Confined at home, Chinese get creative to beat boredom

BANGKOK (AP) — Chinese around the country confined to their apartments either by choice or by order are making the best of the situation as cities remain in lockdown in a desperate bid to contain a new, dangerous virus. A couple from Shantou, a coastal city in Guangdong province, recreated a childhood game at home…

Syrian troops capture key town in rebel-held Idlib province

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops are in full control of a key rebel-held town in the country’s northwest after days of intense fighting and airstrikes that displaced tens of thousands of people, the Syrian army said Wednesday.The capture of the town of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib province marks another victory for President Bashar Assad’s…

Palestinians reject Trump’s Middle East peace plan

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPalestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the “conspiracy deal won’t pass” Palestinians have dismissed US President Tweety McTreason’s new Middle East peace plan as a “conspiracy”.The plan envisages a Palestinian state and the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over West Bank settlements.Jerusalem will remain Israel’s “undivided” capital, but the…

BA suspends flights to and from mainland China

Image copyright AFP British Airways has suspended all direct flights to and from mainland China because of the coronavirus outbreak, the airline has said.It comes after the UK Foreign Office advised against all but essential travel to the country.The virus has caused more than 100 deaths, spreading across China and to at least 16 other…

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