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A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Asian shares are mostly higher as health authorities around the world move to monitor and contain a deadly virus outbreak in China and keep it from spreading globally. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Stocks around the world drop on virus concerns, led by China

Jan. 23, 2020 9:46 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — US stocks are falling at the start of trading Thursday, following other markets lower as authorities rush to contain a deadly virus outbreak in China. The coronavirus has been confirmed in five countries, and the worry is that its spread could hurt tourism and the global economy. Losses...

FILE - In this Sept. 2017 file photo, a flag is waved outside the White House, in Washington. The Trump administration is coming out with new visa restrictions aimed at restricting a practice known as “birth tourism.

US imposes visa rules for pregnant women on 'birth tourism'

Jan. 23, 2020 9:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday published new visa rules aimed at restricting “birth tourism," in which women travel to the U.S. to give birth so their children can have a coveted U.S. passport. Applicants will be denied tourist visas if they are determined by consular...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum is taking place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

The Latest: Merkel says climate may become survival matter

Jan. 23, 2020 9:43 AM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 3:40 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that climate protection may become a matter of survival for Europe and the entire planet. “The question of being able to reach the goals of the...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, an Emirates jetliner comes in for landing at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest for international travel, said Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, that it is taking special precautions to screen the droves of Chinese tourists expected for the Lunar New Year holiday after the outbreak of a pneumonia-like virus that has led to China's lockdown of the entire city of Wuhan. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

World airports taking precautions after China virus ourbreak

Jan. 23, 2020 9:39 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Airports around the world have begun taking precautions to deal with an anticipated influx of Chinese tourists taking Lunar New Year holidays, just as the outbreak of a pneumonia-like virus in China has prompted officials there to take drastic measures to prevent its...

CAPTION CORRECTION:CORRECTS MOTHER'S NAME: Yaffa Issachar, left, mother of Naama, who is imprisoned in Russia on drug possession charges, meets Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah in Jerusalem on January 23,2020 . Putin, will be a guest of honor Thursday at a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army's liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz death camp. (Heidi Levine, Pool via AP)

The Latest: Charles: Holocaust lessons 'searingly' relevant

Jan. 23, 2020 9:33 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest on the gathering in Jerusalem of dozens of world leaders for the World Holocaust Forum, which coincides with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp (all times local): 4:35 p.m. Britain’s Prince Charles says the “lessons of the Holocaust...

Sajid Javid, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, pictured during the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.  (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)

High hopes: US, EU and UK all aim for trade deals this year

Jan. 23, 2020 9:32 AM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The United States, the European Union and what will soon be post-Brexit Britain have all raised the prospect of concluding trade deals between themselves by the end of this year, setting up an intense few months of negotiations. High-level representatives said Thursday at the...

Elina Svitolina of Ukraine makes a forehand return to Lauren Davis of the U.S.during their second round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

The Latest: Svitolina puts top 10 women in Australian 3rd Rd

Jan. 23, 2020 9:09 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local): 12:45 a.m. All of the top 10 seeded women have reached the third round at the Australian Open for the first time since 2007. It's the first time it's happened at any Grand Slam tournament since Wimbledon in 2009. No. 5 Elina...

CiCi Bellis of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic in their second round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

2 years, 4 operations later, CiCi Bellis back on Slam stage

Jan. 23, 2020 8:59 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The worst part might have been the telephone conversation — CiCi Bellis and her mother on one end of the line, a doctor on the other — to go over the plan for one in a series of operations to rebuild the 20-year-old American tennis player's right arm. “We...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah stand with President Vladimir Putin at Netanyahu official residence in Jerusalem on January 23,2020 . Putin, will be a guest of honor Thursday at a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army's liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz death camp. Presidents , prime ministers and royalty from around the world who arrived in Israel for the two-day World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. (Heidi Levine/Pool photo via AP)

World leaders rally in Jerusalem against anti-Semitism

Jan. 23, 2020 8:42 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Dozens of world leaders gathered Thursday in Jerusalem for the largest-ever gathering focused on commemorating the Holocaust and combating rising modern-day anti-Semitism — a politically charged event that has been clouded by rival national interpretations of the genocide. Russian...

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 file photo, hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18 km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia. The U.S. Africa Command, signaling concern over the Pentagon's potential cuts, has emphasized the Somalia-based al-Shabab as a threat to the U.S. homeland, in intent if not yet in capability _ and warning that neither China nor Russia is doing much to counter Africa's extremist groups. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

AP Explains: Why US troop cuts in Africa would cause alarm

Jan. 23, 2020 8:23 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Even as destroyed U.S. military aircraft smoldered from an al-Shabab attack that killed three Americans this month in Kenya, the al-Qaida-linked group issued a taunting message to African troops: The U.S. will abandon you just as it did the Kurds. Islamic extremists are already...