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Pope sick a 2nd day with apparent cold, cancels audiences

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis canceled his official audiences Friday after apparently coming down with a cold. The Vatican said the 83-year-old pontiff celebrated morning Mass as usual and greeted participants at the end. He planned to keep his private meeting schedule as planned, but decided to cancel the official audiences, the Vatican said. The Vatican hasn't said what exactly Francis has come down with, but he was coughing and blowing his ... Full story

BBC's Sam Poling kept endometriosis private to hide 'weakness'

Image caption BBC investigative journalist Sam Poling has spoken publicly about living with endometriosis after years of keeping the condition private. For much of her professional life, Sam Poling has spent time in the company of counterfeit cigarette gangs, cocaine traffickers and convicted murderers while undercover. The BBC investigative journalist, 46, has remained calm in high pressure situations and has managed often exhaustive scrutiny ... Full story

Powered by hydrogen, Hyundai's trucks aim to conquer the Swiss Alps

FRANKFURT/ZURICH (Reuters) - Hyundai’s hydrogen-powered 18-tonne trucks are set to hit the roads in Switzerland next month as the South Korean automaker looks to establish a case for its zero-emissions technology in a low carbon world. Hyundai's H2 Xcient Fuel-Cell truck is pictured in this undated handout image. The trucks are set to hit the roads in Switzerland next month as the South Korean automaker looks to establish a case for its ... Full story

Oil prices fall again, on track for biggest weekly drop in over 4 years

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices fell for a sixth straight session on Friday and were on track for about a 12% weekly fall, the biggest in more than four years, as the spread of the coronavirus outside China raised fears of slowing global demand. FILE PHOTO: A seagull flies in front of an oil platform in the Bouri Oilfield some 70 nautical miles north of the coast of Libya, October 5, 2017. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/File Photo. The virus, ... Full story

IAG and EasyJet warn of coronavirus bookings hit News

British Airways owner IAG has warned that bookings in 2020 will be hit by the effects of coronavirus. IAG boss Willie Walsh said that as well as all China flights being suspended, there had been "a significant fall-off in demand in Italy". Airline shares have fallen sharply amid investor concerns about the potential economic effects of the virus. EasyJet is also cancelling some flights because of the virus and is looking into cost cutting. ... Full story

HHS whistleblower says workers without protection or training assisted coronavirus evacuees on US military bases Washington Post

The whistleblower is seeking federal protection, alleging she was unfairly and improperly reassigned after raising concerns about the safety of these workers to HHS officials, including those within the office of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. She was told Feb. 19 that if she does not accept the new position in 15 days, which is March 5, she would be terminated. The whistleblower has decades of experience in the field, received ... Full story

Shetland beach cleaner picks up Atlantic message in a bottle prize

Image caption Beach cleaner Henry Anderton found the message in a bottle. A message in a bottle which was dropped in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean has been found by a beach cleaner in Shetland. Henry Anderton's discovery has earned him a prize of $1,000 (£770) and a matching donation towards his chosen environmental charity. The prize had been promised by a New York-based magazine publisher. Its team dropped the bottle from the Queen Mary II ... Full story

Belarus announces first case of coronavirus: TASS

A security guard looks through a gate of a hospital for infectious diseases, after Belarus registered the first case of coronavirus infection in the country, in Minsk, Belarus February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarus registered the first case of coronavirus infection in the country, Russian news agency TASS reported on Friday, citing the Belarussian Ministry of Healthcare. “We would like to inform you that ... Full story

Trump says he can bring in coronavirus experts quickly. The experts say it is not that simple.

Former federal officials and public-health experts argue that an effective response to a epidemiological crisis demands sustained planning and investment. While the administration’s response to coronavirus has been criticized in recent weeks as slow and disjointed, people in and outside the White House have warned for years that the nation is ill prepared for a dangerous pandemic. “You build a fire department ahead of time. You don’t wait for a ... Full story

My battle with coronavirus: Delivering baby in quarantine zone - Xinhua

Dr. Xi Hehong holds the newborn baby girl who is discharged from the hospital on Feb. 21, 2020. (Photo provided to Xinhua). by Xinhua writers Peng Peigen and Wu Guangyu. CHENGDU, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Putting on a protective suit, a pair of goggles and fetching a face mask, obstetrician Xi Hehong rushed onto the ambulance. She knew this trip would be quite different. "My colleagues and I all felt like going to the battlefield," Xi said. A 38-week ... Full story