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 2021-09-21 13:26 

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Pakistan 'used and binned' by England over cancelled tour...

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja said on Tuesday he felt "used and then binned" after England cancelled a white-ball tour for their men's and women's teams next month.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) cited "increasin...

 2021-09-21 13:16 

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Injured Messi ruled out of midweek action with PSG...

Lionel Messi will miss Paris Saint-Germain's game away to Metz on Wednesday due to a knee injury which coach Mauricio Pochettino has said was the real reason behind his surprise decision to take the six-time Ballon d'Or winner off against Lyon at ...

 2021-09-21 13:06 

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Macron and Modi vow to 'act jointly' after subs dispute...

President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday vowed to "act jointly" in the Indo-Pacific region, as a row intensified with Australia and the US over a ditched submarine contract.Macron's telephone talks with Modi...

 2021-09-21 13:00 

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Ex-Wallaby Higginbotham 'more happy than sad' to retire...

Former Australia back-rower Scott Higginbotham announced his retirement on Tuesday aged 35.Higginbotham made the last of his 34 Wallabies appearances in 2017 and played his last game for French club Bordeaux-Begles last season.He also had spells with the ...

 2021-09-21 12:44 

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Biarritz make 'official request' to play European games in Lille...

European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) said on Tuesday former winners Biarritz have asked to play their home Challenge Cup games 1,000km away in Lille.The Basque outfit held a pre-season fixture in the northern town and president Jean-Baptiste Aldige has...

 2021-09-21 12:28 

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New fissure opens in Canary Islands volcano...

A new fissure has emerged in the erupting volcano on Spain's Canary Islands, belching out more lava and forcing another 500 people to flee as experts on Tuesday closely watched its progress towards the sea.The Cumbre Vieja volcano has forced a total o...

 2021-09-21 12:06 

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Merkel bids farewell to Stralsund, her longtime constituency...

In 1990, local politician Wolfhard Molkentin was desperately looking for someone from his CDU party to stand in the first election of a newly reunified Germany in a Baltic coast constituency, when someone whispered "Merkel" in his ear.Then complet...

 2021-09-21 11:56 

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France wins EU backing in sub row with US...

European ministers rallied around France on Tuesday over the US and Australian decision to strip Paris of a submarine supply contract, as the dispute threatened to delay trade talks with Washington and Canberra.German Europe Minister Michael Roth said Fra...

 2021-09-21 11:52 

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Five things to know from London Fashion Week...

London Fashion Week closed with a flourish Tuesday, the first major return to live runway shows in the British capital in 18 months following the coronavirus pandemic.Here are five points that stood out from the London spring/summer 2022 collections:- Bac...

 2021-09-21 11:40 

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Afghan merchants fear for future as Taliban takeover raises costs...

Merchants in the historic Afghan trading city of Herat fear for their future after being hit by Taliban tax collection and a backlog for goods to clear customs.The country's third-biggest city is a strategic hub along the ancient Silk Road -- with nea...

 2021-09-21 11:00 

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Chelsea's Alonso to stop taking the knee...

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso will no longer take the knee as a sign of protest against racism because the Spain left-back believes the gesture is "losing a bit of strength."Alonso will instead point to an anti-racism badge on his shirt before ki...

 2021-09-21 10:42 

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Russia 'responsible' for killing Litvinenko, says rights court...

Europe's top rights court on Tuesday ruled that Russia was responsible for the 2006 killing in London of the dissident former agent Alexander Litvinenko, a verdict swiftly rejected by Moscow. Litvinenko died after drinking tea laced with the radioacti...

 2021-09-21 10:32 

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India warns of compulsory quarantine for Brits in vaccine travel spat...

New Delhi on Tuesday warned the UK that its citizens would face reciprocal measures over London's new "discriminatory" Covid-19 rules requiring travellers from India to quarantine even if they are fully vaccinated.England and Scotland will eas...

 2021-09-21 10:22 

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Pope jokes 'some wanted me dead' after surgery: report...

Pope Francis joked that "some people wanted me dead" and cardinals were already preparing to replace him after his colon surgery this summer, according to a media report Tuesday.The 84-year-old pontiff made the comments during a meeting with fello...

 2021-09-21 10:10 

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Sexual harassment trial set for Belgian art star Jan Fabre...

Belgian choreographer Jan Fabre, one of Europe's most celebrated and controversial artists, will face trial next year on charges of sexual harassment and indecent assault, a court ruled Tuesday. The criminal tribunal in the city of Antwerp said the ca...

 2021-09-21 10:08 

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The race to vaccinate: why Africa is struggling to get Covid jabs...

Vaccines were promoted as a silver bullet to end the pandemic, the path to finally beating Covid-19. But in Africa, they remain scarce, with access hampered by hoarding, export bans and empty promises. Nearly six billion vaccine doses have been administer...

 2021-09-21 09:52 

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The top challenges facing Lebanon's new government...

Lebanon's new government, approved by parliament after more than a year of political deadlock, has its work cut out as it seeks to rescue the country from its worst-ever economic meltdown.Fuel and medicines are in short supply, power blackouts last mo...

