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 2022-01-09 06:26 

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Former quarry turns haven for endangered UK birds...

With its reedbed wetlands, the marshy plain of the Fens outside Cambridge has become an attractive habitat for the secretive bittern, which was until 2015 on the UK's Red list of most-threatened species.Today the thickset heron, with its perfectly cam...

 2022-01-09 06:24 

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Future queen: Duchess of Cambridge turns 40...

Since marrying into Britain's most famous family in 2011, the former Kate Middleton has emerged to become one of the most popular royals -- and a figure central to its future.Her image as a safe pair of hands, at a tricky time for the monarchy, was bo...

 2022-01-09 06:16 

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Gay Australian footballer Cavallo calls out homophobic slurs...

The 22-year-old, who plays for Adelaide United in Australia's A-League, came out in October as the only known gay men's footballer playing in a top-flight league.His decision to go public won plaudits throughout the footballing world and beyond, i...

 2022-01-09 05:28 

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Europe nuclear plants 'need 500 bn euro investment by 2050': EU commissioner...

"Existing nuclear plants alone will need 50 billion euros of investment from now until 2030. And new generation ones will need 500 billion!" Thierry Breton told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper.Breton also argued that an EU plan to label energy f...

 2022-01-09 03:46 

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Record-equalling Rahm ties Smith for US PGA Tournament of Champions lead...

Rahm, who started the day three behind Smith, matched the course record set just hours earlier by Justin Thomas on the par-73 Plantation Course at Kapalua in Hawaii.He finally caught Australia's Smith on the final hole, Smith posting a nine-under par ...

 2022-01-09 03:44 

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West African leaders to discuss Mali crisis in key summit...

The extraordinary summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) bloc in Ghana's capital Accra is expected to discuss possible sanctions on the Sahel state over potentially delayed elections, among other issues.The meeting comes afte...

 2022-01-09 03:28 

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Djokovic readies vaccine exemption case for Australian visa showdown...

Djokovic's fight to overturn the shock cancellation of his visa and his ensuing detention in a notorious Melbourne immigration facility will culminate in a highly publicised online hearing in federal court on Monday.The vaccine-sceptic Serbian star aw...

 2022-01-09 03:12 

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Oil prices jump over Kazakhstan unrest, while uranium less affected...

"Riots obviously can stop production and exports," said Bjarne Schieldrop, an analyst at Swedish bank SEB. Over the week, crude prices gained about five percent and on Friday Brent exceeded $83 per barrel, "putting it at its highest level sinc...

 2022-01-09 03:10 

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Cameroon dream of title at home as Cup of Nations kicks off...

Cameroon, who play 2013 runners-up Burkina Faso in their opening Group A match at the vast new 60,000-seat Olembe Stadium in Yaounde, know expectations are high for the Indomitable Lions.However, they will have to measure up to the likes of reigning champ...

 2022-01-09 02:56 

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Latham cracks ton as New Zealand pile up 202-1 against Bangladesh...

New Zealand skipper Latham, who disappointed with innings of one and 14 the first Test, took an aggressive approach after his side were asked to bat on a green wicket. Latham's unbeaten 118 included 19 boundaries while Devon Conway was not out 28 at t...

 2022-01-09 02:54 

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'Old man out!': Anger in Kazakhstan focuses on ex-leader...

They were not referring to President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, 68, but Nursultan Nazarbayev, the octogenarian who after more than a quarter-century in office picked career diplomat Tokayev as his loyalist successor in 2019.Since Kazakhstan's independence...

 2022-01-09 02:10 

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US, Russia hold high-stakes talks on Ukraine war fears...

The high-level discussions start a week of diplomacy in which Russia will meet with NATO and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), with the US trying to assure European allies they will not be sidelined.Russia since late last yea...

 2022-01-09 01:56 

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England on ropes at 122-3, look to Root, Stokes to save Test...

Much depended for England's survival on skipper Joe Root and wounded all-rounder Ben Stokes.At lunch, England were 122 for three, still needing 266 runs to reach their unlikely victory target of 388, with Root on 13 and Stokes 16.Realistically a win i...

 2022-01-09 01:54 

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Baldwin says complying with 'Rust' shooting investigation...

"Any suggestion that I am not complying with requests or orders or demands or search warrants about my phone, that's bullshit, that's a lie," the US actor said in a video message posted on Instagram.He said that authorities in New Mexico, ...

 2022-01-09 01:42 

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Jailed Palestinian activist lands in France after Egypt release...

The 48-year-old was a figure of the 2011 uprising in Egypt and the coordinator of the country's chapter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.An AFP correspondent saw the activist walk out of Charles De Gaulle Airport outsid...

 2022-01-09 01:24 

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Brazil cliff collapse kills at least seven...

Rescue teams including a dive squad and members of the Brazilian Navy rushed to Furnas Lake in Minas Gerais state, where panicked tourists had watched helplessly as a large rock fragment broke off a ravine and plunged atop three boats.The latest official ...

 2022-01-09 01:22 

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Under flood of Omicron cases, Texans scramble to find Covid tests...

