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 2021-11-17 03:22 

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Beijing tightens Covid-19 entry rules ahead of Olympics...

With less than 100 days to go to the games in February, China is bracing for a challenge to its zero-Covid strategy when thousands of international athletes descend on Beijing after months of strict border controls.All visitors to the capital must now sho...

 2021-11-17 03:14 

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Chile's Senate declines to impeach president over business deal revealed in Pandora Papers...

The vote was 24 in favor of impeachment, 18 against and one abstention. Those voting to charge the billionaire president with corruption needed at least 29 votes to pass the measure. "The defense has forcefully disproven each one of the facts that are...

 2021-11-17 03:08 

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Humanitarian activists to face criminal charges in Greece...

Human Rights Watch this week said the activists had provided "life-saving aid to migrants and asylum seekers" and accused Greek authorities of "criminalising rescuers".Two of the defendants, Syrian refugee Sarah Mardini and Irish national ...

 2021-11-17 03:00 

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New York auction smashes record for Frida Kahlo work...

At the same sale, a painting by French artist Pierre Soulages also broke a record for his work by reaching $20.2 million dollars. As expected, the self-portrait of Kahlo entitled "Diego y yo" ("Diego and me," 1949), where the face of the p...

 2021-11-17 03:00 

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Activision Blizzard workers call for CEO departure...

A walkout and a call for Activision CEO Bobby Kotick to leave the company came in the wake of a Wall Street Journal report that he has for years been looped into reports of abuses that included an allegation of rape, but did not share all that he knew wit...

 2021-11-17 02:58 

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Asian markets down as US data strengthen call for Fed action...

New York's three main indexes rose again after data showed a forecast-busting rise in retail sales as well as solid earnings from shopping giants Walmart and Home Depot.The news reinforced optimism about the recovery in the world's top economy and...

 2021-11-17 02:54 

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Argentina qualify for World Cup after Brazil draw...

The reigning Copa America champions came into the match against their arch rivals knowing that a win might not be enough to secure their ticket, but a draw could be.And Chile's 2-0 defeat at home to Ecuador, coupled with Uruguay's 3-0 loss to Boli...

 2021-11-17 01:48 

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Japan experts craft 'super clone' of destroyed Afghan mural...

Not a single fragment remains of the seventh-century cave painting demolished in 2001 along with two massive Buddha statues and other artefacts in Afghanistan's Bamiyan valley, sparking global condemnation.But a precise replica, the result of three ye...

 2021-11-17 01:44 

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Argentina close to World Cup spot after Brazil draw...

Results elsewhere meant Argentina need only a point from their final five qualification matches to book their ticket, although they may yet qualify sooner if Chile lose the night's late match.Chile trailed 1-0 at home to Ecuador at half-time and had a...

 2021-11-17 01:34 

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In her quiet way, Jill Biden reinvents role of US first lady...

In her quiet way, Jill Biden is reinventing the traditional role of the First Lady of the United States.Attending a former governor's funeral last week, President Joe Biden had to apologize for his wife's absence."The reason Jill is not with m...

 2021-11-17 01:30 

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Pastor of Brazil's first trans church preaches inclusion...

But four decades later, she leads the first trans church in Brazil, a small, colorful sanctuary in Sao Paulo that welcomes worshippers beneath a blue-and-pink banner that reads, "I am trans, and I want dignity and respect."Many who attend her serv...

 2021-11-17 01:26 

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It's official: Science says grannies are good for you...

A new study published in the Royal Society B on Tuesday is the first to provide a neural snapshot of the cherished intergenerational bond.Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers at Emory University in the southern US state of Georg...

 2021-11-17 01:26 

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Wikipedia editor 'warriors' fight lies, bigotry and even Nazis...

The world's largest internet encyclopedia is often the first result to pop up when users ask the internet a question -- and thus a massively influential source of free information but which also reflects humanity's faults.With entries that can in ...

 2021-11-17 01:24 

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Washington hails 'progress' for US media working in China...

Washington regularly denounces the deterioration in China's treatment of members of the US media, and has taken measures against Chinese media on US soil accused of being Beijing's propaganda organs. In 2020, China expelled Americans working for s...

 2021-11-17 01:24 

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GM factory launch ushers in Detroit's EV pickup campaign...

The auto giant will unveil Factory Zero, a 36-year old plant in Hamtramck, Michigan that has been retooled for electric vehicles (EV), commemorating the occasion with President Joe Biden.The celebration at the Detroit-area plant comes ahead of initial com...

 2021-11-17 01:22 

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Australia looks to wall off sensitive tech from China...

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will unveil a "Critical Technologies List" at an online forum in Sydney -- a step toward limiting what government, industry and universities can and cannot share with foreign counterparts. The list of 63 critical tech...

 2021-11-17 01:08 

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Khawaja, Head back for Australia's Ashes campaign...

Michael Neser and Jhye Richardson were also in the 15-man line-up as back-up for the fast-bowling attack of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood after the shock retirement of James Pattinson last month.Marcus Harris, as expected, got the nod in ...

