Hong Kong takes drastic measures over coronavirus

Commuters wear facemasks as they buy tickets inside the high-speed train station connecting Hong Kong to mainland China. Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Hong Kong government will stop issuing individual travel permits for travelers from mainland China, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced at a press conference on Tuesday.Individual travel permits allow residents of 49 cities…

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Kobe Bryant: The making of a global superstar

January Family Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, gives birth to their first child, daughter Natalia. The couple have another three children, Gianna (pictured), 13, who died along with Bryant in Sunday’s crash, Bianca, three, and Capri, seven months.

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US Air Force’s ‘WiFi in the sky’ crashes in Afghanistan

(CNN)An investigation is underway to determine what caused a US military aircraft to crash in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province Monday, a spokesperson for US Forces in Afghanistan confirmed, adding that there is “no indication” the plane was downed by enemy fire. “A U.S. Bombardier E-11A crashed today in Ghazni province, Afghanistan. While the cause of crash…

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In photos: The 2020 Australian Open

Roger Federer makes a forehand against Tennys Sandgren during their quarterfinal on January 28. Federer saved seven match points in an epic encounter on Rod Laver Arena.Andy Wong/APUpdated 6:29 AM ET, Tue January 28, 2020Roger Federer makes a forehand against Tennys Sandgren during their quarterfinal on January 28. Federer saved seven match points in an…

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Could China’s coronavirus outbreak become a global epidemic?

Public health experts in Hong Kong on Monday raised alarms that there could be thousands more carriers of a deadly new coronavirus in China and called for the enforcement of “draconian” travel curbs to prevent a global epidemic. As of Tuesday, China had confirmed 106 deaths, including the first fatality in the capital, Beijing. It also reported at least…

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Remembering Auschwitz: Holocaust survivors share testimonies

Some of the last living survivors of the Holocaust have shared their emotional testimonies as they marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in occupied Poland. More than 1.1 million people, mainly Jews, were killed at Auschwitz between 1940 and 1945. Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull reports.

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What sparked the #SudanAnimalRescue mission

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Poverty set to deepen with Lebanon’s economic crisis

Beirut, Lebanon – Like many people in Lebanon, Mohammad Ibrahim, a butcher in Beirut’s Aicha Bakkar area, has endured months of financial hardship. And he sees nothing but more pain on the horizon. Since nationwide protests broke out in October with thousands railing against government corruption and economic mismanagement, even Ibrahim’s most loyal customers have…

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Trump plan will ‘finish off Palestinian cause’, PM warns

Prime Minister Shtayyeh described Trump’s plan as a ‘distraction’ from domestic troubles [Raneen Sawafta/Reuters] Palestinian officials have decried US President Donald Trump’s plan for the Middle East as an effort to “finish of the Palestinian cause”. Trump on Monday separately met right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his election rival, Benny Gantz, in Washington, DC…

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The families facing generations of statelessness in South Africa

In the final instalment of a four-part series on stateless children in South Africa, one woman explains how statelessness has a knock-on effect which spans generations. Luthando*, 28: ‘I went to court and I won the case but I am still stateless’ It has taken years for Luthando, 28, to be recognised as a South…

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China battles coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates

China and countries around the world are scrambling to contain the spread of a new coronavirus that has killed at least 106 people and infected more than 4,500. Germany has reported its first case of the virus, as the United States and Canada upgraded travel warnings to advise their citizens to avoid all non-essential travel…

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China virus death toll jumps to 106, some 1,771 new cases: Gov’t

Security officials in face masks march in formation near Tiananmen Gate in Beijing. The death toll in the outbreak of a new coronavirus has now risen to at least 106. [Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo] The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in China soared to 106 on Tuesday with 1,771 new cases confirmed, authorities said, as the…

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Barnier: Brexit will be exercise in ‘damage limitation’

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday warned the United Kingdom that its departure from the bloc later this week would have “negative consequences” and only ever be an exercise in “damage limitation”. In a speech at Queen’s University Belfast, the Brussels diplomat charged with agreeing to an EU-UK free trade deal…

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NBA postpones Lakers game scheduled for Tuesday night

Pilot Ara Zobayan FacebookFormer colleagues of Ara Zobayan, the pilot in the deadly helicopter crash, are remembering him today.Kurt Deetz recognized Zobayan’s voice right away when he heard the ATC tower recording. The had a jovial working relationship.Zobayan was outspoken, he said, a presence with a distinctive voice and big personality. Deetz declined to comment…

