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Venice Film Festival Set to Kick-off Amid COVID-19

HOLLYWOOD: Almost eight months after the showbiz world came to standstill, Venice Film Festival is all set to kick-off as the first one of the COVID-19 era. Set to take place from September 2 to September 12, the festival will be grand as 50 countries will participate. “We are not ...

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Loan losses overshadow Barclays trading surge

LONDON: Barclays set aside a higher than expected £1.6 billion ($2.1 billion) to cover a possible rise in loan losses in the second quarter and warned that a grim outlook and low interest rates would hurt profits into 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced banks globally to set aside billions to ...

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Huawei overtakes Samsung as world’s top handset seller

SHENZHEN: China’s Huawei overtook South Korea’s Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) as the world’s biggest seller of mobile phones in the second quarter of 2020, shipping 55.8 million devices compared to Samsung’s 53.7 million, according to data from research firm Canalys. While Huawei’s sales fell 5% from the same quarter a year ...

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Pakistan pacer Haris cleared for England tour

MANCHESTER: Twenty20 pace sensation Haris Rauf has been cleared to join Pakistan s cricket squad in England after twice testing negative for coronavirus, officials said. Rauf was ordered into quarantine on June 22 after testing positive for the virus, and despite never showing any symptoms failed four more tests before finally ...

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Muslims begin downsized Hajj

MAKKAH: Muslim pilgrims on July 29 begin the annual Hajj, dramatically downsized this year as the Saudi hosts strive to prevent a coronavirus outbreak during the five-day pilgrimage. The Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime, is usually ...

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Peaceful protests a ‘fundamental human right’: UN

GENEVA: As authorities worldwide grapple with swelling demonstrations over issues like political rights and racial justice, a UN committee reaffirmed that protesting peacefully, online or in person, is a fundamental human right. The independent experts on the Human Rights Committee published a fresh interpretation of the right of peaceful assembly, ...

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England seal West Indies series win

MANCHESTER: Stuart Broad joined one of cricket s most exclusive clubs when he took his 500th Test wicket as England completed a series-clinching win over the West Indies at Old Trafford. The 34-year-old became just the seventh bowler and fourth pacemen to reach the landmark when he had opener Kraigg Brathwaite ...

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Spain jobless level hits 15.3% in second quarter

MADRID: Spain’s unemployment rate rose in the second quarter of the year, reflecting the negative impact on the labor market of lockdown measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The country’s unemployment rate rose to 15.33% in the quarter from 14.41% in the first quarter of 2020, Spanish statistics office INE ...

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Keeping International Borders Sealed Unsustainable COVID Strategy: WHO

LONDON: Keeping borders closed to halt the spread of COVID-19 is unsustainable, the World Health Organization said, urging countries to adopt comprehensive strategies based on local knowledge of where the virus is spreading. Border closures and travel restrictions remain an important part of many countries’ strategy to combat the novel ...

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