Vatican Confirms First Case of Coronavirus

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Outpatient services at Vatican’s health clinic suspended The Vatican has reported its first coronavirus case, saying it had suspended outpatient services at its health clinic after a patient tested positive for Covid-19. The clinic inside the city-state – which has around … Read More

Strong earthquake hits off northeast Japan, no tsunami threat

A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake has struck the Kuril Islands off northeastern Japan, seismologists and residents say. Shaking was felt in parts of Hokkaido island but officials said there was no threat of a tsunami. The earthquake, which struck at 7:33 … Read More

World Health Experts Assess Global Risk of Deadly China Virus

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An employee of the virology department of the Charite hospital prepares a test for the new coronavirus in Berlin, Germany, Jan. 21, 2020. GENEVA – Experts meeting in emergency session at the World Health Organization will look at the spreading … Read More

‘We’ll deal with it’ – Donald Trump brushes off Kim Jong Un’s threat of ‘Christmas gift’

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Kim Jong Un threatens to take unspecified action if sanctions relief is not forthcoming by the end of the year. Donald Trump has brushed off North Korea’s warning of a “Christmas gift”, saying the United States would “deal with it … Read More

Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet Japan, South Korea leaders as North Korea tensions rise

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Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Beijing on Dec 23, 2019.PHOTOS: AFP, REUTERS BEIJING (REUTERS) – The leaders of Japan and South Korea will meet Chinese President Xi … Read More

Japan, South Korea meet over trade dispute but no quick fix seen

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Japan’s Director-General for Trade Control Department Yoichi Iida (right) shakes hands with South Korea’s Director-General For International Trade Policy Lee Ho-hyeon shake hands in Tokyo on Dec 16, 2019.PHOTO: KYODO/VIA REUTERS TOKYO (REUTERS) – Senior Japanese and South Korean trade … Read More

Pope Francis arrives in Thailand, to meet King, PM Prayut today

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Pope Francis arriving at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport yesterday. He is the first pontiff to visit Thailand in 35 years. PHOTO: EPA-EFE BANGKOK • Pope Francis arrived in Thailand yesterday and was greeted by the cheering faithful on the … Read More

Typhoon Hagibis: At least 10 dead, 16 missing

At least 10 people were killed and 16 missing as a powerful typhoon slammed Japan, causing major flooding and landslides across the central and eastern parts of the country and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. More than 120 people … Read More

Typhoon Hagibis: Tokyo braced for battering as ‘worst storm in 60 years’ roars in

The threat of widespread flooding and landslides compounded by an earthquake in nearby Chiba prefecture. Damaged caused by typhoon Hagibis in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo. Photograph: Jiji Press/EPA Evacuation orders were issued to more than 800,000 households in Tokyo … Read More

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