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Oil down in Asia after big gains last week

Singapore, Singapore | AFP | Oil prices were down in Asian trade Monday after big gains last week on signs of a demand revival as some governments ease coronavirus lockdown measures. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was down 2.95 percent to $24.01 a barrel in morning trade. International benchmark Brent was changing hands at …

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Division threatens Premier League’s chances of comeback

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Warring Premier League clubs will meet on Monday with tensions mounting over the divisive ‘Project Restart’ plan to finish the season amid the coronavirus crisis. Premier League chiefs hope to return to action in June, but that goal could be scuppered by an internal battle …

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Over 10,000 coronavirus cases in South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has topped 10,000, including 194 fatalities, Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize announced on Sunday. “As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 10,015, the minister said in a statement. “We note with concern that the …

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Face masks and slippers: Museums preserve lockdown life

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Would you put your slippers on display? The global coronavirus pandemic is still raging but museums are already gathering testimony and objects to remember life under lockdown. “It’s such an extraordinary experience,” Beatrice Behlen, senior curator at the Museum of London, told AFP. “When we …

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Pandemic a major blow for Airbnb

Athens, Greece | AFP |  At the foot of the Acropolis hill, in the touristic Koukaki district, the coronavirus lockdown has silenced the sound of Airbnb customers’ wheeled luggage. The tourist industry in Athens, as in many other European capitals, has ground to a halt, with planes grounded and restaurants, museums and archaeological …

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Special effects and virtual guests: China weddings go online

Beijing, China | AFP |  Like many couples in the era of social distancing, Ma Jialun and Zhang Yitong held their wedding ceremony online — but they added a twist by livestreaming the event to more than 100,000 strangers. Coronavirus lockdowns and travel restrictions have forced people around the world to …

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