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Saudi Arabia suspends pilgrimages to Mecca and Medina over coronavirus fears; Iran cases spike

By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press   DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia has halted travel to Islam's holiest sites over fears about a new viral...

United Arab Emirates bans Iran flights over coronavirus; at least 15 dead in Iran

By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has banned all flights to and from Iran over the outbreak...
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World shares mostly lower after Dow drops more than 1,000

By ELAINE KURTENBACH AP Business Writer (AP) — Shares have opened lower in Europe after a mixed day in Asia following Wall Street's worst session in...

Cases of new viral respiratory illness rise sharply in China

Chinese health authorities are urging people in the city of Wuhan to avoid crowds and public gatherings after warning that a new viral illness infecting hundreds of people in the country and causing at least nine deaths could spread further.

Helmet trouble strikes 2nd all-female spacewalk

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two NASA astronauts are performing a second all-female spacewalk to finish upgrading the International Space...

Leonardo DiCaprio pledges three million dollars to Australian Wildfires Fund

Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental organization, Earth Alliance, will donate three million dollars to fight the Australian wildfires. The foundation announced Thursday; it started a new fund,...

6.4 earthquake strikes Puerto Rico amid heavy seismic activity

BY DANICA COTO Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico before dawn on Tuesday, and was followed three hours...

Stampede kills 32 at funeral for Iran general killed by US

By NASSER KARIMI, AMIR VAHDAT and JON GAMBRELL Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state television says 32 people have been killed and 190 others...
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New Zealand volcano vents steam, delays recovery of bodies

By NICK PERRY, Associated Press WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand volcano is venting more steam and mud after a deadly eruption two days ago....

Buffalo bishop under fire for handling of misconduct resigns

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Buffalo has resigned following widespread criticism over how he handled allegations of...