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 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...

 2021-12-23 00:08 

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Real round off year on a high as Atletico suffering continues...

As Real ended the year with a bang, city rivals and defending champions Atletico Madrid suffered their fourth straight defeat, a 2-1 reverse at Granada, to leave them fifth but a yawning 17 points adrift.Benzema ultimately put the fixture out of reach of ...

 2021-12-22 23:30 

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USA cricketers defeat Ireland by 26 runs in T20 contest...

A brilliant 65 from Gajanand Singh helped the hosts reach a competitive 188 for 6 in their 20 overs and some disciplined bowling from Saurabh Netravalkar and Ali Khan helped keep the Irish at bay to secure an opening victory in the five-game set, the firs...

 2021-12-22 22:54 

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British data indicate lower hospitalization rate for Omicron...

The preliminary studies -- one paper from Scotland and the other from England -- were cautiously welcomed by experts, who nonetheless stressed that any advantage in milder outcomes could still be negated by the new strain's heightened infectiousness, ...

 2021-12-22 22:40 

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Ramos sent off as PSG snatch draw with struggling Lorient...

In their final outing of 2021, PSG trailed in Brittany to Thomas Monconduit's thunderous first-half strike for Lorient until Icardi rescued a point with a header in the 91st minute.Ramos had come off the bench at the start of the second half for just ...

 2021-12-22 22:36 

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US stores put limits on at-home Covid test buys due to high demand...

Amazon, as well as vendors on its platform, began limiting the number of tests per person Wednesday.National pharmaceutical chains CVS and Walgreens announced a maximum limit of six and four kits, respectively, per customer.For Walgreens, the decision cam...

 2021-12-22 22:30 

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Israel PM meets US national security adviser on Iran...

"The US and Israeli delegations held detailed consultations on Iran, with Mr. Sullivan underscoring the US administration's determination to confront all aspects of the threat Iran poses to regional and international peace and security," Natio...

 2021-12-22 22:22 

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Ryanair doubles annual loss forecast on Omicron...

The Irish airline now expects a loss of between 250 to 450 million euros ($283-510 million) in its financial year that runs through March 2022, up from an earlier forecast of 100 to 200 million euros.Ryanair said in a statement that "the Omicron Covid...

 2021-12-22 22:16 

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Liverpool fightback to beat Leicester as Spurs, Chelsea reach League Cup semis...

Spurs were 2-1 winners over West Ham, while Chelsea needed two late goals to see off Brentford 2-0All three matches went ahead in front of full crowds despite the worrying rise of coronavirus case numbers that had seen last weekend's Premier League sc...

 2021-12-22 22:04 

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Milan keep pace with leaders Inter, Napoli stunned by Spezia...

Stefano Pioli's side stayed four points behind city rivals and league leaders Inter Milan, who were 1-0 winners over Torino, heading into the winter break thanks to Franck Kessie's first-half brace and further goals from Alessandro Florenzi and Th...

 2021-12-22 20:32 

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Honorary Oscars gala delayed as Hollywood braces for Omicron...

Actors Samuel L Jackson and Danny Glover, Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann and actress-director Elaine May had been due to receive golden statuettes to honor their careers next month at an event that typically draws a who's who of Tinseltown."We have...

 2021-12-22 20:20 

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Scottish clubs bring forward winter break amid fan restrictions...

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday that crowds at outdoor public events would be capped at 500 from December 26 for "up to three weeks".All six matches scheduled for Boxing Day will still go ahead despite the lack of supporter...

 2021-12-22 19:48 

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Inter see off Torino to extend Serie A lead to seven...

Already ensured of first place over the winter break, which starts on Thursday and ends on January 6, the champions sit seven points ahead of Napoli and AC Milan thanks to Denzel Dumfries' winner on the half hour mark at the San Siro.Dutch wing-back D...

 2021-12-22 18:54 

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Scores killed in Madagascar shipwreck, helicopter disaster...

A wooden vessel -- believed to be a cargo boat not authorised to carry passengers -- came to grief off the island's northeastern coast early on Monday with an estimated 130 people on board."Twenty-five bodies were found this morning near Sainte-Ma...

 2021-12-22 18:50 

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Biden says government averted US holiday supply chain 'crisis'...

Reeling from a fresh political wound -- that his signature social spending and climate bill was potentially dead in the water -- the US leader also touted the economic recovery and falling energy prices."We heard a lot of dire warnings about supply ch...

