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White House requesting $1.25B as part of $2.5B plan to fight coronavirus

(WASHINGTON) -- The White House is requesting $1.25 billion in emergency funding from Congress as part of a total commitment of $2.5 billion to fight the novel coronavirus, according to a congressional official.If approved, the funds will be earmarked for accelerated vaccine development, to support preparedness and response activities, and…... Read More

Lego minifigure creator passes away following ALS fight

(NEW YORK) -- The creator of Lego's popular minifigure toy has passed away in Denmark following a battle with ALS.Jens Nygaard Knudsen died last week at the age of 78. He had worked for the Lego Group Company for 32 years.In addition to creating the iconic toy figurine, he was…... Read More

Fear grips Daegu, South Korea, amid coronavirus

(DAEGU, South Korea) -- Hundreds lined up outside the E-mart store in Daegu, South Korea, before its opening on Monday morning as the supermarket chain is selling a high-demand item: face masks. Twenty-one million face masks were sold in two locations on Monday alone, and sales are now limited to…... Read More

Car drives into carnival procession in Germany, several hurt

(BERLIN) -- A 29-year-old man was arrested and questioned by police after he allegedly drove into a carnival procession in Germany Monday, police said.At least 30 people, many of whom were children, were hurt in the crash that took place during the annual Rose Monday parade in the afternoon, investigators…... Read More

China postpones parliament for first time in decades amid coronavirus outbreak

(LONDON) -- China has postponed its most important political gathering as the country struggles to contain a deadly coronavirus outbreak, according to state media.The nation's top legislature approved a draft decision on Monday to delay the annual parliament session set to take place in Beijing in March. A new date…... Read More

US embassy in Syria commemorates killed journalist as humanitarian disaster worsens

(NEW YORK) -- As the humanitarian crisis in the last rebel-held province in Syria deteriorates, the U.S. embassy in Syria has commemorated the journalist Marie Colvin, killed by government forces while reporting in the war-torn country, on the eighth anniversary of her death. Colvin was killed in Homs in February…... Read More

With passage to India, Trump following in footsteps of his predecessors

(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump's "America First" worldview has, at times, shaken the foundation of some of the United States' traditional alliances and earned the 45th president the reputation as a disrupter on the world stage.What makes his approach to India unique is how consistent he has been in advancing…... Read More

South Korea raises coronavirus alert level to 'highest'

(SEOUL, South Korea) -- South Korea has raised the alert level for the novel coronavirus to “highest” on Sunday as confirmed cases continue to rise at an alarming rate."The COVID-19 incident has been confronted by a grave watershed," President Moon Jae-in said announcing the heightened response. "A few days from…... Read More

Egypt's wave of censorship takes aim at street music

(CAIRO) -- Egypt's restrictions on what it deems inappropriate forms of art have reached a new height with a ban on a popular genre of street music, striking a chord with conservatives and drawing sharp rebuke from intellectuals and young music enthusiasts.Singers of mahraganat, which literally translates to "festivals" in…... Read More

Conservatives poised to make gains in Iran elections amid sanctions, domestic problems

(NEW YORK) -- Iran held its 11th parliament election on Friday amid the toughest sanctions on the country and after a few hectic months, domestically.The competition for more than 290 seats in the parliament seems an already-won game for the conservative parties in the absence of many well-known reformist candidates.The…... Read More

Coronavirus cases in South Korea up to 433 overnight

(SEOUL, South Korea) -- South Korea's number of newly confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus more than doubled Saturday to a total of 433 -- an eightfold jump in just four days."The situation is entering a new phase," Vice Health and Welfare Minister Kim Kang-lip told reporters. But the high…... Read More