1 in 3 children poisoned by lead, UN warns

Up to 800 million children around the world are being poisoned by lead from water and air pollution, the United Nations warned Thursday in a special report on the "massive and previously unknown" health crisis.One out of every three childr

Australia warns economy to shrink record 7% in Q2

Australia warned on Thursday that its economy will shrink at its fastest pace in history during the second quarter, while the budget deficit will be the biggest since the Second World War as the country battles to contain the impact of the coronavir

Exiting chief warns against 'big bang' reform of beleaguered WTO

The World Trade Organization's exiting chief acknowledged Thursday that the body was facing "tremendous pressure", but insisted that a "big bang" reform was not the way ahead.In his last press conference as WTO director-gene

World Bank warns of 2% contraction in Indonesia’s economy this year

The World Bank has warned that the Indonesian economy might contract 2 percent this year if mobility restrictions are further implemented to contain the spread of COVID-19.“Under somewhat harsher assumptions on the global economy of a deeper

UK retail warns shoppers face higher prices if no EU trade deal

Britain’s retail industry on Friday urged UK and European negotiators to reach a post-Brexit trade deal, warning that without tariff-free trade, consumers face higher prices from next year.The sector has already announced thousands of job los

Levi Strauss warns of weak second half on pandemic woes, to cut 700 jobs

Levi Strauss & Co on Tuesday cautioned its business would be hit in the second half of the year, even as the denim apparel maker’s sales have been improving at its reopened stores, following government-mandated COVID-19 lockdowns.The comp

Coronavirus: Texas governor warns pandemic has taken 'very swift and very dangerous turn'

The governor of Texas has warned the coronavirus outbreak in the state has taken a "very swift and very dangerous turn".Greg Abbott was joined at a news conference by US Vice President Mike Pence who strongly recommended that Texans follow local coro

Coronavirus: Texas governor warns pandemic has taken 'very swift and very dangerous turn'

CDC head warns pregnant women with COVID-19 face greater risks

Pregnant women have increased risk of severe COVID-19 compared to women who are not pregnant, the head of the US Centers for Disease Prevention Robert Redfield told reporters on Thursday, warning that states with rising coronavirus cases need to take

BOJ's Kuroda warns second-round effect of COVID-19 may dent economic growth

Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said second-round effects of the coronavirus pandemic could hurt the Japanese economy “considerably”, signalling the bank’s readiness to ramp up stimulus measures again to cushion any bl

Trump warns of 'complete decoupling' from China despite talks

President Donald Trump warned Thursday the United States had the option to separate from China's deeply intertwined economy, despite the powers' pledges to move forward on a trade deal.The US "certainly does maintain a policy option, u