Feb. 3, 2020

REUTERS

President Donald Trump is putting the final touches on an election-year State of the Union speech that figures to be high on drama, putting him face-to-face with Democratic adversaries who impeached him but have failed to drive him from office.

Donald Trump was on the brink of ending the darkest chapter of his tumultuous presidency on Monday as the U.S. Senate began the final phase of his impeachment trial that will almost certainly conclude on Wednesday with his acquittal.

Five Democratic candidates are considered to have viable shots at winning or placing highly in the Iowa caucuses on Monday, the first nominating contest of the 2020 presidential election.

The man shot dead by police after wounding two people in a stabbing spree had been jailed for promoting violent Islamist material and had encouraged his girlfriend to behead her parents.

China accused the United States of whipping up panic over a fast-spreading coronavirus with travel restrictions and evacuations as Chinese stocks plunged on the first day back from the extended Lunar New Year holiday.

Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu said that he hopes long-standing African ally Uganda will open an embassy in Jerusalem soon, becoming the third nation to do so after the U.S. and Guatemala.

Flights carrying patients needing urgent medical attention began from the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, a long-sought confidence-building measure in diplomatic efforts to end the five-year war.

A gauge of global stocks hovered near seven-week lows as Asian stocks plunged on their first trading day after a long break, amid fears the coronavirus epidemic would hit Chinese demand.

Taiwan's Foxconn, which makes smartphones for Apple and other brands, has halted "almost all" of its production in China after companies were told to shut until at least Feb. 10, the source said, adding that an extension of the stoppage could disrupt shipments to clients including Apple.

British Prime Minister Johnson vowed to end the early release of convicted terrorists after an Islamist attacker stabbed two people days after he was set free half way through his prison term.

OPEC and its allies are considering cutting their oil output by a further 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) due to the impact on oil demand from the coronavirus

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China's death toll from a new virus rose to 259 on Saturday and a World Health Organization official said other governments need to prepare for "domestic outbreak control" if the disease spreads in their countries.

Airlines in Pakistan resumed flights to and from China Monday after health authorities said they were confident they had systems in place to keep the deadly coronavirus out of the country.

Uber is freezing the accounts of 240 users in Mexico as a precaution after flagging that two drivers made journeys with a passenger who was identified as being "a possible carrier of the coronavirus."

U.S. health officials on Saturday confirmed an eighth case of the fast-spreading new coronavirus in the United States and the Pentagon said it would provide housing for people arriving from overseas who might need to be quarantined.

Donald Trump appeared on Saturday to confirm the death of Qassim al-Rimi, the leader of an al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen, through a series of tweets.

Taiwan's vice president-elect William Lai will go to this week's high-profile National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, he said on Monday, an event traditionally attended by U.S. presidents and which President Donald Trump was at last year.

Hundreds of protesters gathered near the US Embassy in Beirut against a White House plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The US plan heavily favored Israel, granting Palestinians limited self-rule in parts of the occupied West Bank.

As fears over the deadly coronavirus from China grow, so are racist and xenophobic incidents against Asian communities in the US, Canada, and Europe.

BBC

A second activist campaigning for the conservation of monarch butterflies and the woods in which they hibernate has been found dead in Mexico.

Australia has begun evacuating its citizens trapped by the coronavirus outbreak in China to an immigration detention center on a remote island. Evacuees from Wuhan are in route to Australia's Christmas Island, where they will be quarantined for two weeks. Canberra said 243 citizens and permanent residents, including 89 children, were on board. A second flight is also scheduled for this week.

As many as 20 civilians have been killed in an overnight attack in north-western Burkina Faso. Unidentified heavily armed men on motorbikes carried out the attack.

The authorities in Burkina Faso, struggling to grapple with a growing wave of Islamist militant attacks that is affecting the region, are planning to give weapons to civilians.

Campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused the Tanzanian government of denying basic health services to LGBT people.

WND

Among married couples, wives now out-earn their husbands nearly 30% of the time, up from 15.9% in 1981, according to recently released data from the Census Bureau.

Children in California soon will be grilled by physicians on household finances, family conflict and anything else that could be creating "toxic stress," according to a report from the Citizen's Council for Heath Freedom.

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