SOTHEBY’S AUCTIONS HANGING ORNAMENT FROM MEHMED THE CONQUEROR PERIOD AT RECORD PRICE

Wed 21 October 2020: London-based auction house Sotheby’s is auctioning off a 540-year-old Iznik pottery hanging ornament from the early Ottoman period at an astonishing price. The famous auction house – which has previously held auctions of works from the Ottoman period – estimated a price between 180,000 pounds and 220,000 pounds ($232,142 and $283,729) […]

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BOOK REVIEW | LEGACY OF EMPIRE – BRITAIN, ZIONISM AND THE CREATION OF ISRAEL

Tue 20 October 2020: Book Author(s) : Gardner Thompson Published Date : September 2019 Publisher : Saqi Books Hardcover : 352 pages ISBN-13 : 978-0863563614 The Black Lives Matter protests have brought to the fore the issue of slavery upon which many British fortunes were built. This has led to calls for schools to take […]

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RISE OF DIGITAL MONEY BRINGS BOTH BENEFITS, RISKS: IMF

Tue 20 October 2020: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that the push by central banks to develop digital currencies entails both risks and benefits at the global and local levels.   According to a new report by the international financial body, rapid progress in digital technologies has increased the likelihood of adopting new forms of […]

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VIRUS EXPOSURE RISK ON AIRPLANES VERY LOW, US DEFENSE STUDY FINDS

Fri 16 October 2020: A Department of Defense and United Airlines study looking at the risk of catching the coronavirus while on a flight found that a person would need to be sitting next to an infected passenger for at least 54 hours to receive “an infectious dose” through the air. The study was conducted by the U.S. Department of Defense and United […]

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NEARLY NINE OF 10 WORKERS WANT TO KEEP WORK-FROM-HOME OPTION: SURVEY

Wed 14 October 2020: Two thirds of workers developing a greater appreciation of the benefits and challenges of doing their jobs remotely Nearly nine out of 10 workers want to be able to choose whether to work from home or the office once COVID-19 workplace restrictions ease, and have greater autonomy over their hours, according […]

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‘MERCENARY’ HACKER GROUP RUNS RAMPANT IN MIDDLE EAST, CYBERSECURITY RESEARCH SHOWS

Fri 09 October 2020: Saudi diplomats, Sikh separatists and Indian business executives have been among those targeted by a group of hired hackers, according to research published on Wednesday by software firm BlackBerry Corp, Reuters reports. The report on the group, known publicly as Bahamut, the name assigned to the mythical sea monster of Arab lore, highlights how […]

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AMERICAN POET LOUISE GLÜCK IS AWARDED THE 2020 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE

Thu 08 October 2020: American poet Louise Gluck has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature, with judges praising “her unmistakable poetic voice”. The 10 million Swedish crown ($1.1m) prize is named after dynamite inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel and has been awarded since 1901 for achievements in science, literature and peace in accordance […]

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