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Iraq’s premier promises early parliamentary polls for June 2021

BAGHDAD: Iraq will hold its next parliamentary elections nearly a year early, the premier announced on Friday (Jul 31), as he seeks to make good on promises he offered when he came to power. “Jun 6, 2021, has been fixed as the date for the next legislative elections,” said Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi, who took the reins …

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Hong Kong Postpones Legislative Elections by One Year, Sparking Outcry

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam on Friday announced the postponement of elections to the Legislative Council (LegCo) by one year, in a move that was immediately slammed by pro-democracy lawmakers as questionable, and tantamount to a political coup. Lam said the 2020 LegCo election, originally scheduled for Sept. 6, would now be held on Sept. …

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Coronavirus latest: India’s deficit balloons as tax revenues shrink

The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Global cases have reached 17,325,093, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The worldwide death toll has hit 673,868. To see how the disease has spread, view our virus tracker charts: (Source photo by …

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Global housing market chaos nowhere near end

For a long time real estate has been considered one of the best long-term investments to protect against inflation. Unlike many other traditional investment products, real estate is not tied to the stock market, making it an efficient instrument to reduce risk and increase long-term returns. Nevertheless, no asset class comes with a guarantee, and …

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Taiwan’s GDP falls surprise 0.73% in Q2 as global economy slows

TAIPEI — Taiwan’s economy unexpectedly shrank 0.73% in the April-June quarter from a year earlier, in line with regional peers that are contracting due to the global slowdown stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The decline, announced by the government on Friday, compares with a forecast of 0.55% growth in a Reuters survey of economists. The …

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Tokyo could declare emergency if situation worsens: Governor

TOKYO: Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike warned on Friday (Jul 31) that the Japanese capital could declare a state of emergency if the coronavirus situation deteriorated further, after new cases jumped by a record single-day high of 463.  “If the situation worsens, Tokyo would have to think about issuing its own state of emergency,” Koike said, …

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Coronavirus latest: Trump suggests delaying US election

The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Global cases have reached 17,095,495, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The worldwide death toll has hit 668,589. To see how the disease has spread, view our virus tracker charts: (Source photo by …

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WHO: Young people are ‘letting down their guard’

The World Health Organization on Thursday warned that spikes in coronavirus transmission in a number of countries were being driven by young people “letting down their guard.” “Young people are not invincible,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference in Geneva. While the pandemic, which has killed nearly 670,000 and infected more than …

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Accused War Criminal Likely to Return in Sri Lanka Polls

By: Salman Rafi Sheikh When the people of Sri Lanka go to the polls on August 5, most of them are expected to return the Rajapaksa family to power despite their reputation as butchers who crushed the Tamil insurgency and are believed responsible for the disappearance of dissidents and journalist in their own community. Indeed, …

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Big Tech results move center stage after Congressional bruising

Business Four of the United States’ big tech firms, accounting for nearly a fifth of the S&P 500’s total value, report results on Thursday on the heels of a bruising Congressional hearing to look into alleged abuse of their global dominance. FILE PHOTO: The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are seen in a …

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