Friday, January 24, 2020

World News Briefs -- January 24, 2020 (Evening Edition)

Reuters: China heads into Lunar New Year on shutdown as virus spreads to Europe

BEIJING (Reuters) - A new coronavirus that has killed 26 people in China was confirmed in Europe for the first time on Friday as it spreads despite Chinese attempts to quarantine the city at the heart of the outbreak.

China closed Shanghai Disneyland and part of the Great Wall and suspended public transportation in 10 cities as it rushed to contain the virus, stranding millions of people at the start of the country’s Lunar New Year holiday.

France reported two cases on Friday evening, the first ones discovered in Europe. More were likely, Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said.

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Syrian Army retreats after Idlib attack, Russia says.

More than 38,000 flee homes in northwest Syria: UN.

EU calls Iran nuclear talks next month in bid to save deal.

Thousands protest in Baghdad to demand U.S. troop withdrawal.

Four employees of French Christian NGO missing in Baghdad.

Trump says he'll likely release Middle East peace plan by Tuesday.

Dozens killed near Sanaa as army targets rebel supply lines.

Yemen army chief calls to advance towards Sanaa.

Saudi Arabia 'planned to spy on Khashoggi's fiancee': Report.

Germany's Merkel backs Turkish refugee initiative in Syria.


China's Hubei province confirms 15 more deaths due to coronavirus.

Wuhan coronavirus confirmed in 29 of China’s 31 provinces.

China sends in military doctors to help Wuhan hospitals fight coronavirus outbreak.

China heads into Lunar New Year on shutdown as virus spreads.

North Korea confirms former commander is new foreign minister.

Japan's Shinzo Abe calls for strong connections with South Korea.

Philippines' Duterte threatens to end military deal with the United States.

Fear in Kashmir as top general talks of 'deradicalisation' camps.

Sri Lanka's new government to investigate war missing.


Sudan signs initial political and security deal with rebel group.

Turkey sending military to train UN-backed govt’s forces in Libya – Erdogan.

African foreign ministers meet in Algeria over Libya conflict.

Sudan rebel groups ink key deal on security, land, power sharing.

Cameroon: Rebels beef up tactics to block regional elections.

Guinea poised for referendum date despite protests.

Cholera deepens misery in eastern DR Congo's 'forgotten' crisis.

Billions of locusts swarm through East Africa after year of extreme weather.


France confirms first three cases of coronavirus in Europe.

Furor in Spain over minister's airport meeting with Maduro aide.

Davos ends with disagreement on climate and Greta Thunberg on the march.

'Fantastic moment': Boris Johnson signs Brexit withdrawal deal.

Brexit: EU leaders sign UK withdrawal deal.

Pompeo to meet with Zelensky in Ukraine amid impeachment trial.

French Cabinet passes controversial pension reform that prompted strikes.

Striking workers shut down Eiffel Tower amid 'Black Friday' protests. Thousands protest as Macron’s government adopts pension reform plan.

Bulgaria: 2 Russian diplomats have been spying for Moscow.

Germany: Shooting in Rot am See, six killed.

United States refuses United Kingdom's request to extradite Anne Sacoolas over crash that killed Harry Dunn.


Trump: U.S. appreciates China's 'efforts and transparency' on coronavirus.

Second coronavirus patient confirmed in US.

Democratic prosecutors to wrap up case against Trump.

Trump team to present case for two hours on Saturday.

Trump first president to attend anti-abortion March for Life.

Mexican police push back hundreds of US-bound migrants.

Mexico respected rights of detained caravan migrants: AMLO.

Bolivia's interim government cuts ties with Cuba: foreign ministry.

Huawei executive's case in limbo after judge adjourns Canadian court.

Salvadoran general admits army carried out infamous 1981 massacre.


ISIS resurgence possible if US leaves Iraq, says anti-jihadist coalition.

For many Iraqis, the battle to drive ISIS from Mosul was personal.

Newly released government documents detail U.S. cyberoffensive on ISIS.


The S&P 500 has worst day since October as virus fears mount.

China's travel industry counts cost of coronavirus.

Disney closes Shanghai park as deadly coronavirus spreads.

TV provider shifting satellite to high orbit over explosion fears.

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