With tourism tanking and panic rising, Italy is changing how it reports coronavirus cases and who will get tested in ways that could lower the country's caseload even as an outbreak centered in northern Italy spreads in Europe, officials said Thursday.
Matt Sedensky and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press | PostedFeb 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.
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.
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.
Bassem Mroue and Andrew Wilks, Associated Press | PostedFeb 26th - 11:44pm
Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters retook a strategic northwestern town from government forces on Thursday, opposition activists said, cutting a key highway just days after the government reopened it for the first time since 2012.
Saudi Arabia has closed off the holiest sites in Islam to foreign pilgrims due to the coronavirus. The decision disrupted travel for thousands of Muslims already headed to the kingdom. And it could affect millions more ahead of the fasting month of Ramadan and the hajj pilgrimage. Such a move wasn't even taken during the 1918 flu epidemic that killed tens of millions of people. It shows the growing worry about the virus in the Mideast. Those afflicted in Iran include Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar, better known as “Sister Mary,” who was the spokeswoman for the students who seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis.
Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press | PostedFeb 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.
Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press | PostedFeb 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.