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Coronavirus spreads in three continents; markets brace for global recession

   Employees work on a medical supply production line at a factory in Huaian, Jiangsu province, China February 28, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS 

   Countries on three continents reported their first cases of the coronavirus on Friday as the world prepared for a pandemic of the disease and investors dumped equities in expectation of a global recession.
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Hong Kong police arrest media tycoon Jimmy Lai on illegal assembly charges

   Media mogul and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai Chee-ying leaves from a police station after being arrested for illegal assembly during the anti-government protests in Hong Kong, China February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 

   Hong Kong police arrested publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing, and two other pro-democracy activists on Friday on charges of illegal assembly, drawing condemnation from international rights groups.
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Turkey says will not stop Syrian refugees reaching Europe after troops killed

   Internally displaced Syrians are seen in an IDP camp located in Idlib, Syria February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Umit Bektas 

   Turkey will no longer stop Syrian refugees from reaching Europe, a senior Turkish official said, as Ankara responded on Friday to the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in an air strike by Syrian government forces in Syria's northwestern Idlib region.
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Exclusive: U.S. mulls using sweeping powers to ramp up production of coronavirus protective gear

   U.S. President Donald Trump talks about preparedness to confront the coronavirus outbreak during a meeting with African-American leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis 

   President Donald Trump's administration is considering invoking special powers through a law called the Defense Production Act to rapidly expand domestic manufacturing of protective masks and clothing to combat the coronavirus in the United States, two U.S. officials told Reuters.
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New Zealand's PM says Australia's deportation policy is 'corrosive'

   New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/POOL 

   Australia's deportation policy is so "corrosive" that it has soured its bilateral relationship with New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday, a rare bust-up between the two historic allies.
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A Delhi neighborhood divided by a highway and now hatred

   FILE PHOTO: People stand next to the wreckage of motorcycles that were set on fire by a mob in a riot affected area after clashes erupted between people demonstrating for and against a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File Photo 

   The Hindu area of Bhajanpura and Muslim quarter of Chand Bagh face each other across a wide thoroughfare running through the northeastern part of India's capital, New Delhi.
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Malaysia uncertainty grows as Mahathir's plan for parliament vote rejected

   Malaysia's Interim Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during a news conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng 

   Malaysia's political uncertainty grew on Friday after the speaker of parliament said he had rejected a request from interim leader Mahathir Mohamad for a special session next week to choose a new prime minister.
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Ratings of South Korea's Moon take a hit from virus outbreak

   FILE PHOTO: South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during his New Year press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Pool 

   South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating have dropped to their lowest since November, a poll showed on Friday, amid growing criticism of his government's handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
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U.N. chief declares women's inequality 'stupid' and a global shame

   FILE PHOTO: Antonio Guterres, United Nations (UN) Secretary General, speaks at a news conference at the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 10, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri 

   United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called women's inequality "stupid" and a cause for global shame on Thursday, as he pledged to press governments to end discriminatory laws in the face of a "strong and relentless pushback" against women's rights.
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Vietnam to suspend visa-free travel for South Koreans: Yonhap

   The Vietnamese government plans to suspend visa-free travel for South Koreans starting on Saturday amid concerns about the coronavirus spreading, Yonhap News Agency said on Friday.
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Hyundai Motor halts work at factory after worker tests positive for coronavirus

   Employees wearing masks to prevent the coronavirus walk at a Hyundai Motors factory in Ulsan, South Korea, February 28, 2020. Yonhap via REUTERS 

   Hyundai Motor <005380.KS> shut down a factory in South Korea on Friday after a worker tested positive for the new coronavirus, disrupting production of popular models such as Palisade sport utility vehicle.
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Russia sends warships to Syria, blames Ankara for killing of Turkish troops

   Russia on Friday said it was sending two warships armed with cruise missiles to waters off the Syrian coast and blamed Ankara for the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in Syria's Idlib region the previous day.
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NATO says to meet under Article 4 to discuss Syria at Turkey's request

   FILE PHOTO: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a panel discussion at the annual Munich Security Conference in Germany February 15, 2020. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert 

   NATO ambassadors will meet on Friday to hold consultations about developments in Syria under Article 4 of the alliance's treaty at Turkey's request, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, after the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in a Syrian air strike in the Idlib region.
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Turkey says world powers must impose no-fly zone in Syria

   Turkey said on Friday that world powers must impose a no-fly zone in Syria to protect hundreds of thousands of people displaced by clashes, after the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers by Syrian air strikes in the Idlib region.
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New coronavirus cases in mainland China fall to lowest since January

