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Maj. Andrew Fisher, a flight surgeon for the 374th Medical Group, speaks about the Wuhan coronavirus at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.<br>Theron Godbold/Stars and Stripes

Coronavirus case near Tokyo spurs alert for US military personnel in Japan

The Air Force’s 374th Medical Group at Yokota posted an alert to social media that said four cases of the virus have been reported outside of China, including in South Korea and Japan.


Navy Poseidon crew finds fisherman stranded in Pacific about 600 miles from Guam

A fisherman stranded about 600 nautical miles from Guam is safe thanks to the crew of a Navy P-8A Poseidon operating out of Kadena Air Base on Okinawa.


Australian navy delivers 800 gallons of beer to town after wildfires cut supply lines

Carlton & United Breweries confirmed that the beer shipment was delivered to the HMAS Cerberus naval base Thursday. The Australian navy then took the beer on the nearly day-long trip, and it arrived in Mallacoota, Victoria, late Friday.


South Korean military to discharge transgender soldier in test case

The case was widely seen as a test for policies toward LGBT troops in South Korea, a socially conservative country that requires most able-bodied men to serve nearly two years in the military.

South Korea to send destroyer to Strait of Hormuz amid tensions between US, Iran

Seoul faced a dilemma in trying to balance a need to support its decades-old ally the United States and avoid alienating Iran, one of the few countries to have diplomatic relations with both North and South Korea.


China closes off large city to stop spread of deadly virus

Police, SWAT teams and paramilitary troops guarded Wuhan's train station as last-minute travelers arrived, only those holding tickets for the last trains allowed to enter. At exactly 10 a.m., metal barriers blocked entrances while helpless would-be travelers were turned away.


Cases of new viral respiratory illness rise sharply in China

Chinese health authorities urged people in the city of Wuhan to avoid crowds and public gatherings, after warning that a new viral illness that has infected more than 400 people and killed at least 17 could spread further.


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