 2021-09-21 09:28 

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OECD lowers global, US economic growth forecasts...

The OECD warned Tuesday of an "uneven" global economic recovery as it lowered its 2021 growth forecasts for the world and the United States while raising the outlook for Europe.The world economy has bounced back this year on the back of stimulus m...

 2021-09-21 08:58 

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Challenger Usyk 'jumping in at the deep end', says Joshua...

British world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua praised Oleksandr Usyk for being bold in challenging him for his belts after just two bouts at the weight.Joshua is set to face World Boxing Organization (WBO) mandatory challenger Usyk in London on Saturd...

 2021-09-21 08:42 

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Vunipolas among five senior players dropped from England rugby squad...

England coach Eddie Jones axed five senior players, including the Vunipola brothers and occasional captain George Ford, from his first England squad of the autumn on Tuesday.Jamie George and Elliot Daly are also missing from the 45-man training group that...

 2021-09-21 08:10 

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Universal Music shares soar in stock market debut...

Shares of Universal Music, whose lineup features The Beatles and Taylor Swift, soared on the label's stock market debut on Tuesday, bolstering confidence in one of the largest IPOs in recent years.The music giant was floated by its owner, French media...

 2021-09-21 08:06 

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Sudan state media report 'failed' coup attempt...

A coup attempt in Sudan "failed" early Tuesday, state media reported, as the country grapples with a fragile transition since the 2019 ouster of longtime president Omar al-Bashir.Top military and government sources told AFP that the attempt involv...

 2021-09-21 07:58 

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Russians gather to mourn victims of campus shooting spree...

Shocked and grieving Russians gathered outside a university in the city of Perm on Tuesday after a student went on a campus shooting spree, killing six people and wounding dozens.With a heavy police cordon still around Perm State University a day after th...

 2021-09-21 07:54 

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Taliban says girls to return to school 'soon as possible'...

The Taliban said on Tuesday Afghan girls will be allowed to return to school "as soon as possible", after their movement faced shock and fury over their effective exclusion of women and girls from public life.The hardliners' spokesman meanwhil...

 2021-09-21 07:26 

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Egypt's first post-Mubarak ruler, Tantawi, dies aged 85...

Egypt's Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, who headed the military junta that ruled after president Hosni Mubarak's ouster in the Arab Spring protests, has died at age 85, state media and a military official said Tuesday.After his stint as Egypt's de f...

 2021-09-21 06:04 

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Justin Trudeau: liberal star tarnished in election fight...

Justin Trudeau believed his adept response to the pandemic would help him handily win re-election as prime minister, and he did Monday, but his gamble to try to gain an absolute majority didn't pay off.The first-born son of the late prime minister Pie...

 2021-09-21 05:30 

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Battling to 'replant' Albania's threatened marine forests...

In the bay of Vlora on central Albania's coast, crystal clear waters sparkle in the sun but under the surface, it is a desert.The large brown algae forests -- a hot spot of biodiversity -- are steadily shrinking, scientists warn.Warming sea temperatur...

 2021-09-21 05:30 

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Crunch time for Evergrande, but no 'Lehman moment'...

With the future of Evergrande hanging in the balance, global markets have plunged on fears that one of China's biggest developers could collapse and cause a contagion throughout the world's number two economy and beyond.Talk of a "Lehman momen...

 2021-09-21 05:10 

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Jones scores four TDs, but loses father's ashes in endzone...

Aaron Jones scored four touchdowns in the Green Bay Packers' 35-17 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday, but all he could think about was a family necklace he lost in the endzone at Lambeau Field.The running back said the necklace was fitted with an o...

 2021-09-21 04:14 

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Iron curtain falls on Hong Kong cinema as censors demand cuts...

Once renowned for world-class cinema, Hong Kong's film industry was already struggling before the latest hurdle -- Chinese mainland-style censorship as authorities take their purge of dissent into the cultural sphere.Filmmaker Mok Kwan-ling's hear...

 2021-09-21 03:30 

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French defence minister warns Mali against Russian 'mercenary' firm...

France's defence minister has warned Mali that hiring paramilitaries from Russian private-security firm Wagner would isolate the country internationally, during a visit to the Sahel state. Florence Parly told reporters on Monday that if Mali hired the...

 2021-09-21 03:18 

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Biden bids to renew US leadership in UN speech...

President Joe Biden will tell the world Tuesday that the United States wants to avoid a Cold War with China, while pivoting from continuous post-9/11 conflicts to an era of US-led diplomacy.Biden's first speech as US president to the annual United Nat...

 2021-09-21 03:00 

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Extra security for N.Z. women's cricketers in Britain...

New Zealand Cricket on Tuesday boosted security around the women's national team currently touring Britain as a precaution after a threatening email was received by English officials.NZC, which last week abruptly abandoned the Black Caps' tour of ...

 2021-09-21 02:54 

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Asian markets stabilise after rout but Evergrande fears linger...

Equities fluctuated in Asia on Tuesday, with investors nervously keeping an eye on troubled property giant China Evergrande after fears over its possible collapse sparked a rout across global markets.The crisis at one of China's biggest developers add...

