Here are the top headlines in the world today.
The virus: At least 17 people are dead in China and nearly 600 confirmed infected as the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread throughout Asia and across the world. Wuhan in lockdown: The city of 11 million people, where the outbreak began, is under partial lockdown in an effort to contain the spread.
Snakes — the Chinese krait and the Chinese cobra — may be the original source of the newly discovered coronavirus that has triggered an outbreak of a deadly infectious respiratory illness in China this winter.
French President Emmanuel Macron has been involved in an altercation with Israeli security officers in Jerusalem’s Old City.
Troll armies, ‘deepfake’ porn videos and violent threats. How Twitter became so toxic for India’s women politicians
Women politicians in India face high levels of harassment, including sexist abuse from organized “troll armies,” discouraging their political participation, new Amnesty International study finds.
Expectation is higher for the 2019 NBA draft’s number one overall selection Zion Williamson than any rookie since LeBron James.
Banks are meant to hold cash. But in Switzerland, some rich savers are looking for alternatives.
Southwest Airlines reported a sharp drop in profit in the fourth quarter because of the continued grounding of the Boeing 737 Max. It said it will seek additional compensation from Boeing as the problem is expected to stretch deep into 2020.
Some of the world’s biggest advertisers have joined forces with Facebook, YouTube and Twitter in an attempt to prevent harmful online content messing with their campaigns.
A banker implicated in the embezzlement and money-laundering case against Africa’s richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, has been found dead in Lisbon. Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha, 45, managed the account of oil firm Sonangol, formerly chaired by Ms Dos Santos, at the small Portuguese lender EuroBic.
Extreme heat from the Mount Vesuvius eruption in Italy was so immense it turned one victim’s brain into glass, a study has suggested. The volcano erupted in 79 AD, killing thousands and destroying Roman settlements near modern-day Naples. The town of Herculaneum was buried by volcanic matter, entombing some of its residents.
The parliament of Burundi has voted to pay one billion Burundi francs ($530,000; £400,00) to President Pierre Nkurunziza as he prepares to leave office. Mr Nkurunziza has promised not to run for another term in the general election due in May.
Greta Thunberg should go away and study economics before lecturing investors, the US treasury secretary has said. Steven Mnuchin said the activist’s call for investors to divest fossil fuels showed a lack of understanding about the economy and jobs.
Tesla has displaced Volkswagen as the world’s second most valuable carmaker, after a dramatic rise in share price pushed its market value to more than $100bn ($76.1bn). The milestone sets the stage for chief Elon Musk to collect billions in pay tied to hitting that target.
If you were to glance regularly at Donald Trump’s Twitter feed, you could be fooled into the thinking the guy’s got too much time on his hands. Pretty much every day marks a fresh tweetstorm in Trump-land, but Wednesday – the second day of the president’s impeachment trial – he took things to a whole new level.
It sure looks like Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman spent some time poking around Jeff Bezos’ private business after the Amazon CEO’s phone was reportedly hacked. According to the New York Times , investigators have pieced together a timeline and determined that, after the hack, the Saudis learned about Bezos’ private affair with Lauren Sanchez.
Society must come together to “protect” and “cherish” Tesla CEO Elon Musk like the walking Fabergé egg that he is. So insisted Donald Trump today during a freewheeling CNBC interview that covered everything from Trump’s best bud Tim Apple to how he’s pretty sure Zuckerberg wants to run for president.
We’re still a few weeks away from Samsung officially unveiling its new foldable phone, but it’s already sounding like it will be a significant improvement over the Galaxy Fold. At least, if the latest rumors are any indication.
What secrets does Jeff Bezos spill behind closed doors? The Amazon CEO and owner of the Washington Post meets with industry heads, politicians, and regulatory officials as a matter of course. And, as a forensic analysis of Bezos’ hacked phone obtained by Motherboard shows, there’s a possibility the Saudi government was listening in on those very conversations for months.
Jeff Bezos has some thoughts for the Saudi government. Following yesterday’s bombshell report that the Amazon CEO’s phone was likely hacked at the direction of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), Bezos took a moment to remind the world that the same government murdered and dismembered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.