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World prepares for coronavirus pandemic; global recession forecast

   People wearing masks after the coronavirus outbreak wait in a line to buy masks in front of a department store in Seoul, South Korea, February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji 

   Hopes the coronavirus would be contained to China vanished on Friday as infections spread rapidly around the world, countries started stockpiling medical equipment and investors took flight in expectation of a global recession.
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Iran coronavirus death toll reaches 26, many Friday prayers canceled

   Iranian women wear protective masks to prevent contracting coronavirus, as they walk in the street in Tehran, Iran February 25, 2020. WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Nazanin Tabatabaee via REUTERS 

   Iran said on Thursday its death toll from coronavirus had risen to 26, by far the highest number outside China, and the total number of infected people now stood at 245, including several senior officials.
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   Business Newsan hour ago

Japan minister flying to Lebanon to make case for Ghosn's return

   FILE PHOTO: Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn gestures during a news conference at the Lebanese Press Syndicate in Beirut, Lebanon January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo 

   Japan's vice minister of justice is traveling to Lebanon this weekend to try to make the case that fugitive ex-Nissan <7201.T> Chairman Carlos Ghosn should stand trial in Japan.
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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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New Zealand limits entry of travelers from Iran on coronavirus fears

   New Zealand said on Friday that it was placing temporary restrictions on incoming travelers from Iran as a precautionary measure to protect against the coronavirus outbreak.
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   Business News2 hours ago

Oil prices fall again, on track for biggest weekly drop in over 4 years

   FILE PHOTO: A seagull flies in front of an oil platform in the Bouri Oilfield some 70 nautical miles north of the coast of Libya, October 5, 2017. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/File Photo 

   Oil prices fell for a sixth straight session on Friday and were on track for about a 12% weekly fall, the biggest in more than four years, as the spread of the coronavirus outside China raised fears of slowing global demand.
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   Business News3 hours ago

Stocks plunge on coronavirus fears even as U.S. ramps up fight against spread

   Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid 

   U.S. stocks plummeted on Thursday as fears about the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on economic growth flared even as U.S. officials pledged that they were stepping up efforts to safeguard Americans from the virus' spread.
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   World News3 hours ago

As more Turkish troops killed, Ankara says it will not stop Syrian refugees reaching Europe

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

   Turkey, faced with a possible new wave of Syrian migrants and dozens more dead Turkish soldiers in Idlib, will no longer stop Syrian refugees from reaching Europe, a senior Turkish official said as President Tayyip Erdogan chaired an emergency meeting.
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   U.S. Legal News3 hours ago

U.S. grants sanctions waiver for humanitarian trade to Iran

   The United States on Thursday granted a license to allow for certain humanitarian trade transactions with Iran's sanctioned central bank, a move it said was in step with the formalization of a Swiss humanitarian trade channel.
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   World News3 hours ago

U.N. chief voices concern about fighting in northwest Syria, calls for ceasefire

   FILE PHOTO: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends a session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse 

   United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday voiced "grave concern" about the escalation of fighting in northwest Syria and reiterated his call for a ceasefire.
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   World News3 hours ago

Cycling: UAE Tour canceled after positive coronavirus tests

   FILE PHOTO: Cycling - UAE Tour - Dubai, United Arab Emirates - February 23, 2020 Bora-Hansgrohe's Pascal Ackermann (C) in action on the final straight before winning the race REUTERS/Satish Kumar Subramani 

   The final two stages of the UAE Tour, which is featuring some of the world's leading riders, has been canceled due to two Italian participants testing positive for coronavirus, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council said on Thursday.
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Attack in Syria's Idlib killed 33 Turkish soldiers: Hatay governor

   A total of 33 Turkish soldiers died as a result of an air strike carried out by Syrian government forces in Syria's Idlib region, the local governor of the southeastern Turkish province of Hatay said early on Friday, raising an earlier death toll.
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U.S. says it stands by Turkey after attack on Turkish soldiers in Syria

   The United States is very concerned about a reported attack on Turkish soldiers in Syria's Idlib region and it stands by its NATO ally Turkey, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.
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Turkish army retaliates against 'all known' Syrian government targets

   The Turkish army released on Thursday (February 27) drone footage of what it said were strikes on Syrian government targets in Idlib governorate. 

