February 25, 2020

Pompeo accuses China and Iran of censoring information about coronavirus outbreaks

Oleksii Liskonih/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- As the novel coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday accused the governments of China and Iran of censoring information about the outbreaks in their countries and putting the rest of the world at greater risk of its spread. The top U.S. diplomat's sharp tone towards Beijing was matched by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who told Congress on Tuesday that the world is not getting reliable..
February 25, 2020

US Navy’s 7th Fleet to screen all personnel boarding ships for coronavirus

EMPPhotography/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet said Tuesday it will screen all personnel boarding its ships for coronavirus -- formally called COVID-19 -- as the virus spreads across Asia. "We have developed plans to screen all personnel including but not limited to crew, visitors, civilians, contractors, and new check-ins gaining access to [7th Fleet] units and platforms," said Lt. Joe Keiley, 7th Fleet spokesperson, in a statement. "These additional screening requirements ..
February 25, 2020

Pompeo: US, Taliban deal ‘historic opportunity for peace,’ but women’s rights up to Afghans

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- "So far," a deal among the U.S., the Taliban and the Afghan government to reduce violence "is working," according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. But, Pompeo said, the U.S. will only sign an agreement with the militant group to withdraw American troops if that reduction holds until Saturday and is declared a success. While the top U.S. diplomat hailed the temporary reduction as a "historic opportunity for peace," there are strong doubts about what comes n..
February 25, 2020

World’s oldest living man who celebrated smiling, dies at 112

ABC News(NIIGATA, Japan) -- The Japanese man who was recently named the world's oldest living male person has passed away at the age of 112. Chitetsu Watanabe was honored by Guinness World Records with a certificate and celebration less than two weeks ago and died on Sunday. Watanabe, who credited smiling for his longevity, was confirmed dead on Tuesday by the organization and funeral home taking care of him, according to The Associated Press. Watanabe, who was the oldest of four siblings, ..