Scientists race to find a treatment, crews scrub everything from money to buses, and quarantines are being enforced from a beachfront resort in the Atlantic to an uninhabited island in the Pacific as the world fights the spread of the coronavirus.
The Philippines’ president bluntly announced the country would unilaterally terminate an agreement with the US. Is a collaboration with China or Russia on the cards?
While the spread of the novel coronavirus outside China appears to be slow, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns it could accelerate.
The fresh toll came a day after China imposed a lockdown on a major city far from the epicentre and the first fatality outside the country was reported in the Philippines.
Beijing imposes curbs on movement in Wenzhou, 800 km away from Wuhan, while the Philippines reports death of 44-year-old man taking toll from disease to 305.
Thousands of people were forced to evacuate their homes around Taal, one of the world's smallest active volcanoes, which spewed ash for a second day from its crater in the middle of a lake about 70 km south of central Manila.
Most of the deaths caused by Typhoon Phanfone were reported in remote villages and popular tourist areas of central Philippines on Christmas day, officials said.
Over 10,000 people spent the night in schools, gyms and government buildings hastily converted into evacuation centres as the typhoon made landfall, civil defence officials say.
Rescue team pulled the bodies of two victims from a collapsed market building in the town of Padada as they hunted for possible survivors trapped under the debris.
Police said a rescue operation had been launched at a heavily damaged market building near the 6.8 magnitude quake's epicentre, which is about 90 kilometres from the major city of Davao.
Despite involvement in a number of conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and accusations of interference in the US, Moscow enjoys increasingly positive perceptions.
Kammuri's fierce winds toppled trees and flattened flimsy homes across a swathe of the nation's north and forced evacuation of thousands of residents and the cancellation of hundreds of flights.
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