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U.S. favorite declared winner in Afghanistan

International | President Ashraf Ghani has supported American negotiations with the Taliban
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/20/20, 06:10 pm

AFGHANISTAN: Ashraf Ghani has narrowly won a contested election, officials announced after a five-month dispute over the vote. Ghani, clearly the U.S. favorite as it tries to conclude a peace agreement with the Taliban, won a second term by securing only 50.64 percent of the vote, and his rival Abdullah Abdullah says he may form his own government.

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Coronavirus spreads in Iran

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 2/20/20, 11:23 am

Three more people have the coronavirus in Iran, and two others have died, the country’s official news agency said Thursday. The new patients lived in Qom, Iran, and do not appear to have had contact with Chinese nationals. All schools and universities in the city closed in an attempt to contain the spread of the illness. The virus has infected more than 75,000 people around the world, mostly in China.

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Russia says ‘nyet’ to Chinese travelers

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/19/20, 09:49 am

Students, tourists, and workers from China cannot visit Russia until the coronavirus outbreak subsides, government officials in Moscow announced on Tuesday. They had already halted most air and rail traffic to China and will still issue some visas for Chinese nationals with official business. So far, Russia has had three confirmed cases of the coronavirus: two Chinese citizens in Russia who were treated and released and a Russian national infected on the Diamond Princess cruise ship now quarantined in Japan.

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