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  • BEIJING/ SEOUL, Feb 24- The coronavirus death toll climbed to seven in Italy on Monday and several Middle East countries were dealing with their first infections, sending markets into a tailspin over fears of a global pandemic even as China eased curbs with no new cases reported in Beijing and other cities. While health experts have expected limited outbreaks...

  • *Italy infections jump to 220, 7 dead. BEIJING/ SEOUL, Feb 24- The coronavirus death toll climbed to seven in Italy on Monday and several Middle East countries were dealing with their first infections, sending markets into a tailspin over fears of a global pandemic even as China eased curbs with no new cases reported in Beijing and other cities.

  • *Italy infections jump to 150, 6 dead. BEIJING/ SEOUL, Feb 24- With coronavirus cases rising in Italy and several Middle East countries dealing with their first infections, fears of a global pandemic sent markets into a tailspin, even as China eased curbs with no new cases reported Beijing and other cities. But China's actions, especially in Wuhan, had probably...

  • *China may have saved hundreds of thousands of cases-WHO. BEIJING/ SEOUL, Feb 24- Italy, South Korea and Iran reported sharp rises in coronavirus cases on Monday, but China eased curbs as the rate of infection there slowed and a visiting World Health Organization team said a turning point had been reached in the epicenter, Wuhan. But China's actions, especially in...

  • *China actions probably saved hundreds of thousands of cases-WHO. BEIJING/ SEOUL, Feb 24- Italy, South Korea and Iran reported sharp rises in coronavirus infections on Monday, but China relaxed curbs on movement as the rate of new infections there eased and a visiting World Health Organization team reported steep declines in visits to clinics.

  • *Investors flee to safety as virus spreads outside China. BEIJING/ SEOUL, Feb 24- Italy, South Korea and Iran reported sharp rises in coronavirus infections on Monday, triggering concern from the World Health Organization, but China relaxed some curbs on movement, including in Beijing, as the rate of new infections there eased. The surge of cases outside mainland...

  • LONDON, Feb 12- The dollar held near a four-month high on Wednesday amid hopes the spread of the coronavirus had slowed, with the New Zealand dollar gaining after the central bank dropped a bias towards lowering interest rates. Across mainland China 2,015 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed as of Tuesday, the lowest daily rise since Jan. 30.

  • LONDON, Feb 12- The dollar held near a four-month high on Wednesday amid hopes the spread of the coronavirus had slowed, with the New Zealand dollar gaining after the central bank dropped a bias towards lowering interest rates. Across mainland China 2,015 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed as of Tuesday, the lowest daily rise since Jan. 30.

  • HAVANA, Feb 10- Cuba failed to meet payments last year on its restructured debt to wealthy nations, putting a deal with the Paris Club of creditors in jeopardy, according to diplomats with direct knowledge of the issue. The agreement is extremely beneficial for Cuba and that they could not pay speaks volumes about how broke they are, said one diplomat with...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 7- The United States and the European Union could team up to counter the dominance of China's Huawei Technologies in next-generation 5 G telecoms technology, but not if Washington continues to threaten tariffs against Brussels, a senior German conservative lawmaker said late on Friday. Norbert Roettgen, a member of German Chancellor Angela...

  • Vice President Mike Pence on Friday and the top White House economic adviser dismissed an unusual suggestion from U.S. Attorney General William Barr that the United States consider taking control of two major foreign rivals of China- based Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow added later on Friday that the United States was...

  • Feb 7- Sweden's SEB appointed a new head ofltic banking on Friday, just months after the lender became swept up in a money laundering scandal in the region. Jonas Ahlstrom, formerly the bank's chief financial officer in the Baltics, will replace Riho Unt as leader of SEB's Baltic division with immediate effect. Sweden's financial watchdog has been investigating...

  • *Coronavirus death toll in China reaches 636. Burberry Group Plc said the outbreak was hitting luxury demand in China and Hong Kong, a key market for the British fashion brand. "Having already rallied hard this week, it was going to be hard to push equities higher into the weekend, especially given the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus in China," Chris...

  • Attorney General William Barr that the United States consider taking control of two major foreign rivals of China- based Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.. "Great respect to Attorney General Barr, but we believe the best way forward is what Ajit Pai announced just over the last several days," Pence said, referring to the Federal Communications Commission's...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 7- European Union leaders and institutions went into a frenzy of meetings this week to start the toughest job the bloc faces this year: agreeing on a seven-year budget that for many is the most tangible sign of what a united Europe will look like after Brexit. In a marathon of preparations for a special summit on the budget on Feb 20, the chairman of EU...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 7- European Union leaders and institutions went into a frenzy of meetings this week to start the toughest job the bloc faces this year: agreeing on a seven-year budget that for many is the most tangible sign of what a united Europe will look like after Brexit. In a marathon of preparations for a special summit on the budget on Feb 20, the chairman of EU...

  • BERLIN, Feb 7- The chief executive of Sweden's Ericsson will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel next week, a government spokesman said on Friday, amid debate in Berlin over how best to regulate foreign providers of telecoms equipment. Borje Ekholm's meeting on Feb. 13 comes amid calls from some German lawmakers to ban China's Huawei, the global leader in...

  • *Gathering is money-spinner for Barcelona. STOCKHOLM/ PARIS, Feb 7- Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson withdrew on Friday from this month's major international telecoms conference in Barcelona due to the coronavirus outbreak, becoming the second major exhibitor to pull out. As well as drawing large numbers of visitors, the Mobile World Congress...

  • STOCKHOLM, Feb 7- U.S. interest in Ericsson is logical given that it is one of only a few companies offering a complete portfolio for the rollout of super-fast 5 G mobile telecoms networks, Sweden's Minister for Energy and Digital Development said on Friday.

  • STOCKHOLM, Feb 7- Shares in Ericsson and Nokia rose on Friday after a U.S. official suggested the United States should consider buying stakes in the telecom equipment makers to counter China- based Huawei's dominance in 5 G technology. Attorney General William Barr said in a speech on Thursday that the United States and its allies should consider the highly...