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Coronavirus: Foreigners leave N Korea on first commercial flight for weeks Coronavirus: Foreigners leave N Korea on first commercial flight for weeks
Around 80 foreigners who were quarantined for weeks in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, have finally left the country. The Air Koryo flight to Vladivostok is the first commercial flight to leave North Korea in over a month, said specialist news site NK News. Flight KOR271 landed in the far-eastern Russian city on Monday morning. The embassy staff who left had been confined to their co...
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Turkey says millions of migrants may head to EU Turkey says millions of migrants may head to EU
The Turkish president has warned that "millions" of migrants and refugees will soon head towards Europe. Recep Tayyip Erdogan was speaking after announcing Turkey could no longer enforce a 2016 deal with the EU to prevent migrants entering Europe. Mr Erdogan said Turkey could not cope with a new wave of refugees after an escalation of the Syrian conflict. A young boy died when a boat caps...
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South Korea sees its largest rise in coronavirus cases South Korea sees its largest rise in coronavirus cases
South Korea has recorded its largest increase in coronavirus infections in a single day, with 594 new cases confirmed on Friday. This brings the number of infections in South Korea to 2,931. Seventeen people have died in the country so far. South Korea has the highest number of confirmed cases outside China, where the outbreak started. The army has been mobilised in the worst-hit region. ...
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Coronavirus: Outbreak spreads in Europe from Italy Coronavirus: Outbreak spreads in Europe from Italy
Several European countries have announced their first coronavirus cases, all apparently linked to the growing outbreak in Italy. Austria, Croatia and Switzerland said the cases involved people who had been to Italy, as did Algeria in Africa. The first positive virus test has been recorded in Latin America - a Brazilian resident just returned from Italy. Italy has in recent days become Eur...
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Coronavirus: Worst-hit countries boost containment efforts Coronavirus: Worst-hit countries boost containment efforts
The worst-hit countries are intensifying their efforts to contain the deadly coronavirus as the number of cases globally surpassed 80,000. In South Korea, infections have risen again, taking the total to 977. Americans have been warned against all but essential travel to the nation. Italy and Iran are both battling to contain outbreaks of the virus. In Japan shares slumped on Tuesday, rea...
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Mahathir Mohamad: Malaysian prime minister in shock resignation Mahathir Mohamad: Malaysian prime minister in shock resignation
The Malaysian prime minister, 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad, has submitted his resignation to the king. Mr Mahathir's shock resignation comes amid rumours that he may form a new coalition without his designated successor, Anwar Ibrahim. The world's oldest prime minister came into power in 2018. In a surprise victory, he ousted then-prime minister Najib Razak, who has been linked to a multi...
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Coronavirus: South Korea steps up measures as infections spike Coronavirus: South Korea steps up measures as infections spike
South Korea has stepped up measures to contain the spread of the deadly new coronavirus, as confirmed infections rose sharply for a second day. Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said it was now an emergency situation. The southern cities of Daegu and Cheongdo have been declared "special care zones". The streets of Daegu are now largely abandoned. South Korea has also locked down its military ...
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Germany shooting: Investigation into 'deeply racist' gunman's links Germany shooting: Investigation into 'deeply racist' gunman's links
The investigation into a deadly gun attack in Hanau is focusing on whether others knew about or helped organise it, Germany's federal prosecutor says. The suspect shot dead nine people "of migrant background" at two shisha bars on Wednesday evening. He and his mother were later found dead in his flat. Peter Frank said material the suspect Tobias R had posted online showed a "deeply racist mi...
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Coronavirus: Largest study suggests elderly and sick are most at risk Coronavirus: Largest study suggests elderly and sick are most at risk
Health officials in China have published the first details of more than 44,000 cases of Covid-19, in the biggest study since the outbreak began. Data from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) finds that more than 80% of the cases have been mild, with the sick and elderly most at risk. The research also points to the high risk to medical staff. A hospital director i...
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Antarctic island hits record temperature of 20.75C Antarctic island hits record temperature of 20.75C
Antarctica has exceeded 20C for the first time, after researchers logged a temperature of 20.75C on an island off the coast of the continent. Brazilian scientist Carlos Schaefer told AFP they had "never seen a temperature this high in Antarctica". But he warned the temperature, logged on 9 February, was just one reading and not part of a long-term data set. The continent also hit a record...
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