Willie Walsh blasts ‘blind and deaf’ union as Qatar rides to IAG’s rescue

BA announced up to 12,000 redundancies in April in response to the pandemic, which led to all but a handful of flights being grounded.

Union leaders are angry at BA’s plans to “fire and rehire” some cabin crew, forcing those that remain at the airline to accept inferior pay and working conditions.

“At the heart of this, you have a trade union that has refused to accept that this is a crisis that needs to be addressed,” Mr Walsh said.

“The Unite trade union has told everybody that this is a temporary issue that can be resolved by temporary measures. 

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Coronavirus latest: China blasts Harvard study suggesting earlier Wuhan outbreak

The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Global cases have reached 7,151,267, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The worldwide death toll has hit 407,145.

To see how the disease has spread, view our virus tracker charts:

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Here are the latest developments (Tokyo time):

12:00 a.m. SoftBank has conducted 44,000 coronavirus antibody tests on employees and their families as well as more than 500 medical institutions, the largest testing initiative by a private Japanese company. Here’s what it found.

Tuesday, June 9

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Hong Kong blasts Trump’s ‘double standards’ on riot response

HONG KONG — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam labeled Washington as hypocritical to criticize the city’s handling of pro-democracy demonstrations, saying the U.S. has been heavy handed in clamping down on people protesting over the police killing of an unarmed black man.

“You know there are riots in the United States and we see how local governments reacted. And then in Hong Kong, when we had similar riots, we saw what position they adopted then,” Lam told reporters on Tuesday. “I can only describe them as upholding double standards.”

Protests are taking place across the U.S. following the death

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China blasts Taiwan push for ‘independence’ after Tsai speech

TAIPEI — China responded angrily to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s inauguration speech on Wednesday, accusing her of seeking independence and the destruction of cross-strait relations.

“We will never allow any room for Taiwan independence in any kind of form,” said Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council. “China has a strong will, and enough confidence as well as the capability to defend sovereignty and its territory.”

In her address after being sworn in for a second term, Tsai played up Taiwan’s growing global standing and sought talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. While the

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