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Posted: Fri-Feb-2020



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Syrian troops backed by Russian forces have been battling since December to eradicate the last rebel strongholds in the region in a war that has killed an estimated 400,000 Syrians and left much of Syria in ruins.

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Calling the president's frequent tweets about the case "entirely inappropriate," a federal judge sentenced Donald Trump ally Roger Stone to over three years in prison on Thursday.

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U.S. presidential hopefuls signal they won't go gently into Sanders's good night if he falls short of majority
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Bernie Sanders's rivals have raised the possibility of pushing him out on a second ballot if he enters this summer's Democratic convention with a lead short of a first-ballot majority. That was the subtext of a revealing exchange in a presidential candidates' debate Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

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Flight carrying Canadian cruise passengers who tested negative for coronavirus on way home
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Canadian passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan who have not tested positive for COVID-19 are on a charter flight that is expected to arrive in Trenton, Ont., in the wee hours of Friday morning.

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9 killed in suspected far-right attack in Germany
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A 43-year-old German man shot and killed nine people at several locations in a Frankfurt suburb overnight in attacks that appear to have been motivated by far-right beliefs, officials said Thursday.

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Wuhan still like a ghost town nearly a month into the coronavirus lockdown
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Video taken on the streets of Wuhan shows a city of 11 million people that appears almost deserted.

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Benjamin Netanyahu unveils plans for 5,000 new homes in East Jerusalem
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Thursday he was pushing ahead with the construction of 5,000 new Jewish homes in key areas of East Jerusalem, where critics say additional building could cut Palestinian residents off from the rest of the West Bank.

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Number of coronavirus cases in China passes 75,000
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As the number of coronavirus cases in China rose again by the end of Thursday, South Korea's fourth-largest city struggled to cope with a spike in illnesses after what authorities described as a "super-spreading event" at a church.

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UN Security Council hears of 'unfolding humanitarian catastrophe' in Syria's Idlib province
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Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing a Russian-backed Syrian offensive are being squeezed into ever smaller areas near Turkey's border "under horrendous conditions" in freezing temperatures that are killing babies and young children, the UN humanitarian chief said Wednesday.

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Mike Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders main targets at Vegas Democrats' debate
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Democrats unleashed an aggressive verbal assault on New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg and raised new questions about Bernie Sanders' take-no-prisoners politics in a contentious debate Wednesday night on the Las Vegas Strip.

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Coronavirus is keeping Chinese travellers at home — and it's hurting European tour operators
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Travel and tourism operators around the world are bracing for more difficult times ahead as the coronavirus outbreak chokes off demand from China and leads to cancellations from other international travellers.

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Cruise passengers start to disembark in Japan as 2-week virus quarantine ends
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Hundreds of people began disembarking from a cruise ship quarantined in Japan on Wednesday as criticism of the country's handling of the coronavirus outbreak on board mounted.

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Among some Democrats, there are fears that the billionaire candidate Mike Bloomberg will merely patch up the U.S. economy, rather than bring real and essential change that could help the disenfranchised.

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Turkish offensive in northern Syria only 'a matter of time,' Erdogan says
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Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan says a Turkish military operation to push back a Syrian government offensive against rebel strongholds in northwest Syria is now only "a matter of time" after talks with Russia failed to halt the assault.

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China revokes 3 Wall Street Journal reporters' credentials
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China on Wednesday said it has revoked the press credentials of three reporters for the U.S. newspaper The Wall Street Journal over a headline for an opinion column deemed racist by the government.

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Malaysia has never ruled out the possibility that missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could have been downed by a suicidal pilot, the country's former prime minister Najib Razak said on Wednesday.

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A patient at a British hospital played Mahler and Gershwin on the violin while a tumour was removed from her brain so that surgeons could preserve her ability to play music and honour her 40-year passion for the instrument.

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Canada came within a whisker of losing its place in a United Nations peacekeeping mission in the fall of 2018 because of the military's inability to consistently deploy enough women to meet the world body's guidelines.

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An up-and-coming rapper known as Pop Smoke was fatally shot during a break-in early Wednesday at a Hollywood Hills home, his label said.

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First 2 Coronavirus Deaths Reported From Diamond Princess Cruise Ship
A Japanese man and woman in their 80s, both of whom had underlying health conditions, have died after contracting COVID-19, Japanese officials said. ... read more


9 Killed In Suspected 'Xenophobic' Shootings In Germany
The suspect and his mother were also found dead at home after the shootings at two hookah bars in the western German city of Hanau. ... read more


China Revokes 3 Wall Street Journal Reporters' Credentials Over Op-Ed
They were expelled after the Journal refused to apologize and "hold the persons involved accountable,” said a Chinese official. ... read more


Pompeii’s House Of Lovers Finally Reopens 40 Years After Devastating Earthquake
Restoration of the "jewel" archaeological site — believed to have been a brothel — was officially completed this week. ... read more


Quarantined Cruise Ship In Japan Became Incubator For Coronavirus
The Diamond Princess cruise ship is the only place where health officials have seen the disease spread efficiently beyond China. ... read more


Virus Claims Life Of Hospital Director In Hard-Hit Wuhan
Liu Zhiming had mobilized all the hospital's resources to deal with thousands of sick people. He's at least the seventh health worker to die of the disease. ... read more


Apple Warns China Virus Will Cut iPhone Production, Sales
The Cupertino, California-based company said Monday that all of its iPhone manufacturing facilities are outside Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak. ... read more


Newly Released Database Shows How China Criminalized Muslim Faith
The information offers the fullest view yet into how Chinese officials decided who to put into and let out of detention camps. ... read more


Japan's Raucous 'Naked' Festival Draws 10,000 Men To Saidaiji Temple
Braving freezing temperatures, the loincloth-clad men participated in a prosperity rite during the day-long "Hadaka Matsuri" festival. ... read more


American Woman On Second Cruise Ship Has Been Diagnosed With Coronavirus
The development complicated belated U.S. government efforts to evacuate Americans trapped on the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined off Japan. ... read more


France Announces First Coronavirus Death In Europe
The patient was an 80-year-old Chinese tourist who authorities say was initially turned away from two French hospitals when he first fell ill. ... read more


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‘A Wonderful Relief’: Australia Says All Fires In New South Wales Finally Contained
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Guinness Confirms 112-Year-Old Chitetsu Watanabe As Oldest Living Man
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