Nigeria confirms 1st case of new virus in sub-Saharan Africa

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian authorities on Friday confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa as the outbreak spread to a region with some of the world's weakest health sy...

Australian campuses offer cash, discounts to China students

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian universities are offering Chinese students stranded in their homeland travel money and discounted tuition and the largest campus delayed the start of the academic...

Mexico data confirm 0.1% economic contraction in 2019

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s economy entered a technical recession and contracted 0.1% in 2019, the first year of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s six-year term, according to fourth-quarter gove...

World markets slip on renewed fears over virus outbreak

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets slipped on Friday after a spike in new virus cases in South Korea and other countries refueled investor anxiety about China's disease outbreak. Be...

Shares fall in Asia as virus outbreak hits profits, events

Shares slipped in Asia on Tuesday (Feb. 18) as the impact from the virus outbreak that began in China deepened, with Apple saying it would fail to meet its profit target and China moving to postpone o...

Virus impact: Huawei going to global mobile show

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese smartphone brand Huawei says it will attend the industry’s biggest global event this month in Barcelona while more companies reported losses due to China’s efforts to contain a ...

For businesses, China's virus fans fear and uncertainty

China’s worst health crisis in years has sparked fear and uncertainty for businesses from North America to Asia that depend on trade in the affected region. Experts say it’s too soon...

Britain's EU Journey: When Major got an opt-out from euro

LONDON (AP) — Britain officially leaves the European Union on Jan. 31 after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit referendum. ...

President Tsai meets EU representative to Taiwan, pushes for investment deal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) expressed the hope Taiwan could deepen its ties with the European Union as she met with the head of the European Economic and Trade Office (EE...

Tsai calls on WHO not to exclude Taiwan amid outbreak of China coronavirus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) called on the World Health Organization (WHO) not to continue blocking Taiwan’s participation due to “political factors” ami...

Wall Street slides on growing concern about China virus

Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street as concern about the impact of a Chinese disease outbreak grows. Other global markets also dropped, with Hong Kong and Shanghai falling sharply. Chinese authori...

Global stocks tumble on growing concern about China virus

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock and oil prices tumbled Tuesday as concern about the impact of a Chinese disease outbreak increased and a rating agency cut Hong Kong's credit rating for official ...

China’s 2019 economic growth weakens amid trade war

China's economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low in 2019 as Beijing fought a tariff war with Washington, but forecasters said a U.S.-Chinese trade truce might help to revive consumer and bus...

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___ Facebook again refuses to ban political ads, even false ones SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is reaffirming its freewheeling policy on political ads, saying it wo...

China food prices jump despite effort to ease pork shortage

BEIJING (AP) — China's food prices jumped 17.4% in December over a year earlier, driven by surging pork prices despite official efforts to ease shortages caused by a disease outbreak. ...