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‘Crowd of sellers’ as coronavirus crisis deepens in Europe

‘Crowd of sellers’ as coronavirus crisis deepens in Europe

Business
Global stock market values are continuing to decline sharply as investors digest the implications of the coronavirus outbreak and a growing number of companies warn of financial hits.Trading across Asia and Europe on Wednesday saw values firmly in the red - with the FTSE 100 in London down again as drinks Diageo put a figure on lost sales in China to date. Two days of heavy losses this week had already seen £100bn erased from the value of the top flight index as cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, accelerate in European nations including Italy, Spain, Austria and Croatia. ...
Fox warns on trade barriers as US-China dispute deepens

Fox warns on trade barriers as US-China dispute deepens

Business
Liam Fox has told Sky News the US trade war with China risks wider "consequences" and should be settled at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).Speaking to Ian King Live, the International Trade Secretary said that while he understood the frustrations felt by the Trump administration, including intellectual property theft, a rules-based system governing world trade was the way forward. The White House plans to impose additional tariffs on $ 200bn of Chinese goods from Friday - accusing Beijing of reneging on a series of commitments it had given in trade negotiations.Donald Trump announced the increase on Sunday - prompting a sharp fall in global stock markets at the start of the week - and kept up the pressure with a tweet on Wednesday saying that he would be happy to go ahead.He added that ...
Mystery deepens over mass die-off of antelopes

Mystery deepens over mass die-off of antelopes

Science
A mass die-off of wild antelopes in Kazakhstan was triggered by environmental factors, scientists believe.More than 200,000 saiga antelopes collapsed and died suddenly in 2015, wiping out most of the global population.The deaths were found to be caused by a bacterial infection.However, new data shows other factors were involved too, including unusually high humidity and temperatures.Researchers think changing environmental conditions could be a trigger for the bacterial onslaught, although this needs further research.They say there is a high chance of the same thing happening again, given climate change predictions for the region.Study leader Prof Richard Kock of the Royal Veterinary College London was part of the original emergency response team.He said the event went way beyond what woul...
Tweet deleted by Trump as Iran crisis deepens

Tweet deleted by Trump as Iran crisis deepens

World
Donald Trump has said anti-regime protesters in Iran will see "great" support from the US, following days of unrest in cities across the country.In a tweet, the US President wrote: "Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government. You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!"Moments earlier, Mr Trump had deleted a tweet with different wording - in which he spoke of his respect for Iranians in their "fight" to take back their "corrupt and poorly run" country.He had also wrote: "The United States will be with you at the appropriate time!":: What does Iran's unrest mean for oil prices?Image:A tweet about Iran by President Trump was deleted and quickly replacedActivists have taken to the streets of almost every province in Ira...