NBA approves sale of Utah Jazz

AFP 12/19/2020

Los Angeles, United States — The NBA’s Board of Governors formally approved the sale of the Utah Jazz to software developer Ryan Smith on Friday, welcoming the tech billionaire as a “fantastic addition” to the league. Smith, the co-founder…

Animal rescuer shares home with 1,300 dogs

AFP 12/08/2020

CHONGQING, China — Twenty years ago, Wen Junhong saved an abandoned dog from the streets of this city in southwestern China. She now shares her home with more than 1,300 of them, and they keep on coming.…

US House backs decriminalizing cannabis in historic vote

AFP 12/05/2020

WASHINGTON, United States  – US House legislators voted for the first time Friday to decriminalize cannabis, a key step towards bringing federal laws in line with states and other countries that have freed up use of the…

US sets new record of 225,000 COVID-19 cases in one day

AFP 12/05/2020

WASHINGTON, United States  – For the second day in a row, the United States on Friday notched a record number of coronavirus cases in 24 hours, reaching 225,201 new infections, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins…

Indian jeweller’s 12,638-diamond ring sets world record

AFP 12/05/2020

NEW DELHI — An elaborate floral-shaped ring sporting 12,638 tiny diamonds has earned a place in the Guinness World Records — but its Indian creator has no plans to sell his priceless design just yet. Called “The Marigold…

NBA begins daily virus testing ahead of 2020-21 campaign

AFP 11/29/2020

NEW YORK – NBA players begin daily COVID-19 tests this weekend ahead of next month’s start of the 2020-21 season under health and safety procedures outlined by the league to clubs. The guide unveiled Saturday details protocols…

Pope appoints first African American cardinal

AFP 11/29/2020

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis created 13 new cardinals on Saturday — including the first African-American — putting his personal stamp on the body that will one day choose his successor. Under the soaring dome of St…

Robot reminds Japan shoppers to wear masks

AFP 11/21/2020

Asking someone to put on a mask is a touchy subject, so one shop in Japan has enlisted a robot to make sure its customers wear them during the pandemic. “I’m sorry to bother you, but please…

Uncertainty ahead of pandemic-affected NBA Draft

AFP 11/17/2020

The 2020 NBA Draft takes place on Wednesday with questions swirling around the likely identity of the No.1 pick as teams attempt to gauge talent after a college season decimated by COVID-19. Barely four weeks after LeBron…

‘Lockdown’ is Collins Dictionary Word of the Year

AFP 11/10/2020

LONDON–Collins Dictionary said on Tuesday that “lockdown” is its Word of The Year in 2020 following a dramatic increase in usage during the spread of Covid-19. Lexicographers said they picked the word because it had become synonymous…

As his reelection bid collapses, Trump goes golfing

AFP 11/08/2020

STERLING, Virginia – What does a president do when teetering on the verge of electoral defeat, with the entire world watching? If you’re Donald Trump, you go golfing. The president left the White House Saturday morning as…

Making history, VP-elect Harris tells women she won’t be last

AFP 11/08/2020

WILMINGTON, United States — Kamala Harris on Saturday shattered barriers to become the first woman vice president and, in a symbolism-heavy victory speech, told girls she would not be the last. Introducing President-elect Joe Biden in an…

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