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‘Appease the left’: GOP senator slams Romney’s call for witnesses

Washington (CNN)Republican Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler targeted her colleague GOP Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah on Monday over the issue of witnesses at the Senate impeachment trial. In a tweet, Loeffler leveled an accusation at Romney, saying, “After 2 weeks, it’s clear that Democrats have no case for impeachment. Sadly, my colleague @SenatorRomney wants to…

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3 ways Bolton’s revelations undercut Trump’s defense

Washington (CNN)New revelations about the Ukraine scandal from former national security adviser John Bolton dealt a significant blow to President Donald Trump’s defense strategy, contradicting key elements of the case his attorneys presented to senators in his impeachment trial.According to a bombshell report from The New York Times, Bolton wrote in a draft for his…

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Iowa caucuses: US Democrat presidential race wide open a week out

With the first test of the United States presidential election less than a week away, Democratic hopefuls fanned out across Iowa over the weekend hoping a last-ditch bout of rallies and stump speeches will pay off when Iowans huddle for their biennial caucuses on February 3. The number of candidates to choose from has narrowed…

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Muslim ban: US House to vote on bill to repeal Trump’s travel ban

Washington, DC – On the third anniversary of the announcement of United States President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, Democrats said on Monday that the House of Representatives will soon consider legislation that would repeal the travel ban and limit the president from imposing future restrictions based on religion. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will consider…

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Money can’t ‘fix’ Palestine’s occupied economy

Editor’s note: This piece was originally published on June 25, 2019, ahead of the Manama Summit. This week the much-awaited Bahrain workshop is to take place in Manama, with various Arab and Western officials in attendance. The event is supposed to present the new economic plan for the occupied Palestinian territories, besieged Gaza and the…

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‘Doesn’t affect us’: Iraq’s Tahrir Square on Sadr pulling support

Baghdad, Iraq – Anti-government protesters in Iraq have struck a defiant tone at their main sit-in encampment in the capital, Baghdad, as continuing clashes with security forces continue for a third day. The central Tahrir Square was a bustle of activity on Monday. Protesters took advantage of the warm sun to air out blankets and mattresses…

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US Supreme Court allows Trump’s ‘public charge’ immigration curb

A divided United States Supreme Court on Monday allowed the administration of US President Donald Trump to put in place a controversial policy connecting the use of public benefits with whether immigrants could become permanent residents. The new policy can be used to deny green cards to immigrants over their use of public benefits including…

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Trump impeachment trial day seven: All the latest updates

US President Donald Trump’s impeachment defence team will begin its second day of arguments on Monday, following three days of presentations by the Democrats making the case against the president.  On Saturday, Trump’s defence team offered only a “preview” to its line of defence, apparently responding to the ratings-minded president’s complaints that the first day of the…

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What we know about Trump’s Middle East plan

United States President Donald Trump is expected to soon release his long-awaited Middle East plan  – more than two years after his administration began drafting its vision for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The policy proposal has been delayed multiple times and has been kept largely under wraps. Here is what we know so far: The…

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Chinese premier visits Wuhan, epicentre of coronavirus outbreak

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has visited Wuhan to “inspect and direct” efforts to control a deadly virus outbreak and promised reinforcements, as provincial authorities face accusations of not responding in time. Li, clad in a blue protective suit and mask, thanked medical workers in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and epicentre of the coronavirus…

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Bolton revelation puts Republicans under pressure in Trump trial

Republican Senator Mitt Romney has said it is “increasingly likely” that at least four Republican Senators will join Democrats to give them the majority of votes needed to call former National Security Advisor John Bolton to testify in the Senate impeachment trial of United States President Donald Trump. The statement comes a day after The…

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White House to release Middle East plan on Tuesday: Trump

US President Donald Trump said on Monday that the White House would release his long-delayed Middle East plan at noon (17:00 GMT) on Tuesday. Trump made the remark to reporters as he greeted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. More: Palestinians threaten to quit Oslo Accords over Trump peace plan The architects…

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80 people now dead from Wuhan virus

Gabriel Leung, chair professor of public health medicine at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty ImagesThe number of people infected by the Wuhan coronavirus could potentially double every six days in the absence of a major intervention by public health authorities, according to Professor Gabriel Leung, chair of public…

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Bolton bombshell undercuts Trump impeachment defense

