China by far is bearing the biggest burden of the new coronavirus outbreak — only about 100 cases have been reported outside the country. But on Thursday, the World Health Organization declared it a public health emergency of international concern, while at the same time recommending countries not limit trade and travel to China. Michael Mina, an infectious disease specialist at Harvard, explains what's known at this point about this disease and the best ways to respond.

International condemnation mounts over Russia's recognition of Georgia's breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
The Japanese need more features than what the iPhone can offer -- like an e-wallet.
The government of North Korea says it has stopped disabling its nuclear facilities because the U.S. has violated a disarmament deal.
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A new report by the World Health Organization focuses on the social factors -- like poverty and unemployment -- that determine people's health.
Russia's president, Dmitry Medvedev, recognizes the Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states.
The on-going tensions between the Obama campaign and the anti-war faction of the Democratic Party.
Foreigners are snapping up properties from coast-to-coast, attracted by the weak dollar that makes American housing a bargain.
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China's push to urbanize its western reaches has increased the percentage of Han Chinese in those regions, and made local economies boom.

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