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A closed entrance of a residential community is seen in Shanghai, China, as the country continues to fight the outbreak of a new coronavirus, Feb. 8, 2020.

Researchers at a base in the Antarctic say they have recorded the hottest temperature there since readings began more than 60 years ago.

GENEVA - U.N. agencies warn that the widespread prevalence of female genital mutilation is exacting a heavy toll in both human and economic terms. The U.N. is calling for an end to the practice by 2030.

SEOUL - A vast transportation lockdown meant to contain the spread of a new coronavirus in central China is complicating the already grueling journey of North Korean refugees, according to two sources who help arrange North Korean defector trips.

Wednesday, 05 February 2020 06:28

Cancer Need Not Be a Death Sentence: WHO

GENEVA - The World Health Organization reports cancer is on the increase globally. But it says preventive measures can save the lives of millions of cancer sufferers over the next decade. This report comes in regard to World Cancer Day on Feb. 4.

The new coronavirus that has killed at least 425 people in China may have originated in bats, Chinese scientists say.

VOA spoke to Andy Pekosz, a professor of molecular microbiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, about the coronavirus. His laboratory studies influenza and other respiratory viruses such as SARS, and hantaviruses.

Saturday, 01 February 2020 08:46

China Reports Nearly 10,000 Coronavirus Cases

China says it has nearly 10,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. The virus has caused 213 deaths in China where it emerged late last year.

GENEVA - For the third time in one week, a World Health Organization Emergency Committee will meet to decide whether the new coronavirus poses a global health threat. The latest number of confirmed cases has risen to 7,700, including 170 deaths.

BEIJING - China has told farmers to step up vegetable production, opened roads for delivery trucks and is punishing those trying to profit in order to keep feeding residents of the locked down city of Wuhan at the center of the new coronavirus outbreak.

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