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 2022-01-17 15:50 

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At least 12 killed in Afghan earthquake: district official...

The victims died when roofs of their residential houses collapsed in Qadis district in the western province of Badghis, district governor Mohammad Saleh Purdel told AFP.The shallow quake was magnitude 5.3, according to the US Geological Survey."Severa...

 2022-01-17 15:36 

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What now for Novak Djokovic?...

The fall-out from the 34-year-old's very public stand-off with the Australian government raises questions not just about his bid for a record 21st Grand Slam title -- it could affect him in many other ways.AFP Sport picks out three potential consequen...

 2022-01-17 15:26 

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Unexpected star of gay rights best-seller, Pence family rabbit dies...

The rabbit, whose name is a pun on actor "Marlon Brando," lived with the Pence family at the vice president's official residence in Washington, and was a frequent guest at events for children."God brought you to us right when we needed you...

 2022-01-17 15:14 

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UK PM in populist fight-back after 'partygate' scandal...

Johnson's future has been thrown into doubt by a furious political and public backlash at revelations of illegal parties held at his Downing Street office during coronavirus lockdowns.The "partygate" scandal has so far seen six of his Conserva...

 2022-01-17 15:06 

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In ancient rite, Spanish horses brave fire to fight virus...

Known as Luminarias, the festival takes place every January 16 in San Bartolome de Pinares, a village perched high in the hills about 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of Madrid.By the light of an almost full moon, several local officials are sweating copiou...

 2022-01-17 14:28 

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Sweden probes drone flights over nuclear plants...

The Swedish Security Service (Sapo) said in a statement that it had taken over the probe from the police regarding "the events where drones have been sighted at Forsmark, Ringhals and Oskarshamn's nuclear power plants."Forsmark is located some...

 2022-01-17 14:18 

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Turkey ignores European deadline to release rights leader...

The 64-year-old businessman and philanthropist, Osman Kavala, has been held without a conviction since October 2017 for allegedly financing a wave of 2013 anti-government protests and playing a role in an attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdo...

 2022-01-17 14:04 

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Black diamond, largest ever cut, goes on show in Dubai...

The Enigma, the name of the rare black carbanado diamond, was put on display in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.The diamond is believed to have been created when a meteorite or an asteroid hit the Earth more than 2.6 billion years ago, according to Sot...

 2022-01-17 13:58 

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Gabon's Aubameyang leaves Cup of Nations, returns to Arsenal...

Midfielder Mario Lemina of French side Nice has also been sent back to his club, with neither having played a minute in Gabon's two matches so far at the Cup of Nations, against the Comoros and Ghana."Given the medical problems that Pierre-Emerick...

 2022-01-17 13:58 

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Indian cowboys grab the bull by the horns at Jallikattu...

"Jallikattu,"; or the taming of the bulls, is a hugely popular annual event in Tamil Nadu state, where revellers wrestle the beasts into submission as they run past crowds of people. The animals, often festooned with marigold flowers, are released ...

 2022-01-17 13:44 

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Djokovic could be barred from French Open by vaccine pass law...

The ministry said a new vaccine pass, approved by the French parliament on Sunday, "applies to everyone, to volunteers and to elite sportspeople, including those coming from abroad, until further notice."The unvaccinated Djokovic was deported from...

 2022-01-17 13:32 

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China drops plans to sell Olympic tickets as virus cases rise...

Organisers said last year there would be no international spectators at the Games -- partly due to China's weeks-long quarantine requirements -- but they had promised to allow domestic audiences.But those plans were scrapped on Monday as China reporte...

 2022-01-17 13:02 

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Netanyahu plea talks threaten Israel's coalition govt...

Judicial sources familiar with the negotiations have confirmed to AFP that Netanyahu -- currently on trial for alleged bribery, fraud and breach of trust -- is discussing a plea deal with Israel's attorney general. Breathless speculation about the agr...

 2022-01-17 12:44 

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Tear gas fired at thousands rallying in Sudan against coup...

The latest protests came with US envoy to the Horn of Africa David Satterfield and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Molly Phee expected in Khartoum early this week to push a message of "justice" for the Sudanese. Demonstrators carr...

 2022-01-17 12:40 

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Zverev wins all-German tussle to cruise into round two...

Zverev encountered stiff resistance from the 87th-ranked Daniel Altmaier before prevailing 7-6 (7/3), 6-1, 7-6 (7/1) in a night match on Rod Laver Arena.Zverev's power from the baseline gradually wore down the plucky Altmaier, who earned the acclaim f...

 2022-01-17 12:12 

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Millions hunker down as storm hits eastern US...

The National Weather Service (NWS) said the storm was bringing a miserable combination of heavy snow, freezing rain and high winds, impacting the southeast and coastal mid-Atlantic before moving up to New England and southern Canada.A swath from the upper...

 2022-01-17 12:02 

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Kohli will have to give up his ego, says ex-captain Dev...

Kohli, 33, announced his surprise departure late on Saturday having already quit as T20 captain last year and been sacked as head of the one-day side soon afterwards.Dev, who led India to glory in the 1983 World Cup, welcomed Kohli's decision, saying ...