   The Turkish army is retaliating with artillery fire at Syrian government targets in Syria after an airstrike killed 22 Turkish soldiers in the northwestern Idlib province, two Turkish security officials said on Friday.
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Attack in Syria's Idlib killed 29 Turkish soldiers: Hatay governor

   A total of 29 Turkish soldiers died as a result of an attack carried out by Syrian government forces in Syria's Idlib region, the local governor in the southeastern province of Hatay said early on Friday, raising an earlier death toll.
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   Sports News6 hours ago

Barty sets up Kvitova semi-final after downing Muguruza in Doha

   FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Semi Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 30, 2020 - Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in action during her match against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. REUTERS/Issei Kato 

   World number one Ash Barty eased into the semi-finals of the Qatar Open with a gritty 6-1 6-7(4) 6-2 victory over Spanish 11th seed Garbine Muguruza on Thursday.
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   Healthcare & Pharma6 hours ago

Mixed messages, test delays hamper U.S. coronavirus response

   FILE PHOTO: A standard dust & particle mask, and an N95 medical respirator mask (bottom), that are part of personal protection and survival equipment kits ordered by customers preparing against novel coronavirus, are seen at Nitro-Pak in Midway, Utah, U.S. February 27, 2020. REUTERS/George Frey 

   Even as U.S. officials warn of an inevitable outbreak of coronavirus in the United States, and are alerting Americans to take precautions, some health agencies charged with protecting the public appear unprepared to deal with the threat.
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   World News6 hours ago

Syrian state TV says Israeli helicopters launch missiles at Syrian military points

   Syrian state TV said on Thursday Israeli helicopters launched missiles at Syrian military points in Al-Qahtaniyah, Al-Hurria, and Al-Qunaitra, injuring three soldiers.
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   World News6 hours ago

Saudi Arabia suspends issuing electronic tourist visas for several countries: SPA

   The Saudi ministry of tourism temporarily suspended on Thursday issuing electronic tourist visas for those coming from China, Italy, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Kazakhstan, the Saudi news agency (SPA) reported.
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   World News7 hours ago

Scores cleared to leave Tenerife hotel on coronavirus lockdown

   A woman plays with a child on the hotel terrace in H10 Costa Adeje Palace, which is on lockdown after novel coronavirus has been confirmed in Adeje, on the Spanish island of Tenerife, Spain, February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Borja Suarez 

   Some 130 guests were cleared on Thursday to leave a Tenerife hotel placed on lockdown after four cases of the coronavirus were detected there, but there were no signs that would happen soon while authorities scrambled to address the situation.
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   World News6 minutes ago

World prepares for coronavirus pandemic; global recession forecast

   People wearing masks after the coronavirus outbreak wait in a line to buy masks in front of a department store in Seoul, South Korea, February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji 

   Hopes the coronavirus would be contained to China vanished on Friday as infections spread rapidly around the world, countries started stockpiling medical equipment and investors took flight in expectation of a global recession.
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Iran coronavirus death toll reaches 26, many Friday prayers canceled

   Iranian women wear protective masks to prevent contracting coronavirus, as they walk in the street in Tehran, Iran February 25, 2020. WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Nazanin Tabatabaee via REUTERS 

   Iran said on Thursday its death toll from coronavirus had risen to 26, by far the highest number outside China, and the total number of infected people now stood at 245, including several senior officials.
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   Business Newsan hour ago

Japan minister flying to Lebanon to make case for Ghosn's return

   FILE PHOTO: Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn gestures during a news conference at the Lebanese Press Syndicate in Beirut, Lebanon January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo 

   Japan's vice minister of justice is traveling to Lebanon this weekend to try to make the case that fugitive ex-Nissan <7201.T> Chairman Carlos Ghosn should stand trial in Japan.
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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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New Zealand limits entry of travelers from Iran on coronavirus fears

   New Zealand said on Friday that it was placing temporary restrictions on incoming travelers from Iran as a precautionary measure to protect against the coronavirus outbreak.
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   Business News2 hours ago

Oil prices fall again, on track for biggest weekly drop in over 4 years

   FILE PHOTO: A seagull flies in front of an oil platform in the Bouri Oilfield some 70 nautical miles north of the coast of Libya, October 5, 2017. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/File Photo 

   Oil prices fell for a sixth straight session on Friday and were on track for about a 12% weekly fall, the biggest in more than four years, as the spread of the coronavirus outside China raised fears of slowing global demand.
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   Business News3 hours ago

Stocks plunge on coronavirus fears even as U.S. ramps up fight against spread

   Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid 

   U.S. stocks plummeted on Thursday as fears about the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on economic growth flared even as U.S. officials pledged that they were stepping up efforts to safeguard Americans from the virus' spread.
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   World News3 hours ago

