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 2021-10-15 10:08 

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Can Covid vaccine technology help make a better flu jab?...

Winter is coming to the northern hemisphere, and with it the flu season -- however advances spurred by the fight against Covid-19 are boosting hopes of finding a more reliable vaccine.Flu jabs have long been available to fight off the seasonal virus, but ...

 2021-10-15 10:02 

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Adele releases soul-stirring comeback single 'Easy On Me'...

British soul diva Adele on Friday released comeback single "Easy On Me", in which she shares with the world details of the traumatic six years she has endured since last releasing a record.In that period, the 33-year-old megastar said she suffered...

 2021-10-15 09:40 

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Italy's ITA takes to skies in ashes of Alitalia...

Italy's new national carrier ITA took its debut flight Friday, closing a turbulent chapter that witnessed the decline of the country's storied but ill-fated Alitalia after 74 eventful years.Italia Trasporto Aereo has been formed out of the ashes o...

 2021-10-15 09:06 

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Sun, sea and the opposite sex as Saudi slowly loosens up...

For Asma, spending a day on the beach with her boyfriend was unthinkable until recently in deeply conservative Saudi Arabia. Now, the 32-year-old is dancing with her partner on white sands fringing the Red Sea, to music thumping from loudspeakers.It's...

 2021-10-15 08:58 

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Husband of slain Kenyan running star Tirop due in court...

The husband of Kenyan double world championships medallist Agnes Tirop, who was stabbed to death in a killing that has shocked her home country and the world of athletics, was due in court Friday after a dramatic late-night arrest.Emmanuel Rotich was deta...

 2021-10-15 08:26 

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Protests and blockades greet new Italy Covid rules...

Protesters gathered at Italian ports on Friday as the country braced for widespread disruption over new coronavirus requirements for workers.Roughly 300 people blocked an entrance to the port of Genoa in the northwest, causing delays in what was feared to...

 2021-10-15 08:26 

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Lebanon on edge after deadly sectarian flare-up...

Lebanon prepared to bury the victims of its deadliest sectarian unrest in years Friday after gunfire gripped central Beirut for hours and revived the ghosts of the civil war.Six people were killed and dozens wounded Thursday when violence erupted followin...

 2021-10-15 07:40 

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Lebanon on edge after deadly sectarian flare-up...

Lebanon prepared to bury the victims of its deadliest sectarian unrest in years Friday after gunfire gripped cental Beirut for hours and revived the ghosts of the civil war.Six people were killed and dozens wounded Thursday when violence erupted following...

 2021-10-15 07:22 

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Husband of killed Kenyan running star Tirop due in court...

The husband of Kenyan record-breaking runner Agnes Tirop, who was stabbed to death in a killing that has shocked her home country and the world of athletics, was due in court Friday after a dramatic late-night arrest.Emmanuel Rotich was detained in the co...

 2021-10-15 06:40 

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Fire, tobacco and spirits: Venezuelans fight Covid with ritual...

With a single kick, Victor Medina collapses a burning pyre, then crosses the smouldering embers in his bare feet.He walks purposefully with a distant gaze, while embodying an indigenous spirit during a ritual on Mount Sorte in northwestern Venezuela dedic...

 2021-10-15 06:16 

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Barcelona begin testing week as Dynamo Kiev and Real Madrid await...

Ronald Koeman said his players will benefit from knowing he is staying on as Barcelona coach and his theory will be tested by a pivotal week that starts with a trip to Valencia on Sunday.After Valencia, Barca face Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on We...

 2021-10-15 06:10 

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Aussie PM drops threat to skip UN climate summit...

Australia's prime minister on Friday withdrew a threat to skip next month's landmark UN climate summit, describing the meeting as "an important event"."I confirmed my attendance at the Glasgow Summit, which I'm looking forward to a...

 2021-10-15 06:00 

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No-nonsense masks, strict bubble: What to expect from China's Winter Olympics...

Beijing, which will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, is staging a series of test events -- giving a strong taste of what the Games will look like and what coronavirus measures will be in place.AFP Sport takes a look at what athletes and spectators -- only p...

 2021-10-15 05:48 

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Sydney to scrap quarantine, readies to welcome overseas visitors...

Sydney will scrap all quarantine requirements for travellers from next month, officials said Friday, an abrupt step toward reopening Australia's long-shuttered borders.In a surprise announcement, Premier Dominic Perrottet of New South Wales said that ...

 2021-10-15 05:38 

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'End of shame': How Serbia rewards its war criminals...

In the heart of Belgrade, a convicted war criminal known as "Captain Dragan" pushes for the pardon of the man who assassinated a Serbian prime minister. He smiles for the cameras, and nobody in the busy street seems surprised by the campaign. Thre...

 2021-10-15 05:24 

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Bellinger drives in winning run as Dodgers edge Giants to advance...

Cody Bellinger drove in the winning run in the ninth inning Thursday as the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers edged the San Francisco Giants 2-1 to advance to baseball's National League Championship Series.With one swing, Bellinger put a disap...

 2021-10-15 04:58 

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TSMC shares soar on profit estimates and Japan factory deal...

