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 2021-12-20 14:14 

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Germany taps new Bundesbank chief...

Nagel's nomination marks one of the first big appointments by new Chancellor Olaf Scholz's government, a three-way coalition between the Social Democrats, the ecologist Greens and the liberal FDP.Nagel will replace outgoing president Jens Weidmann...

 2021-12-20 14:08 

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UN agency calls for 'urgent access' to Myanmar refugees...

Clashes between Myanmar's military and the Karen National Union -- a rebel group vocally opposed to a junta which deposed a civilian government in February -- broke out last week in a town not far from the Thai border.Some 700 refugees crossed the riv...

 2021-12-20 14:00 

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EU approves new Covid jab to stem Omicron onslaught...

Since it was first reported in South Africa in November, Omicron has been identified in dozens of countries, dashing hopes that the worst of the pandemic is over. Despite indications it is not more severe than the Delta variant -- still the dominant strai...

 2021-12-20 13:48 

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Western allies condemn Hong Kong's 'patriots only' polls...

China has overseen a sweeping crackdown in Hong Kong in response to huge and often violent democracy protests two years ago.It imposed a national security law that criminalised much dissent and introduced political rules that vet the loyalty of anyone sta...

 2021-12-20 13:44 

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Maloney appointed Hibs boss...

Maloney succeeds Jack Ross after working as an assistant manager to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez for the past three years.The former Scottish international has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract at Easter Road."Shaun has been the standout candid...

 2021-12-20 13:38 

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Nadal tests positive for Covid in latest blow for tennis legend...

The Spanish former world number one said he took the test when he returned to Spain from Abu Dhabi where he took part in an exhibition tournament last week, his first since August due to a foot injury."I am going through some unpleasant moments but I ...

 2021-12-20 13:36 

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Egypt jails key revolution figure Abdel Fattah for 5 years...

Abdel Fattah, his lawyer Mohamed al-Baqer and the blogger Mohamed "Oxygen" Ibrahim were convicted of "broadcasting false news" in their trial in Cairo."Alaa was sentenced to five years, Baqer four years and Mohamed Oxygen four years,&#...

 2021-12-20 13:32 

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Chile stock market plummits on leftist Boric's election victory...

Following a night of street celebrations at the end of a polarizing runoff race, the SP IPSA index opened 6.83 percent down, before regaining some ground.The peso ceded 3.02 percent to the US dollar to open the day at a historic high of 872.61.In November...

 2021-12-20 12:34 

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Geraint Thomas signs new deal with Ineos...

The 35-year-old Welshman, who has been with the team, formerly Team Sky, since their first season in 2010, has spent the past two weeks at a 2022 pre-season camp in Mallorca, preparing for his 16th season as a professional.The 2018 Tour de France winner, ...

 2021-12-20 12:16 

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Volcanic eruption outside Reykjavik officially over...

"It's been three months since lava last came out, so this eruption is now considered over," Bryndis Yr Tisladottir, specialist in natural hazards at the Icelandic Meteorological Institute (IMO), told AFP.But the agency, which monitors volcanic...

 2021-12-20 12:00 

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Yemeni separated conjoined twins return home from Jordan: UN agency...

Ahmed and Mohammed were born on December 16 last year, joined at the chest and abdomen, in Sanaa, the country's rebel-held capital, UNICEF said.They were transported to Jordan after urgent calls for their medical evacuation and surgery. The twins were...

 2021-12-20 11:54 

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England in a spin: Five things we learned from the Adelaide Test...

Here, AFP Sport looks at what we learned from the day-night clash:Selection blundersThe sight of paceman Ollie Robinson bowling off-spin with his sunglasses on during Australia's second innings wreaked of desperation, and another poor decision by the ...

 2021-12-20 11:48 

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Smith hails 'exceptional' Starc after Australia win second Test...

The left-arm seamer led from the front after his regular partners Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood were both ruled out of the Adelaide day-night clash, replaced by inexperienced pair Jhye Richardson and Michael Neser.Starc took 4-37 to help skittle England ...

 2021-12-20 11:44 

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Premier League clubs meet to tackle Covid chaos...

Just four of the scheduled 10 games took place this weekend due to a number of call-offs caused by outbreaks that left clubs unable to field teams.Despite record numbers of Covid-19 cases across Britain as the Omicron variant sweeps through the nation, th...

 2021-12-20 11:42 

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Zanardi back home 18 months after horror accident...

Zanardi underwent carnio-facial reconstruction after suffering serious head injuries when his handbike crashed into an oncoming truck during a race in Tuscany."Alex was able to leave the hospital a few weeks ago and he is now back with us, at home,...

 2021-12-20 10:38 

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Tottenham out of Europe after UEFA award Rennes victory...

Spurs were unable to fulfil the December 9 fixture due to a swathe of Covid-19 cases in the squad.As a result they finish third in the group behind group winners Rennes who progress directly to the last 16 and Dutch side Vitesse who now face Rapid Vienna ...

 2021-12-20 10:26 

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Japan enacts record extra budget to boost virus-hit economy...

The extra budget -- larger than the total annual GDP of countries such as Colombia, Vietnam and Finland -- will fund part of the massive virus stimulus package announced last month by new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.Upper House lawmakers approved the 35....

 2021-12-20 10:04 

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More than 50,000 forced from homes in Malaysian floods...

A weekend of torrential rain caused rivers to overflow, flooding towns and villages and cutting off major roads, with many motorists left trapped in their vehicles for hours.The number of evacuees across the country rose to about 51,000 on Monday, accordi...

 2021-12-20 10:04 

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Over 700,000 flock to Saudi Arabia's top music festival...

The electronic music festival comes as Saudi's leaders are pushing efforts to change its conservative image and diversify its economy, only a few years after the country lifted a ban on music and dancing.International entertainers and musicians -- inc...

 2021-12-20 09:56 

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Battling England succumb as Australia clinch second Ashes Test...

England resumed day five of the pink ball Test in deep trouble at 82 for four chasing a massive 468 to win, needing a miracle to salvage a draw. They gamely hung on into the final session, fighting a desperate rearguard action until ultimately crumbling t...

 2021-12-20 08:04 

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Maxwell sex crimes trial set to hear closing arguments...

Maxwell, 59, faces an effective life sentence if convicted of six counts of enticing and transporting minors to be abused by late financier Jeffrey Epstein, her long-time companion.The government and Maxwell's lawyers are expected to take between two ...

 2021-12-20 08:00 

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Economic, political troubles ahead for Chile's leftist president-elect...

Analysts say one of the first tasks for Boric, who was cast by his detractors as a "communist," will be to reassure financial markets about the stability in one of Latin America's wealthiest countries.Boric had campaigned on a promise to insta...

 2021-12-20 06:36 

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'Cyborg' artist who 'hears' colour turns to time travel...

Well-known in Spain and with an international following that enabled him to meet the likes of Leonardo di Caprio and Tom Cruise, Harbisson is now testing out a new device designed to feel physically the passing of time.Where once the term cyborg conjured ...

 2021-12-20 06:24 

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Stokes falls as Australia edge closer to second Test victory...

The visitors resumed the pink ball Test in deep trouble at 82 for four chasing a nominal 468 to win and needing a miracle to avoid going 2-0 down in the five-Test series.They lost two more wickets in the opening session, with Stokes, who had scored 12, an...

 2021-12-20 06:24 

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S.Africa battles 'second pandemic' of rape, abuse...

They are called gender-based violence brigades and their mission is herculean: to confront South Africa's plague of femicide and violence against women and children.The cases are gruesome, and the numbers are dizzying.A law student was murdered, her b...

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