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Coronavirus: Chinese media confusion over doctor’s death

Chinese media have changed a report that a doctor who blew the whistle on the coronavirus outbreak has died of the infection.The state-run Global Times said Li Wenliang had died in Wuhan bu

Coronavirus: Hong Kong to quarantine visitors from mainland China

Hong Kong is to impose a mandatory 14-day quarantine on all visitors from mainland China as it battles to prevent the spread of a coronavirus outbreak.The policy comes into effect on Saturd

Coronavirus: Window of opportunity to act, World Health Organization says

Media playback is unsupported on your device The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is a "window of opportunity" to stop the deadly new coronavirus becoming a broader global crisis. Director-gen

Coronavirus: China admits ‘shortcomings and deficiencies’

Media playback is unsupported on your device China's top leadership has admitted "shortcomings and deficiencies" in the country's response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak.The Politburo Standing Commit

Coronavirus: First death outside China reported in Philippines

Media playback is unsupported on your device A man has died of the coronavirus in the Philippines, the first confirmed fatality outside China.The patient was a 44-year-old Chinese man from Wuhan, in Hube

Coronavirus: US and Australia close borders to Chinese arrivals

Media playback is unsupported on your device Countries around the world have closed their borders to arrivals from China, as officials work to control the rapid spread of the coronavirus.The US and Austr

Coronavirus: Worldwide cases overtake 2003 Sars outbreak

Media playback is unsupported on your device The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has surpassed that of the Sars epidemic, which spread to more than two dozen countries in 2003.There were around 8,1

Coronavirus: Death toll rises as virus spreads to every Chinese region

Media playback is unsupported on your device The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak has risen to 170, and a confirmed case in Tibet means it has reached every region in mainland China.Chinese healt

Coronavirus: Whole world ‘must take action’, warns WHO

The "whole world needs to be on alert" to fight the coronavirus, the head of the World Health Organization Health Emergencies Programme has said.Dr Michael Ryan praised China's response to

Trump releases long-awaited Middle-East peace plan

US President Donald Trump has presented his long-awaited Middle East peace plan, promising to keep Jerusalem as Israel's undivided capital.He proposed a two-state solution and said no Israe

Auschwitz 75 years on: Holocaust Day prompts new anti-Semitism warnings

Media playback is unsupported on your device Holocaust survivors and international leaders are honouring victims of the Nazis at the former Auschwitz death camp, amid calls to fight resurgent anti-Semitism.The presid

China coronavirus ‘spreads before symptoms show’

Media playback is unsupported on your device A new coronavirus that has spread to more than 2,000 people is infectious in its incubation period - before symptoms show - making it harder to contain, Chinese officials

China coronavirus spread is accelerating, Xi Jinping warns

Media playback is unsupported on your device The spread of a deadly new virus is accelerating, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned, after holding a special government meeting on the Lunar New Year public

China coronavirus: Lunar New Year subdued as outbreak spreads

Media playback is unsupported on your device China is marking the Lunar New Year, one of the most important dates in its calendar, while concerns grow about the coronavirus outbreak.As millions go home for the holida

China coronavirus: Lockdown measures rise across Hubei province

Media playback is unsupported on your device Lockdown measures are increasing across China's Hubei province to try to control the spread of a new virus that has left 18 people dead in the country.Wuhan, Hubei's capit

Jeff Bezos hack: UN experts demand probe of Saudi crown prince

UN human rights experts have demanded an immediate investigation into allegations Saudi Arabia's crown prince hacked Amazon boss Jeff Bezos's phone.They said Mohammed bin Salman should also

Davos: Trump decries climate ‘prophets of doom’ with Thunberg in audience

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has decried climate "prophets of doom" in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where sustainability is the main theme.He called for a r

New China virus: Cases triple as infection spreads to Beijing and Shanghai

Media playback is unsupported on your device The number of people infected with a new virus in China tripled over the weekend, with the outbreak spreading from Wuhan to other major cities.There are now m

Trump impeachment: Legal team says charges ‘brazen and unlawful’

US President Donald Trump's legal team has issued its first formal response to the impeachment charges against him, describing them as a "dangerous attack" on democracy. The document said t

Libya civil war: UN envoy Salamé says foreign intervention must end

The UN's Libya envoy Ghassan Salamé has called on foreign powers to stop interfering in Libya's civil war.On the eve of peace talks in Berlin, Mr Salamé said foreign support of proxy grou

Iran plane crash: Khamenei defends armed forces in rare address

Media playback is unsupported on your device Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has defended the country's armed forces after it admitted shooting down a passenger plane by mistake.He said the

Sir David Attenborough warns of climate ‘crisis moment’

Media playback is unsupported on your device "The moment of crisis has come" in efforts to tackle climate change, Sir David Attenborough has warned.According to the renowned naturalist and broadcaster, "we have been

Russian government resigns as Vladimir Putin plans future

Russia's government has resigned, hours after President Vladimir Putin proposed sweeping constitutional changes that could prolong his stay in power.PM Dmitry Medvedev said the president's

Iran nuclear deal: European powers trigger dispute mechanism

European powers have triggered a formal dispute mechanism over Iran's breaches of key parts of the 2015 nuclear deal - a move that could spell its end.Iran has gradually lifted all limits o

Taal volcano: Lava spews as ‘hazardous eruption’ feared

Media playback is unsupported on your device A volcano in the Philippines has begun spewing lava, as authorities warn that a "hazardous eruption" is possible "within hours or days". In the early hours of Monday, a we