A version of this story appears in CNN’s Impeachment Watch newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free here.Washington (CNN)An explosive New York Times report detailing an unpublished draft manuscript by former national security adviser John Bolton has added new uncertainty to this week’s crucial vote to determine whether the Senate should…

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A baseball coach, his wife and daughter were in the crash

The group was flying to Thousand Oaks, California, Sunday for a basketball game, where Gianna was expected to play and Bryant was expected to coach. While police have not released the names of the people on board, family members of some victims have confirmed their loved ones’ deaths. Here’s what we know:A baseball coach, his…

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Crash in remote area; recovery of victims could take days

“It’s a logistical nightmare in a sense because the crash site itself is not easily accessible,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a news conference late Sunday, adding that the investigation could be a “very extensive process.”The effort to recover the victims’ bodies has also begun but could take a couple of days,…

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Plane crashes in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province: Officials

Senior Afghan officials say a plane has crashed in eastern Ghazni province, but the country’s state-owned Ariana Airlines denied reports that one of its planes had crashed on Monday. “There has been an airline crash but it does not belong to Ariana because the two flights managed by Ariana today from Herat to Kabul and Herat to…

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Pie peace: My last argument with my sister

The last time I saw my sister we argued over pie.   She was sitting with the latest Ann Patchett, her Cheaters slithering down a nose made slick by July sweat.  But behind those glasses Lori was as vigilant as a lynx, policing her siblings and their grimy, greedy children, discouraging any attempt to cut too…

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Words used to describe Auschwitz stir controversy, 75 years on

Oswiecim, Poland – One tour group jutted up against another on a recent, cold Wednesday at Auschwitz, the German Nazi concentration and death camp complex. Guides shuffled guests through the crematorium, the torture block, barracks and displays, like human hair shorn from prisoners after their death in gas chambers.  Now known as the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, it is about 70 kilometres…

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Iran’s principlists likely to win parliament vote amid discontent

Correction 27/1/2020: An earlier version of this article stated that Iran’s legislative elections would be held on February 9. The vote will in fact be held on February 21, as is now reflected below. On February 21, Iranians will head to the polls to choose members for the country’s 290-seat parliament. The vote could not…

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China coronavirus: All you need to know in 500 words

Health authorities around the world are grappling with an outbreak of a new coronavirus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan. At least 81 people have died in China and almost 3,000 have been infected worldwide. More: Timeline: How China’s new coronavirus spread Which countries have confirmed cases of new coronavirus? In Pictures: Coronavirus…

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Three dead in protest against Gambian leader Adama Barrow

In The Gambia, police used tear gas and rubber-coated bullets to disperse thousands of protesters calling for President Adama Barrow to step down.When Barrow came to power in a deal with the opposition coalition, he had promised to step down after three years. But now he wants to stay on to complete the five-year presidential…

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China battles coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates

China is extending the Lunar New Year holiday for three days and enforcing strict containment measures in an attempt to curb the spread of a new coronavirus that has killed 80 people and infected at more than 2,700, most of them in the central province of Hubei where the virus first emerged. The holiday season…

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Women, children among seven killed in Afghan gov’t air raids

Afghan government air raids in northern Balkh province have killed at least seven civilians, including three children, triggering protests from local residents. Tolo news, a local news website, reported that the victims belonged to one family and were killed while they were having dinner on Sunday. A member of parliament from Balkh alleged that the…

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Billie Eilish sweeps top four prizes at Grammy Awards

Teen sensation Billie Eilish won the top four prizes at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, taking home best new artist, record of the year, album of the year and song of the year at the annual awards for the music industry. 18-year-old Eilish, who often collaborates with her older brother Finneas, won five of the…

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China virus death toll now at 80, more than 2,700 cases confirmed

China said on Monday that the death toll from a deadly outbreak of coronavirus jumped to 80 as the hard-hit province of Hubei announced 24 new fatalities, as it expanded measures to keep people at home during what is usually the country’s biggest holiday season. Total confirmed cases nationwide rose sharply to 2,744, officials said. While…

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Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash at age 41

Children’s television show “Sesame Street” tweeted about Kobe Bryant Sunday. A clip of Bryant’s appearance on the hit children’s show can be seen here. Donald Miralle/Getty ImagesGolf legend Tiger Woods spoke with a reporter about Kobe Bryant’s competitive nature Sunday; “The fire. He burns so competitively hot and desire to win. He brought it each…

