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After gains in northern Syria, Assad predicts total victory

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad congratulated his forces Monday for recent gains in northwestern Syria that led to his troops consolidating control over Aleppo province, pledging to press ahead with a military campaign to achieve complete victory "sooner or later."

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Monday 02/17/2020
After gains in northern Syria, Assad predicts total victory

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad congratulated his forces Monday for recent gains in northwestern Syria that led to his troops consolidating control over Aleppo province, pledging to press ahead with a military campaign to achieve complete victory "sooner or later."

Posted: February 17, 2020
Sunday 02/16/2020
Assad's forces make advances, further securing Aleppo region

By ALBERT AJI and SARAH EL DEEB undefined

Posted: February 16, 2020
China sees rise in new virus cases, death toll rises by 105

BEIJING (AP) — Mainland China on Monday reported a slight upturn in new virus cases and an increase by 105 in deaths caused by the illness for a total of 1,770 since the outbreak began.

Posted: February 16, 2020
Saturday 02/15/2020
Esper says Taliban deal is promising but not without risk

MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday that a truce agreement between the United States and the Taliban that could lead to the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan is not without risk but "looks very promising."

Posted: February 15, 2020
Friday 02/14/2020
China reports major drop in new virus cases; 143 new deaths

BEIJING (AP) — China reported Saturday a figure of 2,641 new virus cases, a major drop from the higher numbers in recent days since a broader diagnostic method was implemented.

Posted: February 14, 2020
Thursday 02/13/2020
Virus cases surge after China revises way count is tallied

BEIJING (AP) — China reported a surge in deaths and infections from a new virus Thursday after changing the way the count is tallied, further clouding an epidemic that has stirred fear as it spread to more than two dozen countries.

Posted: February 13, 2020
Sunday 02/09/2020
Where did they go? Millions left city before quarantine

SHANGHAI (AP) — For weeks after the first reports of a mysterious new virus in Wuhan, millions of people poured out of the central Chinese city, cramming onto buses, trains and planes as the first wave of China's great Lunar New Year migration broke across the nation. Some carried with them the new virus that has since claimed over 800 lives and sickened more than 37,000 people.

Posted: February 09, 2020
Hurricane-force winds pound UK and Europe, upend travel

LONDON (AP) — Storm Ciara battered the U.K. and northern Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains Sunday, halting flights and trains and producing heaving seas that closed down ports. Soccer games, farmers' markets and cultural events were canceled as authorities urged millions of people to stay indoors, away from falling tree branches.

Posted: February 09, 2020
Iran again fails to put satellite into orbit amid US worries

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian rocket failed to put a satellite into orbit on Sunday, state television reported, the latest setback for a program the U.S. claims helps Tehran advance its ballistic missile program.

Posted: February 09, 2020
US says 2 soldiers killed, 6 wounded in Afghanistan attack

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two U.S. soldiers were killed and six wounded in a so-called insider attack in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province late Saturday when an Afghan dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire, the U.S. military said.

Posted: February 09, 2020
Saturday 02/08/2020
Thai gunman who killed 21 in rampage shot dead in mall

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand (AP) — Thai officials said a soldier who went on a shooting rampage and killed at least 21 people and injured 42 others has been shot dead inside a mall in northeastern Thailand.

Posted: February 08, 2020
China's virus death toll surpasses SARS but new cases fall

BEIJING (AP) — Mainland China's death toll from the new virus outbreak has risen to 811, surpassing the number of fatalities in the 2002-2003 SARS pandemic , as authorities enforce ever-stricter measures to curb the further spread.

Posted: February 08, 2020
Friday 02/07/2020
'A floating prison': Cruise of Asia ends in virus quarantine

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — David Abel's 50th wedding anniversary luxury cruise began with him eating his fill and enjoying the sights of East Asia.

Posted: February 07, 2020
Doctor's death unleashes mourning, fury at Chinese officials

BEIJING (AP) — The death of a young doctor who was reprimanded for warning about China's new virus triggered an outpouring Friday of praise for him and fury that communist authorities put politics above public safety.

Posted: February 07, 2020
Thursday 02/06/2020
NASA's record-setting Koch, crewmates safely back from space

MOSCOW (AP) — NASA astronaut Christina Koch, who spent nearly 11 months in orbit to set a record for the longest spaceflight by a woman, landed safely Thursday in Kazakhstan along with two International Space Station crewmates.

Posted: February 06, 2020

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