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Workers spray disinfectant at a train station in Wuhan in southern China's Hubei province, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Chinese health authorities urged people in the city of Wuhan to avoid crowds and public gatherings, after warning on Wednesday that a new viral illness that has infected hundreds and caused at least nine deaths could spread further. (Chinatopix via AP)

Chinese city stops outbound flights, trains to fight virus

Jan. 22, 2020 6:56 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese city of more than 11 million people planned to shut down outbound flights and trains Thursday as the world's most populous country battled the spread of a new virus that has sickened hundreds of people and killed 17, state media reported. Everyone in the city of Wuhan was to be...

Medical workers use an infrared thermometer to check travelers at a train station in Nanchang in southern China's Jiangxi Province, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Chinese health authorities urged people in the city of Wuhan to avoid crowds and public gatherings, after warning that a new viral illness that has infected more than 400 people and killed at least nine could spread further. (Chinatopix via AP)

What's new in the China virus outbreak

Jan. 22, 2020 5:21 PM EST

Hundreds of cases of a new viral respiratory illness have been confirmed in China and elsewhere since an outbreak began last month in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Scientists have identified the illness as a new kind of coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which cause the common cold....

Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, WEF, gestures during a press conference, in Cologny near Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, January 14, 2020. The World Economic Forum unveiled the program for its 50th Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, including the key participants, themes and goals. The overarching theme of the Meeting, which will take place from 21 to 24 January, is

Davos forum: Trump to attend, but Iranian official cancels

Jan. 14, 2020 9:59 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister has cancelled an expected appearance at next week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, organizers said Tuesday, citing the “backdrop of uncertainty” in the Middle East. The move averts a possible crossing-of-paths with top U.S. officials,...

UN: No new meeting yet on drafting new Syria constitution

Dec. 20, 2019 6:08 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria told the Security Council on Friday that he won’t convene another session of a 45-member body that is supposed to draft a new constitution for Syria until the government and opposition agree on an agenda. Geir Pedersen, who is facilitating...

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2019, file photo visitors hold up patriotic slogans including

As Trump shuns US multilateralism, China ups diplomatic ante

Dec. 20, 2019 1:51 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Chinese leaders have long been sensitive about their communist country’s international image. Now, they are battling back — investing in diplomacy and a courtship of hearts and minds, just as the United States digs in on the Trump administration’s “America...

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb 18, 2018 file photo, refugees and migrants are rescued by aid workers of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, after leaving Libya trying to reach European soil aboard an overcrowded rubber boat, 60 miles north of Al-Khums, Libya. The United Nations is urging governments, businesses and others to “reboot

UN urges 'reboot' of refugee response as millions uprooted

Dec. 17, 2019 7:55 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations urged governments, businesses and others on Tuesday to “reboot" the world's response to refugees as the number of people fleeing their homes rises along with hostility to migrants. The first Global Refugee Forum, being hosted in Geneva by the U.N. and Switzerland on...

Airline group: We're cutting carbon more than people know

Dec. 11, 2019 11:34 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the world’s main association of airlines says it needs to better explain commitments it made years ago to reduce carbon emissions, and not make new pledges collectively - despite rising environmental concerns. Alexandre de Juniac, CEO of the International Air Transport...

File - In this Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 file photo, commuters make their way along an expressway during rush hour in Beijing. According to Chinese state media, the average concentration of PM2.5 fine air pollutants in Beijing in August was at the lowest level ever recorded for that month. Inger Andersen, head of the U.N. Environment Program, says the world needs 'quick wins to reduce emissions as much as possible in 2020.' Ahead of a global climate summit in Madrid next week, her agency published a report Tuesday showing the amount of planet-heating gases released into the atmosphere hitting a new high last year. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, file)

UN: ‘Quick wins’ needed to keep climate goals within reach

Nov. 26, 2019 9:53 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Countries need to begin making steep cuts to their greenhouse gas emissions immediately or risk missing the targets they’ve agreed for limiting global warming, with potentially dire consequences, senior United Nations officials said Tuesday. A report by the U.N. Environment Program,...

In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, photo, a person shows a personal top hat of Adolf Hitler with the initials 'AH' prior to an auction in Grasbrunn near Munich, Germany. A Geneva businessman says he has purchased Adolf Hitler's top hat and other Nazi memorabilia to keep them out of the hands of neo-Nazis and will donate them to a Jewish group. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)

Businessman buys Nazi items; plans to donate to Jewish group

Nov. 25, 2019 2:51 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A Lebanese-born Swiss real estate mogul said Monday that he purchased Adolf Hitler’s top hat and other Nazi memorabilia from a German auction in order to keep them out of the hands of neo-Nazis, and has agreed to donate them to a Jewish group. Abdallah Chatila, a Lebanese Christian who...