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A worker wearing a face mask sprays disinfectant along a path in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. China's death toll from a new viral disease that is causing global concern rose by 25 to at least 106 on Tuesday as the United States and other governments prepared to fly their citizens out of the locked-down city at center of the outbreak. (AP Photo/Arek Rataj)

Bad timing: New virus poses threat to fragile world economy

Jan. 28, 2020 4:54 PM EST

This should be peak season for a 12-room hotel near the train station in the Chinese industrial hub of Wuhan. The Chinese New Year usually brings in plenty of travelers and delivers profits of around $3,000 a month. But the place is empty. Wuhan, the center of a deadly viral outbreak, is on lockdown....

UN envoy: Stop `alarming' military escalation in Yemen

Jan. 28, 2020 4:25 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Yemen is urging a halt to the “alarming military escalation” in fighting between the Saudi-led military coalition and Houthi Shiite rebels, the U.N. spokesman said Tuesday. Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said envoy Martin Griffiths warned the...

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a television news interview during a break in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Warren offers infectious-disease plan amid China outbreak

Jan. 28, 2020 9:47 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has announced a plan to prevent, contain and treat infectious diseases as a new viral illness spreads in China. The Massachusetts senator on Tuesday unveiled a plan that includes fully funding the federal Centers for Disease Control...

In this March 27, 2017, file photo, tourists from China take pictures at the New England Aquarium in Boston. With tens of millions of Chinese ordered to stay put and many others opting to avoid travel as the new coronavirus spreads, tourism around the global is taking a heavy hit during one of the biggest travel seasons, the Lunar New Year. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

China virus outbreak rams global tourism, costing billions

Jan. 28, 2020 8:14 AM EST

Businesses around the world that have grown increasingly reliant on big-spending tourists from China are taking a heavy hit, with tens of millions of Chinese residents restricted from leaving their country as the coronavirus spreads. Hotels, airlines, casinos and cruise operators were among the industries...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2019 file photo, a supporter of Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, holds a banner with Arabic writing that reads,

Fighting sharply rises in Yemen, endangering peace efforts

Jan. 27, 2020 6:53 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A drastic escalation in fighting between the Saudi-led military coalition and Houthi rebels in Yemen has killed and wounded hundreds of people over the past week, officials and tribal leaders said Monday. The U.S.-backed Arab coalition battling to restore Yemen’s internationally...

Indonesian migrant workers wear face masks as they play the traditional music instrument

UN health chief visits China to help with virus containment

Jan. 27, 2020 10:26 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — 11:20 p.m. The director-general of the World Health Organization has flown to China to meet with government officials and health experts trying to contain the spread of a deadly virus that has killed 81 people in China and infected 2,750. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO,...

In this Jan. 9, 2020, photo provided by the Anti-Poaching Special Squad, the exterior of a store suspected of selling trafficked wildlife is seen in Guangde city in central China's Anhui Province. The outbreak of a new virus linked to a wildlife market in central China is prompting renewed calls for enforcement of laws against the trade in and consumption of exotic species. (Anti-Poaching Special Squad via AP)

China temporarily bans wildlife trade in wake of outbreak

Jan. 26, 2020 7:51 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities temporarily banned the trade of wild animals Sunday following a viral outbreak in Wuhan, saying they will “severely investigate and punish” violators. Local authorities will “strengthen inspections and severely investigate and punish those who are...

Inmate found dead at Mississippi prison

Jan. 26, 2020 7:20 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi inmate was found dead in his one-man cell, the corrections department said Sunday, the latest fatality in the state's troubled prison system. Joshua Norman, 26, was found hanging in his cell at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, according to a news release...

Markets around the world are feeling the coronavirus chill

Jan. 25, 2020 11:26 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks around the world fell this week on worries that a new type of virus in China may ultimately hit profits for companies from Wuhan to Washington. The World Health Organization has held off on calling the outbreak a global health emergency but says it may become one. The virus has...

Bulgarian traditional Mummers protest against the alleged mismanagement of Bulgarian government that has led to a water crisis in Sofia, on Saturday, Jan.25, 2019.  Citizens have been protesting for weeks, holding authorities accountable for bringing their city to the verge of what they are calling a humanitarian crisis. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)

Bulgarians protest severe water shortage in industrial city

Jan. 25, 2020 8:56 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Residents of a Bulgarian city experiencing a severe months-long water shortage gathered in front of the government headquarters Saturday demanding urgent measures to address what they described as a looming humanitarian crisis. Protesters voiced suspicions that bribery and...