Travelers from China express virus spread worries

US Citizens returning from visiting family in China for the Lunar New Year holiday describe what it's like in the country right now and traveling during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. (Jan. 30)

  • Sanders and Bloomberg exchange blows as Democratic race heats up
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    Sanders and Bloomberg exchange blows as Democratic race heats up

    The gloves continue to come off in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, with Bernie Sanders accusing billionaire Mike Bloomberg of buying the election and attacking the former New York City mayor's record on race, and Bloomberg taking a swipe at the Vermont senator and his fervent supporters. On Sunday, Sanders launched his latest offensive against Bloomberg at a Democratic Party dinner in Las Vegas, where he denounced “stop and frisk” policing that disproportionately targeted African-Americans during Bloomberg's tenure as mayor. Bloomberg, who has apologized for his past support of the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactics, responded in a tweet that included a video clip featuring alleged Sanders supporters — their names are blurred out — attacking other candidates' fans on social media.

  • Leaked data shows China's Uighurs detained due to religion
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    Leaked data shows China's Uighurs detained due to religion

    When a Chinese government mass detention campaign engulfed Memtimin Emer's native Xinjiang region three years ago, the elderly Uighur imam was swept up and locked away, along with three of his sons. The database profiles the internment of 311 individuals with relatives abroad in Karakax County, and lists information on more than 2,000 of their relatives, neighbors and friends. Taken as a whole, the database offers the fullest view yet into how Chinese officials decided who to put into and let out of detention camps, as part of a crackdown that has locked away more than a million ethnic minorities, most of them Muslims.

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    Turkish court delivers surprise acquittal in landmark Gezi trial

    A Turkish court on Tuesday ruled to acquit businessman Osman Kavala and eight other defendants over their alleged role in Gezi Park protests in 2013, in a case that had drawn strong criticism from Western allies and human rights groups. Applause erupted in the courtroom and some people cried in disbelief when the decision was announced. A guilty verdict had been widely expected in the case, widely regarded as a test of justice in Turkey.

  • German far right arrests reveal 'shocking' mosque attack plot
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    German far right arrests reveal 'shocking' mosque attack plot

    Members of a German extreme right group arrested last week were believed to have been plotting "shocking" large-scale attacks on mosques similar to the ones carried out in New Zealand last year, a government spokesman said Monday. Officials said that investigations into 12 men detained in police raids across Germany Friday had indicated they planned major attacks, following media reports over the weekend the group aimed to launch several simultaneous mass-casualty assaults on Muslims during prayers. "It's shocking what has been revealed here, that there are cells here that appear to have become radicalised in such a short space of time," interior ministry spokesman Bjoern Gruenewaelder told reporters at a Berlin press conference.

  • Gunmen kill 24 and injure 18 in attack on Burkina Faso church
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    Gunmen kill 24 and injure 18 in attack on Burkina Faso church

    Gunmen killed 24 people, including a pastor, in an attack on a church during Sunday Mass in northwestern Burkina Faso, four security sources told Reuters on Monday.

  • Airlines, officials trace path of couple diagnosed with coronavirus that flew from Hawaii
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    Airlines, officials trace path of couple diagnosed with coronavirus that flew from Hawaii

    Delta Air Lines and Hawaiian Airlines are working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Japanese health officials to trace the path of a couple from Nagoya, Japan, who were diagnosed with coronavirus after returning from Hawaii. Hawaiian state health officials say the couple, who are in their 60s, were in Hawaii from Jan. 28 to Feb. 7 and tested positive after being hospitalized in Japan. The man, who was diagnosed before his wife, flew on Hawaiian Airlines flight HA265 from Kahului, Hawaii, to Honolulu on Feb. 3, in addition to flying home on Delta flight 611 from Honolulu to Nagoya on Feb. 6 with his wife.

  • Angela Merkel’s Party Chief to Hold Critical Succession Talks
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    Angela Merkel’s Party Chief to Hold Critical Succession Talks

    Roettgen said it should be accelerated, with a special party congress before the summer break, and called for a ballot of CDU members, which AKK opposes. Merz is a former CDU caucus leader and long-term Merkel rival. Health Minister Jens Spahn, also from the right wing of the party, and Armin Laschet, the more moderate state premier of North Rhine-Westphalia, are also firmly in the race and AKK is due to meet Spahn and Laschet later this week before making a recommendation to CDU leaders on Feb. 24 on how to proceed.

  • Coronavirus Proves One Thing: China's Rise Is Built on Quicksand
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    Coronavirus Proves One Thing: China's Rise Is Built on Quicksand

    Despite China's incredible economic success as of late, it's important to remember that it is still fundamentally a communist country. Freedom can be messy, but it's nothing like the mess an authoritarian regime creates when it fears losing power. The disturbing outbreak of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China and the communist government's response to it should be a reminder of the consequence of a system based on state control, without rule by the people and a vibrant civil society.

