people, after several days of upbeat messages.

Minister: Ukraine hopes for exchange of about 200 prisoners

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:55pm

Ukraine’s foreign minister said Thursday that Russia remains “blind and deaf” to international appeals to end its occupation of Crimea and key areas in the east of his country, but his government is hoping for another “very, very small step” of a second exchange of about 200 prisoners.

China reports further fall in new cases of virus to 889, number of deaths rises by 118

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:46pm

China reports further fall in new cases of virus to 889, number of deaths rises by 118.

South Korea ups emergency response as viral cases surge

Kim Tong-Hyung and Tong-Hin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 4:51pm

South Korea's government banned major rallies in its capital and declared a health emergency in its fourth largest city as 100 new virus cases were reported Friday, bringing the country's total to 204.