Saturday, 4 July 2020

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Spain’s national state of emergency ends

MADRID: Spain’s national state of emergency has ended after three months of restrictions on movement to rein in its Covid-19 outbreak. As of Sunday, 47 million Spaniards will be able to freely move around the entire country for the first time since the government declared a state of emergency on March ...

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Myanmar: Life under world’s longest internet shutdown

NAYPYITAW: Since Myanmar shut off the internet in two states a year ago, lawyer Oo Twan Hla, who was once able to check online when his cases were scheduled, said he must now travel through a war zone to read a signboard. An aspiring medic, in a community largely barred ...

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Visitors to UK shops remained more than 80% lower in May

Mostly shoppers in UK high streets, retail parks and shopping centres in May were 81.6% lower that the same month a year ago as most non-food stores remained closed due to the coronavirus lockdown, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said. The footfall data showed a slight improvement on the 84.7% ...

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Coronavirus: World leaders pledge billions for vaccine

BRUSSELS: World leaders, organisations and banks on Monday pledged 7.4 billion euros for research to find a vaccine against the new coronavirus, but warned that it is just the start of an effort that must be sustained over time to beat the disease. The funds, pledged at a video-conference summit ...

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Crude extends rally as output cuts begin

HONG KONG: Oil prices rose as massive output cuts began to kick in and top producers said they would turn the taps lower, while there were also hopes for a pick-up in demand as economies slowly reopen. After a diabolical month for the commodity in which the May WTI contract ...

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UK retail sales suffer record slide as virus shuts shops

LONDON: Retail sales slumped a record 5.1 percent in Britain last month as a coronavirus lockdown shut clothes and other stores, offsetting surges in food and alcohol purchases and online buying, official data showed.Food stores, among the few allowed to remain open during the government’s lockdown introduced on March 23, ...

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ICC congratulates Sana Mir for a superb career

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has congratulated former Pakistan captain Sana Mir for an excellent career that saw her play 226 international matches, including 137 as captain. Sana, who was the first female bowler from Pakistan to take 100 ODI wickets, announced her retirement on Saturday. Her list of ...

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Amir Khan still wants fight with Pacquiao before retirement

LONDON: When he’s not out spreading his dunderheaded conspiracy theories about coronavirus, Amir Khan still occasionally thinks about boxing, saying he still wants to face Manny Pacquiao before he retires. Khan (34-5, 21 KO) is 33 years old now and doesn’t have a good win in quite a long time – in years, in fact. Several ...

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Taliban attack on US military base kills at least 2

KABUL: Suicide bombers struck the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan, killing at least two person and injuring scores in a major attack that could scupper plans to revive peace talks between the United States and the Taliban. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which struck the Bagram air ...

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