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South Korea reports 171 more cases of the new virus, bringing its total number of infections to 1,766

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 1:48am

South Korea reports 171 more cases of the new virus, bringing its total number of infections to 1,766.

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency gives latest figures: 22 dead amid 141 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 12:34am

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency gives latest figures: 22 dead amid 141 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 10:40pm

As the worst-hit areas of Asia continued to struggle with a new virus, with hundreds more cases reported Thursday in South Korea and China, worries about infection and containment spread across the globe. The coronavirus has now caused more new cases outside China, the epicenter of the outbreak, than inside the country. With Brazil confirming Latin America's first case, the virus has reached every continent but Antarctica. President Donald Trump declared that the U.S. was “very, very ready” and put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the country's response. The South Korean and U.S. militaries postponed their annual joint drills. 

UN disarmament chief: nuclear arms race is threatening world

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 9:14pm

The U.N. disarmament chief warned Wednesday that the specter of an unbridled nuclear arms race is threatening the world for the first time since the 1970s, the height of the Cold War between the United States and the former Soviet Union.

Hardest-hit China, South Korea count 938 new virus cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 6:52pm

As the worst-hit areas of Asia continued to struggle with a viral epidemic, with hundreds more cases reported Thursday in South Korea and China, worries about infection and containment spread across the globe.

China reports 433 new virus cases, South Korea has 334 as illness persists in worst-hit areas and spreads beyond borders

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 6:49pm

China reports 433 new virus cases, South Korea has 334 as illness persists in worst-hit areas and spreads beyond borders.

South Korea, US postpone annual military drills due to virus

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 6:16pm

The South Korean and U.S. militaries announced Thursday that they were postponing their annual joint drills due to concern about a viral outbreak that has infected soldiers in both countries' armed forces, put many troops in quarantine and closed base facilities.

South Korean and U.S. militaries postpone annual drills due to coronavirus outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 6:13pm

South Korean and U.S. militaries postpone annual drills due to coronavirus outbreak.

UN: Rival Libyan politicians meet for peace talks in Geneva

Isabel Debre, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 2:52pm

Rival Libyan politicians met on Wednesday for U.N.-sponsored political talks in Geneva aimed at ending the latest round of fighting over the country's capital, Tripoli.

Virus fears keep guests trapped in sunny 'luxurious prison'

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 11:03am

They signed up for a bit of a beach holiday to break up the winter. Instead, hundreds of holidaymakers, mainly from northern Europe, are set for a two-week lock-down as a result of an outbreak of the new coronavirus.

Lawyer says Assange shouldn't face 'political' extradition

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 10:32am

A lawyer for Julian Assange argued Wednesday that the WikiLeaks founder should not be sent to the United States because a U.K.-U.S. treaty bans extradition for political offenses.

UK offers guarantee over evidence in Grenfell fire probe

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 10:27am

Britain’s attorney general offered a guarantee Wednesday not to use oral comments from witnesses testifying before the Grenfell Tower Inquiry in subsequent prosecutions over the fire that killed 72 people.

AP Interviews: Swimmers concerned Olympics will be canceled

Andrew Dampf, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 9:35am

If any thoughts were creeping into their minds that the Tokyo Olympics might be canceled because of a viral outbreak, elite swimmers Katinka Hosszú, Chad le Clos and Sarah Sjöström certainly didn’t show it during a strenuous two-hour training session Wednesday.

World powers: 'serious concerns' about Iran's atom program

Philipp Jenne and David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 8:28am

The world powers that remain party to the nuclear deal with Iran expressed "serious concerns" Wednesday about Tehran's violations of the pact, while acknowledging that time was running out to find a way to salvage it.

Brazil confirms first coronavirus case in Latin America

Marcelo By Sousa and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 8:25am

Brazil's government confirmed on Wednesday that a 61-year-old Brazilian man who traveled to Italy this month has Latin America's first confirmed case of the new coronavirus spreading worldwide.

Brazilian officials report first confirmed case of new coronavirus in Latin America

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 7:36am

Brazilian officials report first confirmed case of new coronavirus in Latin America.

Duterte says Philippines can survive without America

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 7:20am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said Filipino forces can fight insurgents and Muslim extremists without American military help, in a defense of his recent decision to terminate a U.S. security pact.

Johnny Depp in UK court for hearing on tabloid libel lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 6:48am

A lawyer for Johnny Depp told a British judge on Wednesday that the star's ex-wife Amber Heard lied when she accused him of domestic abuse.

Syrian troops push into last rebel area, hit civilian sites

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 6:36am

Shelling and airstrikes by Syrian government forces killed at least three people on Wednesday in northwestern Syria, where dozens of villages, including major rebel strongholds in the last opposition-held area, have been captured over the past few days.