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  • Japan's Fast Retailing temporarily closed 17 Uniqlo stores in Wuhan city, the epicentre of the outbreak. Sweden's IKEA said it closed its Wuhan store at the request of authorities. Investment trust Langham said refunds would be given for cancellations related to the coronavirus at its Langham and Cordis Mainland China Hotels in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou,...

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 24- London copper was on track for its biggest weekly drop in nearly 19 months amid worries over a new coronavirus in China, even though prices edged higher on Friday after the World Health Organization said the outbreak is not yet a global emergency. "The pressure on the metals complex should be somewhat expected, given that China is the world's...

  • *reuters:// realtime/verb= Open/url= cpurl:// apps.cp./ Apps/lteo? BENGALURU, Jan 24- A significant global upturn will remain elusive this year as many economies still face an array of daunting risks, despite improved sentiment from an initial U.S.- China trade deal and ebullience in financial markets, Reuters polls showed. With easy policy from central banks set to...

  • *China confirms 18 deaths, 634 virus cases by Thursday. GENEVA/ BEIJING, Jan 23- The World Health Organisation called a new coronavirus that has killed 18 people in China and infected around 650 globally "an emergency in China" on Thursday, but stopped short of declaring the epidemic of international concern. China's National Health Commission said there had been...

  • *Wuhan shuts transport links, outgoing flights. *WHO says Wuhan lockdown of 11 million' unprecedented'. GENEVA/ BEIJING, Jan 23- The World Health Organisation said on Thursday it was "a bit too early" to declare a new coronavirus a global health emergency as China put millions of people on lockdown amid an outbreak that has killed 18 people in the country and infected...

  • *China confirms 18 deaths, 634 virus cases by Thursday. *Wuhan shuts transport links, outgoing flights. GENEVA/ BEIJING, Jan 23- The World Health Organisation said on Thursday it was "a bit too early" to declare a new coronavirus a global health emergency as China put millions of people on lockdown amid an outbreak that has killed 18 people and infected more than 630..

  • *Wuhan shuts transport links, outgoing flights. *WHO says Wuhan lockdown of 11 million' unprecedented'. By the end of Wednesday, China's National Health Commission confirmed 17 dead in the central province of Hubei.

  • *Wuhan shuts transport links, outgoing flights. *WHO says Wuhan lockdown of 11 million' unprecedented'. The previously unknown virus strain is believed to have emerged late last year from illegally traded wildlife at an animal market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

  • *Equity markets spooked by spread of China virus. *Brazil to discuss cooperation with OPEC- energy minister. Jan 23- Stocks across Latin America fell on Thursday as fears mounted over the spread of a new flu-like virus in China, while Brazil's real strengthened as the country looks at the possibility of cooperating with OPEC.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Jan 23- The risk to commodity demand from the spread of a new flu-like virus in China has so far focused on crude oil and related products such as jet fuel, but the iron ore and steel markets will also be keeping a nervous watching brief. It will, however, only become a problem for iron ore and steel demand if it spreads far enough to make an impact on...

  • *Lunar New Year usually key travel period. SHANGHAI, Jan 23- InterContinental Hotels and Hyatt will allow guests to change or cancel stays at most Chinese hotels as a deadly coronavirus outbreak overshadows Lunar New Year holiday plans. IHG said on its official WeChat account on Thursday that it will allow customers to change or cancel stays scheduled up to Feb. 3...

  • BEIJING, Jan 23- Copper fell to the lowest in more than six weeks on Thursday as a jump in inventories and the spread of a flu-like virus in top metals consumer China weighed on prices, even with production closures looming in Africa. "Investors are focused on the coronavirus in China and how it could impact commodity demand," ANZ wrote in a note, adding that the base...

  • BEIJING, Jan 23- Copper fell to the lowest in more than six weeks on Thursday as a jump in inventories and the spread of a flu-like virus in top metals consumer China weighed on prices, even with production closures looming in Africa. "Investors are focused on the coronavirus in China and how it could impact commodity demand," ANZ wrote in a note, adding that the base...

  • SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, Jan 23- A new coronavirus spreading from the city of Wuhan has put a spotlight on China's poorly regulated wild animal trade- driven by relentless demand for exotic delicacies and ingredients for traditional medicine. "The origin of the new coronavirus is the wildlife sold illegally in a Wuhan seafood market," Gao Fu, director of China Center for...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Jan 23- The risk to commodity demand from the spread of a new flu-like virus in China has so far focused on crude oil and related products such as jet fuel, but the iron ore and steel markets will also be keeping a nervous watching brief. It will, however, only become a problem for iron ore and steel demand if it spreads far enough to make an impact on...

  • *Risk assets off to weak start in Asia. *Worries about China virus before Lunar New Year. TOKYO, Jan 23- Asian shares and U.S. stocks fell on Thursday as investors remained anxious about the spread of a new flu-like virus in China just as millions prepared to travel for the Lunar New Year.

  • *Risk assets off to weak start in Asia. *Worries about China virus before Lunar New Year. TOKYO, Jan 23- Asian shares and U.S. stock futures edged lower on Thursday as investors remained anxious about the spread of a new flu-like virus in China just as millions prepared to travel for the Lunar New Year.

  • *Airline says no fee to change or cancel Wuhan flights. The airline had earlier said only cabin crew operating mainland China flights could wear masks, in response to the airline's flight attendants calling for permission to wear masks on all flights globally as cases have also been confirmed in the United States, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

  • *Cases in Thailand, U.S., Taiwan, South Korea, Japan. *Outbreak center of Wuhan says citizens should not leave city. The previously unknown coronavirus strain is believed to have emerged from illegally traded wildlife at an animal market in the central city of Wuhan.

  • *Cases in Thailand, U.S., Taiwan, South Korea, Japan. *Outbreak center of Wuhan closes transport networks. The previously unknown coronavirus strain is believed to have emerged from an animal market in the central city of Wuhan, and is suspected by Chinese officials to originate from illegally traded wildlife.