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Warily, Saudi shops push boundaries on prayer-time shutdown

With burger patties sizzling over a hot grill, a Saudi eatery did the unthinkable as a muezzin’s call to prayer sent Muslim worshippers scrambling to lower their shutters: it stayed open. The scene, amid a sweeping reform drive, was a striking contrast to the days when religious police wielded unbridled powers and drove people out […]

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J&J ordered to pay $572 million for opioid addiction crisis

An Oklahoma judge on Monday ordered US health care giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million in damages for its role in fostering the state’s opioid addiction crisis. In the first civil trial of a drugmaker over an epidemic that has caused hundreds of thousands of overdose deaths, Judge Thad Balkman said prosecutors had […]

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Swift kicks off MTV VMA’s with flashy performance of new album tracks

Pop superstar Taylor Swift opened the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards Monday with numbers from her just-released new album “Lover” that has already become the year’s top seller. Donning her signature red lipstick, along with a gold bustier and matching booties paired with a glittering violet hot-pant suit, the 29-year-old won over the crowd with […]

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Spacecraft carrying Russian humanoid robot docks at ISS

An unmanned spacecraft carrying Russia’s first humanoid robot to be sent into orbit successfully docked at the International Space Station on Tuesday, following a failed attempt over the weekend. “Contact confirmed, capture confirmed,” a commentator on NASA TV said. The lifesize robot named Fedor — short for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research — copies human […]

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US Open best chance to unseat ‘Big Three’, says Djokovic

Defending champion Novak Djokovic said the timing of the US Open makes it the most unpredictable of the Grand Slams as the Serb made a promising start in his quest for a fourth title in New York. The world number one, who has won four of the past five majors, brushed past Spain’s Roberto Carballes […]

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Xavi’s Al Sadd beaten in quarter-final first leg

Xavi’s Al Sadd face an uphill task after a 2-1 defeat in their AFC quarter-final first leg against Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr on Monday. Al Nassr, who qualified for the quarter-finals for the first time, missed star striker Abdelrazzaq Hamdallah through injury. But nevertheless they made most of their chances to clinch the win in […]

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English billionaire Ratcliffe’s Ineos completes Nice takeover

Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos completed its protracted takeover of Nice on Monday with the English petrochemical billionaire pledging investment to establish the club as regular challengers in Ligue 1 and Europe. With this latest purchase 66-year-old Ratcliffe adds to a sports portfolio that already includes the former Sky cycling team and Swiss club Lausanne-Sport. Ineos was […]

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In Switzerland, the Trade War Is Mixing Up a Painful Cocktail

Donald Trump’s upending of the global trade order is just one part of a triple whammy hitting Switzerland and its exporters. Weaker global demand, a surging franc and a slump in Germany have come together to put a black cloud over the Swiss economy. Manufacturing is losing steam and economic growth this year may slow […]

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Singapore’s Duty-Free Operator DFS Exiting as Korean Rivals Bid

Hotel Lotte Co. and Hotel Shilla Co., South Korea’s two largest duty-free companies, are among bidders for the rights to take over the liquor and tobacco business at Singapore’s Changi Airport, after longtime operator DFS Group Ltd. unexpectedly didn’t bid for the rights again. Lotte and Shilla were joined by Germany’s Gebr Heinemann in a […]

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Coalition forces shoot down a “march” aircraft fired by the Houthis from Sanaa towards Saudi Arabia

Coalition forces in Yemen on Tuesday intercepted and shot down a drone fired by an Iranian-backed Houthi terrorist militia from Sanaa to civilian objects in Khamis Mushayt, Saudi Arabia. “The coalition supports the legitimacy of Yemen,” Colonel Turki al-Maliki, spokesman for the coalition forces, was quoted as saying by the official SPA news agency. Attempts […]