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© ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif leaves after appearing in a court in Lahore, Pakistan. Sharif, who was convicted of corruption, has left the country and is traveling to London for medical treatment. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary, File)
Ants in a formicarium devour a live worm at the "Just Ants" shop in Singapore September 13, 2020. Picture taken September 13, 2020. REUTERS/Joseph Campbell
A patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) speaks to his family members, using a robot named 'Mitra' at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Yatharth Super Speciality Hospital in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, September 15, 2020. Picture taken September 15, 2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Ambati Rayudu plays a shot en route to his half-century against Mumbai Indians in the IPL opener. - IPL | BCCI
How the word “loot” (Hindi word for plunder) took root in the English language
Protection of wildlife equals protection of humans
A fruit which saved Sri Lankans from starvation
© Provided by Associated Press The stands around the Central Court of the Foro Italico are empty during a match between Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Italy's Salvatore Caruso, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The tournament at the Foro Italico was rescheduled from May because of the pandemic and is being played without fans in attendance. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP)
© Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this April 19, 2018 file photo, trainees work at Snowtex garment factory in Dhamrai, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. After months of decline in exports of its garment products, Bangladesh’s economy is showing signs of recovery. The Asian Development Bank in a new report said Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, the country's economy's comeback was encouraging and it is expected to grow by 6.8 percent in the current fiscal year ending in June if this recovery sustains. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)

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The Batman resumes filming again

September 18 (Bang Showbiz) - 'The Batman' has resumed filming after a crew member tested positive for Covid-19. The Matt Reeves-directed film is scheduled for release in 2021, but the cast and crew of the much-anticipated flick were sent home earlier this month after one of the production staff contracted the disease. As a result, filming at the Warner Bros...

© Leah Millis/Reuters U.S. President Donald Trump has been in office since Jan. 20, 2017. Take a look at his journey, from being a successful real-estate mogul, to a reality television star, to becoming the 45th head of state of the nation.

Trump said coronavirus was good because he didn’t have shake hands with ‘disgusting people’, claims ex-White House aide

September 18 (The Independent) - Donald Trump once said Covid-19 might be a “good thing” because it would stop him from having to shake hands with “disgusting people”, according to a former top adviser to US vice president Mike Pence. Olivia Troye, who served on the White House coronavirus task force, is the latest ex-member of the Trump administration to...

India is the world's second-worst affected country.PHOTO: AFP

India’s coronavirus cases jump by daily record of 97,894

Bengaluru, September 17 (Reuters) - India reported another record jump in daily coronavirus infections with 97,894 cases in the last 24 hours, data from the health ministry showed on Thursday (Sept 17). With 5.12 million cases in all, India is the world's second-worst affected country and trails only the United States, which has a caseload of around 6.6 million. Deaths, which...

© RINGO CHIU A firefighter works at the scene of the Bobcat Fire burning on hillsides near Monrovia Canyon Park in Monrovia, California on September 15, 2020

Fires continue to rage in US as smoke reaches Europe

September 17 (AFP) - Devastating wildfires that have ravaged the US West Coast continued to rage on Wednesday as smoke from the deadly blazes spread across the country and even reached Europe. "The scale and magnitude of these fires are at a level much higher than any of the 18 years that our monitoring data covers" since 2003, said Mark...

© Photographer: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images North America MIAMI, FLORIDA - JANUARY 31: Cardi B performs onstage during Universal Pictures Presents The Road To F9 Concert and Trailer Drop on January 31, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Universal Pictures)

Cardi B Tops Billboard’s Brand-New Global Songs Chart

September 16 (Bloomberg) -- For more than six decades, musicians have competed with one another to reach the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 songs chart. The competition is about to get a lot more intense. Billboard magazine will release a largely streaming-based tally of the most popular songs in the world Monday, the first time the publication has compiled a list...

© Getty The three leaders ahead of the signing at the White House

UAE and Bahrain sign historic accords with Israel

September 16 (SkyNews) - The foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain have signed historic diplomatic normalisation deals with Israel at a ceremony at the White House. In an event overseen by President Donald Trump, the Emirati foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahrain's foreign minister Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayan signed the accords...

© Reuters/POOL New FILE PHOTO: Champions League - Quarter Final - FC Barcelona v Bayern Munich

Messi beats Ronaldo, Neymar to top Forbes rich list

London, September 16 (Reuters) - Lionel Messi was denied a potentially money-spinning move away from Barcelona this month after a contract-dispute but the Argentine maestro remains the world's richest soccer player. According to a list compiled by Forbes, Messi's total earnings this year are $126 million -- $92 million from his salary and $34 million in endorsements. Not surprisingly Cristiano...

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