Warily, Saudi shops push boundaries on prayer-time shutdown

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With burger patties sizzling over a hot grill, a Saudi eatery did the unthinkable as a muezzin’s call to prayer sent Muslim worshippers scrambling to lower their shutters: it stayed open. The scene, amid a sweeping reform drive, was a striking contrast to the days when religious police wielded unbridled […]

Spacecraft carrying Russian humanoid robot docks at ISS

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An unmanned spacecraft carrying Russia’s first humanoid robot to be sent into orbit successfully docked at the International Space Station on Tuesday, following a failed attempt over the weekend. “Contact confirmed, capture confirmed,” a commentator on NASA TV said. The lifesize robot named Fedor — short for Final Experimental Demonstration […]

Xavi’s Al Sadd beaten in quarter-final first leg

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Xavi’s Al Sadd face an uphill task after a 2-1 defeat in their AFC quarter-final first leg against Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr on Monday. Al Nassr, who qualified for the quarter-finals for the first time, missed star striker Abdelrazzaq Hamdallah through injury. But nevertheless they made most of their chances […]

English billionaire Ratcliffe’s Ineos completes Nice takeover

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Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos completed its protracted takeover of Nice on Monday with the English petrochemical billionaire pledging investment to establish the club as regular challengers in Ligue 1 and Europe. With this latest purchase 66-year-old Ratcliffe adds to a sports portfolio that already includes the former Sky cycling team and […]