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Hagia Sophia: Turkey delays decision on turning site into mosque

Image caption The Hagia Sophia has huge significance as a religious and as a political symbol. A Turkish court has delayed a decision on whether the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul can be converted into a mosque. The Council of State - Turkey's highest administrative body - said it would make a ruling within 15 days, after a hearing lasting just 17 minutes. The 1,500 year old Unesco World Heritage site was originally a cathedral before becoming a ... Full story

Primark presses ahead with new store openings

Primark is going ahead with plans to open five new stores in the US, France and Poland, despite economic uncertainty over the coronavirus. It comes as other High Street brands cut costs and lay off staff. The latest update from Primark owner AB Foods revealed the full impact of the lockdown on trade, with Primark's sales down 75% in the past quarter. Now though, all but eight of Primark's 375 stores are trading again. Since reopening, Primark ... Full story

Dollar falls to one-week lows on data hopes

LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar slipped to a one-week low against its rivals on Thursday as upbeat U.S. and European economic data sharpened risk appetite, with hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough also helping sentiment. FILE PHOTO: U.S. dollars and other world currencies lie in a charity receptacle at Pearson international airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada June 13, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Helgren. Against a basket of currencies, the ... Full story

Opinion | Renaming John Wayne Airport shouldn’t be a hard call

In 2016, officials at California’s Bob Hope Airport came to a decision: The comedian’s name needed to go. Never mind the fact he was still well-loved by millions of fans around the world. People in the tourism community believed more travelers would use the airport if they realized it was close to the area’s main attractions. “Bob Hope isn’t doing it,” as one airport commissioner said. So goodbye Bob Hope, hello Hollywood Burbank Airport . ... Full story

Funeral begins for Ethiopian singer whose killing sparked deadly protests

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Security was high in Ethiopia’s Ambo town on Thursday for the funeral of singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, whose killing earlier this week sparked two days of protests that killed more than 80 people. People attend the funeral of Ethiopian musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa at the Ambo Stadium in Ambo, Ethiopia, July 2, 2020, in this still image from a video. Oromia Broadcasting Network (OBN)/via REUTERS. A farewell ceremony began ... Full story

All the Ways to Kill a Coronavirus (So Far)

The race is on to find a cure for Covid-19 . Researchers are testing new vaccines , resurrecting old drugs, and repurposing treatments originally developed for other diseases. Things are moving fast; by the time you read this, the situation may have changed (for the better, we hope). So how are scientists thinking they'll fend off this tiny viral adversary? Here are a few lines of attack. Lock It Out. Each particle of the new virus, SARS-CoV-2, ... Full story

This year the virus has made the Fourth a fireworks fizzle

Shows in Elkton, Md.; Middletown, Del.; North East, Md.; and dozens of other places were also gone, as a result of coronavirus fears, he said. “I’ve never been able to prepare for something like this,” he said. “About 90 percent of the shows canceled. . . . It’s just horrible.”. While the virus has the trade in backyard fireworks booming , it has wreaked havoc within the aerial fireworks display industry. Across the country, shows large and ... Full story

Saudi-led coalition starts military operation against Yemen's Houthis

Saudi-led coalition spokesman, Colonel Turki al-Malki, speaks during a news conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri. DUBAI (Reuters) - A Saudi-led coalition has started a military operation against Yemen’s Houthi movement after it stepped up cross-border missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, Saudi state television reported on Wednesday. In Yemen, Houthi-run Al Masirah TV reported air strikes on the capital ... Full story

American Airlines warns it's overstaffed by about 8,000 flight attendants

(Reuters) - American Airlines Group Inc ( AAL.O ) warns it is overstaffed by about 8,000 flight attendants and might reduce its workforce through early retirements and voluntary leaves as the carrier looks to weather a hit to business from the COVID-19 pandemic. FILE PHOTO: A member of a ground crew walks past American Airlines planes parked at the gate during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at Ronald Reagan National Airport in ... Full story

Exclusive: Indonesia considers putting banking regulation under central bank - sources

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo is considering issuing an emergency decree to return banking regulation to the central bank’s remit, amid concern about how the COVID-19 pandemic is exposing strain in the financial sector, sources told Reuters. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo attends an ASEAN leaders summit with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in Bangkok, Thailand November 3, 2019. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun. ... Full story

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