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100 passengers in close contact with infected leave Japan ship

Apo - Some 100 passengers who were in close contact with infected people on board began disembarking from the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship on Saturday, local media said.

South Korea reports surge in virus cases linked to hospital

Seoul - South Korea reported 142 more coronavirus cases Saturday, the sharpest spike in infections yet, with many new cases involving patients being treated in hospital for mental health issues.

China's Xi writes thank you note to Bill Gates for virus pledge

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping has written a letter expressing thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the organisation's "generosity" and support tackling a deadly virus epidemic, state media said Saturday.

Afghans mark start of week-long partial truce amid isolated attacks

Kabul - A week-long, partial truce appeared to be largely holding across Afghanistan on Saturday, with jubilant civilians celebrating in the streets to mark a potentially historic turning point in the war, even as isolated attacks threatened to undermine the p...

Review: Billy Joel and Itzhak Perlman masterful at Madison Square Garden Special

New York - On February 20, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Billy Joel performed his monthly residency show at Madison Square Garden, with special guest violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman.

Italy towns under lockdown as first European coronavirus death reported

Rome - An Italian man became the first European to die after being infected with the coronavirus Friday, just hours after 10 towns in the country were locked down following a flurry of new cases.

Review: ‘The Lodge’ is a slow-burn attack on the mind Special

‘The Lodge’ is a chilling thriller that tests a family’s sanity when they’re stranded in a snowstorm with no supplies and someone with malicious intent.

China virus cases drop as foreign fears rise

Bejing - Fears mounted Saturday over the growing spread of infections outside China from the new coronavirus outbreak, as the World Health Organization warned of a shrinking window to stem the spread of the deadly disease.

Cancer drug shortages leave Mexican kids fighting for life

Mexico - Five-year-old Dhana Rivas is fighting for her life on two fronts, fending off the acute lymphoblastic leukemia eating away at her frail body while her family simultaneously battles the shortage of cancer drugs plaguing Mexico.

COVID-19 update — Iran reports two more deaths and 13 new cases

World health officials said Friday the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Iran, where health officials confirmed 18 new cases and four deaths in just two days, is “very worrisome.”

Brazil carnival queens: reigning over wild parties is hard work

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's carnival celebrations are among the wildest parties in the world, but someone has to reign over them -- and being "queen" can be a year-round job.

S.Korea reports surge in virus cases, including Samsung employee

Seoul - South Korea is facing a "grave" situation from the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said Saturday as the country reported 229 new cases in the sharpest spike in infections yet.

France begins shutting down oldest nuclear plant

Fessenheim - French state-owned energy giant EDF on Saturday began shutting down the country's oldest nuclear power plant after 43 years in operation.

Kazakhstan detains around 200 opposition protesters in largest city

Almaty - Police in Kazakhstan detained around 200 people Saturday as two opposition groups called for anti-government demonstrations in the oil-rich Central Asian country.

Iran reports fifth coronavirus death, most outside Far East

Tehran - Iran on Saturday reported one more death among 10 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths in the Islamic republic to five -- the highest of any country outside the Far East.

10 Italian towns in lockdown over coronavirus fears

Rome - Authorities in northern Italy on Friday ordered the closure of schools, bars and other public spaces in 10 towns following a flurry of new coronavirus cases.

Review: Gretchen Peters charms on 'The Night You Wrote That Song' Special

On February 21, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters released her new song "The Night You Wrote That Song," which was penned by the late but great Mickey Newbury.

Taj Mahal but no trade deal for Trump in India

Ahmedabad - US President Donald Trump will open the world's biggest cricket stadium and watch the sun set at the famed Taj Mahal during a lightning visit to India starting Monday, but behind the spectacular optics he is expected to face a protectionist counter-pun...

Saudi hosts G20 financial leaders amid coronavirus alarm

Apo - Finance ministers and central bank governors from G20 nations meet in the Saudi capital Saturday for a two-day gathering to discuss the global economy and the risks from the coronavirus epidemic.

Cam talks 'Till There's Nothing Left,' new music, and digital age Special

Country star Cam ("Burning House") chatted with Digital Journal about her latest single "Till There's Nothing Left," and shared that there is new music in the works.
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