Shares in Taiwan's microchip giant TSMC soared on Friday forecasting posting better-than-expected profits for the rest of the year and following the announcement of plans to build its first factory in Japan. The world is in the midst of a severe short...

 2021-10-15 04:42 

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Lawyer for Myanmar's Suu Kyi says gagged by junta...

The chief lawyer for ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Friday he had been banned by the junta from speaking to journalists, diplomats or international organisations.The gag order came after he relayed vivid testimony from the country's depos...

 2021-10-15 04:12 

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Brady, Fournette, power Bucs to win over Eagles...

Tom Brady shrugged off an injured thumb to throw two touchdown passes and Leonard Fournette ran for two TDs as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 28-22 in a Thursday NFL game.The defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers saw another corn...

 2021-10-15 04:12 

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Harvard's endowment soars to $53.2 bn...

Harvard University's endowment shot up 27 percent in a year, according to its annual financial report published Thursday, making it more than ever the world's richest university.Such endowments, very common in US higher education, are funded large...

 2021-10-15 03:54 

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Windows, Gates and a firewall: Microsoft's delicate castle in China...

Microsoft, which will close its career-oriented social network LinkedIn in China, is one of the few US tech titans that have managed some success in the country.The software giant has kept its business alive in China largely by complying with strict local...

 2021-10-15 03:46 

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China growth dips to 5% in third quarter on energy woes: AFP poll...

China's economic growth is expected to have slowed further in the third quarter, according to an AFP poll of analysts, with a mounting energy crisis and property market tremors casting a pall as the country's post-Covid recovery lost steam.While t...

 2021-10-15 03:18 

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Flying sushi: Israel readies for delivery drone traffic jams...

Drone powerhouse Israel is translating the know-how of air force veterans to the delivery of sushi and ice-cream, as companies tap their expertise to avoid collisions in increasingly crowded skies.On a grassy stretch of a Tel Aviv beachfront, three drones...

 2021-10-15 03:14 

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Asian markets rally as earnings temper inflation, taper worries...

Asian markets extended a global rally Friday on optimism for corporate earnings after a strong start to the reporting season, while traders cheered better-than-expected data indicating the US recovery remains on track despite inflation concerns and the im...

 2021-10-15 03:10 

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Bill Clinton in hospital with non-Covid infection...

Former president Bill Clinton has been hospitalized with a non-Covid-related infection, a spokesman said Thursday evening.Clinton's doctors said it was a blood infection.Clinton, 75, was admitted to a hospital in Irvine in southern California on Tuesd...

 2021-10-15 03:04 

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Anguish and anger after Taiwan building blaze kills 46...

Taiwanese residents voiced anguish and outrage on Friday after 46 people perished in an inferno that tore through a dilapidated housing block as investigators searched for what sparked the island's deadliest fire in decades.The blaze is the latest tra...

 2021-10-15 02:40 

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For one week only, Oman centre-stage at T20 World Cup...

It's a far cry from Lord's, the MCG and Eden Gardens, but the modest Al Amerat ground, 15km to the south-east of the Omani capital of Muscat, will on Sunday briefly become the beating heart of international cricket as the T20 World Cup gets underw...

 2021-10-15 02:34 

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Asian deer's comeback marks rare China conservation success...

An Asian deer's comeback from the brink of extinction marks a rare success for China's conservation efforts, which have long faced criticism for focusing on only a handful of flagship species.Pere David's deer were on the verge of disappearing...

 2021-10-15 02:30 

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Biden signs debt increase bill into law...

US President Joe Biden signed into law Thursday a bill to lift the nation's borrowing authority, averting the threat of a first-ever debt default -- but only for a few weeks.On Tuesday the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives voted along par...

 2021-10-15 02:12 

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Detention hearing for Norway bow-and-arrow attacker...

A judge in Norway will rule in a custody hearing on Friday for the man who confessed to a deadly bow-and-arrow attack that police have said was probably an act of terror.Emotions were still running high in Kongsberg, a quiet town in southeastern Norway, w...

 2021-10-15 01:42 

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Sydney to scrap hotel quarantine for overseas visitors...

Sydney is scrapping mandatory quarantine for overseas travellers from next month, officials said Friday, signalling a faster-than-expected end to tough coronavirus restrictions.Australia's borders have been closed for the last 19 months to prevent the...

 2021-10-15 01:38 

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US port logjam brings early Christmas for importers...

Christmas came early -- June, to be precise -- at the port of Los Angeles, as American importers raced to get ahead of a pandemic-sparked logjam that has snarled global shipping.The port, North America's busiest container terminal, began 24-hour opera...

 2021-10-15 01:38 

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Hard choices loom for finance chiefs and their climate pledges...

In speeches and communiques from top finance officials at the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank this week, one word was ubiquitous: climate. Leaders of the institutions and government ministers pledged action to meet the global climate goals of ke...

 2021-10-15 01:24 

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Australia's Paine 'devastated' by Pucovski concussion ahead of Ashes...

