'Draconian' travel curbs needed to halt spread of virus: scientists By AFP | Last Updated: 27th January, 2020, 16:32

Scientists at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) presented a briefing warning that the spread of the deadly SARS-like virus that first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan was accelerating

'Draconian' travel curbs needed to halt spread of virus: scientists

Slovenia's PM steps down, urges EU nation to hold early vote Slovenia's PM steps down, urges EU nation to hold early vote

Slovenia's prime minister announced his resignation on Monday and has urged the country to hold an early general election


Passenger jet carrying 83 people crashes in eastern Afghanistan: officials Passenger jet carrying 83 people crashes in Afghanistan

The plane is on fire and the villagers are trying to put it out


China now world's second biggest weapons producer: researchers 'China is world's second biggest arms producer'

The report notes however that the lack of transparency remains an "important caveat" when studying the Chinese arms industry


Pakistan arrests human rights leader who criticized army Pakistan arrests human rights leader who criticized army

Mohsin Dawar, a lawmaker who is also a member of the group, confirmed Pashteen's arrest


China extends holidays, strengthens control of coronavirus epidemic China extends holidays, strengthens control of coronavirus epidemic

The seven-day Spring Festival vacation, scheduled to end on Jan. 30, was extended to Feb. 2


Jihadist attack on Mali military camp leaves 20 dead: army Jihadist attack on Mali military camp leaves 20 dead

Sokolo is the last town before the Mauritanian border, near a forest considered a base for groups linked to Al-Qaeda


Iranian airliner skids into street; all 150 passengers safe Iranian airliner skids into street; all 150 passengers safe

An Iranian passenger airliner carrying some 150 passengers skidded off the runway and into a street next to the airport 


India plans sale of debt-laden national carrier Air India India plans sale of debt-laden national carrier Air India

 India said Monday it plans to sell its entire stake in the national carrier Air India to shore up falling revenues and privatize


China extends holiday to buy time as virus keeps spreading China extends holiday to buy time as virus keeps spreading

Thousands more patients with flu-like symptoms were suspected to have the virus


Coroner: 2 dead, 7 injured in South Carolina bar shooting

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There is not any immediate information about what led to the shooting


Coronavirus: China extends Lunar New Year holiday as death toll rises to 80 China extends Lunar New Year holiday as death toll rises to 81

In addition to 2,744 confirmed infections nationwide -- an increase of 769


Rockets hit near US embassy in Iraq capital Rockets hit near US embassy in Baghdad

The rocket fire comes two days after thousands massed in Baghdad in response to a call by populist cleric Moqtada Sadr for a rally to demand the ouster of US troops from Iraq


Israel gives green light for visits to Saudi Israel gives green light for visits to Saudi

But Israel had never granted official approval for such travel by both Jewish and Muslim Israelis


14 countries confirmed coronavirus cases The global spread of the coronavirus

In Hong Kong, six people are known to have the disease. Of those, five arrived via a newly built high-speed train terminal which connects with the mainland


Coronavirus outbreak forces Paris to cancel Lunar New Year parade Paris cancels Lunar New Year parade

On Friday, France's health ministry says three people who have recently travelled to China are confirmed to have contracted the virus -- the first cases in Europe


Cellphone services snapped in Kashmir valley for Republic Day Cellphone services snapped in Kashmir valley for Republic Day

While mobile internet services in Kashmir Valley were suspended hours after their restoration on Saturday, phone connectivity was suspended in the early hours of Sunday


World acknowledges ‘fascist ideology’ imposed in India: Imran World acknowledges ‘fascist ideology’ imposed in India: Imran

“Anti-democratic and fascist ideology” being imposed by the Indian government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India-held Kashmir as well as the whole country


2 explosions rock India's northeast 2 explosions rock India's northeast

The blasts went off at two places in Dibrugarh district, about 424 km northeast of Dispur, the capital city of Assam


4 killed, 5 injured in South Korea motel explosion 4 killed in S Korea motel explosion

The Ministry of the Interior and Safety says the explosion could have been caused by gas leakage


Grenade attack on Afghan wedding injures 20, including kids Grenade attack on Afghan wedding injures 20

No one immediately claim responsibility of the attack on wedding party at eastern Khost province, which borders Pakistan


