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Alibaba offers $2.86 billion in loans to firms hit by coronavirus outbreak

Alibaba Group Holdings said on Monday its affiliate Ant Financial's MYBank unit would offer 20 billion yuan ($2.86 billion) in loans to companies in China in light of the coronavirus outbreak, with preferential terms for Hubei firms.


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Posted 2020/02/17 11:56:49

Solar powered plane which could be airborne for a year completes first flight

A solar-powered electric aircraft which could stay airborne for a year has completed its first test flight.
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Posted 2020/02/17 11:11:00

Tesla ordered to stop clearing trees at German factory site

Tesla has been ordered to stop cutting down trees at the site in Germany where it is planning to build its first car and battery factory in Europe - after environmentalists objected.
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Posted 2020/02/17 10:19:00

Cash-paying quiz app HQ Trivia goes bankrupt

HQ Trivia, the quiz app which was meant to pay contestants cash prizes, has gone bankrupt and closed down with the quiz's host paying the final prize out of his own pocket.
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Posted 2020/02/17 09:12:00

Met Office to get £1.2bn supercomputer to better predict severe weather

A supercomputer which can forecast weather and climate 18 times faster than current technology is set to be developed.
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Posted 2020/02/16 21:36:00

Twitter says Olympics, IOC accounts hacked

Twitter said on Saturday that an official Twitter account of the Olympics and the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) media Twitter account had been hacked and temporarily locked.


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Posted 2020/02/15 23:33:32

Chinese tourist dies of coronavirus in France, first death in Europe: minister

An 80-year-old Chinese tourist has died of the fast-spreading coronavirus in France, becoming the first fatality in Europe, French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said on Saturday.


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Posted 2020/02/15 20:51:54

U.S. to evacuate Americans from cruise ship quarantined at Japan port

The United States said on Saturday it will send aircraft to Japan to bring back American passengers on the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess, where the most coronavirus infections outside China have occurred.


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Posted 2020/02/15 17:44:29

Bryant named Basketball Hall of Fame finalist, three weeks after death

Three weeks after Kobe Bryant, one of the most dominant players in NBA history, was killed with his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash, the global sports icon was named a finalist to the Basketball Hall of Fame.


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Posted 2020/02/15 17:44:03

Facebook CEO says backs regulation of harmful online content

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said harmful online content should be regulated, adding that his company should be treated with a framework in between those used for existing media and telecoms companies.


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Posted 2020/02/15 15:54:44

Chinese tourist in France becomes first to die in Europe of coronavirus

An 80-year-old Chinese tourist infected with the coronavirus has died in France, the first fatality in Europe and the fourth outside mainland China from an epidemic that has shut Chinese factories, curbed travel and disrupted global supply chains.


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Posted 2020/02/15 15:45:34

Man City banned from European competition for two seasons by UEFA

English champions Manchester City have been banned from European competition for the next two seasons and fined 30 million euros ($32.53 million) by European soccer's governing body UEFA after an investigation into alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.


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Posted 2020/02/15 15:45:01

American from cruise ship docked in Cambodia tests positive in Malaysia for coronavirus

An 83-year-old American woman who had been a passenger on a cruise ship that docked in Cambodia has tested positive for the new coronavirus on landing in Malaysia, health authorities said on Saturday.


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Posted 2020/02/15 15:44:52

Malaysia says American from cruise ship tests positive for new coronavirus

Malaysia said on Saturday said an 83-year-old American passenger on a cruise ship that docked in Cambodia has tested positive for the new coronavirus.


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Posted 2020/02/15 14:24:24

WHO chief says coronavirus still an emergency for China

The coronavirus outbreak is still an emergency for China and it is impossible to tell where the epidemic will spread, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, said on Saturday.


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Posted 2020/02/15 14:23:14

Solo lunches and masks: Chinese returning to work grapple with coronavirus

Chinese government employee Jin Yang returned to work in Beijing this week to find his usual workplace rules upended as China battles a coronavirus epidemic.


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Posted 2020/02/15 13:39:22

Latest on coronavirus spreading in China and beyond

Here are latest developments around the coronavirus outbreak:


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Posted 2020/02/15 13:25:52

Xi says China must keep economic, social order while battling coronavirus

China must make every effort to maintain economic and social control as it battles the coronavirus epidemic, and avoid causing panic that could lead to secondary "disasters," President Xi Jinping told senior officials earlier this month.


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Posted 2020/02/15 12:58:43

U.S. to evacuate Americans aboard cruise ship quarantined at Japan port

The United States said it would send an aircraft to Japan to bring back U.S. passengers on the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess, where the most coronavirus infections outside China have occurred.


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Posted 2020/02/15 12:33:02

China issues measures to support manufacturers, businesses hit by coronavirus

China's banking and insurance regulator has announced new measures to support companies, manufacturers, and small and medium businesses that have been hard hit by the coronavirus epidemic.


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Posted 2020/02/15 12:28:52