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 2021-09-30 04:40 

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Veteran Holmes set to become oldest Wallaby since WWII...

Greg Holmes will become the oldest Wallabies player since World War II after being included on the bench for their clash against Argentina on Saturday, while Sean McMahon was another surprise call-up.A flanker by trade, the 38-year-old Holmes played the l...

 2021-09-30 04:28 

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On the fast Finnish roads, Ogier can seal eighth title...

If results fall completely his way, Sebastien Ogier could clinch his eighth World Rally title in nine seasons with two rounds to go in Finland this weekend. The Frenchman, who has announced he is retiring after this season, is 44 points ahead of Welsh Toy...

 2021-09-30 03:42 

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China factory activity contracts for first time since Feb 2020...

Chinese factory activity contracted in September to the lowest level since February 2020, when coronavirus lockdowns crippled the economy, official data showed Thursday, as the country faces waves of power outages and fears over instability in the real es...

 2021-09-30 03:26 

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Most Asian markets track Wall St up but traders still on edge...

Asian markets mostly rose Thursday after the previous day's retreat, though investors continue to fret that surging inflation will lead to interest rate hikes, while the debt stand-off in Washington and prospect of a historic US default was also frayi...

 2021-09-30 02:50 

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All Blacks shuffle backs for Springboks showdown...

All Blacks coach Ian Foster has tweaked his backline for Saturday's Rugby Championship Test against South Africa after his wingers struggled against the high ball last week.George Bridge and Will Jordan paid the price for nervy displays out wide in th...

 2021-09-30 02:46 

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Flamengo cruise past Barcelona to reach Libertadores final...

Flamengo are just one win away from a second Copa Libertadores title in two years after defeating Ecuador's Barcelona SC 2-0 on Wednesday to set-up an all-Brazilian final against holders Palmeiras.Two goals from Bruno Henrique -- who also bagged a dou...

 2021-09-30 02:24 

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Qatar ready for tightly-controlled first legislative polls...

Qataris are gearing up for inaugural legislative polls on Saturday that are a symbolic democratic step for the autocratic Gulf region but are unlikely to alter the monarchy's balance of power.The October 2 election is for 30 members of the 45-strong S...

 2021-09-30 02:14 

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Hakuho's retirement leaves sumo facing 'void' at top...

Sumo will struggle to fill the "void" left by the retirement of its greatest-ever champion Hakuho, experts say, with few new stars emerging and public interest in the ancient Japanese sport likely to wane.Hakuho helped usher in a new wave of sumo ...

 2021-09-30 02:08 

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'YOLO' generation of investors is ready for anything, even a crash...

Wall Street has been a booming place over the past year and a half even as the wider US economy has suffered -- a trend that an entire generation of young investors has both noticed, and cashed in on.Known as the YOLO generation -- after the saying "y...

 2021-09-30 02:06 

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Benfica loss leaves Koeman on brink at Barcelona...

Ronald Koeman said "I don't know" three times when asked if he has the support of the Barcelona board after a 3-0 defeat at Benfica in the Champions League left the Dutch coach on the brink of the sack.Any credit gained from the morale-boostin...

 2021-09-30 02:04 

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Sarkozy braces for verdict in second French trial...

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy will find out Thursday whether he faces a second jail term when a court returns its verdict over massive overspending on his 2012 re-election campaign.The 66-year-old remains a hugely popular and influential figure ...

 2021-09-30 01:56 

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Scientists race to save Florida coral reef from mysterious disease...

At a laboratory in central Florida, biologist Aaron Gavin uses tiny pipettes to carefully feed shrimp to more than 700 corals living in huge saltwater tanks, with sunlight-mimicking lamps glowing above them.The work of the scientists here could be the las...

 2021-09-30 01:52 

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'Belly of the beast': From 13, kids treated as adults online...

Facebook drew outrage for its now paused plans for an Instagram app for kids aged 12 and under. But 13-year-olds are already welcome on social media with few protections and sometimes tragic effects, experts and parents said.That's because 13 effectiv...

 2021-09-30 01:52 

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Former Nazi death camp secretary, 96, stands trial...

A 96-year-old former secretary at a concentration camp will go on trial in Germany Thursday, one of the first women implicated in Nazi-era crimes to be prosecuted in decades.Irmgard Furchner is charged with complicity in the murders of more than 10,000 pe...

 2021-09-30 01:02 

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Havana reopens its beaches -- but masks are required...

Beaches and pools in the Cuban capital Havana, as well as the famed Malecon seafront promenade, were reopened on Wednesday, officials announced, after being shut for nine months due to the coronavirus pandemic.A formal notice in state media, citing Havana...

 2021-09-30 00:46 

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'Anything is possible' for Man Utd as Ronaldo papers over the cracks...

Cristiano Ronaldo's record 178th Champions League game had been one of his quietest for 94 minutes until the ball broke kindly for him to break Villarreal hearts at Old Trafford on Wednesday.Manchester United's returning hero rode the rescue just ...

