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 2021-10-15 16:56 

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Bolsonaro's veto of free feminine hygiene products sparks outcry...

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has been accused of misogyny after his veto of a law that intended to make sanitary towels free for millions of women sparked an outcry.Millions of poor Brazilian women have little or no access to feminine hygiene products ...

 2021-10-15 16:52 

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Metal prices surge as energy costs soar...

A key index tracking the prices of industrial metals including aluminium, copper and zinc, has struck record heights as soaring energy prices reduces their production.The London Metal Exchange Index on Thursday reached an all-time peak at 4,623.4 points.I...

 2021-10-15 16:38 

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$590 mn in ransomware payments reported to US in 2021 as attacks surge...

New data out Friday showed $590 million in ransomware-related payments were reported to US authorities in the first half of 2021, setting a pace to beat totals for the previous decade as cyber-extortion booms.According to the US Treasury Department report...

 2021-10-15 16:02 

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Bitcoin tops $60,000 on US fund approval hopes...

Bitcoin breached the $60,000 mark for the first time since April on growing optimism that American regulators will greenlight the first US futures exchange-traded fund for the cryptocurrency.The digital currency was up 40 percent from a month ago, reachin...

 2021-10-15 15:50 

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Kolbe said he left Toulouse to get out of 'comfort zone'...

World Cup winning winger Cheslin Kolbe said Friday that he joined Toulon from European champions, and French Top 14 rivals, Toulouse to "take myself out of my comfort zone.""The decision that I made, it was not an easy one," said Kolbe, wh...

 2021-10-15 15:44 

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Biden hits the road to pitch transformation of US child care...

President Joe Biden travels to Connecticut on Friday to promote his plan to transform an American child care program that lags behind most of the developed world as part of his multi-trillion dollar legislative agenda. Part of a national tour to drum up s...

 2021-10-15 15:42 

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Version of Banksy 'Girl with Balloon' sells for 3.1 million...

A version of Banksy's celebrated "Girl with Balloon", set on two canvasses, sold at auction on Friday for 3.1 million ($4.3 million, 3.7 million euros), a day after another of the artist's works fetched a record price.The 2005 diptych, whi...

 2021-10-15 15:38 

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US firm sees 'exciting' moment as space tourism booms...

As competition in space tourism heats up, one of the first companies to offer space travel to fee-paying customers is launching a comeback by blasting into orbit with a Japanese billionaire.The US-based company Space Adventures and Russia are counting dow...

 2021-10-15 14:44 

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US to reopen borders to vaccinated travelers Nov 8...

The United States will reopen its land and air borders on November 8 to foreign visitors fully vaccinated against Covid-19 - ending a more than 18-month ban on travel from much of the globe that separated families, hobbled tourism and strained diplomatic ...

 2021-10-15 14:42 

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UK Conservative MP stabbed to death...

Conservative British lawmaker David Amess was killed on Friday after being stabbed "multiple times" during an event in his local constituency in southeast England, in the second death of a UK politician while meeting voters since 2016.Local police...

 2021-10-15 13:50 

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Fully vaccinated foreign visitors can enter US from Nov 8: W.House...

The United States announced Friday that it will allow entry to foreign travelers who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, by both land and air, starting November 8."This policy is guided by public health, stringent, and consistent," tweeted Whit...

 2021-10-15 13:22 

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US retail sales post surprise 0.7% gain in Sept...

US consumers stepped up spending in September and retail sales posted a surprise 0.7 percent increase, pushed by broad gains that extended beyond gasoline and autos, the government reported Friday.The increase, which sent the monthly sales total to $625.4...

 2021-10-15 13:20 

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Guardiola wants Sterling to stay and fight for Man City future...

Pep Guardiola says he wants Raheem Sterling to fight for his place at Manchester City after the frustrated forward admitted he "would be open" to leaving the Premier League champions.England forward Sterling has been with City since 2015, when he ...

 2021-10-15 13:18 

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Goldman Sachs profits up 63% on surge in dealmaking activity...

Goldman Sachs reported a jump in third-quarter profits Friday behind robust gains in its financial advisory and trading divisions, capping a strong week of results for large US banks.The big New York investment bank reported profits of $5.3 billion, up 63...

 2021-10-15 12:24 

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Newcastle confirm Bruce will take charge against Spurs...

Newcastle have confirmed Steve Bruce will take charge of his 1,000th match as a manager when Tottenham visit St James' Park on Sunday for the first game since the club's Saudi-led takeover.Bruce was reportedly set for the sack following last week&...

 2021-10-15 11:54 

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Germany's SPD, Greens, Liberals announce initial deal for next govt...

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz took a step closer to succeeding Angela Merkel as chancellor, as his Social Democrats, the ecologist Greens and liberal FDP on Friday announced a preliminary deal to form a new government.The three parties have been hol...

 2021-10-15 11:42 

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Klopp warns Newcastle that money doesn't buy success...

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned Newcastle that money does not buy success as the Magpies dream of joining the European elite after their Saudi-led takeover.Struggling Newcastle are the talk of the Premier League following the 305 million ($419 m...

