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The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on Tuesday published recommendations on returning to basketball in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The recommendations, which were published in the English, French and Spanish languages, are titled “Return to Basketball – Restart Guidelines for National Federations’’. A basketball-specific “Risk Assessment Tool’’ has also been produced in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that FIBA is the world governing body for...

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Russia has confirmed 8,946 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, raising its total infections to 353,427, its coronavirus response centre said in a statement on Monday. The death toll grew by 92 to 3,633, while 118,798 people have recovered, including 5,499 over the last 24 hours, according to the statement. Moscow, the country’s worst-hit region, confirmed 2,560 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking its total to 166,473. Russia’s consumer rights and...

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The Venice Film Festival will go ahead as scheduled at the beginning of September. Luca Zaia, Governor of the region around the Italian city made this known on Sunday as the spread of the coronavirus in the country slows. Organised by the Biennale di Venezia Company, Venice is the world’s longest running film festival. In January it announced that Cate Blanchett would preside over its 77th edition. Due to the lockdown imposed on the film...

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The U.S. and Britain on Thursday issued warnings to China about proposed national security laws that critics are blasting as Beijing’s attempt to crack down on freedoms in semi-autonomous Hong Kong. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said China is seeking to “unilaterally and arbitrarily impose national security legislation on Hong Kong” and called the legislation a “death knell” for Hong Kong’s autonomy. He warned that “any decision impinging on Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms”...

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Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest memory chipmaker, said on Friday that it had sent 300 more South Korean engineers and workers to China to complete the expansion of its second chip manufacturing facility there amid the coronavirus pandemic. Samsung said engineers and workers, including some from its subcontractors, left for the Chinese city of Xian on a chartered flight earlier in the day. The move came a month after Samsung dispatched 200 engineers to...

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A son of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered inside Riyadh’s consulate in Turkey in 2018, on Friday said he and his brothers have forgiven his father’s killers. “We, the sons of martyr Jamal Khashoggi, announce we have forgiven whoever killed our father for the sake of God. “We deeply hope that God Almighty will reward us for this,’’ Salah Khashoggi, who lives in Saudi Arabia, tweeted. The gesture was announced as the...

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Facebook’s founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, says he expects the coronavirus pandemic will have a long-lasting impact on working practices. Zuckerberg expects that in ten years, about half of the social network company’s employees will be working remotely, he said in an interview with technology news site The Verge. He emphasised that the 50 per cent figure was his estimate and not an official announcement. According to a survey of Facebook employees, one in...

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Brazilian football could restart at the end of June, the secretary-general of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Walter Feldman, said on Tuesday. This is coming in spite of the fact that the number of coronavirus cases is still rising in South America’s hardest-hit nation. Feldman said the return to action in the German Bundesliga, where nine first division games were played last weekend after a two-month hiatus, was a positive example for world football. “It...

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In what he described as the largest and fastest crisis response in the Bank’s history, David Malpass, World Bank Group President, said the bank has provided emergency COVID-19 assistance to 100 developing countries, home to seventy percent of the world’s population. In the wake of the pandemic, the World Bank pledged $160 billion in grants and financial support over a 15-month period, an initiative it says would “help developing countries respond to the health, social...

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UNITED NATIONS  — The top U.N. official in Libya warned Tuesday that the war in the North African country will “intensify, broaden and deepen” because of increasing foreign intervention and the influx of weapons, military equipment and mercenaries to both sides. Acting U.N. special envoy Stephanie Williams said the escalation will have “devastating consequences for the Libyan people” who are “getting lost in the mix, their voices crowded out.” She urged the U.N. Security Council...