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 2022-05-11 11:12 

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Africa grapples with way forward on cybercrime...

Countries south of the Sahara are some of the world's fastest-growing online markets -- which makes them both attractive and vulnerable to cybercrime, say specialists."The issue of cybersecurity has to be raised to the core duties of the state,...

 2022-05-11 11:08 

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Templeton Prize-winning physicist pushes back against anti-intellectualism...

The 70-year-old told AFP he saw the award as a testament to the inspiring power of science, at a time when scientists themselves are increasingly under fire by anti-intellectual elements in society."In the United States, where I live, it's in our ...

 2022-05-11 10:38 

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South Korea's new president opens Blue House to the public...

The building, named for the approximately 150,000 hand-painted blue tiles that adorn its roof, has been home to South Korea's leaders since 1948, and was largely restricted to the public. That has changed since Yoon, a former top prosecutor who was sw...

 2022-05-11 10:30 

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China censors zero-Covid debate after WHO criticises policy...

China is the last major economy glued to a zero-Covid policy and enforces some of the most stringent virus controls anywhere in the world. Those restrictions have trapped most of Shanghai's 25 million people in a lockdown with no clear end date, while...

 2022-05-11 10:28 

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Former New Zealand captain McCullum linked to England coach role - reports...

The Daily Mail said McCullum, a key figure behind New Zealand's rise in both red and white ball cricket, had become a candidate on recently-appointed England director of cricket Rob Key's list of possible coaches. Key is known to want to split the...

 2022-05-11 10:20 

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EU envoy meets Iran nuclear negotiator in Tehran...

The meeting between Mora and Iranian Deputy Vice President Ali Bagheri is "currently taking place", according to state news agency IRNA, which circulated pictures of the encounter without providing further details.Talks between world powers and Ir...

 2022-05-11 09:30 

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Girmay promises to take Eritrean cycling to fresh heights...

In March, six days before his 22nd birthday, Girmay signalled his all-round potential at Gent-Wevelgem, becoming the first African to win one of cycling's one-day classics.He follows in the ground-breaking tyre tracks of Natnael Berhane who won the To...

 2022-05-11 09:14 

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'The Rock' diamond goes under the hammer...

The 228.31-carat stone, larger than a golf ball, is "a truly exceptional pear-shaped diamond", said Max Fawcett, head of the jewels department at Christie's auction house in Geneva.It is "the largest white diamond ever to be offered at auc...

 2022-05-11 09:12 

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Every heatwave enhanced by climate change: experts...

Burning fossil fuels and destroying forests have released enough greenhouse gases into the atmosphere to also boost the frequency and intensity of many floods, droughts, wildfires and tropical storms, they detailed in a state-of-science report."There ...

 2022-05-11 09:04 

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Malaysia central bank hikes interest rate to tame inflation...

Bank Negara Malaysia joins other central banks around the world in tightening monetary policy as the cost of everyday goods is pushed higher by supply chain problems and surging commodity prices.The bank lifted its main rate 25 basis points to two percent...

 2022-05-11 09:02 

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Struggling Kohli mutes TV to silence critics...

The 33-year-old former India skipper has endured an extended batting slump for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League and fell for his third golden duck of the season on Sunday.Commentators have said that the usually prolific batsman loo...

 2022-05-11 08:36 

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India relaxes environment rules for coal mines, citing heatwave...

Coal makes up more than two-thirds of India's energy needs, even as unseasonably hot weather illustrates the threat from climate change caused by burning fossil fuels.Soaring temperatures have prompted higher energy demand in recent weeks and left Ind...

 2022-05-11 08:32 

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Hong Kong defence fund trustee arrested at airport: sources...

The arrest was confirmed by a second legal source. Police have yet to respond to a request for comment.Hui was arrested for "collusion with foreign forces", one source said, an offence under a new security law that Beijing imposed on Hong Kong in ...

 2022-05-11 08:12 

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Where's the money? Japan town sues after $360,000 subsidy mix-up...

"We're sorry to cause trouble to residents... We're now suing this household," an official from Abu told AFP, adding that the decision would be approved at a council meeting on Thursday.Last month, the town in western Yamaguchi prefecture,...

 2022-05-11 08:08 

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Sri Lanka orders 'offensive' to contain riots...

Police say eight people have died since Monday, when frustration at a dire economic crisis erupted into violence between backers and opponents of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, injuring over 200.Even with a curfew and thousands of security forces told to &...

 2022-05-11 07:58 

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Triumphant Marcos faces high expectations from Philippines poor...

Now they expect him to deliver.Residents of the impoverished Baseco neighbourhood in Manila do not think of 64-year-old Marcos, nicknamed Bongbong, as the mega-rich scion of a political dynasty famed for extorting billions, stockpiling designer shoes and ...

 2022-05-11 07:26 

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'Many die': Ukraine throws it all to halt Russian surge...

One of the doctors reassured the wincing fighter that the tourniquet being squeezed just above his knee did not mean he was about to lose a part of his leg.Another peered back at the smoke rising above one of the biggest battles of Russia's methodical...

