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Eid al-Fitr: One of the happiest times for Muslims will be a dull event, just like the month that preceded it

For Muslims, Eid al-Fitr is normally a feast of gift-giving and eating on food with loved ones. Not this year. It's no secret that Ramadan this year looked very different for Muslims around the world. The coronavirus pandemic took praying in a group and breaking fast with loved ones off the table, leaving many feeling lonely this holy month. And now that Ramadan has ended, Eid al-Fitr, one of the most festive holidays in Islam, will be a dull event, just like the month that preceded it.

If it were any other year, this would be a time of limitless excitement and celebration over getting through a difficult month. It would be a three-day feast of gift-giving and gorging on food. Of visits to the homes of loved ones. But this year is different. This is the year when the world surprisingly came to a pause, making a casualty of what is one of the happiest times in the Muslim calendar.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/23/us/eid-al-fitr-during-pandemic-trnd/index.html

The way we shop has fundamentally changed. That's good news for Alibaba

The way we shop has fundamentally changed. That's good news for Alibaba

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba reported strong sales growth and issued a strong-willed outlook for 2021. Although anxieties about the coronavirus pandemic remain, changing shopping trends because of stay-at-home orders have given the company a big boost.  Alibaba (BABA) said Friday that income for its economic fourth-quarter soared 22% to $16.1 billion, exceeding analysts' estimates. Operating profit, while down 19% from a year ago, also beat Wall Street's estimates. The company also predicted that sales for its next financial year could hit $91 billion, an increase of more than 25% from 2020.

Because China was the first country to get hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the results from Alibaba and other leading Chinese companies are telling. And they're suggesting the economy is rising a slow and regular recovery. Chairman and CEO Daniel Zhang said those figures reflect changes fueled by coronavirus: "The pandemic has fundamentally changed consumer behavior and business operations, making digital adoption and transformation a necessity," he said. "We are well-positioned and prepared to help large and small businesses across a wide spectrum of industries."

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/22/investing/alibaba-earnings/index.html

Dozens killed as Pakistani airliner crashes in Karachi

Dozens killed as Pakistani airliner crashes in Karachi

At least 97 people have been killed after a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight dropped Friday in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi. The airline's CEO said that the flight from Lahore was carrying 99 passengers and crew members in total. Pakistan Armed Forces spokesman Major General Babar Iftikhar said: "97 bodies rescued. 2 passengers survived. 25 affected houses cleared, their residents accommodated at various places with the assistance of Civil Administration." The plane did not hit any buildings and no one on the ground appears to have been killed.

The airline chief said all checks and certifications had been in place, nothing was pending and the airline was operationally and administratively good to go.  He could not yet confirm why the accident took place but said there will be a proper analysis. The pilot said he was ready to land but then made a second approach when something went wrong. Malik said the airline would know more about what happened when the flight recorder is recovered.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/22/asia/pakistan-plane-crash-intl/index.html

A worker infected 533 others with coronavirus at a factory in Ghana, president says

A worker infected 533 others with coronavirus at a factory in Ghana, president says

Hundreds of factory workers at a fish processing factory in Ghana have tested positive for the coronavirus, the country's president Nana Akufo-Addo said. All 533 of them contracted the virus from one worker at the factory in the port city of Tema. The factory infection was detected from an accumulation of 921 samples collected for testing last month that health officials just reported. The mass infection at the facility brings the total number of confirmed cases in the West African nation to 4,700.

The president said that 22 people have died of coronavirus-related illnesses since the outbreak was reported in the country in March. The president extended the existing ban on public gatherings and said schools and borders across the country would remain closed. Last month, the president lifted a three-week lockdown in its key cities, saying its coronavirus testing had improved and also to reduce the effect of the restrictions on the country's poor.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/11/africa/ghana-factory-coronavirus-infection-intl/index.html

Bored penguins visit the art museum 

Bored penguins visit the art museum 

Penguins from the Kansas City Zoo visited an art museum for a day. They went to the nearby Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The zoo and the art museum wanted the penguins to have a change of scenery. The coronavirus pandemic closed the zoo so the penguins were lonely. A zoo official said: "Quarantine has caused everyone to go a little...crazy... Several of the penguins decided to go on a field trip to the zoo to get a little culture."

The penguins missed regularly seeing zoo visitors. The zoo said: "We're always looking for ways to enrich [the penguins'] lives... During this shutdown period, our animals really miss visitors." The museum joked that the penguins liked Italian art. It said: "They seemed to react much better to Caravaggio than to Monet." It added: "We are so happy seeing how they react to art." The penguins are from Peru and Chile.

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/2005/200519-art-museum-1.html

Crucible - Amazon's first major PC game released

Crucible - Amazon's first major PC game released

Amazon has released its first-ever big PC game. It is called Crucible. It is a science-fiction shooter game. There are many characters with special powers. People can download the game for free from the video website Steam. Crucible was made by Amazon Game Studios. Amazon is new to video games. It hopes to be a big maker of games. Many game players think Crucible could be very successful. They say it could be a rival to the game Fortnite.

Crucible is in a scary world on a planet in deep space. It is dangerous for people to walk outside. Players can go outside but they must hunt strange monsters and collect a special thing called "essence". This helps players level up and get stronger. Amazon said it hopes it will help people to connect with each other. It added that people love games because they are, "a fun form of entertainment, [and] a way to connect with others".

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/2005/200523-crucible-1.html

Naomi Osaka becomes highest-paid female athlete in history after earning $37 million last year

Naomi Osaka becomes highest-paid female athlete in history after earning $37 million last year

Tennis player Naomi Osaka has become the highest-paid female athlete in history after earning $37.4 million over the last year, according to Forbes. The 22-year-old gathered her unbelievable pre-tax total through a combination of prize money and advertisements, raking in $1.4 million more than Serena Williams over the last 12 months.

Williams, a 23-time grand slam champion, has been the highest-paid female athlete for the last four years -- earning between $18 million to $29 million. But Osaka has now broken Maria Sharapova's previous record for a female athlete which was set in 2015 when she totaled $29.7 million. She famously beat Williams at the US Open in 2018 to claim her maiden major before doubling her haul at the Australian Open the following year.

Having been born in Japan, Osaka grew up in the US and has become popular with sponsors. Osaka ranks 29th in the top 100 highest-paid athletes, ahead of Williams who sits 33rd. Forbes' full list for 2020 is expected to be published next week.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/22/tennis/naomi-osaka-forbes-highest-earner-spt-intl/index.html

Health care stocks are fixed, but some remain a big risk

Health care stocks are fixed, but some remain a big risk

Investors can thank health care stocks for a mass of the stock market's gathering. The S&P 500 healthcare sector has risen 33.5% since March 23, when the S&P 500 hit its recent low. Both small and large companies have benefited from investor hopes that a Covid-19 vaccine or treatment is on the way. Shares of Moderna (MRNA), which last week promoted positive early results for its coronavirus vaccine, have spiked 253% year-to-date, even though the company doesn't sell any products yet. 

The British drug company is working with Oxford University on a vaccine, with deliveries potentially starting in September. It was announced last week that the US government has pledged up to $1.2 billion to accelerate development and secure 300 million doses. 

But these products are a gamble for both investors and the companies testing them, with stocks remaining unsafe to any news out of clinical trials.

"It's hard to know if drugs are going to work — and even if they do work, it's hard to know how that's going to project to the market," Raymond James analyst Steven Seedhouse told.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/24/investing/stocks-week-ahead/index.html

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