Mainland China reports 1,749 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Feb. 18

Mainland China had 1,749 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Tuesday, the country's National Health Commission said on Wednesday, down from 1,886 cases a day earlier and the lowest since Jan. 29.

Posted on 19 February 2020 | 12:14 am

U.S. imposes new rules on state-owned Chinese media over propaganda concerns

The Trump administration said on Tuesday said it will begin treating five major Chinese state-run media entities with U.S. operations the same as foreign embassies, requiring them to register their employees and U.S. properties with the State Department.

Posted on 19 February 2020 | 12:05 am

No rush on bill to allow mining on Brazilian indigenous lands, speaker says

Brazil's lower house speaker, Rodrigo Maia, said on Tuesday that a bill to allow for mining on protected indigenous lands will not be given the urgency in Congress that some would like.

Posted on 18 February 2020 | 11:59 pm

Brazil's Bolsonaro offers credit for indigenous farmers as he pushes to open their lands

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday said he was pushing a bill through Congress to allow commercial mining and agriculture on protected indigenous lands, as he met with tribal leaders to announce a credit line to support indigenous farmers who have developed soy plantations on their reservations.

Posted on 18 February 2020 | 11:59 pm

Trump blasts proposed U.S. restrictions on sale of jet parts to China

President Donald Trump objected on Tuesday to U.S. proposals that would prevent companies from supplying jet engines and other components to China's aviation industry and suggested he had instructed his administration not to implement them.

Posted on 18 February 2020 | 11:42 pm

Coronavirus cases in China's Hubei fall for second day, Apple and markets feel impact

New coronavirus cases in the Chinese province at the epicenter of the outbreak fell for a second straight day, but deaths rose after the World Health Organization had cautioned there was not yet enough data to know if the epidemic had slowed.

Posted on 18 February 2020 | 11:36 pm

South Koreans return home from quarantined ship off Japan: Yonhap

A presidential jet brought home six South Koreans and a Japanese spouse from a quarantined cruise ship docked off Japan on Wednesday, according to Yonhap news agency.

Posted on 18 February 2020 | 11:31 pm

Bolsonaro and son blast probe of Brazil hit man killed by police

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his son on Tuesday hurled criticism at state authorities investigating the death of an alleged hit man who was suspected of involvement in the murder of a well-known Rio de Janeiro councilwoman. 

Posted on 18 February 2020 | 11:29 pm

U.S. slaps sanctions on Russian oil firm in swipe at Venezuela's Maduro

The United States on Tuesday ramped up pressure on Venezuela by blacklisting a subsidiary of Russian state oil major Rosneft that President Donald Trump's administration said provides a financial lifeline to President Nicolas Maduro's government.

Posted on 18 February 2020 | 11:19 pm

Tripoli government suspends Libya talks after Haftar attacks Tripoli port

Libya's internationally recognized government on Tuesday suspended talks hosted by the United Nations to halt warfare over the capital after eastern forces shelled Tripoli's port, killing three people and almost hitting a highly explosive gas tanker.

Posted on 18 February 2020 | 11:16 pm

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