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 2021-12-24 01:06 

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Google, Lenovo join Consumer Electronics Show exodus...

The US internet giant and the China-based computer colossus became part of a growing list of companies opting not to put employees at risk by staffing events, exhibits or briefings at the annual gadget extravaganza."After careful consideration we have...

 2021-12-23 21:48 

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'Sex and the City' actor Noth hit with new sexual assault claim...

Singer and composer Lisa Gentile told a virtual press conference that Noth had insisted on following her up to her New York apartment, where he allegedly groped her and forced her to touch him."Then he became more aggressive and put both hands on my b...

 2021-12-23 21:26 

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US condemns Cuban trials of anti-government protestors...

"Since Dec 13, the Cuban regime tried 90+ #11J protestors across Cuba," Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Brian Nichols said in a tweet using a hashtag that refers to street demonstrations on July 11."The world sees the magnit...

 2021-12-23 21:26 

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New York scales back New Years Eve party in Times Square...

Typically some 58,000 New Yorkers gather to watch a giant ball drop marking the arrival of a new year, but next week the capacity will be reduced to 15,000, with each attendee required to wear a mask and prove they have been vaccinated.The additional safe...

 2021-12-23 20:06 

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US author Joan Didion dead at 87...

Didion, a successful reporter, film screenwriter and novelist known for her piercing insights and understated glamor, died at her home in New York due to complications from Parkinson's disease, her publisher said."We will mourn her death but celeb...

 2021-12-23 19:44 

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Ex-US cop guilty of manslaughter in shooting of Black driver...

Kim Potter, 49, had been charged with first and second degree manslaughter over the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, 20, in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, in April.Potter did not react as Judge Regina Chu read the guilty verdicts in ...

 2021-12-23 19:34 

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Newcastle boss Howe laments decision 'injustice'...

The Magpies have been denied penalties in each of their last two games and conceded a disputed equaliser at Liverpool, with midfielder Isaac Hayden lying on the turf in the box.Howe now wants clarity from the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGM...

 2021-12-23 19:04 

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US woman pleads guilty to beating up flight attendant in mask dispute...

Vyvianna Quinonez, a 28 year old resident of Sacramento, had initially claimed she was acting in self-defense, before accepting Wednesday the federal charge of "interference4; of a flight, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a...

 2021-12-23 18:36 

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James Franco admits to sleeping with film school students...

Oscar nominee Franco was publicly accused by five women in 2018 of exploitative behavior including during nude scenes at his Studio 4 school in North Hollywood."Look, I'll admit, I did sleep with students," Franco, 43, said in his first major ...

 2021-12-23 18:14 

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Canada clears Covid-vaccinated Santa for travel...

"This year, I'm delighted to clear Santa and his crew for travel in Canadian skies," the minister, Omar Alghabra said in a statement."When I spoke to Santa (in a call to the North Pole), he assured me that he met all the pre-entry requirem...

 2021-12-23 18:08 

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Biden signs law banning imports from Xinjiang...

The bill, which was approved by Congress last week, also requires the US president to impose sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses in Xinjiang."This is the most important and impactful action taken thus far by the United S...

 2021-12-23 17:54 

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Chelsea star Ziyech omitted from Morocco Cup of Nations squad...
 2021-12-23 17:26 

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US author Joan Didion dead at 87: New York Times...

Didion, known for her piercing insights and understated glamor, died at her home in Manhattan of Parkinson's disease, the newspaper said.Didion's early work included her seminal 1968 essay collection "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" -- which ...

 2021-12-23 17:10 

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Iran accepts tea in payment for Sri Lankan oil debt...

"In recent negotiations, we reached a written deal to reimburse Iran's debt and interest on it in the form of a monthly shipment of tea produced in Sri Lanka," the head of Iran's Trade Promotion Organisation said.Alireza Peyman-Pak was quo...

 2021-12-23 16:46 

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Omicron wave forces Lufthansa to axe 33,000 flights...

"From the middle of January to February, we see a sharp drop off in bookings", leading the airline group to cancel "33,000 flights or about 10 percent" of its flights this winter, Spohr said in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine ...

 2021-12-23 14:42 

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US spending rises more slowly in November, inflation highest since 1982...

Personal consumption expenditures last month rose 0.6 percent or $104.7 billion, less than half the increase in October, with most of the gain going to services, the Commerce Department reported.The small increase in spending on goods was fueled largely b...

 2021-12-23 14:40 

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Beirut blast probe: what's the snag?...

With judge Tarek Bitar forced to suspend his probe for a fourth time on Thursday in the face of such complaints, here is a look at the increasingly complex web of court challenges obstructing investigations into Lebanon's worst peacetime disaster.What...

 2021-12-23 14:28 

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Coldplay will stop recording in 2025: frontman...

Coldplay, known for hits such as "Yellow" and "Clocks", released their first studio album "Parachutes" in 2000. They've since recorded eight more, including the most recent "Music of the Spheres," released in October, w...

