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South Korea reports spike in new virus cases linked to church services

South Korea’s government reported 31 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, after a new outbreak traced to church services in the southwestern city of Daegu, bringing the number of people infected in the country to 82.

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First batch of Diamond Princess Passengers arrive in Hong Kong to face further quarantine

More than 100 Hong Kong residents who were quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise in Japan for over two weeks landed on Thursday morning in the Asian financial hub, where they will face a further 14 days of quarantine.

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Slowing virus, China stimulus hopes support stocks, yen nurses losses

Asian stocks edged up on Thursday, supported by a fall in coronavirus cases and expectations of more Chinese stimulus to offset the economic impact of the epidemic, while the Japanese yen nursed heavy losses after suffering its steepest drop in six months.

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UK to send an evacuation flight for Britons to depart Tokyo on Friday

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Thursday that the government has arranged an evacuation flight for British nationals on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship to depart Tokyo on Friday.

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Trump names U.S. envoy to Germany acting director of national intelligence

President Donald Trump on Wednesday named U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, a strong supporter of his policies, to be acting director of national intelligence.

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China reports drop in coronavirus cases; scientists warn virus may spread easily

China reported a dramatic drop in new cases in the province at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak, while scientists reported the new virus may spread even more easily than previously believed.

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German police confirm eight dead in shootings near Frankfurt

Eight people were killed on Wednesday in two shooting incidents in the western German city of Hanau, police said.

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Haiti political morass fuels growing crisis of hunger, malnutrition

Farmhand Celavi Belor has lost so much weight over the past year his clothes hang limply off his angular frame.

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U.S. economy to dodge coronavirus blow, but risks to downside: Reuters poll

The impact of the coronavirus outbreak in China on U.S. economic growth will be negligible and short-lived, according to economists in a Reuters poll who nonetheless now say risks to their forecasts are skewed more to the downside.

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Eight people killed in shootings near Frankfurt, police giving chase

Eight people were killed on Wednesday in two shooting incidents in a German city near Frankfurt and special forces were chasing the gunmen who fled in a car, police said.

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U.S. meeting on Huawei, China policy still on for Thursday despite Trump tweets: sources

A meeting of U.S. government officials to discuss further curbs on exports to Huawei and China is still on for Thursday, two sources said, despite a pushback from President Donald Trump against stricter limits on shipments of U.S. products overseas.

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Trump to name U.S. envoy to Germany acting director of national intelligence: sources

President Donald Trump is expected to name U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to be acting director of national intelligence, two sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

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Bloomberg’s transaction tax sets stage for clash with Wall Street clients

Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s decision to back a tax on trades marks a blow for Wall Street lobbyists which had seen the moderate Democrat as a potential ally, said analysts and lobbyists.

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Shooting in German city leaves at least eight people dead: report

At least eight people were killed in a shooting incident late on Wednesday in the German city of Hanau, mass-selling Bild newspaper reported, citing prosecutors.

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New coronavirus spreads more like flu than SARS: Chinese study

Scientists in China who studied nose and throat swabs from 18 patients infected with the new coronavirus say it behaves much more like influenza than other closely related viruses, suggesting it may spread even more easily than previously believed.

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China reports large drop in new coronavirus cases in province at heart of outbreak

China reported a dramatic drop in new cases in the province at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak, while Japan grappled with criticism over its failure to prevent the spread of the disease on a cruise ship filled with quarantined passengers.

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Libya government, Haftar’s forces dim hopes of salvaging U.N. ceasefire talks

Libya’s internationally recognised leader on Wednesday dashed hopes of quickly reviving U.N. ceasefire negotiations after his side withdrew, saying talk of them resuming had been overtaken by events as eastern forces continue to shell the capital.

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Coronavirus cruise ship passengers head home as Japan containment efforts criticized

Hundreds of passengers trundled off a cruise ship in Japan on Wednesday after being held on board in quarantine for more than two weeks, as criticism mounted of Japan’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

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California to make state buildings available to house homeless

California will provide nearly 300 state properties for use as homeless shelters and should change its laws to make it easier for local officials to get the mentally ill off the streets, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday.

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Jurors in Weinstein rape trial ask to review Rosie Perez testimony

Jurors in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial appeared to take a methodical approach in their deliberations on Wednesday, asking to review testimony from a former production assistant who says Weinstein raped her as well as from actress Rosie Perez.

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French judges step up Ghosn probe over palace party, Oman dealings

French prosecutors have stepped up their investigation into alleged misappropriation of funds at Renault by former boss Carlos Ghosn, saying a judge had now been assigned to the case to launch a formal investigation.

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Exclusive: Google users in UK to lose EU data protection – sources

Google is planning to move its British users’ accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, sources said.

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S&P 500, Nasdaq hit record closing highs, lifted by China stimulus hopes

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq rose to record closing highs on Wednesday as optimism that China would take more measures to prop up its economy eased concerns about the economic impact of the coronavirus epidemic.

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Factbox: Global efforts to develop vaccines, drugs to fight the coronavirus

Researchers and drug companies are scrambling to develop vaccines and treatments to fight the new coronavirus that emerged in central China in December and has spread to more than two dozen countries, killing more than 2,000 people.

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Mexican prosecutors to issue arrest warrants in probe for young girl’s murder

Mexican authorities said on Wednesday they would soon issue arrest warrants for two people wanted for the murder of a 7-year-old girl in Mexico City, the latest in a series of killings that have unleashed outrage over growing violence against women.