US and Taliban sign Afghanistan peace deal

Deal could result in American troops leaving Afghanistan within 14 months

The US and the Taliban have signed a landmark peace agreement after nearly 20 years of war that could result in American troops leaving Afghanistan within 14 months.

The deal also paves the way for talks between Afghans to end one of the longest-running conflicts in the world.

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What is coronavirus and what should I do if I have symptoms?

What are the symptoms caused by the virus from Wuhan in China, how does it spread, and should you call a doctor?

It is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals. Many of those initially infected either worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in the centre of the Chinese city.

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Coronavirus causes ‘upheaval and uncertainty’ for toy manufacturers

About 85% of products for the toy industry are located in China – and each day, supply chains see new virus-related problems

“It feels like a rollercoaster, but the dip down is followed by another dip down,” said Jay Foreman, chief executive of Basic Fun, a toy distributor in Boca Raton, as the coronavirus outbreak started to play havoc with his business. “We’re waiting for the carriages to start going back up, but I think we’re going to have to wait a little longer.”

Like many US businesses, Basic Fun is reliant on China for its manufacturing. Each day, Foreman receives updates from his vendors in China, where about 85% of products for the $80bn global toy industry sources are located. And each day, supply chain problems related to the global outbreak of Covid-19 mount.

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Malaysia’s Mahathir says he will stand again for PM

Coalition with Anwar Ibrahim back on after a week of political turmoil

Mahathir Mohamad has said he will stand again for Malaysian prime minister on behalf of the former ruling coalition, less than a week after quitting and plunging the country into political turmoil.

Mahathir – who as interim prime minister is the world’s oldest government leader at 94 – has reunited with on-off ally and long-term rival Anwar Ibrahim, 72 – resuming a pact that swept their coalition to a surprise election victory in 2018.

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‘To hell and back’: my three weeks suffering from coronavirus

Tiger Ye, 21, lives in Wuhan and started showing symptoms in mid-January. Here he tells the story of his illness and recovery

On 17 January my muscles became sore all over. I may have had a slight fever, but it wasn’t strong enough to notice. Looking back, it is a little scary, because my house and the language school where I study Japanese are within a 5km radius of the Wuhan seafood market (where the virus is believed to have originated).

To treat my muscle soreness, I took some cold tablets because I thought it was a normal cold. Now that I think of it, I might have missed the best time for treatment, failing to contain the virus with antiviral drugs in its early stages.

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Coronavirus: South Korea reports ‘critical moment’ after 813 new cases – latest updates

US confirms first death in Washington state and strengthens travel advice, raising Iran and Italy to a level three. Follow live news

Pence is up now. He expresses condolences to the family of the “woman in Washington state who has lost her life to the coronavirus”.

Here’s Governor Inslee’s statement saying the person who died was a man:

BREAKING: First death from Coronavirus in Washington State - awaiting details on patient said to be from King County - @GovInslee statement @KIRORadio #973FM #coronavirus

Trump says his administration has taken “the most aggressive action in modern history to confront this disease” and says moving quickly has put the US ahead of the game. China seems to be making tremendous progress, he says, and “their numbers are way down”.

Trump is repeating his “most aggressive” claim for the US response, in comparison to all other countries. On Monday, he says, he’ll be meeting pharmaceutical companies to discuss a developing a vaccine “very rapidly”.

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