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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo specialist Dilip Patel, left, and trader John Panin work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 20. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

World markets slip on renewed fears over virus outbreak

Feb. 21, 2020 7:06 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets slipped on Friday after a spike in new virus cases in South Korea and other countries refueled investor anxiety about China's disease outbreak. Benchmarks in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney closed down and London, Frankfurt and other European indexes were trading lower. Wall...

Outpouring of worldwide support for bullied Australian boy

Feb. 21, 2020 6:32 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Devastated after again being targeted at school for his dwarfism, a sobbing Quaden Bayles repeatedly told his mother that he wanted to die. The 9-year-old Australian’s deep distress went viral on social media after his mother, Yarraka Bayles, posted a six-minute video clip. ...

Workers in face masks dispense lunch outside of an office building in Beijing, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. China reported a further fall in new virus cases to 889 on Friday as health officials expressed optimism over containment of the outbreak that has caused more than 2,200 deaths and is spreading elsewhere. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China's count of new virus cases drops, deaths exceed 2,200

Feb. 21, 2020 5:00 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China reported another fall in new virus cases Friday as health officials expressed continued optimism over containment of the outbreak that has caused more than 2,200 deaths but has grown elsewhere. Containment of the illness has been a struggle far from the epicenter in central China....

Cars of a passenger train are derailed in Wallan, Victoria, Australia, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. The train heading from Sydney to Melbourne, carrying 160 passengers and crew, derailed late Thursday, killing two operators. (David Crosling/AAP Image via AP)

Passenger train partly derails in Australia, killing 2

Feb. 21, 2020 2:15 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Several cars on a passenger train derailed in southeastern Australia, killing two operators and injuring 12 other people, police said. The train was heading from Sydney to Melbourne late Thursday when part of it came off the tracks in Victoria state near Wallan. The two dead were the pilot...

An official in protective suits measure the temperature of the foreign passengers disembarked from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship before boarding to buses at a port in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Passengers tested negative for COVID-19 started disembarking since Wednesday. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan to let off last healthy cruise travelers, isolate rest

Feb. 21, 2020 2:08 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's health minister said the last cruise ship passengers who tested negative for a new virus will leave the Diamond Princess on Friday after a much-criticized quarantine of the vessel ended. The ship docked at a Yokohama port has the most COVID-19 cases outside of China, with 634 confirmed...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo trader Ashley Lara works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 19. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Global stocks mostly slip as virus weighs on companies

Feb. 20, 2020 7:57 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares mostly dipped Thursday as several companies estimated that the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China will weigh on their earnings. France's CAC 40 edged down 0.2% to 6,099 and Germany's DAX fell 0.2% to 13,765. Britain's FTSE 100 was flat at 7,458. Dow and S&P 500 futures...

Government agencies gather beside buses to be used to take evacuees to a quarantine facility after arriving in Darwin, Australia, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. The evacuees have travelled from Japan after being stranded on the cruise ship Diamond Princess. (Helen Orr/AAP Image via AP)

Australian evacuees from virus-hit ship begin 2nd quarantine

Feb. 20, 2020 3:17 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Around 180 Australians evacuated from a virus-stricken cruise ship in Japan arrived Thursday in the city of Darwin to begin a second quarantine period. The former cruise ship passengers will spend the next two weeks in a camp facility near the northern Australian city, health officials said....

Korri Loader, a friend of the victims of a car fire, sits at a makeshift memorial, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, near the scene of a car fire which claimed the lives of a mother and her three young children in Brisbane, Australia. Hannah Baxter, 31, and her children Aaliyah, 6, Lainah, 4, and Trey, 3, died after their car was set alight on a street in suburban Brisbane on Wednesday morning. (Dan Peled/AAP Image via AP)

PM says Australians 'devastated' by domestic violence attack

Feb. 20, 2020 12:43 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday that Australians were “shocked, saddened and devastated” by the deaths of five people including three children after a car fire in apparent domestic violence. Hannah Baxter, 31, and her children Aaliyah, 6, Lainah, 4, and Trey, 3, died...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2015 file photo, two Qantas planes taxi on the runway at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia. Some Asian airlines have rerouted flights to the Middle East to avoid Iranian airspace, amid escalated tensions over the United States’ assassination of a prominent Iranian commander in Iraq. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

Qantas cuts flights to Asia amid virus outbreak

Feb. 19, 2020 10:45 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's Qantas announced Thursday it will slash flights to Asia as the coronavirus crisis cuts into the airline and travel industries. The decision to reduce the carrier's overall capacity to Asia by 16% until at least the end of May is expected to cut between 100 million and 150 million...

FILE - In this March 4, 2017, file photo, a man writes a condolence message during the Day of Remembrance for MH370 event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has claimed the “top levels” of the Malaysian government long suspected the vanishing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 almost six years ago was a mass murder-suicide by the pilot. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan, File)

Abbott says top Malaysian leaders suspected pilot of MH370

Feb. 19, 2020 7:56 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said the “top levels” of the Malaysian government long suspected that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 almost six years ago was a mass murder-suicide by the pilot. Abbott was prime minister when the...