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Bad timing: New virus poses threat to fragile world economy


This should be peak season for a 12-room hotel near the train station in the Chinese industrial hub of Wuhan. The Chinese New Year usually brings in plenty of travelers and delivers profits of around $3,000 a month.But the place is empty. Wuhan, the center...

Harvard professor charged with hiding China ties, payments

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER | January 28, 2020

BOSTON (AP) — A Harvard University professor was charged Tuesday with lying about his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program and concealing payments he received from the Chinese government for research.Charles Lieber, chair of the department of chemistry...

‘Like I’m trapped’: Africans in China lockdown see no escape

By CARA ANNA and ELIAS MESERET | January 28, 2020

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The normally bustling supermarket in Wuhan was deserted, looking more foreign than ever. Khamis Hassan Bakari walked the aisles and saw just two other shoppers, and fear sank in.“Everybody is scared. Scared of seeing anyone,”...

China wants Danish daily to apologize for virus cartoon

By JAN M. OLSEN | January 28, 2020

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — China demanded Monday that a major Danish newspaper, which angered Muslims worldwide by publishing drawings of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005, apologizes for a cartoon on the new virus outbreak in China.Jyllands-Posten’s chief...

Warren offers infectious-disease plan amid China outbreak

By WILL WEISSERT | January 28, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has announced a plan to prevent, contain and treat infectious diseases as a new viral illness spreads in China.The Massachusetts senator on Tuesday unveiled a plan that includes...

US, others prepare evacuations as virus spreads from China

By JOE McDONALD | January 28, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — The United States and several other nations prepared Tuesday to airlift citizens out of a Chinese city at the center of a virus outbreak that has killed more than 100 people.Hong Kong's leader said it will cut all rail links to mainland...

China virus outbreak rams global tourism, costing billions


Businesses around the world that have grown increasingly reliant on big-spending tourists from China are taking a heavy hit, with tens of millions of Chinese residents restricted from leaving their country as the coronavirus spreads.Hotels, airlines,...

The Latest: Fuss over Thai navy officers’ return from China

January 28, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China (all times local):8:25 p.m.A Thai navy spokesman says 20 officers sent to Wuhan to oversee construction of Thailand's first new submarine have returned home after the Chinese city was...

Germany confirms 1st case of new virus from China

January 28, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Germany have confirmed the country's first case of the new virus that emerged in central China.The Health Ministry in the southern state of Bavaria said late Monday that the man from Starnberg, south of Munich, is “in...

Asian shares sink on mounting worries over China outbreak

By YURI KAGEYAMA | January 27, 2020

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares skidded again Tuesday on deepening worries over the expanding outbreak of a new virus in China.Markets in Hong Kong and mainland China were closed Tuesday for Lunar New Year holidays, while South Korea's benchmark tumbled 3.4%...

Countries evaluate evacuation of citizens in virus epicenter

By MARI YAMAGUCHI | January 27, 2020

TOKYO (AP) — Countries with citizens in the central Chinese city that's the epicenter of a viral outbreak are planning evacuations as the number of illnesses grow and China takes drastic measures to try to stop the spread of the virus.A look at steps...

California tests find illegal vapes tainted with additives

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD | January 27, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California officials announced Monday that marijuana vape cartridges seized in illegal shops in Los Angeles contained potentially dangerous additives, including a thickening agent blamed for a national outbreak of deadly lung illnesses...