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 2022-06-15 11:36 

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Ikea to 'scale down' Russia, Belarus operations over Ukraine war...

Along with a slew of Western companies, Ikea announced in early March that it was suspending its Russian and Belarusian activities, affecting nearly 15,000 employees."Unfortunately, the circumstances have not improved, and the devastating war continue...

 2022-06-15 11:32 

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Two political veterans face off in fight for Nigeria's presidency...

Two wealthy, Muslim, septuagenarian political warhorses who both shook off corruption scandals, Tinubu and Abubakar have much in common. Now they face off in the February election after winning their primaries. Tinubu, 70, is a former Lagos governor nickn...

 2022-06-15 11:28 

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Spain bakes on fifth day of early heatwave...

Almost all of Spain was affected, with nine of the country's 17 regions on orange alert, the second highest level possible, Spain's meteorological agency AEMET said.Temperatures were set to hit 41 degrees Celsius (105.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in Bada...

 2022-06-15 10:52 

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Thailand takes step towards same-sex marriage with parliament vote...

It is a significant landmark in a Buddhist-majority country with a highly visible LGBTQ community but whose members still face major barriers and discrimination.The lower house approved two bills that would allow same-sex marriages and also two others tha...

 2022-06-15 10:42 

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English bulldogs 'suffering', twice at risk of health issues...

The hugely popular dogs are 38 times more likely to develop skin fold infections, 27 times at greater risk of a disorder called "cherry eye" and nearly 20 times more likely to have breathing problems than other dogs, the research found.Dan O'N...

 2022-06-15 10:28 

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EU takes legal action against UK for breaching N.Ireland agreement...

"The UK government tabled legislation confirming its intention to unilaterally break international law," EU commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic said."More precisely to break an agreement that protects peace and stability in Northern Irela...

 2022-06-15 10:16 

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Calls in UK to ditch European rights pact after Rwanda plan blocked...

The last-gasp intervention by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) forced the government to abandon the first flight, after the number of claimants aboard had already been whittled down by legal challenges in the UK.Cabinet member Therese Coffey said...

 2022-06-15 10:16 

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Tanzania targets internet giants with new tax...

The two-percent tax will come into effect in July and follows similar attempts by other countries to force US multinational tech companies to pay at least a portion of their revenues in local tax.Tanzania's Minister for Finance and Planning, Mwigulu N...

 2022-06-15 10:02 

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France claims capture of senior IS figure in Mali...

The arrest comes as France prepares to complete its withdrawal from Mali after almost a decade battling a jihadist insurgency in the country with the French-led Barkhane anti-insurgency force."In the night of 11-12 June, an operation of the Barkhane f...

 2022-06-15 09:56 

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England shocker heaps pressure on Southgate before World Cup...

England's worst home loss since 1928 leaves the Three Lions facing the ignominy of relegation from the top tier of the Nations League.But it is the impact such an embarrassment will have on Southgate's preparations for the World Cup in five months...

 2022-06-15 09:56 

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K-pop legends and kings of 'soft power': South Korea's BTS...

The trailblazing boy band, who announced they would go on a break Tuesday, are credited with transforming the global music industry -- the first all-Korean group to dominate the US and UK charts and build a truly global fanbase.They've spoken at the U...

 2022-06-15 09:52 

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Ukrainian mothers abroad stuck between guilt and uncertainty...

Russia invaded Ukraine that day, and the 26-year-old social media and marketing manager immediately made a decision to leave, threw things into her car and set off for the Polish border.But, after two weeks in Poland and a month and a half in Portugal, th...

 2022-06-15 09:48 

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China Covid pass system allegedly used to block protest...

China relies on a vast coronavirus surveillance infrastructure to carry out rigorous contact tracing as part of its zero-Covid strategy to stamp out all outbreaks.Residents are required to scan codes on their smartphones to access public venues and transp...

 2022-06-15 09:48 

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No way around BTS break as military service looms: analysts...

Many of the group's fans -- known as ARMY -- were moved by the "exhausted" pop stars' emotional plea for time apart to grow, but analysts say there may be a more strategic reason behind the pending hiatus.All South Korean able-bodied young...

 2022-06-15 08:52 

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ECB calls surprise meeting as borrowing costs rise...

A week after a regular gathering, the governing council will hold an "ad-hoc meeting" to discuss "current market conditions," an ECB spokesperson said.The ECB drew a line under years of ultra-loose monetary policy at last week's meetin...

 2022-06-15 08:34 

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Indigenous team scours remote Amazon for missing Phillips and Pereira...

Since the pair's disappearance on June 5, about 20 members of the Union of Indigenous Peoples of the Javari Valley (UNIVAJA) have relentlessly searched the area in Atalaia do Norte, one of the world's most remote places.Phillips, 57, a regular con...

 2022-06-15 07:52 

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Flights resume after computer glitch shuts Swiss airspace...

"Swiss airspace is now open again," Swiss air traffic control service Skyguide said in a tweet, adding "the technical malfunction at Skyguide has been resolved".It did not say what had caused the problem that shut Swiss airspace for hours ...

