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 2021-07-31 17:08 

Radio France International

'Little bit tired' Van Vleuten shrugs off Olympics jet lag for San Sebastian triumph...

Annemiek van Vleuten shrugged off jet lag and a 10,000km journey from Japan to win the San Sebastian classic on Saturday, just three days after capturing an Olympic gold medal."With the jet lag, I felt a bit more tired," said the 38-year-old Dutch...

 2021-07-31 16:18 

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American Powless wins San Sebastian cycling classic...

American Neilson Powless of EF Education-Nippo won the San Sebastian classic on Saturday after edging a thrilling three-way dash for the line on the Basque city's famous seafront.The 24-year-old from Florida was part of a breakaway over the narrow hil...

 2021-07-31 16:18 

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Heatwave causes massive melt of Greenland ice sheet...

Greenland's ice sheet has experienced a "massive melting event" during a heatwave that has seen temperatures more than 10 degrees above seasonal norms, according to Danish researchers. Since Wednesday the ice sheet covering the vast Arctic ter...

 2021-07-31 16:08 

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Gatland says he 'did not take too much notice' of Erasmus video...

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland said he "did not take too much notice" of the Rassie Erasmus video that dominated the build-up to the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town on Saturday. Erasmus posted a 62-minute video on Thurs...

 2021-07-31 15:56 

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Chinese pop star Kris Wu detained on suspicion of rape...

Chinese-Canadian pop idol Kris Wu has been detained on suspicion of rape, Beijing police said Saturday.Wu was accused last week by 19-year-old student Du Meizhu of date-raping her when she was 17, drawing widespread condemnation of the singer on Chinese s...

 2021-07-31 15:32 

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Bencic wins Olympic women's title as angry Djokovic misses medal...

Belinda Bencic became the first Swiss woman to win the Olympic singles title on Saturday with a battling victory over Czech Marketa Vondrousova, after an angry Novak Djokovic lost his cool and missed out on a medal.The 24-year-old Bencic edged out Vondrou...

 2021-07-31 15:28 

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Staging French football curtain raiser a 'win' for Israel, says organiser Sylvan Adams...

Staging Sunday's French Champions Trophy between cup winners Paris Saint-Germain and league champions Lille in Israel may be controversial -- but the man behind the Tel Aviv showdown says the country can only benefit.Israeli billionaire Sylvan Adams h...

 2021-07-31 14:00 

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Mir hits hat-trick to send Spain into Olympic semi with Japan...

Substitute Rafa Mir hit a hat-trick as Spain finally saw off Ivory Coast 5-2 in extra time in the Tokyo Olympics men's football on Saturday to set up a semi-final with hosts Japan.Brazil defeated Egypt 1-0 thanks to a first-half strike by Matheus Cunh...

 2021-07-31 13:50 

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Thompson-Herah defends Olympic sprint title, Bromell struggles...

Elaine Thompson-Herah ran the joint second fastest time in history as she retained her Olympic 100m crown on Saturday ahead of pre-race favourite Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in a Jamaican podium sweep.Thompson-Herah, who won the sprint double at the Rio Olymp...

 2021-07-31 13:06 

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Thompson-Herah storms to victory in women's Olympic 100m...

Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah successfully defended her Olympic 100m crown on Saturday, storming to victory with the second fastest time in history.Thompson-Herah raced over the line at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium in 10.61sec, with two-time champion...

 2021-07-31 11:50 

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In Tunis cafes, cynicism saps opposition to president's power grab...

Under a blazing Tunis sun, cafe owner Radhi al-Chawich is chatting amicably with customers when he lets slip he supports the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party, the main opponent of a power grab by President Kais Saied.All five turn on him immediately, tell...

 2021-07-31 11:38 

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Taliban and Afghan forces clash again outside Herat city...

Afghan and Taliban forces clashed again on the outskirts of Herat Saturday, a day after a police guard was killed when a United Nations compound in the western city came under attack.Violence has surged across the country since early May, when the Taliban...

