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Dollar creeps higher as virus worries return
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The dollar found a footing on Wednesday as investors returned to safe-havens, unwinding some risk currency gains made on hopes the coronavirus crisis in Europe and New York was slowing.
Hong Kong extends social distancing restrictions to contain coronavirus
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong said on Wednesday social-distancing restrictions including the closure of some bars and pubs and a ban on public gatherings of more than four people would be extended until April 23 as it battles to halt the spread of coronavirus.
RPT-UPDATE 3-Chinese refiners try out cheap, exotic oil from Europe -sources
SINGAPORE/MOSCOW/LONDON, April 7 (Reuters) - Bargain-hunting Chinese buyers have snapped up very cheap and sometimes obscure crude oil grades, mostly from Europe, where the impact of lockdowns to halt the new coronavirus has devastated demand.
Australia's parliament set to pass huge stimulus plan as S&P lowers 'AAA' outlook
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's coveted 'AAA' rating came under a cloud on Wednesday as the country's parliament returned to pass an emergency A$130 billion ($80 billion) stimulus package to help cushion the blow to the economy from the coronavirus pandemic.
UPDATE 1-Australia's parliament set to pass huge stimulus plan as S&P lowers 'AAA' outlook
SYDNEY, April 8 (Reuters) - Australia's coveted 'AAA' rating came under a cloud on Wednesday as the country's parliament returned to pass an emergency A$130 billion ($80 billion) stimulus package to help cushion the blow to the economy from the coronavirus pandemic.
UPDATE 3-Trump says WHO is China-centric, 'really blew it' on coronavirus
WASHINGTON, April 7 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump sharply criticized the World Health Organization on Tuesday, accusing it of being too focused on China and issuing bad advice during the new coronavirus outbreak and saying he would put a hold on U.S. funding for the agency.
Australia's 'Big Four' banks see shares fall after regulator urges dividend deferral
(Reuters) - Shares of the "Big Four" Australian lenders fell on Wednesday, a day after the prudential regulator asked banks and insurers to consider deferring dividend payouts or use buffers until there was more clarity on any impact from the coronavirus pandemic.
Volkswagen Mexico says employee died in potential case of COVID-19
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Volkswagen Mexico issued a statement saying one of its employees in the country had died in a potential case of coronavirus.
Asian shares step back, oil rebounds in volatile trade
SYDNEY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Asian stocks stepped back on Wednesday after two sessions of sharp gains as investors turned wary on getting too optimistic about the coronavirus while death tolls were still mounting across the globe.
UPDATE 1-People allowed to leave China's Wuhan as coronavirus lockdown eases
WUHAN, China, April 8 (Reuters) - The central Chinese city of Wuhan began allowing people to leave on Wednesday for the first time since it was locked down 76 days ago to contain the novel coronavirus, despite fears of a second wave of infection if such restrictions are eased too soon.
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