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Trump says WHO is China-centric, 'really blew it' on coronavirus

  WASHINGTON: 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.   “The W.H.O....

COVID-19 victim in Illinois sues Walmart for negligence

  The family of a Walmart Inc. employee in Illinois who died after contracting COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, has filed a lawsuit accusing the retail giant of failing to adequately screen and protect workers.   The lawsuit filed in Illinois state court on...

Global supply chains strained as ship crews are stuck in Lockdown

  Port restrictions and canceled flights are straining the ability to replace seafarers on board ships, further weakening global supply chains already snarled by the coronavirus pandemic.   Hubs like Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai have halted most crew transfers, while global lockdowns have complicated travel from...

Passenger sues United Airlines over refusal to refund airfare despite U.S. order

United Airlines Holdings Inc. was sued by a passenger for refusing to issue refunds for canceled flights, three days after U.S. regulators ordered airlines to reimburse customers.   The passenger, Jacob Rudolph, filed the suit in federal court in Chicago on Monday, saying he was denied...

Millions of aviation jobs at risk, airlines can't afford refunds: IATA

  Global airlines warned that 25 million jobs across the world could be at risk from the coronavirus travel downturn and the industry's representative body said airline finances were so fragile they could not afford to refund customers.   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has held...

India allows limited exports of anti-malaria drug after Trump warns of retaliation

  NEW DELHI: India, the world’s main supplier of generic drugs, said on Tuesday it will allow limited exports of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine that U.S. President Donald Trump has touted as a potential weapon in the fight against the coronavirus.The Indian government had put a...

Insurers globally say forced payouts for excluded virus losses risk destabilizing industry

  London: World insurers told governments on Monday that making them pay out on losses suffered due to the coronavirus that were not covered by policies risked destabilizing the insurance industry.   With the global economy hammered by measures to halt the spread of the virus, companies...

Caronavirus Pandemic:Aviation cover cost up by 20-25%

  Airplanes with a total insured value of more than $160 billion are grounded around the world, presenting risks for insurers, a report said on Friday.   Singapore has the largest number of planes standing idle at airports, at 205, with Hong Kong second at 178, the...

Thai insurer’s Coronavirus cover draws ‘Overwhelming’ demand

   Bangkok: The founder of one of the world’s best-performing insurance firms this year never imagined its policies to cover illness from the coronavirus would draw “overwhelming” demand when it began selling them well before the pathogen spread across Thailand and the world.   Since it began...