Indian city builds wall to hide slum for Trump visit | AFP

A 700-metre-long wall has been built in Ahmedabad, allegedly to hide a slum, ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit to the western Indian city on Monday. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITEN°1P74W1

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Partial truce begins in Afghanistan, boosting peace hopes | AFP

Afghans wake up to a week-long partial truce after the Taliban, the US and local forces all agreed to a lull that could be a major turning point in the long conflict.

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Indian students paint Trump portraits ahead of US leader’s first visit to the country | AFP

Students paint canvasses of US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania to welcome the couple ahead of the American leader’s upcoming first official visit to India.

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Here are the top stories for Friday, Feb. 21st: Possible Trump pick for intelligence director says ‘no thanks;’ US, Taliban peace agreement draws near; Germany reels after mass shooting that killed 9; Bear roams in Southern Calif. neighborhood.

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Here’s the latest for Friday February 21st: Intelligence officials warn Congress of Russian 2020 election interference; Early Nevada caucus voting; Shooting in Idaho senior apartment complex; More cruise ship passengers hospitalized in US for virus.

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Greece, US hold live-fire drill after base deal

Army aviation forces from Greece and the United States took part in a live-fire training exercise on Wednesday at the foot of Mount Olympus, marking deepening defense ties between the two countries. (Feb. 20)

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US slaps sanctions on Iranian officials for barring candidates | AFP

The United States slaps sanctions on five Iranian officials in charge of vetting candidates for this week’s parliamentary elections, in which thousands have been barred from running. “The five officials being designated today have denied the Iranian people free and fair parliamentary elections,” says the US special representative for Iran, Brian Hook. SOUNDBITE

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US: Asian Americans warn of ‘xenophobia’ over coronavirus outbreak | AFP

As the usually bustling streets of Chinatown in Los Angeles are mostly deserted amid fears about the coronavirus outbreak, Asian Americans say they are being unfairly associated with the disease. “The thing that I am actually most concerned about is kind of the racial profiling and xenophobia that’s been happening,” says Tiffany Yu, the CEO of a disability advocacy organization. “I think there is still a lot of research that’s being done around coronavirus but the fact that people within the Asian community, people who look Asian, people who look Chinese are being identified as having the virus, I think is a little bit more concerning of a reaction that’s happening.”

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Afghans react to President Ashraf Ghani’s reelection | AFP

Afghans react after President Ashraf Ghani secures a second term, according to final results, lining him up to become the man negotiating with the Taliban over the war-torn country’s future if the US agrees to withdraw its troops.

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US: Harvey Weinstein leaves court as jury begins deliberating | AFP

Jurors begin considering the fate of ex-Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein following his high-profile sex crimes trial that marked a watershed moment in the #MeToo movement. The disgraced movie mogul, 67, faces life in prison if the jury of seven men and five women convict him of predatory sexual assault charges in New York. IMAGES

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Virus fears hurting Chinatowns in US

Asian-American businesses in major U.S. cities are seeing a remarkable decline in customers amid fears about the viral outbreak that originated in China. (Feb. 18)

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Cruise passengers take Cambodia bus tours despite virus fears | AFP

A scramble intensifies to trace passengers from a US cruise liner allowed to disembark in Cambodia despite at least one traveller later being diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus as Cambodia on Monday afternoon treated a few dozen of the passengers to bus tours around the capital Phnom Penh.

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Here’s the latest for Monday, February 17th: Quarantined cruise ship passengers return to US; Democrats campaign in Nevada; GM pulling out of Australia, New Zealand, Thailand; Flooding in Jackson, Mississippi.

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US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi meets EU’s Ursula von der Leyen | AFP

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomes Speaker of The United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi before their bilateral meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels. IMAGES of their meeting

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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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Americans from quarantined cruise ship land in US

A chartered flight carrying Americans from cruise ship quarantined in Japan during the coronavirus crisis has landed in California. A second plane is going to Texas. More than 300 Americans will need to remain quarantined for two weeks. (Feb. 17)

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‘Parasite’ director Bong Joon-ho returns to South Korea | AFP

Film director Bong Joon-ho returns from the US to South Korea after the unprecedented Oscar haul for his black comedy ‘Parasite’ which shattered a 92-year-old glass ceiling and opened a new era for Korean and other foreign films on the global stage.

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Here are the top stories for Sunday, February 16th: President Trump leads Daytona 500; US couple escapes cruise with virus patients; Mississippi deals with major flooding; A building implosion doesn’t go as planned.

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