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Pedestrians wear masks to help guard against the Coronavirus, in downtown Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. On Sunday Iran's health ministry raised the death toll from the new virus to 8 people in the country, amid concerns that clusters there, as well as in Italy and South Korea, could signal a serious new stage in its global spread. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran lawmaker says 50 dead from new virus in city of Qom

- Associated Press

A staggering 50 people have died in the Iranian city of Qom from the new coronavirus this month, a lawmaker was quoted as saying on Monday, even as the Health Ministry insisted only 12 deaths have been recorded to date in the country.

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper told Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe that he has no intention of decreasing the U.S. troop presence in Africa. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

U.S., South Korea at odds over Trump troop payment demand

- The Washington Times

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeong-doo acknowledged Monday they still have a lot of work to resolve a divisive dispute over the payments for the U.S. troops defending Seoul from North Korea on the divided Korean peninsula.

FILE-In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 file photoCourtney Parker votes on a new voting machine, in Dallas, Ga. Election integrity activists are raising concerns about Georgia's new voting machines, saying the large, bright, vertical touchscreens allow other people in the room to see a voter's selections in violation of ballot secrecy provisions in state law. In a petition filed Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Sumter County Superior Court against the five members of the county election board, the activists ask the court to order the board to have voters use hand-marked paper ballots rather than the touchscreen voting machines. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

Activists raise concerns about privacy of voting machines

- Associated Press

Election integrity activists are raising concerns about Georgia's new voting machines, saying the large, bright, vertical touchscreens allow other people in the room to see a voter's selections in violation of ballot secrecy provisions in state law.

Rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

UN reiterates support for 2-state Israel-Palestine solution

- Associated Press

The U.N. Security Council on Monday reiterated its support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in its first statement following the unveiling of the U.S. plan for resolving the decades-old struggle three weeks ago.

A municipality worker hangs Kosovo's flag to decorate the main street, during the 12th anniversary of the country's independence in the capital Pristina, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 recognized by more than 100 countries but not by Belgrade. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Kosovo court takes step toward indicting suspects

- Associated Press

A court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after Kosovo's 1998-99 independence war with Serbia took a significant step Monday toward charging suspects for the first time when a prosecutor notified the court's president of his intent to start proceedings.

Serbian soccer player to continue playing with Kosovo U19s

- Associated Press

A Serbian soccer player whose parents were fired from their jobs after he agreed to play for the Kosovo under-19 team said Monday he was determined to continue his career.

People with protective mask walk in Tokyo, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Most of Japan's cases were from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where nearly one-fifth of its 3,711 passengers and crew became infected. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan govt panel experts say ship quarantine was not perfect

- Associated Press

Japanese health officials and experts on a government panel acknowledged Monday that the quarantine of the virus-hit cruise ship Diamond Princess was not perfect, but defended Japan's decision to release about 1,000 passengers after 14 days.

Zimbabwe's rural elderly battle hunger amid severe drought

- Associated Press

Living alone in Zimbabwe’s arid Mudzi district, Leah Tsiga's best friend is her cat. But when it comes to food, each has to look for their own and the 90-year-old Tsiga often comes second best.