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Japanese artist creates ramen face mask to complement fogged glasses

Slideshow ( 5 images ). SYDNEY (Reuters) - Japanese artist Takahiro Shibata’s glasses are fogging up because of his face mask - a problem familiar to many spectacles wearers during the coronavirus pandemic. But Shibata has turned the annoying side effect into a one-of-a-kind piece of art. The more his glasses fog up, the hotter and steamier the noodle soup on his “ramen mask” appears to be. Shibata, an animator and artist, initially set out to ... Full story

Shaheen Bagh: India celebrates grandmother on Time magazine's icon list

Shaheen Bagh: India celebrates grandmother on Time magazine's icon list - BBC News - - - - - sign-incaret-downsearchnolistlistdurationdurationdurationdurationplayplayplayplayplayplayplaymobile-smartmicrophonenewsletteremail Full story

Israeli cabinet tightens coronavirus lockdown as infections climb

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet decided on Thursday to tighten Israel’s coronavirus lockdown after he voiced alarm that a surge in infections was pushing the nation to “the edge of the abyss”. A nurse provides medical care for a patient at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ward amid a surge in new cases that has forced Israel into a second nationwide lockdown, at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov), Tel ... Full story

Swiss watchdog reprimands Bank SYZ for breaching money laundering rules

FILE PHOTO: A logo of Swiss private bank Syz is pictured on a building in Geneva, Switzerland, November 8, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse. ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss financial market supervisor FINMA on Thursday reprimanded private Bank SYZ over money laundering rules breaches involving business ties with a politically exposed Angolan client who made transactions worth tens of millions of Swiss francs. “FINMA found that the bank did not make ... Full story

Japan and South Korea need to repair ties, cooperate on North Korea - PM

FILE PHOTO: Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference following his confirmation as Prime Minister of Japan in Tokyo, Japan September 16, 2020. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS. TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and South Korea must cooperate to counter any threat from North Korea, Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, told South Korea’s president on Thursday, calling for the uneasy neighbours to repair their frayed ties. Relations between the two ... Full story

Australia plans disposal of hundreds of stranded whale carcasses

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian officials on Thursday began planning the grim task of disposing of almost 400 whale carcasses as hopes faded there would be many more survivors of one of the world’s biggest mass strandings of the mammals. Slideshow ( 3 images ). Rescuers had managed to free around 70 of the long-finned pilot whales beached off the country’s remote southern coast by Thursday afternoon. The majority of those freed had reached deeper ... Full story

Pilot whales Tasmania: Australia to euthanize stranded animals

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JPMorgan set to pay nearly $1 billion in spoofing penalty - source

(Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co is set to pay nearly $1 billion (£786 million) to resolve market manipulation investigations by U.S. authorities into its trading of metals futures and Treasury securities, a person familiar with the situation said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: People walk inside JP Morgan headquarters in New York, October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo. The large fine would lift a regulatory shadow that has hung over the ... Full story

Crusading newspaper editor dies aged 92 - BBC News

Former Sunday Times editor Sir Harold Evans has died at the age of 92, the Reuters news agency has reported. The British-American journalist, who led an investigation into the drug Thalidomide, died of heart failure in New York, his wife Tina Brown said. His 70-year career also saw him work as a magazine founder, book publisher, author and - at the time of his death - Reuters' editor-at-large. Sir Harold was editor of the Sunday Times for 13 ... Full story

IMF official warns coronavirus will weigh on some economies for years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The coronavirus crisis is lasting longer than expected and it will take some countries years to return to growth, the No. 2 official at the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: International Monetary Fund (IMF) logo is seen outside the headquarters building in Washington, U.S., as IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde meets with Argentine Treasury Minister Nicolas Dujovne September 4, 2018. ... Full story