 2021-09-30 00:16 

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Six Pumas banned from Wallabies clash for Covid breach...

Argentina's Rugby Championship clash with Australia was thrown into chaos Thursday with six players and two staff ruled out after breaching health orders with an unauthorised trip into New South Wales from Queensland state.The group headed to Byron Ba...

 2021-09-29 23:40 

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Kim's sister gets post on top North Korean body...

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's influential sister has been appointed to the country's top government body, the official KCNA news agency reported Thursday.Kim Yo Jong, a key adviser to her brother, was promoted to a position on the State Affair...

 2021-09-29 23:24 

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Fury wary of 'make-or-break' Wilder as trilogy bout looms...

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury believes he will be facing the most dangerous incarnation of Deontay Wilder yet when he clashes with his American rival for the third time next month.Fury, the undefeated World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, fac...

 2021-09-29 23:00 

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N. Korea's Kim condemns US dialogue offer as 'facade'...

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un condemned a US offer of dialogue as a "facade", state media reported Thursday, and accused the Joe Biden administration of continuing a hostile policy against his nuclear-armed country.Talks between Pyongyang and Wa...

 2021-09-29 22:14 

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Virgin Galactic cleared to launch after US closes safety probe...

Virgin Galactic said Wednesday it had been cleared for spaceflight after the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) concluded a probe into a safety "mishap" related to its high-profile mission in July that featured company founder Richard Branson.The FAA t...

 2021-09-29 22:00 

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No overseas fans allowed at 2022 Beijing Olympics...

Next year's Winter Olympics in Beijing will be held without spectators from overseas with tickets restricted to fans living in China because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the International Olympic Committee said Wednesday.The IOC said only fully vaccinate...

 2021-09-29 21:46 

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Barcelona thumped and Chelsea beaten as Ronaldo rescues Man Utd...

Barcelona plunged even further into crisis on Wednesday with a thumping Champions League defeat at Benfica while holders Chelsea were beaten by Juventus but Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a precious last-gasp winner for Manchester United.Ronald Koeman's Ba...

 2021-09-29 21:22 

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Beleaguered Barcelona thumped by Benfica in Champions League...

Barcelona suffered more European humiliation on Wednesday after a 3-0 defeat by Benfica left them in serious danger of failing to make it out of their Champions League group.A hammering in Lisbon, which saw Darwin Nunez score twice, including a second-hal...

 2021-09-29 21:18 

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Ronaldo rescues Man Utd from more Villarreal misery...

Cristiano Ronaldo marked his record-breaking 178th Champions League appearance with a 95th-minute winner as Manchester United snatched a 2-1 victory over Villarreal at Old Trafford on Wednesday.The five-time Ballon d'Or winner had barely threatened un...

 2021-09-29 21:18 

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Countdown to shutdown: Congress races to keep US open for business...

The US Senate wrangled Wednesday over a stopgap funding bill with just one day left to prevent a government shutdown, as lawmakers stare down a number of deadlines with massive stakes for the economy and President Joe Biden's sweeping domestic agenda....

 2021-09-29 21:16 

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Lewandowski scores double as Bayern thrash Dynamo Kiev...

Robert Lewandowski scored twice for the second straight Champions League game this season as Bayern Munich cruised to a 5-0 home win over Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday.Lewandowski claimed the 76th and 77th Champions League goals of his career as Bayern cantere...

 2021-09-29 21:10 

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Chiesa strikes to give Juve huge win over Chelsea...

Federico Chiesa proved to be a big game player once again with the only goal in Juventus' 1-0 Champions League win over Chelsea which could kick-start their faltering season. Sat 10th in Serie A after a succession of unconvincing performances domestic...

 2021-09-29 20:40 

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US 'lost' the 20-year war in Afghanistan: top US general...

The top US general conceded in a stark admission on Wednesday that the United States "lost" the 20-year war in Afghanistan."It is clear, it is obvious to all of us, that the war in Afghanistan did not end on the terms we wanted, with the Talib...

 2021-09-29 20:40 

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Britney Spears' lawyers push for end to father's control...

Britney Spears' bid to end her father's controversial guardianship could reach its conclusion in a new court hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday, after weeks of twists and turns -- and two major new documentaries about the pop star.The courtroom w...

 2021-09-29 20:38 

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US, EU pledge joint action on tech issues, semiconductors, China...

US and EU officials on Wednesday pledged to join forces to deal with a host of technology and trade issues to secure semiconductor supplies and counter China's dominance.The inaugural meeting of the Trade and Technology Council (TTC) laid out a length...

 2021-09-29 19:58 

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New Line 3 pipeline ready to move oil from Canada to US: Endbridge...

The replacement Line 3 pipeline -- the first new conduit from Canada's oil sands to US refineries built in years -- is "substantially completed" and will be ready to move oil starting Friday, Enbridge announced.The Can$7.3 billion project had ...

 2021-09-29 19:30 

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Rising food prices in Brazil hit the neediest most...

