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Euro 2020 starts with fireworks and balloons after year-long delay

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The Euro 2020 soccer championship finally got underway on Friday after a year-long delay with a colourful fireworks show and choreography featuring balloons representing the 24 teams in Rome’s sparsely populated Stadio Olimpico. Only some 16,000 fans were admitted for the opening match between Italy and Turkey, around 25% of......

Reuters, New York Times win Pulitzers for coverage of racial injustice, COVID-19

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Reuters and the Minneapolis Star Tribune each won a Pulitzer Prize on Friday for journalism about racial inequities in U.S. policing, while the New York Times and the Atlantic were honored for chronicling the COVID-19 pandemic, the two topics that dominated last year’s headlines. The Star Tribune won the 2021......

Putin says relations with U.S. at lowest point in years

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 4, 2021. Sputnik/Vladimir Smirnov/Kremlin via REUTERS Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview with NBC News ahead of his meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden next week, said U.S.-Russia relations......

Are you supposed to be enjoying yourselves? Queen Elizabeth asks G7

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth met U.S. President Joe Biden under the canopy of the world’s largest indoor rainforest on Friday as she hosted a reception for leaders of the Group of Seven richest nations, who are holding a three-day summit. The 95-year-old monarch was joined by the other senior members of......

Microsoft plans to tap smart TVs, streaming devices for Xbox games

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Head of Microsoft Xbox Phil Spencer speaks during the Microsoft Xbox E3 2017 media briefing in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian/File Photo Microsoft (MSFT.O) said on Thursday it was working with global TV manufacturers so that gamers can play Xbox games through internet-connected televisions without any......

Facebook’s global ads chief Everson leaves company

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A Facebook logo is displayed on a smartphone in this illustration taken January 6, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Facebook Inc (FB.O) ads chief Carolyn Everson is leaving the company, she said in a post on the social media platform on Wednesday. “We wish Carolyn the best as she moves into a......

U.S. withdrawing Trump executive orders that sought to ban TikTok, WeChat

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A picture of U.S. President Donald Trump is seen on a smartphone in front of displayed Tik Tok and WeChat logos in this illustration taken September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration President Joe Biden is withdrawing a series of executive orders that sought to ban new downloads of WeChat and TikTok......

Big tech supports global tax, but wants digital services levies axed

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The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google in a combination photo. U.S. tech giants could benefit from the agreement of the Group of Seven rich countries’ agreement to create a global minimum 15% corporate tax rate if the final deal also scraps increasingly popular digital services taxes, according to......

Apple will enable storage of IDs like drivers licenses on iPhones

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Apple Inc (AAPL.O)on Monday said it will offer the ability to store state-issued identification cards digitally on iPhones and that it is working with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to accept the digital IDs at airports, one of several updates to the software that runs on its devices. It also......

U.S. tech giant shares unmoved on G7 tax deal

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FILE PHOTO: The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google in a combination photo Shares in U.S. technology giants were flat to slightly lower in premarket trading, little changed by the landmark global minimum corporate tax dealagreed between the world’s richest nations. The Group of Seven (G7) advanced economies agreed......

Meghan and Harry name new baby daughter after Queen and Diana

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Britain’s Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attend a roundtable discussion on gender equality at Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain October 25, 2019. Jeremy Selwyn/Pool via Reuters Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, has given birth to her second child, a baby girl, whom she and husband......

Elephants escape Myanmar mud pit to cheers from villagers who helped

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Four wild elephants made their way out of the mud pit in Myanmar where they had been trapped on Friday, urged on by the villagers who dug them an escape route. The villagers in the western Rakhine State usually avoid elephants when they come across them in the forest, but......

Nigeria says it suspends Twitter days after president’s post removed

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Nigeria said on Friday it had indefinitely suspended Twitter’s activities, two days after the social media giant removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists. Information Minister Lai Mohammed said the government had acted because of “the persistent use of the platform for activities that......

Journey of lesbian magazine ‘Curve’ hits screens this Pride month

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Frances ‘Franco’ Stevens was just 23 when she launched a glossy lifestyle magazine for lesbians in 1991, after raising funds by taking cash out on credit cards and betting on the horses. The gamble paid off and now 30 years on, documentary “Ahead of the Curve” celebrates “Curve” magazine’s groundbreaking......

Facebook’s Marketplace in EU, UK antitrust crosshairs

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Europe and Britain launched formal antitrust investigations into Facebook (FB.O) on Friday to determine if the world’s largest social network is using customers’ data to unfairly compete with advertisers, in a new threat to its business model. The European Commission and Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority separately said they would......

Jamming with the cicadas in New Jersey: a once in 17 years event

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For some in the U.S., the emergence of billions of red-eyed cicadas this spring after a 17-year slumber has been met with annoyance – particularly over their loud buzzing calls. But for David Rothenberg, a professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, it has presented......

Retail favorite AMC soars on options buying, woos investors with free popcorn

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AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc (AMC.N) shares more than doubled to record highs on Wednesday, extending a breathtaking rally partly fueled by heavy options trading, while the theater chain operator promoted free popcorn to investors. The shares surged 97.3% to $63.23, after hitting a high of $72.62 even as it was......

AMC shares soar nearly 23% after fund buys and flips $230 mln stake

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An AMC theatre is pictured amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., January 27, 2021. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo A hedge fund that helped AMC Entertainment Holdings (AMC.N) raise $230 million quickly sold its stake in the world’s largest cinema chain......

Kevin Spacey returns to work with role in Italian film -media

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Kevin Spacey has made a return to acting, starting work on an independent movie directed by Franco Nero in the northern Italian city of Turin, local media reported on Tuesday. The U.S. actor, who largely disappeared from public view since being accused of sexual misconduct in 2017, was photographed on......

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