 2022-05-11 06:52 

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It was this big! Cambodian fishermen hook giant endangered stingray...

The female leviathan, one of Southeast Asia's largest and rarest species of fish, was caught by accident last week in Stung Treng province when it swallowed a smaller fish that had taken a baited hook.An international team of experts on the US-funded ...

 2022-05-11 06:46 

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Indonesian teenager beats top-ranked Yamaguchi in badminton upset...

Indonesia's Bilqis Prasista, 18, saw off Japan's world champion 21-19, 21-19 in 35 minutes at Bangkok's Impact Arena.But Japan roared back to beat the Indonesians 4-1 and top Group A. Both teams have qualified for the quarter-finals of the wom...

 2022-05-11 06:32 

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NZ Rugby to vote on controversial $134mn US private equity deal...

New Zealand Rugby members have been asked to vote on the proposed investment from Silver Lake at the meeting in Auckland on June 2.Chief executive Mark Robinson is anxious it be approved to bring economic muscle to match the northern hemisphere nations.Th...

 2022-05-11 06:26 

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Al Jazeera journalist killed by Israeli forces in West Bank...

Al Jazeera said Abu Aqleh, 51, a prominent figure in the channel's Arabic news service was shot "deliberately4; and "in cold blood," by Israeli troops. The Israeli army confirmed it had conducted an operation early Wednesday in Jenin re...

 2022-05-11 05:54 

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Philippine election winner Marcos visits dictator father's grave...

Marcos senior died in exile in 1989, but his remains were only interred in the national heroes' cemetery in Manila in 2016 after President Rodrigo Duterte defied public outcry to order their burial with full military honours. In 1986, the patriarch wa...

 2022-05-11 05:42 

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Madrid rivals Miami as haven for Latin American dissidents...

"Miami has always been the destination of those who suffered from Latin American dictatorships," Cuban dissident and playwright Yunior Garcia, who went into self-imposed exile in Madrid in November, told AFP.But now "many Latin Americans are c...

 2022-05-11 05:38 

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In Kyiv, boxing gyms offer chance to ease war stress...

"With the curfew in the city and restrictions on movement, we needed some place to blow off steam and discharge emotional tension," said Oleksandr, a 38-year-old employee of the International Red Cross in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv who did not giv...

 2022-05-11 05:34 

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Al Jazeera journalist killed by Israeli forces in West Bank...

Al Jazeera and the Palestinian health ministry confirmed the death of Abu Aqleh, 51, a prominent figure in the channel's Arabic news service.The Israeli army confirmed that it had conducted an operation early Wednesday in Jenin refugee camp, a strongh...

 2022-05-11 05:14 

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New Zealand fully reopens to the world in August: Ardern...

Border safeguards will be lifted fully and all pre-departure testing dropped from 11:59 pm on July 31, with Ardern saying "New Zealand is in demand and now fully open for business".The controls dating back to March 2020 have been hailed as world-l...

 2022-05-11 05:12 

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Toyota posts record full-year net profit, forecasts cautious...

The Japanese auto giant, which kept its crown as the world's top-selling carmaker in 2021, reported a net profit of 2.85 trillion yen ($22 billion), up 26.9 percent from the previous year. But for the current year to March 2023, it said it expects to ...

 2022-05-11 04:58 

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Russians 'pushed away from Kharkiv' as Washington warns of long war...

Following that bleak prediction, and after President Joe Biden warned that Ukraine would likely run out of funds to keep fighting within days, the US House of Representatives voted Tuesday to send a $40 billion aid package to the country.The US Senate is ...

 2022-05-11 04:54 

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EA Sports to end FIFA video-game partnership after three decades...

Launched in 1993, a generation of millions of football fans and gamers across the globe grew up playing the game and it became a huge money-spinner.But "months of tense negotiations" between California-based Electronic Arts (EA) and governing body...

 2022-05-11 04:22 

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Summer heatwave bleaches 91% of Great Barrier Reef: report...

It was the first time on record the reef had suffered bleaching during a La Nina weather cycle, when cooler temperatures would normally be expected.The Reef Snapshot report offered new details of the damage caused by the fourth "mass bleaching" th...

 2022-05-11 03:46 

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US takes first step to approve $40 bn in Ukraine aid...

The defense, humanitarian and economic funding passed the House of Representatives by 368 votes to 57, with the two parties' leaders having already reached an agreement on the details. It will likely pass the Senate by the end of the week or next week...

 2022-05-11 03:44 

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Tokyo to recognise same-sex partnerships from November...

Japan is the only nation of the Group of Seven countries that does not recognise same-sex unions, and its constitution stipulates that "marriage shall be only with the mutual consent of both sexes".But in recent years, local authorities across the...

 2022-05-11 03:36 

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Thailand's women cricketers look past World Cup heartache...

In contrast to Asian powerhouses India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, where the game has deep historical roots going back to British imperial rule, cricket remains in its infancy in Thailand and is still virtually unknown.Thailand qualified for the 2020 Women&#...

 2022-05-11 03:22 

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The 1997 chess game that thrust AI into the spotlight...

