Charissa Koh

Charissa is a WORLD reporter who often writes about poverty fighting and prison reform, including profiling ministries in the annual Hope Awards for Effective Compassion competition. She is also a part of WORLD's investigative unit, the Caleb Team. Charissa resides with her husband, Josh, in Austin, Texas. Follow her on Twitter @CharissaKoh.

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WHO sticks with COVID-19 bat origin story

by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/29/21, 03:32 pm

The World Health Organization team that visited Wuhan, China, in January and February to investigate the origins of the novel coronavirus is expected to release its report on Tuesday. In a draft obtained by the Associated Press, the researchers, including Chinese scientists, said it is “extremely unlikely” that the virus leaked from a lab. The document describes four scenarios and labels transmission from bats through another animal as the most likely.

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Ship stuck in Suez Canal partially freed

by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/29/21, 01:32 am

Engineers have partially refloated the Ever Given from the banks of the Suez Canal with the help of 10 tugboats and a high tide, increasing hopes the waterway could soon reopen. The cargo ship became stuck in a single-lane section of the Suez Canal in Egypt on Tuesday, reportedly due to bad weather. More than 200 vessels hauling an estimated $9.6 billion worth of cargo are waiting to cross the major waterway, according to the shipping journal Lloyd’s List. Some companies are already warning of inventory delays and rerouting vessels around the tip of Africa.

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Boulder shooting suspect purchased his gun legally

by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/26/21, 04:06 pm

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into accused mass shooter Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa’s background, but investigators have not yet reported a motive, authorities in Boulder, Colo., said on Friday. John Mark Eagleton, who owns Eagles Nest Armory in Arvada, said Alissa passed a background check before purchasing the Ruger AR-556 pistol he allegedly used in Monday’s attack at a King Soopers grocery store that left 10 people dead.

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