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Taking precaution, in the Philippines. Photo: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images
The coronavirus is spreading quickly in cities nowhere near Wuhan, China, and the window to prevent a global pandemic is narrowing.
Zoom in: Here's a look at what comes with a coronavirus outbreak in communities outside China that have been hardest hit so far.
In South Korea, the biggest outbreak outside of China has prompted the closure of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a secretive sect that worships its founder as the second coming of Christ.
Towns in northern Italy, where a fast-growing outbreak has sent fears rippling around Europe, have been locked down — mirroring precautions taken in China, albeit on a much smaller scale.
Iran has reported 12 deaths but just 66 known cases, an improbable ratio given the virus' 1–2% fatality rate, suggesting a much larger outbreak.
New border closures are being announced in response to the outbreaks in Iran and elsewhere.
In Blagoveshchensk, Russia, locals are now looking across the frozen Amur River that divides them from China with resentment, rather than a sense of opportunity, the NYT reports.
In China, the year's most important political gathering was postponed today. The National People’s Congress was due to begin March 5.
Awaiting Trump, near the Taj Mahal. Photo: Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images
President Trump received a boisterous welcome today at the world's largest cricket stadium, in Ahmedabad, and returned it by offering effusive praise for India and its prime minister, Narendra Modi.
Trump said he and Modi were "united in our ironclad resolve to defend our citizens from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism."
Polls suggest Trump is relatively popular in India, and the government has made sure there are cheering crowds wherever he goes.
Teddy Roosevelt on the first presidential trip overseas. Photo: History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Trump is the fourth consecutive U.S. president to visit India.
By the numbers: There are 18 other countries and territories visited by all four of America's most recent presidents.
Asia: China has been visited by every president since Richard Nixon. Bush and Obama visited four times each.
Middle East: All four visited Saudi Arabia (Obama 4x), Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Europe: All four presidents made multiple visits to the U.K., France, Germany, Italy and the EU's host country, Belgium.
The Americas: Trump followed his three predecessors in visiting Canada, but while Bush visited Mexico four times in his first term and Obama three times, Trump hasn't been as president.
One country greeted Trump's most recent predecessors multiple times each but has yet to host him: Russia.
Trivia bonus: Teddy Roosevelt (pictured) was the first president to travel abroad while in office. Where did he go? (answer at bottom)
"I quit." Mahathir earlier this year. Photo: Mohd Daud/NurPhoto via Getty Images
1. Malaysia’s 94-year-old prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, announced his resignation on Monday, but he will stay on in an interim capacity.
Why it matters: The circumstances of the dramatic resignation remain murky. Mahathir returned to power in 2018 alongside a former protege, Anwar Ibrahim, with a promise that Anwar would succeed him as prime minister before long.
2. South Sudan’s warring leaders have reached a delicate power-sharing deal.
Why it matters: Riek Machar was sworn in Saturday as vice president to President Salva Kiir, renewing hopes that the civil war that has killed 400,000 people may be over.
3. Lesotho's prime minister is seeking immunity from charges that he murdered his ex-wife days before taking office.
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Bernie Sanders told "60 Minutes" that he would be willing to use what he called "the best military in the world" if America or its allies were under threat.
Why it matters: When it comes to foreign policy, the front-runner to face Trump in November is perhaps best known for opposing "endless wars" and for his past support for leftist regimes in Latin America. However, many of his positions sound fairly conventional.
None of those comments received as much attention as what he had to say about Cuba:
"We're very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it's unfair to simply say everything is bad, you know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?"
Go deeper: What the Democrats are offering the world
Supporting Haftar in Benghazi. Photo: Abdullah Doma/AFP via Getty Images
The New York Times' David Kirkpatrick visited Benghazi, the stronghold of rebel field marshal Khalifa Hifter, to report on what life looks like under the man who wants to rule all of Libya.
Why it matters: Hifter's backers, most notably in the UAE and Egypt, believe he can defeat political Islam and deliver stability by force. But in Benghazi, Kirkpatrick reports, "the deals he struck with tribal militias, Salafists and former Qaddafi henchmen ... threaten to run roughshod over his promises of secular law and order."
A displaced woman and her possessions, in Idlib, Syria. Photo: Burak Kara/Getty Images
"It's a hard thing for a journalist to acknowledge, looking back on a body of work, to realize it has had so little impact."— The Telegraph's Josie Ensor on covering five years of international inaction in Syria
Trivia answer: Panama. Roosevelt inspected the construction of the Panama Canal in 1906.