Olympus quits camera business after 84 years

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Olympus, once one of the world's biggest camera brands, is selling off that part of its business after 84 years. The firm said that despite its best efforts, the "extremely severe digital camera market" was no longer profitable. The arrival…

Gulf expats forced to leave for home as pandemic impacts jobs

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After working for more than 15 years as a legal advisor at a private firm in Kuwait, Egyptian Hassan Ebrahim has recently returned home. “I had no other choice other than having my salary cut by up to 40 per cent, which I found too much,”…

Russia holds WW2 victory parade

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Russia is celebrating its biggest public holiday, Victory Day, with a military parade that was meant to be held on 9 May. President Vladimir Putin postponed the big annual celebration because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is 75 years…

South Korea confirms second wave of coronavirus

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Health officials in South Korea believe the country is going through a second wave of coronavirus, despite recording relatively low numbers. The country had been a success story in dealing with Covid-19, but now expects the pandemic to continue…

Second German area locked down after outbreak

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German authorities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia have reimposed lockdown restrictions in two districts after a spike in cases, with more than half a million people affected. One area is home to a meatpacking plant where more than…

Southern Mexico hit by 7.4 magnitude earthquake

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The centre of the earthquake was in the coastal state of Oaxaca but shock waves were felt as far away as Mexico city. The mayor of Oaxaca sad that that one person is known to have died. Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador urged…

Tourism sector to lead Saudi Arabia's post-COVID economic recovery

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While Saudi Arabia has strengthened its serious endeavor towards tourism transformation, and the formation of an integrated tourism destination, a tourism fund is expected to contribute to providing government financing to investors, and help…

French, Tunisian heads of state meet in Paris

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Tunisian President Kais Saied is meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Monday evening for discussions that are set to include conflict-torn Libya and the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis. On his first trip to Europe…

Saudi Arabia set to hold Hajj pilgrimage with limited attendees

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The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said in a statement that Saudi Arabia will hold Hajj pilgrimage with very limited number of intending pilgrims in a bid to stem the spread of coronavirus. The kingdom has reported over 160,000 and more than…

William and Kate visit lockdown-hit businesses

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited two independent businesses in Norfolk to hear how they have been affected by the coronavirus lockdown. Earlier, Prince William went to Smiths the Bakers, which reopened its 50-year-old shop in…

Australia targeted by 'state-based' cyber attacks

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Australia's government and institutions are being targeted by ongoing sophisticated state-based cyber hacks, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says. Mr Morrison said the cyber attacks were widespread, covering "all levels of government" as well…

UK set to relax quarantine rule for some countries

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The government is planning to relax its travel quarantine rules in early July for some countries. UK officials are talking to their counterparts in Portugal, France, Italy, Greece and Spain. However, the UK hopes to make an announcement…

Hard-hit Brazil passes one million virus cases

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Brazil has become the second country in the world to confirm more than one million cases of Covid-19, as the disease continues to spread. The health ministry also posted a record number of new cases in the past 24 hours - more than 54,000. In…

EU leaders debate post-coronavirus recovery plan

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EU leaders debated a giant post-coronavirus recovery plan as China raced to prevent a second wave that it said may have originally come from Europe. The disease was meanwhile already present in Italy as far back as December, experts said,…