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 2021-07-30 12:26 

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Scientists create embyros to save northern white rhino...

Scientists working to bring back the functionally extinct northern white rhino announced they had successfully created three additional embryos of the subspecies, bringing the total to 12. One of world's two remaining live specimens -- female Fatu who...

 2021-07-30 12:16 

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Chinese shuttlers march on at Tokyo Games...

Chinese badminton players turned up the heat on their Olympic rivals on Friday, winning mixed doubles gold and staying unbeaten in singles competition.Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping upset the odds to claim the mixed doubles title with a rare win over compa...

 2021-07-30 12:14 

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'Olympic spirit at its best' - IOC boss praises struggling Biles...

IOC chief Thomas Bach said US superstar Simone Biles had shown "Olympic spirit at its best" on Friday by cheering on her fellow gymnasts despite being sidelined with mental problems in Tokyo.Bach said Biles had shown great courage by admitting she...

 2021-07-30 12:12 

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Higher oil prices boost ExxonMobil profits...

ExxonMobil reported better-than-expected quarterly profits Friday on higher commodity prices, pointing to rising energy demand amid the economic recovery from Covid-19.The oil and gas giant reported profits of $4.7 billion in the second quarter, compared ...

 2021-07-30 12:00 

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Australia stun Team GB as Canada make Olympic women's football semis...

Sam Kerr scored twice as Australia beat Team GB 4-3 after extra time Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Olympic women's football tournament, while Canada edged Brazil on penalties following a goalless draw. Britain appeared on course for the last ...

 2021-07-30 12:00 

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Isabel dos Santos ordered to return Galp shares to Angola...

Isabel dos Santos, daughter of Angola's former president and Africa's onetime richest woman, must return to Angola her shares in Portugal's Galp energy firm worth 422 million euros ($500 million), an international arbitration court has ruled.D...

 2021-07-30 11:42 

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Israel launches Covid booster shot campaign for over-60s...

Israel launched a campaign Friday to give the over-60s coronavirus booster shots, at a time when the rest of the world is still struggling to complete the standard course.Kicking off the campaign, Israel's President Isaac Herzog, 60, received a third ...

 2021-07-30 11:40 

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Lions have not watched Erasmus 'sideshow', says coach McBryde...

Robin McBryde said on Friday that neither he nor the other British and Irish Lions coaches had watched a video in which Springboks boss Rassie Erasmus slams the first Test refereeing."That is just a sideshow," said the scrums coach during an onlin...

 2021-07-30 11:22 

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Talks under way to end fighting in Syria's Daraa: monitor...

Ceasefire negotiations have started in Syria's southern province of Daraa after the deadliest flareup in three years killed 28 people, including 11 civilians, a war monitor said Friday.The clashes on Thursday between government forces and rebel fighte...

 2021-07-30 10:46 

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First flight of Afghan interpreters fleeing Taliban arrives in US...

The first flight carrying Afghans who worked as interpreters for American troops and diplomats has arrived in the United States, President Joe Biden said Friday, the start of an operation to evacuate thousands from possible Taliban retaliation.Around 20,0...

 2021-07-30 10:44 

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Lions captain Jones was 'on a date' with referee, says former Boks skipper...

Former Springboks captain John Smit says he understands the frustration that led Rassie Erasmus to post a controversial video following the first Test between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions last Saturday.Speaking on SuperSport TV, Smit said ...

 2021-07-30 10:44 

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Deadly wildfires deal new blow to Turkish tourism...

Turkish firefighters made progress Friday containing deadly wildfires that forced the evacuation of entire villages and Mediterranean coast hotels already reeling from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic.Blazes that erupted Wednesday to the east of the ...

 2021-07-30 10:40 

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Eurozone economy rebounds as restrictions recede...

The eurozone economy rebounded by a strong two percent in the second quarter, according to official data released on Friday, as reopened businesses lifted activity out of the pandemic doldrums.The expansion in Europe was stronger than in the United States...

 2021-07-30 10:16 

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Zverev ends Djokovic's Golden Slam hopes with comeback win at Olympics...

Novak Djokovic's bid for a calendar Golden Grand Slam was dramatically ended by Alexander Zverev in the Olympics men's singles semi-finals on Friday.The world number one collapsed from a set and a break ahead as German fourth seed Zverev won 1-6, ...

 2021-07-30 10:16 

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Fiji Olympic Sevens winner Maqala signs for Bayonne...

Sireli Maqala, one of the stars of Fiji's gold medal performance in the sevens at the Olympics, has signed a two-year contract with Bayonne, the French second division club announced on Thursday. The versatile 21-year-old full-back, who went to Tokyo ...

 2021-07-30 10:12 

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US swimmer accuses Russia's Rylov of doping in Olympics row...

American Ryan Murphy accused Evgeny Rylov of doping after he was beaten by the Russian in the Olympic 200m backstroke on Friday, sparking an angry denial from Moscow.Murphy raised doubts about the result when he claimed he was "swimming in a race that...

 2021-07-30 10:12 

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Online trolls targeting transgender Olympian: Kiwi official...

