Virus cases jump in S Korea to 346, China daily…

South Korea has reported a six-fold jump in viral infections in four days to 346, most of them linked to a church and a hospital in and around the fourth-largest city where schools were closed and worshipers and others told to avoid mass gatherings

Philip Morris' campaign to "normalize" IQOS

A Stanford study found that Philip Morris' marketing of its IQOS tobacco device continues to stray substantially from its corporate standards on youth-oriented marketing. Fred Katayama reports.

Pompeo: This Deal May End 20 Years of Conflict

A seven-day "reduction in violence" begins Friday in Afghanistan between US troops and the Taliban, a move the BBC notes is meant to lead to a more permanent ceasefire. "After decades of conflict, we have come to an understanding with the Taliban," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted . "This is...

China's Coronavirus Battle Is Disrupting The…

China's struggle to contain the coronavirus has had consequences for the global automotive industry.

AP Interview: Venezuela's Guaidó extols Trump…

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó says he trusts U.S. President Donald Trump's "firm and determined” backing following a White House meeting aimed at helping him steer the crisis-stricken nation toward a democratic transition

Wells Fargo to pay $3 bln for fake accounts

Wells Fargo reached a settlement Friday for a massive fake account scandal, in which it admitted to guilt and agreed to pay $3 billion to the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission. Conway G. Gittens details the official announcement.

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Treasures Abound on Canada's Legendary Wreck

When the flagship of a doomed 1845 expedition to find the Northwest Passage was discovered in Canada's Arctic in 2014, experts could hardly contain their glee at the thought of the artifacts lying in wait. They weren't disappointed. Some 350 items, including a 170-year-old wax seal boasting a fingerprint and...

Morales Blocked From Running For A Seat In…

Bolivia's Supreme Electoral Tribunal rejected former President Evo Morales' candidacy Thursday because he's no longer a resident.

UK's Prince Harry, Meghan, abandon use of…

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, have abandoned plans to use the "SussexRoyal" brand after they step back from royal duties

Bloomberg offers to release 3 women from…

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg said on Friday that his company has identified three women bound by non-disclosure agreements regarding his past conduct and that they would be released from their accords if they choose. Freddie Joyner has more.

S. Korea Outbreak Quadruples in 2 Days

Confirmed cases of coronavirus in South Korea have doubled twice in two days. On Friday, authorities announced that 100 new cases had been detected, bringing the total to 204. The day prior, the country had confirmed 53 cases, most of them linked to a fringe religious group in the city...

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar Resigns

A statement from the government said Varadkar tendered his resignation to the president Thursday evening.

AP Exclusive: DEA agent accused of conspiring…

A once-standout U.S. federal narcotics agent known for spending lavishly on luxury cars and Tiffany jewelry has been arrested on charges he conspired to launder money with the same Colombian drug cartel he was tasked with fighting

Weinstein jury deadlocked on most serious sexual…

The jury in Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault trial in New York said on Friday they were deadlocked on the most serious criminal charges and suggested they were unanimous on the others leveled against the former Hollywood mogul.

Lesotho's PM Ordered Wife's Killing: Cops

Lesotho's prime minister will join his current wife in facing murder charges in the 2017 shooting death of his estranged wife—whenever he shows up to court. Thomas Thabane failed to appear in court on Friday, with his press secretary saying he'd been taken to doctors in neighboring South Africa...

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Coronavirus Cases Almost Double In South Korea

South Korean officials announced they're implementing emergency measures in some cities because of the spike in cases.

2016 again? Russia back to stirring chaos in U.S…

Just weeks into the 2020 election cycle, intelligence officials have concluded that Russia already is actively interfering in the U.S. presidential campaign

Trump says Russia supporting his reelection…

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said on Twitter that the idea that Russia wants him to win re-election was "another misinformation campaign" launched by Democrats. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Health Expert Visits Ship, Raises Alarm

The 621 coronavirus cases confirmed on the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan represent the most anywhere outside of China. And an infectious diseases expert at Japan's Kobe University has a good idea why. Kentaro Iwata, who worked to combat the spread of Ebola and SARS, spent a brief...

Canadian Police May Leave First Nations Lands…

Canadian officials say the RCMP's offer is a "significant" step toward a "more peaceable arrangement."

Syrian war pulls in major foreign actors…

Syria’s civil war has long provided a free-for-all battlefield for proxy fighters

'These people are crazy' - Trump responds to new…

During a rally in Las Vegas Friday afternoon, President Trump tried quashing the latest report that Russia is again attempting to assist him in a presidential election.

Fringe Religious Group Linked to S. Korea Outbreak

South Korea has been gripped by coronavirus fear after what officials call a "super-spreading event' in Daegu, the country's fourth-largest city. Authorities announced Thursday that another 53 cases had been detected, bringing the total to 104. At least 70 of the cases have been linked to "Patient 31," a 61-year-old...

Australia Opens Federal Inquiry Into Deadly…

The royal commission will be led by a retired chief of the Defence Force, a former federal judge and a climate change expert.

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Venezuela's Maduro taps DC firm to fight US…

 A top official for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's government has hired a Washington law firm that also represents Turkey, taking over from another legal team that backed out last month following an outcry from critics who accused it of supporting a repressive regime

Oystermen struggle to survive amid Florida…

The future of oystermen in Florida’s Apalachicola Bay may be determined by the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to rule later this year on a seven-year-long legal battle between Florida and Georgia. Yahaira Jacquez reports.

After Manhunt in Germany, 2 Bodies Found in…

A gunman believed to have been a far-right extremist was found dead after a shooting rampage in the German city of Hanau Wednesday night. Authorities say that after a seven-hour manhunt, the body of the suspect was found in his apartment, along with the body of his mother, the BBC...