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Virus pushes beyond Asia, taking aim at Europe, Mideast

By KIM TONG-HYUNG and MATT SEDENSKY | February 24, 2020

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The new virus took aim at a broadening swath of the globe Monday, with officials in Europe and the Middle East scrambling to limit the spread of an outbreak that showed signs of stabilizing at its Chinese epicenter but posed...

Infections climb in South Korea as world fights virus

By KIM TONG-HYUNG | February 22, 2020

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea reported an eight-fold jump in viral infections Saturday with more than 400 cases mostly linked to a church and a hospital, while the death toll in Iran climbed to six and a dozen towns in Italy effectively went...

Health officials worry as untraceable virus clusters emerge

By ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL and LAURAN NEERGAARD | February 22, 2020

In South Korea, Singapore and Iran, clusters of infections are leading to a jump in cases of the new viral illness outside China. But it’s not the numbers that are worrying experts: It's that increasingly they can't trace where the clusters started.World...

South Korea becomes newest front in shifting virus outbreak

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and MATT SEDENSKY | February 21, 2020

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Cases of a new virus swelled Friday in South Korea, making the country the newest front in a widening global outbreak centered in China and now reverberating elsewhere.South Korea said two people have died and 204 have been...

Stress, rumors, even violence: Virus fear goes viral

By FOSTER KLUG | February 21, 2020

TOKYO (AP) — You might have heard that the fear of a new virus from China is spreading faster than the actual virus.From earnest officials trying to calm a building panic. From your spouse. From the know-it-all who rattles off the many much more likely...

Symbolic Aleppo flight comes as civilians suffer in Syria

By ALBERT AJI and ZEINA KARAM | February 19, 2020

ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — A Syrian passenger jet landed in Aleppo on Wednesday from Damascus as domestic flights resumed between Syria's two largest cities for the first time since 2012, while the government continued bombarding several rebel-held towns...

Russia and Turkey agree on more talks on Syria amid crisis

By SUZAN FRASER and JAMEY KEATEN | February 18, 2020

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Talks between Russia and Turkey meant to reduce tensions in northwestern Syria did not yield a “satisfactory result” for Ankara, but both sides agreed to continue negotiations, a spokesman for Turkey's president said Tuesday.Turkey...

AP Interview: UN chief says new virus poses ‘enormous’ risks

By KATHY GANNON | February 18, 2020

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday the virus outbreak that began in China poses “a very dangerous situation” for the world, but “is not out of control.”Speaking in an interview with The Associated Press, Antonio...

Gunmen kill 24 in attack near church in Burkina Faso

By SAM MEDNICK and ARSENE KABORE | February 17, 2020

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Gunmen killed 24 civilians, including a church pastor, and kidnapped three others on Sunday in Burkina Faso, an official said. It was the latest attack against a religious leader in the increasingly unstable West African...

After gains in northern Syria, Assad predicts total victory

By ALBERT AJI and ZEINA KARAM | February 17, 2020

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad congratulated his forces Monday for recent gains in northwestern Syria that led to his troops consolidating control over Aleppo province, pledging to press ahead with a military campaign to achieve...

UN official says airstrikes kill over 30 civilians in Yemen

By BY AHMED AL-HAJ and SAMY MAGDY | February 16, 2020

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Strikes killed more than 30 civilians in a mountainous northern Yemeni province Saturday, the U.N. humanitarian chief for the country said, calling the attack “shocking.”The Yemeni rebels, known as Houthis, accused the Saudi-led...

Freezing weather compounds crisis for displaced in Syria

By SARAH EL DEEB and ZEINA KARAM | February 15, 2020

BEIRUT (AP) — A military offensive on an opposition-controlled region of northwestern Syria has created one of the worst catastrophes for civilians in the country's long-running war, sending hundreds of thousands of people fleeing, many of them sleeping...