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 2022-01-13 09:02 

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Superspreader fears at mass holy dip in India...

Officials said they expected as many as three million people, including ash-smeared, dreadlocked ascetics, to take a ritual dip in the holy river on Friday, the climax of the annual Gangasagar Mela.Last April's Kumbh Mela, a similarly colossal religio...

 2022-01-13 08:54 

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US lays out case against 'unlawful' China maritime claims...

In a 47-page research paper, the State Department's Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs said China had no basis under international law for claims that have put Beijing on a collision course with the Philippines, Vi...

 2022-01-13 08:18 

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Russia-led troops begin pullback from Kazakhstan...

The decision to despatch peacekeepers was a first for the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), often touted by Russia as a NATO equivalent but previously reluctant to interfere in unrest in Central Asia -- a region with long historic...

 2022-01-13 08:10 

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Wood enjoying the role of England enforcer ahead of Ashes finale...

The day-night match begins Friday and is England's last chance to salvage something from the five-Test series.They are 3-0 down with the Ashes gone after being beaten heavily in the first three Tests at Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne.But England res...

 2022-01-13 07:58 

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Fast Retailing reports record first-quarter performance...

The Japanese casualwear behemoth said better-than-expected sales and profit in the three months to December could largely be explained by the "growing diversification" of its business.While it does not expect the spread of the highly contagious Om...

 2022-01-13 07:52 

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'Really confident' Gauff into semis of Australian Open warm-up...

The 17-year-old American is the highest seed remaining at three as she ramps up preparations for next week's Australian Open.She was simply too good for the Croat, who is on the comeback after multiple elbow surgeries, converting four of 11 break poin...

 2022-01-13 07:50 

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Global firms fall short on forest protection vows: report...

The Forest 500 analysis by non-profit research group Global Canopy graded 350 companies most responsible for producing, using or trading commodities that drive deforestation, along with the 150 biggest banks, investment firms and pension funds that financ...

 2022-01-13 07:34 

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Twitter back in Nigeria after seven-month blackout...

Nigeria halted Twitter operations in June, provoking an international outcry over freedom of expression.The government and Twitter have been in negotiations since over restoring the service based on a set of conditions, including Twitter registering its o...

 2022-01-13 06:18 

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Police escorts, hazmat suits - welcome to Beijing's Olympic bubble...

AFP takes you inside the bubble for the February 4-20 Winter Games:What is the 'closed loop'?China, where the virus emerged towards the end of 2019, hopes to deliver a "simple, safe and splendid" Games in keeping with the country's str...

 2022-01-13 06:16 

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Two hospitals in China's Xi'an closed over lockdown failures...

The historic city, one of several in China experiencing coronavirus outbreaks, has been subject to strict home confinement for three weeks in line with Beijing's "zero-Covid" strategy.Top health officials were forced to apologise last week aft...

 2022-01-13 06:10 

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Djokovic drawn to play Australian Open first round amid visa saga...

The world number one, top seed and defending champion is looking to clinch a 10th title at Melbourne Park starting next week and a record 21st Grand Slam crown.But the vaccine-sceptic Djokovic's fate remains uncertain with Australia's Immigration ...

 2022-01-13 06:04 

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On the prowl: Mali child cat hunters honour age-old tradition...

As part of an age-old tradition in the city, in the desert north of the troubled Sahel state, Kadi and his band of hunters hit the streets after dark in order to trap, skin and cook cats. They dance and sing after a successful hunt, throwing the skins of ...

 2022-01-13 06:02 

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Badminton: Kidambi, six others out of India Open with Covid...

The event was originally meant to feature more than 200 players from 19 countries but is being held behind closed doors because of the pandemic.Kidambi, the world number 10, was one of the few star names at a tournament missing nearly all of the sport'...

 2022-01-13 06:02 

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Ray of hope peeks through Turkey's sealed Armenia border...

But a rare ray of hope is shining across the snow-capped mountains towering over Turkey's northeastern edge.The first direct contacts in years between the rivals' envoys will take place in Moscow on Friday. For the economically starved locals of t...

 2022-01-13 05:50 

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Democratic leaders must do more to counter rise of autocrats: HRW...

There is a dire need for democratically-elected leaders to show bold and principled leadership in the face of global challenges like Covid and as anxiety over looming climate disaster grows, Kenneth Roth argued."Our fear is that if democratic leaders ...

 2022-01-13 04:10 

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Australia poised to decide on Djokovic deportation...

The 34-year-old world number one's hopes of a record 21st Grand Slam were in peril after he admitted breaking isolation rules in Serbia and to an incorrect statement in his Australian travel declaration.As Djokovic was set to discover who he would pla...

 2022-01-13 04:08 

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Khawaja to open for Australia in 5th Ashes Test as Harris dropped...

Cummins announced Khawaja would replace Marcus Harris as David Warner's opening partner with Travis Head slotting back in at number five for the day-night pink-ball match after sitting out the fourth Test in Sydney with Covid.With Head cleared to play...

 2022-01-13 04:00 

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Barrett shines as Knicks halt streaking Mavs...

