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Olympic organisers are "seriously concerned" about the spread of coronavirus and the impact it could have on the Tokyo Games.

Coronavirus: Window of opportunity to act, World Health Organization says

Experts say China's recent measures have created a chance to stop the virus becoming a global crisis.

Coronavirus: A visual guide to the outbreak

Six maps and graphics explaining how the respiratory virus has spread and how it is being dealt with.

Coronavirus: What it does to the body

Chinese doctors detail the impact the new coronavirus has on patients.

Coronavirus: China shares in biggest fall in four years

The Shanghai index closes nearly 8% lower as investors weigh the impact of the outbreak.

China due to introduce face scans for mobile users

Beijing wants people to use only real identities online but there is concern over data collection.

Renewable energy: Rise in global wind speed to boost green power

Rising winds could increase energy production from turbines by a third over the next decade.

Cyber Monday expected to rake in 'record US sales'

Retailers are poised for bumper Cyber Monday sales in the US after a record-breaking Black Friday.

Sperm whale dies with 100kg 'litter ball' in its stomach

Fishing nets and rope were among the debris found inside the whale which stranded on the Isle of Harris.

Booby traps: Man in Maine killed by own device

The 65-year-old in the US state of Maine had rigged a door to fire a handgun should anyone enter.

Amazon pulls Auschwitz-themed Christmas ornaments

Poland's Auschwitz Memorial called on the retailer to halt sales of the "disturbing" merchandise

Meng Wanzhou: Oil paintings and books for Huawei executive fighting extradition

Meng Wanzhou is fighting extradition to the US on charges of violating sanctions against Iran.

New Orleans shooting: Eleven victims near French Quarter

The incident took place in the early hours on the well-known Canal St, police said.

India vet murder: Outrage mounts over Hyderabad rape killing

The 27-year-old's death in the southern city of Hyderabad has sparked furious protests.

Femicide: New French action amid protests - but is it enough?

France announces new action to counter domestic killings, but many of those protesting remain sceptical.

What we can all learn from this deathbed photo

An image of Norbert Schemm sipping a beer with loved ones spurs others to share final goodbye stories.

India pollution: Supreme Court says world 'laughing' at smog issues

Northern parts of India have been blanketed in smog for weeks.

Argentina: Catholic priests jailed for abusing deaf children

The case shocks Argentina as people accuse the Church of turning a blind eye.

Climate change: Greenhouse gas concentrations again break records

The World Meteorological Organization says the levels of warming gases continue to reach new highs.

'Indian food is terrible' tweet sparks hot debate about racism

A professor's comment triggers an avalanche of criticism on Twitter from food lovers and immigrants.