Australia Test captain Tim Paine said Friday it was "shattering" to learn that batting prodigy Will Pucovski had suffered another concussion, with Marcus Harris now favourite to open with David Warner in the first Ashes Test.The 23-year-old, regar...

 2021-10-15 01:10 

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Jabeur cools of red-hot Kontaveit to reach Indian Wells semi-finals...

Ons Jabeur punched her ticket into the top 10 and advanced to the semi-finals of the WTA Indian Wells with a convincing 7-5, 6-3 victory over Anett Kontaveit on Thursday.Jabeur now has a Tour-leading 48 wins this season as she tries to capture her second ...

 2021-10-15 01:06 

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Undefeated Cardinals to tackle NFL's best rushing attack...

When you are the undefeated Arizona Cardinals and your only visible weakness is stopping the running game, the last National Football League team you want to be facing is the Cleveland Browns.The Browns (3-2) rank first in the league in rushing by a long ...

 2021-10-15 01:04 

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Mexico City prosecutor to press homicide, other criminal charges for metro collapse...

Mexico City's attorney general said Thursday she will press charges of homicide, personal injury and property damage against people and companies linked to the collapse of a section of a metro line in the capital that left 26 dead in May. "This at...

 2021-10-15 01:02 

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Violence threatens Colombian peace accords, UN warns...

The deteriorating security situation in Colombia represents a "considerable challenge" to the country's 2016 peace accords, the United Nations said Thursday at a Security Council meeting.The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed...

 2021-10-15 00:18 

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US tycoon gets life in prison for killing of his best friend...

US real estate scion Robert Durst was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with no possibility of parole for the killing of his best friend.Durst, a multi-millionaire who was the subject of an explosive HBO documentary entitled "The Jinx," has alw...

 2021-10-14 23:34 

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US grand jury indicts former pilot of Boeing 737 MAX...

A US federal grand jury on Thursday charged a former Boeing chief test pilot with misleading aviation regulators during the certification process for the 737 MAX, which was involved in two fatal crashes.Mark Forkner, 49, was the lead contact between the a...

 2021-10-14 23:12 

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Pele feeling 'better' following tumor surgery...

Football great Pele said on Thursday he is feeling "better" and joked that he can't wait to get back to playing the beautiful game, just two weeks after leaving hospital following surgery on a colon tumor.The 80-year-old spent a month in a Sao...

 2021-10-14 23:06 

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OAS to ask UN for autopsy on Venezuela dissident who died in jail...

The head of the Organization of American States (OAS) said Thursday he will call on the United Nations to exhume and carry out an autopsy on the body of a prominent Venezuelan dissident who died in custody.General Raul Baduel, who aligned with Venezuela&#...

 2021-10-14 22:38 

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Sea lion colony in Mexico defies declining numbers...

The population of California sea lions is down dramatically due to climate change, but in one natural refuge area off the coast of northwest Mexico, they are doing well and delighting tourists who dare to swim with them.The number of this species of sea l...

 2021-10-14 21:46 

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New cocoa fruit drink to make hot chocolate a has bean...

Forget hot chocolate: a cold drink made from parts of the cacao fruit usually thrown away aims to lure health- and environmentally-conscious consumers.The "Elix" drink unveiled Thursday by Swiss firm Barry Callebaut, the world's largest chocol...

 2021-10-14 21:38 

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Injury-hit South African star Kolbe arrives in Toulon for new start...

Injury-hit South African World Cup winner Cheslin Kolbe arrived in Toulon on Thursday to start a new chapter in his French Top 14 career despite a question mark over when he will actually play his first game.The 27-year-old winger, who has moved on a thre...

 2021-10-14 21:26 

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US experts recommend Moderna booster for older and at-risk groups...

An expert committee on Thursday recommended a booster dose of Moderna's anti-Covid vaccine in the United States for certain at-risk groups, a month after making a similar decision for the Pfizer shot.The opinion submitted by the advisory committee of ...

 2021-10-14 21:26 

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Sotheby's ramps up NFT operations...

Sotheby's auction house launched a dedicated platform for collectors of NFTs Thursday and announced a twice-a-year sale of the digital objects, a sign of its commitment to the craze.A non-fungible token (NFT) is a digital object that can be a drawing,...

 2021-10-14 21:16 

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US Trade Representative signals shift on WTO dispute resolution...

US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Thursday signaled a shift in Washington's stance on the World Trade Organization's dispute resolution process, saying the US wanted to thaw relations with the global trade body."We all recognize the imp...

 2021-10-14 20:44 

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Italian court stops trial against Egyptians over student's murder...

The trial of four Egyptian security officers in Rome for the brutal killing of Italian student Giulio Regeni five years ago was thrown out by court by judges Thursday, "bitterly" disappointing his family which vowed not to give up on the case.The ...

 2021-10-14 20:02 

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Norrie cruises past Schwartzman in Indian Wells quarter-final...

Cameron Norrie needed just 73 minutes to overpower No. 11 seed Diego Schwartzman 6-0, 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the ATP Indian Wells Masters on Thursday.Norrie, the 21st seed, has now won three of four career matches against Schwartzman, who was und...

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