Swine flu outbreak map

New Zealand and Israel confirmed cases of swine flu on Tuesday, the latest countries hit by a new strain that has killed up to 149 people in Mexico and threatens to become a pandemic.

The World Health Organisation has raised its alert level to phase 4, indicating a significantly increased risk of pandemic. Global markets tumbled for a second day on Tuesday on fears the outbreak could snuff out fragile signs of economic recovery.

Here are details of the latest number of cases, as confirmed by Reuters, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization.

UPDATE: A new, up-to-date map can be found on the Reuters Swine Flu page.

Middle market struggles to survive


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With the backdrop of a deteriorating economy and continued tight lending conditions, middle market borrowers felt the full effects of the paralysis. Lending capacity deteriorated even further as some lenders were busy dealing with their own liquidity problems or reevaluating their portfolios, while others were lending selectively.

Pandemic alerts, by the numbers


The World Health Organization could raise its pandemic alert level to phase 4 or 5 as a deadly swine flu outbreak shows no signs of slowing.

What does this mean?

The WHO designates six phases of pandemic alert for informing the world of the seriousness of the threat and the need to launch more intense preparations and measures.

Questions (and few answers) after Freddie CFO suicide


David Kellermann, acting chief financial officer of troubled U.S. mortgage giant Freddie Mac, was found dead in his suburban Virginia home after apparently committing suicide.

Kellermann, 41, was named Freddie Mac’s acting CFO last September after the Treasury Department seized the company, and its sibling mortgage agency Fannie Mae, as the agencies faced deep losses on a crashing U.S. housing market that was rapidly engulfing other financial institutions.

Loans rebound in 2009, but outlook remains uncertain


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By Colm Doherty

After a difficult 2008 during which loan returns hit never before seen lows, the market has regained some lost ground. Year to date through April 15, loans have returned 15.5%, according to the S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index. While not enough to make up for last year’s fall, it has helped investors to recoup some of the losses suffered last year. Alternatively, it’s a nice return for those who may have timed the market well and bought in the secondary earlier this year.

Graphic: Somalia Piracy


Detailed map of the horn of Africa region showing recent hijackings and pirate attacks by Somali pirates preceding Wednesday’s attempted hijacking of the American ship Maersk Alabama.

Graphic: General Motors timeline


A look at General Motors stock price and news since Mar 16, 2005.

Graphic: U.S. toxic assets plan

Click the tabs below for details on the plan.

Reuters scoops up awards at SABEW, Best of Photojournalism


The Reuters trophy case got a little more crowded on Tuesday, with a raft of awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and the Best of Photojournalism Awards from the National Press Photographers Association.

And the winners are:

SABEW Award for real-time news organizations

David Baily, correspondent; Kevin Krolicki, Detroit bureau chief; Jui Chakravorty, correspondent; Poornima Gupta, correspondent; Kim Soyoung, correspondent; and Nick Carey, correspondent: “GM/Chrysler deal hopes rise, then shattered

Graphic: Global job cuts

Global Job Cuts Below are details of announced job cuts of 2,000 or more, by region, since the beginning of September last year. Click on highlighted areas to get a detailed breakdown of job losses by company.