 2021-12-23 14:28 

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Benin mourns death of ancient kingdom's monarch...

An official of the small West African country's ceremonial monarchy confirmed that the king, Kefa Sagbadjou Glele, died last Friday."The monarchy is in mourning. The king of Abomey, Kefa Sagbadjou Glele, returned to his ancestors on Friday, Decemb...

 2021-12-23 14:12 

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Guardiola confirms Torres asked for Barca move from Man City...

Despite their financial struggles, the Catalan giants have reportedly agreed a deal worth an initial 55 million euros ($62 million, 47 million) for the 22-year-old.Torres has scored 16 goals in 43 appearances for City since joining from Valencia last year...

 2021-12-23 12:56 

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France possible source of half of Britain's ancient genes: study...

The findings published in Nature Wednesday come from the largest ever analysis of ancient DNA and may also help shed light on how Celtic languages spread into the British Isles.According to previous research, people living across Britain some 4,500 years ...

 2021-12-23 12:52 

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Andy Murray handed wild card for Aussie Open...

The 34-year-old is ranked a lowly 134 as he battles to recover consistently good form after persistent injury problems.However, towards the end of last season he recorded two top-10 triumphs over Wimbledon semi-finalist Hubert Hurkacz and Italy's Jann...

 2021-12-23 12:48 

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Liverpool-Leeds among two more Premier League games postponed...

A total of 12 matches have now been called off in the past two weeks as Britain battles record numbers of positive Covid cases due to the Omicron variant of the virus.Earlier this week Premier League clubs rejected the option of temporarily halting the se...

 2021-12-23 12:10 

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Libyans voice frustration and unease over poll delay...

After weeks of speculation, authorities confirmed Wednesday that the poll, part of a United Nations-led peace process, would be delayed."I had picked up my voting card and I was waiting for the election," said trader Nabil al-Sharef, sat at a cafe...

 2021-12-23 11:12 

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Princess Charlene still months away from recovery: Monaco palace...

Charlene, the wife of Prince Albert II, is being treated for extreme fatigue away from her family after returning to Monaco in November following months away in South Africa. Her absence from Monaco's annual national day last month, the biggest annual...

 2021-12-23 11:04 

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Dissident artists lament Hong Kong Tiananmen statue's removal...

In the early hours of Thursday, Hong Kong's oldest university dismantled and removed a statue commemorating democracy protesters killed by Chinese troops around Tiananmen Square in 1989.The eight-metre (26-foot) high "Pillar of Shame" by Danis...

 2021-12-23 10:30 

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Suicide bomber shot dead as Taliban fighters gather for passports...

"He was identified and killed at a checkpoint at the entrance," Mobin Khan, spokesman for Kabul police, told AFP.There have been several attacks against Taliban fighters since their return to power in August -- most claimed by the local chapter of...

 2021-12-23 10:18 

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Morgan to captain makeshift England T20 squad in West Indies...

With the Ashes Test series in Australia set to end just four days before the first clash between the sides in Barbados, Collingwood will take charge with Marcus Trescothick joining him as an assistant coach.No players involved in the Ashes are included in...

 2021-12-23 09:22 

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Inter in driver's seat in four-way title tussle as scandals bubble away...

Under Antonio Conte Inter broke almost a decade of Juve dominance when they claimed their 19th league championship last season and have defied expectations following a turbulent summer to hold onto top spot at Christmas.With key figures in that triumph, R...

 2021-12-23 09:04 

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Hanyu eyes skating first with Beijing Olympics in view...

The Japanese star came close to nailing the legendary jump in practice on Thursday, allaying fears about his fitness for February's Games after an ankle injury forced him to miss the entire Grand Prix season. The quad axel has never been successfully ...

 2021-12-23 08:56 

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Moscow court considers shutting down Memorial rights centre...

Memorial's Human Rights Centre, which campaigns for political prisoners and other disadvantaged groups, is accused of violating Russia's law on "foreign agents" and of justifying terrorism.As the first hearing in the case kicked off Thursd...

 2021-12-23 08:36 

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'A week of anxiety': Xi'an residents hunker down for city lockdown...

The city transformed as all 13 million residents were ordered to stay home: streets emptied, people formed long lines at Covid-19 testing stations, and officials cordoned-off apartment compounds.The historic former capital -- a popular destination for int...

 2021-12-23 08:28 

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US Navy seizes guns it says heading from Iran to Yemen...

US Naval Forces Central Command, or NAVCENT, said it boarded the boat on December 20 in the North Arabian Sea, seized the weapons cache and five crew members -- who identified themselves as Yemeni -- before scuttling the vessel.Yemen has been wracked by c...

 2021-12-23 07:34 

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'A little aid would help': Philippine typhoon survivors beg for food...

