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EasyJet axes almost a third of staff on virus fallout

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  British no-frills airline EasyJet said Thursday that it will axe up to 4,500 jobs, or almost a third of its workforce, as coronavirus ravages demand and grounds global air travel. “We are planning to reduce the size of our fleet and to optimise the network …

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Virus forces ‘paper napkin’ makeover at swanky German hotel

Frankfurt am Main, Germany | AFP |  From wipe-down place-mats to paper napkins and a drive-through ice-cream stand by the grand entrance, guests returning to the swanky Kempinski just outside Frankfurt will find a very different hotel when it reopens its doors after a two-month lockdown. Hard hit by the coronavirus …

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Sex workers’ hands tied under virus lockdowns

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  The bondage chairs and polished metal whipping tools sit gathering dust on a quiet street near London’s trendy Shoreditch neighbourhood — and Madame Caramel is not pleased. The coronavirus lockdown has punished the London dominatrix, whose Hoxton Dungeon Suite has stood silent for weeks. “In …

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US passes dire milestone of 100,000 COVID-19 deaths

Washington, United States | AFP |  Unthinkable just a few months ago, the United States on Wednesday surpassed the grim milestone of 100,000 coronavirus deaths, as the pandemic tightened its grip on Latin America. With the European Union unveiling a massive recovery plan to step up its emergence from the crisis, …

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Premier League clubs vote to resume contact training

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Premier League clubs voted unanimously on Wednesday to resume contact training as the English top-flight took a significant step towards restarting in June. The Premier League was put on hold in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Liverpool just two wins away from sealing …

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Battle ahead for EU’s massive virus recovery plan

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday proposed a 750-billion-euro post-virus recovery fund for Europe and urged sceptical member states to back it. The global coronavirus outbreak has already thrust the EU into its deepest ever recession, and Von der Leyen’s proposal would help …

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Trump threatens to ‘close down’ social media after tweets tagged

Washington, United States | AFP | US President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to shutter social media platforms after Twitter for the first time acted against his false tweets, prompting the enraged Republican to double down on unsubstantiated claims and conspiracy theories. Twitter tagged just two of Trump’s tweets in which he’d …

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Goodbye to the crowded office

How coronavirus will change the way we work together | RACHEL MORRISON | As lockdowns are relaxed around the world and people return to their workplaces, the next challenge will be adapting open office spaces to the new normal of strict personal hygiene and physical distancing. While the merits and …

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Trump, Biden turn to new presidential campaign field — Snapchat

Washington, United States | AFP |  Gone are the lively meetings, the distribution of flyers on busy campuses. The coronavirus pandemic has put an abrupt stop to traditional US political means of courting young voters — forcing presidential candidates to turn to Snapchat instead. The photo-sending app that boasts 229 million …

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