 2021-09-21 02:38 

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Pakistan calls for unfreezing of Afghan assets ahead of UN talks...

Pakistan on Monday called on world powers to unblock billions of dollars in Afghan assets frozen after the Taliban takeover but said it did not expect recognition soon of the new government.Ahead of talks on Afghanistan at the UN General Assembly, Pakista...

 2021-09-21 02:10 

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What Merkel, the belated feminist, did for women...

As Germany's first female chancellor, Angela Merkel smashed the glass ceiling and became a leading player in global politics. But only now, at the end of her 16 years in office, has she declared herself a feminist -- too little too late for some in Ge...

 2021-09-21 01:30 

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Amid official denials, Nicaraguans battle Covid surge...

In Nicaragua, governed with an iron fist by Daniel Ortega, official coronavirus figures do not reflect the reality of a population scrambling to find oxygen tanks for stricken loved ones.The government insists there is no shortage of hospital beds and say...

 2021-09-21 01:28 

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Cyber 'farming' to boost income in Venezuela...

Zacary Egea works two jobs as a motorcycle taxi driver and courier in economically crippled Venezuela. In his downtime, the 32-year-old plays an online game to earn extra money by amassing so-called non-fungible tokens, or NFTs.Egea is one of many Venezue...

 2021-09-21 01:12 

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France to host Libya conference on November 12...

French President Emmanuel Macron will host an international conference on Libya on November 12, a month ahead of elections that aim to put an end to a decade of civil war but that look increasingly uncertain. "In view of the December elections, France...

 2021-09-21 00:54 

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Tokyo's Nikkei plunges more than 2% on China debt crisis fears...

Tokyo's key Nikkei 225 index plunged more than two percent at the open on Tuesday, extending Wall Street falls on contagion fears from the expected collapse of debt-plagued Chinese property giant Evergrande.The benchmark Nikkei 225 index dived 2.07 pe...

 2021-09-21 00:20 

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Melbourne shuts construction sites after violent anti-vax protest...

Construction sites across Melbourne were abruptly shuttered Tuesday after labourers rioted against new vaccination requirements in Australia's second-largest city.Sites will be closed for two weeks, in what authorities described as a response to "...

 2021-09-21 00:18 

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Firefighters race to protect giant sequoias in California fires...

Hundreds of firefighters were battling to protect several groves of giant sequoias in the United States on Monday, warning the enormous ancient trees were at risk from out-of-control blazes.A number of separate fires were converging on the California wood...

 2021-09-21 00:10 

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Date scheduled for US man's execution despite doubts about guilt...

Authorities in the US state of Oklahoma on Monday scheduled the execution of a prisoner for November, despite lingering doubts about the man's guilt as the state's parole board has recommended his sentence be commuted. Julius Jones, 41, was senten...

 2021-09-20 23:50 

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Fewer Europe fans no worry for Harrington at Ryder Cup...

Europe captain Padraig Harrington says bring on the noise from American fans at the Ryder Cup even if the Covid-19 pandemic reduces the number of Europe supporters at Whistling Straits.After the biennial team golf showdown between US and Europe was postpo...

 2021-09-20 22:30 

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Koepka-DeChambeau feud 'non-issue' says US Ryder Cup captain...

Brooks Koepka's feud with teammate Bryson DeChambeau won't be an issue at the 43rd Ryder Cup, US captain Steve Stricker insisted Monday.But don't expect the major champions to be paired when the Americans face holders Europe in the biennial te...

 2021-09-20 22:10 

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US regulators target Activision Blizzard workplace...

Activision Blizzard on Monday said US securities regulators are digging into whether the video game giant properly disclosed concerns about a toxic, sexist workplace.The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking information from the company, executive...

 2021-09-20 22:04 

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Shell scores deal to sell Permian oil assets to ConocoPhillips...

Royal Dutch Shell announced on Monday it was selling its assets in the shale-oil rich Permian Basin of the United States to rival ConocoPhillips for $9.5 billion.Shell plans to use the proceeds from the sale of the property, which produce an average of 17...

 2021-09-20 21:24 

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US to hand over 3,500-year-old 'Gilgamesh' tablet to Iraq...

The United States will formally return an illegally imported 3,500-year-old tablet recounting the epic of Gilgamesh to Iraq this week, the United Nations' cultural body UNESCO announced Monday.The ancient tablet, which a wealthy US collector had acqui...

 2021-09-20 21:18 

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Barca held at home by Granada as pressure cranks up on Koeman...

Ronald Koeman's position as Barcelona coach became even more fragile on Monday as Ronald Araujo's late header was only enough to rescue a 1-1 draw at home to struggling Granada.Granada were ahead inside two minutes and while Araujo's equaliser...

 2021-09-20 21:16 

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GM to begin replacing defective batteries in Chevy Bolt EV...

General Motors said Monday it has fixed the production flaws that created a fire hazard in the batteries for its Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle, and will start replacing them next month.The fixes address a fire hazard that prompted a recall of more than ...

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