 2021-11-16 23:58 

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Idea of US 'diplomatic boycott' of Beijing Olympics resurfaces...

According to a report by The Washington Post Tuesday, citing sources close to the situation, the White House will soon announce that neither President Joe Biden nor any other US government official will attend the Games.Such a diplomatic boycott would let...

 2021-11-16 23:50 

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Blinken looks to show Africa commitment as crises call out...

The top US diplomat landed early Wednesday in Kenya, one of America's most longstanding allies in a region where China has made inroads. He will later travel to Nigeria, the continent's most populous nation, and then Senegal, a beacon of democrati...

 2021-11-16 23:24 

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Yellen warns US could again hit debt limit on December 15...

Democrats and Republicans in Washington have squabbled in recent months over raising the legal limit on how much debt the United States can accumulate.In October, they came within days of hitting the ceiling before agreeing to a $480 billion stop-gap hike...

 2021-11-16 23:06 

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Southgate expects no issues over new England contract...

Southgate's side booked their place at next year's World Cup in Qatar with a 10-0 thrashing of San Marino on Monday.Reports over recent weeks suggested Southgate is set to sign an extension to his current contract with the Football Association, wh...

 2021-11-16 22:56 

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Dutch book ticket to Qatar with win over Norway...

Bergwijn, the standout player of the evening on the right wing, drilled the ball into the roof of the net following an assist by Arnaut Danjuma after a lacklustre 83 minutes that saw both sides struggle to create chances.Bergwijn again played a key role i...

 2021-11-16 22:54 

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One dead in mudslides that cut off Vancouver from rest of Canada...

Search and rescue teams recovered the body of a woman from a mudslide near Lillooet, 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Vancouver, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.Staff Sergeant Janelle Shoihet added that investigators have received two missing pe...

 2021-11-16 22:16 

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Medvedev edges Zverev in ATP Finals thriller...

Russian second seed Medvedev missed two match points in a gripping deciding-set tie-break before getting over the line at the third time of asking."Definitely one of the matches to remember," said the US Open winner, who beat Poland's Hubert H...

 2021-11-16 20:30 

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Nicaraguan president, officials banned from US...

Before the November 7 vote, Nicaraguan authorities detained nearly 40 opposition figures, including seven would-be presidential challengers, assuring victory for long-time ruler Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo."The repressive and abusive acts of t...

 2021-11-16 20:24 

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New York to welcome back crowds to Times Square on New Year's Eve...

Hundreds of thousands of revelers will be able to attend the traditional ball drop at midnight providing they can prove they are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, de Blasio told reporters.Attendees who are unable to get vaccinated because of medic...

 2021-11-16 19:56 

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Russia satellite destruction put ISS at greater risk: ESA official...

For Didier Schmitt, a senior figure at the European Space Agency (ESA), Moscow's action increased the risk of a collision in space.Question: Was this a close call for the seven astronauts -- four US, two Russians and a German - aboard the ISS?Answer: ...

 2021-11-16 19:38 

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Poles fire tear gas, water cannon at migrants on Belarus border...

Polish border guards, who are deployed along with the army and police, estimate up to 4,000 migrants are currently camped out on the frontier between Poland and Belarus in increasingly dire conditions and freezing temperatures.Western powers accuse Belaru...

 2021-11-16 19:28 

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All Blacks fly-half Barrett 'a doubt' for France Test with concussion...

Barrett, 30, failed a head injury assessment in Dublin and was replaced by Richie Mo'unga after 20 minutes during last Saturday's loss at Ireland."At this point he hasn't trained fully. He did a bit of jogging today," Plumtree told rep...

 2021-11-16 19:24 

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Pfizer asks US to authorize Covid pill...

The move comes a few weeks after Merck also approached the Food and Drug Administration seeking a green light for its antiviral capsule against the coronavirus.Experts see the oral medications as an invaluable addition to vaccines in the fight to end the ...

 2021-11-16 19:06 

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Hackers targeted Afghan officials on Facebook amid Taliban offensive...

The Pakistan-based group, known as SideCopy, used "romantic lures" from what appeared to be young women on the platform to try to trick the targets into giving the hackers access to their pages.Executives from Meta, Facebook's parent company, ...

 2021-11-16 18:52 

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Turkey's troubled lira accelerates record slide...

The lira fell by nearly four percent to 10.36 to the dollar before clawing back some of its losses ahead of a meeting on Thursday at which the central bank is expected to lower interest rates for the third successive month.Turkey's nominally-independe...

 2021-11-16 18:34 

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China hold Australia but face uphill task to reach World Cup...

A 38th-minute strike by Mitchell Duke appeared to have condemned the global Olympic and economic powerhouse to their fourth defeat in six matches in Group B, but a Wu Lei penalty late on helped them gain a morale-boosting point at the Sharjah Stadium in t...

 2021-11-16 17:46 

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Cuban opposition group denounces 'repression,' calls for protests...

