Two Western hostages kidnapped in Burkina Faso have been freed, U.N. says

BAMAKO (Reuters) – A Canadian woman and an Italian man kidnapped in Burkina Faso 15 months ago have been freed and appear to be in good health, the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in neighboring Mali said on Saturday. Edith Blais and Luca Tacchetto went missing while traveling through Burkina Faso in December 2018. Jihadist groups with links to al Qaeda […]

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Coronavirus fight widens worldwide as China sees cases dwindle

As the rest of the world mobilized to fight the widening coronavirus pandemic on Saturday, China continued to ease up lockdown measures in its hardest-hit region, where the number of new cases has dwindled. The virus that first emerged in central China late last year has in recent weeks spread exponentially in the Middle East, Europe and North America, leading […]

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China's imported coronavirus cases rise as local infections drop again

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The number of new coronavirus cases imported into mainland China from overseas surpassed the number of locally transmitted new infections for the first time on Friday, according to data released by the National Health Commission. Mainland China had 11 new confirmed cases on Friday, up from eight cases a day earlier, but only four of those – […]

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Vietnam to refuse visitors from UK, Schengen countries: government

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam will deny entry and stop issuing tourist visas to citizens from Europe’s Schengen visa-free area and Britain starting from Sunday, amid concerns over the spreading coronavirus, its foreign ministry said. The restriction will start from midday March 15 following a proposal from the country’s prime minister, the ministry said in a statement on its website. Visas […]

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Venezuela confirms coronavirus cases amid public health concerns

CARACAS/MARACAIBO (Reuters) – Venezuela on Friday confirmed its first two cases of coronavirus amid concerns that the economically struggling South American nation is unprepared to confront a pandemic that is spreading rapidly around the globe. “We are declaring a state of alarm,” President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised appearance Friday night, urging Venezuelans to take precautionary measures and asking […]

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Mainland China sees imported virus cases exceed new local infections for first time

BEIJING (Reuters) – The number of new coronavirus cases imported into mainland China from overseas surpassed the number of locally transmitted new infections for the first time on Friday, data released by the National Health Commission showed on Saturday. Mainland China had 11 new confirmed cases on Friday, up from eight cases a day earlier, but only four of those […]

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Primaries to go ahead in U.S. next week despite coronavirus: officials

Louisiana¬†on Friday became the first U.S. state to postpone its presidential nominating contest because of the coronavirus pandemic, while four states holding their primaries next week said those elections would go forward as planned. The Southern state said it would reschedule voting in the run-up to the Nov. 3 election because of the outbreak. Officials there said they would postpone […]

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Mexico frets about U.S. coronavirus spread, could tighten border

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico could consider tightening its northern border to slow the spread of coronavirus into its relatively unaffected territory, health officials said on Friday, with an eye to containing a U.S. outbreak that has infected more than 1,800 people. Mexico so far has confirmed 26 cases of the coronavirus, with no deaths. In the United States, 41 […]

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