Marli Fumagalli looks at prices carefully as she walks through a market in Brazil and says her dietary mantra in hard times like these is "less beef, more vegetables and lots of creativity."Inflation is running high in Latin America's largest ...

 2021-09-29 19:14 

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Top Iraq Shiite cleric urges voting in parliamentary poll...

Iraq's top Shiite Muslim cleric on Wednesday urged Iraqis to vote in order to "carry out real change" in next month's parliamentary elections.The statement from Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani's office came against the backdrop of potentia...

 2021-09-29 18:56 

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Djokovic withdraws from Indian Wells: tournament...

World number one Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next month's ATP/WTA Indian Wells tournament in California, organisers confirmed on Wednesday."We are disappointed that Novak will not be able to join us at the BNP Paribas Open this fall," to...

 2021-09-29 18:42 

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Pessina gives Atalanta victory over Young Boys...

Italy midfielder Matteo Pessina scored a second-half winner as Atalanta edged out Young Boys 1-0 on Wednesday to move top of their Champions League group.The Serie A side, bidding to reach the knockout stage for a third straight season, have four points f...

 2021-09-29 18:38 

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Putin praises 'useful' Erdogan talks...

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan lauded three-hour talks as "useful" and "productive" as they met to discuss the Syrian conflict.It was their first face-to-face talks in 18 months. The Russian leader...

 2021-09-29 18:28 

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Premier League 'improperly influenced' blocking of Newcastle takeover...

The Premier League was "improperly influenced" by other English top-flight clubs and media group beIN in coming to a decision that effectively blocked the Saudi takeover of Newcastle United, a tribunal was told Wednesday.The "active lobbying&#...

 2021-09-29 17:50 

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Garcia shakes off Ryder woe for title defence...

Sergio Garcia hopes to put the disappointment of Europe's Ryder Cup defeat behind him when he launches the defence of his PGA Tour Sanderson Farms Championship title in Mississippi on Thursday.The 41-year-old Spaniard is the only player involved in la...

 2021-09-29 17:50 

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Algeria begins Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine production...

Algeria on Wednesday started producing the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Chinese firm Sinovac, with production expected to be eight million doses a month.Prime Minister Aimene Benabderrahmane, who attended the launch of the production process at a factory...

 2021-09-29 17:42 

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Rowing guru Grobler joins France ahead of Paris Olympics...
 2021-09-29 17:36 

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McCall says there's time for Saracens trio to regain England places...

Mark McCall believes there's still time for the dropped Saracens trio of Jamie George, Mako Vunipola and Billy Vunipola to regain their Test places in time for the November internationals after they were all dramatically dropped by England coach Eddie...

 2021-09-29 17:34 

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YouTube cracks down on anti-vaccine misinformation...

YouTube announced Wednesday it would remove videos and some high-profile users that falsely claim approved vaccines are dangerous, as social networks seek to crack down on health misinformation around Covid-19 and other diseases.Video-sharing giant YouTub...

 2021-09-29 17:10 

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Vaccine holdouts in New York, San Francisco won't be paid: NBA...

The NBA said Wednesday players who do not comply with local Covid-19 vaccination mandates will be docked pay for games they are forced to miss because of their status.The policy means players with teams based in San Francisco and New York -- where local r...

 2021-09-29 16:52 

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Barcelona's spending limit slashed by La Liga as Real Madrid tower ahead...

Barcelona's spending limit this season will be almost 650 million euros ($754 million) lower than Real Madrid's, according to official figures announced by La Liga on Wednesday.Madrid';s cap will be 739 million euros while Barca's has been ...

 2021-09-29 16:50 

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Walmart to hire 150,000 US workers ahead of holiday season...

Walmart announced Wednesday it will hire 150,000 more workers in the United States, joining other large companies in staffing up ahead of the holiday shopping season.The nation's biggest private employer, Walmart said "most" of the new positio...

 2021-09-29 16:36 

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Lowry blasts US fans after 'dog's abuse'...

Shane Lowry has claimed Europe's players and families were subjected to "dog's abuse" from drunken American "idiots" during last weekend's Ryder Cup.Europe were thrashed 19-9 in Wisconsin, the biggest winning margin in the mode...

 2021-09-29 16:34 

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FIFA looks to garner support in face of opposition to biennial World Cup plans...

FIFA will on Thursday hold a summit with all 211 national football federations as it seeks to gather support for controversial plans to stage the World Cup every two years despite vociferous opposition from Europe.Officially the summit, which is being hel...

 2021-09-29 16:32 

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US declares fabled Ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 other species extinct...

The United States on Wednesday declared 23 species extinct, including one of the world's largest woodpeckers, dubbed the "Lord God Bird."The announcement came via the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), which proposed to remove the birds, mussels...

 2021-09-29 16:14 

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US security adviser in Egypt for talks on Libya...

US President Joe Biden's national security adviser met Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday for talks aimed at ensuring Libya's December elections go ahead as planned, Sisi's office said.Jake Sullivan travelled to Egypt as p...

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