The 21-year-old Barrett posted his second straight 30-point game, after scoring 31 in a rout of San Antonio on Monday.Mitchell Robinson added a season-high 19 -- including three dunks in a third-quarter dominated by the Knicks.All five Knicks starters sco...

 2022-01-13 03:56 

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More tense Ukraine talks loom at OSCE meet in Vienna...

The West has accused Moscow of massing tanks, artillery and about 100,000 soldiers on Ukraine's war-torn eastern border in recent weeks, in what NATO says is preparation for an invasion.But Moscow insists the military deployment is a response to what ...

 2022-01-13 03:54 

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Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Kanye West to headline Coachella...

Phoebe Bridgers, Megan Thee Stallion, Stromae, Rich Brian, Doja Cat and Karol G will also be among the dozens of performers at the California festival that traditionally has kicked off the music festival circuit.Coachella has not taken place since 2019. I...

 2022-01-13 03:44 

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French teachers to walk out over Covid confusion...

The strike "demonstrates the growing despair in schools", the largest teachers' union Snuipp-FSU said in a Tuesday statement announcing the strike.They complain that their members are unable to teach properly, are not adequately protected agai...

 2022-01-13 03:24 

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Students struggle as Lebanon crisis cripples university sector...

Agnes, a 22-year-old dentistry student from south Lebanon, is among the few still plodding to class in Beirut four days a week.The five hours she spends on a bus daily now costs her 1.3 million Lebanese pounds a month -- "that's half of my father&...

 2022-01-13 03:10 

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Kontaveit through as Jabeur injured ahead of Australian Open...

The Estonian fourth seed won a tight first set 6-4 before the Tunisian called for a medical timeout and after lengthy treatment on a lower back injury forfeited the match.It is a big setback for Jabeur just days before the opening Grand Slam of the year. ...

 2022-01-13 02:50 

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Judge delays Theranos founder sentencing to September...

Holmes is a rare example of a tech exec being brought to book over a company flaming out, in a sector littered with the carcasses of money-losing businesses that once promised untold riches.Her case shone a spotlight on the blurred line between the hustle...

 2022-01-13 02:20 

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Australian Open crowds capped at 50 percent over Covid...

Face masks will also be mandatory at the opening Grand Slam of the year, which starts on Monday, except when eating or drinking, and spectators must socially distance while indoors."These updates to arrangements for the Australian Open will mean that ...

 2022-01-13 02:04 

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'Rust' armorer sues film ammunition supplier over death on set...

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was the armorer in charge of weapons on the Western movie set in New Mexico, where actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a Halyna Hutchins in October after being told his firearm was safe.Film industry safety rules completely prohibit live...

 2022-01-13 01:58 

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Earth, wind and reindeer: Lapland herders see red over turbines...

"Before, the area was perfect for our reindeer. The place was pristine, unspoiled by human activity. Now, everything has been ruined for years to come," laments Leif Arne, the younger of the brothers, at the wheel of his 4x4.On both sides of the A...

 2022-01-13 01:56 

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In Cuba, 20-year sentence for filming protest...

They are among hundreds of people detained since July 11, when spontaneous street protests in 50 cities saw thousands of people clamoring for change, chanting "Freedom," "Down with the dictatorship" and "We are hungry."Now the axe ...

 2022-01-13 01:56 

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'Scream' returns to satirize new 'golden era' of horror...

This Friday, a film again entitled "Scream" -- again starring Campbell and Cox -- returns to breathe new life into the... you get the idea."Thank God we are working in a franchise, and in a universe, where it's okay for a movie to be wildl...

 2022-01-13 01:50 

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Meta-works: Online universe becomes lab for real-life products...

From sneakers sketched in the virtual world but produced in the real one, to designers who preview clothes on avatars before making them -- the barrier between digital and tangible is thinning."In real life, it's extremely expensive to make any pr...

 2022-01-13 01:40 

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US judge says French, Swiss cheesemakers' complaint full of holes...

When shoppers in Europe buy gruyere cheese, they can be sure that the soft, nutty wheel has been crafted by French or Swiss cheesemakers using a specific process, in a specific geographical region.That is because cheesemakers near Gruyeres, like bubbly-pr...

 2022-01-13 01:20 

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Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jews confront #MeToo claims...

"Lo Tishtok" -- Hebrew for "You will not be silent" -- is a phrase gaining momentum among ultra-Orthodox Jews, or haredim, who are being forced to reckon with claims of serious crimes, including sexual abuse of children, against several of...

 2022-01-13 01:16 

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Syrian ex-colonel faces verdict in German torture trial...

Anwar Raslan, 58, faces life in jail if convicted of overseeing the murder of 58 people and the torture of 4,000 others at the Al-Khatib detention centre in Damascus, also known as "Branch 251", in 2011 and 2012.He sought refuge in Germany after d...

 2022-01-12 23:52 

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Revved up US demand for used cars sends prices soaring...

The strange twist comes as a global shortage of computer chips amid the Covid-19 pandemic has stalled auto manufacturing, fueling a price increase for used vehicles, which in turn helped drive record US inflation last year.It "100 percent is a new tre...

