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  • *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.

  • The Brussels- based company hired Goldman Sachs investment bank last year to advise on options as consolidation in market infrastructure gathers pace, with the Swiss Exchange making a bid for the Madrid bourse. Given Euroclear's importance to Europe's financial system, regulators will want to ensure changes to its structure avoid any deterioration in the...

  • The World Trade Organization has found the world's two largest planemakers received billions of dollars of unfair subsidies in a pair of cases dating back to 2004 and is expected to allow both sides to impose tariffs, starting with the United States. The U.S. seeks talks with the EU and Airbus host nations Britain, France, Germany and Spain over alleged unfair...

  • The event is scheduled to take place Feb. 2428 in San Francisco. Earlier in the day, Facebook Inc said it had canceled its global marketing summit scheduled for next month in San Francisco due to coronavirus-related risks. The Mobile World Congress, the annual telecoms industry gathering in Barcelona, was also canceled after a mass exodus by exhibitors on...

  • Feb 14- Facebook Inc said on Friday it had canceled its global marketing summit scheduled for next month in San Francisco due to coronavirus-related risks. Earlier this week, Mobile World Congress, the annual telecoms industry gathering in Barcelona, was canceled after a mass exodus by exhibitors on coronavirus fears. The virus, which originated in the Chinese...

  • LONDON, Feb 14- When Victoria Beckham sends her models down the London catwalk on Sunday, many of her most important clients will not be sitting in the front row but following from afar as the coronavirus outbreak hobbles international events. Caroline Rush, head of the British Fashion Council, said it wanted to keep dialogue open and buyers engaged.

  • MADRID, Feb 14- Catalan separatist party Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya would help the Spanish government attain a stable majority in parliament and support its budget only if the region's independence drive is addressed in talks, a top party official told Reuters. The leftist ERC was instrumental in facilitating Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez's...

  • BERLIN, Feb 13- For an event meant to showcase the power of telecoms, cancelling this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona without a back-up plan has perplexed many in the trillion-dollar sector. Wednesday's decision to call off the telecoms industry's biggest annual gathering over fears of coronavirus, which has yet to reach mainland Spain, has left a...

  • MADRID, Feb 13- Spain's High Court on Thursday ordered Emilio Lozoya, former chief executive of Mexican state oil firm Pemex, to be held in a Spanish jail pending an extradition request from Mexico where he faces corruption charges. He is alleged to have participated in a wide-ranging bribery and money laundering case in Mexico involving Brazilian...

  • BARCELONA, Feb 13- Companies that have spent money on a major telecoms conference in Barcelona that has been cancelled after mass withdrawals due to the coronavirus outbreak cannot expect compensation under the organisers' standard insurance, they said on Thursday. The GSMA telecoms body cancelled the Feb. 24-27 event on Wednesday despite assurances from...

  • BARCELONA, Feb 13- Companies that have spent money on a major telecoms conference in Barcelona that has been canceled after mass withdrawals due to the coronavirus outbreak cannot expect compensation under the organizers' standard insurance, they said on Thursday. The GSMA telecoms body canceled the Feb. 24-27 event on Wednesday despite assurances from...

  • BARCELONA, Feb 13- The decision to cancel a major telecoms conference in Barcelona slated for later this month after mass withdrawals due to fears over a coronavirus outbreak was motivated only by a desire to protect people's health and safety, organisers said on Thursday. "This is not about money- it's about health and safety and the reputation of our show," Mats...

  • *Competition in France has squeezed revenues and margins. The Paris- based company said its fourth-quarter core operating profits rose 1.3% from a year earlier to 3.29 billion euros, as sales returned to growth in France and rose sharply in Africa and the Middle East. Sales in Spain, Orange's second-biggest market after France, fell 2.3% as a flow of low-cost...

  • LONDON, Feb 13- European information group Relx said it could not yet predict how coronavirus would hit its exhibitions business in China after it was forced to reschedule nine events in the country because of the outbreak. China makes up 5% of the exhibitions division. "The extent to which the novel coronavirus outbreak will impact our business in China, or other...

  • *Death toll surges by daily record 242 in Hubei- officials. *Hubei, Wuhan Communist Party bosses sacked. That took total deaths from the newly discovered virus to more than 1,350, all but two in China and most- about 1,310- in Hubei.

  • BARCELONA/ BERLIN/ PARIS, Feb 12- The Mobile World Congress, the annual telecoms industry gathering that draws more than 100,000 visitors to Barcelona, was cancelled on Wednesday after a mass exodus by exhibitors due to fears over the coronavirus outbreak. Spain's Telefonica, one of the biggest telecom operators not to have announced it was pulling out, said on...

  • MEXICO CITY/ MADRID, Feb 12- Spanish police on Wednesday arrested Emilio Lozoya, the former chief executive of Mexico's state oil firm Pemex, giving President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador his first high-profile win in his government's anti-corruption drive. Lozoya, who has not been seen publicly since mid-2019, is accused in Mexico of corruption related to a...

  • *China reports lowest number of new cases since Jan. 30. BEIJING/ SINGAPORE, Feb 12- China reported on Wednesday its lowest number of new coronavirus cases in two weeks, bolstering a forecast by Beijing's senior medical adviser for the outbreak there to end by April, but U.N. health authorities warned it could still "go in any direction". The 2,015 new confirmed cases...

  • MEXICO CITY/ MADRID, Feb 12- Spanish police on Wednesday arrested Emilio Lozoya, the former chief executive of Mexico's state oil firm Pemex, giving Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's government its first high-profile win in an anti-corruption drive that began in 2018.. Lozoya, who was indicted in Mexico last year, was one of former President...

  • MEXICO CITY/ MADRID, Feb 12- Spanish police on Wednesday arrested Emilio Lozoya, the former chief executive of Mexico's state oil firm Pemex, giving Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's government its first high-profile win in an anti-corruption drive that began in 2018.. Lozoya, who was indicted in Mexico last year, was one of former President...