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Iran to ask Japan's Abe to mediate over US oil sanctions: Officials

Iran plans to ask Japan to mediate between Tehran and Washington to ease oil sanctions imposed by the United States, Iranian officials told Reuters ahead of a visit to Iran by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

ViacomCBS signs 4-year deal to stream UEFA Champions League matches

ViacomCBS Inc said on Thursday it had signed an agreement with European soccer's governing body UEFA to live-stream Champions League matches on CBS All Access in the United States, starting this season through 2024.
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ViacomCBS signs 4-year deal to stream UEFA Champions League matches

ViacomCBS Inc said on Thursday it had signed an agreement with European soccer's governing body UEFA to live-stream Champions League matches on CBS All Access in the United States, starting this season through 2024.

New US$1 billion fund aims to steer antibiotic companies in tough market

A new US$1 billion fund backed by 20 drugmakers including Merck & Co Inc and Pfizer Inc is aiming to bolster struggling antibiotic companies and sustain a pipeline for new treatments, an industry group said on Thursday.
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New US$1 billion fund aims to steer antibiotic companies in tough market

A new US$1 billion fund backed by 20 drugmakers including Merck & Co Inc and Pfizer Inc is aiming to bolster struggling antibiotic companies and sustain a pipeline for new treatments, an industry group said on Thursday.

TikTok says removed over 49 million videos in second half of 2019

Social media app TikTok said on Thursday it removed over 49 million videos that violated its guidelines or terms of service from its platform globally in the second half of last year.
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TikTok says removed over 49 million videos in second half of 2019

Social media app TikTok said on Thursday it removed over 49 million videos that violated its guidelines or terms of service from its platform globally in the second half of last year.

Fast Retailing cuts outlook on pandemic woes despite Uniqlo June rebound

Japan's Fast Retailing Co , owner of casual clothing brand Uniqlo, lowered its outlook for the year as the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on its global fashion business.
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Fast Retailing cuts outlook on pandemic woes despite Uniqlo June rebound

Japan's Fast Retailing Co , owner of casual clothing brand Uniqlo, lowered its outlook for the year as the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on its global fashion business.

Samsung 'definitely can' supply a 5G network to UK, executive says

Samsung executive vice president Woojune Kim said the company was in active commercial discussions with European operators to supply network equipment, and was investing its resources in 4G, 5G and 6G rather than legacy technology.
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Samsung 'definitely can' supply a 5G network to UK, executive says

Samsung executive vice president Woojune Kim said the company was in active commercial discussions with European operators to supply network equipment, and was investing its resources in 4G, 5G and 6G rather than legacy technology.

Froome to leave Team INEOS at the end of the season - team statement

Four times Tour de France champion Chris Froome will leave Team INEOS at the end of the season, the team said in a statement on Thursday.
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Froome to leave Team INEOS at the end of the season - team statement

Four times Tour de France champion Chris Froome will leave Team INEOS at the end of the season, the team said in a statement on Thursday.

Turkish verdict paving way for Hagia Sophia mosque expected Friday

A Turkish court is likely to announce on Friday that the 1934 conversion of Istanbul's Hagia Sophia into a museum was unlawful, two Turkish officials said, paving the way for its restoration as a mosque despite international concerns.
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Turkish verdict paving way for Hagia Sophia mosque expected Friday

A Turkish court is likely to announce on Friday that the 1934 conversion of Istanbul's Hagia Sophia into a museum was unlawful, two Turkish officials said, paving the way for its restoration as a mosque despite international concerns.

Singapore clinches 3 of top 5 South-east Asia deals despite Covid-19 slowdown

SINGAPORE - Singapore clinched three of the top five private equity and venture capital deals struck in the region in the first quarter amid markedly slower economic activity across South-east Asia due to the pandemic. There were 141 such deals worth US$1.4
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Singapore clinches 3 of top 5 South-east Asia deals despite Covid-19 slowdown

SINGAPORE - Singapore clinched three of the top five private equity and venture capital deals struck in the region in the first quarter amid markedly slower economic activity across South-east Asia due to the pandemic. There were 141 such deals worth US$1.4 billion (S$1.95 billion) in the region in the three months to March 31, Ernst & Young noted on Wednesday (July 8). This was 9 per cent down in terms of deal numbers and 65 per cent lower in value compared with the same period last year. Exit activity - the resale of acquired assets - remained largely muted. The report also found that the cash in hand for potential buyouts had reached record levels of US$439 billion by mid-May. The biggest first-quarter deal in the region was the US$706 million investment by Krungsri Finnovate and MUFG Innovation Partners in the Singapore-based ride-hailing software company Grab Holdings. The other two Singapore deals that made the top five were the US$75 million investment in eCommerce company ShopBack and the US$37 million in solar energy firm Sunseap Group by separate consortiums, both including Temasek Holdings.

