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 2022-08-02 07:48 

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BP profit triples to $9.3 bn on soaring energy prices...

Net profit hit $9.3 billion in the three months to June -- a threefold increase from the same period last year, the company said in a results statement.That contrasted sharply with a $20.4-billion loss in the first quarter, when it took a vast writedown a...

 2022-08-02 07:30 

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Israel army closes areas near Gaza citing reprisals risk...

A 17-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces during a late Monday raid in the flashpoint West Bank district of Jenin. The army said it had operated alongside police, who arrested "two wanted terror suspects."A Palestinian security sou...

 2022-08-02 07:16 

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Key Hong Kong court ruling to lift lid on national security cases...

The security law was imposed by Beijing after huge democracy protests and has largely snuffed out dissent in the city.About 100 people have been charged under the law with the vast majority denied bail, held for months -- some more than a year -- in pre-t...

 2022-08-02 06:14 

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China's former golf world number one Feng Shanshan retires...

"Now it is time for me to try something different," said Feng, who will turn 33 on Friday, in a statement posted on her official Instagram page.The announcement comes a year after her last competitive appearance, at the Tokyo Olympics, where Feng ...

 2022-08-02 05:34 

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Kansas votes on abortion rights in US test case...

The vote is heavy with consequences for Kansans themselves, who will decide whether to remove the right to an abortion from the traditionally conservative state's constitution.But it is also being seen as a test case for abortion rights nationwide, as...

 2022-08-02 05:30 

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Grim fragments of life seep out from Russian-occupied Ukraine...

Areas seized by Moscow since its invasion in February have been abruptly cut off from the rest of the country and communication with those left behind is often patchy.Several people living in three regions captured by the Kremlin gave grim accounts of the...

 2022-08-02 04:20 

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Pelosi lands in Malaysia as China rages over Taiwan...

Beijing views Taiwan as its territory and has indicated through repeated warnings that it would view the visit as a major provocation.Pelosi landed at a Malaysian air force base ahead of meetings with the prime minister and the speaker of the lower house ...

 2022-08-02 04:10 

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Wimbledon champion Rybakina falls at WTA San Jose event...

World number 12 Kasatkina won 11 of the last 12 games to win 1-6, 6-2, 6-0 in Rybakina's debut match since winning her first major title.Kasatkina will next play American Taylor Townsend, who eliminated Australian Storm Sanders 6-1, 6-4 at the US Open...

 2022-08-02 03:44 

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Argentine judge allows some crew of grounded Venezuela plane to depart...

Federal judge Federico Villena did however order seven of the 19 to be retained in Argentina, the reports said, including four Iranians and three Venezuelans.According to the ruling disclosed by the press, the judge considered that there were still elemen...

 2022-08-02 03:26 

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China population to begin shrinking by 2025: officials...

The world's most-populous country has been grappling with a looming demographic crisis as it faces a rapidly ageing workforce, slowing economy and its weakest population growth in decades.And although officials relaxed the nation's strict "one...

 2022-08-02 03:22 

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Crackdown seeks to stifle Iran's critical voices...

Activists argue Iran is in the throes of an intensified crackdown affecting all sectors of society from trade union activists, to campaigners against the enforced wearing of the headscarf for women, to religious minorities.The repression comes one year in...

 2022-08-02 03:10 

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Markets sink as talk of Pelosi Taiwan trip fans China-US tension...

Traders were already skittish after a string of data showed economies beginning to take a hit from surging inflation and central bank interest rate hikes aimed at taming prices.A possible meeting between Pelosi and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is sure...

 2022-08-02 03:00 

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The killing of Al-Qaeda's Zawahiri: how it happened...

But the US government had not given up its pursuit of one of the planners of the September 11, 2001 attacks and the heir to Osama bin Laden.After years of tracking him down, US armed forces fired two Hellfire missiles from a drone flying above the Afghan ...

 2022-08-02 02:58 

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WWE-style wrestling hits Bangkok - with a Thai twist...

The 25-year-old wrestler with the stage name "P'Suchart" was one of almost 20 individuals slapping, slamming and smacking one another at SETUP Thailand Pro Wrestling.The part-sport, part-show has been slowly gaining popularity in the country a...

 2022-08-02 02:36 

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A year on, Iran's Raisi faces economy in trouble...

Having pledged to help especially the poor, the ultraconservative cleric now faces runaway consumer prices that have sparked protests.Raisi was elected in June last year in a ballot for which less than half of voters turned up, after his major rivals had ...

 2022-08-02 01:52 

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Baby boom: the endangered wildlife revival at Cambodia's Angkor Wat...

The first pair of rare pileated gibbons were released in 2013 as part of a joint programme between conservation group Wildlife Alliance, the forestry administration and the Apsara Authority -- a government agency that manages the 12th-century ruins.The gi...

 2022-08-02 00:50 

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Five talking points as F1 takes a break...

Here AFP looks at five talking points as the world championship heads into its annual summer holiday shutdown:Ferrari';s problems Team boss Mattia Binotto faced increasing pressure on Monday after Sunday's flop as Ferrari started the Hungarian Gran...

