Australia to help some citizens leave China, quarantine them on Christmas Island

FILE PHOTO: Passengers wearing masks sit on an Air China flight from Sydney to Beijing before takeoff, in Sydney, Australia January 24, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas PeterMELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia will help some citizens leave Hubei province in China, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, and quarantine them on Christmas Island, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on…

Japan plane evacuating citizens arrives Tokyo from virus-hit Wuhan

A Boeing 767-300ER plane chartered by the Japanese government, believed to be carrying evacuated Japanese nationals living in Wuhan arrives at Haneda airport amid an outbreak of coronavirus in China, in Tokyo, Japan January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonTOKYO (Reuters) - A chartered plane carrying 206 Japanese nationals evacuated from Wuhan, the epicenter of China’s coronavirus…

White House did not ask for a suspension of U.S.-China flights: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has not asked for a suspension of flights between the United States and China over concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, a senior Trump administration official said on Tuesday. The official’s comment followed a report by CNBC that the White House had told airline executives it was considering a suspension…

Australia gold project sale delayed as buyer quarantined over coronavirus

(Reuters) - The sale of a small gold project in Australia has been delayed after a member of the Hong Kong-based buyer’s family showed symptoms of coronavirus, leading to the whole family being quarantined, the vendor said on Wednesday. Australia’s Ausmex Mining Group said it had agreed to extend the settlement for the A$4 million…

Coronavirus stokes Asian discrimination fears in Canada's biggest city

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada has identified only three cases of the new coronavirus so far, but there are fears a more serious outbreak could stoke anti-Asian sentiment in scenes reminiscent of the SARS epidemic that killed dozens in the Toronto area in the early 2000s. Pedestrians walk in the Chinatown district of downtown Toronto, Ontario,…

Venezuelan congress approves $20 million for foreign litigation

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s opposition-run congress said on Tuesday it had set aside $20 million held in accounts in the United States to pay for litigation abroad as part of efforts to protect the country’s offshore assets from lawsuits by creditors. Offshore assets including U.S. refiner Citgo have long been seen as attractive by investors…