Number of HDB resale flats sold in June almost 7 times more than in May

SINGAPORE - Almost seven times as many Housing Board resale flats were sold in June compared with May, according to flash data released by real estate portal SRX Property on Thursday (July 9). Estimates showed that about 2,450 HDB resale flats were sold in J
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Number of HDB resale flats sold in June almost 7 times more than in May

SINGAPORE - Almost seven times as many Housing Board resale flats were sold in June compared with May, according to flash data released by real estate portal SRX Property on Thursday (July 9). Estimates showed that about 2,450 HDB resale flats were sold in June, up from 364 the month before. The surge in sales was likely due to the end of Singapore's circuit breaker period, said industry analysts. ERA Realty's head of research and consultancy Nicholas Mak said: «Pent-up demand accumulated in the eight-week circuit breaker had driven HDB resale transaction volume in June 2020 to be 6.7 times over the volume in the preceding month. »During the circuit breaker period, potential home buyers and property agents were not allowed to visit and view any properties offered for sale. When buyers were allowed to view properties in June, the result was a sharp increase in transactions of HDB resale flats.« He added that the resale volume in June was also the highest monthly volume since July 2018, when 2,553 units were transacted. »It was as if the HDB resale market was on steroids in June," said Mr Mak.

Former national football player Hafiz Rahim, 36, dies after motorcycle accident

SINGAPORE - The grey skies and gloomy weather on Thursday morning (July 9) reflected the sombre mood of many in the local football fraternity, who learnt of the passing of «one of the nicest guys» in the local game. Former national player Hafiz R
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Former national football player Hafiz Rahim, 36, dies after motorcycle accident

SINGAPORE - The grey skies and gloomy weather on Thursday morning (July 9) reflected the sombre mood of many in the local football fraternity, who learnt of the passing of «one of the nicest guys» in the local game. Former national player Hafiz Rahim died after he was involved in a traffic accident in Tampines. He was 36 and had been on his motorbike at the time of the tragedy. National goalkeeper Hassan Sunny, who played alongside Hafiz in the national Under-18 team and at S-League (now known as the Singapore Premier League) clubs Geylang United and Warriors FC, said his former teammate always had a sunny disposition and «was always bubbly». «He was like a brother to me,» said Hassan, who now plays for the Lion City Sailors. «When we were young, we used to have sleepovers at my place and my mum would cook up a feast… So when I received the news, I broke down immediately. »I saw him just last week at (futsal facility) Rainforest when I trained but because of the safety protocols (due to Covid-19), we did not get to talk to talk to each other, but we managed to wave at one another."

How the US seeks to protect children's privacy online

TikTok is under investigation for allegedly violating a settlement reached with U.S. authorities last year that resolved charges the popular app broke rules governing how children's personal information is treated online.
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How the US seeks to protect children's privacy online

TikTok is under investigation for allegedly violating a settlement reached with U.S. authorities last year that resolved charges the popular app broke rules governing how children's personal information is treated online.

Body recovered by Police Coast Guard day after 3 people fell overboard in waters off Tuas

SINGAPORE - A search and rescue operation is underway in the waters off Tuas after the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was informed that three people had fallen overboard from a craft. The Malaysian authorities had informed the MPA at around 8
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Body recovered by Police Coast Guard day after 3 people fell overboard in waters off Tuas

SINGAPORE - A search and rescue operation is underway in the waters off Tuas after the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was informed that three people had fallen overboard from a craft. The Malaysian authorities had informed the MPA at around 8am on Tuesday (July 7) of the incident on a craft approximately 2.1 nautical miles off Tuas. Following search and rescue (SAR) operations involving two MPA patrol craft, one Police Coast Guard (PCG) craft and one Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) vessel, the MPA received word at around 8.45am on Wednesday that the PCG had sighted a body. The PCG has since recovered the body, and the authorities are looking into whether the body is one of the people who had fallen overboard. «The MPA continues to coordinate the SAR operation with PCG and RSN for the other missing persons,» it said in a statement on Wednesday. The MPA has also been issuing navigational safety broadcasts to vessels in the vicinity to keep a lookout and to report any sightings of the missing persons.