 2022-08-02 00:48 

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Man City, Liverpool renew title fight as Premier League clubs flex financial muscle...

After winning four league titles in five years, Pep Guardiola's squad has been bolstered by the biggest name arrival of the summer in Erling Haaland.The Norwegian had his choice of Europe's top clubs after scoring 85 goals in 88 games for Borussia...

 2022-08-02 00:06 

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Qaeda leader Zawahiri: 9/11 planner and bin Laden successor...

The Egyptian eye doctor, 71, had central roles in Al-Qaeda's signature attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 and the massive assault on the United States itself on September 11, 2001, that left almost 3,000 dead.But during the decade t...

 2022-08-02 00:02 

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Ymer ousts Murray in Washington opener as Halep, Pegula win...

The 35-year-old Scotsman fell to 115th-ranked Ymer 7-6 (10/8), 4-6, 6-1 after two hours and 50 minutes in the US Open hardcourt tuneup event.Ymer, who lost his only career ATP final last August in Winston-Salem, will next face 15th seed Aslan Karatsev.Wor...

 2022-08-01 22:56 

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Biden expected to announce death of Al-Qaeda chief al-Zawahiri...

The New York Times, Washington Post and CNN were among outlets reporting that Zawahiri was the target of what the White House announced was a "successful" operation against a top-level target in Afghanistan.Biden was to deliver a televised address...

 2022-08-01 22:30 

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Peru registers first death in monkeypox patient: hospital...

The fatality was "a patient who came to hospital in a serious condition with monkeypox and their health weakened after abandoning treatment for HIV/Aids," according to Eduardo Farfan, director of the Dos de Mayo hospital in Lima.The man, 45, died ...

 2022-08-01 22:24 

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US has killed Al-Qaeda chief al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan: US media...

Zawahiri, an Egyptian surgeon who became one of the world's most wanted terrorists, was identified as a mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people.He had been on the run ever since, and took over ...

 2022-08-01 22:04 

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Sanctions have huge toll on Russian economy: report...

Even though Moscow has been able to pull in billions of dollars from continued energy sales at elevated prices, largely unpublished data shows that much of its domestic economic activity has stalled since the February 24 invasion, according to the report ...

 2022-08-01 22:02 

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McKeon dazzles in Commonwealth pool as Kenny wins emotional cycling gold...

It was another night of domination in the Birmingham pool for Australia, who now have 16 golds at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre out of a possible 33.McKeon, who powered home in the 50m butterfly, has now won four golds in Birmingham and has collected more ...

 2022-08-01 21:52 

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Record-breaking McCoy helps West Indies level series...

Comfortable winners of the opening encounter in Trinidad three days earlier, India were dismissed for 138 off 19.4 overs with left-arm seamer McCoy returning the outstanding figures of six for 17, the best-ever by a West Indian in T20 Internationals.Openi...

 2022-08-01 21:44 

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Brazil icon Zagallo making 'good progress' says hospital...

Tests indicate the 90-year-old is "responding well to the treatment ordered by the medical team", the bulletin from the Barra D'Or hospital in Rio de Janeiro added.Zagallo, the first person to win the World Cup as both a player and a coach, wa...

 2022-08-01 21:28 

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Iguanas reproducing on Galapagos island century after disappearing...

The reptile from the Conolophus subcristatus species, one of three land iguanas living on the archipelago, disappeared from Santiago Island in the early part of the 20th century according to a 1903-06 expedition there by the California Academy of Sciences...

 2022-08-01 21:06 

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Aaron Ramsey signs for Nice...

Ramsey joined Juve in 2019 as a free agent after spending almost eight years at Arsenal and won the Serie A title in his first campaign in Turin.Last season, he spent five months on loan at Rangers before helping his country to qualification for this year...

 2022-08-01 20:32 

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Conjoined twins separated with help of virtual reality in Brazil...

Arthur and Bernardo Lima were born in 2018 in the state of Roraima in northern Brazil as craniopagus twins, an extremely rare condition in which the siblings are fused at the cranium.Joined at the top of the head for nearly four years -- most of that spen...

 2022-08-01 20:02 

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Easter Island welcomes back tourists post-pandemic...

The first flight with tourists -- many with bookings made before the pandemic -- was due to touch down on Thursday, tourism official Veronica Kunze told reporters."We have to open the island, but we have to do it safely," she added. Arrivals must ...

 2022-08-01 19:10 

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Cristina Kirchner oversaw 'corruption matrix' as Argentina president: prosecutor...

Delivering closing arguments, prosecutor Diego Luciani told a court in Buenos Aires that Kirchner and her husband Nestor (2003-2007), who she replaced as president, were right at the top of "a pyramidal illicit association."4;Between 2003 and 2...

 2022-08-01 19:08 

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Man with loaded AK-47 arrested outside Iranian journalist's New York home...

The journalist -- 45-year-old Masih Alinejad -- was the target of a kidnap plot by Iranian intelligence agents last year, according to US prosecutors.On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, suspect Khalid Mehdiyev was spotted acting suspiciously outside a...

