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January 29, 2020

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Passengers from China get a fever check upon their arrival at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Jan. 29, 2020.


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Flights are canceled, quarantines are going into effect and foreign governments are trying to evacuate their citizens as the health authorities around the world work to contain a deadly coronavirus outbreak first detected in China. And, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to London on Wednesday to urge UK officials to rethink the government's move in allowing Chinese tech giant Huawei limited access to the UK's development of 5G wireless networks. Also, we report on one Irishman's quest to raise awareness about global climate change through ice swimming.

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