City Harvest Church files police report over 'digitally altered' photo of Kong Hee wearing PAP shirt

SINGAPORE - City Harvest Church has filed a police report after a doctored photo of its founder Kong Hee wearing a People's Action Party (PAP) polo T-shirt was circulated online. In a note to members on Wednesday (July 8), the church said it was aware of th
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City Harvest Church files police report over 'digitally altered' photo of Kong Hee wearing PAP shirt

SINGAPORE - City Harvest Church has filed a police report after a doctored photo of its founder Kong Hee wearing a People's Action Party (PAP) polo T-shirt was circulated online. In a note to members on Wednesday (July 8), the church said it was aware of the doctored photograph being circulated on social media, which had the 55-year-old wearing a white shirt with the PAP logo digitally superimposed onto it. The image «has been digitally altered», the church's management board clarified in the note, which was published on its website. «Pastor Kong and City Harvest Church are not, and have never been, part of or in any way associated with any political party or institution.»

Facebook removes Critical Spectator page for violating its policies

SINGAPORE - Facebook has taken down the Critical Spectator page run by a Polish national in Singapore, Mr Michael Petraeus, ahead of the general election on Friday (July 10). In response to queries, a Facebook spokesman said on Wednesday (July 8) that the co
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Facebook removes Critical Spectator page for violating its policies

SINGAPORE - Facebook has taken down the Critical Spectator page run by a Polish national in Singapore, Mr Michael Petraeus, ahead of the general election on Friday (July 10). In response to queries, a Facebook spokesman said on Wednesday (July 8) that the company has recently taken action on several accounts and pages in Singapore for violating its policies. «This is based on the violating behaviour of these accounts and pages and not based on the content they posted,» the spokesman added. Facebook declined to provide details of these other accounts or pages it said had been taken down recently. Last month, it took action against several accounts for misrepresentation as part of measures to protect the integrity of Singapore's general election. One of them is a Facebook page called Fabrications About the PAP (FAP) with more than 250,000 likes. It was taken down for violating Facebook's policies.

Football: Salah double keeps Liverpool on track for points record

Mohamed Salah scored twice as champions Liverpool moved on to 92 points with a 3-1 win at Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Wednesday.
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Football: Salah double keeps Liverpool on track for points record

Mohamed Salah scored twice as champions Liverpool moved on to 92 points with a 3-1 win at Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Trump niece describes 'malignantly dysfunctional family' in new book

In a new book, a niece of President Donald Trump applies her training in psychology to conclude that the president likely suffers from narcissism and other clinical disorders - and was boosted to success by a father who fuelled those traits.
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Trump niece describes 'malignantly dysfunctional family' in new book

In a new book, a niece of President Donald Trump applies her training in psychology to conclude that the president likely suffers from narcissism and other clinical disorders - and was boosted to success by a father who fuelled those traits.

Federal judge throws out GM's racketeering lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler

A federal judge on Wednesday threw out a racketeering lawsuit General Motors Co had filed against smaller rival Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV , saying the No. 1 U.S. automaker's alleged injuries were not caused by FCA's alleged violations.
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Federal judge throws out GM's racketeering lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler

A federal judge on Wednesday threw out a racketeering lawsuit General Motors Co had filed against smaller rival Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV , saying the No. 1 U.S. automaker's alleged injuries were not caused by FCA's alleged violations.

Paris 2024 budget to be 'studied' by end of year

Organisers of the 2024 Paris Olympics will review the risk of extra expenditure for the event due to the coronavirus pandemic by the end of the year, sources said on Wednesday.
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Paris 2024 budget to be 'studied' by end of year

Organisers of the 2024 Paris Olympics will review the risk of extra expenditure for the event due to the coronavirus pandemic by the end of the year, sources said on Wednesday.

Football: Lozano strikes for Napoli to leave Genoa in drop zone

Hirving Lozano scored the winner as Napoli moved fifth in Serie A with a 2-1 victory at Genoa on Wednesday which left their opponents stuck in the relegation zone.
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Football: Lozano strikes for Napoli to leave Genoa in drop zone

Hirving Lozano scored the winner as Napoli moved fifth in Serie A with a 2-1 victory at Genoa on Wednesday which left their opponents stuck in the relegation zone.

