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02/17/2020 - 23:56

Americans arrive home from virus-infected cruise ship

More than 300 Americans rescued from a cruise ship quarantined off Japan because of the new coronavirus arrived back in the US Monday for two more weeks of medical seclusion, as concern rose over passengers who dispersed around the globe after leaving another ship in Cambodia.

More than 300 Americans rescued from a cruise ship quarantined off Japan because of the new coronavirus arrived back in the US Monday for two more weeks of medical seclusion, as concern rose over passengers who dispersed around the globe after leaving another ship in Cambodia.

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02/17/2020 - 23:56

Americans arrive home from virus-infected cruise ship

More than 300 Americans rescued from a cruise ship quarantined off Japan because of the new coronavirus arrived back in the US Monday for two more weeks of medical seclusion, as concern rose over passengers who dispersed around the globe after leaving another ship in Cambodia.

More than 300 Americans rescued from a cruise ship quarantined off Japan because of the new coronavirus arrived back in the US Monday for two more weeks of medical seclusion, as concern rose over passengers who dispersed around the globe after leaving another ship in Cambodia.


02/17/2020 - 22:10

Amazon boss Bezos launches $10 bn fund to combat climate change

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon and the world's richest man, said Monday he was committing $10 billion to a new fund to tackle climate change.

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon and the world's richest man, said Monday he was committing $10 billion to a new fund to tackle climate change.


02/17/2020 - 22:05

Cameroon army blames accident for village 'massacre'

Cameroon's army on Monday denied opposition charges that it had massacred villagers in a troubled English-speaking region, blaming instead an "unfortunate accident" caused by an explosion of fuel during a firefight.

Cameroon's army on Monday denied opposition charges that it had massacred villagers in a troubled English-speaking region, blaming instead an "unfortunate accident" caused by an explosion of fuel during a firefight.


02/17/2020 - 20:39

Porto's Marega 'couldn't stay on the pitch' after racist abuse

Porto's Mali forward Moussa Marega said on Monday he 'couldn't stay on the pitch' after he suffered racist abuse in a Portugese league match at Vitoria Guimaraes at the weekend.

Porto's Mali forward Moussa Marega said on Monday he 'couldn't stay on the pitch' after he suffered racist abuse in a Portugese league match at Vitoria Guimaraes at the weekend.


02/17/2020 - 20:37

Clijsters 'feels good' despite losing first match in tennis comeback

Kim Clijsters says she is going to plough ahead with her tennis comeback despite losing her return match 6-2, 7-6 (8/6) to Garbine Muguruza in the opening round of the WTA event in Dubai.

Kim Clijsters says she is going to plough ahead with her tennis comeback despite losing her return match 6-2, 7-6 (8/6) to Garbine Muguruza in the opening round of the WTA event in Dubai.

02/17/2020 - 23:56

Americans arrive home from virus-infected cruise ship

More than 300 Americans rescued from a cruise ship quarantined off Japan because of the new coronavirus arrived back in the US Monday for two more weeks of medical seclusion, as concern rose over passengers who dispersed around the globe after leaving another ship in Cambodia.

More than 300 Americans rescued from a cruise ship quarantined off Japan because of the new coronavirus arrived back in the US Monday for two more weeks of medical seclusion, as concern rose over passengers who dispersed around the globe after leaving another ship in Cambodia.


02/17/2020 - 23:12

The global spread of the new coronavirus: Where is it?

The new coronavirus that emerged in central China at the end of last year has now killed nearly 1,800 people and spread around the world.

The new coronavirus that emerged in central China at the end of last year has now killed nearly 1,800 people and spread around the world.


02/17/2020 - 22:14

13 US citizens at 'high risk' of coronavirus being treated in Nebraska

Thirteen US citizens deemed "high risk" for the deadly new coronavirus are being treated at a federally designated facility in the University of Nebraska following their evacuation from a cruise ship in Japan, officials said Monday.

Thirteen US citizens deemed "high risk" for the deadly new coronavirus are being treated at a federally designated facility in the University of Nebraska following their evacuation from a cruise ship in Japan, officials said Monday.


02/17/2020 - 20:14

Cruise passengers scatter, take Cambodia bus tours despite virus fears

A scramble intensified Monday to trace passengers from a US cruise liner allowed to disembark in Cambodia despite at least one traveller later being diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus.

A scramble intensified Monday to trace passengers from a US cruise liner allowed to disembark in Cambodia despite at least one traveller later being diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus.


02/17/2020 - 19:23

China asks recovered patients to donate plasma for virus treatment

Chinese health officials Monday urged patients who have recovered from the coronavirus to donate blood so that plasma can be extracted to treat others who are critically ill.

Chinese health officials Monday urged patients who have recovered from the coronavirus to donate blood so that plasma can be extracted to treat others who are critically ill.


02/17/2020 - 18:08

Kodokan: Near-religious experience for foreign judo pilgrims

For judo lovers all over the world who make the pilgrimage to Tokyo's Kodokan, it's an emotional experience to tread the hallowed mats -- a unique chance to train at the sport's Mecca.

For judo lovers all over the world who make the pilgrimage to Tokyo's Kodokan, it's an emotional experience to tread the hallowed mats -- a unique chance to train at the sport's Mecca.


02/17/2020 - 17:52

Chanel halts Beijing fashion show over virus fears

French fashion house Chanel said Monday it was postponing a show set for May in Beijing following an outbreak of a new coronavirus that has infected some 70,000 people across China.

French fashion house Chanel said Monday it was postponing a show set for May in Beijing following an outbreak of a new coronavirus that has infected some 70,000 people across China.