New Zealand Olympic officials vowed Friday to shield transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard from a tsunami of negative social media comments as the weightlifter prepares to make history at the Tokyo Games.Hubbard is set to become the first openly transgender ...

 2021-07-30 10:10 

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Rugby Australia slams Erasmus over referee 'abuse'...

Rugby Australia on Friday said "public attacks" on referees by South African rugby director Rassie Erasmus were "unacceptable4; after he released an hour-long video critiquing officials in the first Test against the British and Irish Lions....

 2021-07-30 10:04 

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Zverev ends Djokovic's Golden Slam hopes with comeback win at Olympics...

Novak Djokovic's bid for a calendar Golden Grand Slam was dramatically ended by Alexander Zverev in the Olympics men's singles semi-finals on Friday.The world number one collapsed from a set and a break ahead as German fourth seed Zverev won 1-6, ...

 2021-07-30 09:50 

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Hong Kong GDP up 7.5% in Q2 as post recession recovery continues...

Hong Kong's economy is continuing to recover, advanced figures showed Friday, albeit at a slightly slower than expected pace with little sign that the international finance hub's coronavirus pandemic isolation will end any time soon.Gross-domestic...

 2021-07-30 09:48 

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Israel launches Covid booster shot campaign for over 60s...

Israel launched a campaign Friday to give the elderly Covid-19 booster shots, at a time when the rest of the world is still struggling to complete the standard course.Kicking off the campaign, Israel's President Isaac Herzog, 60, received a third dose...

 2021-07-30 09:30 

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Australia sets 80% vaccine target to open borders...

Australia will reopen its borders and end lockdowns when 80 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed Friday, sketching a long road out of "Fortress Australia" virus restrictions.A year-and-a-half after ...

 2021-07-30 08:32 

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Fire destroys Brazil film archive...

A film warehouse in Sao Paulo was partially destroyed by a fire Thursday just months after employees of the Cinemateca Brasileira had warned of such a disaster, accusing the government of deliberately neglecting the cultural institution.Fifteen fire truck...

 2021-07-30 08:24 

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20 dead, 300,000 stranded in flood-hit Bangladesh region...

Monsoon floods and landslides have cut off more than 300,000 people in villages across southeast Bangladesh and killed at least 20 people including six Rohingya refugees, officials said Friday.The region along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border where nearly on...

 2021-07-30 08:18 

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Lebanon battles wildfires for third straight day...

Lebanon battled rapidly spreading wildfires for a third straight day Friday after they destroyed pine forests and threatened homes in northern areas.The blaze that started Wednesday in Lebanon's remote Akkar region "is spreading quickly over large...

 2021-07-30 08:18 

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Finnish monks turn to forestry to cover virus losses...

The Orthodox monastery of Valamo in Finland usually receives around 160,000 visitors a year, many from Europe and Russia who come to experience the peaceful surroundings and expansive orthodox library, as well as the country's largest whisky distiller...

 2021-07-30 08:10 

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Bitter words as British Rowing launches inquest after Olympics flop...

British rower Josh Bugajski accused former chief rowing coach Juergen Grobler of "destroying" athletes as a searching inquest began Friday into the nation's disastrous showing at the Olympics regatta.Britain's rowers mustered just one silv...

 2021-07-30 08:06 

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Virus-hit airline giant IAG narrows loss in first half...

IAG, the owner of British Airways and Iberia, said Friday that it narrowed its net loss in the first half, but continued to face fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.The London-listed conglomerate said in a statement that it suffered a loss after taxatio...

 2021-07-30 07:52 

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First Hong Konger convicted of national security crime jailed for nine years...

A Hong Kong waiter was jailed for nine years on Friday after he became the first person convicted under a sweeping new national security law that Beijing imposed on the city to stamp out dissent.Tong Ying-kit, 24, was found guilty on Tuesday of terrorism ...

 2021-07-30 07:50 

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Australian NBA star Baynes out of Olympics after bathroom fall...

Australia suffered a blow to their men's basketball gold medal hopes Friday with Toronto Raptors star Aron Baynes ruled out of the rest of the Olympics with a neck injury exacerbated by a bathroom fall.The triple Olympian picked up the problem in the ...

 2021-07-30 07:48 

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Philippines orders 13 million into lockdown over Delta fears...

The Philippines will send more than 13 million people in the national capital region back into lockdown next week, the government said Friday, as it tries to head off a surge in cases of a hyper-contagious coronavirus strain.Experts have warned of an expl...

 2021-07-30 06:56 

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China virus success under threat as Delta variant spreads...

A coronavirus cluster that emerged in the Chinese city of Nanjing has now reached five provinces and Beijing, forcing lockdowns on hundreds of thousands of people as authorities scramble to stamp out the worst outbreak in months.China has previously boast...

 2021-07-30 06:48 

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Frenchman in Tokyo ends hunger strike over his 'abducted' children...

A Frenchman who went on hunger strike in Tokyo seeking access to his children said Friday he had ended his protest to undergo surgery on his finger after a fall.For three weeks, Vincent Fichot sat outside a train station near the Olympic Stadium in a bid ...

