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Turkey's Erdogan tells Russia's Putin it's necessary to control Syrian government in Idlib

Fri, 2020-02-21 12:00
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan emphasized the necessity to control Syrian government forces and halt a humanitarian crisis in Syria's Idlib region during a phone call with Russia's Vladimir Putin, the Turkish presidency said on Friday.
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Assange's fate hangs in balance as UK court considers U.S. extradition bid

Fri, 2020-02-21 11:54
Almost a decade after his WikiLeaks website enraged Washington by leaking secret U.S. documents, a London court will begin hearings on Monday to decide whether Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States.
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Trump says four candidates being considered for U.S. intelligence chief

Fri, 2020-02-21 11:40
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said on Twitter that four candidates are under consideration for the job of U.S. intelligence chief and that a decision would come in the next few weeks.
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Central banks opened the tap for crisis fighting. Sometimes it worked

Fri, 2020-02-21 11:23
The raft of programs rolled out by central banks to fight recent economic crises, from massive bond buying to negative interest rates, had mixed success at best and may do even less the next time around.
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Coronavirus infects hundreds in China's prisons as global markets take hit

Fri, 2020-02-21 09:50
The coronavirus has infected hundreds of people in Chinese prisons, authorities said on Friday, contributing to a jump in reported cases beyond the epicentre in Hubei province, including 100 more in South Korea.
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Iran holds election, hardliners set to dominate with turnout key

Fri, 2020-02-21 09:44
Iranians voted on Friday in a parliamentary election likely to help hardline loyalists of the supreme leader tighten their grip on power as the country faces mounting U.S. pressure over its nuclear program and growing discontent at home.
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Iran extends voting in election by two hours due to 'rush of voters': TV

Fri, 2020-02-21 09:44
Iran extended voting by two hours on Friday because of a “rush of voters” in the parliamentary election, state television reported.
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Russia denies backing Trump's re-election as critics blast reported interference

Fri, 2020-02-21 09:42
The Kremlin on Friday denied it was interfering in the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign to boost Republican President Donald Trump's re-election chances following reports that American intelligence officials warned Congress about the election threat last week.
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After clashes, Ukraine blames disinformation campaign for spreading coronavirus panic

Fri, 2020-02-21 09:28
Ukraine's Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk on Friday blamed an "information war" being waged on the country for spreading panic and mistrust over the coronavirus, a day after the arrival of evacuees from China sparked clashes outside a sanatorium.
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Chinese capital battles jump in virus cases as infections ease elsewhere

Fri, 2020-02-21 08:50
The number of people who have contracted the coronavirus in the Chinese capital has jumped sharply, including more than 30 in an outbreak at a major hospital, while many other parts of the country are reporting fewer or no new infections.
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Factbox: Choices curtailed - Iran's parliamentary election

Fri, 2020-02-21 08:50
Iranians voted on Friday in a parliamentary election likely to reinforce the authority of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, amid mounting U.S. pressure over the nuclear program and as discontent grows at home.
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Six coronavirus cases discovered in north Italy, hundreds to be tested

Fri, 2020-02-21 08:47
Six people have tested positive in Italy for coronavirus, the northern Lombardy region said on Friday, in the first known cases of local transmission of the potentially deadly illness in the country.
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Church at centre of South Korea coronavirus outbreak sits silent as infections surge

Fri, 2020-02-21 08:41
Usually teeming with thousands of worshippers, the church at the centre of South Korea's largest coronavirus outbreak was shuttered and silent on Friday, surrounded by empty streets.
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Republican U.S. lawmaker Collins says he's focused on Senate run, not intelligence post

Fri, 2020-02-21 08:35
U.S. Representative Doug Collins on Friday said he still plans to run for the U.S. Senate, despite President Donald Trump's remarks that he was a leading candidate to head the nation's intelligence agencies.
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Yen regains footing as coronavirus spread knocks stocks

Fri, 2020-02-21 08:06
The Japanese yen regained its footing on Friday after a bruising week, as the spread of coronavirus cases knocked down stocks and boosted demand for traditional safety plays from bonds to gold.
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South Korean city recoils as coronavirus cases double overnight

Fri, 2020-02-21 07:54
The malls and restaurants in Daegu were empty and streets eerily quiet on Friday after the number of cases of coronavirus in South Korea doubled overnight to 204, almost all of them in and around the fourth largest city.
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Could warmer weather help contain the coronavirus?

Fri, 2020-02-21 07:29
Public health officials, businesses and financial markets are looking for signs of whether the arrival of warmer weather in the northern hemisphere might slow the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic. Here's what we know about seasonal features of disease outbreaks.
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Airlines suspend China flights due to coronavirus outbreak

Fri, 2020-02-21 07:22
Airlines have been suspending flights to China or modifying service in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
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Jail cases add to China coronavirus tally as SKorea infections double

Fri, 2020-02-21 06:54
The new coronavirus has infected about 500 people in China's prisons, almost half outside the province at the centre of the epidemic, authorities said on Friday, while South Korea reported 100 new cases that doubled its infections.
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No deal in sight as "Frugal Four" stamp down on EU budget

Fri, 2020-02-21 06:53
Denmark, Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands dug in their heels over the next European Union budget, insisting it cannot top 1% of economic output, to leave the EU no closer to a deal on Friday after all-night talks.
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