 2021-10-15 11:42 

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US firm sees 'exciting' moment as space tourism booms...

As competition in the space tourism industry heats up, a US-based firm said Friday it was excited to re-enter the sector with the upcoming launch of a Japanese billionaire.Space Adventures, headed by Tom Shelley, is set in December to send Japanese tycoon...

 2021-10-15 11:42 

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From Covid to cancer: High hopes for 'versatile' mRNA...

The coronavirus pandemic has made vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna and the mRNA technology that they use into household names. These types of jabs are new but researchers have been working for decades to try to figure out how to use messenger RNA...

 2021-10-15 11:38 

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Hernandez to face Spanish court: Bayern president...

Bayern Munich defender Lucas Hernandez will travel to Madrid to appear in court for violating a restraining order in 2017, said club president Herbert Hainer."He's going now, then he'll be heard, then we'll see," Hainer said Thursday n...

 2021-10-15 11:38 

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Moscow metro launches face recognition payments...

Moscow on Friday rolled out a facial recognition payment system in the city's metro system, part of a rapid expansion of the controversial technology in Russia.Rights activists have criticised the technology -- already in use at dozens of Moscow super...

 2021-10-15 11:34 

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Italian captain gets jail term for taking migrants to Libya...

An Italian court has in a landmark trial slapped a one-year jail term on the ship captain who returned 101 migrants rescued at sea to crisis-hit Libya.In the first trial of its kind in Italy, the captain of the Italian-flagged Asso 28 was found guilty of ...

 2021-10-15 10:58 

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China central bank says Evergrande risks 'controllable'...

China's central bank said Friday that the risk of spillover from embattled property giant Evergrande to the financial sector was "controllable4;, breaking its silence on the company's debt troubles, state media reported.Concerns are mountin...

 2021-10-15 10:56 

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France ends free Covid testing for all...

France on Friday stopped offering Covid tests free of charge for everyone, in the government's latest effort to incite holdouts to get vaccinated against the virus.A recent negative test, proof of recovery or full vaccination is needed to get a health...

 2021-10-15 10:30 

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UK toy firms battle to prevent nightmare before Christmas...

At a warehouse northwest of London, dozens of workers sort boxes of Christmas toys, scanning barcodes and moving them on forklift trucks.The depot for The Entertainer chain of toy shops is getting busier as the festive season approaches, running three shi...

 2021-10-15 10:28 

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Deadly blasts hit Shiite mosque in Afghanistan's Kandahar...

Blasts tore through a Shiite mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar during weekly prayers on Friday, killing at least 16 people and injuring 32 others.The cause of the explosions was not immediately clear, but they came a week after a suicide atta...

 2021-10-15 10:08 

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Can Covid vaccine technology help make a better flu jab?...

Winter is coming to the northern hemisphere, and with it the flu season -- however advances spurred by the fight against Covid-19 are boosting hopes of finding a more reliable vaccine.Flu jabs have long been available to fight off the seasonal virus, but ...

 2021-10-15 10:02 

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Adele releases soul-stirring comeback single 'Easy On Me'...

British soul diva Adele on Friday released comeback single "Easy On Me", in which she shares with the world details of the traumatic six years she has endured since last releasing a record.In that period, the 33-year-old megastar said she suffered...

 2021-10-15 09:40 

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Italy's ITA takes to skies in ashes of Alitalia...

Italy's new national carrier ITA took its debut flight Friday, closing a turbulent chapter that witnessed the decline of the country's storied but ill-fated Alitalia after 74 eventful years.Italia Trasporto Aereo has been formed out of the ashes o...

 2021-10-15 09:06 

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Sun, sea and the opposite sex as Saudi slowly loosens up...

For Asma, spending a day on the beach with her boyfriend was unthinkable until recently in deeply conservative Saudi Arabia. Now, the 32-year-old is dancing with her partner on white sands fringing the Red Sea, to music thumping from loudspeakers.It's...

 2021-10-15 08:58 

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Husband of slain Kenyan running star Tirop due in court...

The husband of Kenyan double world championships medallist Agnes Tirop, who was stabbed to death in a killing that has shocked her home country and the world of athletics, was due in court Friday after a dramatic late-night arrest.Emmanuel Rotich was deta...

 2021-10-15 08:26 

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Protests and blockades greet new Italy Covid rules...

Protesters gathered at Italian ports on Friday as the country braced for widespread disruption over new coronavirus requirements for workers.Roughly 300 people blocked an entrance to the port of Genoa in the northwest, causing delays in what was feared to...

 2021-10-15 08:26 

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Lebanon on edge after deadly sectarian flare-up...

Lebanon prepared to bury the victims of its deadliest sectarian unrest in years Friday after gunfire gripped central Beirut for hours and revived the ghosts of the civil war.Six people were killed and dozens wounded Thursday when violence erupted followin...

 2021-10-15 07:40 

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Lebanon on edge after deadly sectarian flare-up...

