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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 2:09 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....

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, the statue of John Harvard sits in Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Federal prosecutors on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, charged Harvard University professor Charles Leiber, chair of the department of chemistry and chemical biology, with lying to officials about his involvement with a Chinese government-run recruitment program through which he received tens of thousands of dollars. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Harvard professor charged with hiding China ties

Jan. 28, 2020 1:52 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Harvard University professor has been c harged with lying about his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program and concealing payments he received from the Chinese government for research, federal officials said Tuesday. Charles Lieber, chair of the department of chemistry and chemical...

This Jan. 27, 2020, photo, provided by Dr. Khamis Hassan Bakari of Tanzania, shows him posing for a photo in Wuhan, China. Bakari is among more than 4,000 African students in the Chinese city of 11 million people, and has been sending updates on social media about the outbreak of a new virus to the more than 400 other Tanzanian students in Wuhan, as China’s astonishing lockdown of more than 30 million people continues. (Khamis Hassan Bakari via AP)

'Like I'm trapped': Africans in China lockdown see no escape

Jan. 28, 2020 11:13 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The normally bustling supermarket in Wuhan was deserted, looking more foreign than ever. Khamis Hassan Bakari walked the aisles and saw just two other shoppers, and fear sank in. “Everybody is scared. Scared of seeing anyone,” the 39-year-old Tanzanian doctor said, as...

Students walk beside a giant mural of former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna at a basketball court in Taguig, south of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Artists in this tenement building gathered and painted this image after learning of Bryant's death. Bryant, his daughter and 7 others died in a helicopter crash. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

'Citizen of the world': Bryant promoted basketball globally

Jan. 28, 2020 10:40 AM EST

ROME (AP) — At a Lakers preseason game in Beijing in 2013, the arena rang out with chants of “Kobe! Kobe!” — despite the injured superstar not even having suited up. From Los Angeles to Italy, Asia and beyond, Kobe Bryant was bigger than just a basketball player. He was the...

Passengers wear protective face masks arrive at the high speed train station in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Hong Kong's leader has announced that all rail links to mainland China will be cut starting Friday as fears grow about the spread of a new virus. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

US, others prepare evacuations as virus spreads from China

Jan. 28, 2020 9:36 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The United States and several other nations prepared Tuesday to airlift citizens out of a Chinese city at the center of a virus outbreak that has killed more than 100 people. Hong Kong's leader said it will cut all rail links to mainland China and halve the number of flights as authorities...

Chinese tourists wear masks at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. China has confirmed more than 4,500 cases of a new virus. Most have been in the central city of Wuhan where the outbreak began in December. More than 45 cases have been confirmed in other places with nearly all of them involving Chinese tourists or people who visited Wuhan recently. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Fuss over Thai navy officers' return from China

Jan. 28, 2020 8:55 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China (all times local): 8:25 p.m. A Thai navy spokesman says 20 officers sent to Wuhan to oversee construction of Thailand's first new submarine have returned home after the Chinese city was locked down to try to contain a viral outbreak. Navy...

People wear masks following the outbreak of a new virus as people arrive from the International terminal at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. A Toronto hospital said Saturday it has a confirmed case of the deadly virus from China, Canada's first. Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre said it is

China confirms 4,500 cases of virus, more than 50 elsewhere

Jan. 28, 2020 8:17 AM EST

China has confirmed more than 4,500 cases of a new virus, with 106 deaths. Most have been in the central city of Wuhan where the outbreak began in December. More than 50 cases have been confirmed in other places with nearly all of them involving Chinese tourists or people who visited Wuhan recently. Some details...

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 Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 file photo, medical workers in protective gear help a patient near an ambulance in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province.As Beijing instates one of the largest quarantines in modern history, locking down over 50 million people in Hubei province, questions are swirling around the provincial government's sluggish initial response. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

Wuhan officials face questions, anger over virus response

Jan. 28, 2020 4:53 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Last Wednesday evening, top officials in the central Chinese city of Wuhan settled into their seats at an auditorium for a Lunar New Year gala — even as a new virus that originated in their city was spreading rapidly. Dozens of actors, actresses and musicians performed, some despite...

Passengers wearing masks wait in a line to check-in to a flight to Shanghai at the Vaclav Havel International Airport in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Prague's international airport is launching an information campaign for travellers who develop symptoms possibly linked to a new coronavirus illness. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Countries evaluate evacuation of citizens in virus epicenter

Jan. 27, 2020 9:51 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Countries with citizens in the central Chinese city that's the epicenter of a viral outbreak are planning evacuations as the number of illnesses grow and China takes drastic measures to try to stop the spread of the virus. A look at steps being taken: — CHINA: The government cut most...