 2022-06-15 07:44 

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New Japan law aims to help people pressured into porn...

The new law is intended to prevent talent scouts offering work as a model or idol performer before pushing recruits into sex and nudity.These experiences can cause "serious trauma", said Kazuko Ito, a Tokyo-based lawyer who campaigns against coerc...

 2022-06-15 06:58 

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Most Gaza children suffer 'distress' after 15 years of blockade: NGO...

Israel imposed the measure in June 2007, as fighters of the Islamist Hamas movement took control of the densely populated enclave. Israel, and Egypt, continue to severely restrict the flow of people and materials in and out. In a report called "Trappe...

 2022-06-15 06:58 

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Nine years at the top: the unstoppable rise of BTS...

The bombshell announcement late Tuesday night sent shockwaves through the septet's global fanbase, and caused the share price of their label HYBE to plunge, even as it pushed back, saying the bandmates would still work together.AFP takes a look back a...

 2022-06-15 06:32 

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Lacking tourism workers, Croatia recruits abroad...

Faced with a chronic shortage of tourism workers, Croatia is recruiting people in neighbouring Balkan countries and as far as Asia to fill the gap.It is a problem that other top tourist destinations in Europe -- France, Spain and Greece -- have also exper...

 2022-06-15 05:04 

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US panel weighs authorizing Covid vaccines for youngest children...

Children under five are the only age group not yet eligible for Covid immunization in the United States and most other countries. If, as expected, panelists vote in favor of greenlighting the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, formal authorizations should follo...

 2022-06-15 04:40 

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Skipper Yoshida fires World Cup warning after Japan 'fell apart'...

The four-time Asian champions ended an encouraging run of results on a sour note on Tuesday with a second-half collapse in Osaka.The experienced Yoshida gifted Tunisia a penalty in the 55th minute and made another defensive howler just over 20 minutes lat...

 2022-06-15 04:34 

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China's middle class looks to flee as Covid policies bite...

He has given up hope of a return to normal after months of lockdowns in Shanghai, and now plans to close his firm and move to Hungary, where he sees better opportunities and his 13-year-old son can attend an international school."Our losses this year ...

 2022-06-15 04:28 

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Morris rescues USA in 1-1 draw with El Salvador...

Seattle Sounders forward Morris headed home a Luca de la Torre cross in the first minute of added time to deny El Salvador a first victory over the USA since 1992.El Salvador had looked poised to score an upset over US coach Gregg Berhalter's World Cu...

 2022-06-15 04:26 

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Stradivarius bids to make winning end to Royal Ascot career...

He is already a rarity in flat racing in being one of the greats with exceptional longevity -- normally horses of his level retire for breeding purposes at three or four. In another rarity, due to his many years at the top and his exploits on the track, S...

 2022-06-15 03:46 

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South Korean truckers end week-long strike...

The truckers' industrial action had disrupted production and shipments for the crucial steel, petrochemical and automobile sectors, in an early test for new President Yoon Suk-yeol who has vowed to deal with labour disputes "strictly".The Carg...

 2022-06-15 02:58 

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China factory output, retail sales weak as Covid shadow persists...

The government is persisting with a zero-Covid strategy to stamp out clusters as they emerge, but this has placed companies and consumers at the mercy of snap, economically damaging lockdowns.Retail sales sank 6.7 percent on-year in May, the National Bure...

 2022-06-15 02:56 

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Ultra-fast delivery firms face post-pandemic hangover...

The 25-year-old Master's student from Mumbai could be a poster-child for the multibillion-dollar "quick commerce" sector, but instead he symbolises the malaise. "Working conditions are terrible," he said, complaining that his employer,...

 2022-06-15 02:56 

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Asian markets enjoy post-rout calm as traders await Fed hike...

Trading floors saw a sea of red at the start of the week after data showed US consumer prices soared at their fastest pace in four decades last month, confounding hopes they were stabilising and putting pressure on officials to act.The news ramped up bets...

 2022-06-15 01:58 

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Canada businesses hire young teenagers to fill labor shortage...

The 13-year-old, who wears a blue cap and round glasses, is one of an increasing number of teens who have decided to work after school, helping to address the country's labor shortage."I wanted a part-time job, work hours here and there, to earn s...

 2022-06-15 01:56 

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US central bank ponders huge rate hike to combat price surge...

The central bank seemed set to increase the benchmark interest rate again by 0.5 percentage points, but a resurgence of consumer and producer prices in May has fueled growing speculation of a 75-basis-point hike.While some economists continue to argue tha...

 2022-06-15 01:52 

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It's (not) alive! Google row exposes AI troubles...

The Silicon Valley giant suspended one of its engineers last week who argued the firm's AI system LaMDA seemed "sentient," a claim Google officially disagrees with.Several experts told AFP they were also highly skeptical of the consciousness c...

 2022-06-15 01:44 

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All Blacks reject Perenara named in Maori squad to face Ireland...

