Wednesday, 3 March 2021

AP

Yoshihide Suga elected as Japan’s Prime Minister

TOKYO: Yoshihide Suga has been elected as Japan’s prime minister, becoming the country’s first new leader in nearly eight years and facing a raft of challenges including reviving an economy battered by the COVID-19 crisis, news agency Reuters reported on Wednesday. He is presently readying a “continuity cabinet”, which is expected ...

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Asian markets tumble as Wall St tech rout spreads

HONG KONG: Technology and energy firms were among the big losers as Asian investors ran for the exit Wednesday following another rout on Wall Street, with vaccine and post-Brexit trade deal fears adding to the perfect storm. US traders returned from a long weekend to resume the selling that sent ...

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Lionel Messi to stay at Barcelona for remainder of his contract

PARIS: After announcing his intention to quit the club, Lionel Messi said that he will now stay at Barcelona and honour the last year on his current contract. The Argentine player had informed the management at Barcelona that he wanted to exercise a clause in his contract that would allow ...

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England tightens virus rules as cases mount

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a tightening of rules on social gatherings amid concern at rising infection rates, particularly among young people. The law in England will change from next week to reduce the number of people who can gather socially from 30 to six, with some exemptions. ...

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UK police arrest man over string of stabbings in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM: British police arrested a 27-year-old man early Monday on suspicion of murder and seven counts of attempted murder following a string of stabbings in a busy nightlife district in the central England city of Birmingham over the weekend. West Midlands Police said the suspect remains in custody after being ...

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China shows off Covid-19 vaccines for first time

BEIJING: China has put its homegrown coronavirus vaccines on display for the first time, as the country where the contagion was discovered looks to shape the narrative surrounding the pandemic. High hopes hang on the small vials of liquid on show at a Beijing trade fair this week – vaccine ...

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Somali pirates hijacked Panama-flagged ship

MOGADISHU: Somali pirates have hijacked a Panama-flagged ship, a regional official told, the first successful hijack since 2017. The ship was traveling from the United Arab Emirates to Mogadishu port when it appeared to develop mechanical problems. said Musse Salah, the governor of Gardafu region in the semi-autonomous northern region ...

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Tobacco companies sue South African government over smoking ban

  JOHANNESBURG: Tobacco companies are determined to move forward with litigation against the South African government for its banning of tobacco products during the nearly five-month coronavirus lockdown. The tobacco ban – the only one of its kind worldwide – was imposed under the 2002 Disaster Management Act, the government justifying ...

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UAE-Israel agreement followed many years of discreet talks

DUBAI: Secret talks and quiet ties – that’s what paved the way for last week’s deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to normalize relations. Touted by President Donald Trump as a major Mideast breakthrough, the agreement was in fact the culmination of more than a decade of quiet ...

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