February 5, 2020

Invest in coronavirus prevention today or ‘pay more later’: WHO

BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP via Getty Images(GENEVA) -- There's a small window of time in which to contain the novel coronavirus, the head of the World Health Organization said at a Wednesday news conference. "Invest today or pay more later," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's director general, told the international community. The WHO is requesting $675 million over the next three months, with the bulk of those dollars supporting countries with underdeveloped health infrastructures to prepare fo..
February 5, 2020

Passenger plane crashes at Istanbul airport, at least 21 injured

guvendemir/iStock(ISTANBUL) -- A plane skidded off the runway and crashed at Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen Airport as it attempted to land on Wednesday. Firefighters, medics and police teams are at the scene and the nose of the plane appears to have separated from the rest of the aircraft, according to video from local television stations. Some parts of the plane appear to be on fire. The passenger plane is a Pegasus Airlines flight that was entering Istanbul from Izmir, on Turkey’s west coast. ..
February 5, 2020

Successive avalanches hit same spot, killing 33 and burying dozens of rescuers in Turkey

RafalBelzowski/iStock(VAN, Turkey) -- A major rescue operation is under way after two avalanches hit the same location in eastern Turkey, trapping a team of rescue workers dispatched to deal with the initial avalanche. Rescue workers were sent to recover two missing people after an avalanche hit a minibus and a snowplow near the city of Van, knocking it down the side of the mountain. When the workers arrived on the scene, a second avalanche fell killing at least 33 and injuring 53. Authorities h..
February 5, 2020

Ten people aboard cruise ship in Japan test positive for new coronavirus

BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP via Getty Images(LONDON) -- At least 10 people aboard a cruise ship moored in Japan have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, officials said. Since arriving at the Japanese port of Yokohama, the Diamond Princess has been quarantined at sea while all passengers and crew on board undergo health screenings. The 10 people who tested positive for the newly identified virus have been taken ashore to a hospital in the coastal prefecture of Kanagawa, according to a statement from..