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China shock: Dark secret behind nation’s love for eel-based food exposed

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, China’s ruling body detailed plans to ban all residents from eating wild animals. The new law will be discussed and potentially implemented later this year after the belief that bats transmitted COVID-19 to humans in one of the nation’s food markets. In the months that followed the announcement, […]

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Bottler Coca Cola HBC's April sales lose fizz as lockdowns weigh

(Reuters) – Soft drinks bottler Coca Cola HBC AG (CCH.L) on Thursday said sales in April fell by more than a third as fast-food chains, theatres and other public arenas stayed shut to limit the spread of the new coronavirus during stay-at-home orders. The company, a bottler for U.S.-based beverage firm Coca-Cola (KO.N), said net […]

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O2 and Virgin Media merger to create £31bn telecoms giant

Virgin Media and O2 are to join forces in a UK merger that will create a £31bn company, their parent firms have announced. US media firm Liberty Global, the owner of the Virgin Media cable TV and broadband provider, said the agreement would unlock a £10bn investment in the UK market over five years once […]

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Gas leak at LG Polymers plant in India kills nine, hundreds hospitalised

CHENNAI (Reuters) – A chemical gas leak at an LG Polymers plant in southern India on Thursday killed at least 9 people, and emergency services rushed more than 300 to hospital and evacuated hundreds more from nearby areas, a police official in Andhra Pradesh state said. South Korean battery maker LG Chemical Ltd, the owner […]

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New government confirmed in Iraq after six months of uncertainty

New Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi says coronavirus and accountability for protester deaths will be priorities. Iraq’s parliament approved a new government on Wednesday, after six months without one, as parties squabbled until the last minute over cabinet seats in backroom deals. Prime Minister Mustafa al-Khadimi, Iraq’s intelligence chief and a former journalist will head the […]

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U.S. family calls shooting death of Black man a ‘modern lynching,’ demands arrests

The parents of a Black man slain in a pursuit by two white men armed with guns called for immediate arrests Wednesday as they faced the prospect of waiting a month or longer before a Georgia grand jury could consider bringing charges. A swelling outcry over the Feb. 23 shooting of Ahmaud Arbery intensified after […]

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Smithfield Foods to restart South Dakota pork plant from May 7

(Reuters) – Smithfield Foods Inc will restart its plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from May 7 after being idled for more than three weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak, the world’s biggest pork processor said late on Wednesday. The company said it would take a phased approach to resuming its operations and that the […]

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World war 3: Trump stokes fears of military campaign against Iran after vetoing resolution

The resolution was passed by both Houses of Congress in a bipartisan bid to limit the president’s power to use military force against Iran without congressional approval. The US President called it a “very insulting resolution”, arguing that it was “based on misunderstandings of facts and law”. In a statement, he said: “This was a very insulting […]

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A seventh JBS employee in Greeley has died of COVID-19

A seventh has died from novel coronavirus, according to Colorado data released Wednesday, and another 280 workers have confirmed cases, making it one of the largest outbreaks in the state. The latest death comes as meat-packing plants around the country, and in Colorado, have become a hot spot for virus outbreaks. Still, President Trump has […]

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Peloton gets lockdown boost as home workouts drive exercise bike sales

(Reuters) – Peloton Interactive Inc (PTON.O) raised its forecast for full-year revenue on Wednesday as “stay at home” orders led to a surge in sales of the company’s exercise bikes and fitness subscriptions, sending its shares up 5%. The strong results validated heightened expectations after analysts hailed Peloton, known for its $2,200 exercise bikes, as […]