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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

Germany overturns ban on professionally assisted suicide

Image caption Under assisted dying, a doctor does not administer the medication but provides it (file pic). A five-year-old law banning professionally assisted suicide has been rejected as unconstitutional by Germany's top court. The court backed complaints by a group of terminally ill patients and doctors who challenged the law that made "commercial promotion of assisted suicide" a criminal offence. Assisted dying had been legal. But the law ... Full story

How BTS Filmed a ‘Top Secret’ Video in Grand Central Terminal

The video clip of BTS, the South Korean boy band, performing at Grand Central Terminal is only six minutes long. But it took almost two months to arrange for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to film the K-pop group dancing beneath the celestial ceiling inside the iconic train station. BTS is wildly popular, a singing and dancing global phenomenon with millions of fans and dozens of awards. Last year, their music video for the song “Boy ... Full story

Mexico worried by US ruling over boy's border killing News

Image caption The ruling closes the door on a lawsuit the parents of Sergio Hernández wanted to bring against the agent who killed him. The Mexican government says it regrets a ruling by the US Supreme Court that bars the family of a Mexican boy who was killed in 2010 from suing the US border patrol agent who shot him. The boy, Sergio Hernández, was shot dead on Mexican soil by US border patrol agent Jesús Mesa, who was on the US side of the ... Full story

U.S. crude drops below $50 as Washington warns of a global pandemic

LONDON/TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. crude dropped below $50 on Wednesday, the lowest level since January 2019, as Asia, Europe and oil producing countries in the Middle East reported hundreds of new coronavirus cases and the United States warned of an inevitable pandemic. FILE PHOTO: Pumpjacks are seen against the setting sun at the Daqing oil field in Heilongjiang province, China December 7, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer. Brent crude fell 89 cents, or ... Full story

Hosni Mubarak: Egypt holds military funeral for ousted president

Image caption Egypt's current president paid tribute to Hosni Mubarak's military service. A military funeral is being held in Egypt for former President Hosni Mubarak, who died on Tuesday aged 91. A few dozen supporters gathered outside the Field Marshal Tantawi mosque in eastern Cairo, where the ceremony is taking place. Mubarak's body will then be transported to his family grave. The government has declared three days of national mourning. ... Full story

Coronavirus: Global shares fall for fifth day in a row News

Stocks around the world have fallen for a fifth day amid growing concern about the coronavirus outbreak. In London, the FTSE 100 index fell 1.1% in early trading, mirroring similar falls on other European markets, before recovering slightly. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 index lost 0.8% and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong fell 0.7%. It comes as big firms warn they could see sharp losses while the virus continues to spread. Share markets have faced ... Full story

How to prepare for coronavirus in the United States Washington Post

There are the exam gloves, the surgical masks, the dubious supplements and the deceptive disinfectants. If unchecked Internet information is any guide, there’s an inexhaustible list of products “you should buy” to prepare for the spread of coronavirus — which, according to U.S. health officials, now appears inevitable . But here’s the thing: covid-19 may be novel, but you really don’t need to buy anything new or special to brace for it. In ... Full story

Britain's Lloyds to cut 780 jobs: union

FILE PHOTO: A woman looks at her phone as she walks past a branch of Lloyds Bank in London, Britain, July 20, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo. LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s biggest domestic bank Lloyds ( LLOY.L ) is planning to axe 780 jobs as part of ongoing cost-cutting at the lender, union Unite said on Wednesday. The union said the bank had informed its workforce of the planned cuts and described the move as “deeply alarming”. A ... Full story

Did the Bloomberg campaign stack the debate audience with supporters? Doesn’t appear so.

There’s not much doubt that the campaign team powering former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg’s Democratic presidential bid is aware that last week’s debate in Nevada didn’t go well for their candidate. During the debate Tuesday evening in Charleston, S.C. , Bloomberg seemed a bit better prepared than he had been then, a sign that his team had perhaps impressed upon him the need to do better. But, just to hedge their bets, they had an obvious ... Full story