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coronavirus spreads further as who expert warns world 'not ready' for pandemic | world news

More cases in South Korea while first suspected infection is recorded in Latin America Latest developmentsCoronavirus has spread further around the world as a World Health Organisation expert warned that countries outside China are “simply not ready” for a pandemic.The virus has proliferated in parts of Asia, Europe and the Middle East in recent days, with the death toll rising in Iran, infections in South Korea passing 1,000 and the first suspected case recorded in Latin America – even as the n...

amid coronavirus fears, chinese social media is awash with laughter and anger | yuan ren | opinion

With people trapped indoors, online activity of all sorts – funny, inspiring, government sanctioned and not – has bloomedIn many ways, the coronavirus outbreak in China has been one big social experiment, testing the thesis: what happens when an entire country goes into hibernation for weeks?Since the outbreak was officially announced more than a month ago, less than one-third of China’s 300 million migrant workers have returned to work a fortnight after the lunar new year break; 270 million chi...

ftse 100 hits four-month low as stock market sell-off continues – business live | business

European markets are in the red again after Dow plunged by 1,000 points last nightLatest: European markets down as rebound fizzles outIntroduction: Markets calmer after Monday’s routUK’s Ricardo issues covonavirus profits warningMeggitt, Croda and Mordan also cite virus impact 11.01am GMT Neil MacKinnon, Global Macro Strategist at VTB Capital, says investors are right to be very worried:“The fact of the matter is that the virus has spread outside of China and is present in the major economies. C...

apple may be forced to disclose censorship requests from china | technology

Two major shareholder groups backed proposal that would force tech company to make new human rights commitments Apple could be forced to disclose details of censorship requests from China and other nations after two major shareholder groups backed a proposal that would force the tech firm to make new human rights commitments.The motion, set to be voted on by the company’s investors on Wednesday, was prompted by numerous allegations of Apple kowtowing to Beijing and blocking apps from being used ...

gui minhai, detained hong kong bookseller, jailed for 10 years in china | world news

Swedish citizen who disappeared in 2015 is jailed in Ningbo for ‘providing intelligence’ overseasA Chinese court has sentenced Swedish bookseller Gui Minhai to 10 years in prison for “providing intelligence” overseas, in a case that has highlighted China’s far-reaching crackdown on critics.A court in Ningbo, an eastern port city, said on Tuesday that Gui had been found guilty and would be stripped of political rights for five years. According to the statement, Gui said he would not be appealing ...

coronavirus closures reveal vast scale of china’s secretive wildlife farm industry | environment

Peacocks, porcupines and pangolins among species bred on 20,000 farms closed in wake of virusNearly 20,000 wildlife farmsraising species including peacocks, civet cats, porcupines, ostriches, wild geese and boar have been shut down across China in the wake of the coronavirus, in a move that has exposed the hitherto unknown size of the industry.Until a few weeks ago wildlife farming was still being promoted by government agencies as an easy way for rural Chinese people to get rich. Continue readi...

coronavirus: could this be china's chernobyl moment? – podcast | news

The coronavirus crisis engulfing China is the biggest political test yet for Xi Jinping. The Guardian’s Lily Kuo looks at how it may become an economic crisis. Plus Michael Safi on a humanitarian breakthrough in the Yemen conflictThe coronavirus outbreak that has swept through China has left more than 2,500 people dead and cities locked down by the authorities. The rapid spread through the world, with new clusters in Iran and Italy, has raised new fears of an uncontrollable global pandemic. The ...

tiny chinese seaweed is oldest green plant fossil ever found | science

Proterocladus antiquus carpeted seafloor 1bn years ago and was size of rice grainScientists have found in rocks from northern China what may be the oldest fossils of a green plant ever found: tiny seaweed that carpeted areas of the seafloor 1bn years ago and were part of a primordial revolution among life on Earth.Researchers on Monday said the plant, called Proterocladus antiquus, was about the size of a rice grain and boasted numerous thin branches, thriving in shallow water while attached to ...

coronavirus live updates: stock markets tumble amid global investor alarm | world news

Concerns mount that the spread of Covid-19 cannot be stopped as deaths outside Asia continue to rise. Follow live news updates Coronavirus outbreak is pandemic ‘in all but name’, says expert Stocks fall as virus fears hit global marketsIran denies cover-up after reports of 50 deathsWhat is coronavirus and what should I do if I have symptoms? 11.24pm GMT My colleague Ben Butler has this:The benchmark ASX200 is down 2.3% shortly after the market’s open, with falls across all sectors.#ASX200, sell-...

'the losses are substantial': the nba's trouble with china, four months on | sport

Chinese television blacked out the league’s opening games after an executive’s support of the Hong Kong protests. Has time healed the rift?For someone who was raised in Italy, came of age in Philadelphia, and ultimately established himself as a star in southern California, it is telling that Kobe Bryant once referred to China as his “home away from home.” Bryant first visited the country in 1998 to host a basketball camp, a year after he entered the NBA straight out of high school. The trips wou...

wuhan eases coronavirus lockdown as xi warns of historic 'crisis' | global development

Communist party expected to reveal whether it will delay annual parliamentary session and South Korea reports new spike in cases Wuhan, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak in China, has loosened lockdown measures and several provinces have lowered their emergency alert levels, as top officials sought to assure the public that the virus is being contained.On Monday, China’s National Health Commission reported its highest number of deaths in 11 days, with another 150 dead and 409 new cases, bri...

coronavirus live updates: china's xi jinping warns of 'crisis' and impact on economy | world news

Chinese leaders says virus is ‘big test’ for country as Italy acts to quell outbreak. Follow latest news 12.49am GMT In an important speech on the virus on China, President Xi Jinping has warned that “at present, the epidemic situation is still severe and complex, and prevention and control work is in the most difficult and critical stage”. “The outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia will inevitably have a relatively big impact on the economy and society,” Xi said, adding that the impact would ...

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