South Korea confirms first death of person infected with coronavirus

Published On: February 20, 2020 03:45 PM NPT By: Reuters

SEOUL, Feb 20: South Korea reported on Wednesday the first death in the country of a person infected with coronavirus and 22 new cases bringing the total to 104.

LAS VEGAS, Feb 20: The Democratic presidential contenders begin a frantic dash for votes on Thursday after a fiery debate featuring a volley of attacks on big-spending billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who was making his debut on the national debate stage.

HANAU, GERMANY, Feb 20: A suspected right-wing extremist shot nine people dead in two shisha bars in an overnight rampage through a German city before, police believe, returning home and killing himself.

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.