As more Turkish troops killed, Ankara says it will not stop Syrian refugees reaching Europe

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

   Turkey, faced with a possible new wave of Syrian migrants and dozens more dead Turkish soldiers in Idlib, will no longer stop Syrian refugees from reaching Europe, a senior Turkish official said as President Tayyip Erdogan chaired an emergency meeting.
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   U.S. Legal News3 hours ago

U.S. grants sanctions waiver for humanitarian trade to Iran

   The United States on Thursday granted a license to allow for certain humanitarian trade transactions with Iran's sanctioned central bank, a move it said was in step with the formalization of a Swiss humanitarian trade channel.
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U.N. chief voices concern about fighting in northwest Syria, calls for ceasefire

   FILE PHOTO: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends a session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse 

   United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday voiced "grave concern" about the escalation of fighting in northwest Syria and reiterated his call for a ceasefire.
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Cycling: UAE Tour canceled after positive coronavirus tests

   FILE PHOTO: Cycling - UAE Tour - Dubai, United Arab Emirates - February 23, 2020 Bora-Hansgrohe's Pascal Ackermann (C) in action on the final straight before winning the race REUTERS/Satish Kumar Subramani 

   The final two stages of the UAE Tour, which is featuring some of the world's leading riders, has been canceled due to two Italian participants testing positive for coronavirus, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council said on Thursday.
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Attack in Syria's Idlib killed 33 Turkish soldiers: Hatay governor

   A total of 33 Turkish soldiers died as a result of an air strike carried out by Syrian government forces in Syria's Idlib region, the local governor of the southeastern Turkish province of Hatay said early on Friday, raising an earlier death toll.
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U.S. says it stands by Turkey after attack on Turkish soldiers in Syria

   The United States is very concerned about a reported attack on Turkish soldiers in Syria's Idlib region and it stands by its NATO ally Turkey, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.
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Turkish army retaliates against 'all known' Syrian government targets

   The Turkish army released on Thursday (February 27) drone footage of what it said were strikes on Syrian government targets in Idlib governorate. 

   The Turkish army is retaliating with artillery fire at Syrian government targets in Syria after an airstrike killed 22 Turkish soldiers in the northwestern Idlib province, two Turkish security officials said on Friday.
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Attack in Syria's Idlib killed 29 Turkish soldiers: Hatay governor

   A total of 29 Turkish soldiers died as a result of an attack carried out by Syrian government forces in Syria's Idlib region, the local governor in the southeastern province of Hatay said early on Friday, raising an earlier death toll.
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   Sports News6 hours ago

Barty sets up Kvitova semi-final after downing Muguruza in Doha

   FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Semi Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 30, 2020 - Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in action during her match against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. REUTERS/Issei Kato 

   World number one Ash Barty eased into the semi-finals of the Qatar Open with a gritty 6-1 6-7(4) 6-2 victory over Spanish 11th seed Garbine Muguruza on Thursday.
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Mixed messages, test delays hamper U.S. coronavirus response

   FILE PHOTO: A standard dust & particle mask, and an N95 medical respirator mask (bottom), that are part of personal protection and survival equipment kits ordered by customers preparing against novel coronavirus, are seen at Nitro-Pak in Midway, Utah, U.S. February 27, 2020. REUTERS/George Frey 

   Even as U.S. officials warn of an inevitable outbreak of coronavirus in the United States, and are alerting Americans to take precautions, some health agencies charged with protecting the public appear unprepared to deal with the threat.
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   World News6 hours ago

Syrian state TV says Israeli helicopters launch missiles at Syrian military points

   Syrian state TV said on Thursday Israeli helicopters launched missiles at Syrian military points in Al-Qahtaniyah, Al-Hurria, and Al-Qunaitra, injuring three soldiers.
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Saudi Arabia suspends issuing electronic tourist visas for several countries: SPA

   The Saudi ministry of tourism temporarily suspended on Thursday issuing electronic tourist visas for those coming from China, Italy, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Kazakhstan, the Saudi news agency (SPA) reported.
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Scores cleared to leave Tenerife hotel on coronavirus lockdown

   A woman plays with a child on the hotel terrace in H10 Costa Adeje Palace, which is on lockdown after novel coronavirus has been confirmed in Adeje, on the Spanish island of Tenerife, Spain, February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Borja Suarez 

   Some 130 guests were cleared on Thursday to leave a Tenerife hotel placed on lockdown after four cases of the coronavirus were detected there, but there were no signs that would happen soon while authorities scrambled to address the situation.
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