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Rocket strikes US Embassy compound in Baghdad

(CNN)At least one rocket hit a dining facility Sunday on the compound of the US Embassy in Baghdad, a US official told CNN.The official said at this early stage there are reports of minor damage.”We are aware of reports of rockets landing in the International Zone, a State Department spokesperson said Sunday evening but did…

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Kobe. The rare celebrity who didn’t need a last name

(CNN)It’s hard to believe NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, whose prodigious talent and fiery, win-at-all-costs spirit made him one of the most famous and decorated athletes in history, is gone.He was the rare celebrity who didn’t need a last name. Oprah. LeBron. Beyonce. Kobe. Everyone knew who you were talking about.Still youthful at 41, Bryant –…

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The NBA legend and his 13-year-old daughter were among nine on board, sources say. Tributes are pouring in

Children’s television show “Sesame Street” tweeted about Kobe Bryant Sunday. A clip of Bryant’s appearance on the hit children’s show can be seen here. Donald Miralle/Getty ImagesGolf legend Tiger Woods spoke with a reporter about Kobe Bryant’s competitive nature Sunday; “The fire. He burns so competitively hot and desire to win. He brought it each…

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Rockets ‘hit US embassy’ in Iraq capital amid anti-gov’t protests

The US embassy in Baghdad’s heavliy-fortified green zone came under attack from rocket fire on Sunday evening. Five rockets crashed into a river bank near the embassy in the Iraqi capital without causing any injuries, the US Joint Operations Command said in a statement, but AFP news agency citing a security source said that three…

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Former NBA player Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash

Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles on Sunday. He was 41. The Los Angeles County Sheriff said on Twitter that five people died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, about 65km (40 miles) northwest of Los Angeles, and there were no survivors. It did not identify the…

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Three dead in protest against Gambian leader Adama Barrow

Protesters are demanding the resignation of President Adama Barrow who wants to extend his term [File: Thierry Gouegnon/Reuters] Three people were killed in The Gambia as hundreds took to the streets demanding the resignation of President Adama Barrow who wants to extend his term. The deaths occurred on Sunday in capital, Banjul, after police fired tear…

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In Pictures: The life of NBA icon Kobe Bryant

Former NBA player Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California in the United States, officials said. Bryant, 41, was considered one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career spent entirely with the Los Angeles Lakers. He retired in 2016 as the third-leading scorer in NBA history, finishing…

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When will landmines be cleared?

They are the dormant legacy of war until, of course, they are triggered. Landmines continue to affect the lives of so many people even decades after conflicts end, as it is with leftovers from the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. Iraq is one of the world’s most affected countries with thousands of landmines planted close to…

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In Pictures: Coronavirus scare in China

The coronavirus outbreak that began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan has killed 56 people in China and infected more than 2,000 globally, most of them in China. The virus has caused alarm because it is still too early to know how dangerous it is and how easily it spreads between people. And because…

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Iraq: Why the delay in picking a new prime minister?

Baghdad, Iraq – Anti-government protesters have shown no sign of backing down from their demands and demonstrating against what they call the corrupt ruling elite, despite a heavy-handed response from security forces. Clashes continued on Sunday in the capital, Baghdad, and several southern cities of Karbala, Diwaniya and Basra, a day after influential Shia cleric…

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Palestinians threaten to quit Oslo Accords over Trump peace plan

Palestinian officials threatened to withdraw from the Oslo Accords signed with Israel if United States President Donald Trump announces his Middle East peace plan this week.  In a statement on Sunday, the Palestinian Authority’s foreign ministry called for “a clear international declaration rejecting ‘the deal of the century'” that it said would endanger regional stability.…

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‘Fight for India’s soul’: Protests mark Republic Day celebrations

New Delhi, India – Thousands of protesters have gathered in a predominantly-Muslim neighbourhood in India’s capital as the country celebrated Republic Day to commemorate the day its constitution came into effect. Sarwari, 75, who goes by her first name, was among a group of women invited on Sunday to unfurl the tricolour – India’s national flag…

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Israel approves travel to Saudi under limited circumstances

Decision comes after President Trump invited Netanyahu and Gantz to hear details of long-delayed peace plan [File: Ammar Awad/Reuters] Israel on Sunday announced it would permit Israeli citizens to travel to Saudi Arabia for the first time, under certain conditions. Israel’s Minister of the Interior Aryeh Deri, after consulting with the country’s security establishment, issued…

