Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested on illegal assembly charges

Hong Kong police arrested publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing, and two other pro-democracy activists on Friday on charges of illegal assembly.

Posted on 28 February 2020 | 6:41 am

Tokyo Disneyland to close through mid-March on coronavirus concerns

Tokyo Disneyland will be closed starting from Saturday through to March 15 due to concerns about coronavirus infections spreading in Japan, its operator said on Friday, leaving all of Walt Disney Co's theme parks in Asia temporarily shut.

Posted on 28 February 2020 | 6:37 am

World faces coronavirus pandemic; markets brace for global recession

The world prepared for a coronavirus pandemic on Friday as hopes the disease could be contained to China vanished and investors dumped equities in expectation of a global recession.

Posted on 28 February 2020 | 6:37 am

Turkey says will not stop Syrian refugees reaching Europe after troops killed

Turkey will no longer stop Syrian refugees from reaching Europe, a senior Turkish official said, as Ankara responded on Friday to the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in an air strike by Syrian government forces in Syria's northwestern Idlib region.

Posted on 28 February 2020 | 6:26 am

Russia sends two warships armed with cruise missiles to Syria's coast - Ifax

Russia is sending two warships equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles to the Mediterranean Sea towards the Syrian coast, the Interfax news agency cited Russia's Black Sea Fleet as saying on Friday.

Posted on 28 February 2020 | 6:25 am

New Zealand confirms first case of the new coronavirus

New Zealand confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus on Friday in someone who returned from Iran, but said the chances of a community outbreak remains low.

Posted on 28 February 2020 | 6:17 am

Russia says Turkish troops hit by shelling should not have been in the area - RIA

Russia's Defence Ministry said on Friday that Turkish troops hit by shelling on Feb. 27 should not have been in the Syrian area where they were and that Ankara had not informed Moscow in advance about their location, the RIA news agency reported.

Posted on 28 February 2020 | 6:09 am

Kyrgyz national in Japan tests positive for coronavirus

A Kyrgyz citizen staying in Japan has tested positive for coronavirus and will be hospitalized there until full recovery, Kyrgyz deputy foreign minister Nurlan Abdrakhmanov said on Friday.

Posted on 28 February 2020 | 6:03 am

Factbox: Latest on coronavirus spreading in China and beyond

Hopes the coronavirus would be contained to China vanished on Friday as infections spread rapidly around the world, countries started stockpiling medical equipment and investors took flight in expectation of a global recession.

Posted on 28 February 2020 | 6:02 am

Turkish media says several hundred migrants walking towards Greek border

A group of migrants is walking in northwest Turkey toward its border with Greece, the Demiroren news agency reported on Friday after a senior Turkish official said Turkey will no longer stop Syrian refugees from reaching Europe.

Posted on 28 February 2020 | 5:59 am

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