New virus has infected more than 75,000 people globally

Published On: February 19, 2020 08:30 PM NPT By: Associated Press

BEIJING, Feb 19: A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 75,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it.

Turkish philanthropist re-arrested after acquittal in landmark trial

Published On: February 19, 2020 03:19 PM NPT By: Reuters

ISTANBUL, Feb 19: Turkish businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala has been re-arrested and taken to police headquarters in Istanbul, state media reported on Wednesday, hours after being acquitted over his alleged role in landmark protests in 2013.

WASHINGTON, Feb 19: The Trump administration said on Tuesday said it will begin treating five major Chinese state-run media entities with U.S. operations the same as foreign embassies, requiring them to register their employees and U.S. properties with the State Department.

BEIJING/TOKYO, Feb 19: Hundreds of people began disembarking a quarantined cruise ship off Japan on Wednesday as the death toll from the new coronavirus in mainland China passed 2,000 and the number of new cases in the country fell for a second straight day.

Barr tells people he might quit over Trump tweets

Published On: February 19, 2020 01:20 PM NPT By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, Feb 19: Attorney General William Barr has told people close to him he’s considering quitting his post after President Donald Trump wouldn’t heed his warning to stop tweeting about Justice Department cases, an administration official told The Associated Press.

BEIRUT/GENEVA, Feb 18: Government air strikes have hit hospitals and displaced persons camps in northwest Syria and killed about 300 civilians as President Bashar al-Assad’s forces press an assault against the last rebel stronghold, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Ashraf Ghani declared winner of Afghan presidential poll

Published On: February 18, 2020 07:45 PM NPT By: Reuters

KABUL, Feb 18: Afghanistan’s election body declared Ashraf Ghani the winner of the 2019 presidential poll on Tuesday, almost five months after voting took place.

Seven killed as military vehicle explodes in southeast Colombia

Published On: February 18, 2020 06:55 PM NPT By: Reuters

BOGOTA, Feb 18: Seven people were killed and 11 more injured when a military vehicle exploded while travelling down a highway in southeast Colombia, in a key drug-trafficking region where illegal armed groups vie for control, a high-ranking military official said on Tuesday.

Quarantine on cruise ship in Japan comes under question

Published On: February 18, 2020 06:25 PM NPT By: Associated Press

TOKYO, Feb 18: An extraordinary two-week quarantine of the Diamond Princess cruise ship ends Wednesday, with thousands of passengers and crew set to disembark over the next several days in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo.

HSBC cuts headcount by 35,000 in deep overhaul

Published On: February 18, 2020 06:03 PM NPT By: Associated Press

LONDON, Feb 18: HSBC will shed some 35,000 jobs as part of a deep overhaul to focus on faster-growing markets in Asia and as it tries to cope with a slew of global uncertainties, from Brexit to the trade wars to the new coronavirus.