   FILE PHOTO: Passengers wearing masks are seen arrival at the Shanghai railway station in Shanghai, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of a new coronavirus, February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song 

   Mainland China had 327 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Thursday, the country's National Health Commission said on Friday, down from 433 cases a day earlier and the lowest since Jan. 23.
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Qualify first, worry later: Marathoners say no time to fear Olympic cancellation

   FILE PHOTO: Scott Fauble cf the U.S.A. crosses the finish line in seventh place during the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon on the sixth anniversary of the 2013 Boston marathon bombings in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. April 15th, 2019. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl 

   Aspring Olympians at the U.S. marathon trials said on Thursday that they were concerned first with securing one of the coveted few tickets to Tokyo 2020 - and less, at least for now, about whether there would even be an Olympics this year.
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Hong Kong finds coronavirus in pet dog samples, unclear if infected

   Hong Kong authorities said on Friday they quarantined a pet dog of a coronavirus patient after its nasal and oral samples tested "weak positive" for the virus, though they added they did not yet have evidence that it can be transmitted to pets.
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Pence says virus poses low-level threat in U.S., working with Congress on spending bill

   U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is seated with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar; Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin as he leads a coronavirus task force meeting at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, U.S., February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 

   U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday the threat from coronavirus to the American public remains low, and the White House has begun discussions with leaders of the U.S. Congress on a supplemental spending bill to fighting the spread of the deadly infectious disease.
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South Korea boy band BTS cancels April Seoul concert on coronavirus concerns

   FILE PHOTO: Members of K-Pop band, BTS appear on ABC's 'Good Morning America' show in Central Park in New York City, U.S., May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid 

   South Korean boy band BTS canceled its scheduled April concert in Seoul, amid growing concerns of the new coronavirus outbreak, its music label, Big Hit Entertainment, said on Friday.
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U.S. spy agencies monitor coronavirus spread, concerns about India: sources

   FILE PHOTO: Medical staff with protective clothing are seen inside a ward specialised in receiving any person who may have been infected with coronavirus, at the Rajiv Ghandhi Government General hospital in Chennai, India, January 29, 2020. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar/File Photo 

   U.S. intelligence agencies are monitoring the global spread of coronavirus and the ability of governments to respond, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday, warning that there were concerns about how India would cope with a widespread outbreak.
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Coronavirus spreads in three continents; markets brace for global recession

   Employees work on a medical supply production line at a factory in Huaian, Jiangsu province, China February 28, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS 

   Countries on three continents reported their first cases of the coronavirus on Friday as the world prepared for a pandemic of the disease and investors dumped equities in expectation of a global recession.
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Hong Kong police arrest media tycoon Jimmy Lai on illegal assembly charges

   Media mogul and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai Chee-ying leaves from a police station after being arrested for illegal assembly during the anti-government protests in Hong Kong, China February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 

   Hong Kong police arrested publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing, and two other pro-democracy activists on Friday on charges of illegal assembly, drawing condemnation from international rights groups.
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Turkey says will not stop Syrian refugees reaching Europe after troops killed

   Internally displaced Syrians are seen in an IDP camp located in Idlib, Syria February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Umit Bektas 

   Turkey will no longer stop Syrian refugees from reaching Europe, a senior Turkish official said, as Ankara responded on Friday to the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in an air strike by Syrian government forces in Syria's northwestern Idlib region.
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Exclusive: U.S. mulls using sweeping powers to ramp up production of coronavirus protective gear

   U.S. President Donald Trump talks about preparedness to confront the coronavirus outbreak during a meeting with African-American leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis 

   President Donald Trump's administration is considering invoking special powers through a law called the Defense Production Act to rapidly expand domestic manufacturing of protective masks and clothing to combat the coronavirus in the United States, two U.S. officials told Reuters.
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New Zealand's PM says Australia's deportation policy is 'corrosive'

   New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/POOL 

   Australia's deportation policy is so "corrosive" that it has soured its bilateral relationship with New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday, a rare bust-up between the two historic allies.
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A Delhi neighborhood divided by a highway and now hatred

   FILE PHOTO: People stand next to the wreckage of motorcycles that were set on fire by a mob in a riot affected area after clashes erupted between people demonstrating for and against a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File Photo 

   The Hindu area of Bhajanpura and Muslim quarter of Chand Bagh face each other across a wide thoroughfare running through the northeastern part of India's capital, New Delhi.
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Malaysia uncertainty grows as Mahathir's plan for parliament vote rejected

   Malaysia's Interim Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during a news conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng 

