February 19th, 2020

World News

Election commission: Afghan president Ghani wins 2nd term

By The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

KABUL – Afghanistan’s independent election commission says President Ashraf Ghani has won a second term as president. The commission announced Tuesday that Ghani garnered 50.64% of the vote that took place on Sept. 28 last year to challenger and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah’s 39.52%. Election results were repeatedly delayed amid accusations of misconduct and technical ... Read More »

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

By Kathy Gannon, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

LAHORE, Pakistan – The U.N. secretary general said Tuesday that 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 Guterres said that “the risks are enormous and we need to be prepared worldwide for ... Read More »

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Lewis Capaldi, Dave among front-runners for UK’s Brit Awards

By The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

LONDON – Singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi and rapper Dave lead the nominations for the U.K. music industry’s Brit Awards, which faced criticism for the lack of female artists nominated for the high-profile prizes. Capaldi, who topped U.K. and U.S. charts with his single “Someone You Loved,” and Dave, who won the 2019 Mercury Prize for his ... Read More »

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UN chief: New virus outbreak is ‘a very dangerous situation’

By The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

LAHORE, Pakistan – The U.N. secretary general has told The Associated Press that the virus outbreak that began in China “is not out of control but it is a very dangerous situation.” Antonio Guterres said in an interview Tuesday that “the risks are enormous and we need to be prepared worldwide for that.” The outbreak ... Read More »

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Japan says 88 more virus cases confirmed on quarantined ship

By The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

TOKYO – Japanese health authorities said Tuesday they have confirmed 88 more cases of the new virus on a quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo. The new cases bring the total on the Diamond Princess to 542. The number is by far the largest outside China. The Japanese government has repeatedly defended the effectiveness of the ... Read More »

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Virus claims life of hospital director in hard-hit Wuhan

By Yanan Wang, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

BEIJING – As a mysterious new virus enveloped central China’s Wuhan early this year, Liu Zhiming mobilized all the resources of his hospital in the city’s Wuchang district to deal with the thousands of sick people arriving daily, threatening to overwhelm the local health care system. That dedication appears to have cost him his life, ... Read More »

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China counts more virus deaths, illnesses as impact broadens

By Yanan Wang, The Associated Press on February 17th, 2020

BEIJING – China reported 1,886 new virus cases and 98 more deaths in its update Tuesday on a disease outbreak that has caused mild illness in most people, an assessment that promoted guarded optimism from global health authorities. The update raised the number of deaths in mainland China to 1,868 and the total confirmed cases ... Read More »

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Boy Scouts file for bankruptcy due to sex-abuse lawsuits

By David Crary, The Associated Press on February 17th, 2020

Barraged by hundreds of sex-abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that will allow the hallowed, 110-year-old organization to carry on. The Chapter 11 filing in federal bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware, sets in motion what could be one ... Read More »

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China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98

By The Associated Press on February 17th, 2020

Mainland China reported 1,886 new virus cases and 98 more deaths for a total of 1,868 in its update Tuesday, following a report that 80% of cases have been mild, prompting guarded optimism from health officials. The latest figures come after health officials in China published the first details on nearly 45,000 cases of infection ... Read More »

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Chinese health report says 80% of virus cases have been mild

By Marilynn Marchione, The Associated Press on February 17th, 2020

Health officials in China have published the first details on nearly 45,000 cases of the novel coronavirus disease that originated there, saying more than 80% have been mild and new ones seem to be falling since early this month, although it’s far too soon to tell whether the outbreak has peaked. Monday’s report from the ... Read More »

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