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Japan to Assist Chinese Pingpong Rivals Stranded by Virus

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The Japan Table Tennis Association has agreed to take in about 50 members of China's national table tennis team who are unable to return home in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, association sources said Friday.

Intel Officials Say Russia Boosting Trump Candidacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Intelligence officials have warned lawmakers that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election campaign to help President Donald Trump get reelected, three officials familiar with the closed-door briefing said Thursday.

More Enterprises in China Resume Work Amid Epidemic

BEIJING (Xinhua) — China is taking more targeted measures to resume production and support companies hit by the outbreak.
Activists stage a rally to call for abortion rights in Bangkok on Sep. 29, 2017. Photo: Kritaya Archavanitkul / Facebook

Law Criminalizing Abortion is Unconstitutional, Top Court Rules

BANGKOK — Reproductive rights activists on Thursday welcomed a ruling by the Constitutional Court that struck down a decades-old ban on abortion, on the grounds that it contradicts the country’s highest law.

Thailand’s Worst-Case Plan for Coronavirus Revealed

BANGKOK — Military field hospitals and closure of facilities like schools and prisons will be introduced if the coronavirus epidemic took a turn for the worse, a government source said Thursday.

TV Channel 3 Downsizes Further With Early Retirement

BANGKOK — One of Thailand’s biggest TV stations announced yet another plan to shave off its staff number by the end of February.

Taiwanese Stranded in Hubei Plead for Approval to Go Home

WUHAN (Xinhua) — Around 500 Taiwan compatriots stranded in the mainland's Hubei Province, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, have called for the island's authority to let them return home.

Japan Professor Pulls Videos Blasting Quarantine on Virus-Hit Ship

TOKYO (Kyodo) — A Japanese infectious diseases expert on Thursday removed videos criticizing the situation on the Diamond Princess, a coronavirus-hit cruise ship docked in Yokohama, from YouTube.

German Police Say 8 Killed in Shootings

HANAU, Germany (AP) — Eight people were killed in shootings in and outside two hookah lounges in a southwestern German city late Wednesday, and authorities were searching for the perpetrators.

Bloomberg, Sanders Under Attack at Democrats’ Nevada Debate

LAS VEGAS (AP) — From the opening bell, Democrats unleashed an aggressive verbal assault on New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg and raised...

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