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Nations slow reopening as virus stalks globe

Washington, July 16, 2020 (AFP) - Coronavirus infections were surging across the globe on Wednesday, forcing several countries to put the brakes on reopening or impose new restrictions on their weary populations.

BLOM’s profits down 77 pct in 2019 

BLOM Bank, one of Lebanon's two largest lenders in terms of assets and deposits, said its net profits in 2019 dropped by 77 percent to $115.4 million compared to 2018 due to prevailing economic and financial crisis in Lebanon.

BLOM’s profits down 77 pct in 2019 

BLOM Bank, one of Lebanon's two largest lenders in terms of assets and deposits, said its net profits in 2019 dropped by 77 percent to $115.4 million compared to 2018 due to prevailing economic and financial crisis in Lebanon.

NY’s Met Opera to host virtual concert series

The series kicks off July 18 with German tenor Jonas Kaufmann at the Polling Abbey outside Munich performing some of opera’s greatest hits including 'Nessun dorma' from Puccini’s 'Turandot' and popular arias from 'Tosca' and 'Carmen'

Jim Carrey gets real with a fictional memoir

For Carrey -- a cartoonishly malleable, head-to-toe comedian of absurdist abandon -- the urge to perform began in his working-class upbringing outside Toronto with a mother who fought depression and prescription pills and a father he calls 'a magical being'

Siberia heat 'almost impossible' without climate change

A recent heatwave in Siberia that saw temperature records tumble as the region sweltered in 38-Celsius highs was "almost impossible" without the influence of man made climate change, leading scientists said Wednesday.