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Employees from a disinfection service company sanitize a shopping district in Seoul, South Korea, February 27, 2020.   REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Governments ramped up measures on Thursday to battle a looming global pandemic of the coronavirus as the number of new infections outside China for the first time surpassed new cases in the country where the outbreak began.

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FILE PHOTO: An internally displaced Syrian family sit together outside a tent near the wall in Atmah IDP camp, located near the border with Turkey, Syria February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi/File Photo

Syrian rebels backed by the Turkish military said on Thursday they had recaptured the strategic town of Saraqeb in what would be the first major reverse for the Syrian army in a Russian-backed offensive that had made swift gains.

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Locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, take part in a demonstration in the city of Mytilene, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

Greek island residents went on strike for a second day on Thursday, stepping up protests against government plans for new migrant camps on five islands after violent clashes with police.

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SENSITIVE MATERIAL. THIS IMAGE MAY OFFEND OR DISTURB  A group of men chanting pro-Hindu slogans, beat Mohammad Zubair, 37, who is Muslim, during protests sparked by a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India, February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File photo

Mohammad Zubair was on his way home from a local mosque in northeast New Delhi when he came across a large crowd. He turned towards an underpass to avoid the commotion; it proved to be a mistake.

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FILE PHOTO: The sign of Matiga International Airport is seen after its reopening in Tripoli, Libya  December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny

Shelling on Thursday morning forced a suspension of flights at Mitiga, the only functioning airport in Libya's capital Tripoli, airport authorities said in a statement on Facebook.

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United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

United Nations rights boss Michelle Bachelet called on China on Thursday to provide "unfettered access for an advance team" to prepare her proposed visit, saying it should include a probe into the situation of the Uighur minority.

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A passenger aircraft makes it's final landing approach towards Heathrow Airport at dawn in west London Britain, April 18, 2016. A British Airways passenger aircraft was hit by what most likely was a drone on Sunday as it prepared to land at Britain's Heathrow Airport, police said. REUTERS/Toby Melville

The expansion of Heathrow Airport was declared unlawful by an appeal court judge on Thursday, a major setback for the $18 billion project that could prompt the British government to pull its support for a third runway.

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FILE PHOTO: Pope John Paul II blesses Father Marcial Maciel during a special audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican.  Pope John Paul II blesses Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, during a special audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican November 30, 2004. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

The new leader of the disgraced Legionaries of Christ Catholic religious order, whose founder was a serial sexual abuser, has promised to turn a page as the group enacted new norms to protect children.

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Malaysia's Interim Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during a news conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

Malaysia's interim prime minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday said the king has decided to call on parliament to decide who has enough support to become the next prime minister.

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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Switzerland has risen to four, the country's health authority said on Thursday.

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Umrah pilgrims sleep after the cancellation of the departure to Mecca, following the Saudi government's temporary ban announced on Thursday to keep the country safe because of coronavirus outbreak, at Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Tangerang near Jakarta, Indonesia February 27, 2020 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.  Antara Foto/Muhammad Iqbal/ via REUTERS  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT.

Emirates airline said it would no longer carry to Saudi Arabia passengers with Umrah pilgrimage visas or tourists from nearly two dozen countries until further notice, in compliance with a Saudi government directive to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

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A guard checks the temperature of a woman at a checkpoint to a hutong neighbourhood in Beijing as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, China, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

China reported 433 new cases of coronavirus infections on Feb. 26, the National Health Commission said on Thursday, up from 406 a day earlier, with a cluster of new cases in Beijing raising concerns about the management of employees returning to work.

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FILE PHOTO: A British Airways aircraft takes off from Heathrow Airport in west London, Britain, February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo

Opponents of a third runway at London's Heathrow are set to hear on Thursday whether their legal appeal against the government's decision to expand Europe's biggest airport has been successful.

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Malaysia's Interim Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during a news conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

Malaysia's parliament will vote on a new candidate for prime minister on Monday and if nobody can win majority support there will be a snap election, interim prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Thursday.

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FILE PHOTO: Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim smiles during a news conference in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim said on Thursday he was surprised that a decision on how to pick the next premier was announced by interim Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad before the country's nine monarchs could meet on Friday.

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Iranian women wear protective masks to prevent contracting coronavirus, as they walk in the street in Tehran, Iran February 25, 2020. WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Nazanin Tabatabaee via REUTERS

Iran said on Thursday its death toll from coronavirus had risen to 26 and the total number of infected people now stood at 245, the highest number of deaths from the virus outside China.

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United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

United Nations human rights guardian Michelle Bachelet urged the global community on Thursday to show solidarity with people of ethnic Asian origin subject to discrimination amid an outbreak of a novel coronavirus that started in China.

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Two further cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the United Kingdom, bringing the total number of cases to 15, England's chief medical officer Chris Whitty said on Thursday.

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Greece reported two new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to three, and said it would suspend all carnival celebrations in the country.

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Israel's Health Ministry said on Thursday that a man who returned from travel in Italy has tested positive for coronavirus.