 2022-08-01 18:44 

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Beyonce to remove offensive lyric after disabled community outcry...

The US pop megastar will re-record the track from her latest album "Renaissance"; on which she originally sang the lyrics "Spazzin' on that ass, spazz on that ass.""The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced...

 2022-08-01 18:38 

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Kenny, Glaetzer strike gold in emotional Commonwealths cycling finale...

Kenny, who has suffered a miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy since competing at last year's Tokyo Olympics, admitted she had thought it was "going to be my last race".However, she re-focused and won the women's 10-kilometre scratch on th...

 2022-08-01 18:36 

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Iran steps up Bahai persecution with wave of arrests...

The Bahais in Iran, who have been subjected to harassment ever since the inception of the Islamic republic in 1979, had already complained that dozens of community members had been arrested, summoned or subjected to house searches in June and July.But the...

 2022-08-01 18:24 

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US PGA Tour offers record $415 million in 2022-23 season...

The PGA boosted the prize money at eight invitational tournaments, with The Players Championship set to pay out $25 million, and will offer $145 million in bonus money, including $75 million for the FedEx Cup playoffs, which will be trimmed to 70 players ...

 2022-08-01 18:14 

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Jacobs cleared to resume training as European Championships loom...

FIDAL said on its web site that Jacobs "will be evaluated in the next few days".The 100m heats at the European Championships in Munich start on August 15. Jacobs who won individual and relay sprint golds in Tokyo last year, withdrew before the Jul...

 2022-08-01 18:00 

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Decathlon world champion Mayer aims for European title...

"I've never been champion of Europe. I'm 30 years old. I want to make myself happy. This is a great opportunity," he told a virtual press conference.This represents an about turn for the athlete who on his return from the worlds in Eugene ...

 2022-08-01 17:12 

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France and parts of England see driest July on record...

In France, where an intense drought has hammered farmers and prompted widespread limits on freshwater use, there was just 9.7 millimetres (0.38 inches) of rain last month, Meteo France said.That was 84 percent down on the average levels seen for July betw...

 2022-08-01 16:46 

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UN chief warns of 'nuclear annihilation'...

At the opening of a key nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) conference in New York, Guterres warned that the world faced "a nuclear danger not seen since the height of the Cold War."Citing Russia's war with Ukraine and tensions on the Korea...

 2022-08-01 16:20 

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Fires increase in Brazilian Amazon in July...

Satellite monitoring detected 5,373 fires last month, up from 4,977 in July last year, according to the Brazilian space agency, INPE.However, the number was well short of the worst July on record: 19,364 fires in 2005.July is typically the start of the Am...

 2022-08-01 16:16 

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In Paris, monkeypox vaccination gains steam with volunteer help...

Now he is putting jabs in arms at Checkpoint Paris, a sexual health centre in the heart of the French capital dedicated to LGBT people.Despite a shortage of people to administer shots, the vaccination campaign is gaining momentum in the Paris region, whic...

 2022-08-01 16:08 

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Cannabis investment platform hit with Spain lawsuit...

JuicyFields, which is based in the Netherlands, promised high returns to invest online in medicinal cannabis plants, said Norberto Martinez from the Martinez-Blanco law firm that filed the case.A spokesman with Spain's National Court, the country'...

 2022-08-01 15:20 

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Donald replaces Stenson as European Ryder Cup captain...

Donald, a 44-year-old Englishman, represented Europe in four Ryder Cups as a player. He was part of the winning team each time, including the 'Miracle at Medinah' in 2012.He was also a vice-captain in the last two editions of the biennial contest,...

 2022-08-01 15:12 

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UN chief warns humanity 'one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation'...

"We have been extraordinarily lucky so far. But luck is not a strategy. Nor is it a shield from geopolitical tensions boiling over into nuclear conflict," Guterres said at the start of a conference of countries belonging to the nuclear Non-Prolife...

 2022-08-01 15:08 

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Iraq tensions soar as protesters rally agains parliament occupation...

A political standoff -- almost 10 months after Iraqis went to the polls -- pits two key factions among the country's majority Shiite population, between the populist Sadr with a devoted following of millions, and the powerful pro-Iran Coordination Fra...

 2022-08-01 15:06 

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War in Ukraine: latest developments...

The first shipment of Ukrainian grain since Russia's February 24 invasion leaves the port of Odessa under a UN-Turkey brokered deal to lift Moscow's naval blockade in the Black Sea.Officials say the Sierra Leone-registered Razoni cargo ship is mak...

 2022-08-01 15:00 

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Boeing shares surge as it nears 787 delivery resumption...

The Federal Aviation Administration signed off on Boeing's certification plan for the top-selling widebody plane, a person familiar with the situation told AFP."Deliveries aren't imminent and there are additional steps in the process that we w...

 2022-08-01 14:36 

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Richer childhood friends boost future income, Facebook data shows...

It has long been believed that having rich friends can help children rise up out of poverty, but previous research has had small sample sizes or limited data, according to two studies published in the journal Nature on Monday.So a team of US-based researc...

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