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Diamond Princess passengers die from coronavirus, Japan health ministry says

TOKYO — Japan’s health ministry confirmed Thursday that two elderly passengers taken off the Diamond Princess cruise ship have died from the new virus, becoming the first fatalities from the virus-stricken vessel.

Japan now has three deaths linked to the COVID-19 illness.

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p>Japan’s NHK public television said both were Japanese in …

Coronavirus threatens to global economy as Iran reports 2 deaths

The chief of the International Monetary Fund dubbed the Chinese coronavirus “our most pressing uncertainty” as Iran reported two deaths, Japan let cruise ship passengers out of quarantine and European sportswear brands said they were taking a hit from the truly global outbreak.

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p>IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said no …

Wall Street Journal reporters expelled by China for 'racist' report

The Trump administration is planning to retaliate for China’s expulsion Wednesday of three U.S. journalists over an editorial Beijing claimed was “racist,” escalating a clash over media access and freedoms that has broken out between the two countries.

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p>Beijing’s expulsion of three Wall Street Journal reporters came a day after …

Mike Pompeo says Religious Freedom Alliance to advocate for persecuted

President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have taken the cause of religious freedom in U.S. foreign policy to an unprecedented degree, but the creation of a formal alliance of more than two dozen allies has raised as many questions as answers about the specifics.

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p>State Department officials last …

Ron Wyden: 'Foreign interference in 2020 is going to make 2016 look like small potatoes'

Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, expressed serious concerns in an interview out Wednesday about foreign interference into November’s general election.

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p>Mr. Wyden, a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, warned that Russia meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential race pales in comparison to what he expects to …

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