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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, a poster warning about coronavirus is seen as passengers wear masks in a departure lobby at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea. British Airways and Asian budget carriers Lion Air and Seoul Air are suspending all flights to China as fears spread about the outbreak of a new virus that has killed more than 130 people. British Airways said Wednesday it is immediately suspending all flights to and from mainland China after the U.K. government warned against unnecessary travel to the country. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

China's women's Olympic soccer team quarantined in Australia

Jan. 29, 2020 6:15 AM EST

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — China's national women's soccer team has been quarantined in Australia ahead of an Olympic qualifying tournament as fears spread about the outbreak of a new virus that has killed more than 130 people. Health officials in Queensland state said on Wednesday that 32 people,...

Visitors and exhibitors wear masks at the Arab Health Exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday confirmed the first cases in the Mideast of the new Chinese virus that causes flu-like symptoms, saying doctors now were treating a family that had just come from a city at the epicenter of the outbreak. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

The Latest: Kazakhstan suspends travel links with China

Jan. 29, 2020 6:03 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China: 7 p.m. Kazakhstan has suspended all flights, train and bus services to neighboring China and stopped issuing visas to Chinese nationals due to the outbreak of a new virus. The government announced halting all flights to China starting...

A Japanese chartered plane carrying evacuees from Wuhan, China, landed at Haneda international airport in Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Cases of new virus in China top its total for SARS

Jan. 29, 2020 6:01 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China, with 5,974 cases of a new virus, has more infections than it did in with SARS, though the death toll is still lower. China had 5,327 cases of SARS in the 2002-2003 outbreak. China reported another large jump in cases Wednesday and a rise in the death toll to 132. That compares to 348...

Medical workers in protective gear talk with a woman suspected of being ill with a coronavirus at a community health station in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. China on Monday expanded sweeping efforts to contain a viral disease by extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection. (Chinatopix via AP)

Virus in China affects sports events, Olympic qualifiers

Jan. 29, 2020 3:51 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Amid growing concern at the spread of a new virus outbreak in China, international sports have been postponed and Olympic qualifying tournaments are being taken elsewhere. The international ski federation on Wednesday canceled the first World Cup races scheduled for testing the mountain venue...

Former Australian Open champion Margaret Court holds up the women's Australian Open trophy, the Daphne Ackhurst Memorial Cup, as her 50th anniversary of her Grand Slam is celebrated at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Navratilova sorry for protocol breach, not for Court protest

Jan. 29, 2020 3:32 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Martina Navratilova has apologized after getting caught on a technicality in her on-court campaign to have a stadium renamed at the Australian Open. The 18-time major winner didn't step back from the key message, though. Navratilova has regularly objected to Margaret Court Arena...

Germany's Alexander Zverev, left, is congratulated by Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka after winning their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Zverev ousts Wawrinka at Australian Open; into 1st Slam semi

Jan. 29, 2020 3:30 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Alexander Zverev began 2020 with three consecutive losses, which meant he had plenty of problems -- and plenty of time on his hands ahead of the Australian Open. So he showed up early and got to work, spending up to seven hours a day practicing in the week before the decade's...

Romania's Simona Halep celebrates after defeating Estonia's Anett Kontaveit during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Halep, Muguruza take contrasting paths to semis in Australia

Jan. 29, 2020 1:34 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Simona Halep went to work a long way from home in the off-season, out near the desert, not taking a day off. Her focus was on getting fitter in a bid to win a third major title, to go with the championships at Wimbledon last year and her career breakthrough at the French Open in...

Wildfire smoke billows behind a mountain range on Tuesday, jan. 28, 2020, close to Canberra's southern outskirts. The rapidly-spreading wildfire sparked by a military helicopter on Monday is threatening homes on Tuesday on the outskirts of the Australian capital. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

Wildfire threatens homes on Australian capital's outskirts

Jan. 28, 2020 4:24 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A wildfire sparked by a military helicopter helping firefighting efforts was blazing out of control and threatening homes on the outskirts of Australia's capital on Wednesday as fire danger escalated across the country’s southeast. The fire had spread over 9 ,500 ...

Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts after defeating Tennys Sandgren of the U.S. in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Federer saves 7 match points in Australia; Djokovic up next

Jan. 28, 2020 7:47 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer was not going to go gently, of course, no matter how daunting the number of match points — his opponent accumulated seven! — no matter how achy his 38-year-old legs, no matter how slow his serves, no matter how off-target his groundstrokes. Federer...

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts as he is interviewed by John McEnroe about the death of his friend Kobe Bryant following his quarterfinal win over Canada's Milos Raonic at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.(AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

The Latest: Djokovic "heartbroken" after Kobe Bryant's death

Jan. 28, 2020 7:31 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local): 11:25 p.m. Novak Djokovic choked back tears as he paid tribute to Kobe Bryant. After moving within two wins of an eighth Australian Open title with a win over Milos Raonic, Djokovic wore a green jacket with the letters K B and...