When asked about their supply of at-home Covid-19 tests, a Walgreens clerk in the area around Houston, the economic capital of Texas, replied: "We're sold out since this morning.""You can come back in six days," said the pharmacy chain...

 2022-01-09 01:04 

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Jackson drives offense as Grizzlies win eighth-straight...

Desmond Bane finished with 23 points, including five three-pointers, to become one of four Grizzlies players who finished with 18 points or more.After a slow start which saw them down by 12 points in the first quarter, Memphis went on a 10-0 scoring surge...

 2022-01-09 00:44 

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Chiefs edge Broncos to sustain hopes of NFL top seed...

Mahomes completed 27-of-44 passes for 269 yards without an interception and ran nine times for 54 yards as the Chiefs rallied to beat the Broncos for a 13th consecutive meeting since 2015."It was tough," Mahomes said. "We didn't play the w...

 2022-01-08 23:46 

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Thompson returns Sunday for Warriors in first NBA game since 2019...

Thompson, a five-time All-Star guard, missed all of the 2019-20 season recovering from a torn ligament in his left knee then missed the 2020-21 campaign with a ruptured right Achilles tendon.While it has been clear that Thompson was poised to return, the ...

 2022-01-08 23:38 

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More than 100,000 march in France against Covid vaccine requirements...

The turnout was four times higher than the numbers who answered the December 18 call to protest, when 25,500 people marched across the country, according to government estimates.The protests oppose a planned law that will require individuals to prove they...

 2022-01-08 23:04 

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Chen wins short program at US figure skating championhips...

Chen received 115.39 points, breaking his own championship record, and will try to capture his sixth consecutive national title in Sunday's free skate at Nashville, Tennessee."Was a little shaky at the end but overall I'm happy with how I skat...

 2022-01-08 22:28 

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'Amazing milestone' as NASA fully deploys Webb telescope in space...

Engineering teams in the James Webb Space Telescope's control room cheered as confirmation came back that its final wing was deployed and latched into place."I'm emotional about it -- what an amazing milestone," Thomas Zurbuchen, a senior ...

 2022-01-08 21:04 

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Novak Djokovic's Australia controversy timeline...

The 34-year-old, who is hoping to defend his Australian Open title and win a record 21st Grand Slam title, faces being deported if he loses a court appeal scheduled for Monday.AFP looks at how the drama, which has reverberated around the world, has unfold...

 2022-01-08 20:24 

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US ready to talk missiles, military exercises with Russia: W.House official...

US and Russian diplomats are meeting in Switzerland to try to defuse tensions as Washington and Europe accuse Moscow of preparing a new invasion of its neighbor Ukraine. "There are some areas ... where we think it might be possible to make progress,&#...

 2022-01-08 19:56 

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Dortmund fight back in Frankfurt to trim lead of Covid-hit Bayern...

With nine players sidelined by Covid, a makeshift Bayern side lost 2-1 at home to Gladbach on Friday before second-placed Dortmund left it late in Frankfurt a day later.Eintracht raced into a early 2-0 lead with Colombia striker Rafael Borre scoring both ...

 2022-01-08 19:50 

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Barcelona concede late equaliser to Granada after Gavi red card...

Luuk de Jong put the Catalans in front at Los Carmenes, heading in a cross from 38-year-old Dani Alves, who was making his first La Liga appearance since May 2016.But Gavi was shown a second yellow card in the 79th minute and Granada equalised in the 89th...

 2022-01-08 19:36 

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Colombian dies publicly under new euthanasia policy...

Hours before dying on Friday, 60 year old Escobar celebrated what he called victory in his two-year battle with a lung ailment that left him unable to breathe on his own."Little by little, it becomes everyone's turn. So I do not say goodbye but ra...

 2022-01-08 19:24 

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Italy star Insigne inks four-year MLS deal with Toronto...

The 30-year-old forward and Napoli captain will move in the middle of the MLS season after his contract expires with the Serie A side in June.Insigne helped Italy win last year's European Championship title, the Azzurri winning 3-2 in a penalty shooto...

 2022-01-08 18:36 

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Thumbs down: NBA fines Randle $25,000 for profanity...

The NBA penalized Randle for "the egregious use of profane language during media interviews" after a Wednesday practice and again Thursday after his gesture late in New York's 108-105 home victory over Boston.In the latter incident, Randle mad...

 2022-01-08 18:28 

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Newcastle stunned by Cambridge 'dream' in FA Cup...

England international Kieran Trippier made his debut as Newcastle's first signing since a controversial takeover by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund.But Newcastle have still won only one match all season and were embarrassed by a side two divisions bel...

 2022-01-08 18:24 

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Saudi coalition says Yemen rebels militarising sea ports...

They captured the Rwabee ship on Monday, off the key rebel-held Red Sea port of Hodeida, alleging it contained military materiel.Saudi Arabia condemned what it called piracy against a civilian vessel that carried medical supplies.The coalition has been fi...

 2022-01-08 18:16 

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Kiwi Botica kicks Castres to third with Stade Francais win...