Hundreds of thousands of people are homeless after Rai cut a swathe through the vast archipelago last Thursday, knocking out power across entire islands and leaving desperate survivors pleading for help."We don't have food, my baby has no milk or ...

 2021-12-23 07:26 

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'Hurting' England not giving up on Ashes: Malan...

After slumping by nine wickets in Brisbane and then by 275 runs in Adelaide, the visitors will enter the Melbourne Cricket Ground cauldron for the third Test on Sunday needing to win.If they don't, the five-Test series is over with Australia retaining...

 2021-12-23 07:00 

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China locks down city as Covid cases surge around the world...

Stock markets rose in Asia, following Wall Street's lead, partly due to preliminary studies from Britain indicating Omicron infections were less likely to result in hospitalisation compared with the Delta.The cautious optimism was also lifted by news ...

 2021-12-23 05:30 

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Biden says a Trump candidacy would motivate second term run...

"That would increase the prospect of running," Biden told ABC News on Wednesday.When asked about whether he would stand for re-election, the 79-year-old Democrat responded that he would."But look," he said. "I'm a great respecter o...

 2021-12-23 03:10 

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China says celebrities have 10 days to cough up unpaid taxes...

Beijing has launched a sweeping state crackdown on tax evasion and perceived immoral behaviour in the entertainment industry, a tightening that has already targeted some of the country's biggest stars.Tax bureaus in several entertainment hubs across t...

 2021-12-23 02:40 

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Too many gorillas? The great apes' hunt for space in Rwanda...

With hundreds of mountain gorillas in residence, the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is a conservation triumph. But this resurgence is not without consequences, as the majestic creatures now struggle for space to grow and thrive.Straddling Rwanda, Ugand...

 2021-12-23 02:22 

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Xi'an locks down as China races to zero-Covid for Olympics...

Xi'an -- home to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors -- sharply tightened travel restrictions and told residents to stay home, after several hundred recently reported infections were linked to an initial case at a university in the city.With Beijing ...

 2021-12-23 02:18 

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Langer backs struggling Harris for Melbourne Ashes Test...

Harris's Test career appeared in doubt after another failure in the day-night second Test at Adelaide this week, where he made just three and 23 as Australia thumped England by 275 runs.It followed just 12 from two innings in the home team's nine-...

 2021-12-23 01:58 

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Sea turtles return to Thailand's shores during pandemic...

The turtle's nesting was spotted in November by scientists. In about two months, the 100 eggs will hatch and babies will slide towards the sea, guided by the moonlight. Pre-pandemic, millions of tourists thronged to the white sand beaches of southern ...

 2021-12-23 01:30 

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Building on tradition: Iraqi labourer preserves calligraphic art...

Though he has won awards in numerous competitions, Hussein acknowledged that "you can't live on this", the artistic handwriting of Arabic script."I have a big family. I have to find other work," said the father of 11, who is 50 years o...

 2021-12-23 01:30 

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Hunger closes in on Brazilians as Christmas approaches...

In Brazil, hunger is affecting ever more families and NGO donations are vital with the holiday season fast approaching.Almost a quarter of Brazilians suffer from food insecurity."It's not much but I will be able to share it with my family," De...

 2021-12-23 01:28 

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Colombia's forgotten Alcatraz: the island prison of Gorgona...

No one took the threat seriously but it did pique interest about a little known part of Colombia's history that could be compared to Alcatraz or Robben Island.Right up until 1984, this 26 square kilometer island situated 55 kilometers (34 miles) off C...

 2021-12-23 01:18 

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'Exhaustion' as Belgium hospital workers brace for Omicron intake...

Doctors and nurses are in a state of "extreme exhaustion," said Martial Moonen, head of the infectious diseases service at the public hospital in Liege.He said his ward, currently holding 70 Covid patients of whom 14 are in intensive care, was str...

 2021-12-23 01:04 

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Confederate statue time capsule reveals secrets, sparks further mystery...

The shoebox-sized container was found last week in the granite pedestal of a statue erected in 1890 of General Robert E. Lee, who commanded the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War.Lee's statue in Richmond, the Virginia city that was the cap...

 2021-12-23 00:50 

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Simeone joins stellar cast in a decade or more at helm of top level club...

The feat is even more remarkable given Atletico's track record before the Argentine's arrival in 2011. The Spanish side's previous owner, Jesus Gil going through 37 coaches in his 16 years in charge.During the past decade Simeone has awoken a ...

 2021-12-23 00:28 

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West accuses Moscow of 'escalation' at Ukraine border ahead of talks...

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said she was "greatly concerned" after Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country was prepared to take military steps.Baerbock said her concern was heightened because the comments came ahead of "...

 2021-12-23 00:28 

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Hong Kong university dismantles Tiananmen statue...

The eight-metre (26-feet) high "Pillar of Shame" by Jens Galschiot has sat on the University of Hong Kong's (HKU) campus since 1997, the year the former British colony was handed back to China.The sculpture features 50 anguished faces and tort...

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