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Germany overturns ban on professionally assisted suicide

Image caption Under assisted dying, a doctor does not administer the medication but provides it (file pic). A five-year-old law banning professionally assisted suicide has been rejected as unconstitutional by Germany's top court. The court backed complaints by a group of terminally ill patients and doctors who challenged the law that made "commercial promotion of assisted suicide" a criminal offence. Assisted dying had been legal. But the law ... Full story

How BTS Filmed a ‘Top Secret’ Video in Grand Central Terminal

The video clip of BTS, the South Korean boy band, performing at Grand Central Terminal is only six minutes long. But it took almost two months to arrange for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to film the K-pop group dancing beneath the celestial ceiling inside the iconic train station. BTS is wildly popular, a singing and dancing global phenomenon with millions of fans and dozens of awards. Last year, their music video for the song “Boy ... Full story

Did the Bloomberg campaign stack the debate audience with supporters? Doesn’t appear so.

There’s not much doubt that the campaign team powering former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg’s Democratic presidential bid is aware that last week’s debate in Nevada didn’t go well for their candidate. During the debate Tuesday evening in Charleston, S.C. , Bloomberg seemed a bit better prepared than he had been then, a sign that his team had perhaps impressed upon him the need to do better. But, just to hedge their bets, they had an obvious ... Full story

Hong Kong says around 3,000 residents in Hubei have contacted government for help

Community workers and volunteers wearing face masks sort and pack groceries from a supermarket purchased through group orders following supermarkets stop selling to individuals, in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, in Hubei province, China February 24, 2020. Picture taken February 24, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. CHINA OUT. HONG KONG (Reuters) - The Hong Kong ... Full story

New coronavirus cases in Germany, one man in critical condition

BERLIN (Reuters) - A 25-year-old man living in the southern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg has tested positive for coronavirus after a trip to Milan, and another man further north is in a critical condition with the disease, authorities said on Tuesday. The Baden-Wuerttemberg health ministry said the man in the southern state, who had likely become infected during his visit to Italy, had contacted authorities after coming down with flu-like ... Full story

Panasonic to exit solar production at Tesla's New York plant as partnership frays

TOKYO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Panasonic Corp ( ) said it would exit solar cell production at Tesla Inc’s New York plant, the latest sign of strain in a partnership where Panasonic’s status as the U.S. electric vehicle (EV) maker’s exclusive battery supplier is ending. FILE PHOTO: The Panasonic booth is shown during the 2020 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 7, 2020. REUTERS/Steve Marcus. The move increases uncertainty over Tesla’s ( TSLA.O ... Full story

Outbreak spreads in South Korea and Italy as CDC warning rattles markets

The coronavirus epidemic that started in China late last year continues to spread around the world, with hundreds more cases confirmed in South Korea on Wednesday and Italy and Iran racing to try and control smaller, but equally worrying outbreaks. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Americans Tuesday to be prepared for the COVID-19 illness to start spreading within the U.S. populace, saying it's a question of when, not ... Full story

Malaysia's Mahathir seeks unity government as Anwar vies for power

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad called on Wednesday for a unity government without political parties after his shock resignation as prime minister sparked turmoil. Malaysia's politician Anwar Ibrahim leaves People's Justice Party headquarters after a meeting in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng. But old rival Anwar Ibrahim’s supporters said he had also been put forward as premier. The ... Full story

Johnson promises 'overhaul' of post-Brexit foreign policy as he launches review

Image caption The UK has one of the largest defence budgets in the world. The UK is to "overhaul its approach to foreign policy" as part of a government review, Downing Street has announced. No 10 says insights from internal and external experts will challenge "traditional Whitehall assumptions". The diplomatic service, tackling organised crime, the use of technology and the procurement of military supplies will all be looked at. The review ... Full story

Virgin Galactic sees demand for space travel surge

Virgin Galactic has said it will release more tickets for flights into space amid surging demand. Sir Richard Branson's firm, which completed its first sub-orbital test flight in 2018, said it had received almost 8,000 registrations of interest for future commercial flights. That is more than double the amount it recorded at the end of September 2019. The firm has so far sold 600 tickets for its inaugural flights, scheduled for later this year. ... Full story