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UPDATED: China reports SARS-like virus spreads across country, nearly 140 new cases

BEIJING, China (AFP) –China on Monday reported a mysterious SARS-like virus had spread across the country, including to Beijing, raising concerns as millions begin trips for the Lunar New Year. A third person was confirmed to have died, authorities said, …

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6.0 quake shakes China’s Xinjiang

BEIJING, China (AFP) — A 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit a remote area of northwest China’s Xinjiang region late Sunday, the US Geological Survey said. The shallow quake struck at 9:27 pm (1327 GMT) around 100 kilometers (60 miles) east-northeast of …

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More than 100 killed in Yemen missile, drone attack

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — More than 100 people were killed and dozens wounded in a missile and drone attack blamed on Huthi rebels in central Yemen, officials said Sunday. Saturday’s strike follows months of relative calm in the …

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Second person dies from mystery virus in China: official

BEIJING, China (AFP) — A second person has died in China from a mystery virus that has stricken dozens and appeared in two other Asian countries, officials said. Local authorities said a 69-year-old man died on Wednesday in Wuhan, the …

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Qatar scraps unpopular exit permits for domestic workers

DOHA, Qatar (AFP) — Qatar scrapped mandatory exit permits for migrant domestic staff and other groups on Thursday, as part of efforts to boost rights for guest workers amid scrutiny of its record. Previously all foreigners working permanently in the …

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Rouhani says Iran wants dialogue, working to ‘prevent war’

TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Friday he wants to avoid war after Tehran and Washington appeared on the brink of direct military confrontation in early January for the second time in less than a year. Ahead …

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China says US trade deal ‘addresses concerns’

BEIJING, China (AFP) — A trade deal signed Wednesday between Washington and Beijing has “considerably addressed the concerns” of both sides, said Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, as the world’s two biggest economies marked a truce in the lingering trade …

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Death toll rises to at least 100 after Pakistan snow, avalanches

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AFP) — Search teams found the bodies of 14 people buried by avalanches and heavy snowfall in Pakistani-administered Kashmir Wednesday, with harsh weather hampering rescuers as they race to find any survivors, officials said. The death toll from …

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World’s tallest tower lights up for fire-stricken Australia

DUBAI, United States (AFP) — The world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, lit up Wednesday night in solidarity with Australia where devastating fires are still burning. The bushfires have consumed about 10 million hectares (100,000 square kilometers), leaving at …

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Treason trial opens for Cambodia opposition leader

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AFP) — Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha stood trial for treason Wednesday, more than two years after his arrest in a highly anticipated case decried by his family as a “farce” and described by the US as …

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Iran floods kill at least three: reports

TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) — Flooding in southern Iran has killed at least three people and left hundreds of villages cut off following days of heavy rainfall, official media reported on Tuesday. “So far three people have been confirmed dead and …

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New protests as Iran makes first arrests over downed airliner

by David Vujanovic TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) — Iran announced Tuesday its first arrests over the accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger jet, as protesters vented their anger over the catastrophic blunder for a fourth consecutive day. Nearly two weeks …

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