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China’s top diplomat assures Southeast Asia on epidemic

China’s top diplomat assures Southeast Asia on epidemic

VIENTIANE, Laos — China’s top diplomat assured his Southeast Asian counterparts on Wednesday that the situation in a central Chinese province where the outbreak of a new virus began has “been brought under effective control.
China's virus centre vows no patient unchecked as cases fall

China's virus centre vows no patient unchecked as cases fall

BEIJING — Inspectors in protective suits went door-to-door Wednesday in the epicenter of China's viral outbreak to try to find every infected person in an epidemic that is showing signs of waning as new cases fell for a second straight day.
Israeli Opera to host Placido Domingo despite protest

Israeli Opera to host Placido Domingo despite protest

JERUSALEM — Despite objections from sexual abuse activists, the Israeli Opera will host a weeklong singing competition organized by Spanish opera star Placido Domingo in Tel Aviv later this year. Domingo, 80, has withdrawn from all U.S.
In the spirit of Whitney: Houston Hologram tour set to begin

In the spirit of Whitney: Houston Hologram tour set to begin

BURBANK, Calif. — Whitney Houston is about to appear on the concert stage again. Eight years after her death, a holographic Houston will embark on a European tour that starts in England on Feb. 25 and runs through early April, with U.S.
Virologist: Tokyo Olympics probably couldn't be held now

Virologist: Tokyo Olympics probably couldn't be held now

TOKYO — A respected Japanese virologist on Wednesday said if the Tokyo Olympics were tomorrow, the games probably couldn't be held because of the fast-spreading virus from Wuhan, China. “We need to find the best way to have a safe Olympics," Dr.
Syria's Aleppo airport resumes flights amid fighting nearby

Syria's Aleppo airport resumes flights amid fighting nearby

ALEPPO, Syria — A Syrian passenger jet landed in Aleppo on Wednesday from Damascus, marking the resumption of domestic flights between Syria's two largest cities for the first time since 2012, while the government's onslaught continued nearby with ai
Devices found in missiles, Yemen drones link Iran to attacks

Devices found in missiles, Yemen drones link Iran to attacks

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A small instrument inside the drones that targeted the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry and those in the arsenal of Yemen's Houthi rebels match components recovered in downed Iranian drones in Afghanistan and Iraq, t
China revokes 3 Wall Street Journal reporters' credentials

China revokes 3 Wall Street Journal reporters' credentials

BEIJING — China on Wednesday said it has revoked the press credentials of three reporters for the U.S. newspaper The Wall Street Journal over a headline for an opinion column deemed racist by the government.
Passengers begin leaving after ship's virus quarantine ends

Passengers begin leaving after ship's virus quarantine ends

YOKOHAMA, Japan — About 500 passengers left the cruise ship Diamond Princess on Wednesday at the end of a much-criticized two-week quarantine aboard the vessel, docked in Japan, that failed to stop the spread of the new virus among passengers and cre

UK patient plays violin during unusual brain surgery

LONDON — Surgeons at King's College Hospital in London removed a brain tumour from a woman who played the violin during the procedure.