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Taiwan raises epidemic response level to highest on virus concerns
Taiwan on Thursday raised its epidemic response level to the highest as it readied a $2 billion package to cushion the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on its export-reliant economy.
Decriminalization of polygamy in Utah clears key hurdle in state legislature
Legislation to effectively decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults in Utah overwhelmingly passed the state House of Representatives in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, moving it a step closer to becoming law.
China investigates release of coronavirus-infected inmate in Hubei
China has sent an investigation team to Wuhan, the city at the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak, after reports that a prison released an infected inmate who then traveled to Beijing.
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Saudi Arabia suspends entry for Umrah pilgrimage, tourism amid coronavirus
Saudi Arabia on Thursday suspended foreigners' entry for the Umrah pilgrimage and tourism from countries where the new coronavirus has spread, as a growing number of cases outside China deepened fears of a pandemic.
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Japanese woman confirmed as coronavirus case for second time, weeks after initial recovery
A woman working as a tour-bus guide in Japan tested positive for the coronavirus for a second time, Osaka's prefectural government said on Wednesday, the first person in the country to do so amid growing concerns about the spread of the infection.
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Biden lands key endorsement three days before South Carolina presidential contest
Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden won the endorsement of an influential black congressman from South Carolina on Wednesday, three days before the state's primary where he is competing with national front-runner Bernie Sanders for the crucial African-American vote.
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U.S.-South Korea military drills postponed as coronavirus spreads faster outside China
The United States and South Korea postponed joint military drills on Thursday to limit the spread of coronavirus, as the number of infections inside China - the source of the outbreak - was for the first time overtaken by fresh cases elsewhere.
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UPDATE 1-S.Korea reports 334 new coronavirus cases, postpones military drill with U.S. troops
South Korea reported 334 additional cases of the new coronavirus on Thursday, the largest daily increase yet, as the U.S. State Department issued a new travel warning for South Korea and a joint military drill was postponed.
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Trump promises more lawsuits against New York Times
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday more lawsuits would be filed against the New York Times after his re-election campaign said it was filing a libel suit over what it said was a false opinion article that suggested Russia and the campaign had an overarching deal in the 2016 U.S. election.
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Shanghai trying to find people who crossed coronavirus patient from Iran
Shanghai is taking action to try to identify anyone who came into contact with a coronavirus patient who arrived in the city from Iran, the local government said on Thursday.
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Saudi Arabia suspends entry for Umrah, visits to Al Masjid Al Nabawy amid coronavirus
Saudi Arabia temporarily suspended entry to the kingdom for the Umrah Islamic pilgrimage and visits to al Masjid Al Nabawy in Medina, the ministry of foreign affairs announced on Twitter on Thursday amid fears over the spread of the new coronavirus.
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Cruise operator in talks with Mexico to allow ship to dock amid coronavirus fears
Global cruise operator MSC Cruises was negotiating with Mexican authorities on Wednesday to allow one of its vessels to dock in the Caribbean port of Cozumel, after Jamaica and Grand Cayman barred passengers from disembarking on fears of a coronavirus outbreak, a company spokesman said.
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'Multiple people' killed in shooting at Molson Coors facility in Milwaukee
"Multiple people" were killed in a mass shooting at a Molson Coors Beverage Co facility in Milwaukee on Wednesday, with the suspect apparently among the dead, the city's mayor, Tom Barrett, said.
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'Critical incident' reported at Molson Coors facility in Milwaukee
Police officers were on the scene of a "critical incident" at Milwaukee's Molson Coors headquarters, which local news media described as a shooting with multiple casualties.
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Bahrain stops flights to and from Iraq and Lebanon until further notice
Flights to and from Iraq and Lebanon have been stopped until further notice, Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) in Bahrain announced on Thursday.
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Coronavirus spreads faster outside China, stoking global fears
The number of new coronavirus infections inside China - the source of the outbreak - was for the first time overtaken by fresh cases elsewhere on Wednesday, with Italy and Iran emerging as new epicenters of the rapidly spreading illness.
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Wall Street falls more slowly as investors parse coronavirus fears
The S&P 500 fell for a fifth straight day on Wednesday and while its decline was slower than the last few days, the session was volatile as investors reacted to headlines about coronavirus and sought to gauge its economic fallout.
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Let's not 'short change' funding for coronavirus response: U.S. Senate appropriations chair
The head of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Republican Senator Richard Shelby, said on Wednesday Congress should provide the Trump administration with the funds it needs to combat coronavirus.
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Iraq bans public gatherings on coronavirus fear; travel ban totals nine countries
Iraq on Wednesday banned public gatherings and barred entry by travelers from Kuwait and Bahrain because of the spread of the new coronavirus, prohibiting travel to or from a total of nine countries.
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U.S. FDA official warns of possibility of coronavirus pandemic
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration official on Wednesday pointed to the spread of the new coronavirus to six of the world's seven continents as he warned of the potential for a global pandemic.
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Google defeats conservative nonprofit's YouTube censorship appeal
Google persuaded a federal appeals court on Wednesday to reject claims that YouTube illegally censors conservative content.
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Mexican port denies cruise ship permission to dock over coronavirus fears
Mexican port authorities on Wednesday revoked permission for cruise ship MSC Meraviglia to disembark on the island of Cozumel over coronavirus fears, a port official said, after Jamaican and Grand Cayman authorities also said it could not stop.
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Stocks, oil fall as coronavirus fears grip markets
Stocks and oil prices resumed their fall on Wednesday after a local authority said over 80 people were being monitored for the novel coronavirus in New York State's Long Island, adding to concern over spread in Europe and the Middle East.
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New York monitoring 83 people for possible coronavirus, governor says no confirmed cases
Health officials in Nassau County, New York, said on Wednesday they were monitoring 83 people who visited China and may have come in contact with the coronavirus, but Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state has had no confirmed cases so far.
Georgia reports first coronavirus case in the country
Georgia on Wednesday reported the first case of coronavirus in the country.
Israel recommends citizens not travel abroad as coronavirus precaution
Israel urged its citizens on Wednesday to reconsider foreign travel, citing the growing spread of the coronavirus outside the country.
Trump campaign files libel suit against New York Times over Russia story
President Donald Trump's re-election campaign said on Wednesday it filed a libel lawsuit against the New York Times, accusing the newspaper of intentionally publishing a false story last year related to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St erases gains on fears of coronavirus spreading in U.S.
U.S. stocks turned lower in afternoon trading on Wednesday in a fresh wave of selling sparked by fears of the coronavirus spreading in the United States.
Wall Street bounces after virus-driven selloff
U.S. stocks attempted a recovery on Wednesday after a rocky start to the week that shaved off more than 6% from the main indexes on growth concerns stemming from a global spread of the coronavirus. Yahaira Jacquez reports.
Pakistan confirms first two cases of coronavirus, in travelers from Iran: minister
Pakistan on Wednesday confirmed its first two cases of coronavirus, in patients who had recently traveled to Iran, officials said.