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US killing of Iran general was illegal - UN expert

BBC News - World - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 11:09
A report says the US failed to provide sufficient evidence to justify killing the Iranian general.
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Move Rohingya from flood-prone island: HRW urges Bangladesh

Al Jazeera - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 10:59
Rights group accuses authorities of using pandemic to detain refugees after 300 of them kept on Bhashan Char island.
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Nigerian domestic flights resume amid pandemic

Al Jazeera - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 10:46
Airports in the capital, Abuja, and the commercial hub, Lagos, have reopened after three months of coronavirus restrictions.
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National security law: Australia suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty

BBC News - World - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 09:11
China's new national security law "undermines" Hong Kong's current freedoms says Canberra.
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George Floyd: Officer told dying man to 'stop yelling'

BBC News - World - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 05:27
Newly released transcripts show the unarmed black man said more than 20 times he could not breathe.
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Jawar Mohammed: The Ethiopian media mogul taking on Abiy Ahmed

BBC News - World - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 02:23
Opposition politician Jawar Mohammed has been detained after being accused of inciting violence.
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Coronavirus: Is India the next global hotspot?

BBC News - World - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 01:34
India's confirmed cases are going up rapidly, but it's not all bad news.
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How one woman's stolen identity exposed exam fraud

BBC News - World - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 01:30
Reports of more than 200 cases have shattered confidence in the life-defining national Gaokao exams.
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Coronavirus: The doctors on Yemen's front line

BBC News - World - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 00:42
Five years of civil war have left the country's medical system devastated and Covid-19 is spreading largely unchecked.
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Poland election: The fight for LGBT rights

BBC News - World - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 00:17
President Andrzej Duda, who is accused of running on an anti-LGBT platform, is seeking re-election on Sunday.
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Coronavirus: The Australian community separated by lockdown

BBC News - World - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 23:51
The closing of borders between New South Wales and Victoria has separated families in Australia.
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Tutankhamun’s last tour: Behind the mask

BBC News - World - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 20:35
Why the global exhibition of one of Egypt’s greatest icons may actually be illegal.
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Coronavirus: Protesters and police clash outside Serbian parliament

BBC News - World - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 14:48
Protesters gathered to voice anger against stricter lockdown measures that will come into force this weekend.
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Here's an exclusive look at the pitch deck this Dubai-based proptech startup used to raise $4 million

Businessinsider - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 09:34

  • Dubai-based property tech startup Nomad Homes has raised $4 million in a seed round led by Comcast Ventures. 
  • Other investors included Abstract Ventures, Partech, Precursor Ventures, WndrCo, and Class 5 Global. 
  • Helen Chen, cofounder and CEO of Nomad, told Business Insider that the company's marketplace offers "better verification and transparency, a removal of duplicate listings, and a smoother online experience."
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A startup founded by former employees at Blackstone, Addepar, and Uber that aims to digitize the Middle East's offline property culture has just raised a $4 million seed round.

The round was led by Comcast Ventures. Other investors in the round included Abstract Ventures, Partech, Precursor Ventures, WndrCo, and Class 5 Global. 

The Dubai-based company runs an online marketplace designed to combat fake and duplicate listings. It makes a commission when users buy or rent a home through the platform, which is an online multiple listing service (MLS), allowing brokers to see each other's listings. Prospective buyers can view both photos and videos of properties.

Helen Chen, cofounder and CEO of Nomad, told Business Insider that many property markets in the Middle East "share similar characteristics in that much of the process is offline."

"The customer experience can be improved through better verification and transparency, a removal of duplicate listings and a smoother online experience," she said.

Nomad was founded last year when Chen dropped out of her MBA to pursue her interest in real estate. Formerly an investor on Blackstone's private equity desk, she saw the evolving proptech market in the US and believed similar changes could work in the Middle East and Europe. 

"We immediately clicked with our investors," Chen said. "We view investors as financial and thought partners so when we started fundraising we wanted someone who supported us not just with with money but also supported the company."

The company has hired four employees, working remotely, during the coronavirus pandemic as it looks to scale up. The next stage for the platform, currently focused on the Middle East, is growing its US tech offering and expanding into a new city in Europe. 

Check out Nomad's redacted pitch deck below:

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FBI director: China is 'greatest threat' to US

BBC News - World - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 09:33
China is working to be the world's superpower "by any means necessary," Christopher Wray said.
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Victoria coronavirus cases surge as lockdown looms: Live updates

Al Jazeera - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 09:18
Australian state announces jump in cases as Melbourne prepares for six-week lockdown, US grapples with resurgent virus.
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Anonymous letters providing solace in the pandemic

BBC News - World - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 09:13
How libraries in Colombia came up with a way of providing comfort to readers during the lockdown.
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Alex Pullin: Australian world-champion snowboarder dies

BBC News - World - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 09:06
Pullin, Australia's flagbearer at the 2014 Winter Olympics, was found unconscious while spearfishing.
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JK Rowling joins 150 public figures warning over free speech

BBC News - World - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 09:02
The letter, also signed by Malcolm Gladwell and Gloria Steinem, denounces "a vogue for public shaming".
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Black Lives Matter protesters in New York: 'Confrontation works'

Al Jazeera - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 08:02
Protesters share their experiences of systemic racism and stories of solidarity on the streets.
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