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WHO again weighs declaring coronavirus global public health emergency

(GENEVA) -- Patients from Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus without having visited China, health officials said during a World Health Organization news conference Wednesday.Human-to-human transmission outside of China "worries us," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general at WHO.Partly because of human-to-human transmission outside…... Read More

US evacuation flight from China's coronavirus zone rerouted to military base

(WUHAN, China) -- The U.S. government's chartered flight evacuating American consulate staffers and private U.S. citizens from the coronavirus epicenter of Wuhan, China, has been rerouted from its original California destination to a nearby military base.The flight, with more than 200 people aboard, is now scheduled to arrive at March…... Read More

Takabuti mummy may have been killed in violent knife attack

(DUBLIN) -- A team of experts believe they have solved a nearly 200-year-old mystery of how a famous Egyptian mummy came to die: They believe she was stabbed in the back.The 2,600-year-old mummy of a young woman, known as Takabuti, is on display at Belfast's Ulster Museum in Northern Ireland,…... Read More

Australian army soldiers cuddle, feed koalas rescued from bushfires

(CRAFERS, Australia) -- Soldiers with the Australian army came to the rescue of several hungry koalas saved from the bushfires ravaging the country.Several servicemen and women were seen cuddling the koalas -- swaddled in blankets -- during feeding time at the Cleland Wildlife Park in Crafers, South Australia, in a…... Read More

Pentagon now says 50 service members suffered brain injuries from Iran attack

(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon now says 50 American military service members suffered traumatic brain injuries following Iran’s Jan. 8 missile attack on a base in western Iraq that was housing the U.S. military personnel.Initially the Pentagon said there were no injuries in the missile attack, but as more symptoms were…... Read More

US military recovers 2 bodies from aircraft crash site in Afghanistan

(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- The U.S. military recovered on Tuesday the remains of the two individuals on board the U.S. Air Force aircraft that crashed in central Afghanistan.The flight data recorder from the U.S. Bombardier E-11A was also recovered from the site, according to a statement from U.S. Forces Afghanistan.A mechanical…... Read More

Employers evacuate staff, restrict travel to China amid coronavirus fears

(WUHAN, China) -- International automakers and American companies are among the firms evacuating employees from China or restricting travel there as the threat of coronavirus has begun to affect the global economy.Uncertainty over the virus in China, the world's second-largest economy by Gross Domestic Product, has caused global stocks to…... Read More

Magnitude 7.7 earthquake hits between Cuba and Jamaica

(HAVANA) -- A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and eastern Cuba on Tuesday, shaking a vast area from Mexico to Florida and beyond, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or heavy damage.The quake was centered 139 kilometers (86 miles) northwest of Montego…... Read More

President Trump unveils Middle East peace plan embraced by Israel, rejected by Palestinians

(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday unveiled his plan for Middle East peace, proposing a Palestinian state, but also allowing Israel to take control of a significant portion of the West Bank without any Palestinian input.Standing beside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, Trump said that…... Read More

Current model for storing nuclear waste may not be sufficiently safe, study says

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- The current model the U.S. and other countries plan to use to store high-level nuclear waste may not be as safe as previously thought.The materials used to store the waste "will likely degrade faster than anyone previously knew" because of the way the materials interact, according to…... Read More

Duchess Kate gets creative at art workshop for kids in hospital

(LONDON) -- Duchess Kate stepped out Tuesday for an art workshop with kids at a London hospital.Kate, 38, joined patients at an arts workshop where the mom of Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1, got to show her creative side.Kate took part in a "Playful Portraits"…... Read More