• Business
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    Turkey bans crypto payments and Bitcoin feels the pain

    Bitcoin tumbled more than four percent on Friday after Turkey’s central bank banned the use of cryptocurrencies and crypto assets for purchases, citing possible “irreparable” damage and transaction risks. In legislation published in the Official Gazette, the central bank said cryptocurrencies and other digital assets based on distributed ledger technology could not be used, directly or indirectly, to pay for goods and services.

  • Science
    Al Arabiya English

    Australian man finds snake in lettuce bought at Sydney supermarket

    Alex White thought he was watching a huge worm writhing in plastic-wrapped lettuce he’d just brought home from a Sydney supermarket — until a snake tongue flicked. I kind of completely freaked out when I saw this little tongue come out of its mouth and start flicking around and realized it was a snake because worms don’t have tongues,” White said on Thursday. I definitely kind of panicked a bit,” he added.

  • Politics
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    IAEA inspectors visit Iran's Natanz uranium enrichment site

    Inspectors from the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog have visited Iran’s nuclear enrichment site at Natanz days after it was reportedly attacked in what Tehran has called an act of “sabotage”. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) did not comment on the extent of the damage from Sunday’s explosion, which knocked out electricity at the site in central Iran.

  • Health
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    Weekend curfew in Indian capital as hospitals see 'chaotic' surge

    India has reported a record 200,739 COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry, as Delhi government announces weekend lockdowns in the capital and hospitals treating patients report severe shortages of beds and oxygen supplies. Deaths stood at 1,038, taking the total to 173,123, the data showed on Thursday. The country’s total caseload reached 14.1 million, just behind the United States that leads the global tally with 31.4 million cases.

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    Pakistan police file 'blasphemy' case against feminist marchers

    Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistani police have registered a blasphemy case against organisers of the feminist Aurat Azadi [Women’s Freedom] March in a northwestern city, while a court in the country’s second city dismissed the same charges as having no grounds. Police in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar registered the First Information Report (FIR) under the country’s strict blasphemy laws, which can carry a mandatory death penalty, on Thursday.

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    Thousands of Palestinians attend Friday prayers at al-Aqsa mosque

    Thousands of Palestinians streamed to Al-Aqsa mosque in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem on the first Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in the largest such gathering since the coronavirus pandemic. Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib, head of the Waqf Islamic affairs council in Jerusalem, told Anadolu Agency that 70,000 worshipers performed Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Last Ramadan, “They (Israeli authorities) did not allow anyone to enter Al-Aqsa except for me.

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    Al Arabiya English

    Dubai 'jetman' didn't deploy chute in fatal crash: Report

    One of Dubai’s famed “jetman” killed in a crash in November failed to deploy the emergency parachute attached to the winged engines strapped to his back, an investigative report released Thursday found. Investigators from the United Arab Emirates’ General Civil Aviation Authority gave no explanation for why Vincent Reffet, 36, of Annecy, France, didn’t use his parachute in the fall during a training flight in the desert of the sheikhdom.