• European markets troubled as omicron Covid variant fears return0

    LONDON — European stocks are expected to open lower on Thursday as concerns persist over the omicron Covid variant. The U.K.’s FTSE index is seen opening 80 points lower at 7,086, Germany’s DAX 176 points lower at 15,295, France’s CAC 40 down 91 points at 6,797 and Italy’s FTSE MIB 326 points lower at 26,026, according

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  • Thought Machine hits $1 billion valuation in JPMorgan-backed funding0

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. signage is illuminated at night at a bank branch in Chicago, Illinois. Christopher Dilts | Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON — British fintech start-up Thought Machine has raised $200 million in a fresh round of funding that lifts its valuation above the coveted $1 billion mark. The cash injection was led

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  • Omicron Covid variant symptoms? Here’s what we know so far0

    Member of the medical staff work in the hallways of the Intensive Care Unit where Covid-19 patients are hospitalised at the Etterbeek-Ixelles Hospital on April 6, 2021, in Brussels. JOHN THYS | AFP | Getty Images Covid symptoms linked to the new omicron variant have been described as “extremely mild” by the South African doctor

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  • European markets positive despite omicron Covid variant fears0

    LONDON — European stocks are expected to start the new trading week far higher, despite extensive concerns over the newly discovered omicron Covid variant. The U.K.’s FTSE index is seen opening 97 points higher at 7,137, Germany’s DAX 191 points higher at 15,437, France’s CAC 40 up 99 points at 6,824 and Italy’s FTSE MIB up

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  • European markets face Covid headwinds0

    LONDON — European stocks are expected to open higher on Thursday as investors continue to monitor the Covid crisis in the region and political developments in Germany. The U.K.’s FTSE index is seen opening 18 points higher at 7,303, Germany’s DAX 59 points higher at 15,955, France’s CAC 40 up 30 points at 7,078 and Italy’s

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  • Only 54% of Europe is fully vaccinated, WHO official says0

    LONDON — Europe is slipping behind in its vaccination drive and could see hundreds of thousands more deaths by next spring, the World Health Organization has said. “We’ve only got 54% of the one billion people living in Europe fully vaccinated,” Robb Butler, executive director for WHO Europe, told CNBC Wednesday. This region for the

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