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  • Associated Press

    US adds leader of Iraqi militia to terrorism blacklist

    The Trump administration on Wednesday added the head of an Iran-backed Iraqi militia responsible for attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq to its terrorism blacklist. Kataib Hezbollah was responsible for a late December rocket attack on a military base in Kirkuk that killed a U.S. contractor, prompting an

  • Bloomberg

    Trump Campaign Sues New York Times Co. Over Russia Op-Ed

    (Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump escalated his war on the press by suing New York Times Co. over an opinion piece that said his 2016 election campaign agreed to exchange positive foreign policy on Russia for help in defeating his rival, Hillary Clinton.The Times published a false and defamatory

  • Most New Infections Now Outside China, WHO Says: Virus Update
    Bloomberg

    Most New Infections Now Outside China, WHO Says: Virus Update

    (Bloomberg) -- More coronavirus cases were reported in countries other than China in the past 24 hours for the first time since the initial patient was identified on Dec. 8, the World Health Organization said. It’s a significant development as China battles the oubreak and new cases spread elsewhere

  • Trump campaign sues The New York Times over a 2019 Russia op-ed
    The Week

    Trump campaign sues The New York Times over a 2019 Russia op-ed

    President Trump loves to threaten lawsuits against the media, but it looks like he's now actually filing one.The Trump campaign announced Wednesday it's suing The New York Times for libel over a 2019 opinion column, "The Real Trump-Russia Quid Pro Quo" by Max Frankel. In the op-ed,

  • Pelosi urges Democratic unity amid Sanders' campaign surge
    Associated Press

    Pelosi urges Democratic unity amid Sanders' campaign surge

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged party unity amid Bernie Sanders' surge in the presidential race, even as House Democrats worry about a volatile election season that could put a self-described democratic socialist atop the ticket and threaten their majority.

  • How can we prepare for the coronavirus? 3 questions answered
    The Conversation

    How can we prepare for the coronavirus? 3 questions answered

    Editor’s note: Public health officials in the U.S. warned that the coronavirus, which has in large part spared the U.S., is coming and that the country needs to be prepared. But just what does this mean for you, as well as for public health officials? Aubree Gordon, public health scholar at the University

  • Trump's coronavirus response is worse than incompetent
    The Week

    Trump's coronavirus response is worse than incompetent

    The global spread of coronavirus is verging on pandemic status. While the rate of new infection appears to be slowing in China thanks to drastic mass quarantines and clampdowns on movement, other outbreaks in Iran, South Korea, and Italy have still not been controlled. On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease

  • Trump sues New York Times for libel over Russia interference story
    The Independent

    Trump sues New York Times for libel over Russia interference story

    Donald Trump's re-election campaign has filed a libel lawsuit against the New York Times, accusing America's newspaper of record of intentionally publishing a false story last year about Russia's interference in the 2016 election.In the lawsuit, which the campaign annouced was filed in New

  • How Biden's Campaign Explains His 'Arrest' in South Africa
    The New York Times

    How Biden's Campaign Explains His 'Arrest' in South Africa

    CHARLESTON, S.C. -- At least three times this month, Joe Biden has asserted that he was arrested as he sought to visit the anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela in prison, even saying that Mandela later thanked him for going to such an effort.And for a week, Biden's campaign declined to answer questions

  • China slams US over 'attack' on its candidate to UN body
    Associated Press

    China slams US over 'attack' on its candidate to UN body

    A Chinese ambassador on Wednesday ripped into the U.S. for an “attack” on China's candidate to head a United Nations agency that monitors and tracks intellectual property like patents, trademarks and industrial designs — a lucrative and crucial part of the growing digital age. The comments by Chen

  • Associated Press

    Israel advises against foreign travel over virus concerns

    Israel on Wednesday advised its citizens to reconsider all foreign travel amid the global spread of the new coronavirus that was first reported in China. The Health Ministry also ordered people to avoid travel to Italy and said anyone returning from there would be required to enter home quarantine for

  • House makes lynching a federal crime, 65 years after Till
    Associated Press

    House makes lynching a federal crime, 65 years after Till

    Sixty-five years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi, the House has approved legislation designating lynching as a hate crime under federal law. The bill, introduced by Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush and named after Till, comes 120 years after Congress first considered anti-lynching legislation

  • As the coronavirus outbreak worsens outside of China, hopes of containing it are diminishing
    Business Insider

    As the coronavirus outbreak worsens outside of China, hopes of containing it are diminishing

    At least 40 deaths have been reported outside of mainland China. South Korea, Italy, and Iran have seen a dramatic spike in cases.

