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Russian tennis star Sharapova, five-time Grand Slam winner, retires

FILE PHOTO: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates after defeating Sabine Lisicki of Germany in their semi-final match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London June 30, 2011. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh/File Photo. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam winner, is retiring from professional tennis at the age of 32, she wrote in Vanity Fair on Wednesday. “In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life. ... Full story

Turkey will drive Syrian forces back from Idlib posts this week - Erdogan

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Parliament in Ankara, Turkey, February 19, 2020. Turkish Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS. ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey plans to push Syrian government forces away from its military observation posts in northwest Syria’s Idlib region by end-February, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, despite advances by the ... Full story

China's blood donations dry up as coronavirus outbreak quells giving

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The coronavirus epidemic is draining China’s reserves of a life-saving commodity: blood. A man who has recovered from the novel coronavirus donates his blood in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China February 16, 2020. Picture taken February 16, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS. Blood collection centers around the country have reported sharp drops in donations, with one even issuing a “red alert” as stocks dwindle. Doctors and ... Full story

First coronavirus case in Latin America is confirmed in Brazil

Feb. 26, 2020, 3:26 PM UTC / Updated Feb. 26, 2020, 3:29 PM UTC. RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil's government confirmed on Wednesday that a 61-year-old Brazilian man who traveled to Italy this month has Latin America's first confirmed case of the contagious new coronavirus . “We will now see how this virus behaves in a tropical country in the middle of summer, how its behavior pattern will be,” Brazil's Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said in a ... Full story

We can’t stop the coronavirus now. But we can be ready for it.

The likelihood of covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, resulting in a pandemic is increasing. The virus associated with this disease has now been detected in 40 countries. In recent days, the World Health Organization has been talking about a closing window for containing the situation. As the outbreak expands, most countries, including the United States, will have to switch from containment to mitigation as a priority. The ... Full story

Bus carrying wedding party crashes into India river; 24 dead

Rescuers look for survivors after a bus plunged into the Maze River in Lakheri area near Kota in Rajasthan state, India, Wednesday, Feb.26, 2020. At least 24 people from a wedding party were killed in the accident. (AP Photo/Sahil Sheri). Rescuers look for survivors after a bus plunged into the Maze River in Lakheri area near Kota in Rajasthan state, India, Wednesday, Feb.26, 2020. At least 24 people from a wedding party were killed in the ... Full story

Disney shares down 2% after 'surprise' CEO change

(Reuters) - Shares of Walt Disney Co ( DIS.N ) fell 2% on Wednesday after the media giant’s surprise move to replace top boss Bob Iger raised questions on Wall Street if his successor Bob Chapek had sufficient experience in the entertainment business. The logo of the Walt Disney Company is displayed above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the closing bell as the market takes a significant dip in New York, U.S., February 25, ... Full story

Bank of England 'turbo-charges' moves to ditch Libor

LONDON (Reuters) - The Bank of England told banks on Wednesday to accelerate their efforts to ditch the Libor interest rate benchmark if they want to avoid facing more punitive terms when borrowing from the central bank. FILE PHOTO: The Bank of England logo is seen on a lectern during the launch event for the new note design at the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate, Britain, October 10, 2019. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS. The BoE wants ... Full story

Comedian Hannah Gadsby Is Going To Make You A Better Leader

Comedian Hannah Gadsby appearing on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on June 14, 2018 (Photo by: Lloyd ... [+] Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images). There are two types of people in the United States right now: those who have heard of comedian Hannah Gadsby and those who haven’t. When people in the first group – particularly those who have seen Gadsby’s work - cross paths with people in the second group, a predictable zeal takes hold. They ... Full story

Streaming services accounted for nearly 80% of all music revenue in 2019 – TechCrunch

Streaming music services’ share of total music revenues is bigger than ever. According to a year-end report from the RIAA, revenues from streaming services grew nearly 20% in 2019 to $8.8 billion, accounting for 79.5% of all recorded music revenues. By “streaming,” the report is referring to a variety of services, including ad-supported services like Vevo, YouTube as well as the ad-supported tiers of services like Spotify, plus streaming radio ... Full story

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