Botica's efforts extended the five-time champions' winning home league record to 16 games, a run which stretches back to December 2020.Ex-New Zealand centre Ngani Laumape started for the Parisians but was unable to inspire a late comeback in heavy...

 2022-01-08 17:34 

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Saudi princess freed after 3 years in jail: rights group...

Basmah bint Saud, 57, a royal family member long seen as a proponent of women's rights and a constitutional monarchy, had been detained since March 2019, and in April 2020 implored King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to release her on hea...

 2022-01-08 17:24 

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Newcastle stunned by Cambridge in FA Cup...

England international Kieran Trippier made his debut as Newcastle's first signing since a controversial takeover by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund.But Newcastle have still won only one match all season and were embarrassed by a side two divisions bel...

 2022-01-08 16:56 

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Bebou double lifts Hoffenheim to third in Germany...

Covid-hit leaders Bayern Munich lost 2-1 at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday meaning second-placed Borussia Dortmund can trim the Bavarians' nine-point lead in the table when they play Eintracht Frankfurt away later Saturday.In Sinsheim, Au...

 2022-01-08 16:22 

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Kiwi Botica kicks Castres to third with Stade Francais win...

Botica's efforts extended the five-time champions' winning league record which stretches back to December 2020.Ex-New Zealand centre Ngani Laumape started for the Parisians but was unable to inspire a late comeback in heavy rain.After five games o...

 2022-01-08 15:54 

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Tehran rally demands justice on anniversary of jet downing...

Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 was shot down shortly after take-off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport on January 8, 2020, killing all 176 people on aboard. Most were Iranians and Canadians, including many dual nationals.Three days later...

 2022-01-08 15:08 

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Poland striker Piatek joins Fiorentina...

The 26-year-old has initially signed on loan for the rest of the season after which Fiorentina will have an option to buy."Krzysztof approached us with the desire for a change," explained Hertha sports director Fredi Bobic."It's no secret ...

 2022-01-08 14:18 

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Swiss Odermatt wins at home in Adelboden giant slalom...

The local favourite, who heads the race for this season's big crystal globe, coped best with the icy conditions and poor light, topping the first run and finishing second in the second run to become the first Swiss skier to notch up a win in the disci...

 2022-01-08 14:00 

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Swede Hector sweeps to giant slalom win in Slovenia...

Hector posted the fastest time in both runs to finish 0.96sec ahead of France's Tessa Worley with Italy's Marta Bassino third at 1.32 sec.US star Mikaela Shiffrin holds the overall lead in the women's alpine skiing World Cup rankings despite f...

 2022-01-08 13:52 

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'Four or five' Burkina Faso players and coach test positive for Covid-19...

The Aston Villa forward told a press conference in Yaounde on Saturday: "It's a scandal, we cannot be deprived of first team players 24 hours before the match."Assistant coach Firmin Sanou, standing in for Malo, said: "We have four or five...

 2022-01-08 13:32 

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Pogba return a month away, says Rangnick...

The 28-year-old last played in a 2-2 draw at Atalanta in early November before pulling up with the injury during training on international duty with France.Former United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoped Pogba would be back "just after Christmas".Bu...

 2022-01-08 12:54 

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Shock, sadness in Iran over AFC Champions League ruling...

On Friday, the AFC declared Iran's top two clubs, Persepolis and Esteghlal, as well as Gol Gohar, ineligible for the 2022 season of the continent's top club competition, as they did not meet the "mandatory criteria" for admission.The "...

 2022-01-08 12:38 

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DR Congo park fetes birth of endangered gorilla species...

Conservationists have long sought to protect the world heritage site's gorilla population even as violence and instability has plagued the DRC's eastern provinces over 25 years."We're excited to announce the first lowland gorilla birth of ...

 2022-01-08 12:10 

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Turkmenistan plans to close its 'Gateway to Hell'...

Citing environmental and economic concerns, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov appeared on state television Saturday telling officials to put out the flames at the Darvaza gas crater in the middle of the vast Karakum desert.In 2010, Berdymukhamedov also...

 2022-01-08 12:08 

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Djokovic attended Belgrade event 24 hours after positive Covid test...

In a filing to the federal court seeking to overturn his entry visa cancellation his lawyers said that the "date of the first positive Covid PCR test was recorded on 16 December 2021".The Belgrade tennis federation, in a Facebook post after the De...

 2022-01-08 11:32 

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'Probably cockroaches' - fans protest Djokovic treatment...

As some 200 demonstrators rallied outside, the men's tennis world number one spent his third day in Melbourne's former Park Hotel, which now holds some 32 people under Australia's stringent immigration policy.Djokovic had a rude welcome at Mel...

 2022-01-08 10:40 

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Mother Teresa charity in India gets back access to foreign funds...

On Christmas Day the Narendra Modi government moved to cut off foreign funding to the Missionaries of Charity and refused to renew its licence under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).Charities and non-profit firms need to register under FCRA ...

 2022-01-08 10:32 

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At least 21 die in vehicles trapped by Pakistan snowstorm...

Police reported that at least six people had frozen to death in their cars, while it was not immediately clear if others had died from asphyxiation after inhaling fumes in the snowdrift. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said the military had mobilised to c...

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