 2022-01-12 23:40 

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US urges probe as citizen dies after Israel West Bank raid...

The mayor of the village of Jiljiliya, north of Ramallah, told AFP that Omar Abdulmajeed Asad's body was still in handcuffs after his death.But Israel said that it had apprehended a man during a raid in the village to "thwart terrorist activity...

 2022-01-12 23:30 

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California warns of possible oversight of Tesla tests...

Several clips on YouTube and Twitter show drivers testing Full Self-Driving beta and suddenly having to regain control of their vehicles to prevent their Tesla from hitting a pole or veering into the oncoming lane.Tesla has noted the tools require active ...

 2022-01-12 22:40 

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'Be My Baby' singer Ronnie Spector dies at 78...

"Our beloved earth angel, Ronnie, peacefully left this world today after a brief battle with cancer," read a family statement."Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on her face,...

 2022-01-12 22:20 

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Chaos, controversy at Cup of Nations as Mali, Gambia and Ivory Coast all win...

The incident completely overshadowed Mali's 1-0 win over one of the title contenders in Limbe, while Gambia and the Ivory Coast also claimed victories by a single goal as the first round of group matches in the competition were completed.Zambian offic...

 2022-01-12 22:18 

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Ransomware attack locks down US prison...

Cyber attackers hacked into the computer system that controls servers and internet access at the prison in Bernalillo County, New Mexico last week.For a short time, the jail's automatic door system was knocked out, meaning staff at the Metropolitan De...

 2022-01-12 22:14 

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French police arrest man over 2012 Alps killing of British family...

The arrest will allow investigators to carry out searches and check the individual's movements around the time of the killing of three members of the Al-Hilli family and a passing cyclist on September 5, 2012, prosecutors in Annecy said.The individual...

 2022-01-12 22:04 

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Real Madrid down Barcelona to reach Spanish Super Cup final...

At the end of a pulsating contest in Saudi Arabia, Madrid scraped through 3-2 after extra-time and will now face either Atletico Madrid or Athletic Bilbao, who play on Thursday, in Sunday's final.As expected, Madrid triumphed to make it a quintet of c...

 2022-01-12 21:54 

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US inflation 'too high,' lowering it a priority: Fed's Brainard...

The Fed's "most important task" is to focus on "getting inflation back down to two percent while sustaining a recovery that includes everyone," Brainard said in remarks prepared for delivery at her nomination hearing before the Senate ...

 2022-01-12 21:52 

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Chelsea sink Spurs to reach League Cup final...

Rudiger's first half header ensured Chelsea pressed home the advantage they had earned with a 2-0 win in the first leg last week.Thomas Tuchel's team also had VAR official Mike Dean on their side as Tottenham were given two penalties by Andre Marr...

 2022-01-12 21:38 

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Cameroon's Aboubakar bucks trend as goal drought mars AFCON...

When the African football showpiece expanded from 16 teams to 24 for the last tournament, in Egypt three years ago, 27 goals were scored in 12 matchday 1 games.But goals have been extremely scarce in Cameroon with just 12 in 12 matches, leading SuperSport...

 2022-01-12 21:20 

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US cancer death rate dropped by a third since 1991...

The cancer death rate for men and women fell 32 percent from its peak in 1991 to 2019, the American Cancer Society (ACS) said in its annual report.The drop represents about 3.5 million total deaths averted. "This success is largely because of fewer pe...

 2022-01-12 21:08 

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Gradel stunner gives Ivory Coast victory over Equatorial Guinea...

Gradel, the former Bournemouth and Saint-Etienne winger who now plays club football in Turkey, fired home an unstoppable shot from 20 metres in the fifth minute at the Japoma Stadium that proved enough for the Elephants.The 34-year-old, whose father died ...

 2022-01-12 20:58 

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No raised expectations for Aussie Smith after PGA win...

The 28-year-old Australian outfought Spain's top-ranked Jon Rahm down the stretch on Sunday to capture the event in Maui ahead of his start Thursday in the Sony Open in Hawaii at Honolulu."Game felt really good coming down the stretch there with o...

 2022-01-12 20:46 

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Last-minute Mozalev takes European Championship lead...

In a Russian sweep, Mark Kondratiuk and Evgeni Semenenko claimed second and third ahead of Friday's free skate with the trio separated by less than a point.Skating to "Heart Cry" by progressive American composer Drehz, Mozalev scored 99.76 poi...

 2022-01-12 20:22 

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Iran sends French-Iranian academic back to prison: supporters...

Adelkhah was sentenced in May 2020 to five years in prison for conspiring against national security, accusations her supporters have always denounced as absurd. She was allowed home in Tehran in October 2020 with an electronic bracelet.She is one of at le...

 2022-01-12 19:56 

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Fed reports signs businesses are seeing price surge ebb...

However, the central bank's latest Beige Book survey of economic conditions covering the period from late November till the first few days of 2022 also warned that the Omicron variant of Covid-19 had already disrupted business as it spread nationwide....

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