US extends travel ban to UK, Ireland starting Tuesday: Pence | AFP

Vice President Mike Pence announces during a press briefing at the White House that a travel ban imposed on European nations over the coronavirus pandemic will be extended to the United Kingdom and Ireland starting at 0400 GMT Tuesday. SOUNDBITE

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US: Virus-hit cruise ship to dock in port of Oakland | AFP

The Grand Princess cruise ship, which carries 21 people infected with the coronavirus among 3,500 passengers and crew members, is expected to dock in the port of Oakland, California, around 19:00 GMT. IMAGES of the port of Oakland

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Coronaviruses | AFP Animé

Updated videographic on coronaviruses. Across the world, 3,217 people have died from the virus. More than 94,000 have been infected in 81 countries and territories, according to AFP’s latest toll based on official sources at 1200 GMT Wednesday.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Quake in Iran kills eight in neighbouring Turkey | AFP

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake in northwestern Iran on Sunday killed at least eight people in neighbouring Turkey and injured dozens more on both sides of the border, authorities say. The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 9:23 am (0553 GMT), was near the Iranian village of Habash-e Olya, less than 10 kilometres (six miles) from the border, according to the US Geological Survey.

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First plane carrying Americans from Japan virus ship lands in US | AFP

The first plane carrying US citizens evacuated from a quarantined cruise ship in Japan land at Travis Air Force Base in California. The charter flight touched down around 11:29 pm (0729 GMT Monday) at the base 40 miles (70 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco, an AFP photographer saw. IMAGES

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Last pre-Brexit Eurostar train leaves London, bound for Paris | AFP

The last pre-Brexit Eurostar leaves St Pancras station in London, bound for Paris, as Britain is set to end almost half a century of integration with Europe, finally making its historic departure from the EU at midnight Brussels time (2300 GMT) on Friday. IMAGES

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UK charter plane carrying Wuhan evacuees lands in Britain | AFP

A charter plane carrying evacuees from the Chinese city at the centre of the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak lands at an RAF base in Britain. The flight touched down at Royal Air Force base Brize Norton, in Oxfordshire, south central England, shortly after 1:30 pm (1330 GMT), with 83 British citizens and 27 others on board. IMAGES

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The European Union | AFP Animé

Videographic illustrating and explaining how the European Union works. After half a century of sometimes awkward membership and three years of tense withdrawal talks, the UK will leave the EU at midnight Brussels time (2300 GMT) on Friday.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Britain – EU relations | AFP Animé

Videographic examining Britain’s troubled relationship with the European Union. After half a century of sometimes awkward membership and three years of tense withdrawal talks, the UK will leave the EU at midnight Brussels time (2300 GMT) on Friday.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Withdrawal from the European Union | AFP Animé

Videographic explaining how a country goes about leaving the EU. After half a century of sometimes awkward membership and three years of tense withdrawal talks, the UK will leave the EU at midnight Brussels time (2300 GMT) on Friday.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Empty dam reservoir prompts water rationing for 100,000 Bulgarians | AFP

The western Bulgarian city of Pernik should have a plentiful supply of water from the nearby Studena dam. However, the reservoir there is practically empty, with most of the bed now lying exposed. Pernik residents meanwhile are receiving murky, undrinkable water — and even that only between 4pm and 10pm (1400-2000 GMT).

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Images of passengers speaking to media after Japan evacuation plane from Wuhan lands in Tokyo | AFP

Images of two passengers speaking to media after Japan evacuation plane from Wuhan lands in Tokyo. The plane landed at Haneda airport around 8:45am (1145 GMT), with officials saying 206 people were on board. IMAGES

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Trump trial adjourned until 1pm (1800 GMT) Tuesday: Senate chief | AFP

Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate majority leader, adjourns proceedings after US senators are sworn in to serve as jurors at the impeachment trial of President Trump, and says the trial will resume at 1:00 pm (1800 GMT) on Tuesday January 21. IMAGES

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Explosion rocks Stockholm residential building | AFP

Images show the scene after a building and car were damaged in central Stockholm due to an unknown explosion in a residential building overnight. Authorities were alerted to the explosion shortly after 1:00 am local time (0000 GMT), and the building was evacuated shortly after.

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Deadly accident: Indonesia bus plunges into ravine | AFP

Images of rescue workers bringing in dead bodies after a bus carrying dozens of passengers careered into a 150-metre (500-foot) ravine in South Sumatra province just before midnight (1600 GMT) on Monday and ended up in a river. IMAGES

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Casualties in Moscow shootout near FSB security service office | AFP

Images show the scene after an unknown gunman opened fire near an office of Russia’s FSB security service in central Moscow, causing casualties and prompting the security service to “neutralise” the shooter. The gunfire broke out around 18:45 local time (1545 GMT) by the office, in an area close to the main headquarters of the FSB security service in Lubyanka Square the heart of the Russian capital. IMAGES

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Fire rages at electoral court in Bolivian opposition stronghold | AFP

Firefighters fight flames at a regional electoral court in the early morning hours in the Bolivian opposition stronghold of Santa Cruz, after protesters set fire to electoral buildings in other parts of the country amid unrest over partial election results. Firefighters told AFP the blaze started around 0230 local time (0630 GMT) and found molotov cocktails on the scene. IMAGES of the flames

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Cars arrive at venue where US-North Korea talks are expected to take place | AFP

Cars arrive at supposed venue where North Korean and US officials are to resume nuclear talks in Sweden after months of deadlock and Pyongyang’s defiant test of a sea-launched ballistic missile. North Korea’s Kim Myong Gil and the special envoy of US President Donald Trump, Stephen Biegun, are part of the teams set to meet on an island near Stockholm. The first cars with tinted windows – presumed to be here for the talks – started arriving just after 9:00 am (0700 GMT). IMAGES

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ISS crew return safely to Earth | AFP

A three-man crew including an Emirati who became the first Arab to reach the International Space Station return to Earth safely in good shape. Hazzaa al-Mansoori of the United Arab Emirates touched down in the Kazakh steppes at 1059 GMT along with NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, who both survived a failed launch to the ISS last year.

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Several dead in Colombia plane crash | AFP

A small plane crashes in southwestern Colombia.It was headed from Popayan to Lopez de Micay when it crashed at 2:11 pm (1911 GMT).

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Hundreds participate in the 100-mile Berlin Wall Race | AFP

Participants of the 8th edition of the 100-mile Berlin Wall Race run where guard towers and barbed wire once stood. At 6:00 am (0400 GMT), around 500 individual runners from 32 countries, plus double that in relay teams, start the 8th edition of the race, ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Wall’s demise this November.

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At least eight killed in Ukraine hotel fire | AFP

At least eight people were killed and ten were injured in a hotel fire in Ukraine’s port city of Odessa early Saturday, emergency services said.  The fire broke out at 1.34 am (2234 GMT) in the southern city’s Tokyo Star hotel. Some 65 firefighters backed by 13 emergency vehicles put out the blaze three hours later.    IMAGES

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