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Australia to hold wide-ranging enquiry into disastrous bushfires

Australia will hold a wide-ranging enquiry into the causes of recent bushfires that killed 33 people and razed an area the size of South Korea, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday.

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China reports 394 new cases of coronavirus, lowest since Jan. 23

Mainland China reported on Thursday the lowest number of confirmed cases of a new coronavirus since late January, partly due to a change in diagnostic criteria for patients in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak.

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China records drop in new coronavirus cases; two deaths reported from quarantined ship

China reported a dramatic drop in new coronavirus infections on Thursday although scientists warned the flu-like pathogen may spread even more easily than previously believed, while more passengers disembarked a quarantined cruise ship off Japan.

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Two passengers from coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan die as public criticism grows

Two passengers from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship moored near Tokyo have died, public broadcaster NHK said on Thursday, as a second group of passengers began disembarking after two-weeks quarantined onboard.

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More passengers to disembark from coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan

A second group of about 600 Japanese and foreign passengers from the coronavirus-hit cruise ship moored near Tokyo was set to disembark on Thursday after two-weeks quarantined onboard, as criticism of Japan’s handling of the outbreak mounted.

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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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Panama police seize ‘homemade’ semi-submersible boat carrying five tons of drugs

Police in Panama seized five tons of drugs on Wednesday that were transported aboard a semi-submersible boat in the northwest of the country, the National Aeronaval Service said.

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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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Mexico arrests suspects in killing of seven-year-old girl

Mexican law enforcement has arrested suspects in the killing of a seven-year-old girl whose murder rocked the capital with protests, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum wrote in a post on Twitter on Wednesday.

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Mainland China reports 394 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, lowest since Jan. 23

Mainland China had 394 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Wednesday, the National Health Commission said on Thursday, down from 1,749 cases a day earlier and the lowest since Jan. 23.

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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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Former Mexico President Pena Nieto investigated in Mexico corruption probe: report

Former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is being investigated as part of a corruption probe by Mexican law enforcement, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

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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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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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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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Australians arrive home for quarantine after weeks on coronavirus cruise ship

More than 150 Australians arrived home on Thursday to begin two weeks of quarantine after finally disembarking a cruise ship docked in Japan where more than 600 people have contracted the newly identified coronavirus.

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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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China’s Hubei reports 349 new coronavirus cases, lowest since Jan. 25

China’s central Hubei province had 349 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, the province’s health commission said on Thursday, down from 1,693 cases a day earlier and the lowest since Jan. 25.

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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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China’s Hubei reports 349 new coronavirus cases vs 1,693 on Feb. 18

China’s central Hubei province had 349 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Wednesday, the province’s health commission said on Thursday, down from 1,693 cases a day earlier.

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Canada to evacuate citizens from virus-hit cruise ship Thursday

The Canadian government will begin evacuating its citizens from a virus-hit cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama, Japan, on Thursday evening, Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said on Wednesday.

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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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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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Tunisia names new government, avoids risk of early election

Tunisia’s designated Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh‮ ‬on Wednedsay named a new coalition government‮ ‬after reaching an agreement with Ennahda moderate Islamist Party, the biggest power in Parliament, ending an ongoing political crisis of four months.