DOHA: Sebastian Coe said on Sunday (Nov 11) that sport should take precedence over politics and urged nations locked in a diplomatic dispute with Qatar not to boycott next year's world athletics championships in Doha.The IAAF president was speaking in the Qatari capital as organisers launched ticketing arrangements for next year's event, the first athletics world championships to be held in the Middle East."I fully expect a full contingent of federations to be there," said Coe, a double Olympic gold medallist."And it's very important that international sport consistently and continually makes the point that we have primacy over politics and that is very important."Qatar has been isolated for the past 17 months by Saudi Arabia and its allies including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.They have imposed a near-total embargo on Qatar since June 2017 over allegations the emirate supports radical Islamist groups and seeks closer ties with Riyadh's arch-rival Tehran.Qatar denies … [Read more...] about Athletics: Coe warns against boycott of Qatar world championships
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ANKARA/WASHINGTON - Turkey's financial crisis has fuelled contagion fears across the globe at a time when financial markets are already jittery over trade wars between the United States and other major economies. Turkey's currency fell to yet another record low on Monday (Aug 13), hitting stocks in the US, Europe and Asia. The jitters have also hit the currencies of other major emerging markets, such as India and South Africa. Even before the current routs, the lira was already the world's worst performing currency, dropping by almost 50 per cent against the dollar in the past 12 months. The crisis has been sparked by an explosive mix of factors including an already frail US$900 billion Turkish economy, record high inflation, misguided domestic policies, US interest rate hikes - which encourages investors to pull money out of emerging markets - and the escalation of a political spat with the US. Last week, US President Donald Trump announced new tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminium … [Read more...] about Turkey’s lira currency in free fall: 5 burning questions about the crisis
MANILA - Smartphones with displays that have notches on the top are bound to suffer from inevitable comparisons to the iPhone X, which started the polarizing design trend in late 2017. The aesthetic similarities are more pronounced with Huawei's P20 and P20 Pro, which like the iPhone X, also have rounded corners, glass backs, and rear cameras stacked vertically on the upper left side. But based on internals and real-life use, the differences between the Apple and Huawei flagships are more pronounced. DESIGN The iPhone X is relatively heavy for its 5.8-inch screen, weighing 174 grams compared to 165 grams for the P20, which has roughly the same same screen size and 180 grams for the P20 Pro. The fingerprint scanner on the P20 and P20 Pro, located on the front, gives the device a bottom chin, compared to the iPhone X, which, save for the notch, is nearly borderless thanks to the removal of Touch ID. Face ID has been surprisingly reliable in our tests, even in the dark. Face scanning is … [Read more...] about News iPhone X vs Huawei P20 series: Similarities end with the notch?