Travel

Countries evaluate evacuation of citizens in virus epicenter

  • Jan 28, 2020

TOKYO  — Countries with citizens in the central Chinese city that’s the epicenter of a viral outbreak are planning evacuations as the number of illnesses grow and China takes drastic measures to try to stop the spread of the virus. A look at steps being taken: — CHINA: The gove

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Turkish rescuers find last quake victims; death toll hits 41

  • Jan 27, 2020

ANKARA, Turkey— Turkish emergency teams on Monday recovered the bodies of the last two missing quake victims from the rubble of a collapsed building, raising the death toll from the powerful tremor that hit eastern Turkey to 41. The magnitude 6.8 earthquake that struck Friday night also injured more th

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China confirms 2,700 cases of virus, 40 counted elsewhere

  • Jan 27, 2020

China has confirmed more than 2,700 cases of a new virus, with 81 deaths. Most have been in the central city of Wuhan where the illness first surfaced last month. More than 40 cases have been confirmed in other places with virtually all of them involving Chinese tourists or people who visited Wuhan recently.

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Mongolia closes border, China extends holiday to fight virus

  • Jan 27, 2020

BEIJING— China on Monday expanded its sweeping efforts to contain a deadly virus, extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection as the death toll rose to 81. Mongolia closed its vast border with China, and Hong Kong and Malaysia announced they would bar e

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Wuhan mayor says willing to resign if it helps contain virus

  • Jan 27, 2020

BEIJING— 10:10 p.m. The mayor of the Chinese city where a deadly virus broke out says he would be willing to resign if it helps the government contain its spread. Mayor Zhou Xianwang told state broadcaster CCTV that both he and Wuhan’s Communist Party secretary are willing to take respons

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China virus outbreak rams global tourism, costing billions

  • Jan 27, 2020

With tens of millions of Chinese ordered to stay put and many others avoiding travel as a new virus spreads, tourism around the globe is taking a heavy hit during one of the biggest travel seasons in Asia, the Lunar New Year. Tourism from China was already weakening before the virus forced much of the countr

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Outbreak casts pall over China new year as deaths surpass 40

  • Jan 25, 2020

BEIJING  — China’s most festive holiday began in the shadow of a worrying new virus Saturday as the death toll surpassed 40, an unprecedented lockdown kept 36 million people from traveling and authorities canceled a host of Lunar New Year events. The National Health Commission reported a jum

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Despite renewed strikes, France pushes on with pension plan

  • Jan 24, 2020

PARIS  — Women workers danced in protest and striking Eiffel Tower employees shuttered France’s most famed monument Friday — but the government pushed ahead anyway with a troubled bill redesigning the national retirement system. It’s President Emmanuel Macron’s signature re

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China shuts down more cities in bid to contain deadly virus

  • Jan 23, 2020

BEIJING  — Chinese authorities Thursday moved to lock down three cities with a combined population of more than 18 million people in an unprecedented effort to contain the deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds and spread to other parts of the world during the busy Lunar New Year travel period.

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