  • Man who left puppy to drown in cage sentenced to 1 year for animal cruelty
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    Man who left puppy to drown in cage sentenced to 1 year for animal cruelty

    A New Jersey man who tried to leave an 8-month-old puppy to drown in a cage was sentenced to a year in state prison Friday. Aaron Davis, 36, was convicted of fourth-degree animal cruelty in December after leaving the pit bull in a cage along the rising tide of Sandy Hook Bay in July 2018, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor. Luckily, a passerby noticed the crate in the early morning hours and climbed down a rocky barrier to save the puppy, who was later named River.

  • Buttigieg: I won't 'take lectures on family values' from Rush Limbaugh
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    Buttigieg: I won't 'take lectures on family values' from Rush Limbaugh

    Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg had a simple response on Sunday when asked about conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh's questioning whether Americans are ready to back a gay candidate for president. "I'm proud of my husband," he said.

  • Mike Bloomberg just made the debate. Can he keep his cool?
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    Mike Bloomberg just made the debate. Can he keep his cool?

    Mike Bloomberg's free-spending campaign rollout has rocketed him into contention for the Democratic nomination — but he now faces a challenge immune to his fortune. The multi-billionaire qualified early Tuesday for the nationally televised debate in Las Vegas Wednesday night, clocking in at 19 percent in a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll — good for second place behind only Sen. Bernie Sanders. The former New York City mayor's irritability with questions he deems unwarranted and controversies he feels he has already put to bed could undermine his debut on the debate stage, where Americans will be introduced to the man behind the ubiquitous campaign ads.

  • Pakistan to consider importing insecticides from India to fight locusts
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    Pakistan to consider importing insecticides from India to fight locusts

    Pakistan is likely to import insecticides from arch-rival India to brace itself for any locust attacks this summer, bypassing a ban on trade between the neighbouring nations. Pakistan severed all diplomatic and trade ties with New Delhi in August after India revoked the special status of Kashmir, a disputed territory between the two rivals, who have fought two of their three wars over the Himalayan region. "Yes definitely, there is a fear of locust attack in June- July, this is the reason we are planning and preparing in advance," Dr Falak Naz, Director General Department of Plant Protection, Ministry of National Food Security and Research, told Reuters.

  • Cuba burning tires to power factory as US oil sanctions bite
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    Cuba burning tires to power factory as US oil sanctions bite

    The Cuban government has ordered a cement factory to burn old tires to power its operations and save on oil, amid a worsening fuel shortage brought on by US sanctions on the Communist island. On orders of President Miguel Diaz-Canel, the firm Cementos Cienfuegos, located in the center of the country, will receive an increasing supply of used tires to burn, the official daily Granma said Monday. Cuba has been suffering oil shortages since last September, when the administration of President Donald Trump imposed sanctions on ships carrying petroleum to the island from its main fuel supplier Venezuela.

  • Whitey Bulger juror says she regrets murder conviction
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    Whitey Bulger juror says she regrets murder conviction

    The notorious crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger terrorized Boston from the 1970s into the 1990s with a campaign of murder, extortion, and drug trafficking, then spent 16 years on the lam after he was tipped to his pending arrest. In 2013, Janet Uhlar was one of 12 jurors who found Bulger guilty in a massive racketeering case, including involvement in 11 murders, even after hearing evidence that the mobster was helped by corrupt agents in the Boston office of the FBI. In a desperate search for a mind control drug in the late 1950s, the agency dosed Bulger with the powerful hallucinogen more than 50 times when he was serving his first stretch in prison — something his lawyers never brought up in his federal trial.

  • A cruise-ship passenger tested positive for the coronavirus after hundreds of other passengers disembarked and dispersed all over the world
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    A cruise-ship passenger tested positive for the coronavirus after hundreds of other passengers disembarked and dispersed all over the world

    Associated Press/Heng Sinith Health officials on Saturday said they'd found a coronavirus case among the hundreds of passengers who disembarked a cruise ship in Cambodia, The New York Times reported. The Westerdam cruise ship spent weeks stranded at sea after five ports rejected it over coronavirus fears. Now, more than 1,000 passengers from the ship have proceeded to destinations around the world, and health officials are struggling to determine how to handle the situation.

  • EU Presses Case for France to End Veto on Two Balkan Countries
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    EU Presses Case for France to End Veto on Two Balkan Countries

    European Union President Charles Michel sought to build momentum toward lifting a French veto on membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania. Michel hosted a dinner in Brussels on Sunday for top representatives of western Balkan countries including North Macedonia and Albania. Last October, France blocked the EU's goal of starting accession talks with both nations during the first half of 2020, insisting on tougher scrutiny to ensure their respect for the rule of law.