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China’s Lunar New Year nightmare as flu outbreak worsens

Ma Xiaowei, the director of China’s National Health Commission, speaks at a press conference about a virus outbreak at the State Council Information Office in Beijing, Sunday. AP Photo/Mark SchiefelbeinChina’s health minister Dr. Ma Xiaowei had some very bad news Sunday about the Wuhan coronavirus: He said people can spread it before they have symptoms.A…

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New claims call into question US strategy to contain the deadly Wuhan outbreak

Ma Xiaowei, the director of China’s National Health Commission, speaks at a press conference about a virus outbreak at the State Council Information Office in Beijing, Sunday. AP Photo/Mark SchiefelbeinChina’s health minister Dr. Ma Xiaowei had some very bad news Sunday about the Wuhan coronavirus: He said people can spread it before they have symptoms.A…

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Coco Gauff’s fairytale run at the Australian Open comes to end

(CNN)With the astronomic rise of Coco Gauff, 21-year-old Sofia Kenin’s scaling of the tennis rankings has flown somewhat under the radar. That may change following Kenin’s fourth round victory over the teenage sensation at the Australian Open to advance to the quarterfinals. Kenin won 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-0 to advance to her first ever Grand…

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Boeing’s huge 777-9X airplane takes its first flight

Everett, Washington (CNN) — The world’s longest and largest twin-engine airliner, the Boeing 777-9X, has finally taken to the skies for its maiden flight, offering a ray of hope for the troubled US aviation company following months of grim headlines.After days of abysmal weather, airplane WH-001 took from Paine Field, home of Boeing’s wide-body factory,…

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Third US case of coronavirus confirmed in Orange County

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified Orange County health officials Saturday that a potential case of coronavirus tested positive. The person who tested positive traveled from Wuhan, China, — the epicenter of the outbreak — and is in isolation and in “good condition” at a local hospital, the Orange County Health Care Agency…

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Burundi ruling party picks Ndayishimiye as candidate in May poll

Evariste Ndayishimiye, 52, has also served as minister of interior and security [Evrard Ngendakumana/Reuters] Burundi’s governing party has said Secretary-General Evariste Ndayishimiye will be its candidate in the country’s upcoming presidential election. The announcement by CNDD-FDD on Sunday came months before Burundians head to the polls in May. More: Burundi to give outgoing presidents luxury…

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US fines Delta $50,000 for ordering Muslim passengers off planes

The US Department of Transportation (DoT) has fined Delta Air Lines $50,000 for ordering three Muslim passengers off planes even after the company’s own security officials cleared them to travel. Delta denied that it discriminated against the passengers in two separate incidents but agreed it could have handled the situations differently, according to a consent order…

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Peru election: Voters to elect new Congress on Sunday

Peruvians are going to the polls to elect new members of Congress on Sunday. The vote comes amid a wave of political turmoil and four months after President Martin Vizcarra dissolved the legislative body. On top of that, voter apathy is on the rise and it is causing concern among some candidates. Al Jazeera’s Mariana…

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China’s National Health Commission news conference on coronavirus

Ma Xiaowei, China’s Health Commission minister, addresses the news conference on the joint prevention and control of the outbreak of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus on January 26. The new coronavirus first broke out in Wuhan, the capital city of central China’s Hubei Province, and then quickly spread across the country Al Jazeera’s Scott…

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Iran’s Zarif hits back after Trump’s ‘No thanks’ Twitter post

President Donald Trump has said the United States will not lift sanctions on Iran in order to enter negotiations with it, in a response to the Iranian foreign minister who suggested Tehran was still willing to talk on the condition Washington “correct[ed] its past” and removed a series of tough economic measures. There has been growing…

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Philippine volcano alert lowered, thousands can return home

The Philippines on Sunday lowered the alert level at Taal Volcano, two weeks after it began spewing ash, steam and rocks, in a move that could allow many of the more than 376,000 displaced villagers to return home. A popular tourist destination just south of Manila because of its picturesque setting in the middle of…

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China battles coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates

The death toll in the outbreak of a new coronavirus in China has risen to 56 state media said on Sunday, as the country stepped up efforts to contain the infection and President Xi Jinping warned the country was facing a “grave situation”.  The number of people infected rose to 1,975, as of January 25. Officials in…

