Australian bushfires hit coal output, hazardous conditions to return

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Mining giant BHP Group (BHP.AX) said on Tuesday that poor air quality caused by smoke from Australia’s bushfires is hurting coal production, as authorities said a reprieve from hazardous fire conditions would end within days. Rubble are seen at a property damaged by bushfires in Kangaroo Valley, Australia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Angie…

China virus outbreak spooks global markets as fourth death reported

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China reported a fourth death from a new coronavirus on Tuesday as the number of cases continued to rise, sending jitters through Asian markets as hundreds of millions of Chinese prepared to travel for the Lunar New Year holiday. A man wearing a mask reads on the subway in Beijing, China January…

Myanmar government-appointed panel finds 'war crimes' but no 'genocide' against Rohingya

YANGON/21 (Reuters) - A government-appointed panel established in Myanmar to probe allegations of abuses in Rakhine state in 2017 that drew global outrage said on Monday they had found no evidence of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority. FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows burned down villages once inhabited by the Rohingya seen from the…

Rescuer opens home to baby flying-foxes orphaned by Australian bushfires

BOMADERRY, Australia (Reuters) - Janine Davies lifts out a three-week-old baby flying-fox from its makeshift home of a towel draped over a rack in her bathroom and gently feeds it milk using a tiny bottle. Janine Davies, who set up Shoalhaven Bat Clinic, a care centre for flying foxes, in her home, holds a grey-headed…

South Korea to deploy anti-piracy unit to the Strait of Hormuz

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s military said on Tuesday it plans to expand the deployment of an anti-piracy unit now operating off the coast of Africa to the area around the Strait of Hormuz, after the United States pressed for help to guard oil tankers. Attacks on oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz off…

Guyana opposition candidate pledges to keep Exxon contract intact

ANNA REGINA, Guyana (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil’s oil contract with Guyana won’t be renegotiated if the opposition wins the March 2 election, the party’s top candidate said, adding that he would administer the deal better after reviewing terms. FILE PHOTO: Irfaan Ali, presidential candidate for Guyana's opposition People's Progressive Party, meets with supporters, ahead of…