US office, apartment vacancy rates rise marginally in second quarter: Reis

U.S. office and apartment vacancy rates rose marginally in the second quarter from a year earlier, as property owners were yet to feel the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to real estate research firm Reis Inc.
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US office, apartment vacancy rates rise marginally in second quarter: Reis

U.S. office and apartment vacancy rates rose marginally in the second quarter from a year earlier, as property owners were yet to feel the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to real estate research firm Reis Inc.

'Age doesn't matter': Alonso returns to F1 with Renault 'family'

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso on Wednesday insisted "age doesn't count" as it was revealed he would make a return to his Renault "family" in 2021 when he will be 39.
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'Age doesn't matter': Alonso returns to F1 with Renault 'family'

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso on Wednesday insisted "age doesn't count" as it was revealed he would make a return to his Renault "family" in 2021 when he will be 39.

GE2020 roundup: Best memes from the campaigning period

After nine arduous days of campaigning, there's nothing left to do but to sit back and wait for Polling Day (July 10). But until then, why not take a look back at some of the most iconic moments and the memes that have sprung up during this election? 12. Wo
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GE2020 roundup: Best memes from the campaigning period

After nine arduous days of campaigning, there's nothing left to do but to sit back and wait for Polling Day (July 10). But until then, why not take a look back at some of the most iconic moments and the memes that have sprung up during this election? 12. Woke grandpa Turns out Tan Cheng Bock is a bit of Hypebeast himself https://twitter.com/halal_bat/status/1278642093322145792 https://twitter.com/sm0llest/status/1278513107954884608 https://twitter.com/hangboxes/status/1278399097079164933 11. Boyband or K-pop group? They do have their similarities and the matching outfits help. You can basically turn the nomination day speech into a MV #SoundOn

GE2020: On Raeesah Khan, PM Lee cautions youth against importing 'angst and anxieties' from other societies

The Raeesah Khan case has been a deeply polarising one, evident from the swath of reactions and varying opinions on the internet by Singaporeans young and old.  The Workers’ Party (WP) candidate contesting in Sengkang GRC became a lightning rod after it w
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GE2020: On Raeesah Khan, PM Lee cautions youth against importing 'angst and anxieties' from other societies

The Raeesah Khan case has been a deeply polarising one, evident from the swath of reactions and varying opinions on the internet by Singaporeans young and old.  The Workers’ Party (WP) candidate contesting in Sengkang GRC became a lightning rod after it was revealed that she was accused of «promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion or race».  The 26-year-old is currently under police investigations after netizens dredged up screenshots of her comments on the outcome of the City Harvest Church trial as well as the individuals who were spotted gathering at Robertson Quay during the circuit breaker. Raeesah has since apologised for her “insensitive” remarks, stating that she only wanted to “raise awareness to minority concerns”. 

GE2020: Heading to the polls on July 10? Here's what you need to take note of

Singaporeans will soon be heading to the polls on July 10, but before they do that, there are some things to take note of. In an advisory released today (July 8), the police advised voters:
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GE2020: Heading to the polls on July 10? Here's what you need to take note of

Singaporeans will soon be heading to the polls on July 10, but before they do that, there are some things to take note of. In an advisory released today (July 8), the police advised voters:

SEAT urges Spain to 'wake up' and promote electric cars

Spain needs to "wake up" and follow other European countries in giving more incentives for electric cars, the head of Volkswagen's Spanish brand SEAT said on Wednesday.
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SEAT urges Spain to 'wake up' and promote electric cars

Spain needs to "wake up" and follow other European countries in giving more incentives for electric cars, the head of Volkswagen's Spanish brand SEAT said on Wednesday.

Spanish PM 'disturbed' by allegations of former king's corruption

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Wednesday described corruption allegations surrounding former King Juan Carlos as disturbing after several media published details relating to an investigation into possible payments linked to a rail contrcat.
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Spanish PM 'disturbed' by allegations of former king's corruption

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Wednesday described corruption allegations surrounding former King Juan Carlos as disturbing after several media published details relating to an investigation into possible payments linked to a rail contrcat.

Alli out of Bournemouth clash, says Spurs boss Mourinho

Tottenham Hotspur will be without midfielder Dele Alli for their trip to Bournemouth on Thursday as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury, manager Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday.
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Alli out of Bournemouth clash, says Spurs boss Mourinho

Tottenham Hotspur will be without midfielder Dele Alli for their trip to Bournemouth on Thursday as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury, manager Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday.

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