Lebanon prepared to bury the victims of its deadliest sectarian unrest in years Friday after gunfire gripped cental Beirut for hours and revived the ghosts of the civil war.Six people were killed and dozens wounded Thursday when violence erupted following...

 2021-10-15 07:22 

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Husband of killed Kenyan running star Tirop due in court...

The husband of Kenyan record-breaking runner Agnes Tirop, who was stabbed to death in a killing that has shocked her home country and the world of athletics, was due in court Friday after a dramatic late-night arrest.Emmanuel Rotich was detained in the co...

 2021-10-15 06:40 

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Fire, tobacco and spirits: Venezuelans fight Covid with ritual...

With a single kick, Victor Medina collapses a burning pyre, then crosses the smouldering embers in his bare feet.He walks purposefully with a distant gaze, while embodying an indigenous spirit during a ritual on Mount Sorte in northwestern Venezuela dedic...

 2021-10-15 06:16 

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Barcelona begin testing week as Dynamo Kiev and Real Madrid await...

Ronald Koeman said his players will benefit from knowing he is staying on as Barcelona coach and his theory will be tested by a pivotal week that starts with a trip to Valencia on Sunday.After Valencia, Barca face Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on We...

 2021-10-15 06:10 

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Aussie PM drops threat to skip UN climate summit...

Australia's prime minister on Friday withdrew a threat to skip next month's landmark UN climate summit, describing the meeting as "an important event"."I confirmed my attendance at the Glasgow Summit, which I'm looking forward to a...

 2021-10-15 06:00 

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No-nonsense masks, strict bubble: What to expect from China's Winter Olympics...

Beijing, which will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, is staging a series of test events -- giving a strong taste of what the Games will look like and what coronavirus measures will be in place.AFP Sport takes a look at what athletes and spectators -- only p...

 2021-10-15 05:48 

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Sydney to scrap quarantine, readies to welcome overseas visitors...

Sydney will scrap all quarantine requirements for travellers from next month, officials said Friday, an abrupt step toward reopening Australia's long-shuttered borders.In a surprise announcement, Premier Dominic Perrottet of New South Wales said that ...

 2021-10-15 05:38 

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'End of shame': How Serbia rewards its war criminals...

In the heart of Belgrade, a convicted war criminal known as "Captain Dragan" pushes for the pardon of the man who assassinated a Serbian prime minister. He smiles for the cameras, and nobody in the busy street seems surprised by the campaign. Thre...

 2021-10-15 05:24 

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Bellinger drives in winning run as Dodgers edge Giants to advance...

Cody Bellinger drove in the winning run in the ninth inning Thursday as the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers edged the San Francisco Giants 2-1 to advance to baseball's National League Championship Series.With one swing, Bellinger put a disap...

 2021-10-15 04:58 

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TSMC shares soar on profit estimates and Japan factory deal...

Shares in Taiwan's microchip giant TSMC soared on Friday forecasting posting better-than-expected profits for the rest of the year and following the announcement of plans to build its first factory in Japan. The world is in the midst of a severe short...

 2021-10-15 04:42 

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Lawyer for Myanmar's Suu Kyi says gagged by junta...

The chief lawyer for ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Friday he had been banned by the junta from speaking to journalists, diplomats or international organisations.The gag order came after he relayed vivid testimony from the country's depos...

 2021-10-15 04:12 

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Brady, Fournette, power Bucs to win over Eagles...

Tom Brady shrugged off an injured thumb to throw two touchdown passes and Leonard Fournette ran for two TDs as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 28-22 in a Thursday NFL game.The defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers saw another corn...

 2021-10-15 04:12 

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Harvard's endowment soars to $53.2 bn...

Harvard University's endowment shot up 27 percent in a year, according to its annual financial report published Thursday, making it more than ever the world's richest university.Such endowments, very common in US higher education, are funded large...

 2021-10-15 03:54 

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Windows, Gates and a firewall: Microsoft's delicate castle in China...

Microsoft, which will close its career-oriented social network LinkedIn in China, is one of the few US tech titans that have managed some success in the country.The software giant has kept its business alive in China largely by complying with strict local...

 2021-10-15 03:46 

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China growth dips to 5% in third quarter on energy woes: AFP poll...

China's economic growth is expected to have slowed further in the third quarter, according to an AFP poll of analysts, with a mounting energy crisis and property market tremors casting a pall as the country's post-Covid recovery lost steam.While t...

 2021-10-15 03:18 

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Flying sushi: Israel readies for delivery drone traffic jams...

Drone powerhouse Israel is translating the know-how of air force veterans to the delivery of sushi and ice-cream, as companies tap their expertise to avoid collisions in increasingly crowded skies.On a grassy stretch of a Tel Aviv beachfront, three drones...

 2021-10-15 03:14 

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Asian markets rally as earnings temper inflation, taper worries...

Asian markets extended a global rally Friday on optimism for corporate earnings after a strong start to the reporting season, while traders cheered better-than-expected data indicating the US recovery remains on track despite inflation concerns and the im...

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