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Man threatens to torch himself after virus cancels birthday

Man threatens to torch himself after virus cancels birthday

A man in southwest China doused himself with petrol and tied firecrackers around his waist because authorities cancelled his birthday banquet as a precaution against spreading the coronavirus.
World's oldest man crowned in Japan aged 112

World's oldest man crowned in Japan aged 112

A 112-year-old Japanese man has been crowned the world's oldest male, claiming that smiling is the key to longevity.
Boeing sounds alarm about virus impact on aviation

Boeing sounds alarm about virus impact on aviation

Boeing issued a stark warning Wednesday about the impact of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, saying there was "no question" it would hammer the aviation industry and the broader economy.
U.K. team tests China virus vaccine on mice

U.K. team tests China virus vaccine on mice

A team of U.K. scientists believe they are among the first to start animal testing of a vaccine for the new coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people and spread around the world.
Fed 'closely monitoring' global risks from coronavirus: Powell

Fed 'closely monitoring' global risks from coronavirus: Powell

The U.S. central bank is keeping watch for any impact from the virus outbreak in China that could spread beyond its borders, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday.
Guns and social media: the soldier behind Thailand's mass shooting

Guns and social media: the soldier behind Thailand's mass shooting

The "pings" from the metal targets at a gun range ring out as a baby-faced shooter smiles for the camera -- a chilling prelude to the mall massacre by a Thai soldier who shared his prowess as a marksman on social media.
'Parasite' makes Oscars history with stunning best picture win

'Parasite' makes Oscars history with stunning best picture win

South Korean black comedy "Parasite" made movie history at the Oscars on Sunday, becoming the first non-English-language film to win the best picture award -- Hollywood's biggest prize of all.
New coronavirus infected 40 staff in single Wuhan hospital: study

New coronavirus infected 40 staff in single Wuhan hospital: study

Forty health care workers were infected with the novel coronavirus by patients at a single Wuhan hospital in January, a new study has found, underscoring the risks to those at the frontlines of the growing epidemic.
Hong Kong unveils virus quarantine plans, with jail for dodgers

Hong Kong unveils virus quarantine plans, with jail for dodgers

Hong Kong on Friday said it will deploy an army of volunteers to bolster plans to forcibly quarantine all arrivals from mainland China, warning that anyone caught breaching the new rules faces up to six months prison.
Hong Kong Airlines to lay off 400 staff as virus hits city

Hong Kong Airlines to lay off 400 staff as virus hits city

Hong Kong Airlines said Friday it has been forced to slash hundreds of jobs and ask remaining staff to take unpaid leave as the coronavirus outbreak compounds problems at the already-struggling firm.
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