 2021-07-30 05:52 

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'Still so unreal' - Schoenmaker 'shocked' at record-breaking gold...

South African Tatjana Schoenmaker said it felt "so unreal" after she smashed the long-standing women's 200m breaststroke world record to win Olympic gold Thursday.Schoenmaker timed 2min 18.95sec to better the 2:19.11 set by Denmark's Rikke...

 2021-07-30 05:50 

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'Small but proud': San Marino shooter makes Olympic history in Tokyo...

A tearful Alessandra Perilli described San Marino as "a small country but very proud" after the shooter won its first Olympic medal ever with bronze in Tokyo.With a population of about 34,000, the independent micro-state surrounded by Italy is the...

 2021-07-30 04:52 

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Gymnast Biles still struggling with 'petrifying' mental block...

US gymnastics superstar Simone Biles said she was still struggling with the "twisties", the mental block that has sidelined her in Tokyo, as her Olympic campaign looked in increasing doubt on Friday.Biles posted video on Instagram of her landing o...

 2021-07-30 04:24 

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Philippines says US military deal 'in full force again'...

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has walked back on a decision to end a key military deal with the United States, his defence secretary said Friday during a visit by Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin.Duterte told the United States in February last year he p...

 2021-07-30 04:04 

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Cruising Fraser-Pryce kicks off fan-less Olympic athletics...

Jamaica's history-chasing Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce safely negotiated the first round of the 100m to start the opening day of the athletics at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday.Unrelenting high-tempo music, a tinny public address tannoy, strumming cicadas an...

 2021-07-30 03:14 

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'Our homeland is burning': Volunteers join Siberia wildfire fight...

The father and son stood in the forest burning around them, the elder with a shovel in hand, the younger with a plastic bottle filled with gasoline.As the son poured the fuel onto the forest floor, watching as the rising flames rendered white birch trunks...

 2021-07-30 03:06 

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School's out? Tuition curbs pile on the anxiety for China's parents...

In Beijing's exclusive Haidian district, Zhao says she ploughs $10,000 a year into extra classes for her eight-year-old, a leg up in the competitive scramble of modern China -- and an advantage the state now wants to restrict.As they scythe down overs...

 2021-07-30 02:40 

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'Dangerous' heatwave hits Athens again...

In Athens' parliament square, the Evzones parade under their red berets and stifling heat.With sweat beading on their foreheads, the presidential guards rehearse their choreography in front of a cluster of tourists as a new heatwave hits the Greek cap...

 2021-07-30 02:36 

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USA squad blanks Qatar to reach Gold Cup final...

United States substitute Gyasi Zardes scored in the 86th minute and Matt Turner stopped four shots as the Americans blanked Asian champions Qatar 1-0 on Thursday to reach their 12th CONCACAF Gold Cup final.Zardes combined with fellow reserve Nicholas Gioa...

 2021-07-30 02:34 

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Hong Kong police investigate Olympic chants, China anthem booing...

Hong Kong police on Friday said they had launched an investigation into Olympic Games fans who booed China's national anthem and drowned it out with chanting during a public screening at a mall.The Chinese international finance hub has had its best Ga...

 2021-07-30 01:14 

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Pistons select teen guard Cunningham first in NBA Draft...

Cade Cunningham, a 19-year-old guard who played at Oklahoma State University last season, was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the first pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.Cunningham averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.6 steals a game ...

 2021-07-30 00:42 

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Defrocked US cardinal charged with sexual abuse...

Former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy, court documents showed Thursday, making him the most senior Roman Catholic official in America to face criminal charges in the massive clergy abuse scandal.The ...

 2021-07-29 23:26 

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Family of Henrietta Lacks, unwitting medical heroine, takes on Big Pharma...

The family of Henrietta Lacks -- a Black woman whose cells, harvested without her knowledge, were used for several medical breakthroughs -- announced plans Thursday to sue the big pharmaceutical giants that profited from those discoveries.In 1951, the 31-...

 2021-07-29 23:26 

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ICC lifts arrest warrant for I.Coast ex first lady Simone Gbagbo...

The International Criminal Court has dropped its arrest warrant for Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo over post-election violence that killed thousands in 2010-2011, according to a decision made public Thursday.Simone Gbagbo faced charges ...

 2021-07-29 21:50 

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Vaccinated Americans are getting angry at holdouts...

America's latest coronavirus wave, driven by the hyper-contagious Delta variant, has left vaccinated people seething at the unvaccinated for prolonging the pandemic and ensuring the return of restrictions rather than the carefree summer they were prom...

 2021-07-29 21:14 

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Harvey Weinstein bid to dismiss two sex charges fails...

Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's bid to have two charges of sexual assault against a woman thrown out was rejected by a Los Angeles judge Thursday.Weinstein, already convicted of rape in New York, was extradited last week to the Califor...

 2021-07-29 20:56 

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Israel to offer 3rd Covid jab for over 60s: PM...

Israel will start offering a third dose of Covid-19 vaccinations to people aged over 60, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Thursday, one of first countries to provide a booster shot.The jabs will begin on Sunday as part of a "complementary vaccinati...

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