  • Pakistan confirms first two cases of coronavirus
    AFP

    Pakistan confirms first two cases of coronavirus

    Pakistan has detected its first two cases of novel coronavirus, a public health advisor to Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted Wednesday, days after Islamabad closed its land border with Iran, where 19 people have died from the virus. Both cases are being taken care of according to clinical standard protocols

  • Heathrow Says Halting New Runway Would Be Financial Suicide
    Bloomberg

    Heathrow Says Halting New Runway Would Be Financial Suicide

    (Bloomberg) -- London Heathrow airport stepped up its defense of a $20 billion third runway, saying a government decision to block the project would amount to “financial suicide” and hamper U.K. efforts to boost trade after Brexit.Chief Executive Officer John Holland-Kaye sees a larger Heathrow, opposed

  • On education, Sanders lauded for substance, knocked for cost
    Associated Press

    On education, Sanders lauded for substance, knocked for cost

    During the 2016 Democratic presidential race, when Bernie Sanders pushed making college free, it was seen as a radical idea from a fringe candidate. While his “Medicare for All” plan has generated much of the attention, Sanders is going beyond his earlier education proposals. Often a quiet issue in

  • Cyber police in virus-hit Iran arrest 24 over COVID-19 rumours
    AFP

    Cyber police in virus-hit Iran arrest 24 over COVID-19 rumours

    Iranian cyber police on Wednesday announced the arrests of 24 people accused of online rumour-mongering about the spread of a coronavirus outbreak that has claimed 19 lives in the country. The Islamic republic is scrambling to contain COVID-19 a week after announcing the first two deaths in Qom, a centre

  • UK must accept 'common' standards for deal with EU: Barnier
    AFP

    UK must accept 'common' standards for deal with EU: Barnier

    The EU's chief negotiator with the UK, Michel Barnier, emphasised Wednesday that Britain must accept standards on a par with the bloc's if it wants a post-Brexit deal to kick in from next year. The British government insists that the whole point of Brexit was to free itself of EU rules, and

  • New cases of coronavirus in other countries exceeded those in China for the first time on Tuesday
    The Week

    New cases of coronavirus in other countries exceeded those in China for the first time on Tuesday

    The coronavirus may be slowing down in China, but World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday that it's no time for complacency.In a weekly briefing, Gehbreyesus had some good news about China, especially beyond the Hubei province, where the virus originated

  • Why is Iran's reported mortality rate for coronavirus higher than in other countries?
    NBC News

    Why is Iran's reported mortality rate for coronavirus higher than in other countries?

    Iran's reported mortality rate for the illness — about 14 percent — surpasses the rate for other countries by a dramatic margin.

  • Bernie Sanders Boycotts Pro-Israel Americans
    Bloomberg

    Bernie Sanders Boycotts Pro-Israel Americans

    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- With Bernie Sanders emerging as the front-runner to win his party's nomination, pro-Israel Americans must grapple with an uncomfortable question: Does the Democratic party still support the world’s only Jewish state?  What raises the question is next week’s annual conference

  • Bernie Sanders Boycotts Pro-Israel Americans
    Bloomberg

    Bernie Sanders Boycotts Pro-Israel Americans

    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- With Bernie Sanders emerging as the front-runner to win his party's nomination, pro-Israel Americans must grapple with an uncomfortable question: Does the Democratic party still support the world’s only Jewish state?  What raises the question is next week’s annual conference

  • AccuWeather's 2020 Asia spring forecast
    AccuWeather

    AccuWeather's 2020 Asia spring forecast

    It's here. AccuWeather's annual spring forecast for Asia is out -- and meteorologists are expecting a warmer-than-average season for much of the continent in 2020.While a large swath is set for ample rain this season, other locations will face building drought.Additionally, coastal areas will

  • The Latest: Sanders plans rally in Klobuchar's home state
    Associated Press

    The Latest: Sanders plans rally in Klobuchar's home state

    After taking aim at 2020 rival Elizabeth Warren’s home state, Bernie Sanders is doing the same to Amy Klobuchar’s. The Vermont senator’s presidential campaign announced Wednesday that he will hold a rally Monday night in St. Paul, Minnesota, which votes the following day on “Super Tuesday.” But it’s