 2021-12-22 18:18 

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Iran announces anti-missile system for its tanks...

The report came during Iranian military exercises, and after the United States said it was preparing "alternatives4; in case negotiations to revive a deal to curb Iran's nuclear programme collapse in Vienna."The system has been tested and w...

 2021-12-22 18:10 

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France's Noel tops slalom times at Madonna di Campiglio...

Slalom specialist Noel led the way in Italy with time of 45.73 seconds, 0.53sec ahead of Sebastian Foss-Solevaag to lay down a marker for the evening's second run at 2045 local time (1945 GMT).Sweden's Kristoffer Jakobsen was third, 0.70sec away f...

 2021-12-22 17:56 

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No country can boost its way out of pandemic: WHO chief...

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus insisted that the priority must remain to get vaccines to vulnerable people everywhere rather than giving additional doses to the already vaccinated."No country can boost its way out of the pandemic,"...

 2021-12-22 17:50 

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US health regulator authorizes Pfizer's Covid pill...

"Today's authorization introduces the first treatment for Covid-19 that is in the form of a pill that is taken orally -- a major step forward in the fight against this global pandemic," said FDA scientist Patrizia Cavazzoni.Pfizer';s treatm...

 2021-12-22 17:48 

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Morocco, Israel mark anniversary of renewed ties...

During a videoconference, the foreign ministers of the three countries -- Nasser Bourita, Yair Lapid and Antony Blinken -- welcomed a partnership aimed at establishing what the US secretary of state called "an achievement that has deepened ties, partn...

 2021-12-22 16:54 

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NBA postpones Toronto at Chicago, Nets at Portland games...

The league called-off Toronto's game Wednesday at Chicago because the Raptors could not produce eight healthy players and also Brooklyn's match Thursday at Portland.In all, the NBA has postponed nine contests due to Covid-19 issues, with NBA commi...

 2021-12-22 15:40 

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NHL players won't compete at Beijing Winter Olympics...

The league paused its season on Wednesday after 50 games had been postponed due to Covid-19 outbreaks, with plans to now reschedule those contests during the February 6-22 window of the Games in China."The National Hockey League respects and admires t...

 2021-12-22 15:34 

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Swedish company offers a Covid pass that gets under the skin...

"I think it's very much part of my own integrity to have myself chipped and keep my personal data there with me, I actually feel that it's even more controlled on my end," Amanda Back, a Stockholm resident who has implanted the subcutaneou...

 2021-12-22 15:30 

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Honours even after Singapore-Indonesia AFF semifinal first leg...

Witan Sulaeman put Indonesia in front after 28 minutes following a slick counter-attacking move, but the hosts levelled the score with 20 minutes left courtesy of a cool finish by striker Ikhsan Fandi. The teams will play the second leg at the same venue ...

 2021-12-22 15:28 

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Grigg to leave Glasgow for Japan's Red Hurricanes...

The 29-year-old moved to Scotstoun in 2016 and has made 95 appearances for the Warriors.New Zealand-born Grigg, capped nine times by Scotland and qualified for the Dark Blues through a grandfather, will join his new side in January ahead of the inaugural ...

 2021-12-22 15:28 

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UN Security Council adopts resolution to ease Afghan aid...

The resolution is a first step by the UN after months of wrangling over how to avert a humanitarian catastrophe amid economic meltdown in Afghanistan since the Taliban swept back to power in mid-August.Since then, billions of dollars in aid and assets hav...

 2021-12-22 15:24 

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Japanese billionaire urges elites to visit space after ISS trip...

Together with assistant Yozo Hirano and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, Maezawa spent 12 days aboard the ISS, where they made videos documenting daily life in space for his one million YouTube subscribers."I would like as many people as possible -- and ...

 2021-12-22 14:36 

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US probing whether Tesla gaming feature poses crash risk...

The feature, available on an estimated 580,000 Tesla models from 2017 through 2022, "allows the gameplay to function on the front center touchscreen while the vehicle is in motion and may present a distraction to the driver," according to the Nati...

 2021-12-22 14:36 

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Cyprus resumes energy search with ExxonMobil...

The search is focused on Block 10 of Cyprus's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).Joint venture ExxonMobil and Qatar Energy have an exploration licence for Block 10. Work has begun there on appraisal drilling in Glafcus 2, where natural gas has been detecte...

 2021-12-22 14:24 

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Ethiopia's warring sides locked in disinformation battle...