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Australians open wallets, hearts for fire-ravaged communities

Melbourne, Australia – This year, as fires have raged across Australia, consuming homes, farms and towns, people have rallied to help, raising tens of millions of dollars for affected families, volunteer firefighting units and wildlife devastated by the blazes. An estimated 17 million hectares (42 million acres) have been burned with more than 6,000 buildings destroyed,…

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China virus death toll rises to 56, with nearly 2,000 infected

China on Sunday expanded drastic travel restrictions to contain the spread of a new coronavirus that President Xi Jinping said posed a “grave” threat, as the death toll reached 56 and Shanghai reported its first fatality. China confirmed 1,975 cases of patients infected with the new coronavirus as of January 25, state broadcaster CCTV reported. More…

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Iran condemns ‘inhuman’ US treatment of its nationals

Tensions have soared between Tehran and Washington since a US drone strike killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on January 3 [Leonhard Foeger/Reuters] Iran has condemned the “illegal and inhuman” treatment of its nationals by US border security officers after reports emerged of a student being deported despite having a valid visa. Tensions have soared…

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Top takeaways from the start of the Trump team’s impeachment defense

A version of this story appears in CNN’s Impeachment Watch newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free here. (CNN)President Donald Trump’s legal team is making his case.After days of arguments in which Democrats exhaustively laid out the case that Trump illegally held up aid to Ukraine, used taxpayer dollars to pressure that country’s new…

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For the rich and famous, there’s no silver bullet to avoid phone hacks

New York (CNN Business)The world might be turning to technology to solve everything from traffic to dating, but no one app or gadget will save the rich and famous from falling prey to cyberattacks, according to digital security experts.Tech giants spend millions of dollars every year to protect their top executives from all kinds of…

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Death toll rises to 29 and at least 1,400 injured in Turkey earthquake

Istanbul (CNN)At least 29 people died and more than 1,400 are injured in eastern Turkey after an earthquake rattled the region on Friday evening, according to authorities.The 6.7-magnitude quake struck near the town of Sivrice, in eastern Elazig province, collapsing at least 10 buildings, Turkish Interior Minister Sulyman Soylu said.Eighteen people were killed in Elazig…

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Torrential rains, floods kill dozens in Madagascar

At least 31 people have died in Madagascar after a week of heavy rains in the country’s northwest, officials said on Saturday. At least 15 people remained missing on the popular tourist island, according to the country’s national disaster management office, as flooding intensified in the districts of Mitsinjo and Maevatanana. More: Deadly Cyclone Belna…

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Gantz, Netanyahu’s election rival, to meet Trump on peace plan

Israeli centrist party leader Benny Gantz said he has accepted an invitation to meet United States President Donald Trump in Washington on Monday to discuss a peace plan for the Middle East. Gantz is the main election rival to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also traveling to Washington for a meeting with Trump. But Palestinian…

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What does the Jeff Bezos hacking investigation mean for MBS?

A WhatsApp message sent by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) was allegedly used to hack the phone of Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon and the Washington Post. While Riyadh has denied the charge, the alleged hacking has attracted extra scrutiny as it occured while Saudi Arabia was supposedly investigating the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a…

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Russia, Turkey emerge political frontrunners in Libya: Report

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have forged a new alliance in Libya [Sergei Chirikov/AFP] Russia and Turkey have formed an alliance to exploit insolvency of the West in the Libyan crisis to pose as sponsors of a future political solution in the North African country, according to a report…

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Impeachment trial: What did Trump’s defence team argue?

In just two hours, lawyers for United States President Donald Trump told senators on Saturday that Democrats’ efforts to remove the president from office would set a “very, very dangerous” precedent in an election year. It was the first day of their opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial of Trump. More:  Trump impeachment: US…

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Trump impeachment trial day six: All the latest updates

US President Donald Trump’s impeachment defence team kicked off their first day of opening arguments on Saturday following three days of presentations by the Democrats making the case against the president.  The day is expected to be shorter than the previous four days, with Trump’s team saying Saturday will act as a “preview” to its…

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Iraq’s Sadrists withdraw support for protest movement

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Yemen rebels advance as loyalists beat ‘tactical’ retreat

The Houthi advance came despite extensive air support for government forces from allies in Saudi-led coalition [File: Ali Owidha/Reuters] Houthi rebels have gained ground east of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, in what the defence minister acknowledged as a “tactical withdrawal” by government loyalists.  Renewed fighting, which entered its ninth day on Saturday, allowed the rebels to…

