Asia ramps up defense against coronavirus


Asia stepped up its defenses Tuesday against a new SARS-like virus, introducing mandatory screenings at airports of arrivals from high-risk areas of China as authorities move to head off a billowing regional health crisis. From Bangkok to Hong Kong and Seoul to Sydney, authorities have gone onto high-alert over the… Read


S Korea to deploy anti-piracy unit to the Strait of Hormuz

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South Korea's military said on Tuesday it plans to expand the deployment of an anti-piracy unit now operating off the coast of Africa to the area around the Strait of Hormuz, after the United States pressed for help to guard oil tankers. Attacks on oil tankers in the Strait of… Read


Nearly half billion people lack decent jobs: U.N.


More than 470 million people worldwide are currently unemployed or underemployed, the U.N. said on Monday, warning that a lack of access to decent jobs was contributing to social unrest. The global unemployment rate has remained relatively stable over much of the past decade, according to the U.N.'s International Labour… Read


Thousands of armed U.S. gun rights activists join peaceful Virginia rally


More than 22,000 armed gun-rights activists peacefully filled the streets around Virginia's capitol building on Monday to protest gun-control legislation making its way through the newly Democratic-controlled state legislature. Despite fears that neo-Nazis or other extremists would piggyback on the Richmond rally to stoke unrest like the violence at a… Read


Trump heads to Switzerland as Senate trial set to convene


When President Donald Trump’s historic impeachment trial is called to order in the Senate this week, he won’t be watching from inside the chamber or on television from the White House. He'll be thousands of miles away at the Davos economic forum in the Swiss Alps, trying to charm global… Read


U.S. envoy say it's his mustache; South Koreans say otherwise


The U.S. ambassador to South Korea has some unusual explanations for the harsh criticism he's faced in his host country. His mustache, maybe? Or a Japanese ancestry that raises unpleasant reminders of Japan's former colonial domination of Korea? Many South Koreans, however, have a more straight-forward explanation for Harry Harris'… Read


As coronavirus spreads to more Chinese cities, WHO calls emergency meeting


An outbreak of a new coronavirus has spread to more Chinese cities, including the capital Beijing and Shanghai, authorities said on Monday, and a fourth case has been reported beyond China's borders. China's National Health Commission confirmed that the virus, which causes a type of pneumonia, can pass from person-to-person,… Read


Boris Johnson's Brexit bill hits last-minute hiccup


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans hit a hurdle Monday when Parliament’s upper chamber told the government to give European Union citizens living in the UK physical proof of their right to remain after the country leaves the bloc. The House of Lords voted by 270-229 to amend the… Read


Pompeo urges end to 'tyranny' of Venezuela's Maduro


U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Monday for cooperation in the struggle to remove Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from office amid a long-running crisis in the South American country. The appeal came as Pompeo was to meet with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido for strategy talks. "We must… Read


Canadian court starts extradition hearing of China Huawei exec

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A Canadian court on Monday began hearing the case of a senior Huawei executive who is fighting extradition to the United States, and whose arrest in Vancouver led to a breakdown in Canada-China relations. Meng Wanzhou, the company's chief financial officer and eldest daughter of its founder Ren Zhengfei, is… Read

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