 2021-07-31 11:16 

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Doctors in Saudi separate Yemeni baby from twin...

A team of doctors in Saudi Arabia has separated a Yemeni baby from her parasitic twin, authorities said, marking their 50th successful operation on conjoined twins.Aisha Ahmed Saeed was born fully developed but with an extended pelvis area and an extra pa...

 2021-07-31 09:22 

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Angry Djokovic loses to Carreno Busta in Olympics bronze-medal match...

Novak Djokovic hurled his racquet into the empty stands and smashed another on a net post as he lost his cool on his way to defeat against Pablo Carreno Busta in the Olympics bronze medal match on Saturday.The 20-time major champion, whose Golden Grand Sl...

 2021-07-31 08:20 

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History-chasing Ledecky hungry for more as she eyes Olympic record...

Katie Ledecky is in rarefied company on the all-time list of female Olympic swimmers after claiming two more golds in Tokyo but her hunger for glory shows no sign of abating.The American came to Japan with five gold medals under her belt and triumphed in ...

 2021-07-31 08:18 

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Israel pushes for UN action against Iran over deadly ship attack...

Israel's foreign minister said he has ordered the nation's diplomats to push for UN action against Iran over a deadly attack on a ship managed by an Israeli billionaire.The MT Mercer Street tanker was attacked in the northern Indian Ocean on Thurs...

 2021-07-31 08:10 

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Bangladeshis rush back to work as factories reopen despite virus surge...

Hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers rushed back to major cities Saturday, besieging train and bus stations, after the government said export factories could reopen despite a deadly coronavirus wave.With the economy badly hit by the pandem...

 2021-07-31 04:24 

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China outbreak spreads as WHO sounds alarm on Delta...

Mushrooming outbreaks of the highly contagious Delta variant prompted China and Australia to impose stricter Covid-19 restrictions on Saturday as the WHO urged the world to quickly contain the mutation before it turns into something deadlier and draws out...

 2021-07-31 04:12 

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Dressel, Ledecky grab gold as world records tumble in Tokyo...

Caeleb Dressel set a new 100m butterfly world record to grab his third gold medal in Tokyo Saturday, as Katie Ledecky reinforced her dominance of distance swimming with a third Olympic 800m freestyle title.Two-time world champion Dressel was always going ...

 2021-07-31 04:10 

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Britain's track cycling domination over, says Danish world champion Pedersen...

Britain's all-conquering cycling team have been "caught", says one of Denmark's world record breakers Rasmus Pedersen, as Tokyo 2020's track events get set to start on Monday.Pedersen was one of the quartet that smashed the team pursui...

 2021-07-31 04:08 

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Biles out of more Olympic events as doping case rocks athletics...

Simone Biles pulled out of two more events at the Olympics on Saturday, raising major doubts over whether she will compete again in Tokyo as Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare was thrown out after failing a doping test.US swimmer Caeleb Dressel powered t...

 2021-07-31 03:06 

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US hurdlers sparkle at Olympics, Nigerian sprinter cast out for doping...

The good and the ugly side of Olympic athletics were on show on Saturday as Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad sparkled on the track while Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare was thrown out of the Games after failing a doping test.McLaughlin and Muham...

 2021-07-31 00:52 

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Australia's third-largest city of Brisbane to enter Covid lockdown...

Australia's third-largest city of Brisbane and other parts of Queensland state will enter a snap Covid lockdown from Saturday as authorities race to contain an emerging outbreak of the Delta strain.Millions of residents in the city and several other a...

 2021-07-31 00:24 

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Matsuyama closes on Schauffele as Olympics golf second round ends...

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama holed a four-foot birdie putt to move to nine-under par and within two shots of leader Xander Schauffele when the weather-delayed second round at the Tokyo Olympics men's golf tournament resumed on Saturday.The home favour...

 2021-07-31 00:14 

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Nigerian sprinter Okagbare fails drug test, out of Olympics...

Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare has been barred from the Olympics after failing a drug test, the first doping case of the Tokyo games track and field competition, officials said Saturday.The Athletics Integrity Unit said in a statement that Okagbare, ...

 2021-07-30 20:40 

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EU banks can weather 'harsh' crises but with big losses...

European banks can weather a severe economic crisis with a sharp drop in their financial reserves, according to results from an extensive stress test published on Friday.In the worst-case scenario, described as "very severe" and covering a period ...

 2021-07-30 19:44 

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Walmart again requiring masked workers in parts of US...

The world's largest retailer Walmart announced Friday that it will again require employees to wear face masks at stores in areas of the United States with high rates of Covid-19 transmission.The chain, which has become something of a bellwether for sa...

 2021-07-30 19:32 

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Fraser-Pryce eyes unique treble on Day 2 of Olympic athletics...

The second day of athletics at the Tokyo Olympics takes place on Saturday. AFP Sport looks at five stand-out events:Women's 100m - finalJamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce continues her bid to become the first woman to win a single individual Olympi...

 2021-07-30 19:30 

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Dressel, Ledecky hunt more gold as Fraser-Pryce seeks 100m treble...

US swim stars Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky will target more gold in Tokyo on Saturday as Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce tries to become the first woman to win an individual Olympic athletics event three times.Dressel, with two titles already un...

 2021-07-30 19:28 

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Ruud in third successive final despite Kyrgios 'steal' points blast...

Norway's Casper Ruud reached his third ATP final in three weeks on Friday, a day after Australian rival Nick Kyrgios accused him of "stealing points".Ruud has claimed titles at Bastad and Gstaad over the last two weekends as the European clay ...

 2021-07-30 19:18 

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US watchdog upholds SpaceX's Moon lander contract...

NASA did not violate regulations when it decided to give SpaceX the sole contract to build a Moon lander, a watchdog said Friday, in a ruling that denied challenges by competitors Blue Origin and Dynetics.The human landing system (HLS) contract, worth $2....

 2021-07-30 19:16 

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Twitter to offer 'bounty' to find algorithmic bias...

Twitter said Friday it would offer a cash "bounty" to users and researchers to help root out algorithmic bias on the social media platform.The San Francisco tech firm said this would be "the industry's first algorithmic bias bounty competi...

 2021-07-30 17:50 

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WHO urges action to suppress Covid before deadlier variants emerge...

The Delta variant of Covid-19 is a warning to the world to suppress the virus quickly before it mutates again into something even worse, the WHO said Friday.The highly-transmissible variant was first detected in India. It has now surfaced in 132 territori...

 2021-07-30 17:48 

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Ukraine LGBTQ activists hold rave to demand govt punish attacks...

Dozens of people took part in a rave party outside the Ukrainian president's office Friday to demand the authorities protect LGBTQ rights, sparking scuffles between police and right-wing protesters trying to prevent the event.Organisers accused the au...

 2021-07-30 17:36 

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UK court overturns govt go-ahead for Stonehenge road tunnel...

A British court on Friday overturned government approval for the construction of a controversial road tunnel close to the Stonehenge stone circle, following opposition from historians, archaeologists and druids.The ruling came after UNESCO confirmed that ...

 2021-07-30 17:12 

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Mercedes pair edge Verstappen in Hungarian Grand Prix practice 'sauna'...

Mercedes pair Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton edged Red Bull's Max Verstappen in practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday as the two teams renewed their rivalry following their controversial collision at Silverstone. Verstappen had been quic...

 2021-07-30 17:06 

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Amanda Knox accuses new movie of cashing in on her case...

Amanda Knox is complaining angrily that the new Matt Damon movie "Stillwater" -- a drama about a young American jailed in Europe for a killing she insists she did not commit -- cashes in on her own ordeal.Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito ...

 2021-07-30 17:02 

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England star Stokes taking indefinite break over 'mental well-being'...

