Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan joined huge crowds on Friday for the first prayers at Hagia Sophia in nine decades, sealing his ambition to restore Muslim worship at an ancient site long revered in both Christianity and Islam. Emer McCarthy reports.
Inside Hagia Sophia, white curtains covered an image of Mary and Jesus which would have faced the worshippers. Officials have said the Christian frescoes and glittering mosaics adorning the cavernous dome and central hall will be concealed during Muslim prayer times, but remain on display for the rest of the time.
Some 200 drones lit up the sky in Istanbul late on Wednesday to mark the fourth anniversary of July 15, 2016 putsch, when rogue soldiers commandeered warplanes, tanks and helicopters, attacked parliament and tried to abduct Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, killing 250 people.
Russia has become the first country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine and it has been named 'Sputnik V'. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the vaccine was effective and said that one of his daughters had already been inoculated. The vaccine is administered in two doses and consists of two serotypes of a human adenovirus, each carrying an S-antigen of the new coronavirus, which enter human cells and produce an immune response. However, concerns have been raised from several quarters over the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. Several countries including the US, Canada and Germany have raised questions over the vaccine and said that vaccine production is not a race. What makes matters murky is that the approval comes even before the start of a larger trial involving thousands of participants, commonly known as a Phase III trial. The World Health Organisation said any stamp of approval on a COVID-19 vaccine candidate would require a rigorous safety data review. So why is the world sceptical about Russia's 'Sputnik V'? Watch this video to find out.
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The US medical community has rejected Trump's belief that a vaccine could be ready by Election Day. There are 25 vaccines currently in clinical trials and more than 100 more in development. But this is not the space race, it's a worldwide pandemic and Putin is trying to claim victory. Critics say the country's push for a vaccine is partly due to political pressure from the Kremlin. CNN reports Putin and his team are keen to portray Russia as a global scientific force.
On Tuesday, Putin announced on state television that Russia had approved a COVID-19 vaccine. “I know that it works quite effectively, it forms a stable immunity.” Putin However, without basic peer reviewing of the vaccine, many wonder how safe the science is. Putin said the vaccine, not-so-subtly named “Sputnik V", has "passed all the necessary tests.” Putin has also claimed his own daughter has taken it‚ which is how all human trials start.
Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha to release on Christmas 2021; actor flies to Turkey to finish the remaining shoot. Nawazuddin Siddiqui to star opposite Neha Sharma in a romantic comedy titled Jogira Sara Ra Ra. The film will kick start in February'21
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Corvette is the longest-running sports car in America. The 2020 Corvette marks a big departure from Corvette design with its mid-engine layout. Kirk Bennion, the design manager for the new Corvette, talked to Business Insider about how the 2020 Corvette was designed. Bennion says the mid-engine layout is "really good from a performance standpoint." He said the change allowed them to move the driver and occupant forward16 1/2 inches.
On Tuesday, Tesla announced it will enact a five-for-one stock split on its shares at the end of August. The company has rallied since the announcement. On Wednesday, shares of the automaker jumped 13%. The stock climbed as much as 4% Thursday. The stock split doesn't change anything about the company fundamentally. Business Insider reports the split will appeal to smaller investors.
While spot gold tumbled the most it has in seven years on Tuesday, the commodity whipsawed on Wednesday. According to Business Insider, spot gold dropped as much as 2.6% below $1,900 per ounce before gaining as much as 2% through the morning. Analysts had been warning of gold turning overbought. However, some now view Tuesday's plunge as too steep. T A popular gauge of gold exchange-traded fund volatility, Cboe's GVZ index has nearly doubled over the past month.
IBM is building a cloud for Financial Services. BNP Paribas will come on board as the anchor client for the services. IBM is in discussions with Japan's Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) to explore how it can adopt the IBM Cloud for Financial Services. Business Insider report that this marks a milestone in the modernization of the global financial industry. IBM Cloud for Financial Services is the world's first product of its kind.
Brooks Brothers announced that Authentic Brands Group and SPARC Group LLC were the winning bidders for the suiting company. Business Insider reports that Brooks Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month. ABG and SPARC increased its initial offer of $305 million to $325 million. They agreed to keep at least 125 retail locations operating. The group have previously worked together to purchase distressed retailers like Aeropostale and Juicy Couture.
A New York Times bombshell report says Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill NATO troops in Afghanistan. NATO troops in Afghanistan include American forces. According to Business Insider, interrogations indicated that the militants were offered bounties from Russian agents. The agents specifically came from Unit 29155, a branch of Russia's GRU military intelligence agency. The Times' source said President Donald Trump was briefed of the intelligence assessment.