02/17/2020 - 16:13

Scotch whisky facing £100m losses on US tariffs: industry body

Scotland's whisky industry is facing a £100 million fall in exports as a 25-percent tariff on imports of single malt Scotch into the United States starts to "hit hard", according to an industry body.

Scotland's whisky industry is facing a £100 million fall in exports as a 25-percent tariff on imports of single malt Scotch into the United States starts to "hit hard", according to an industry body.


02/17/2020 - 11:04

Cruise operator races to track Cambodia passengers over virus fears

A US cruise operator is working to track down hundreds of passengers who disembarked a luxury liner in Cambodia after one traveller was later diagnosed with the deadly new coronavirus.

A US cruise operator is working to track down hundreds of passengers who disembarked a luxury liner in Cambodia after one traveller was later diagnosed with the deadly new coronavirus.


02/17/2020 - 07:58

Virus-hit Hong Kong racing gallops on behind closed doors

The bell sounds as 11 runners in the Gold Cup break from the stalls at Hong Kong's famous Sha Tin racecourse.

The bell sounds as 11 runners in the Gold Cup break from the stalls at Hong Kong's famous Sha Tin racecourse.


02/17/2020 - 05:56

Burnt to the bone: Uganda's acid attack survivors seek justice

Ugandan university student Linette Kirungi was on her way to class when she heard footsteps behind her. The next thing she felt was liquid on her face -- then burning agony.

Ugandan university student Linette Kirungi was on her way to class when she heard footsteps behind her. The next thing she felt was liquid on her face -- then burning agony.


02/17/2020 - 04:34

Taiwan embraces cute mascots for virus prevention campaign

While China deploys stern communist slogans in its battle against a deadly new coronavirus, democratic Taiwan has embraced cuddly mascots and humour to ease public anxiety and educate on best practices.

While China deploys stern communist slogans in its battle against a deadly new coronavirus, democratic Taiwan has embraced cuddly mascots and humour to ease public anxiety and educate on best practices.


02/17/2020 - 03:18

Kodokan: Judo Mecca open to all

Blink and you'd miss it. In Tokyo's residential Bunkyo district squats a nondescript grey office block above a hardware store and within earshot of the squeals from the Tokyo Dome amusement park.

Blink and you'd miss it. In Tokyo's residential Bunkyo district squats a nondescript grey office block above a hardware store and within earshot of the squeals from the Tokyo Dome amusement park.


02/17/2020 - 03:08

Unchained melody: Traditional music revived as security improves

For years the distinctive twang of Pashtun music was drowned out by rattling gunfire and deafening explosions as musicians in Pakistan's northwest were targeted by militants. But, as security improves, a centuries-old tribal tradition is staging a comeback.

For years the distinctive twang of Pashtun music was drowned out by rattling gunfire and deafening explosions as musicians in Pakistan's northwest were targeted by militants. But, as security improves, a centuries-old tribal tradition is staging a comeback.


02/17/2020 - 03:06

Judo master, 97, puts 'spirit' above medals at Olympics

Proudly sporting the red belt marking him out as one of the 15 highest-ranked Japanese judo masters in history, 97-year-old Ichiro Abe hopes the sport's homecoming at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be more than a quest for gold.

Proudly sporting the red belt marking him out as one of the 15 highest-ranked Japanese judo masters in history, 97-year-old Ichiro Abe hopes the sport's homecoming at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be more than a quest for gold.


02/17/2020 - 01:10

China virus cases pass 70,000 as WHO mission begins

The number of people infected with the new coronavirus in China passed 70,000 on Monday as international experts began meetings with their Chinese counterparts on how to tackle an epidemic that has caused global concern.

The number of people infected with the new coronavirus in China passed 70,000 on Monday as international experts began meetings with their Chinese counterparts on how to tackle an epidemic that has caused global concern.


02/16/2020 - 19:06

Traditional 'flight of the angel' opens Venice Carnival

Thousands of people, many dressed for a traditional masked ball, crowded into Saint Mark's Square on Sunday to witness "the flight of the angel", the opening event of the annual Venice Carnival.

Thousands of people, many dressed for a traditional masked ball, crowded into Saint Mark's Square on Sunday to witness "the flight of the angel", the opening event of the annual Venice Carnival.


02/16/2020 - 14:46

Victoria Beckham's 'gentle rebellion' at London Fashion Week

Victoria Beckham made a clarion call for a "gentle rebellion" at London Fashion Week on Sunday with a sophisticated but wearable collection.

Victoria Beckham made a clarion call for a "gentle rebellion" at London Fashion Week on Sunday with a sophisticated but wearable collection.


02/16/2020 - 11:08

'Happy I can choose': New era sees Saudi women light up in public

Rima settles in a chair at an upscale Riyadh cafe, looks around carefully and, seeing no one she recognises, drags on her electronic cigarette before exhaling a cloud of smoke.

Rima settles in a chair at an upscale Riyadh cafe, looks around carefully and, seeing no one she recognises, drags on her electronic cigarette before exhaling a cloud of smoke.


02/16/2020 - 06:56

Cloud computing: invisible, versatile and highly profitable

With each passing quarter, Amazon, Microsoft and Google have been setting new records, while cloud computing has become the invisible backbone supporting much of our daily lives. Its potential to become an even bigger part of people's daily existence is sky-high.

With each passing quarter, Amazon, Microsoft and Google have been setting new records, while cloud computing has become the invisible backbone supporting much of our daily lives. Its potential to become an even bigger part of people's daily existence is sky-high.