March 12, 2020

How coronavirus is affecting St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

Westbury/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Cities across the world are deciding not to test their luck on St. Patrick's Day when it comes to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The National Retail Federation predicted two weeks ago that more than half of all American adults were expected to celebrate the holiday next week, spending more than $6 billion. Here's a breakdown of some of the cancellations and major changes to plans: Ireland The Irish government on Monday ordered all St. Patrick's Day ..
March 11, 2020

2 Americans among 3 service members killed in rocket attack on base in Iraq: Officials

US Army(WASHINGTON) -- Two American service members and one British service member were killed in a rocket attack on a base in Iraq on Wednesday, according to two U.S. officials, in a move that has the potential to once again ratchet up tensions in the Middle East. The U.S.-led coalition confirmed in a tweet that 15 small rockets impacted the Camp Taji base -- which houses U.S. troops -- at 7:35 p.m. local time in Iraq. The officials told ABC News that, in addition to the three killed, at least ..
March 11, 2020

Saudi oil company apologizes for dressing migrant worker as human sanitizer dispenser amid coronavirus outbreak

FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images(LONDON) -- Saudi Arabia’s state-run oil company Aramco apologizes for a migrant worker who was dressed as a human sanitizer dispenser at one of their facilities amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. The company voiced "extreme dismay" for the incident, claiming late Tuesday that this happened without the approval of Aramco officials. "Saudi Aramco would like to express its extreme dismay at this offensive behavior that was aimed at emphasizing the importance o..
March 11, 2020

As the number of coronavirus cases rises, why is Italy being hit so hard?

MasterLu/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The country of Italy is on lockdown as the number of cases of COVID-19, the official name for the novel coronavirus, soars. With more than 10,000 cases and counting, Italy has the second-highest reported death toll and number of confirmed infected cases, behind only China. With 630 deaths, Italy’s death toll is significantly higher than the next three hardest-hit nations combined, with deaths in Iran, France and South Korea totaling under 380. So what has put Italy a..