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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.

Dominican Republic turns back cruise ship amid virus fears

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 8:44am

A cruise ship heading to the Dominican Republic to disembark hundreds of passengers after a 14-day tour was turned away on Thursday because officials feared eight of those aboard showed potential symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, officials announced.

State newspaper says Masoumeh Ebtekar, Iran vice president and spokeswoman for 1979 hostage-takers, has new virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 6:58am

State newspaper says Masoumeh Ebtekar, Iran vice president and spokeswoman for 1979 hostage-takers, has new virus.

Italy blasts virus panic as it eyes new testing criteria

Frances D'Emilio and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 6:56am

With tourism tanking and panic rising, Italy tried to control the coronavirus in the realm of public perception Thursday as its outbreak grew to 650 cases and other countries took measures to limit travel to and from affected Italian regions.

Vexed by how to contain virus, countries take tough steps

Matt Sedensky and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 6:52am

Saudi Arabia cut travel to Islam’s holiest sites, South Korea toughened penalties for those breaking quarantines and airports across Latin America looked for signs of sick passengers Thursday as a new virus troubled a mushrooming swath of the globe.

UN rights chief regrets Sri Lanka withdrawal from resolution

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 6:44am

The United Nations' human rights chief expressed regret Thursday over the Sri Lankan government's decision to withdraw its co-sponsorship of a 2015 resolution backing an investigation into alleged human rights violations during the country's civil war.

Semiofficial news agencies in Iran say Friday prayers canceled in Tehran, elsewhere over outbreak of new virus

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

Semiofficial news agencies in Iran say Friday prayers canceled in Tehran, elsewhere over outbreak of new virus.

Israel denounces anti-Semitic trope at Spanish Carnival

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 4:40am

Israel’s ambassador to Spain has denounced a Carnival parade performance in a small town that featured men and women dressed up like Jewish Holocaust victims and Nazi soldiers.

Greek island residents protest for 4th day over migrant plan

Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 4:14am

Demonstrators gathered Thursday for a fourth consecutive day on the eastern Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios to protest government plans to build new migrant detention centers.

Iran's Health Ministry spokesman says the new coronavirus has killed 26 people amid 245 confirmed cases in Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 3:35am

Iran's Health Ministry spokesman says the new coronavirus has killed 26 people amid 245 confirmed cases in Iran.

Report: Japan to close all elementary, junior high and high schools from this weekend through March to curb virus spread

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 2:44am

Report: Japan to close all elementary, junior high and high schools from this weekend through March to curb virus spread.

Malaysia's Mahathir says Parliament to elect new prime minister after king fails to establish who has majority support

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 2:37am

Malaysia's Mahathir says Parliament to elect new prime minister after king fails to establish who has majority support.

AP Interview: Al-Qaida, IS affiliates team up in West Africa

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 2:32am

The only place in the world where fighters linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group are cooperating is in West Africa's sprawling Sahel region, giving the extremists greater depth as they push into new areas, according to the commander of the U.S. military's special forces in Africa.