Iran executes 'Crocodile of the Gulf' drug kingpin Iran executes 'Crocodile of the Gulf' drug kingpin

The "crocodile" has been arrested in the middle of transferring more than 100 tonnes of drugs in international waters


WHO calls for concerted efforts to fight infectious coronavirus WHO calls for concerted efforts to fight infectious coronavirus

In a statement, WHO underscored that timely action is fundamental for early containment and noted that the first confirmed cases of coronavirus in Europe were not unexpected


Boeing 777X: World’s largest twin-engine jet completes first flight World’s largest twin-engine jet completes first flight

It comes as the firm attempts to boost its image after its 737 Max plane was grounded last year following two fatal crashes that killed 346 people


Record southeastern Brazil rainstorms kill 30 Record southeastern Brazil rainstorms kill 30

Seventeen people are also missing, seven injured, and some 3,500 have been forced out of their homes following a series of landslides and building collapses


71st Republic Day of India: PM Modi witnesses national anthem wth Brazil President Bolsonaro R-Day of India: PM Modi witnesses national anthem with Brazil President

Before the parade begins, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute at the National War Memorial and President Ram Nath Kovind unfolded the national flag


Torrential rains, floods kill 31 in Madagascar Torrential rains, floods kill 31 in Madagascar

At least 15 people remained missing on the popular tourist island, according to the country's national disaster management office


Turkey earthquake: Death toll climbs to 31 Turkey earthquake: Death toll climbs to 31

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca says around 1,103 people have been injured


China coronavirus: Death toll hits to 56 China coronavirus: Death toll hits to 56

China has locked down the worst-hit province of Hubei in the country’s centre in a massive quarantine affecting tens of millions of people 


Xi Jinping warns of 'grave' situation as China rushes to build virus hospitals Xi Jinping warns of 'grave' situation in China

The world's most populous country scrambled to contain the disease that has already infected nearly 1,300 people


Mary Kom awarded Padma Vibhushan, PV Sindhu conferred Padma Bhushan Mary Kom awarded Padma Vibhushan, PV Sindhu conferred Padma Bhushan

The government announced the final list of names for Padma Awards 2020 on Saturday, the eve of Republic Day. The Padma Vibhushan, which is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service, is the highest civilian award in India after the Bharat Ratna


China virus outbreak revives calls to stop wildlife trade China virus outbreak revives calls to stop wildlife trade

The outbreak of a new virus linked to a wildlife market in central China is prompting renewed calls for enforcement of laws against


Genocide charge dents halo of Myanmar's Suu Kyi Genocide charge dents halo of Myanmar's Suu Kyi

The court was not persuaded. This past week, it ordered Myanmar to take all possible measures to prevent genocide against the Rohingya


Delta airlines fined $50,000 for telling Muslim passengers to get off plane Delta airlines fined for telling Muslim passengers to get off

Delta disagreed that it engaged in discriminatory conduct but "does not dispute that the incidents could have been handled differently"


Afghan forces kill 7 Taliban militants in Ghazni province

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The conflict happens early Saturday morning when the government forces clashed with a group of Taliban militants in Andar district's Nanay village


Nine dead after bus accident in Colombia Nine dead after bus accident in Colombia

At least nine people died and many more were injured on Friday in a bus accident in southwestern Colombia


3 dead US fire bombers retrieved from Australian forest 3 dead US fire bombers retrieved from Australia

The incident happens when the C-130 Hercules tanker crashed after dumping fire retardant on an out-of-control blaze in southern New South Wales on Thursday


2 Rohingya women killed, 7 hurt as Myanmar army shells village Two Rohingya women killed, 7 hurt in Myanmar shelling

The incident takes  place two days after the UN's highest court ordered Myanmar to protect the minority community


New virus mutes Lunar New Year mood in Asia New virus mutes Lunar New Year mood in Asia

Lunar New Year festivities were canceled across mainland China on Saturday and scaled back in the semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong


2 killed, 20 injured when warehouse explosion shakes Houston 2 killed, 20 injured in US warehouse explosion

The explosion happens inside a building at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing, which makes valves and provides thermal-spray coatings for equipment in various industries

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