England's Ben Stokes is to take an indefinite break from all forms of cricket to "prioritise his mental well-being", the England and Wales Cricket Board announced Friday, with the all-rounder the latest high-profile sports star to step away fr...

 2021-07-30 16:52 

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'The war has changed': US documents sound alarm on Delta variant...

The Delta variant of the coronavirus is as contagious as chickenpox, probably causes more severe disease, and breakthrough cases in vaccinated individuals may be as transmissible as unvaccinated cases, according to a leaked US government document.The inte...

 2021-07-30 15:34 

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Mercedes pair edge Verstappen in sweltering Hungarian Grand Prix practice...

Mercedes pair Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton edged Red Bull's Max Verstappen in practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday as the two teams renewed their rivalry following their controversial collision at Silverstone. Verstappen had been quic...

 2021-07-30 15:26 

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Two dead in attack on Israel-linked oil tanker off Oman...

Two crew members of an oil tanker managed by a company owned by a prominent Israeli businessman were killed in an attack off Oman, the vessel's London-based operator said Friday.Analysts said the attack bore all the hallmarks of tit-for-tat exchanges ...

 2021-07-30 15:12 

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Police guard killed at UN compound as fighting rages for Afghan city...

An Afghan police guard was killed Friday when a United Nations compound came under attack in Herat, officials said, as fighting raged between government forces and the Taliban on the outskirts of the western city.Violence has surged across the country sin...

 2021-07-30 15:04 

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US oil giants to keep a lid on spending even as profits surge...

US oil giants ExxonMobil and Chevron reported strong profits Friday riding a wave of higher prices amid recovering demand, but pledged to keep a lid on spending.The results marked a 180-degree reversal from this time last year when the companies suffered ...

 2021-07-30 14:30 

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Player welfare key for English cricket chiefs amid Ashes travel virus fears...

The England and Wales Cricket Board insisted Friday player and staff welfare were "paramount" ahead of the upcoming Ashes tour of Australia but stressed it was committed to finding a solution that enables England's best players to feature in t...

 2021-07-30 14:30 

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Italian community hopes to save fire-ravaged ancient tree...

Scientists in Sardinia are hoping a thousand-year-old olive tree nearly destroyed by recent fires can be saved, mobilising volunteers to stand guard around the remains of the ancient tree."The Patriarch", as it is known in the west of the Italian ...

 2021-07-30 14:22 

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Kolisi says referee 'disrespected' him, Australia defend Berry...

South Africa skipper Siya Kolisi on Friday fanned the flames of a refereeing storm ahead of the second Test against the British and Irish Lions by claiming Australian Nic Berry "disrespected4; him last weekend. Hours before the flanker spoke in an ...

 2021-07-30 14:04 

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China's space propaganda blitz endures at slick new planetarium...

China has opened the doors on what it bills as the world's largest planetarium, a slick new Shanghai facility showcasing the nation's recent extra-terrestrial exploits while notably downplaying those of space pioneers like the United States.Beijin...

 2021-07-30 13:34 

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Bernal and Alaphilippe can light up San Sebastian Classic...

Two weeks ahead of the Vuelta a Espana, race favourite Egan Bernal will test himself against world champion Julian Alaphilippe over the peaks and valleys of the Basque Country in the San Sebastian Classic on Saturday.The 24-year-old Colombian, who won the...

 2021-07-30 13:32 

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US price spike stabilized in June, income rising...

A key US inflation index climbed four percent in June compared to the same month last year, according to government data released Friday, indicating prices remain high as the economy reopens.But rather than accelerating as economists expected, the 12-mont...

 2021-07-30 13:12 

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Kenya extends curfew as Covid cases surge...

Kenya said Friday it is extending a nighttime curfew and banning public gatherings to slow the spread of Covid-19, warning that hospitals were becoming overwhelmed.The East African country has in recent days witnessed a jump in cases from the Delta varian...

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