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  • MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI, Feb 20- India has issued import licenses for 1.1 million tonnes of refined palmolein from Indonesia, government and trade sources told Reuters, a move that has surprised the industry as only last month New Delhi restricted imports of the commodity. India put refined palm oil and palmolein on the list of restricted items on Jan. 8, a move sources...

  • MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI, Feb 20- India has issued import licences for 1.1 million tonnes of refined palmolein from Indonesia, government and trade sources told Reuters, a move that has surprised the industry as only last month New Delhi restricted imports of the commodity. India put refined palm oil and palmolein on the list of restricted items on Jan. 8, a move sources...

  • *China's factories hobbled as migrant workers unable to return. SHANGHAI/ BANGKOK, Feb 20- Blocked highways. Case in point: in the southern China manufacturing hub of Dongguan, a factory that makes vaporizers and other products had just half of its workforce of 40 last week and was struggling to function without key personnel.

  • *Experts say too early to tell if China outbreak contained. TOKYO/ BEIJING, Feb 20- China reported a dramatic drop in new cases in the province at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak, while scientists reported the new virus may spread even more easily than previously believed. China is struggling to get its economy back on track after imposing severe travel...

  • *New infections fall for second day in mainland China. TOKYO/ BEIJING, Feb 19- Hundreds of passengers trundled off a cruise ship in Japan on Wednesday after being held on board in quarantine for more than two weeks, as criticism mounted of Japan's handling of the coronavirus outbreak. China is struggling to get its economy back on track after imposing severe travel...

  • *New infections fall for second day in mainland China. TOKYO/ BEIJING, Feb 19- Hundreds of passengers trundled off a cruise ship in Japan on Wednesday after being held on board in quarantine for more than two weeks, as criticism mounted of Japan's handling of the biggest coronavirus outbreak outside China. China is struggling to get its economy back on track after...

  • *New infections fall for second day in mainland China. TOKYO/ BEIJING, Feb 19- Hundreds of people began disembarking a cruise ship in Japan on Wednesday after being held on board for more than two weeks under quarantine, as criticism mounted of Japan's handling of the biggest coronavirus outbreak outside China. China is struggling to get its economy back on track...

  • *New infections fall for second day in mainland China. BEIJING/ TOKYO, Feb 19- Hundreds of people began disembarking a quarantined cruise ship off Japan on Wednesday as the death toll from the new coronavirus in mainland China passed 2,000 and the number of new cases in the country fell for a second straight day. But China, the world's second-largest economy, is...

  • Thermal scanners at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.

    Malaysia has reported 22 cases of COVID-19, of which 13 have recovered, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

  • A total of 107 Malaysians have been evacuated from Wuhan, China, of which two individuals tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival back home, says Malaysia's Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad.

  • MANILA, Feb 18- Southeast Asia's holiday hotspots, hit by billions in lost business from Chinese tourists, are turning to markets closer to home to soften the blow from travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus epidemic. In the Philippines, the government and tourism players last week launched a travel campaign led by President Rodrigo Duterte.

  • Malaysia flag seen on the top of Palace of Justice building's dome.

    The 83-year-old American woman arrived in Malaysia after leaving the MS Westerdam cruise ship that docked in Cambodia last week.

  • Besides possible further rate cuts from Malaysia's central bank amid the COVID-19 crisis, the government is also planning a short-term stimulus package, says Ong Kian Ming, deputy minister of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

  • US passengers embark in a plane at the Haneda Airport, in Tokyo on February 17, 2020 after disembarking in Yokohama from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where people are quarantined on board due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus.

    The U.S. has facilitated the voluntary repatriation of over 300 U.S. citizens who had been passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

  • KUALA LUMPUR/ MUMBAI, Feb 14- India's halt on Malaysian palm oil imports has disrupted global edible oil trade flows, with Indonesia diverting supplies to feed India, Malaysia rushing to tap markets left behind by Jakarta, and India substituting palm with other oils. Malaysia's latest palm export data revealed the impact of India's restrictions, with shipments...

  • *Deaths in China reach 1,665. SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, Feb 16- American passengers were taken off a cruise liner on Sunday to fly home after being quarantined for two weeks off Japan, while China said the rate of new coronavirus cases had slowed, calling that proof its steps to fight the outbreak were working. Of the roughly 400 Americans on the cruise, more than 40 are...

  • *Deaths in China reach 1,665. SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, Feb 16- American passengers were taken off a cruise liner on Sunday to fly home after being quarantined for two weeks off Japan, while China said the rate of new coronavirus cases had slowed, calling that proof its steps to fight the outbreak were working. Might be going to Texas or Nebraska, " Gay Courter, one of the...

  • *Deaths in China reach 1,665. SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, Feb 16- U.S. officials in hazmat suits boarded a cruise liner on Sunday to fly home Americans quarantined for two weeks off Japan, while China said measures such as locking down megacity Wuhan had at last slowed the pace of new coronavirus cases. After being held on board the Diamond Princess since Feb. 3, American...

  • KUALA LUMPUR/ MUMBAI, Feb 14- India's halt on Malaysian palm oil imports has disrupted global edible oil trade flows, with Indonesia diverting supplies to feed India, Malaysia rushing to tap markets left behind by Jakarta, and India substituting palm with other oils. Malaysia's latest palm export data revealed the impact of India's restrictions, with shipments...

  • *Coronavirus hits demand in China, world's largest crude importer. BEIJING/ SINGAPORE/ NEW YORK, Feb 13- The coronavirus's effect on energy markets is worsening, as the sharp fall in demand in China, the world's largest importer of crude, is stranding oil cargoes off the country's coast and prompting shippers to seek out other Asian destinations.