Mar. 2, 2020


The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a politically explosive case on whether Obamacare is lawful, taking up a bid by 20 Democratic-led states including New York and California to save the landmark healthcare law.

Syrian government forces entered parts of a strategic rebel-held town on Monday, and Turkey said it would keep hitting President Bashar al-Assad's troops after ramping up operations in its biggest intervention yet into the Syrian civil war.

Guyanans were heading to the polls on Monday for an election that will decide who oversees an oil boom set to transform the poor South American country, which faces a test of whether it can sustainably manage a sudden influx of natural resource wealth.

South Korea sought murder charges against leaders of a secretive church at the heart of its ballooning coronavirus outbreak on Monday as the global death toll rose above 3,000 and the Chinese province at the epicenter reported a fall in new cases.

Health officials in Washington state said late Sunday that a nursing home resident had died after contracting coronavirus, while New York's governor confirmed his state's first positive case, as the virus moved out of its West Coast foothold.

  • The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has risen to 150 on Monday from 129 on Sunday.
  • An Italian national tested positive for coronavirus in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, taking the number of people who have tested positive in the country to six.
  • Iraq has detected two new coronavirus patients, both of whom had recently visited Iran, the Health Ministry said on Monday, bringing the total cases recorded so far to 21.
  • The first three cases of people infected with coronavirus have been confirmed in Iceland.
  • Nike's European headquarters in the Netherlands will be closed on Monday and Tuesday after an employee was infected with the coronavirus.

Federal inspections of the U.S. government's only dedicated detention unit for transgender immigrants last year found hundreds of unanswered requests for medical attention, poor quarantine procedures and deficient treatment for mental illnesses and other chronic diseases.

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The Trump administration's peace deal with the Taliban opens the door for an initial American troop withdrawal that Defense Secretary Mark Esper sees as a step toward the broader goal of preparing for potential future war with China.

At least four of the 67 reported cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus are not linked to travel outside the United States after a woman in Oregon and a high school student in Washington state are presumed to have tested possible for the virus, health officials told CNN.

China is transferring tens of thousands of Uighur detainees out of internment camps and into factories that supply some of the world's leading brands, an Australian think tank said Monday.

A member of a council that advises Iran's supreme leader died Monday after falling ill due to the new coronavirus, state radio reported, becoming the first top official to succumb to the disease that is affecting members of the Islamic Republic's leadership.

A child died when a boat full of migrants heading to a Greek island capsized Monday, part of a wave of thousands trying to push through Greece's land and sea borders after Turkey declared the way was open for migrants and refugees to enter Europe.

Several dozen activists protested in front of a Warsaw church guarded by police on Sunday as a Catholic archbishop, criticized for his anti-LGBT language, celebrated mass.

China could face a desert locust invasion, a government body warned, urging local authorities to plan for the potential arrival of the voracious insects from neighboring Pakistan and India.


North Korea has launched two unidentified projectiles, South Korea's military says, in its first apparent weapons test of the year.

Argentina's President Alberto Fernández has said he will send a bill to legalize abortion to Congress within the next 10 days.

Thousands of Muslims from China's Uighur minority group are working under coercive conditions at factories that supply some of the world's biggest brands, a new report says.

A US federal court has ruled that the Trump administration must halt its policy of requiring Central American asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico pending US approval. The ruling from the San Francisco-based appeals court temporarily upends Mr. Trump's policy.

Australian supermarket shelves are being stripped of supplies due to coronavirus concerns. Toilet paper, hand sanitizer and face masks are among the items most in demand. There are fears that key items may run out - but authorities insist there is no need to panic-buy.

Australia's summers have become twice as long as its winters amid increasing temperatures driven by climate change, according to new weather data analysis.

Britain is significantly stepping up its military support in West Africa to help combat the world's fastest growing Islamist-led insurgency.


SB-888, introduced by San Francisco Democrat State Sen. Scott Wiener, would expand Medi-Cal treatment options, including programs that motivate meth users to stay sober by offering vouchers or cash.

An operation coordinated by Interpol has rescued 232 people from a human trafficking ring uncovered in Niger.

One in five students would be financially better off if they skipped higher education, according to groundbreaking research that compares the lifetime earnings of graduates and non-graduates.

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