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Welcome to the "World News" update from Reuters.com.

Views expressed in this geopolitical news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

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Accessed on 20 February 2020, 0500 UTC, Post 025.

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https://reuters.com/news/world.

Before we examine the leading news stories from Reuters, let's look at the latest BBC News Video from London.  You can access the BBC video here:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/10462520/one-minute-world-news.

Thanks for joining us today.

Until next time,
Russ Roberts
https://hawaiigeopoliticalnews.blogspot.com
https://hawaiiintelligencedaily.com

Now, on to the latest geopolitical news from Reuters.com:


World News coverage from Reuters.
World News13 MINUTES AGO
A passenger is seen inside a bus as a second group of passengers from the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship disembark in Yokohama Port, south of Tokyo, Japan, February 20, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
China reported a dramatic drop in new coronavirus infections on Thursday although scientists warned the flu-like pathogen may spread even more easily than previously believed, while more passengers disembarked a quarantined cruise ship off Japan.
World News2 HOURS AGO
FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain at an earlier appearance on January 13, 2020.  REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo
U.S. President Donald Trump offered to pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if he said that Russia had nothing to do with WikiLeaks' publication of Democratic Party emails in 2016, a London court heard on Wednesday.
World News3 HOURS AGO
Police officers secure an area after a shooting in Hanau near Frankfurt, Germany, February 20, 2020.     REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Eight people were killed on Wednesday in two shooting incidents in a German city near Frankfurt and special forces were chasing the gunmen who fled in a car, police said.
EnvironmentAN HOUR AGO
FILE PHOTO: Flames from a bushfire burn in the early morning hours in Bredbo, New South Wales, Australia, February 2, 2020.  REUTERS/Loren Elliott
Australia will hold a wide-ranging enquiry into the causes of recent bushfires that killed 33 people and razed an area the size of South Korea, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday.
World News3 HOURS AGO
Police in Panama seized five tons of drugs on Wednesday that were transported aboard a semi-submersible boat in the northwest of the country, the National Aeronaval Service said.
World News4 HOURS AGO
Food is served in a program for undernourished children at St. Luke Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 29, 2020. Picture taken January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Valerie Baeriswyl
Farmhand Celavi Belor has lost so much weight over the past year his clothes hang limply off his angular frame.
World News39 MINUTES AGO
Workers load luggage into a bus as a second group of passengers from the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship disembark in Yokohama Port, south of Tokyo, Japan, February 20, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Two passengers from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship moored near Tokyo have died and 29 people were in a serious condition, Japanese media reported on Thursday, as a second group of passengers disembarked after two-weeks quarantined onboard.
World News6 HOURS AGO
Members of the Special Action Force of the Venezuelan National Police (FAES) stop people during a night patrol, in Barquisimeto, Venezuela September 20, 2019.  REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
Since President Nicolas Maduro founded the Special Action Force of Venezuela's National Police two-and-a-half years ago, the squad has earned a fearsome reputation in poor neighborhoods across Venezuela.
World News6 HOURS AGO
A damaged container is seen at Tripoli port after an attack, Libya February 19, 2020. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny
Libya's internationally recognised leader on Wednesday dashed hopes of quickly reviving U.N. ceasefire negotiations after his side withdrew, saying talk of them resuming had been overtaken by events as eastern forces continue to shell the capital.
World News8 HOURS AGO
Ayse Bugra, wife of Osman Kavala, Turkish businessman and philanthropist, leaves the restaurant after learning that Istanbul prosecutor's office demanded the detention of her husband, in Silivri, near Istanbul, Turkey, February 18, 2020. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
Turkey's judiciary drew international criticism on Wednesday after a prominent businessman was re-arrested over charges related to a failed 2016 military coup, hours after being acquitted over his alleged role in landmark protests in 2013.
World News13 MINUTES AGO
A woman wearing face mask is seen in Qibao, an old river town on the outskirts of Shanghai, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, February 19, 2020.  REUTERS/Aly Song
In Qibao, an old river town on the outskirts of Shanghai, officials have deployed more than 2,700 staff and volunteers to check temperatures and monitor traffic as they work to contain the coronavirus that has now killed more than 2,000 in China.
World News37 MINUTES AGO
More than 150 Australians arrived home on Thursday to begin two weeks of quarantine after finally disembarking a cruise ship docked in Japan where more than 600 people have contracted the new coronavirus.
World News38 MINUTES AGO
FILE PHOTO: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto attends a flag-raising ceremony honouring the victims of the September 1985 and 2017 earthquakes at Zocalo square in Mexico City, Mexico September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
Mexican law enforcement authorities are investigating a former president, Enrique Pena Nieto, as part of an inquiry into corruption, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.
World News39 MINUTES AGO
A passenger from the cruise ship Diamond Princess arrives at a newly-built public housing Chun Yeung Estate for quarantine, following the outbreak of the new coronavirus, at Fo Tan in Hong Kong, China February 20, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
More than 100 Hong Kong residents who were quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise in Japan for over two weeks landed on Thursday morning in the Asian financial hub, where they will face a further 14 days of quarantine.
World NewsAN HOUR AGO
Indonesia is "committed" to evacuating 74 of its nationals from the Diamond Princess cruise off the Japanese port city of Yokohama that has been affected by a coronavirus outbreak, a senior minister said on Thursday.
World NewsAN HOUR AGO
Mainland China reported on Thursday the lowest number of confirmed cases of a new coronavirus since late January, partly due to a change in diagnostic criteria for patients in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak.
World NewsAN HOUR AGO
South Korea's government reported 31 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, after a new outbreak traced to church services in the southwestern city of Daegu, bringing the number of people infected in the country to 82.
World NewsAN HOUR AGO
A member of the media approaches a passenger after he walked out from the cruise ship Diamond Princess at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan February 19, 2020.  REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
China reported a dramatic drop in new cases in the province at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak, while scientists reported the new virus may spread even more easily than previously believed.
World News2 HOURS AGO
Mexican law enforcement has arrested suspects in the killing of a seven-year-old girl whose murder rocked the capital with protests, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum wrote in a post on Twitter on Wednesday.
World News3 HOURS AGO
FILE PHOTO: A HNA Group logo is seen on the building of HNA Plaza in Beijing, China February 9, 2018.  REUTERS/Jason Lee
China plans to take over HNA Group Co and sell off its airline assets as the coronavirus outbreak has hit the conglomerate's ability to meet financial obligations, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.
World News3 HOURS AGO
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Thursday that the government has arranged an evacuation flight for British nationals on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship to depart Tokyo on Friday.
World News4 HOURS AGO
China's central Hubei province had 349 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, the province's health commission said on Thursday, down from 1,693 a day earlier and the lowest since Jan. 25.
World News4 HOURS AGO
A computer image created by Nexu Science Communication together with Trinity College in Dublin, shows a model structurally representative of a betacoronavirus which is the type of virus linked to COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus linked to the Wuhan outbreak, shared with Reuters on February 18, 2020. NEXU Science Communication/via REUTERS
Scientists in China who studied nose and throat swabs from 18 patients infected with the new coronavirus say it behaves much more like influenza than other closely related viruses, suggesting it may spread even more easily than previously believed.
World News5 HOURS AGO
Eight people were killed on Wednesday in two shooting incidents in the western German city of Hanau, police said.

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