World’s biggest trade deal in trouble over EU anger at Brazil deforestation
Finalization of the European Union-Mercosur trade agreement was announced at the G20 meeting in Japan in June 2019, with state heads from the two blocs present, including President Jair Bolsonaro (third from right). Image courtesy Alan Santos / PR CC BY 2.0.The European Union-Mercosur free trade agreement, finalized one year ago last June, faces growing opposition from European national governments, EU parliamentarians, and non-profit organizations, in addition to Latin American entities, putting its ratification at risk.At the heart of this resistance: the EU’s strong dissatisfaction over Bra...
World’s largest drug haul was shipped by Assad regime, not Daesh
The world’s largest drug haul of amphetamine pills, which was seized by Italian police last week, has been revealed to have been packaged and shipped by Syrian businessmen tied to the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad. Earlier reports had claimed that the Daesh terror group was responsible.The captagon amphetamine pills, with a street value worth €1 billion, were seized by Italian police on Friday last week after they received intelligence of the shipment by tracking the mobile devices of known gang members who were set to receive and distribute the drugs.The shipment had a record number of ...
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11 million plus: World hits another grim milestone in COVID-19 cases
The number of global COVID-19 cases hit another milestone on Friday as it exceeded 11 million.Tallies by Reuters and worldometers.info, shows that the disease was getting more contagious, especially in the U.S., Brazil and some South American countries and India.More than half a million people have been killed in seven months.The number of cases is more than double the figure for severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the World Health Organization.The United States, where infections have risen in 37 states, reported 54,722 cases on Friday, less than a thousand fewer than th...
World's first bikini museum to open in Germany
The bikinis of Marilyn Monroe, Scarlett Johansson and countless other celebrities are getting a new home in a south-western German town calling itself "capital of swimwear."In Bad Rappenau, nestled between the cities of Frankfurt and Stuttgart, is the world's first bikini museum, by its own account, set to open on Sunday, July 5 - no less than the international day of the bikini.Rather than trying to pull in readers of the Victoria's Secret catalogue, the so-called Bikini Art Museum is trying to focus on the cultural history of swimwear and how designs have changed from 1870 to the present.Of ...
World’s first 3D-printed ‘steak’ to hit Israeli restaurants this year
Israeli foodies will be able to take a bite out of the world’s first 3D-printed plant-based steak later this year thanks to a breakthrough in food technology.Redefine Meat, an Israeli company based in Rehovot, has unveiled the “Alt-Steak,” which it says replicates the texture, flavor and appearance of real meat via the use of a patent-pending 3D printing technology.“This is the world’s first 3D-printed steak that can really pass the test of what is a steak,” Eshchar Ben-Shitrit, CEO and co-founder of Redefine Meat, told The Media Line. “We’ve reached a milestone because we can print steaks on ...
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World should get ready to weather a gloomier US economy in H2
Police officers walk past closed retail stores along Broadway in New York on May 8, 2020. Photo: XinhuaWith the first half of 2020 drawing to an end, the US government is still scrambling for ways to reopen its economy safely as well as sustainably, amid the lingering coronavirus pandemic, which doesn't bode well for a rapid economic recovery in the coming months.The financial market is now looking forward to the release of non-farm payroll data from the US, due later this week, for clues about the country's economic health in the second half. A Bloomberg poll of economists previously estimate...
New study explores the World’s new-found love of Running
Since the start of lockdown, more than a third (36%) of regular exercisers are more active now than before79% of runners say running is currently helping them feel saner and more in control and 65% of runners say its mental benefits outweigh any other form of physical exercise; and73% of runners want to keep running as much as they are now after this pandemic endsTo support this newfound love of running, ASICS announces the start of a series of initiatives aimed at helping the world run – both during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyondAmidst the isolation of lockdown, the world has fallen in love...
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World counts coronavirus pandemic’s runaway economic cost
DUBAI: Imagine a scenario where every man, woman and child on the planet had to suddenly come up with $1,600 in cash.For some in the wealthy West, it would be small change, but for others it would be a significant task. For the world’s middle classes, it would require a readjustment of spending priorities — perhaps a vacation canceled, or a big purchase delayed.Given that gross domestic product per capita — how much each person in the world earns on average per year — is around $18,000, according to estimates by economists, $1,600 would be a big lump sum to meet for many.For hundreds of millio...
World hits 500K confirmed coronavirus deaths amid fears worst is yet to come
ROME — The world surpassed two sobering coronavirus milestones Sunday -- 500,000 confirmed deaths, 10 million confirmed cases -- and hit another high mark for daily new infections as governments that attempted reopenings continued to backtrack and warn that worse news could be yet to come."COVID-19 has taken a very swift and very dangerous turn in Texas over just the past few weeks," said Gov. Greg Abbott, who allowed businesses to start reopening in early May but on Friday shut down bars and limited restaurant dining amid a spike in cases.California Gov. Gavin Newsom rolled back reopenings of...