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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 12:40 a.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 10:40pm

Mainland China reported 1,886 new virus cases and 98 more deaths for a total of 1,868, following a report that 80% of cases have been mild, prompting guarded optimism from health officials. The latest figures come after health officials in China published the first details on nearly 45,000 cases, saying more than 80% have been mild and new ones seem to be falling since early this month. A total of 72,436 cases have been reported in mainland China as of Tuesday. A recent spike was due to a broader definition in the hardest-hit region based on doctors' diagnoses before laboratory tests were completed.

UN: Impact of long Libya war on civilians is `incalculable'

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 6:39pm

The U.N humanitarian coordinator for Libya said Monday the impact of the country’s nine-year war on civilians “is incalculable,” pointing to its intensity escalating “exponentially” since a rebel commander launched an offensive last April, casualties rising and almost 900,000 people now needing assistance.

Killing of 7-year-old stokes anger in Mexico over femicides

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 5:59pm

The killing of a 7-year-old girl on the southern outskirts of Mexico City has stoked rising anger over the brutal slayings of women, including one found stabbed to death and skinned earlier this month.

China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98 amid report 80% of cases have been mild

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 5:16pm

China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98 amid report 80% of cases have been mild.

Protester chains himself to Russian security agency's doors

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 10:33am

A Russian activist was detained Monday after he chained himself to the front doors of the nation's top security agency to protest its handling of a controversial criminal case.

Pompeo in Africa visit praises Angola's moves against graft

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 10:26am

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in his latest Africa stop on Monday praised Angola’s president for his dramatic actions to recover billions of dollars looted bycorrupt officials, saying it would help attract investment to one of Africa's largest economies.

No Bull: German court rules dogs not too big to be miniature

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 10:23am

A German court has decided a Duesseldorf dog dispute, ruling Monday that not only size matters in determining whether a dog is officially "miniature."

Popular Rwandan gospel musician found dead in police cell

Ignatius Ssuuna, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 7:22am

A popular Rwandan gospel musician who in 2015 was found guilty of conspiracy to murder or harm President Paul Kagame was found dead in a police cell Monday in the capital, Kigali, authorities said.

Suicide bomber in SW Pakistan kills 8 at Islamist rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 7:19am

A powerful suicide bombing killed eight people and wounded 16 others in Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province on Monday, local police said, when it struck an Islamist rally in the regional capital.

Virus fears rise after Cambodia's acceptance of cruise ship

Sopheng Cheang, Eileen By and Grant Peck, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 5:24am

The feel-good story of how Cambodia allowed a cruise ship to dock after it was turned away elsewhere in Asia for fear of spreading a new disease took an unfortunate turn after a passenger later tested positive for the virus.

Quarantine ruling: Russia sends woman back after she escapes

Daria Litvinova, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 5:21am

A Russian court on Monday ordered a woman who escaped from a virus quarantine to return back to the hospital she fled and stay under quarantine for at least two more days. The ruling underlined the chaotic public health approaches being taken to stop the spread of the new coronavirus from China.

Amid protests, Greece suspends migrants detention plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 4:51am

Greece's government says it is suspending an emergency plan to build migrant detention camps on Greek islands near the Turkish coast to allow for negotiations with local authorities who strongly oppose the move.

Portugal leaders rally around racially abused soccer player

Barry Hatton, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 3:46am

The president and the prime minister of Portugal added their voices to a national outcry Monday over racist abuse aimed at a black FC Porto soccer player who walked off the field after hearing monkey chants.

After gains in northern Syria, Assad predicts total victory

Albert Aji and Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 2:12am

Syrian President Bashar Assad congratulated his forces Monday for recent gains in northwestern Syria that led to his troops consolidating control over Aleppo province, pledging to press ahead with a military campaign to achieve complete victory “sooner or later.”

Japan confirms 99 more cases of people infected by new virus on quarantined ship Diamond Princess, bringing total to 454

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 2:11am

Japan confirms 99 more cases of people infected by new virus on quarantined ship Diamond Princess, bringing total to 454.

China says it may postpone March annual congress, its biggest political meeting of the year, because of virus outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 1:48am

China says it may postpone March annual congress, its biggest political meeting of the year, because of virus outbreak.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 p.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 10:40pm

Mainland China reported 1,886 new virus cases and 98 more deaths for a total of 1,868, following a report that 80% of cases have been mild, prompting guarded optimism from health officials. The latest figures come after health officials in China published the first details on nearly 45,000 cases, saying more than 80% have been mild and new ones seem to be falling since early this month. A total of 72,436 cases have been reported in mainland China as of Tuesday. A recent spike was due to a broader definition in the hardest-hit region based on doctors' diagnoses before laboratory tests were completed.

China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 6:24pm

2.8% for males versus 1.7% for females.

Mainland China sees slight upturn in new virus cases, death toll rises by 105 to 1,770

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 6:04pm

Mainland China sees slight upturn in new virus cases, death toll rises by 105 to 1,770.