February 21, 2020

Hundreds of Chinese prisoners infected with novel coronavirus

jarun011/iStock(LONDON) -- Hundreds of Chinese inmates have been infected with the novel coronavirus as the outbreak spreads to prisons across China. He Ping, an official at China's Ministry of Justice, told reporters at a daily briefing Friday that officials have been fired after more than 500 cases of the newly discovered virus were diagnosed in five prisons across three Chinese provinces, including Hubei, the epicenter of the outbreak. No deaths have been reported, he said. The first cas..
February 20, 2020

Plane evacuating cruise passengers re-routed after Turkey denies landing permission amid novel coronavirus fears

TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP via Getty Images(KARACHI, Pakistan) -- A Turkish airliner chartered by Holland America cruise line to evacuate passengers from its Westerdam cruise was abruptly turned around mid-flight Thursday, according to flight data and multiple sources. The flight was carrying 283 citizens from multiple countries, including the United States, when it was forced to land in Karachi, Pakistan, instead of Istanbul, Turkey -- its original destination. A source familiar with the situation to..
February 20, 2020

As fighting in Syria intensifies, pressure is rising for US intervention amid the crisis

Oleksii Liskonih/iStock(IDLIB, Syria) -- As fighting over Syria's last rebel-held stronghold intensifies and puts U.S. ally Turkey in direct conflict with Russia, there is a growing chorus for the U.S. to do something about the dire humanitarian crisis. Nearly one million people have been displaced since December by Syrian President Bashar al Assad's offensive into the Idlib province, backed by Russian air power and Iranian-commanded forces. Relief organizations are struggling to respo..
February 20, 2020

Right-wing extremism suspected in Germany shooting that left 11 dead, including suspect

welcomia/iStock(HANAU, Germany) -- A mass shooting in Germany that left 11 people dead, including the suspected gunman, appears to have been motivated by racist, right-wing extremist views, authorities said. The massacre in the Frankfurt suburb of Hanau erupted around 10 p.m. Wednesday at two hookah bars in the city of fewer than 100,000 people. "Racism is poison, hatred is poison and this poison exists in society and it is to blame for far too many crimes," German Chancellor Angela Merkel sai..