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Tensions high in Baghdad as police fire tear gas, live bullets

Baghdad, Iraq – Security forces have pushed closer to Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, the main anti-government protest camp in Iraq’s capital, reopening several roads that were previously shut down by demonstrators demanding reforms and an overhaul of the country’s political system. At about noon local time on Saturday, security forces fired tear gas and live bullets at Khilani…

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El Salvador general admits army carried out El Mozote massacre

A retired Salvadoran general has acknowledged for the first time that the armed forces were responsible for a notorious 1981 massacre of nearly 1,000 people during the country’s civil war. Juan Rafael Bustillo, a former commander of the Air Force, told a court on Friday that the elite United States-trained Atlacatl Battalion carried out the El…

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The untold story of women climbers trapped on ‘the roof of the world’

It was June 1974. The Cold War was verging on détente, though the Watergate scandal overshadowed the Moscow Summit between President Richard Nixon and his Soviet Union counterpart, Leonid Brezhnev. A month later, thousands of miles away in what is now Tajikistan, close to the Himalayas in the shadow of Peak Lenin, another meeting took…

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Death toll climbs as virus spreads around world

China has announced more confirmed cases of the virus, pushing the global total to 1,396. In mainland China, there are 1,359 confirmed cases, including 41 deaths. The majority of deaths (39) occurred in Hubei province, one person died in China’s northern province of Heilongjiang and one other death was reported in Hebei province, near Beijing.…

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Hong Kong upgrades Wuhan virus outbreak to ’emergency’ | Three cases confirmed in France | Four in Australia | Over 230 are in critical condition in China

China has announced more confirmed cases of the virus, pushing the global total to 1,396. In mainland China, there are 1,359 confirmed cases, including 41 deaths. The majority of deaths (39) occurred in Hubei province, one person died in China’s northern province of Heilongjiang and one other death was reported in Hebei province, near Beijing.…

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Two teens accused of killing their mothers and siblings

(CNN)Two teens in Utah and Alabama allegedly killed their mothers and siblings in separate incidents, authorities said, leaving their communities shocked in what appear to be unrelated cases. The killings in Utah happened on Jan. 17, and were the first in nearly two decades for Grantsville, which has a population of 11,000. Days later, on…

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Wonderkid HÃ¥land smashes German league record

(CNN)You might have thought scoring a debut hat-trick might earn you a start in the next game. But while this wasn’t the case for Erling Braut Håland, he isn’t letting it faze him. The 19-year-old — who joined Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg this month — scored two goals from the bench on Friday…

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Rescue efforts under way after deadly quake rattles east Turkey

Search and rescue efforts are under way after a deadly earthquake struck eastern Turkey, killing at least 22 people and injuring more than 900 others. Turkey’s disaster and emergency management agency (AFAD) said in a series of tweets early on Saturday that five people were pulled alive from the rubble in Elazig province. More: Twenty…

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Which countries have confirmed cases of new coronavirus?

A new strain of coronavirus is spreading around the world after contaminating food at a market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. In China, 41 people have died and 1,287 cases have been recorded on the mainland as the country steps up its response to the crisis by restricting transport and closing tourist sites.…

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Anger as Ugandan activist cropped out of photo with white peers

Following the backlash, AP removed the photo and replaced it with one showing all the activists [Markus Schreiber/AP] Social media users have come out in support of Ugandan climate advocate Vanessa Nakate after she was cropped out of a photograph taken with her white peers in Davos. Nakate accused the media of racism after The…

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Latin America: A giant in turmoil

Filmmakers: Rodrigo Vasquez and Marco Enriquez-Ominami Latin America’s political left has been facing mounting pressure after political defeats in Bolivia, Argentina and Ecuador, demonstrations and parliamentary opposition in Venezuela, the far-right victory in Brazil and flagging enthusiasm for the revolution in Cuba.  What is the left? The supremacy of humans over capital. Rafael Correa, former…

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The Murdoch media: Polluting Australia’s airwaves?

On The Listening Post this week: As the Australian bushfires blaze on, Rupert Murdoch’s news empire continues to peddle climate scepticism. Plus, the legacy of murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The Murdoch media empire: Polluting Australia’s airwaves? In Australia, soaring temperatures, extended droughts and strong winds have resulted in a wildfire season like no other.…

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