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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has put a spotlight on sustainability at the 2020 Olympic Games, with athletes standing on podiums made of recycled plastics to receive medals crafted from recycled small electronics before sleeping on beds made of cardboard.
LONDON: BP increased its dividend and ramped up share buybacks after second-quarter profit rose to $2.8 billion, joining rivals in boosting shareholder returns on the back of higher oil prices and a global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): Brunei scored a perfect 100 in the services category (such as in airport and prayer places) as well as in environment (faith and safety), according to the Mastercard Crescent Rating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI 2021).
HONG KONG: Standard Chartered PLC posted a higher than expected 57% jump in first-half pretax profit and announced a $250 million share buyback, with the bank also resuming dividend payments by unveiling a 3 cents per share interim payout.
Escape Cameron Highlands is an upcoming nature-based adventure park that will be built into the natural hilly landscape of Cameron Highlands, offering an outdoor ski attraction.
The Orthodox monastery of Valamo in Finland usually receives around 160,000 visitors a year, who come to experience the peaceful surroundings and expansive orthodox library, as well as the country's largest whisky distillery.
WASHINGTON (The Straits Times/ANN): United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken will come bearing gifts as he meets virtually with South-East Asian ministers every day this week, said senior US officials on Monday (Aug 2).
US Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Vietnam and Singapore, the White House has confirmed the trip on Tuesday.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Muhammad Helmi Abdullah has been appointed as the new director-general of the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia), effective last Sunday (Aug 1).
ZURICH (Reuters) -Police began clearing climate activists from the heart of Zurich's financial district on Monday after they blocked bank entrances to protest against lenders' financing of fossil fuel projects that damage the environment.