French officials confirm first coronavirus death in Europe

French lab scientists in hazmat gear inserting liquid in test tube manipulate potentially infected patient samples at Pasteur Institute in Paris, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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UPDATED 7:00 AM PT — Saturday, February 15, 2020

Officials from the French Health Ministry reported an 80-year-old Chinese tourist succumbed to the coronavirus on Saturday, marking the first virus-related death in Europe since the outbreak began. Up to this point, the only deaths outside of China have been reported in Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines.

The man’s daughter also contracted the virus, but is expected to be released soon. The man and his daughter were both from the Hubei province in China, which officials are calling the epicenter of the outbreak.

“He was hospitalized at the Bichat Hospital under strict isolation measures on January 25th,” stated Health Minister Agnès Buzyn. “His condition deteriorated rapidly, he was in a critical state for several days and he was in intensive care.”

France has confirmed 11 cases of coronavirus so far.

French lab scientists are silhouetted working in a lab at Pasteur Institute in Paris, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Meanwhile, President Trump has applauded his administration for its efforts to contain the coronavirus. The president shared a poll during his remarks to the National Border Patrol Council on Friday, which said a majority of American voters approve of his handling of the virus.

This came after he previously received criticism for temporarily banning residents of the Hubei province.

“’61 percent of the voters approve of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus,’” stated President Trump. “I was criticized by a lot of people at the beginning because we were the first, we’d never done it before, we closed our borders to certain areas.”

As of Friday night, there are 15 people in the U.S. infected with the virus. The president said many of them are getting better and reiterated his theory the virus could weaken as the weather gets warmer.

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‘Pedophile hunter’ groups rising in Europe

Thousands of sexual predators worldwide are online at any given moment, often grooming children for sexual abuse. (REUTERS Photo)

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UPDATED 12:08 PM PT — Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Vigilante groups in some European countries are actively working to expose sex offenders who attempt to lure children online. Between the U.K., Germany, Scandinavia and the Netherlands, more than 3 million vigilantes are serving justice to predators by making ‘citizens arrests.’

Many of the groups catch the predators by using a decoy to attract them online, find them in person and detain them before turning them over to authorities. The groups believe their way of due process is more efficient than waiting for the police who may not help in time. However, some officials worry the crime fighters may do more harm than good.

“These groups can lead to aspects like discrimination, stigmatization and ethnic profiling,” explained criminologist Mark Schuilenburg. “…everything of every person who deviates from the norm in those neighborhoods becomes a suspect.”

A recent statistic shows the number of pedophiles identified with evidence from vigilantes tripled in 33 U.K. precincts between 2016 and 2018.

RELATED: Wash. state authorities arrest 7 suspected of child sex crimes

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Pompeo closes Eastern Europe, Central Asia tour in Uzbekistan

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, listens to Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov speak during a C5+1ministerial meeting in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP)

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UPDATED 11:05 AM PT — Monday, February 3, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an official stop in Uzbekistan for the final destination in his Eastern Europe and Central Asia tour. In the country’s capitol on Monday, Pompeo held a summit with a handful of foreign ministers from six neighboring countries and met with the nation’s president.

Ministers from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan discussed economic relations as well security. Meanwhile, Secretary Pompeo took a hardline stance against China. He urged officials to be wary of Chinese investments and encouraged them to join the U.S. in condemning the country’s treatment of its Muslim Uighur minorities.

Secretary Pompeo went on to address U.S. peace talks with the neighboring Taliban. He made the following comments on the topic:

“The Taliban weren’t able to demonstrate either their will, or their capacity, or both, to deliver on a reduction in violence and so what we are demanding now is demonstrable evidence of their will and capacity to reduce violence, to take down the threats, to deliver peace and stability and regional security for themselves.”

Secretary Pompeo and Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyevalso discussed Chinese influence in their bilateral talks.

RELATED: Pompeo urges EU to exclude ‘high-risk suppliers’ from 5G networks

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