Nighttime rocket attack on US Embassy in Baghdad injured 127 Jan, 2020
The two staff members, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media, did not specify the injured person’s nationality
China confirms 2,700 cases of virus, 40 counted elsewhere27 Jan, 2020
China: 2,744, with 769 of those newly confirmed in the 24 hours through midnight Sunday. Five are in Hong Kong and two in Macao. Nearly all of the 80 deaths have been in central Hubei province, with four elsewhere in China.
Virus death toll in China rises as US prepares evacuation26 Jan, 2020
Chinese President Xi Jinping called the outbreak a grave situation, and the government stepped up efforts to restrict travel and public gatherings while rushing medical staff and supplies to Wuhan, which remains on lockdown.
Democrats argue ‘right matters’ in Trump impeachment trial24 Jan, 2020
“That’s what Donald Trump wanted investigated or announced — this completely bogus Kremlin-pushed conspiracy theory,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who is leading the prosecution, during Thursday’s session.
China building a hospital to treat virus, expands lockdowns24 Jan, 2020
The health commission in Hebei, a northern province bordering Beijing, said an 80-year-old man died there after returning from a two-month stay in Wuhan to see relatives. Heilongjiang province in the northeast confirmed a death there but did not give details.
China shuts city of millions to stop spread of deadly virus23 Jan, 2020
A total of 17 people have died, all of them in and around Wuhan. Their average age was 73, with the oldest 89 and the youngest 48.
UN court orders Myanmar to prevent Rohingya genocide23 Jan, 2020
The court’s president, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, said the International Court of Justice “is of the opinion that the Rohingya in Myanmar remain extremely vulnerable.”
Senate approves impeachment trial rules, rejecting witnesses22 Jan, 2020
“It’s about time we bring this power trip in for a landing,” said White House counsel Pat Cipollone, the president’s lead lawyer, lashing out at the House Democrats prosecuting the case.
Cases of new viral respiratory illness rise sharply in China22 Jan, 2020
The illness comes from a newly identified type of coronavirus, a family of viruses that can cause the common cold as well as more serious illnesses such as the SARS outbreak that spread from China to more than a dozen countries in 2002-2003 and killed about 800 people.
Countries around world gear up response to new coronavirus21 Jan, 2020
The measures are part of a widening effort aimed at preventing a repeat of the 2002-2003 outbreak of SARS, another coronoavirus that started in China and killed nearly 800 people, paralyzed transport and damaged Asian economies.
IMF downgrade of growth outlook ups pressure on India’s Modi21 Jan, 2020
On Monday, the IMF slashed its growth estimate for the current fiscal year to 4.8% from 6.1% in the last fiscal year. It said India’s slowing growth was the single biggest drag on its global growth forecast in the past two years.
Impeachment trial to begins with rules fight, long days21 Jan, 2020
“It’s clear Sen. McConnell is hell-bent on making it much more difficult to get witnesses and documents and intent on rushing the trial through,” Schumer said. He called the proposed rules a “national disgrace.”
Extradition hearing for Huawei executive begins in Canada20 Jan, 2020
Washington accuses Huawei of using a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions. It says Meng, 47, committed fraud by misleading HSBC Bank about the company’s business dealings in Iran.
Trump team, House managers trade sharp views on impeachment19 Jan, 2020
Trump’s legal team, responding to the Senate’s official summons for the trial, said the president “categorically and unequivocally” denies the charges of abuse and obstruction against him.
Trump’s trial begins at the start of an election year17 Jan, 2020
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the new information from Parnas demands an investigation, which she doesn’t expect from Trump’s attorney general. “This is an example of all of the president’s henchmen, and I hope that the senators do not become part of the president’s henchmen.”
Senate takes over Trump’s impeachment after House handoff16 Jan, 2020
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to have the Senate “rise above the petty factionalism” and “factional fervor and serve the long-term, best interests of our nation.″ He called it “a difficult time for our country.”
Australia firefighters save world’s only rare dinosaur trees16 Jan, 2020
“These pines outlived the dinosaurs, so when we saw the fire approaching we realized we had to do everything we could to save them,” Kean said.
US-China pact signing to ease tension but leave much undone15 Jan, 2020
Chinese exporters responded to Trump’s tariff hikes by shipping goods to the United States through other countries and by stepping up sales to Asia, Europe and Africa. The government reported double-digit gains in 2019 exports to France, Canada, Australia, Brazil and Southeast Asia.
Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China14 Jan, 2020
Video footage published by state broadcaster CGTN showed a person being pulled from the hole by rescue workers.
Lava gushes from volcano near Manila; tens of thousands flee13 Jan, 2020
The government’s disaster-response agency and other officials reported more than 30,000 villagers have fled their homes in the hard-hit province of Batangas and nearby Cavite province, but officials expect the number to swell with hundreds of thousands more moving out of harm’s way.