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Global spread of coronavirus raises pandemic fears

World News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 11:27pm
Fears mounted on Monday that the coronavirus outbreak in China will grow into a pandemic with disruptive and deadly consequences for countries around the world, after sharp rises in infections in South Korea, Italy and Iran.

New Zealand extends ban on China arrivals; no curbs yet for other nations

World News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 11:27pm
New Zealand has extended for eight days a ban on arrivals from mainland China, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday, carrying into its fourth week an effort to block exposure to the coronavirus.

Trump administration backs off sending coronavirus patients to Alabama -governor

World News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 11:07pm
The Trump administration has backed off plans to quarantine patients from the Diamond Princess cruise ship stricken with coronavirus at a federal facility in Alabama, the state's governor and a U.S. senator said on Sunday.

Seven wounded in shooting at flea market in Houston

World News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 10:46pm
A gunman opened fire at a flea market in Houston on Sunday, wounding seven people in an area known for its Hispanic community, with a suspect being taken into custody at the scene.

Closed museums, mask buying spree amid South Korean surge in coronavirus

World News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 10:29pm
South Korea reported 161 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of infected patients in the country to 763, health authorities said on Monday, a day after the government raised its infectious disease alert to its highest level.

China's virus epicenter Wuhan city allows people to exit for crucial operations

World News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 10:29pm
China's Wuhan, the city at the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, said on Monday it will allow healthy people in the city to exit for crucial operations only.

China says has allocated $14.16 billion for curbing coronavirus outbreak

World News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 9:54pm
China has allocated 99.5 billion yuan ($14.16 billion) in funds for curbing the coronavirus outbreak that has spread throughout the country, Assistant Finance Minister Ou Wenhan said on Monday.

India set to dazzle Trump with pomp and circumstance as trade rows fester

World News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 9:35pm
U.S. President Donald Trump will be accorded the biggest public reception given to any foreign leader in years during his visit to India beginning on Monday, officials say, one that could help paper over the two countries' growing friction over trade.

South Korean airlines halt flights to Daegu, city with most virus cases

World News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 9:22pm
South Korea's Korean Air Lines and Asiana Airlines said on Monday they are suspending flights to Daegu, the country's fourth-largest city with the largest number of coronavirus cases, for the time being.

China says new coronavirus cases drop to 409 on February 23 but deaths jump to 150

World News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 9:21pm
Mainland China had 409 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday, the National Health Commission said on Monday, down from 648 reported a day earlier.

Sanders' Democratic rivals seek to slow his momentum after his big win in Nevada caucuses

World News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 9:19pm
As Bernie Sanders looked to cement his front-runner status in the U.S. Democratic presidential race after his dominant win in Nevada, his rivals sought in rallies on Sunday to blunt his momentum ahead of 15 nominating contests in the next 10 days.

Oil prices skid on demand concerns as virus spreads globally

World News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 8:27pm
Oil prices tumbled nearly 3% towards a one-week low on Monday as the rapid spread of the coronavirus in several countries outside China left investors fretting about a hit to demand.

Shares drop, gold surges as investors scurry for safety

World News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 8:27pm
Global shares and oil slid on Monday while safe-haven gold surged as the spread of the coronavirus outside China darkened the outlook for world growth with infections and deaths rising in South Korea, Italy and the Middle East.

Four Chinese provinces lower coronavirus emergency response level

World News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 7:59pm
Four Chinese provinces Yunnan, Guangdong, Shanxi and Guizhou on Monday lowered their coronavirus emergency response measures, local health commissions said.

Coronavirus clampdown spreads fear and doubt in northern Italy

World News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 7:26pm
Some people fled, some stocked up on essentials, others simply called for calm after authorities imposed stringent measures on swathes of northern Italy to try to halt an outbreak of coronavirus.

Former 2020 Democratic candidate Williamson endorses Sanders' presidential bid

World News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 7:14pm
Marianne Williamson, who made an unsuccessful bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has thrown her support behind former rival Bernie Sanders, appearing at a rally in Texas with the progressive senator.

U.S. judge rejects Roger Stone's request she be kicked off his case

World News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 7:05pm
A U.S. federal judge on Sunday denied a request by Roger Stone's lawyers that she be removed from the case in which she last week sentenced the long-time adviser to President Donald Trump to three years and four months in prison.

Gandhi's former home gets facelift ahead of Trump's first India visit

World News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 11:14am
India deployed more than 10,000 police and gave a facelift to the former home of independence hero Mahatma Gandhi on Sunday on the eve of a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump, whose two-day trip aims to repair bilateral relations after a trade spat.

Trump departs for quick trip to India to see big crowds

World News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 11:14am
U.S. President Donald Trump departed on Sunday on quick trip to India, where he is to see crowds so large that they will make the much ballyhooed turnout for his campaign rallies pale in comparison.

Protests in New Delhi against India's citizenship law ahead of Trump visit

World News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 11:14am
Police used tear gas to disperse large crowds in India's capital of New Delhi on Sunday in the latest eruption of violence at protests over a new citizenship law, police officials said.