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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

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

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

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

Fires in Brazil's Amazon jump in June, stoking fears for dry season

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The number of fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest rose 20% in June to a 13-year-high for the month, government data showed on Wednesday, as researchers worry that it could signal a repeat of last year’s surge in forest fires. Health experts also fear the smoke that often blankets the region during the dry season, causing respiratory problems, could cause complications for COVID-19 patients. In June, Brazil’s government ... 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

Russia's coronavirus case tally passes 660,000

FILE PHOTO: People rest on an embankment as cruise vessels sail near the Kremlin during an annual parade marking the start of navigation on the Moskva River following the easing of lockdown measures, which were imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Moscow, Russia June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Thursday reported 6,760 new cases of the novel coronavirus, pushing its ... Full story

Goldman Sachs sees oil demand returning to pre-coronavirus levels by 2022

FILE PHOTO: A seagull flies in front of an oil platform in the Bouri Oilfield some 70 nautical miles north of the coast of Libya, October 5, 2017. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/File Photo. (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs said on Thursday a pick-up in commuting, a shift to private transportation and government efforts to improve economies with higher infrastructure spending should help global oil demand return to pre-coronavirus levels by 2022. Demand is ... Full story

The pandemic-fueled demand for masks has reignited interest in an age-old skill

“People dragged machines out of their closets or went online to buy new ones,” Grant says, and stores started selling out of sewing machines, dark fabrics and elastic. Bryan Morris, co-owner of the four Washington-area Brothers Sew & Vac stores, says each of his stores was getting 10 or 20 calls a day from people looking to buy or repair sewing machines. “I was also getting calls from some medical facilities looking for people to sew masks,” he ... Full story

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

(Reuters) - Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus right now:. FILE PHOTO: The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. January 29, 2020. Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, ... Full story