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China virus death toll rises to nine as pandemic fears mount

January 22, 2020 By Cate Cadell and David Stanway BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The death toll from a new flu-like coronavirus in China rose to nine on Wednesday with 440 confirmed cases, Chinese health officials said as authorities stepped up efforts to control the outbreak by discouraging public gatherings in Hubei province. Another 2,197 people who […]

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Mexico halts migrant caravan, deports hundreds to Honduras

January 22, 2020 MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s government said on Tuesday that it largely halted a caravan of undocumented Central Americans migrants who waded across a river into Mexico, and says others who attempt to enter the country illegally will face the same consequences. The caravan, part of a group of several thousand people […]

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Huawei CFO arrives in Vancouver court to contest U.S. extradition request

January 21, 2020 By Tessa Vikander VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou returned to a Vancouver court on Tuesday, where her lawyers are expected to build on their arguments against the U.S. extradition request that they say is based a sanctions violation and not bank fraud. Meng, 47, arrived in a Vancouver […]

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Lebanon government to be announced on Tuesday: sources, media

January 21, 2020 BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s new government will be announced on Tuesday, political sources and local media said, after the powerful Shi’ite Hezbollah group and its allies clinched an agreement on a cabinet that must tackle a deep economic crisis. Two senior political sources told Reuters the cabinet would be made up of […]

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New China virus claims sixth victim as holiday travel stokes risk

January 21, 2020 By Se Young Lee and Lusha Zhang BEIJING (Reuters) – The toll from a new virus in China rose to six deaths and more than 300 cases on Tuesday as millions of Chinese prepared to travel for the Lunar New Year, heightening contagion risks. Many in China scrambled to buy face masks […]

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U.S. Secretary of State says no evidence Venezuela’s Maduro interested in free, fair elections

January 21, 2020 SAN JOSE (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday there have been many conversations with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in recent months, but there are no indications Maduro is interested in holding free and fair elections. (This story corrects to show Pompeo referring generally to Venezuela talks, not […]

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Ivory Coast leader says fears of age limit for presidential candidates unfounded

January 21, 2020 LONDON (Reuters) – Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara said on Tuesday a planned revision of the constitution would not include an age limit for presidential candidates, seeking to dispel fears that his main rivals would be unable to contest an October election. A rise in tensions in recent weeks between Ouattara and […]

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Russia gets new government in what Putin calls major renewal

January 21, 2020 By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Maria Kiselyova MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin approved a new Russian government on Tuesday which he called a break with the past and included a new economy minister and first deputy prime minister, but many senior ministers stayed on. The government was formed less than a week […]

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Canada, Iran at odds over who should analyze downed plane’s black boxes

January 21, 2020 By Alexander Cornwell and Babak Dehghanpisheh DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran said it had asked the U.S. and French authorities for equipment to download information from black boxes on a downed Ukrainian airliner, potentially angering countries which want the recorders analyzed abroad. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, which lost 57 of the […]

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U.S. urges China to join nuclear arms talks with Russia

January 21, 2020 By Emma Farge GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States urged China on Tuesday to join trilateral nuclear arms talks with Moscow, calling Beijing’s secrecy around growing stockpiles a “serious threat to strategic stability”. U.S. President Donald Trump said last year he had discussed a new accord on limiting nuclear arms with Russian […]

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