89 years-old Bernie Ecclestone welcomes newborn with wife

89 years old billionaire, former Formula 1 boss, Bernie Ecclestone, and wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, on Friday told of their joy as they proudly showed off their newborn for the first time.‘It’s only his second day in the world so he’s not doing very much at the moment but he’s in great form,’ Mr. Ecclestone[...]

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Two killed, 13 missing in Japan’s heavy rain

At least two people were feared dead and 13 others went missing in western Japan Saturday as record heavy rain triggered massive floods and landslides, forcing authorities to issue evacuation orders for more than 76,000 residents.The nation’s weather agency downgraded rain warnings by one notch from the highest emergency level in Kumamoto and Kagoshima on[...]

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N168bn frauds: Hushpuppi faces 20 years in US prison

The United States Department of Justice has said Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, faces 20 years’ imprisonment for suspected money laundering from his various cybercrime schemes worth $435m (N168bn).According to a statement by the US DOJ on Friday, Abbas, 37, arrived in Chicago Thursday evening after being “expelled from Dubai”.The suspect was said[...]

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Donald Trump Jr’s girlfriend tests positive for COVID-19

The girlfriend of President Donald Trump’s eldest son has tested positive for coronavirus, US media reported Friday.Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News television personality who is dating Donald Trump Jr, had traveled to South Dakota to see the US president’s Fourth of July speech and celebration fireworks at Mount Rushmore.Guilfoyle, 51, was immediately isolated after[...]

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French PM, Philippe, resigns

The French government led by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe submitted its resignation Friday ahead of a cabinet reshuffle to be announced “in the coming hours,” the presidency said.No reason was given in the short statement, but a shake-up had been widely expected after French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to chart a new course for the[...]

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Ex-Panama presidents charged with money laundering

Panama’s last two presidents, Ricardo Martinelli and Juan Carlos Varela, were charged Thursday with money laundering, as two separate scandals tarnished the political legacy of the former allies turned enemies.Martinelli was charged with money laundering over the so-called “New Business” case in which a publishing group was allegedly purchased with government funds during his 2009-14[...]

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Kim signals North Korea to keep border closed

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned against the “hasty” relaxation of anti-coronavirus measures, state media reported Friday, indicating the country will keep its borders closed for the forseeable future.The nuclear-armed North closed its borders in late January as the virus spread in neighbouring China and imposed tough restrictions that put thousands of its people[...]

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Meghan Markle claims British royal family left her ‘unprotected’

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle has claimed she was left “unprotected” by the royal family from “false and damaging” media articles when she was pregnant, according to leaked documents published on Thursday. The claims were made in submissions as part of her high-profile case against the Mail on Sunday, website Mail Online and its[...]

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Judge says Johnny Depp’s libel case in UK can go ahead

A British news group on Thursday failed in its bid to have a libel case brought by Hollywood actor Johnny Depp thrown out, paving the way for a full court hearing. Depp, 57, is suing News Group Newspapers (NGN) over an April 2018 article in The Sun tabloid that claimed he had been violent to[...]

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Biden campaign outraises Trump for second straight month

Democrat Joe Biden outraised President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign for the second straight month and for the second quarter of 2020, figures released Wednesday showed, highlighting robust enthusiasm for the White House challenger.Biden, the Democratic National Committee and related fundraisers brought in a staggering $141 million in June, the campaign’s best fundraising month ever and[...]

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COVID-19: Thailand reopens schools, nightclubs, others

Mask-wearing pupils catching up with friends at one Bangkok high school were quickly told to spread out as they headed back to lessons on Wednesday after months of distance learning due to coronavirus restrictions.The teenagers, resuming classes along with all other public school students in the kingdom, chatted animatedly before being called to sit in[...]

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Brazil court dismisses order for president to wear face mask

A judge in Brazil on Tuesday dismissed a court ruling requiring President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a face mask in public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Judge Daniele Maranhao Costa said the order was unnecessary since face masks are already mandatory in the capital Brasilia.The attorney general’s office, which represents the government in legal matters, made[...]

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Two Nets players positive for COVID ahead of NBA restart

Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan will not play again this season and teammate Spencer Dinwiddie’s participation is also in doubt after both tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday.The NBA is planning to go ahead with its restart plans at Disney World in Orlando on July 30, despite Florida is battling a surge in coronavirus[...]

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Britain tightens up virus restrictions in Leicester

The British city of Leicester will see contact restrictions tightened up once again in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus.Health Secretary Matt Hancock told parliament on Monday.New infections in the city of some 350,000 people made up ten per cent of all cases in England in the last week, according to Hancock.Businesses[...]

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Russia fights wildfires on over 165,000 hectares of forest

Active firefighting efforts are underway on an area of 165,831 hectares across Russia, where 246 wildfires are raging, with the country’s Far East being worst hit, official data showed on Monday.“Fires have engulfed 41,284 hectares on the Chukotka Peninsula, 40,262 hectares on the Kamchatka Peninsula and 36,140 in the Magadan Region,’’ the Russian Federal Aerial[...]

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Full list of winners at 2020 BET Awards

The BET Awards, which honour Black excellence in entertainment and sports was held virtually on Sunday evening.Drake leading with six nominations took home just one award, Megan Thee Stallion, who received five nods, took home two trophies and Blue Ivy Carter, at age 8, won her very first BET Award.Check out the full list of[...]

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30-yr-old mother drowns trying to save 5-yr-old son

A 30-year-old woman was reported to drown while trying to save her five-year-old boy who drowned while swimming in Germany’s Rhine River.The accident happened in Treburg in the state of Hesse on Saturday, police said.After the boy disappeared, his mother tried to save him, but she also got into trouble and a passer-by pulled her[...]

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Virus must be taken seriously – Merkel

Even though Germany has weathered the coronavirus pandemic relatively well, it is not out of danger yet, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday.Merkel warned residents against reckless behaviour.“The danger posed by the virus remains serious,’’ she said, pointing to several regions where outbreaks are currently spreading quickly.She reminded residents that stopping the spread of the[...]

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Iran to make masks compulsory from next week

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that mask-wearing will be mandatory in certain areas as of next week and gave virus-hit provinces the green light to reimpose restrictive measures.The Islamic republic has refrained from enforcing full lockdowns to stop the spread of the COVID-19 disease, and the use of masks and protective equipment has[...]

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