Coronavirus in N Korea could be ‘much more lethal’ than in China

Coronavirus in N Korea could be ‘much more lethal’ than in China

North Korea has not reported a single case of the coronavirus since the outbreak was first detected in neighbouring China in late December, but health experts say infections may be going undetected in the impoverished country - where an outbreak could be "much more lethal". The virus, known as COVID-19, has infected 75,000 people and killed…
Bloomberg, Sanders under attack in US Democratic debate

Bloomberg, Sanders under attack in US Democratic debate

Six US Democratic presidential candidates came out swinging in all directions on Wednesday night, but billionaire Michael Bloomberg and Senator Bernie Sanders were the main targets. It was Bloomberg's first debate since announcing his candidacy late last year, and for Americans, it was their first unscripted look at the media mogul and former New York…
China expels foreign journalists as coronavirus deaths climb

China expels foreign journalists as coronavirus deaths climb

Beijing, China - China has ordered the expulsion of three Wall Street Journal reporters as criticism mounts over the country's handling of the coronavirus outbreak, which has so far killed more than 2,000 people and infected close to 75,000 others. The order, which escalates Beijing's fraught relations with foreign media, came late on Wednesday after the Ministry…
Several dead in shooting in German city of Hanau – report

Several dead in shooting in German city of Hanau – report

At least eight people were killed in two shooting incidents late on Wednesday in the German city of Hanau, police said. Police special units are chasing an unknown number of perpetrators, who fled the scene of the attack in the city of about 90,000 people east of Frankfurt.  More: Germany far-right group was 'plotting Christchurch-style attack'…
Apathy runs high in Tehran as Iran gears up for parliament vote

Apathy runs high in Tehran as Iran gears up for parliament vote

Tehran, Iran - Authorities in Iran have appealed to the country's nearly 58 million eligible voters to turn out for a key parliamentary election on Friday, but many young voters in the capital, Tehran, said they have no intention of taking part in the poll. As the week-long campaign for Iran's 290-member parliament came to…
‘Nowhere is safe’: UN warns of urgent danger of Syria escalation

‘Nowhere is safe’: UN warns of urgent danger of Syria escalation

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians fleeing a fierce government push are being squeezed into ever-smaller areas near Turkey's border under horrendous conditions, including below-freezing temperatures that are killing babies and children, the United Nations humanitarian chief has warned. Addressing the UN Security Council, Mark Lowcock said on Wednesday the "unfolding humanitarian catastrophe" in Syria's northwestern Idlib province had…
In conflict-hit Burkina Faso, love wins for interfaith couples

In conflict-hit Burkina Faso, love wins for interfaith couples

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - It happened more than 20 years ago, but Inoussa Bouda remembers it as if it happened yesterday. Waiting at a bus station on his way to his grandparents, he saw a beautiful woman cross the road. "I was thinking, 'I don't know which bus she's taking, but even if she's going…
Cheating death: China’s Wuhan coronavirus survivors recall ordeal

Cheating death: China’s Wuhan coronavirus survivors recall ordeal

Chengdu, China - Scrambled eggs with tomatoes - that's the first dish coronavirus survivor Yangyang, 28, made for herself after being discharged from No 7 Hospital in Wuhan, in Hubei province - the epicentre of the outbreak in China. "This is the first time I thought eggs were so delicious," Yangyang wrote on social media.…
US attorney general ‘considers resignation’ over Trump tweets

US attorney general ‘considers resignation’ over Trump tweets

United States Attorney General William Barr has told people close to him he was considering quitting his post after President Donald Trump ignored his warning about posting on social media about Justice Department cases, an administration official told The Associated Press news agency. The revelation late on Tuesday came just days after Barr took a…
Libya: LNA says Tripoli port attack targeted Turkish weapons

Libya: LNA says Tripoli port attack targeted Turkish weapons

Rebel group the Libyan National Army (LNA) says it bombed a vessel carrying weapons from Turkey in Tripoli's port, an attack that led the UN-recognised government to call off peace negotiations in Switzerland. The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) pulled out of the talks after a barrage of rocket fire on Tuesday hit the…