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Virus spreads to new countries as top official warns world ‘not ready’

Virus spreads to new countries as top official warns world ‘not ready’

The coronavirus epidemic caused more death and disruption on Tuesday, spreading to new countries as a top health official warned the world was “simply not ready” to contain it. Daegu residents wait in line to buy masks at a supermarket ... l

Global fears rise as more coronavirus virus cases found on cruise ship

Global fears rise as more coronavirus virus cases found on cruise ship

China’s coronavirus crisis deepened on Thursday with the death toll soaring to 563, as thousands of people trapped on quarantined cruise ships added to global panic about the epidemic. The “Diamond Princess” in Yokohama (Kyodo/Xinhua) More than 28,000 people have ... l

Countries ban China arrivals as virus death toll hits 213

Countries ban China arrivals as virus death toll hits 213

Countries stepped up travel restrictions on arrivals from China on Friday after a global health emergency was declared over a viral epidemic that has killed 213 people. Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City (Xinhua (Xinhua) ... l

Experts say China virus outbreak will last months at least

Experts say China virus outbreak will last months at least

The deadly new coronavirus that has broken out in China, 2019-nCoV, will afflict a minimum of tens of thousands of people and will last at least several months, researchers estimate based on the first available data. A medical worker receives ... l

Xi warns of ‘grave’ situation as China rushes to build virus hospitals

Xi warns of ‘grave’ situation as China rushes to build virus hospitals

President Xi Jinping warned Saturday that China was facing a “grave” situation as authorities took more drastic steps to halt the spread of a virus that has killed 56 people and is overwhelming hospitals at the epicentre of the health ... l

Soros pledges $1bn to battle ‘would-be and actual dictators’

Soros pledges $1bn to battle ‘would-be and actual dictators’

US financier and philanthropist George Soros on Thursday pledged one billion dollars for a new university network project to battle the erosion of civil society in a world increasingly ruled by “would-be and actual dictators” and beset by climate change. ... l

Locusts the latest curse of East Africa weather extremes

Locusts the latest curse of East Africa weather extremes

Billions of locusts swarming through East Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods, experts said Friday. Dense clouds of the ravenous insects have spread from ... l

China rushes to build new hospital for virus within 10 days

China rushes to build new hospital for virus within 10 days

China is rushing to build a new hospital in a staggering 10 days to treat patients at the epicentre of a deadly virus outbreak that has stricken hundreds of people, state media reported Friday. (Xinhua) The facility in the central ... l

UN flags famine alarm signals in Yemen

UN flags famine alarm signals in Yemen

A senior UN official warned Thursday that certain key factors that threatened to trigger famine last year in Yemen were once again looming large, including a plunge in the value of the national currency. (Xinhua) “With a rapidly depreciating rial ... l

Islamic State replaces al-Qaeda as Enemy No. 1 in Sahel

Islamic State replaces al-Qaeda as Enemy No. 1 in Sahel

Brutal attacks that have killed nearly 300 people in less than two months have propelled the Islamic State to the status of the Sahel’s most-feared jihadist group, eclipsing al-Qaeda, experts say. The vast fragile region on the southern rim of ... l

China carrying out ‘intense’ global attack on rights: HRW

China carrying out ‘intense’ global attack on rights: HRW

China is using its economic and diplomatic might to carry out the “most intense attack” ever on the global system for protecting human rights, a leading campaign group said Tuesday. Tiananmen square, Beijing (Xinhua) Human Rights Watch made the allegation ... l

Nearly 1,000 migrants forced back to Libya since start of year: UN

Nearly 1,000 migrants forced back to Libya since start of year: UN

Heavy clashes have spurred a growing exodus of migrants from Libya, but nearly 1,000 intercepted at sea have been forced to return to the war-ravaged country since January 1, the UN said Tuesday. (Xinhua/Files) Since the start of the year, ... l

Human Rights Watch chief says barred from entering Hong Kong

Human Rights Watch chief says barred from entering Hong Kong

Human Rights Watch chief Kenneth Roth said Sunday he had been denied entry into Hong Kong, where he had arrived to launch the watchdog’s annual report after months of civil unrest in the city. Kenneth Roth Hong Kong has been ... l

Swarms of locusts threaten food security in Kenya

Swarms of locusts threaten food security in Kenya

Large swarms of desert locusts are spreading through Kenya, after wreaking havoc in Somalia and Ethiopia, posing a significant threat to food security, the agriculture minister said Friday. The locusts - part of the grasshopper family - have led to ... l

Thousands in shelters as Indonesia flood death toll hits 60

Thousands in shelters as Indonesia flood death toll hits 60

Indonesian rescue teams flew helicopters stuffed with food to remote flood-hit communities on Saturday as the death toll from the disaster jumped to 60 and fears grew about the possibility of more torrential rain. (Photo : Xinhua) Tens of thousands ... l

Al-Shabaab militants claim huge Mogadishu bomb attack killing 81

Al-Shabaab militants claim huge Mogadishu bomb attack killing 81

Al-Shabaab Islamist militants have claimed responsibility for Saturday’s massive car bomb in the Somali capital Mogadishu that killed 81 people, including two Turkish citizens. Debris from the car bomb in Mogadishu, December 28 (Xinhua) Saturday’s attack hit a busy checkpoint ... l

Bangladesh closes breast milk bank after Islamist protests

Bangladesh closes breast milk bank after Islamist protests

A Bangladesh hospital has suspended plans to give donated breast milk to babies after a backlash by Muslim clerics who said the scheme violated Islamic law. The programme aimed to feed up to 500 orphans and infants of working mothers ... l

Five reasons COP25 climate talks failed

Five reasons COP25 climate talks failed

The climate summit in Madrid earlier this month did not collapse -- but by almost any measure it certainly failed. Five years after the fragile UN process yielded the world's first universal climate treaty, COP25 was billed as a mopping-up ... l

US considers pulling troops from West Africa

US considers pulling troops from West Africa

The Pentagon is looking into reducing or even withdrawing US troops from West Africa, part of a worldwide redeployment of military forces, the New York Times reported Tuesday. US military trainer in Niger (US Navy) There are between 6,000 and ... l

Drought-hit Zimbabwe to transfer thousands of animals

Drought-hit Zimbabwe to transfer thousands of animals

Zimbabwe’s wildlife agency said Monday it would move hundreds of elephants and other animals in a dramatic bid to save them from a lethal drought. Elephants in Zimbabwe (Picture : CITES) At least 120 elephants have already died over the ... l