Turkish lira steadies despite threat of more US sanctions – business live | Business

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6.12am EDT06:12 Turkish president Erdoğan’s administration has been adamant that it won’t have to seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund. Qatar pledged about $15bn in loans on Wednesday but provided few details. 5.57am EDT05:57 Turkish firms and government face $3.8bn bond crunch in October Turkey and its companies face repayments of nearly $3.8bn […]

Paying Tribute to Aretha Franklin’s Voice, Shade, and Self-Respect–Nessun Dorma 1998 Grammys

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When Aretha Franklin talked about her career in interviews, she was remarkably humble for someone who’d been dubbed the Queen of Soul since her 20s. In 2008, on The View Barbara Walters asked her if she knew she had a hit when she first received “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman.” Aretha answered, […]

Can Turkey rewrite the rulebook for crises in emerging markets? | Business

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Whether by accident or design, Turkey is trying to rewrite the chapter on crisis management in the emerging-market playbook. Rather than opting for interest-rate hikes and an external funding anchor to support domestic policy adjustments, the government has adopted a mix of less direct and more partial measures – and this at a time when […]

Malaysia scraps ‘fake news’ law used to stifle free speech | World news

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Malaysia has repealed its “fake news” law, the first country in the world to roll back such legislation. The law was introduced in March by the previous prime minister Najib Razak, and was widely condemned at the time as an assault on free speech and a tool to muzzle critics from discussing scandals such as […]

Justin Bieber Introduces New Baby Sister Bay Bieber

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Getty ImagesJames Devaney Justin Bieber popped on Instagram this morning to introduce the world to his family’s newest addition, his baby sister Bay Bieber. “Meet the newest bieber, my little sister BAY BIEBER,” he wrote in a post that has accrued over 3.8 million likes in three hours. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Bieber’s father […]

Google staff protest against plan for censored Chinese search engine | World news

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More than 1,000 Google employees have signed a letter protesting against the company’s secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship. The letter’s contents were confirmed by a Google employee who helped organise it but wished to stay anonymous. It calls on executives to review the company’s ethics and transparency; […]

Sophie Turner on Why She Cried Publicly With Joe Jonas

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New York City has brought more than one celebrity couple to tears publicly this summer, and it’s not because of the unrelenting heat. Actress Sophie Turner, Joe Jonas’s fiancée, was photographed breaking down next to him yesterday while they were walking around the city during his 29th birthday. TMZ just picked up the story, but […]

The singer’s singer: musicians pay tribute to Aretha Franklin | Music

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Musicians around the world have made emotional tributes to Aretha Franklin, the “queen of soul”, who died on Thursday aged 76. Singers including Britney Spears, Adele, Gloria Estefan, Usher, Willie Nelson and Mariah Carey were among whose words confirmed her appeal and influence across generations. Lady Gaga wrote on Twitter that Franklin was an “angel […]