Feb. 13, 2020

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President Donald Trump's re-election campaign and his Republican Party raised more than $60 million in January, against the backdrop of impeachment that threatened Trump's presidency.

The U.S. Senate advanced legislation on Wednesday intended to limit President Donald Trump's ability to wage war against Iran, paving the way for a final vote as eight Republicans joined Democrats in supporting the war powers resolution.

Russia said on Thursday it was alarmed by a trip to a Norwegian outpost in the Arctic by a U.S. Air Force unit and urged Oslo to refrain from what it said were de-stabilizing moves in the strategic region.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday that the United States and the Taliban had negotiated a proposal for a seven-day reduction in violence.

The Chinese province at the center of the coronavirus outbreak reported a record rise in deaths and thousands more infections using a broader definition on Thursday, while Japan became the third place outside mainland China to suffer a fatality.

Vietnam has quarantined a community of 10,000 people near the capital, Hanoi, for 20 days because of fears the coronavirus could spread there, two local officials told Reuters on Thursday.

A letter bomb caught fire at a bank in Amsterdam on Thursday and another was disarmed at an office near Utrecht, the latest in a series of such attacks in the Netherlands this week. It did not explode, it caught fire. Several letter bombs have been sent to businesses around the Netherlands this year. No injuries have been reported.

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Taiwan is considering countermeasures if the Philippines does not lift a ban on Taiwanese citizens visiting the country over fears about the coronavirus, the island's foreign ministry said on Thursday.

In a raucous session on Tuesday, the Virginia House of Delegates passed gun-control legislation that would ban the sale of certain semi-automatic rifles and make the possession of magazines holding more than twelve rounds a felony.

The Virginia House passed a bill that would eliminate a holiday celebrating two Confederate leaders and instead make Election Day a state holiday. Lee-Jackson Day honored Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson and was celebrated the Friday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised Senegal's criminalization of homosexuality during his visit to the West African nation on Wednesday, but Senegal's leader told journalists afterward that "we're comfortable with our laws."

U.S. Northern Command is executing plans to prepare for a potential pandemic of the novel coronavirus, now called COVID19, according to Navy and Marine Corps service-wide messages issued this week.

Two women tied the knot Tuesday in Northern Ireland's first same-sex wedding, after the region became the last part of the United Kingdom to legalize gay marriage.

A 14th person in the U.S. has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus, now known as COVID-19.

Ethiopia's parliament passed a law on Thursday imposing jail terms for people whose internet posts stir unrest, a move the government says is needed to prevent violence ahead of elections but which the United Nations says will stifle free speech.

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A cruise ship that was stranded at sea, because ports were worried about passengers bringing coronavirus, was allowed to dock in Cambodia. The MS Westerdam had been turned away by five places in Asia in recent days. Another cruise ship in quarantine in Japan has more than 200 infections - but the Westerdam, with more than 2,000 crew and passengers, has none.

All of the bushfires in New South Wales (NSW) are now considered contained, say fire officials in the Australian state. The development is thanks in part to heavy rain, which has lashed the state since last weekend.

Although humans have not stepped foot on the Moon in almost half a century, NASA hopes to change this. It plans to land the first woman - and the next man - on the lunar surface by 2024. And now the US space agency is looking for candidates to take part in its future missions.

Sudan has agreed to compensate the families of 17 US sailors who died when their ship, the USS Cole, was bombed by al-Qaeda at a port in Yemen in 2000. It is not clear how much Khartoum has agreed to pay to the families, but the Reuters news agency quotes a source close to the deal as saying it is $30m.

The US has launched investigations into Harvard and Yale universities over suspicions they received undisclosed funds from foreign countries, including Saudi Arabia and China.

Cancelling or postponing the Tokyo Olympics because of the coronavirus outbreak "has not been considered", says 2020 Games chief Toshiro Muto.

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Utah lawmakers on Monday unanimously approved a bill that would decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults, despite arguments from opponents who said the law could potentially embolden abusers.

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of several girls who compete in high-school track events in Connecticut to give them back their sport - and remove from the trophy platforms boys who have a physical advantage in the events.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) will temporarily suspend time guarantees on shipments destined for China and Hong Kong.

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