Airline COVID-19 safety rules, compared: Masks, middle seats

Airline COVID-19 safety rules, compared: Masks, middle seats

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Devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, some U.S. airlines are hoping to put potential passengers at ease by imposing tougher rules for mask wearing, including threats of banning fliers who refuse to cover their faces. All of the nation’s largest carriers require that passengers wear masks or other face coverings during the flight and while boarding […]

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Protests break out in wake of Belarus presidential vote

Protests break out in wake of Belarus presidential vote

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Belarusian riot police cracked down on opponents of strongman Alexander Lukashenko on Sunday night, using tear gas and stun grenades to disperse protests that broke out in the wake of a contentious presidential election. An official exit poll put Mr Lukashenko on course to win 79.7 per cent of the vote, while his main rival, […]

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How freelancers can refinance mortgages despite new obstacle

How freelancers can refinance mortgages despite new obstacle

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Homeowners can permanently cut one of their biggest monthly expenses by refinancing at today’s historically low rates. But there’s a new refinancing challenge for freelancers: You’ve got to prove that your income hasn’t been savaged by the pandemic. Lenders are turning away freelancers and small-business owners who have lost clients or projects during the last […]

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The astonishingly good but predictably bad AI program

The astonishingly good but predictably bad AI program

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When the chief executive of a San Francisco artificial intelligence company tries to damp down the hype surrounding his own technology then you know that some people have become rather excitable. But that is exactly what Sam Altman attempted to do last month in response to the ecstatic reaction to OpenAI’s latest GPT-3 program. “The […]

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India to halt arms imports worth billions in local procurement push

India to halt arms imports worth billions in local procurement push

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India will ban imports of more than 100 types of military equipment in pursuit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal of greater self-reliance and amid a growing strategic threat from neighbouring China. Rajnath Singh, India’s defence minister, said the import embargo would ensure about $53bn worth of defence contracts for Indian suppliers over the next […]

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Home of the Week: Adding a few twists in Sherman Oaks

Home of the Week: Adding a few twists in Sherman Oaks

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Two massive pyramid skylights let in the light at this Sherman Oaks house, which incorporates rough stone siding and a few other twists into its original 1950s design. A renovation by Malibu architect Barry Gittelson transformed an upper deck into a media room while a separate project added a swimming pool in the backyard. A […]

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Magnit chief says growth shows turnround is on course

Magnit chief says growth shows turnround is on course

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Russian discount grocery chain Magnit says a coronavirus boost to revenues has accelerated its turnround and helped it resume its challenge to market leader X5. Chief executive Jan Dunning told the FT that Magnit’s growth after several consecutive quarters of declining sales was vindication of its efforts to focus on customer experience and offer lower […]

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Trump: TikTok must find U.S. buyer by Sept. 15 or shut down

TikTok to sue Trump administration over ban, report says

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TikTok plans to file a federal lawsuit as soon as Tuesday to challenge President Trump’s executive order banning the video-sharing service from the U.S. as unconstitutional, National Public Radio reported. The lawsuit will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, where TikTok’s American operations are based, NPR said, citing […]

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Trump takes executive action on economic relief

Trump takes executive action on economic relief

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Donald Trump has signed four presidential orders aimed at helping Americans cope with the economic fallout from the pandemic, following the collapse in talks with Democrats over a Congressional rescue package. The US president signed one memorandum that would partly renew unemployment benefits included in a previous stimulus package which expired last month. He also […]

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