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Coronavirus deaths surpass 150,000 in US, nearly a quarter of world’s total

The increase of 10,000 deaths in 11 days is the fastest in the United States since early June Washington: U.S. deaths from the novel coronavirus surpassed 150,000 on Wednesday, a number higher than in any other country and nearly a quarter of the world’s total, according to a Reuters tally. Of the 20 countries with …

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Maruti Suzuki reports first-ever quarterly loss on Indian lockdown

TOKYO — India’s leading automaker Maruti Suzuki on Wednesday posted a 2.67 billion rupee ($35.7 million) net loss for the quarter ended in June, its first red ink since going public in 2003. The dubious milestone owes entirely to the novel coronavirus, which forced India to impose a two-month lockdown this spring. Quarterly sales plunged 72% on …

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Boeing cuts output of big jets as pandemic hammers sales

Business Boeing said on Wednesday it would cut production on its marquee 787 and 777 jet programs and delay ramp up plans on the 737 MAX, as it reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss due to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. FILE PHOTO: A Boeing logo is seen at the company’s facility in Everett after …

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Zafar Mirza resigns as Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) Imran Khan on Health

After Tania Aidrus Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Special Assistant for Health Dr. Zafar Mirza also resigned. Announcing his resignation from the social networking site Twitter, Dr. Zafar Mirza said that he left the World Health Organization (WHO) and came to Pakistan at the special invitation of Imran Khan. Zafar Mirza wrote that it is gratifying …

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Did the growing customer acquisition cost in Indonesia lead to Sorabel shutdown? Experts speak

Last week, Sorabel joined the list of the startups that have had to shut down as the new coronavirus disease ravaged hundreds of thousands of human lives and businesses around the globe. The sudden demise of Sorabel, a popular fashion e-commerce platform in Indonesia backed by prominent names in the venture capital industry, shook the …

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Coronavirus latest: Vietnam warns capital to brace for new outbreak

The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Global cases have reached 16,739,530, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The worldwide death toll has hit 660,428. To see how the disease has spread, view our virus tracker charts: (Source photo by …

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Fintechs face pressure to grow up as coronavirus casts a chill

LONDON/NEW YORK: Aritra Chakravarty, founder of London-based online accounts and investments provider Dozens, admits it’s a tough time to be seeking up to 15 million pounds (US$19 million) for a start-up. “It’s definitely a bearish market” said Chakravarty, who is seeking funding for Project Imagine, the company behind his fintech ventures. He is looking to …

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Deaths surge in US as scaled-down hajj begins

Live version of coronavirus map Coronavirus deaths in the United States surged to their highest level in months as Muslim pilgrims began Wednesday a pandemic-curtailed version of their sacred hajj. The human toll of the disease surged to a level not seen since mid-May in the United States, the world’s hardest-hit country, with nearly 1,600 …

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US and Australia propose ‘network of alliances’ to curb China

NEW YORK — In a move likely to irk Beijing, the U.S. and Australia look to strengthen the web of regional alliances and partnerships to maintain a rules-based Indo-Pacific. The topic of China dominated the “two plus two” dialogue, where U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper hosted Australian Foreign Minister Marise …

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UN Experts Express Concern Over Intimidation of Cambodian Rights Campaigner

Four United Nations experts have written a joint letter to Cambodia’s Foreign Minister expressing concerns over the public intimidation early this year of a local rights group official after he spoke out against the arrests of activists who criticized the government’s coronavirus response. The U.N. letter in response to arrests in March was released as …

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