Perenara is among four Test players included in a 28-strong group for midweek fixtures in Hamilton on June 29 and Wellington on July 12.Ireland will play three Tests against New Zealand on July 2, 9 and 16.A veteran of 78 Tests, Perenara was left out of t...

 2022-06-15 01:28 

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No, Happy the elephant isn't a person, New York's top court says...

The state's Court of Appeals 5-2 verdict against the habeas corpus proceeding filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NRP) means Happy will remain in her one-acre lot, where she has lived for 45 years, rather than moving to a much larger sanctuary.NRP h...

 2022-06-15 00:00 

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Rahm, McIlroy face tension and drama at unique US Open...

Defending champion Jon Rahm, four-time major winner Rory McIlroy, top-ranked Masters champion Scottie Scheffler and two-time major winners Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa lead fan and oddsmakers favorites at The Country Club."You've got to have ...

 2022-06-14 23:14 

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Growing numbers avoiding news as 'too depressing': report...

The combined impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Russia-Ukraine war and cost-of-living crisis have led to declining interest in the news, a survey by the British research group found. Across 46 countries surveyed and 93,000 participants, it found the share w...

 2022-06-14 23:04 

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'Lightyear' banned in 14 markets after same-sex kiss controversy...

Countries across Asia and the Middle East have refused to give Pixar's "Toy Story" spinoff a showing, in the latest development for parent company Disney as it tries to navigate differing public and political attitudes on LGBTQ issues.Regulato...

 2022-06-14 21:54 

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England trounced by Hungary in Nations League as Germany hammer Italy...

Not since a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Scotland's 'Wembley Wizards' in 1928 had England been beaten by four goals at home, but they were torn apart by Hungary in Wolverhampton and are now in real danger of being relegated from League A to the ...

 2022-06-14 21:48 

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Eletrobras goes private with Bolsonaro bell ring...

The launch dilutes the Brazilian government's stake in Eletrobras, Latin America's biggest electricity company, from 72 percent to 45 percent.It is part of Bolsonaro's plans to privatize state-run companies en masse -- a promise he has largely...

 2022-06-14 21:22 

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Floods, fires, heat waves: US struggles with climate catastrophes...

A series of slow motion disasters is gripping the country as it enters summer, with warnings of misery for months to come in some areas.Around 120 million people were under some sort of advisory as a heat wave scorched the Upper Midwest and the Southeast....

 2022-06-14 21:16 

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UN Yemen envoy calls on Huthi rebels to open roads to besieged city...

"It is critical that this truce," which was renewed in June for another two months "can also deliver on easing the suffering of the people of Taez," said envoy Hans Grundberg, noting that for years, Yemenis' "freedom of movement ha...

 2022-06-14 21:14 

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Brilliant Germany equal their biggest win over Italy...

The result in Moenchengladbach matched the Germans' 5-2 triumph over the Azzurri at Berlin's Olympic Stadium back in 1939.An early goal by Joshua Kimmich and Ilkay Gundogan's penalty at Borussia Park put the hosts 2-0 up before the floodgates ...

 2022-06-14 21:12 

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US extends sanctions exemption for energy payments to Russia...

The exemption from devastating US financial sanctions, which effectively severed Russia from most of the global financial system, was due to expire June 24.The renewed carve-out will "align our regulations with the implementation timing of the Europea...

 2022-06-14 20:36 

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Macron urges solid parliament majority amid 'troubled times'...

Speaking as he departed from Paris to visit French troops dispatched to Romania in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Macron said "the months ahead will be difficult".But he called for people to back him in the name of "the higher n...

 2022-06-14 20:34 

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Costa Rica claim last World Cup place with victory over New Zealand...

Former Arsenal forward Campbell netted in the third minute in Doha and New Zealand, who were reduced to 10 men in the second half, could not find an equaliser despite dominating for long periods.Costa Rica will face Germany, Spain and Japan in a tough Gro...

 2022-06-14 20:24 

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Canada, Denmark settle 'whiskey war' over Arctic island...

The two sides formally announced a deal to split Hans Island and effectively create the first land border between Canada and Europe at a signing ceremony in Ottawa with Canadian and Danish foreign ministers.Dividing up the kidney-shaped island and resolvi...

 2022-06-14 20:24 

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Tampon shortage latest sign of supply chain issues in US stores...

Drugstore chains CVS and Walgreens confirmed in messages to AFP that some brands of tampons are temporarily unavailable in some areas.Procter & Gamble, which makes the ubiquitous Tampax line among other products, said customers might not be able to find t...

 2022-06-14 19:54 

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UN warns against adoption of Ukrainian children in Russia...

"We're reiterating, including to the Russian Federation, that adoption should never occur during or immediately after emergencies," Asfhan Khan, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) regional director for Europe and Central Asia, told reporters....

 2022-06-14 19:48 

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Polish hammer star Wlodarczyk to miss world championships...

The 36-year-old Pole will also miss the European championships in Munich in August."My goal is Paris 2024. I'm motivated to do my rehabilitation as well as possible," the world record holder, who has won gold at the last three Olympics, told b...

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