Three Japanese evacuees from Wuhan test positive for virus, 2 had no symptoms

Two of three Japanese people evacuated from China and found to be infected with a new coronavirus had not shown symptoms, the health ministry said on Thursday, adding to worries about the fast-spreading virus and its economic fallout. The three cases were among 206 Japanese people who were evacuated to Tokyo on Wednesday from the …

Get us out of here, plead foreign students at China virus epicenter

Foreign students stuck in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of a coronavurus outbreak, are launching social media campaigns, making phone calls and writing letters urging their governments to get them out as soon as possible. Governments globally are grappling with the challenge of how to get their citizens out of China’s Hubei province, …

South Korean officials face eggs, invective as quarantine plane takes off

Angry South Koreans volleyed eggs and expletives on Thursday at a minister and officials trying to defuse their ire over plans to quarantine hundreds of citizens set to be flown home from the epicenter of a new virus epidemic in China. Officials from a public health center sanitize a traditional palace in Suwon, South Korea, …

U.S. refiners, chemical makers pare insurance coverage as accidents boost costs

U.S. refineries and petrochemical plants are cutting back on insurance because several years of severe accidents have driven up the cost of coverage, industry and insurance sources said. FILE PHOTO: A process tower flies through the air after exploding at the TPC Group Petrochemical Plant, after an earlier massive explosion sparked a blaze at the …

Renault-Nissan can overhaul alliance without ownership change, chairman says

Renault (RENA.PA) and Nissan (7201.T) can improve their alliance without altering ownership, the chairman of the Franco-Japanese partnership said on Thursday, rolling back from a previous push toward a full-blown merger that had rankled Nissan. The comments from Jean-Dominique Senard highlight the difficulties facing the automakers and junior partner Mitsubishi Motors Corp (7211.T) as they …

Imperious Djokovic downs Federer in straight sets to reach final

Novak Djokovic once again beat great rival Roger Federer at a Grand Slam on Thursday with a 7-6(1) 6-4 6-3 win to reach the Australian Open final and remain on course for a record-extending eighth title at Melbourne Park. Tennis – Australian Open – Semi Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 30, 2020. …

China tells firms to resume production of medical goods for virus control

China’s cabinet on Thursday told firms to resume production of key medical goods for virus controls, amid widespread shortages. Local governments are responsible for ensuring that local enterprises maintain the supply of protective clothing, face masks, goggles, ambulances and drugs, the State Council said in a statement. The cabinet said it will be responsible for …

Spain’s PM postpones talks on Catalonia until after regional election

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has decided to postpone talks with the northeastern restive region of Catalonia until after the region holds elections, the government said on Thursday. The announcement came one day after Quim Torra, the pro-independence head of the Catalonian government said he planned to call a snap regional election after the regional …

China tells firms to resume production of medical goods for virus control

China’s cabinet on Thursday told firms to resume production of key medical goods for virus controls, amid widespread shortages. Local governments are responsible for ensuring that local enterprises maintain the supply of protective clothing, face masks, goggles, ambulances and drugs, the State Council said in a statement. The cabinet said it will be responsible for …

U.S. sees Chinese communist party as ‘central threat of our times,’ Pompeo says

China is the central threat of our times and the United States and its allies must ensure they have the military and technological power to ensure that this century is governed by Western principles, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. “While we still have to be enormously vigilant about terror … the Chinese Communist …