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Virus fears rise after Cambodia's acceptance of cruise ship

Sopheng Cheang, Eileen Ng, 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 the deadly virus that began in China has taken an unfortunate turn after a passenger released from the ship 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.

Portugal leaders rally around racially abused soccer player

Barry Hatton, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 3:46am

The president and the prime minister of Portugal added their voices to a national outcry Monday over racist abuse aimed at a black FC Porto soccer player who walked off the field after hearing monkey chants.

Syria military hails advance against rebels in 'record time'

Albert Aji, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 2:12am

Syria's military announced on Monday that its troops have regained control of territories in northwestern Syria “in record time,” vowing to continue to chase armed groups "wherever they are."

Japan confirms 99 more cases of people infected by new virus on quarantined ship Diamond Princess, bringing total to 454

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 2:11am

Japan confirms 99 more cases of people infected by new virus on quarantined ship Diamond Princess, bringing total to 454.

China says it may postpone March annual congress, its biggest political meeting of the year, because of virus outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 1:48am

China says it may postpone March annual congress, its biggest political meeting of the year, because of virus outbreak.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 10:40pm

Two charter flights carrying passengers from a cruise ship that was quarantined in Japan amid a virus crisis have landed in the United States. The first plane carrying American passengers landed at a Northern California air force base just before midnight Sunday. A second flight touched down at a San Antonio air force base around 2 1/2 hours later, early Monday. Passengers will be quarantined for two weeks to make sure they don't have the new virus that's been spreading in Asia. Japan's defense minister tweeted earlier that Japanese troops helped transport 340 U.S. passengers from the port to Tokyo's airport. About 380 Americans were on the cruise ship. 

China may postpone annual congress because of virus

Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 6:24pm

China said Monday it may postpone its annual congress in March, its biggest political meeting of the year, as the military dispatched hundreds more medical workers and extra supplies to the city hit hardest by a 2-month-old virus outbreak.

Mainland China sees slight upturn in new virus cases, death toll rises by 105 to 1,770

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 6:04pm

Mainland China sees slight upturn in new virus cases, death toll rises by 105 to 1,770.

Assad's forces make advances, further securing Aleppo region

Albert Aji and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 3:04pm

Syrian troops have made significant advances against the last rebel held enclaves in the country's northwest, state media said on Sunday, consolidating the government's hold over the key Aleppo province.

Denmark arrests 27 people on suspected cocaine smuggling

Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 10:20am

Danish police say they have arrested 27 people for suspected drug smuggling after finding some 100 kilograms of cocaine on a Bahamas-registered cargo vessel plying Danish waters.

French health minister to run for Paris mayor to end scandal

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 10:11am

France's Health Minister Agnes Buzyn was named on Sunday as a new candidate for mayor of Paris, a late entry by the country's governing party after a scramble to replace the original contender who abruptly withdrew after a leak of sex videos on social media.

UN: Warring parties in Yemen agree on major prisoner trade

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 9:26am

Yemen’s warring sides have agreed to implement a long-delayed and major prisoner swap, the United Nations said on Sunday, in a sign that talks to end the disastrous war between the country's internationally recognized government and its Houthi rebels could be making progress.

Ivanka Trump lauds Saudi, UAE on women's rights reforms

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 7:59am

Ivanka Trump lauded Sunday a handful of Mideast countries, including close U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, for embarking on “significant reforms” to advance women's rights, while speaking at a gathering of women entrepreneurs and regional leaders in Dubai.

Americans who left cruise trade one quarantine for another

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 7:33am

Americans Cheryl and Paul Molesky decided to trade one coronavirus quarantine for another.

Palestinian PM: Trump's Mideast plan 'will be buried'

Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 6:27am

The Palestinian prime minister lashed out Sunday at U.S. President Donald Trump's proposal to end the Mideast conflict, saying it would be “buried very soon.”

Israel's Gantz vows to form government without Netanyahu

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 5:49am

Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz is vowing to form a government that will include neither the indicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor the predominantly Arab parties in Parliament.

Sri Lanka asks US to review travel ban on its army chief

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 5:15am

Sri Lanka asked the United States on Sunday to review its decision to impose a travel ban on the island nation's army chief, who has been accused of grave human rights abuses during the final stage of the country's civil war that ended 11 years ago.