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World News Briefs -- February 13, 2020 (Evening Edition)



SCMP: Coronavirus: Hubei province reports 4,823 new cases and 116 more deaths

* Latest figures follow the roll-out this week of expanded diagnostic criteria amid a purge of party officials in Hubei
* Total mainland cases now at more than 64,627 and deaths at 1,483

China’s Hubei province, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, reported a further 4,823 cases of the disease early on Friday morning, bringing the total in the mainland to 64,627.

Deaths in the country caused by the disease, now officially known as Covid-19, reached 1,483 after the province’s health commission announced a daily increase of 116.

Current as of midnight on Thursday, the figures were the second daily batch to be released since the roll-out of expanded diagnostic criteria, under which a diagnosis based on an analysis of symptoms is considered a confirmed case.

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MIDDLE EAST

Syrian air defence intercepts missile attack: state media. Syrian air defenses down several missiles from Israel: Syrian state TV.

Syria parliament recognises Armenian genocide.

Turkey threatens force against 'radicals' in Syria's Idlib.

Regime offensive in NW Syria displaces more than 800,000: UN.

Rocket attack hits northern Iraq base hosting US troops.

Iran says it will strike U.S. and Israel if they make the 'slightest error'.

Iran purges reformists as legislative election campaign kicks off.

Iranians feel strain of turmoil and sanctions.

Yemen war: Saudi-led coalition forces face trials over violations.

Boxed in by US and Israel, an ailing Abbas takes defiant stance against Trump peace plan.

'Advanced' hackers targeted Palestinian officials, experts say.

ASIA

China reports big rise in coronavirus deaths, WHO sees no 'tip of iceberg'. China's coronavirus spike not necessarily indicative of new trajectory, World Health Organisation says.

Singapore's biggest daily jump in new coronavirus cases takes tally to 58.

Esper: US, Taliban near seven-day 'reduction in violence' deal.

Trump sees 'good chance' for accord with Taliban by end of month.

North Korea 'clearly lying' about coronavirus cases, expert says.

Coronavirus: US ready to allow North Korea sanctions exemption amid outbreak fears. US offers to help virus efforts in N.Korea.

At least 19 children hurt by shelling at school in Myanmar’s Rakhine state: authorities.

Heavy rainfall in Australia fills dams, helps contain fires. Australia's most populous state says fires contained for the first time in nearly six months.

AFRICA

New clashes in Libya despite UN ceasefire call.

Cluster bombs dropped in Libyan capital.

African countries braced for 'inevitable' arrival of coronavirus.

WHO extends global emergency for Ebola in DRC.

Mali army returns to former rebel bastion Kidal in symbolic move.

Malawians urge electoral commission's chairwoman to resign.

Buhari booed over burning of Nigerian motorists.

Ramaphosa admits South Africans' 'trust deficit'.

Hunger stalks southern Africa as climate crisis deepens.

Amnesty International: Somali journalists suffer killings, attacks and threats.

IMF, World Bank say Somalia eligible for debt relief.

EUROPE

EU crisis center monitors coronavirus outbreak, offers aid to China.

Irish general election: Fianna Fáil rules out Sinn Féin talks.

Belgium weighing French military mission in Mali: minister.

UK PM Johnson's meeting with Trump postponed until June: the Sun.

London's 'Big Ben' tower more badly damaged by Nazi bombs than thought.

Amsterdam looks to bar foreign visitors from buying cannabis.

AMERICAS

US Senate votes to curb Trump's war powers on Iran.

Trump says he might keep others from listening in on calls.

Trump says Romney should have voted the same way on both impeachment articles 'if it was just the religion'.

AG Barr says Trump tweets 'make it impossible for me to do my job'.

Sanders builds double-digit national lead: poll.

Venezuela holds uncle of opposition leader Juan Guaidó.

Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro names active-duty general as chief of staff.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Blast kills another Pakistani Taliban leader in Afghanistan.

Brussels seeks to bring home children of Belgian jihadists in Syria.

USS Cole bombing: Sudan agrees to compensate families.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Shares step back as hopes of early end to coronavirus fade.

Huawei, Meng face new US charges of trade secrets theft.

IEA: Global oil demand will fall in Q1 for first time in years.

Airbus reports billions in losses after corruption fines.

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