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China’s mysterious outbreak could be new virus, WHO says

Chinese authorities have ruled out several known viruses, including SARS, the UN's public health body has said. Dozens of people have been treated for a mystery illness in Wuhan, including several in critical condition.

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Shares in the Chinese property company Kaisa have been suspended from trading in Hong Kong, as fears mount that the firm may be unable to make a $400 million debt payment due on Thursday. Kaisa is a much smaller player than the troubled giant Evergrande, but also has high levels of foreign debt. Also today, we look at how the United Arab Emirates has changed its working week to Monday-Friday to align with other international business hubs.
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