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Employees from a disinfection service company sanitize a shopping district in Seoul, South Korea, February 27, 2020.   REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Governments ramped up measures on Thursday to battle a looming global pandemic of the coronavirus as the number of new infections outside China for the first time surpassed new cases in the country where the outbreak began.

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FILE PHOTO: An internally displaced Syrian family sit together outside a tent near the wall in Atmah IDP camp, located near the border with Turkey, Syria February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi/File Photo

Syrian rebels backed by the Turkish military said on Thursday they had recaptured the strategic town of Saraqeb in what would be the first major reverse for the Syrian army in a Russian-backed offensive that had made swift gains.

World News27 minutes ago

Locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, take part in a demonstration in the city of Mytilene, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

Greek island residents went on strike for a second day on Thursday, stepping up protests against government plans for new migrant camps on five islands after violent clashes with police.

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SENSITIVE MATERIAL. THIS IMAGE MAY OFFEND OR DISTURB  A group of men chanting pro-Hindu slogans, beat Mohammad Zubair, 37, who is Muslim, during protests sparked by a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India, February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File photo

Mohammad Zubair was on his way home from a local mosque in northeast New Delhi when he came across a large crowd. He turned towards an underpass to avoid the commotion; it proved to be a mistake.

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FILE PHOTO: The sign of Matiga International Airport is seen after its reopening in Tripoli, Libya  December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny

Shelling on Thursday morning forced a suspension of flights at Mitiga, the only functioning airport in Libya's capital Tripoli, airport authorities said in a statement on Facebook.

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United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

United Nations rights boss Michelle Bachelet called on China on Thursday to provide "unfettered access for an advance team" to prepare her proposed visit, saying it should include a probe into the situation of the Uighur minority.

ESG15 minutes ago

A passenger aircraft makes it's final landing approach towards Heathrow Airport at dawn in west London Britain, April 18, 2016. A British Airways passenger aircraft was hit by what most likely was a drone on Sunday as it prepared to land at Britain's Heathrow Airport, police said. REUTERS/Toby Melville

The expansion of Heathrow Airport was declared unlawful by an appeal court judge on Thursday, a major setback for the $18 billion project that could prompt the British government to pull its support for a third runway.

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FILE PHOTO: Pope John Paul II blesses Father Marcial Maciel during a special audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican.  Pope John Paul II blesses Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, during a special audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican November 30, 2004. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

The new leader of the disgraced Legionaries of Christ Catholic religious order, whose founder was a serial sexual abuser, has promised to turn a page as the group enacted new norms to protect children.

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Malaysia's Interim Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during a news conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

Malaysia's interim prime minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday said the king has decided to call on parliament to decide who has enough support to become the next prime minister.

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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Switzerland has risen to four, the country's health authority said on Thursday.

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Umrah pilgrims sleep after the cancellation of the departure to Mecca, following the Saudi government's temporary ban announced on Thursday to keep the country safe because of coronavirus outbreak, at Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Tangerang near Jakarta, Indonesia February 27, 2020 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.  Antara Foto/Muhammad Iqbal/ via REUTERS  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT.

Emirates airline said it would no longer carry to Saudi Arabia passengers with Umrah pilgrimage visas or tourists from nearly two dozen countries until further notice, in compliance with a Saudi government directive to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

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A guard checks the temperature of a woman at a checkpoint to a hutong neighbourhood in Beijing as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, China, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

China reported 433 new cases of coronavirus infections on Feb. 26, the National Health Commission said on Thursday, up from 406 a day earlier, with a cluster of new cases in Beijing raising concerns about the management of employees returning to work.

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FILE PHOTO: A British Airways aircraft takes off from Heathrow Airport in west London, Britain, February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo

Opponents of a third runway at London's Heathrow are set to hear on Thursday whether their legal appeal against the government's decision to expand Europe's biggest airport has been successful.

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Malaysia's Interim Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during a news conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

Malaysia's parliament will vote on a new candidate for prime minister on Monday and if nobody can win majority support there will be a snap election, interim prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Thursday.

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FILE PHOTO: Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim smiles during a news conference in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim said on Thursday he was surprised that a decision on how to pick the next premier was announced by interim Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad before the country's nine monarchs could meet on Friday.

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Iranian women wear protective masks to prevent contracting coronavirus, as they walk in the street in Tehran, Iran February 25, 2020. WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Nazanin Tabatabaee via REUTERS

Iran said on Thursday its death toll from coronavirus had risen to 26 and the total number of infected people now stood at 245, the highest number of deaths from the virus outside China.

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United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

United Nations human rights guardian Michelle Bachelet urged the global community on Thursday to show solidarity with people of ethnic Asian origin subject to discrimination amid an outbreak of a novel coronavirus that started in China.

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Two further cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the United Kingdom, bringing the total number of cases to 15, England's chief medical officer Chris Whitty said on Thursday.

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Greece reported two new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to three, and said it would suspend all carnival celebrations in the country.

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Israel's Health Ministry said on Thursday that a man who returned from travel in Italy has tested positive for coronavirus.

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