 2022-01-17 12:00 

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Fiji's Nayacalevu 'will get vaccinated' after Covid-19 law adpotion...

On Sunday, France's parliament voted to change the country's health passport scheme, which necessitated a full status of vaccines or a negative Covid-19 test to enter an establishment which has a public attendance, to a vaccine passport.The move, ...

 2022-01-17 10:06 

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Show leniency on EU fiscal rules, says senior German MP...

Anton Hofreiter, a senior Green party MP, said Rome in particular deserved leniency as it finds its feet again after the blows levelled by Covid-19.That flexibility should also extend to countries making ambitious expenditures in climate protection, he ad...

 2022-01-17 09:30 

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'This is beautiful': Clinical Barty blitzes into second round...

The Australian top seed was all business on Rod Laver Arena, taking command early to race through the first set to love and wrap up the match 6-0, 6-1 in an ominous warning to her rivals.Ukraine's Tsurenko was no walkover. Despite being ranked 120 and...

 2022-01-17 09:24 

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Saudi's Al Hilal to face Istiklol in Asian Champions League...

The Saudi side are aiming for a fifth continental title, after triumphing in Asia's premier club competition last year with victory over South Korea's Pohang Steelers in the final. Al Hilal's Group A clashes with Istiklol will be closely watch...

 2022-01-17 09:18 

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World's 10 richest men doubled wealth during Covid: report...

Oxfam said the men's wealth jumped from $700 billion to $1.5 trillion, at an average rate of $1.3 billion per day, in a briefing published before a virtual mini-summit of world leaders being held under the auspices of the World Economic Forum.A confed...

 2022-01-17 08:12 

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Head of Credit Suisse resigns over Covid rules breach...

Antonio Horta-Osorio's resignation was effective immediately following an investigation commissioned by the board, Switzerland's second-largest bank said in a statement released Monday.Board of directors member Axel Lehmann was appointed to take h...

 2022-01-17 08:00 

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Malaysian Hindus mark festival under strict Covid curbs...

The event sees Hindus, a sizeable minority in multi-ethnic Malaysia, show their devotion to the deity Lord Murugan. Hundreds headed to the Batu Caves temple complex outside Kuala Lumpur and walked barefoot up 272, multi-coloured steps to reach the site, c...

 2022-01-17 07:30 

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Error-strewn Gauff stunned by China's Wang at Australian Open...

Gauff, the youngest player in the draw at 17, was dominated by the world number 110 in just 73 minutes of action on Margaret Court Arena.Gauff's only bright spot in a one-sided second set came as she saved four match points from 5-0 down.She was compr...

 2022-01-17 07:28 

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Djokovic has 'big' support from other players - team-mate...

The unvaccinated nine-time Australian Open champion Djokovic flew out of Melbourne on Sunday night after his last-gasp court bid to stay in the country failed.The visa saga cast a dark shadow over the opening Grand Slam of the year and few players were wi...

 2022-01-17 06:08 

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Paris fashion gets physical despite Omicron...

The industry is determined to get back on the catwalks after nearly two years during which most brands were forced to retreat online.Despite the complications caused by the pandemic, the fashion community is stepping out regardless. Most fashion houses ar...

 2022-01-17 06:06 

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Osaka 'proud' of WTA handling of Peng Shuai case...

Peng, a former Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion, alleged on social media in November that former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli forced her into sex during a long-term on-off relationship.It was the first time that the #MeToo movement had touched China...

 2022-01-17 06:00 

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Nadal makes scorching start in bid for record 21st Slam...

The Spanish sixth seed unleashed some of his trademark hammer forehands to wear down American Marcos Giron in straight sets on Rod Laver Arena.Nadal, who beat Roger Federer for the 2009 Australian title and is chasing a record 21st Grand Slam crown, trade...

 2022-01-17 05:50 

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Chinese cities battle Covid as Winter Olympics loom...

Here's a rundown of the measures in place in key areas of the world's most populous nation.TianjinTianjin is home to China's largest domestic Omicron cluster to date, with almost 300 local cases reported since the highly transmissible variant ...

 2022-01-17 05:48 

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Australia's Ashes dominance papers over some cracks...

Australia steamrolled England to win the fifth and final Test by 146 runs in Hobart on Sunday, adding to their big wins in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne.However, battering a subdued England is a very different proposition to taking on the current top T...

 2022-01-17 05:42 

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Why thieves are snatching French bulldogs across the US...

From New York to Los Angeles, and from Miami to Chicago, thefts of the prized breed have been on the rise.Small and friendly -- and thus easy to grab -- French bulldogs are hugely popular, selling for thousands of dollars on the black market.They have the...

 2022-01-17 05:24 

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Osaka into second round after Djokovic saga at Australian Open...

The unvaccinated Serbian landed in Dubai early on Monday after his sensational deportation from Australia, his dreams of becoming the first man to win 21 majors over, at least for now. But it was business as usual for Japan's Osaka, who registered her...

 2022-01-17 05:12 

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NBA-best Suns roll over Pistons, Gobert sparks Jazz in return...

