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Terrence McNally, one of America's great playwrights whose prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and the musicals Ragtime and Kiss of the Spider Woman, has died of coronavirus.

American playwright Terrence McNally dies of coronavirus

Terrence McNally, one of America's great playwrights whose prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and "Master Class" and the musicals "Ragtime" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman," has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 81.
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation address at parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 13, 2020. REUTERS-Sumaya Hisham

African nations impose restrictions as coronavirus crisis looms

The coronavirus has now been confirmed in at least 30 of Africa's 54 countries, officials said, as regional power South Africa warned of a new crisis once the virus begins to spread at home and into crowded low-income communities.
Seyyed Mohammad Mirmohammadi, a member of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council, has died of the novel Coronavirus.

Coronavirus kills top Iran official

A member of a council that advises Iran’s supreme leader died today after falling sick from the new coronavirus, state radio reported, becoming the first top official to succumb to the illness that is affecting members of the Islamic Republic’s leadership.
Guinness World Records had given the certificate to Chitetsu Watanabe on February 12. The organisation and the funeral home handling his services confirmed Tuesday he had died Sunday. No cause was given.

World’s oldest man, who said secret to longevity was smiling, dead at 112

A Japanese man who received his certificate as the world’s oldest man with a raised fist and big smiles earlier this month has died at 112.
A speed boat, foreground, transports samples from some passengers who have reported stomachaches or fever, in the Westerdam, seen in the background, off Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Feb. 13, 2020.

Cruise ship refused by other ports anchors off Cambodia

A cruise ship turned away by other Asian and Pacific governments because of virus fears anchored Thursday off Cambodia, which is checking the health of its 2,200 passengers and crew.
The ability of the new coronavirus to spread is strengthening and infections could continue to rise, China’s National Health Commission said on Sunday, with nearly 2,000 people in China infected and 56 killed by the disease.

China’s death toll from coronavirus hits 259

China’s death toll from a new virus rose to 259 on Saturday and a World Health Organization official said other governments need to prepare for “domestic outbreak control” if the disease spreads in their countries.
The acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Mr Chad Wolf, reportedly sent a memo to all agencies in the department on Tuesday requesting a study on how the laws affect their enforcement operations.

US moves against laws impeding immigration enforcement

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is “taking aim at new laws” in some states “that allow immigrants to get driver’s licenses without proof they are in the country legally”.

Yaya Toure slams Arsenal star over China comments

Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure said Mesut Ozil was wrong to have made comments about the plight of Uighur Muslims in China.

Bus crash in northern Tunisia kills more than 20

Tunisia's interior ministry has said a bus carrying local tourists crashed off a hill, killing at least 22 people and injuring 21 others.
Demonstrators march during a protest over the disappearance of booksellers in Hong Kong, Jan. 10, 2016.

Self-confessed Chinese spy spills secrets in Australia

A self-confessed Chinese spy has given Australia’s counterespionage agency inside intelligence on how Beijing conducts its interference operations abroad and revealed the identities of China’s senior military intelligence officers in Hong Kong, media reported.

Road crash kills 36 people as bus collides with truck

At least 36 people have been killed and dozens of others wounded in eastern China after a collision between a packed bus and a truck, officials said.
Tributes poured in across social media for Maj. Gen. Abdulaziz al-Fagham, with many including images of the bodyguard at work. One included him bending down to apparently help tie the shoes of King Salman, the 83-year-old ruler of the oil-rich kingdom.

Saudi king’s bodyguard shot dead in ‘dispute’

A prominent bodyguard to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was shot and killed in what authorities described as a personal dispute, state TV reported Sunday, offering few details in an incident that shocked the kingdom.
Dozens of people have been killed and thousands moved to relief camps after torrential rains caused flooding in northern India's Uttar Pradesh state, according to officials.

Dozens die in north India floods, thousands evacuated

Dozens of people have been killed and thousands moved to relief camps after torrential rains caused flooding in northern India's Uttar Pradesh state, according to officials.
A Tunisian national guard chief and three extremists were killed in a clash Monday, on the first day of the country's presidential campaign, authorities said.

Tunisian security chief, three extremists killed in shootout

A Tunisian national guard chief and three extremists were killed in a clash Monday, on the first day of the country's presidential campaign, authorities said.
The dispute erupted last month after Tokyo tightened controls on the exports of photoresists and two other chemicals to South Korean companies [Ahn Young-joon-AP]

Second South Korean man sets himself ablaze in apparent Japan protest

A 72-year-old South Korean man is in critical condition after setting himself ablaze in central Seoul, apparently to express his anger towards Japan amid worsening tensions between the two countries over trade and wartime history.
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Air India plane diverted to London airport over hoax bomb threat

An Air India passenger plane flying to the United States was escorted by British fighter jets to land in London on Thursday after what an official at the airline later said was a hoax bomb threat.
Congo Lake Mai-Ndombe

30 dead, 200 missing in Congo after boat accident

At least 30 people died and hundreds were believed missing after a boat sank over the weekend in a lake in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The head of Venezuela's feared secret police has turned his back on disputed President Nicolas Maduro in an open letter made public Tuesday night.

Head of Venezuela’s secret police abandons President Maduro

The head of Venezuela’s feared secret police Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera has turned his back on the country’s embattled President Nicolas Maduro in an open letter made public Tuesday night.

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