May 11, 1997 was a watershed for the relationship between man and machine, when the artificial intelligence (AI) supercomputer Deep Blue finally achieved what developers had been promising for decades. It was an "incredible" moment, AI expert Phil...

 2022-05-11 03:20 

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Asian stocks open mixed as investors fret over oil prices...

Equities have been on a roller coaster ride in recent weeks, fuelled by inflationary pressures, Russia's war in Ukraine and concerns about China's Covid-19 lockdowns affecting the global supply chain. The mainland's sinking April exports -- th...

 2022-05-11 03:18 

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Ukraine war revives France-Spain MidCat gas pipeline project...

What is MidCat?Initially launched in 2003, the 190-kilometre (120-mile) Midi-Catalonia (MidCat) pipeline would pump gas across the Pyrenees from Hostalric just north of Barcelona to Barbaira in southern France.Its aim was to transport gas from Algeria thr...

 2022-05-11 02:16 

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Lebanon: small, multi-religious Mideast country...

Here are some key facts about Lebanon.Multi-confessionalThe country with the cedar tree flag is one of the smallest in the Middle East, at about 10,000 square kilometres (3,900 square miles).Its population of around 4.5 million Lebanese is dwarfed by its ...

 2022-05-11 02:04 

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Summer heatwave bleaches 91% of Great Barrier Reef: report...

It was the first time on record the reef had suffered bleaching during a La Nina weather cycle, when temperatures would normally be expected to be cooler.The Reef Snapshot report offered new detail on the damage caused by the fourth "mass bleaching...

 2022-05-11 02:00 

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Despite public anger, Lebanon vote set to entrench status quo...

Given Lebanon's sectarian-based politics, it will likely "reproduce the political class and give it internal and international legitimacy", said Rima Majed of the American University of Beirut."Maybe candidates from the opposition will cli...

 2022-05-11 01:26 

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Final refrain for iPod as Apple stops production...

Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs introduced the devices nearly 21 years ago with his legendary showmanship flare, and the small, easy to operate players helped the company revolutionize how music was sold.It packed "a mind-blowing 1,000 songs" the...

 2022-05-11 00:22 

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Pentagon lauds reporting on US military killing civilians...

Last December the newspaper exposed cover-ups of what it called thousands of civilian deaths caused by US forces during the 20-year war, deeply embarrassing the US government. Citing internal US documents, the report said the US military had advertised it...

 2022-05-10 21:26 

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Mike Tyson to face no charges over plane fracas: US prosecutor...

Cell phone footage showed Tyson leaning over the back of his seat and delivering a flurry of blows to the man, who appeared to be left with bruises and some bleeding after the April 20 incident."Iron Mike" was initially friendly to the passenger a...

 2022-05-10 21:16 

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Ecuadoran police say 200 prisoners recaptured after prison riot...

At least 44 people died after a fight broke out on Monday between the rival Los Lobos and R7 gangs inside the Bellavista prison in Santo Domingo de los Colorados, in the center of Ecuador some 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Quito.Authorities initially said...

 2022-05-10 21:14 

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Liverpool rally to keep Premier League title hopes alive...

The Reds quickly made amends for a slow start as Joel Matip cancelled out Douglas Luiz's opener inside six minutes.Mane's fine header 25 minutes from time then did enough to keep the pressure on City, who have a game in hand away to Wolves on Wedn...

 2022-05-10 21:02 

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US gun deaths soared in 2020 amid pandemic: CDC...

The US racked up 19,350 firearm homicides in 2020, up nearly 35 percent as compared to 2019, and 24,245 gun suicides (up 1.5 percent), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in its report. The CDC deemed both the murders and suicides by...

 2022-05-10 20:28 

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Qatar announces first arrests for fake World Cup merchandise...

The five were detained by the Gulf state's cyber crimes police "for promoting the sale of clothes bearing the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 logo without obtaining prior approval from FIFA," the interior ministry said in a statement.FIFA is world f...

 2022-05-10 20:18 

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US celebrity chef Batali acquitted of sexual assault...

A judge acquitted Batali of indecent assault and battery charges in Boston Municipal Court after the 61-year-old chef waived his right to a jury trial.Batali, known for his red ponytail and orange Croc shoes, had been accused of forcibly kissing and grabb...

 2022-05-10 19:56 

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Elon Musk says he would lift Twitter ban on Trump...

Musk's endorsement of a Trump return to the global messaging platform quickly triggered fears among activists that Musk would "open the floodgates of hate.""I would reverse the permanent ban," the billionaire said at a Financial Times ...

 2022-05-10 18:34 

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Elon Musk says he would lift Twitter ban on Trump...

"I would reverse the permanent ban," the billionaire said at a Financial Times conference, noting that he doesn't own Twitter yet, so "this is not like a thing that will definitely happen."The Tesla chief's $44-billion deal to buy ...

 2022-05-10 18:00 

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Rising US inflation is main economic, political challenge for Biden...

Biden, whose popularity has taken a hit amid the highest inflation in four decades, highlighted his efforts to combat the flare-up in prices while drawing a stark contrast with policies proposed by opposition Republicans."I want every American to know...

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