Booker played 30 minutes, making 11 of 18 field goal attempts while teammates Cameron Payne and JaVale McGee each finished with 20 points in front of a crowd of 18,100 at Detroit's Little Caesars Arena."I was just hitting shots and the guys were g...

 2022-01-17 05:12 

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Son-in-law of ex-Kazakh president quits business lobby after deadly unrest...

Following days of internet shutdown, prosecutors said Saturday the unrest that began at the start of the year with peaceful protests over energy price hikes had left 225 people dead, including 19 law enforcement and military personnel. Timur Kulibayev, 55...

 2022-01-17 05:10 

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Pioneering Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee dies at 102...

"Today, we lost an American hero," Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin -- himself a barrier-breaker as the first African American to lead the Pentagon -- said on Twitter about the aviator who was one of the last surviving members of the famed unit.&...

 2022-01-17 05:08 

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China's birth rate at record low in 2021: official...

Beijing has been grappling with a looming demographic crisis as it faces a rapidly ageing workforce, slowing economy and the country's weakest population growth in decades.The birth rate of the world's second-biggest economy slipped to 7.52 births...

 2022-01-17 04:42 

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North Korea fires more suspected missiles, flouts new sanctions...

Despite biting international sanctions, Pyongyang has conducted a string of weapons tests this year, including hypersonic missiles, as leader Kim Jong Un pursues his avowed goal of further strengthening the military.Reeling economically from a self-impose...

 2022-01-17 04:38 

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Olympic champ Bencic into Melbourne round two despite Covid...

The Swiss, seeded 22, caught coronavirus in mid-December after competing at an Abu Dhabi exhibition, and even last week at the Sydney Classic she was feeling "very, very tired"."I mean, my pulse was getting very up in the practices and even af...

 2022-01-17 04:00 

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Macau's casino giants rally after gaming bill revealed...

The Chinese territory's multibillion-dollar industry has been on tenterhooks ever since officials announced plans to overhaul the sector last September, but new rules unveiled on Friday were less punishing than expected. Shares in all six casino opera...

 2022-01-17 03:52 

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Osaka overcomes stumble to make Australian Open second round...

The Japanese former world number one pulled out of a warm-up event in Melbourne before the tournament after three matches, saying her "body got a shock" after playing for the first time in four months.She showed few ill-effects in beating her 50th...

 2022-01-17 03:18 

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Asian markets mixed as Fed hikes loom, China growth slows...

While the fast-spreading Omicron coronavirus variant continues to cast a shadow across trading floors, the focus is on the US central bank's plans to tighten monetary policy to fight surging inflation.Fed officials were out in force last week flagging...

 2022-01-17 02:54 

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Gaza TV studio produces Hamas response to Israeli hit shows...

The make-believe office of enemy state Israel's security service is being used to shoot a "pro-resistance" television series on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.It is Hamas's answer to Israeli hit shows such as the special forces drama ...

 2022-01-17 01:26 

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Brady leads Bucs in Eagles rout, 49ers stun Cowboys...

Seven-time Super Bowl champion Brady delivered a clinical performance as the defending NFL champions romped past the Eagles 31-15 at the Raymond James Stadium.Brady threw for 271 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions, making 29 completions from ...

 2022-01-17 00:18 

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World's 10 richest men doubled wealth during Covid: report...

Oxfam said the men's wealth jumped from $700 billion to $1.5 trillion, at an average rate of $1.3 billion per day, in a briefing published before a virtual mini-summit of world leaders being held under the auspices of the World Economic Forum.A confed...

 2022-01-16 22:30 

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McBrine, Tector star as Ireland defeat 'sad' Windies to claim ODI series...

McBrine took his total of wickets in the three matches to 10 as the West Indies were all out for 212 in 44.4 overs at Sabina Park.He then showed off his all-round talents by hitting a top score of 59 off 100 balls with six boundaries and a six.Harry Tecto...

 2022-01-16 22:24 

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Holders Algeria shocked at Cup of Nations after gaffe costs Ivory Coast...

Esteban Obiang, one of a host of Equatorial Guinea players who were born in Spain, scored the 70th-minute goal that gave his side a 1-0 win in Douala as Algeria lost for the first time since October 2018.That unbeaten run ends just two matches shy of Ital...

 2022-01-16 22:14 

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McBrine, Tector star as Ireland defeat West Indies to claim ODI series...

McBrine took his total of wickets in the three matches to 10 as the West Indies were all out for 212 in 44.4 overs.He then showed off his all-round talents by hitting a top score of 59 off 100 balls with six boundaries and a six.Harry Tector also played h...

 2022-01-16 22:06 

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Atalanta hold Inter to give title hopefuls a boost...

A keenly-fought contest in Bergamo finished with a blank scoresheet despite each side creating a handful of golden scoring opportunities, with goalkeepers Juan Musso and Samir Handanovic excelling between their respective sticks.Simone Inzaghi's Inter...

 2022-01-16 21:56 

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'Greek Picasso' Alekos Fassianos dies aged 86: family...

Described by some admirers as a modern-day Matisse and by others as the Greek Picasso, his works, which included paintings, lithographs, ceramics and tapestries, have been shown around the world.While he resisted comparison with Henri Matisse and Pablo Pi...

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