Digital activists have been engaged in a fierce battle to discredit their opponents, from pro-government sites claiming to promote independent fact-checking to opponents sharing doctored content of alleged attacks. Experts warn that these online campaigns...

 2021-12-22 14:22 

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Wales follows Scotland in unveiling post-Xmas Covid curbs...

The First Minister of the devolved assembly, Mark Drakeford, said that from December 26 socialising in Welsh pubs, cinemas and restaurants would be limited to groups of six people or less.Two-metre distancing will return in public places, pubs and other l...

 2021-12-22 14:18 

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High temperatures hit Greenland...

In the capital Nuuk, the mercury hit 13 Celsius (55 Fahrenheit) on December 20, compared to the -5.3C that is average for this time of year. In Qaanaaq in the north, temperatures reached 8.3C, when the seasonal average is usually -20.1C, DMI said.DMI did ...

 2021-12-22 12:02 

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'People keep coming': Crisis-hit Turks queue for bread...

Turkey's cultural and historic capital has been offering cheaper bread for the poor at "Halk Ekmek" ("People's Bread") shops since the 1978.But with prices soaring on everyday items as Turkey battles one of its gravest economic cri...

 2021-12-22 11:58 

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Gambia seeks to diversify tourism sector after pandemic doldrums...

The smallest country in Africa, The Gambia promises sunshine and good times in abundance, but its major clientele -- holidaymakers fleeing the chill in Britain -- have stayed away.The tourist season should have hit its stride in October, but business has ...

 2021-12-22 11:44 

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MotoGP great Marquez eyes return after reassuring tests...

Honda said Marquez has made "periodic visits to an ophthalmologist to assess the evolution of his vision over the past two months.""The progress made has been deemed favorable and as a result Marquez will continue with a conservative treatment...

 2021-12-22 11:44 

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Chinese city locks down 13 million residents to fight Covid outbreak...

With Beijing preparing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in February, China is on high alert as it fights local outbreaks in several cities.The new restrictions were imposed after Xi'an reported 52 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the total...

 2021-12-22 11:40 

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Dubai Expo sushi restaurant closes after staff catch Covid...

The United Arab Emirates, with the world's highest vaccination rates, has seen a surge in cases in recent weeks amid increased fears over the spread of the omicron variant.Japan's ministry of economy, trade and industry told AFP on Wednesday that ...

 2021-12-22 10:52 

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Czech, Slovak economies take hit from carmakers' Covid woes...

Local producers had expected a recovery after the coronavirus forced suspensions in 2020, but their plans were marred by intermittent closures at semiconductor production centres.Made largely in Asia, semiconductors are a key component in both conventiona...

 2021-12-22 10:44 

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'Good Shepherd' gold ring found in Roman-era wreck off Israel...

The thick octagonal gold ring with its green gemstone bore the figure of the "Good Shepherd" in the form of a young shepherd boy in a tunic with a ram or sheep across his shoulders.The ring was found among a trove of third-century Roman coins, as ...

 2021-12-22 10:42 

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Xi hails 'successful' Hong Kong vote in meeting with Carrie Lam...

China has overseen a sweeping crackdown in Hong Kong after huge and often violent democracy protests two years ago, introducing a national security law that criminalised much dissent and introduced political rules that vet the loyalty of anyone standing f...

 2021-12-22 10:26 

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Liverpool skipper Henderson voices player welfare concern...

The Premier League announced on Monday its intention to continue with the scheduled matches over the traditionally busy Christmas and New Year period, despite more than 90 confirmed coronavirus cases among players and staff in the last week.Last weekend, ...

 2021-12-22 09:14 

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UN agency says to cut food aid to Yemen for want of funds...

"From January, eight million will receive a reduced food ration, while five million at immediate risk of slipping into famine conditions will remain on a full ration," the United Nations agency said in a statement, adding that it was "running ...

 2021-12-22 09:04 

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Syria war killed 3,700 in 2021, lowest annual toll...

According to figures compiled by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 1,505 of them were civilians and among those 360 were children.The figure is by far the lowest tally since the start of the war in Syria and confirms a downward trend that saw 6,800...

 2021-12-22 08:46 

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Taiwanese pop star's messy divorce captures Chinese internet...

The online war of words between Taiwanese-American pop idol Wang Leehom and his estranged wife Lee Jinglei has exploded in recent days, generating breathless tabloid coverage and daily social media fodder across China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.It has also tri...

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