EU to limit export control of virus protection gear to just masks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission plans to narrow controls on the export of coronavirus protective equipment to just a single product – masks – as well as exempt the countries of the western Balkans from the restrictions. The EU executive, which overseas trade policy for the 27 EU member…

U.S. military says coronavirus likely occurred naturally but not certain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. intelligence indicates that the coronavirus likely occurred naturally, as opposed to being created in a laboratory in China, but there is no certainty either way, the top U.S. general said on Tuesday. The remarks by Army General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of…

$5 cans of tuna: Colombia corruption thrives during coronavirus outbreak

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian authorities have detected widespread overcharging for food and medical supplies meant to help the Andean country deal with its coronavirus outbreak, Colombia’s comptroller said on Tuesday. Colombians are under obligatory nationwide quarantine until April 27. More than 2,800 people have been confirmed infected with the coronavirus…

UPDATE 1-South African government won't give SAA more funds – rescue team

(Adds quotes, detail, context) JOHANNESBURG, April 14 (Reuters) – The South African government told specialists appointed to try to save South African Airways (SAA) that it was not able to give additional funds for rescue efforts, the specialists said on Tuesday. State-owned SAA entered a form of bankruptcy protection in…

Battle of survival for animals in German zoos

Zoos that should have been crowded in the sunny Easter holidays are now hard-up and asking for donations, as the coronavirus lockdown bites. A zoo director in northern Germany has even admitted that some animals might soon have to be fed to others, if the zoo is to survive. “We’ve…

Boeing 737 MAX cancellations pile up during production halt

(Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N) on Tuesday reported another 75 cancellations for its 737 MAX jetliner in March, as the coronavirus crisis worsened disruptions from the grounding of its best-selling jet. The U.S. planemaker posted a total of 150 MAX cancellations in March, including 75 previously reported from Irish leasing…