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Experts warn over scale of China virus as US airports start screening

HONG KONG, China (AFP) — The true scale of the outbreak of a mysterious SARS-like virus in China is likely far bigger than officially reported, scientists have warned, as countries ramp up measures to prevent the disease from spreading. Fears …

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US begins airport screenings as SARS-linked virus kills 2 in China

By Issam Ahmed WASHINGTON, DC (AFP) — The US will begin screening passengers Friday arriving from a Chinese city at the heart of a mysterious SARS-linked virus, officials said, after an outbreak that has stricken dozens claimed a second life. …

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Mystery China virus patients could have infected family members: officials

BEIJING, China (AFP) — A new virus from the same family as the deadly SARS pathogen could have been spread between family members in the Chinese city of Wuhan, local authorities said Wednesday. The outbreak, which has killed one person, …

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Japan reports case of mystery virus behind China outbreak

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — A case of the mystery respiratory infection related to the potentially deadly SARS virus, which first emerged in China, has been confirmed in Japan, authorities said Thursday. It appears to be only the second time the …

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Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake

THRISSUR, India (AFP) — It was a record-baking effort. Hundreds of bakers and chefs in southern India came together Wednesday to create what they said is the world’s longest cake — about 6.5 kilometers (four miles). They spread chocolate ganache …

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Oceans were hottest on record in 2019

by Patrick GALEY PARIS, France (AFP) — The world’s oceans were the hottest in recorded history in 2019, scientists said on Tuesday, as manmade emissions warmed seas at an ever-increasing rate with potentially disastrous impacts on Earth’s climate. Oceans absorb …

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First case of mystery SARS-like virus found outside China

by Nina LARSON GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — A new virus from the same family as the deadly SARS disease has spread beyond China’s borders for the first time with a case emerging in Thailand, UN and Thai officials said on …

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Protect 30% of planet by 2030: UN Nature rescue plan

by Marlowe HOOD PARIS, France (AFP) — Thirty percent of Earth’s surface across land and sea should become protected areas by 2030 to ensure the viability of ecosystems essential to human wellbeing, according to a UN plan released Monday. The …

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Plea for New Zealand to house fire-threatened koalas

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) — Thousands of people have signed a petition for koalas to be introduced to New Zealand to escape Australia’s devastating bush fires, but the proposal has been given the thumbs down by officials. A group calling …

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Robo-crib highlights infant safety at technology show

  LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AFP) — A robotic crib with a mission of preventing sudden infant death syndrome made its appearance this week at the Consumer Electronics Show, part of a growing “baby tech” exhibit. Snoo cribs, made by the …

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Citizens battle to save China’s sickly ‘mother river’

by Poornima WEERASEKARA HENAN, China (AFP) — Water has been a source of death as well as a source of life for a generation in Shenqiu, a region fed by a tributary of China’s heavily polluted Yangtze river and pockmarked …

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New virus behind China’s mystery pneumonia outbreak: state media

BEIJING, China (AFP) — China believes a mysterious pneumonia outbreak that has struck 59 people is due to a new strain of virus from the family of pathogens that includes SARS, state media said Thursday. The infection was first confirmed …

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