Wednesday, 3 March 2021

AFP

Oscars suspend movie theater rule due to coronavirus

LONDON: Movies that skip the big screen will be allowed to contend for Oscars this year, the Academy said in a significant rule change forced by the coronavirus pandemic. Traditionally the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences requires at least a seven-day run in Los Angeles theaters for movies ...

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Ben Stokes acknowledges Steve Smith as ‘genius’

ICC: Despite their steadfast on-field rivalry, England all-rounder Ben Stokes has acknowledged Australia’s Steve Smith as a “genius” and a batsman “on a different level”. England felt the brunt of Smith’s class during the Ashes last year, when the Australian, upon Test comeback after a year-long ban, helped his side ...

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Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan dies at 53

  BOLLYWOOD: Acclaimed Indian actor Irrfan Khan, whose international movie career included hits such as “Slumdog Millionaire”, “Life of Pi” and “The Amazing Spider-Man”, has died aged 53, his publicist said Wednesday. The Bollywood star, who was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour in 2018, was admitted to a Mumbai hospital ...

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Top doctor and coronavirus survivor kills herself

NEW YORK: A New York emergency doctor who treated coronavirus patients has killed herself, with family, police and physicians linking her death to trauma faced by health care workers battling the outbreak. Lorna Breen, 49, died on Sunday from self-inflicted injuries in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she had been staying with ...

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US oil falls below $11

NEW YORK: US oil nosedived below $11 a barrel Tuesday after a major exchange-traded fund started selling its short-term contracts of the commodity, and storage concerns mounted as the coronavirus strangles demand. West Texas Intermediate, the American benchmark, for June delivery dropped 14.8 percent to $10.88 a barrel in Asian ...

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Jacinda Ardern claimed victory against the virus

WELLINGTON: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern claimed New Zealand had scored a significant victory against the spread of the coronavirus, as the country began a phased exit from lockdown. “There is no widespread, undetected community transmission in New Zealand,” Ardern declared. “We have won that battle.” After nearly five weeks at ...

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Lockdowns begin to ease, cases top three million

WASHINGTON: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide soared past three million on Monday as several European nations and a handful of US states began taking steps to reopen their shuttered economies. But as schools and shops reopened in some parts of Europe, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson emerged after ...

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PCB bans Umar Akmal for 3 years on corruption charges

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday banned test cricketer Umar Akmal for three years from all forms of cricket on corruption charges. “Umar Akmal is handed over three-year ban from all cricket by Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel Mr Justice (retd) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan,” said a spokesman for the PCB here. The ...

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Germany backs Google and Apple on virus tracing app

FRANKFURT AM MAIN: The German government on Sunday switched to backing a coronavirus-tracing app using technology supported by Google and Apple, ditching a German-led alternative that had come under fire over privacy concerns. German Health Minister Jens Spahn and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff Helge Braun said Berlin was ...

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Archer reveals he’s lost his World Cup winner’s medal

LONDON: England fast bowler Jofra Archer said he’d “gone mad” looking for his World Cup winner’s medal after losing the prized piece of silverware while moving house. Last year saw the Sussex quick establish himself on the global stage as he helped England win their first men’s 50-over global title, ...

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