• China reports over 1,280 virus cases, death toll at 41

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s most festive holiday began in the shadow of a worrying new virus Saturday as the death toll surpassed 40, an unprecedented lockdown kept 36 million people from traveling and authorities canceled a host of Lunar New Year events.

    Updated: 10:23 pm

  • Genocide charge dents halo of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

    BANGKOK (AP) — When Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi walked into the International Court of Justice last month, she gambled the remaining shreds of her hard-won international reputation on a rebuttal of accusations that her country’s military committed genocide against minority Rohingya Muslims.

  • Use of ‘rescues’ by Mexican migration officials criticized

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The headline on a statement from Mexico’s National Immigration Institute read: “INM rescues 800 Central American migrants who entered (Mexico) today irregularly.”

  • At least 14 dead, hundreds hurt as quake hits eastern Turkey

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A 6.8-magnitude earthquake rocked a sparsely-populated part of eastern Turkey on Friday, killing at least 18 people, injuring more than 500 and leaving some 30 trapped in the wreckage of toppled buildings, Turkish officials said.

    Updated: 6:17 pm

  • China confirms 1st death outside epicenter of viral outbreak

    BEIJING (AP) — China expanded its lockdown against the deadly new virus to an unprecedented 36 million people and rushed to build a prefabricated, 1,000-bed hospital for victims Friday as the outbreak cast a pall over Lunar New Year, the country’s biggest, most festive holiday.

    Updated: 4:16 pm

  • Legal chaos in Poland deepens, posing major challenge for EU

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Legal chaos has deepened dramatically in Poland, with the government and the country’s high court judges clashing over who administers justice — a rift that some experts say is an assault on the young democracy and could lead to a break from the European Union.

  • 6 killed in Germany shooting, suspect arrested

    BERLIN (AP) — Six people were killed and another two wounded in a shooting in the southwestern German town of Rot am See on Friday that appears to have resulted from a family dispute, police said.

  • Social controls, SARS experience help China close off cities

    BEIJING (AP) — Cutting off access to entire cities with millions of residents to stop a new virus outbreak is a step few countries other than China would consider, but it is made possible by the ruling Communist Party’s extensive social controls and experience fighting the 2002-03 outbreak of SARS.

  • Asian markets gain as China closes down for Lunar New Year

    BANGKOK (AP) — Global stock markets rose Friday after the outbreak of a new virus in China that that has killed 25 people and led to transport limits in several cities was not declared a global emergency.

  • Tokyo Olympics reach 6-months-to-go mark with some fireworks

    TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo put on a flashy fireworks display on Friday to mark the 6-months-to-go milestone for this year’s Olympics.