Chinese public dial in for support as coronavirus takes mental toll

Hundreds of 24-hour mental health support telephone hotlines have sprung up in China in recent weeks as millions of people fret about catching the coronavirus - and try to avoid infection by staying at home.


Posted 2020/02/13 07:45:14

China pushes for cheaper health insurance products to battle virus: sources

China is nudging insurers to work on cheaper medical cover linked to the coronavirus and is assuring them of fast-track approval for these new products, people with knowledge of the matter said.


Posted 2020/02/13 07:44:32

Barclays CEO probed over Epstein ties, overshadowing profit gains

Britain's financial regulators are probing historical links between Barclays Chief Executive Jes Staley and the U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, the bank said on Thursday.


Posted 2020/02/13 07:42:59

Coronavirus diagnosis method not changed in other Chinese provinces, regions: Shanghai health commission

The methodology for coronavirus diagnosis has not changed in other provinces apart from Hubei, and not in municipalities such as the city of Shanghai, a Shanghai Health Commission spokeswoman said on Thursday.


Posted 2020/02/13 07:37:35

Credit Suisse posts best profit since 2010 in Thiam swan song

Credit Suisse posted a 69% rise in annual net profit on Thursday in a bittersweet swan song for outgoing Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam.


Posted 2020/02/13 07:19:22

Credit Suisse director Alexander Gut not to stand for re-election

Credit Suisse supervisory board member Alexander Gut will not stand for re-election at the group's annual general meeting on April 30, the bank said alongside its annual results on Thursday.


Posted 2020/02/13 07:19:04

Nestle pushes back growth target after solid 2019

Food giant Nestle expects growth to accelerate over the next two years toward its mid-single digit organic growth target, initially set for 2020, after it hit a four-year high at 3.5% and profitability improved in 2019.


Posted 2020/02/13 07:13:30

Mad cow fright keeps EU cautious on food rules

The specter of the 1990s BSE crisis means the European Union is likely to reject U.S. demands it ease strict food safety rules, even with President Donald Trump threatening car tariffs if EU countries do not start importing more U.S. farm products.


Posted 2020/02/13 07:12:40

Australia extends virus ban on arrivals from mainland China

Australia will maintain an entry ban on foreign nationals from mainland China for another week to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday.


Posted 2020/02/13 07:10:04

Airbus pledges profit gain after bribery settlement hit

Airbus plunged to a 1.362 billion euro ($1.48 billion) net loss in 2019, weighed down by a multinational bribery settlement, but the European aerospace group pledged to increase operating profit and deliver 880 commercial jets this year.


Posted 2020/02/13 07:07:07

Hong Kong banks compare pandemic stress test with epidemic reality

Last October, nearly four dozen banks in Hong Kong confronted a nightmare "stress test" scenario: a pandemic that swept through the city, followed by a major cyberattack and a telecoms breakdown.


Posted 2020/02/13 07:04:56

Jump in new coronavirus cases stymies stock rally

Asia's share market rally paused on Thursday, bonds rose and trade-exposed currencies fell as a sharp rise in new coronavirus deaths and infections dented hopes that its spread was slowing.


Posted 2020/02/13 06:45:07

Coronavirus cases fall, experts disagree whether peak is near

China reported on Wednesday its smallest number of new coronavirus cases since January, lending weight to a prediction by its top medical adviser for the outbreak to end by April, but a global diseases expert warned of the spread elsewhere.


Posted 2020/02/12 10:50:32

Factbox: Coronavirus forces delay of trade fairs and conferences

Over two dozen large trade fairs and industry conferences in China and overseas have been postponed due to travel curbs and concerns about the spread of the 2019 coronavirus, potentially disrupting billions of dollars' worth of deals.


Posted 2020/02/12 10:40:25

Investors charge back into stocks on signs coronavirus spread is slowing

A drop in the number of new coronavirus cases and the Federal Reserve chairman's optimistic view of the economy lifted world stocks for a third day on Wednesday and sparked a 2% rally in oil prices, on hopes the epidemic's effects would be contained.


Posted 2020/02/12 10:31:58

Factbox: Latest on coronavirus spreading in China and beyond

Here are the latest developments around the coronavirus outbreak:


Posted 2020/02/12 10:28:38

China charges man who pushed for birthday party despite coronavirus ban

Prosecutors in China have brought criminal charges against a 59-year-old man who strapped on firecrackers and doused himself with gasoline to defy a ban on public gatherings during a coronavirus epidemic, the Xinhua news agency said.


Posted 2020/02/12 10:28:09

Japan cruise ship coronavirus cases climb to 175, including quarantine officer

Another 39 people have tested positive for the coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan, with one quarantine officer also infected, bringing the total to 175, the health ministry said on Wednesday.


Posted 2020/02/12 10:27:58

Chess, squabbles aboard cruise ship cast away by coronavirus fears

Angela Jones is on a cruise to nowhere.


Posted 2020/02/12 10:27:49

Widowed, imprisoned, detained: remnants of Islamic State in limbo in Syria

In northeastern Syria, prisons and detention camps hold thousands of men, women and children whose lives are in limbo nearly a year after the final defeat of Islamic State to which they once belonged.


Posted 2020/02/12 10:25:04