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Trump set for midweek acquittal after witnesses blocked

  by Chris Lefkow Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United Stares (AFP) — The US Senate on Friday rebuffed Democratic calls for new witnesses at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, paving the way for his acquittal next week of charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Following the 51-49 vote, the Senate scheduled four hours of closing arguments by Democratic prosecutors and White House defense lawyers on Monday and a vote for acquittal on […]

US declares virus ’emergency,’ bans travelers from China

  by Issam AHMED Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The US said Friday it was declaring a public health emergency and temporarily banning the entry of foreign nationals who had traveled to China over the past two weeks to contain the spread of a deadly new virus. Sweeping new restrictions will also be imposed on American citizens, with those returning from the province at the disease’s epicenter placed in facilities for mandatory […]

US Senate poised for crucial vote on witnesses at Trump trial

by Chris Lefkow WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US senators wrapped up two days of exhaustive questioning of House prosecutors and White House lawyers at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, setting the stage for a showdown vote on Friday on Democratic demands for new witnesses. Chief Democratic prosecutor Adam Schiff, in a last-ditch bid to win over Republican senators wary of a drawn-out process, proposed a one-week time frame to secure new witness testimony. “Let’s […]

Coronavirus spread from wife to husband in Chicago: official

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US health officials said Thursday they have identified the first case of a person who had caught the 2019 Novel Coronavirus from another person on American soil, a man who contracted the illness from his wife. “The second person in Illinois testing positive for the Novel Coronavirus is a Chicago resident and is the spouse of the first confirmed travel associated case in Illinois,” said Robert Redfield, director of the […]

More Canadians ask for help to flee China

OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) — The number of Canadians looking to flee China because of the coronavirus epidemic rose to nearly 200 on Thursday while a third suspected case in Canada was confirmed. Officials told a parliamentary committee that 196 Canadians in Wuhan — the epicenter of the epidemic — have requested help getting back home, an increase from Wednesday when the government announced an airlift for 160. The Globe and Mail newspaper said the families […]

Pilots sue American Airlines to halt China flights

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US pilots on Thursday sued American Airlines to force the company to halt flights to China amid the virus outbreak now declared a global health emergency. The new coronavirus has sickened nearly 8,000 and killed 170 people in China, and cases of the respiratory illness have been reported in several other countries including the United States. Major airlines worldwide have suspended or sharply reduced service to China, including US carriers […]

New coronavirus study places incubation period at around 5 days

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The period between exposure to the new coronavirus that originated in China and symptoms is 5.2 days on average, but varies greatly among patients, according to one of the largest studies yet published on the deadly epidemic. While admitting that the estimate is “imprecise,” the Chinese team behind a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on Wednesday said their findings support a 14-day medical observation period […]

No US passengers evacuated from China show symptoms of virus: officials

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — None of the 195 US citizens evacuated on a chartered flight from the Chinese city at the epicenter of a deadly virus outbreak have shown symptoms of infection, a senior US health official said Wednesday. They have been assigned quarters at a military base in California where they will remain in isolation on a voluntary basis for 72 hours, said Nancy Messonnier of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

LA residents flee ‘suspicious’ high-rise blaze

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — A fire suspected to have been started deliberately Wednesday in a high-rise residential block in Los Angeles injured eight people, including a baby, and prompted a massive response by firefighters. Earlier reports had said several people had jumped from the 25-story Barrington Plaza in the west of the city but authorities later clarified that was not the case. “No one jumped, there are no fatalities,” deputy fire chief Armando […]

Canada to bring home up to 160 from China over coronavirus

OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) — Canada has chartered a plane to bring home as many as 160 of its nationals from China because of the coronavirus epidemic, officials said Wednesday. Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne told reporters it could take several days to obtain permission to land in or near Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic. “There are 160 Canadians (in China) who have asked for consular assistance,” Champagne said. “We have secured a plane to repatriate […]

Americans evacuated from Wuhan land in US

  RIVERSIDE, United States (AFP) — Some 200 US citizens evacuated from the Chinese city at the heart of a growing outbreak of a deadly virus landed at a military base in California on Wednesday, where they will be monitored for symptoms. They were met on the tarmac at the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside by emergency vehicles and three buses, as personnel in biological hazard suits stood by. The Department of Defense said […]

CDC faces challenge of Coronavirus outbreak in US

  By Arlene Ocampo and Jessieca Bautista EBC Washington D.C.Bureau WASHINGTON, DC (Eagle News) – The latest and primary concern in the international and domestic medical world today is the rapid outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. From its origin in Wuhan, China, the virus, scientifically named 2019-nCoV, has spread to about 18 locations around the world including Europe and the United States. Most of those who have been infected were associated with travel from […]