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When the 16-year-old male poodle cross was rescued, it had hair so matted that it was unable to open its eyes.
China’s foreign minister met Wednesday with a delegation of high-level Taliban officials as ties between them warm ahead of the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan. A photo posted on the ministry’s website showed Wang Yi posing with senior Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and his delegation in the city of Tianjin, then sitting down to talks. The highly conspicuous show of friendliness had the appearance of a diplomatic mission at a time when the Taliban are craving legitimacy.
Dozens of former military commanders are calling on the U.K. government to relocate more of the Afghans who worked with British troops over the last 20 years, arguing that they are likely to be murdered by the Taliban as foreign forces pull out. Retired Gen. Richard Dannatt, the former chief of the General Staff, and other senior leaders of the campaign in Afghanistan, said the resettlement program for interpreters and other staff needed to act with more “generosity and urgency.” “Too many of our interpreters have unreasonably been rejected,” they said in a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson that was published Wednesday.
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Female athletes have fought long and hard for the right to choose what they wear when they compete at the Olympics, and at the Tokyo Games more and more athletes and fans are speaking out and taking action. Of the more than 30 women who played badminton on Wednesday, including India's PV Sindhu and Taiwan's Tai Tzu Ying, about two-thirds wore shorts, while others were clad in skorts, dresses and skirts, and one wore a hijab. "I'm lucky that we can wear whatever we want," said Sindhu, the Rio Olympics women's singles silver medalist who wore one of her blue dresses when she defeated Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi 21-9, 21-16.
Video filmed by resident Angelo Cantarelli on Tuesday (July 27) showed a river filled with mud flooding the streets in debris in central Cernobbio, located by the famous Lake Como. Residents were seen removing debris in front of a church as more than 60 people were evacuated after the towns surrounding the lake were hit by mudslides and floods.
KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 — The National Security Council is putting 40 localities in Sabah, Kelantan and Pahang under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) for two weeks, starting July 30 until...
JOHOR BARU, July 28 — The Johor government has been urged to reconsider their decision, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, after 11 families were issued with seven-day eviction notices to vacate...
Spotify, citing ongoing headwinds from the COVID pandemic, fell short of its total monthly user growth goal in the second quarter of 2021. The audio-streaming giant netted 7 million paying subscribers in Q2, growing Premium customers 20% year over year to reach 165 million. Total monthly active users grew 22%, to 365 million in the quarter […]
Deutsche Bank and Barclays both beat forecasts on Wednesday (July 28). The German giant saw second quarter net profit come in at $818 million. That's not far off double analyst estimates. It also marked a fourth straight quarterly profit - the bank's longest run in the black since 2012. A pocket of strength for the bank was its advisory business, amid a boom in dealmaking. Revenue for that unit surged 166%. Provisions for credit losses connected to the health crisis also sharply declined. It's all good news for Chief Executive Christian Sewing, who is two years into a major restructuring plan. He says the priority now is to continue with disciplined execution of the plan. There was an even brighter picture over at Barclays. The UK lender saw first-half profits nearly quadruple to almost $7 billion. It was boosted by bumper investment banking fees as the health crisis led to volatile markets and frenzied trading. Barclays was also boosted by the release of cash set aside to cover crisis-related bad loan charges. Shares in the firm rose as much as 5% from the open on Wednesday. Deutsche Bank, meanwhile, gained 2.5% in early trades, before falling back. .
This interactive doodle game on Google's front page, created in partnership with Tokyo-based animation studio, STUDIO 4°C, features a cute (c)athlete Lucky as she explores Champion Island.
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For decades, they were told to shake it off or toughen up — to set aside the doubt, or the demons, and focus on the task at hand: winning. For years, Simone Biles was one of the very best at that. Michael Phelps, winner of a record 23 gold medals and now retired, has long been open about his own mental health struggles.
Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey has said protecting Britons "has to come first" as talks continue over whether to scrap quarantine rules for double-jabbed US and EU travellers. "We are keen to open up international travel but in a careful way and the priority first will always be the British public in making sure they are protected," she said.
A group of bystanders rescued two men and a child from rushing floodwaters at Arizona’s Sycamore Creek on July 25, local media reported.The father and son were off-roading to celebrate a birthday, the mother of the boy told AZFamily. "It was barely sprinkling; it wasn’t even full on raining, then all of a sudden, the flash flood hits you,” Miranda Franks said. Franks, and her daughter, watched as her husband and eight-year-old son were swept away by the rushing floodwaters, according to a GoFundMe page started by the family.One of the bystanders involved in the rescue, Roberto Varela said, “When I got to the dad he was fighting to keep his son afloat. He didn’t care he was under the water; his whole goal was to keep his son’s head above water… the dad was drowning."Footage here was filmed by Zahid Mendez who “was riding four-wheelers with his uncles and cousins when they watched as this Ford Explorer came rushing by them, and then flipped on its side.” "That’s when we saw the kid, like a child, come out the window; they pushed him out the window,” said Mendez.The National Weather Service in the area warned of heavy rainfall and flash flooding on July 25. Credit: Zelenia Cordova via Storyful
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US and EU passengers who have been fully vaccinated outside the UK may be able to skip quarantine.
Shares in Google parent company Alphabet rose 3.3% in extended trading Tuesday (July 27) after its results. The world's largest provider of search and video ads has seen profits surge as the health crisis drove more consumers to shop online. Rival tech giants Apple and Microsoft also reported record earnings. With consumers spending more time online retailers have been pushing to reach them there – whether they're shopping for products using Google search or watching videos on YouTube. Alphabet said revenue from Google advertising rose nearly 70% to $50.44 billion during the second quarter that ended on June 30. Retail brands were the biggest contributor to the ads business' growth, with travel, financial services and media and entertainment sectors also strong. Ad revenue for the company's streaming video platform YouTube jumped 83.7% from the year-ago quarter to $7 billion - nearly as much as Netflix generated in quarterly revenue. The strong results coincide with Alphabet facing four antitrust lawsuits brought by U.S. federal regulators or states.They threaten to force major changes across its business including advertising and smart-home gadgets. Earlier this month, 37 U.S. state and district attorneys general alleged Google "unlawfully" maintained a monopoly for its app store on Android phones. The lawsuits are expected to take years to resolve.
The White House is strongly considering requiring federal employees to show proof they’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus or otherwise submit to regular testing and wear a mask — a potentially major shift in policy that reflects growing concerns about the spread of the more infectious delta variant.
The Portuguese Super Cup match between Sporting Lisbon and Braga will see crowds return to football matches in the country, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) said. "This decision was taken by the General Directorate of Health, in conjunction with the Government and the Portuguese Football Federation," the FPF said in a statement. Sporting go into the game as league champions, having won their first title in 19 years last season, while Braga won the Portuguese Cup.