  • North Korea vs. South Korea: Who Wins a War Straight-Up?
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    North Korea vs. South Korea: Who Wins a War Straight-Up?

    Key point: It's no accident that the North Korean military has evolved asymmetric means such as long range border artillery, light infantry, infiltration forces, and chemical and radiological units to counter the South's increasing technological superiority. In the last seventy years, the Republic of Korea Army (ROK Army) has evolved from a constabulary force into one of the largest, most powerful, technologically advanced armies in the world. This remarkable evolution is entirely due to the original 1950–53 invasion and war by neighboring North Korea.

  • Police allegedly held a black student at gunpoint. Now the governor wants an investigation
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    Police allegedly held a black student at gunpoint. Now the governor wants an investigation

    The governor of Illinois on Thursday called for an investigation into allegations that police held a black college student at gunpoint after misidentifying him as a suspect. Gov. J.B. Pritzker's statement comes after Jaylan Butler, 20, sued the six officers involved for unlawful searches and seizure, excessive force and false arrest on a Sunday night last February. Butler, a swim team member at Eastern Illinois University, said he was walking back to the team bus near a rest stop off Interstate 80 when patrol cars pulled up to him.

  • William Barr: More than 1,000 former justice officials demand attorney general step down over Roger Stone controversy
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    William Barr: More than 1,000 former justice officials demand attorney general step down over Roger Stone controversy

    That came after Mr Trump tweeted that such a sentence would represent a "miscarriage of justice," a rare move by a sitting president to even appear to weigh in on an internal DOJ sentencing debate. Democratic lawmakers and many legal experts are warning that Mr Trump's actions are his latest attempt following his acquittal on two impeachment articles to use the powers of his office in more expansive ways. Mr Trump argues he has the legal authority to do things like weigh in on criminal cases and fire administration officials he believes betrayed him with their impeachment testimony.

  • Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapons ban
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    Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapons ban

    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's push to ban the sale of assault weapons failed on Monday after some of his fellow Democrats balked at the proposal.

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    Parents protest as Pakistani students stuck in China under coronavirus lockdown

    Around a hundred people called on Pakistan's government to "bring back our children" from the locked down Chinese province of Hubei in a demonstration on Sunday in Karachi. Pakistan's government has so far ruled out evacuating the more than 1,000 Pakistani students in the province, home to the city of Wuhan, at the center of the coronavirus outbreak. State Health Minister Zafar Mirza said on Twitter on Friday that he and other ministers would hold a meeting for parents in Islamabad on Wednesday and that his government was working with Chinese authorities to ensure students were taken care of.

  • 'Ghost ship' washes ashore in Ireland after Storm Dennis
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    'Ghost ship' washes ashore in Ireland after Storm Dennis

    A "ghost ship" drifting without a crew for more than a year washed ashore on Ireland's south coast in high seas caused by Storm Dennis, the Republic's coast guard said. The abandoned 77-metre (250-feet) cargo ship MV Alta ran aground on rocks outside the village of Ballycotton near Cork, Ireland's second city, bringing an end to her months-long voyage. The Alta's odyssey began in September 2018 when she became disabled in the mid-Atlantic en route from Greece to Haiti.

  • Missing Milwaukee woman, two daughters found dead in garage
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    Missing Milwaukee woman, two daughters found dead in garage

    A missing Milwaukee woman and her two daughters were found dead Sunday, the victims of an apparent homicide, authorities said. Amarah J. Banks, 26, Zaniya R. Ivery, 5, and Camaria Banks, 4, were found in a Milwaukee garage Sunday afternoon, Milwaukee police Chief Alfonso Morales said at a news conference. "You have to also understand that foul play was not an initial piece of this investigation, it was a missing investigation that escalated," Morales said.

  • Iran sentences alleged US spies to up to 10 years in prison
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    Iran sentences alleged US spies to up to 10 years in prison

    Iran sentenced eight environmental activists, including an Iranian who reportedly also has British and American citizenship, to prison sentences ranging from four to 10 years on charges of spying for the United States and acting against Iran's national security, the judiciary said Tuesday. According to the judiciary spokesman, Gholamhossein Esmaili, an appeals court issued the final verdicts. Two of the activists, Morad Tahbaz and Niloufar Bayani, got 10 years each and were ordered to return the money they allegedly received from the U.S. government for their services.

  • Philippines to Allow Workers to Return to Hong Kong, Macau
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    Philippines to Allow Workers to Return to Hong Kong, Macau

    The Philippines will allow citizens employed in Hong Kong and Macau to return to their jobs, partially lifting a ban imposed earlier this month to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. A government task force decided to exempt those working in Hong Kong and Macau from the travel ban “subject to certain formalities,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Brigido Dulay said on his Twitter account on Tuesday. The government also lifted on Feb. 14 a days-old travel ban on Taiwan.