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Cases of new viral pneumonia in China surpass 200

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Beijing, Jan 20 (Net) — China reported a sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new coronavirus on Monday, including the first cases in the capital. The outbreak coincides with the country's busiest travel period, as millions board trains and planes for the Lunar New Year holidays.
Health authorities in the central city of Wuhan, where the viral pneumonia appears to have originated, said an additional 136 cases have been confirmed in the city, which now has a total of 198...

Hail, floods, dust hit Australia amid raging wildfires

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Canberra, Australia, Jan 20 (Net) — Dust storms, hail and flash floods have battered beleaguered Australian cities in recent days, extreme weather that has diminished the threat from scores of wildfires that continue to blaze across the country's southeast.
A hail storm in the national capital...

Cuba elects provincial governors for first time since 1959

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Havana, Jan. 19 (Net) -- First batch of Cuban governors and deputy governors since 1959 were elected on Sat-urday in order to "economically and socially contribute" to national development, according to the Cuban con-stitution.
"All the proposals by Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel were endorsed...

Iran backtracks on plan to send flight recorders to Ukraine

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Tehran, (Net) — The Iranian official leading the investigation into the Ukrainian jetliner that was accidentally shot down by the Revolutionary Guard appeared to backtrack Sunday on plans to send the flight recorders abroad for analysis, a day after saying they would be sent to Kyiv.

Chicago flights halted; plane slides off Kansas City taxiway

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Chicago, Jan 18 (Net) — The Federal Aviation Administration halted all flights in and out of Chicago's O'Hare Airport for hours Friday night due to a sprawling winter storm, which forced the closure of schools, uni-versities and government offices as it moved across large sections of the...

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