   Malaysia's political uncertainty grew on Friday after the speaker of parliament said he had rejected a request from interim leader Mahathir Mohamad for a special session next week to choose a new prime minister.
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Ratings of South Korea's Moon take a hit from virus outbreak

   FILE PHOTO: South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during his New Year press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Pool 

   South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating have dropped to their lowest since November, a poll showed on Friday, amid growing criticism of his government's handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
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U.N. chief declares women's inequality 'stupid' and a global shame

   FILE PHOTO: Antonio Guterres, United Nations (UN) Secretary General, speaks at a news conference at the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 10, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri 

   United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called women's inequality "stupid" and a cause for global shame on Thursday, as he pledged to press governments to end discriminatory laws in the face of a "strong and relentless pushback" against women's rights.
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Vietnam to suspend visa-free travel for South Koreans: Yonhap

   The Vietnamese government plans to suspend visa-free travel for South Koreans starting on Saturday amid concerns about the coronavirus spreading, Yonhap News Agency said on Friday.
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Hyundai Motor halts work at factory after worker tests positive for coronavirus

   Employees wearing masks to prevent the coronavirus walk at a Hyundai Motors factory in Ulsan, South Korea, February 28, 2020. Yonhap via REUTERS 

   Hyundai Motor <005380.KS> shut down a factory in South Korea on Friday after a worker tested positive for the new coronavirus, disrupting production of popular models such as Palisade sport utility vehicle.
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Russia sends warships to Syria, blames Ankara for killing of Turkish troops

   Russia on Friday said it was sending two warships armed with cruise missiles to waters off the Syrian coast and blamed Ankara for the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in Syria's Idlib region the previous day.
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NATO says to meet under Article 4 to discuss Syria at Turkey's request

   FILE PHOTO: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a panel discussion at the annual Munich Security Conference in Germany February 15, 2020. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert 

   NATO ambassadors will meet on Friday to hold consultations about developments in Syria under Article 4 of the alliance's treaty at Turkey's request, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, after the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in a Syrian air strike in the Idlib region.
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Turkey says world powers must impose no-fly zone in Syria

   Turkey said on Friday that world powers must impose a no-fly zone in Syria to protect hundreds of thousands of people displaced by clashes, after the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers by Syrian air strikes in the Idlib region.
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New coronavirus cases in mainland China fall to lowest since January

   FILE PHOTO: Passengers wearing masks are seen arrival at the Shanghai railway station in Shanghai, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of a new coronavirus, February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song 

   Mainland China had 327 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Thursday, the country's National Health Commission said on Friday, down from 433 cases a day earlier and the lowest since Jan. 23.
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Qualify first, worry later: Marathoners say no time to fear Olympic cancellation

   FILE PHOTO: Scott Fauble cf the U.S.A. crosses the finish line in seventh place during the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon on the sixth anniversary of the 2013 Boston marathon bombings in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. April 15th, 2019. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl 

   Aspring Olympians at the U.S. marathon trials said on Thursday that they were concerned first with securing one of the coveted few tickets to Tokyo 2020 - and less, at least for now, about whether there would even be an Olympics this year.
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Hong Kong finds coronavirus in pet dog samples, unclear if infected

   Hong Kong authorities said on Friday they quarantined a pet dog of a coronavirus patient after its nasal and oral samples tested "weak positive" for the virus, though they added they did not yet have evidence that it can be transmitted to pets.
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Pence says virus poses low-level threat in U.S., working with Congress on spending bill

   U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is seated with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar; Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin as he leads a coronavirus task force meeting at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, U.S., February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 

   U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday the threat from coronavirus to the American public remains low, and the White House has begun discussions with leaders of the U.S. Congress on a supplemental spending bill to fighting the spread of the deadly infectious disease.
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South Korea boy band BTS cancels April Seoul concert on coronavirus concerns

   FILE PHOTO: Members of K-Pop band, BTS appear on ABC's 'Good Morning America' show in Central Park in New York City, U.S., May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid 

   South Korean boy band BTS canceled its scheduled April concert in Seoul, amid growing concerns of the new coronavirus outbreak, its music label, Big Hit Entertainment, said on Friday.
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U.S. spy agencies monitor coronavirus spread, concerns about India: sources

   FILE PHOTO: Medical staff with protective clothing are seen inside a ward specialised in receiving any person who may have been infected with coronavirus, at the Rajiv Ghandhi Government General hospital in Chennai, India, January 29, 2020. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar/File Photo 

   U.S. intelligence agencies are monitoring the global spread of coronavirus and the ability of governments to respond, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday, warning that there were concerns about how India would cope with a widespread outbreak.
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