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Bethlehem's storied Nativity Church closes amid virus fears

Bethlehem's storied Nativity Church closes amid virus fears

BETHLEHEM, Palestinian Territory — Palestinian officials on Thursday closed the storied Church of the Nativity in the biblical city of Bethlehem indefinitely over fears of the new coronavirus, weeks ahead of the busy Easter holiday season.

North Carolina woman goes to jail for 100th birthday

ROXBORO, N.C. — For her 100th birthday, Ruth Bryant crossed a significant item off her bucket list. She went to jail.
R. Kelly pleads not guilty; feds say new charges planned

R. Kelly pleads not guilty; feds say new charges planned

CHICAGO — R&B singer R.

Israel's Netanyahu falls short of parliamentary majority

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has again fallen short of a parliamentary majority with his hard-line allies, final election results confirmed Thursday, extending the country's year-old political deadlock and weakening the longt
OPEC calls for big production cut, but will Russia agree?

OPEC calls for big production cut, but will Russia agree?

VIENNA — The OPEC oil cartel is calling for a deep production cut to keep crude prices from falling further as disruption to global business from the coronavirus slashes demand from air travel and industry.

China-made phones, tablets tainted by coerced Uighur labour

NANCHANG, China — In a lively Muslim quarter of Nanchang city, a sprawling Chinese factory turns out computer screens, cameras and fingerprint scanners for a supplier to international tech giants such as Apple and Lenovo.
China's virus slowdown offers hope for global containment

China's virus slowdown offers hope for global containment

The slowdown in coronavirus cases out of China offers a sliver of hope that the global outbreak can be controlled, but whether that can happen anytime soon without drastic measures remains to be seen, public health authorities say.

Virus fears will postpone Miami's Ultra music festival

MIAMI — Fears of the new coronavirus have led to postponement of the three-day Ultra electronic dance music festival in Miami, city officials said Thursday.

Virus impacting Hawaii economy through events, tourism

HONOLULU — A spate of cancelled events and falling visitor numbers from abroad indicate the economic impact Hawaii is experiencing due to the spread of the virus that causes the disease called COVID-19.
Airstrike in northwest Syria kills 15 ahead of Moscow summit

Airstrike in northwest Syria kills 15 ahead of Moscow summit

BEIRUT — An airstrike on a rebel-held village in northwest Syria hit a poultry farm where several displaced families were sheltering early Thursday, killing at least 15 people including children while wounding several others, opposition activists sai