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Facebook ramps up efforts to curb ‘hateful content’ in ads


June 27, 2020

Facebook said Friday it would ban a “wider category of hateful content” in ads as the embattled social media giant moved to respond to growing protests over its handling of inflammatory posts. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook also would add tags to posts that are “newsworthy” but violate platform rules — following the lead of Twitter, which has used …

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Microsoft to close physical stores, take $450 million hit


June 27, 2020

Microsoft said on Friday it would close its retail stores and take a related pretax asset impairment charge of $450 million in the current quarter. The Redmond, Washington-based software giant said it would continue to serve customers online, with team members working remotely from corporate facilities. A Microsoft spokeswoman told Reuters all current retail employees would be given an opportunity …

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Top US virus expert warns of ‘serious problem’ as cases surge


June 27, 2020

America’s top infectious diseases expert has warned the United States is facing a “serious problem” from a resurgent coronavirus as the illness puts the brakes on reopening two of the country’s largest states. The contagion also continued its march through Latin America, where Brazil recorded another 1,140 deaths and Argentina toughened a lockdown in the capital Buenos Aires. In Europe …

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Coronavirus traces found in March 2019 sewage sample: Spanish study


June 27, 2020

MADRID: Spanish virologists have found traces of the novel coronavirus in a sample of Barcelona wastewater collected in March 2019, nine months before the COVID-19 disease was identified in China, the University of Barcelona said on Friday. The discovery of virus genome presence so early in Spain, if confirmed, would imply the disease may have appeared much earlier than the …

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Davis Cup, Fed Cup Finals postponed to 2021


June 27, 2020

LONDON: Tennis’ flagship team events the Davis Cup and Fed Cup Finals have been postponed until 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Friday. The revamped 18-nation Davis Cup Finals, launched last year in Madrid, was set to return to the Spanish capital in November but it will now take place 12 months later. …

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Jubilation as Liverpool win Premier League to end 30-year drought


June 27, 2020

Liverpool ended a 30-year wait for the English title as they were crowned Premier League champions on Thursday, triggering jubilant scenes as fans ignored social-distancing to celebrate uproariously. Jurgen Klopp’s men sealed a 19th league title with a record seven games remaining after Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat of second-placed Manchester City left the 2018 and 2019 champions an unbridgeable 23 points …

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Monthly stipends of domestic cricketers raised as PCB unveils budget


June 27, 2020

pcb LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday announced a Rs7.76 billion operating expenditure budget for 2020-21 while allocating 71.2 per cent of it for cricket-related activities. In other important decisions, it also made a 46 per cent increase in the monthly stipends of 192 cricketers representing six associations on the domestic circuit, besides separating a department to deal …

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West Indies coach has no worries over Holder’s fitness


June 27, 2020

MANCHESTER: West Indies head coach Phil Simmons had no qualms over the fitness of Jason Holder after the captain played a restricted role on the final day of his side’s first warm-up match ahead of next month’s Test series against England. Holder led one team in a drawn intra-squad three-day game against Kraigg Brathwaite’s XI at Old Trafford. But the …

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Uncertainty looms large as Pakistan squad prepares to leave for England


June 27, 2020

LAHORE: A sword of fear is hanging over the officials and cricketers who are the part of 44-member Pakistan squad due to leave on Sunday for England where the visitors would play three Tests and as many Twenty20 Internationals from Aug 5 to Sept 1. As the second round of Covid-19 testing of 28 players and 12 officials — besides …

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NA passes Rs4.2tr budgetary demands, grants


June 27, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Amid severe criticism by the opposition, the National Assembly on Friday passed budgetary demands and grants of over Rs4.2 trillion of the budget for financial year 2020-21 recently laid in the house for debate. The opposition did not present cut motions on 96 demands, paving the way to their passage in the first phase of the session before interval, …

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