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Highlights: EU leaders return to budget stalemate after all-night talks

Fri, 2020-02-21 06:53
European Union leaders appeared no closer to reaching a deal on the bloc's next joint budget on Friday, with deep divisions between richer and poorer nations over its size - and what to spend it on - unresolved after all-night talks.
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Pungent durian stack up in Malaysia as coronavirus freezes China demand

Fri, 2020-02-21 06:51
A shortage of labour and electrical power outlets in backed-up Chinese ports as a result of the coronavirus outbreak is disrupting shipments of frozen durian from Malaysia to its biggest market for the pungent fruit.
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Iran confirms 13 more coronavirus cases, two new deaths, mostly in Qom holy city

Fri, 2020-02-21 06:39
Iran confirmed 13 new coronavirus cases on Friday, two of whom have died, with the outbreak there coming just as the country votes in a parliamentary election.
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South Africa's lobster catchers suffer in coronavirus fallout

Fri, 2020-02-21 06:36
The lobster catchers of South Africa's Western Cape have become an unexpected casualty of the coronavirus after China halted imports of the West Coast rock lobster last month as part of measures to contain the outbreak.
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Stone sentenced to 3-1/3 years, Trump signals no immediate pardon for adviser

Fri, 2020-02-21 06:29
A federal judge on Thursday sentenced President Donald Trump's long-time adviser Roger Stone to three years and four months in prison and said his lies to lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election posed a threat to American democracy.
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Three new coronavirus cases discovered in northern Italy

Fri, 2020-02-21 06:28
Three people have tested positive in Italy for coronavirus, the northern Lombardy region said on Friday, the first known cases of local transmission of the potentially deadly illness in Italy.
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Iranians vote in election, hardliners set to dominate

Fri, 2020-02-21 05:49
Iranians were voting on Friday in a parliamentary election likely to help hardline loyalists of the supreme leader tighten their grip on power as the country faces mounting U.S. pressure over its nuclear program and growing discontent at home.
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China’s Hubei to add virus cases back to tally after methodology change

Fri, 2020-02-21 05:39
China’s Hubei province, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, said on Friday it will add back some cases to its tally of the disease, after subtracting 279 cases as part of a revision to its methodology.
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China police handle 274 cases of price gouging, hoarding during virus outbreak

Fri, 2020-02-21 05:39
China's police authorities have handled 274 cases of illegal commercial practices such as price gouging and hoarding during the coronavirus outbreak, an official with China's public security bureau told a briefing on Friday.
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About 100 Uniqlo stores re-open in virus-hit China this week, 250 shut

Fri, 2020-02-21 05:37
Fast Retailing , which operates casual clothing chain Uniqlo, said it had reopened about 100 stores in China since last week, although about a third of its 750-strong remained closed on Friday because of a coronavirus outbreak.
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China finds spike in coronavirus cases in jails, officials fired

Fri, 2020-02-21 05:37
The new coronavirus has infected 234 people in two prisons outside the province at the center of the epidemic and top officials deemed responsible for the outbreaks have been fired, authorities said on Friday.
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Latest on coronavirus spreading in China and beyond

Fri, 2020-02-21 05:37
China reported an uptick in new cases of coronavirus on Friday, although the pace of increase was at its slowest since January, a downward trend that the World Health Organization (WHO) called encouraging.
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Coronavirus on G20 agenda as China reports uptick in cases

Fri, 2020-02-21 03:34
China reported an uptick in new cases of coronavirus on Friday, boosted by more than 200 people testing positive for the disease in two prisons outside of Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak.
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Coronavirus patient re-hospitalized in China's Chengdu after testing positive again

Fri, 2020-02-21 03:33
A coronavirus patient initially discharged following recovery in southwestern Sichuan province's Chengdu city has been readmitted after testing positive again during a quarantine period at home, the city's public health clinical center said on Friday.
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Outbreak will not change China's commitments to buy U.S. goods: senior U.S. official

Fri, 2020-02-21 03:31
The U.S. government expects China to honor its commitments to buy more U.S. goods under a trade deal signed by the world's two largest economies in January despite the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.
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China says to exempt extra tariffs on 65 U.S. goods from Feb. 28

Fri, 2020-02-21 03:31
China’s finance ministry said it will begin exempting 65 U.S. goods from retaliatory tariffs implemented amid the bilateral trade dispute with the United States for one year starting Feb. 28.
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North Korea to cancel April marathon over coronavirus fears: tour company

Fri, 2020-02-21 03:29
North Korea has called off its Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April after imposing a border lockdown and travel curbs to prevent a coronavirus outbreak, a Western tour company said on Friday.
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T-Mobile, Sprint amend merger terms, SoftBank takes a hit

Fri, 2020-02-21 03:27
T-Mobile US and Sprint Corp said on Thursday that they had agreed on new merger terms that would reduce the stake of major Sprint shareholder SoftBank, while leaving the offer to other shareholders unchanged.
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Around 100 Uniqlo stores reopened in China this week, 250 still shut

Fri, 2020-02-21 03:08
Fast Retailing , which operates casual clothing chain Uniqlo, said it has reopened around 100 stores in China since last week, although approximately 250 of its 750 stores there remained closed on Friday due to the coronavirus outbreak.
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Nissan, Honda delay restart of some China plants due to coronavirus

Fri, 2020-02-21 02:41
Japanese automakers on Friday delayed the restart of plants in China near the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, in compliance with local directives, raising the risk of further supply disruptions that could affect global car production.
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