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Analysis: Deadly virus exposes flaws in Xi’s control

“SARS forced the whole country to pay attention to the livelihood of the people,” he said, before adding a warning. “We’ve made huge progress, but our footsteps are slow, especially in terms of healthcare.” With the Wuhan coronavirus spreading across the country, killing at least 25 people so far, China is now facing a major […]

Ukrainian jet victim ran company suspected of violating Libyan arms ban

Olena Malakhova, 38, had been allocated a place in the second row of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 from Tehran to Kiev, according to a seating plan of the aircraft seen by CNN. She was one of only two Ukrainian passengers on the plane, which crashed shortly after takeoff from the Iranian capital on January […]

Israel’s Prime Minister and opposition leader will visit White House to discuss ‘prospect of peace’ next week

President Donald Trump, speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday, said he would release the Mideast plan before the Tuesday meeting. “Sometime prior to that,” Trump said, shortly before arriving in Florida. “Probably we’ll release it a little bit prior to that.” The visit, scheduled just weeks before Israel holds its third elections […]

Snakes could be the source of deadly virus outbreak

The many-banded krait (Bungarus multicinctus), also known as the Taiwanese krait or the Chinese krait, is a highly venomous species of elapid snake found in much of central and southern China and Southeast Asia. The illness was first reported in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a major city in central China, and has been rapidly […]

Macron shouts at Israeli security officers in altercation in Jerusalem

Macron, who is in Jerusalem to attend a large Holocaust remembrance event on Thursday, was visiting the Church of Saint Anne, which belongs to the French government and is considered to be French territory, when he was filmed admonishing the security officers for apparently trying to follow him into the church. “Everybody knows the rules. […]

Life inside ground zero of deadly virus outbreak

A deadly outbreak of the new coronavirus emerged in this city of 11 million people last month. Within weeks, the virus has killed nine people, sickened hundreds and spread as far as the United States. Wuhan has been on high alert since the number of confirmed infections surged into the hundreds earlier this week. New […]

Analysis: Trump’s team miscalculated on Ukraine

US President Donald Trump’s acolytes felt perhaps that Ukraine — whose name means “borderland,” and whose loss of the definite article just three decades ago began its post-Soviet nationhood — was an easy place for a shakedown. Addled by corruption and poverty, it may have seemed accustomed — even open — to explicit acts of […]

China tries to stop spread of deadly virus at worst time of year

No health authority has ever tackled the challenge currently faced by China, however, as the country grapples with a new coronavirus just as hundreds of millions prepare to travel during the Lunar New Year period — the largest annual human migration on Earth. During the Lunar holiday, people from across the country will cram themselves […]

Norway’s governing coalition collapses over ISIS repatriation

FRP leader Siv Jensen met with Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Monday before telling a press conference she would take her party out of the coalition. “I’m doing it because it’s the only right thing to do,” Jensen said, adding that she couldn’t get enough of her party’s policies implemented. Jensen then cited the repatriation […]

Virus spreads to Beijing as China confirms 139 new cases

Health authorities in Beijing confirmed two cases of the new coronavirus Monday, while Guangdong authorities reported one case in Shenzhen — the first confirmation from authorities that the mysterious virus has spread domestically beyond the central city of Wuhan. All three patients are believed to have visited Wuhan, according to authorities. The Wuhan Municipal Health […]