A planned protest on Monday was thwarted as opposition leaders were detained and security forces flooded the streets to prevent people from gathering.Archipelago blasted "the extreme militarization of the streets, more than 100 activists besieged, arb...

 2021-11-16 17:42 

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'Angry' Wolff demands review of Verstappen incident in Brazil...

Mercedes are convinced that Verstappen, then leading the race, defended too aggressively on a corner during the 48th lap as title rival Hamilton was attempting to overtake him.The defending champion Hamilton was driven off the track but stewards decided a...

 2021-11-16 17:22 

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Bolsonaro govt accused of censoring Brazil school exam...

The far-right president has long criticized what he sees as left-wing bias in the National Secondary Education Examination, or ENEM, the standardized test Brazilian students take at the end of high school that plays a key part in gaining admission to univ...

 2021-11-16 17:16 

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Valetini's Wallabies looking to go out with a bang against 'battered' Wales...

James Slipper will captain the Wallabies at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff in Hooper's absence through injury on the back of two disappointing losses to Scotland (15-13) and England (32-15).Under no illusion of how big a loss Hooper was in Austra...

 2021-11-16 17:08 

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Biden, Xi agree to plan arms control talks: White House...

Biden and Xi met via teleconference for more than three hours late Monday (early Tuesday in Beijing) in a bid to ease tensions between the world's top two economies and major geopolitical rivals."President Biden did raise with President Xi the nee...

 2021-11-16 17:04 

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Johnson backs banning British MPs from consultancy work...

In a letter to parliament's speaker, Johnson said he supported proposals put forward in a 2018 report by a watchdog committee on standards that would ban MPs from external consultancy and advisory work.The British leader added he also backed updating ...

 2021-11-16 16:56 

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USA to co-host T20 cricket World Cup in 2024...

The baseball-loving country, which has never appeared at either a T20 or a 50-over World Cup, will host the event along with the more established cricket nations of the West Indies.Cricket in America was strong in the 19th century when teams from England ...

 2021-11-16 15:48 

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Peace reigns in Colombia's former guerrilla fiefdom...

After 50 years of bloody struggle, and another five since the 2016 peace accords that ended FARC's battle against the state, this isolated south-central region has rediscovered peace.FARC, and its war, seem a distant memory in Tolima province, 200 kil...

 2021-11-16 15:18 

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Armenia reports deaths in Azerbaijan border clashes...

The six-week conflict, which left more than 6,500 dead, ended last November in a Russian-brokered deal that saw Armenia cede swathes of territory it had controlled for decades.Armenia's defence ministry said on Tuesday that "there are fatalities a...

 2021-11-16 15:18 

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India's Akasa Air orders 72 Boeing 737 MAX jets...

The world's dominant aerospace companies are seeking new business at the industry's first major show since the Covid pandemic started, an event which runs until Thursday. US aerospace giant Boeing saved face a day after its European rival Airbus s...

 2021-11-16 15:08 

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Gas prices soar as Germany halts Nord Stream 2 approval...

The regulator said the Swiss-based "Nord Stream 2 AG" operating company first needed to become compliant with German law before it could be certified, potentially delaying the project's start date.Benchmark European gas prices jumped around 10...

 2021-11-16 15:00 

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US auto factories swung back into gear in October: govt...

The gains at automakers helped propel US industrial production 1.6 percent higher in October, according to the Federal Reserve, about double expectations and gaining back ground lost in September, when supply constraints pushed output sharply lower.The Fe...

 2021-11-16 14:50 

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For Italian 'Squid Game' fans, dying is just for fun...

About 50 thrill-seekers gathered in a hangar near Milan transformed into the world of the South Korean television series that has become a global phenomenon.It depicts hundreds of marginalised people forced to take part in traditional children's games...

 2021-11-16 14:12 

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Journalist Fenster back in US after release from Myanmar jail...

"It feels incredible," said Danny Fenster, hugging his parents after landing at New York's JFK airport at around 8:00 am (1300 GMT). Fenster, 37, arrived with former US diplomat Bill Richardson, who helped facilitate his release.Looking gaunt ...

 2021-11-16 14:00 

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Germany's next coalition struggles as Covid resurges...

On Tuesday, the weekly incidence rate of the virus hit another high one day after surpassing 300 out of every 100,000 people, the first time it had crossed the threshold, fuelled in part by sluggish vaccination rates.In Bavaria, and the east German states...

 2021-11-16 13:32 

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India welcomes back tourists but smog shrouds Taj Mahal...

Around the palatial gardens of the Taj Mahal, air quality deteriorates each winter, enveloping the white marble mausoleum in a thick coat of hazardous smog. The problem is replicated across whole swathes of northern India, where seasonal farm fires combin...

 2021-11-16 13:30 

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Over 130 Yemen rebels killed in battle for Marib: coalition...

The Saudi-led coalition has been reporting high death tolls in almost daily strikes since October aimed at repelling a rebel offensive on the city of Marib, the government's last stronghold in the north.The Iran-backed Huthis rarely comment on the tol...

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