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 2021-09-29 16:00 

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Injured Pulisic, Reyna to miss US World Cup qualifiers...

Chelsea star Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund's Gio Reyna were left out of the United States squad for upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday but Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie has earned a recall from suspension.USA coach Gregg B...

 2021-09-29 15:52 

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30 dead in Ecuador's latest prison violence: officials...

Thirty prisoners were killed and 47 wounded in a battle between armed inmates aligned to rival gangs at a jail in Ecuador's largest city Tuesday, officials said.It was the latest in a series of deadly clashes in Ecuador's overpopulated and underst...

 2021-09-29 15:48 

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US, Qatar launch joint action on Hezbollah financing...

The United States said Wednesday it was imposing sanctions on Hezbollah financiers in coordination with Qatar, a US ally that has kept cordial relations with Iran.The Treasury Department announced that it was taking action against seven people including Q...

 2021-09-29 15:46 

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No family, no Ashes tour for England's Buttler...

England vice-captain Jos Buttler has insisted again he will miss the upcoming Ashes tour if his family are unable to join him in Australia.Buttler will fly out to the United Arab Emirates next week as a member of England's squad for the T20 World Cup....

 2021-09-29 15:42 

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Get Sputnik jab, Putin tells Erdogan...

President Vladimir Putin told Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday he should use Russia's Sputnik for his next booster jab and boasted of high antibody levels as he hosted the Turkish leader for talks.In a warm exchange after three hours of talks at Puti...

 2021-09-29 15:12 

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On a rollercoaster career, Thill provides late thrill...

It was a Hollywood ending, but not for the global superstars of Real Madrid, flattened by a spectacular goal from an unlikely hero whose career has been a trek through football's less glamourous outposts. Sebastien Thill smashed a 90th-minute winner i...

 2021-09-29 14:54 

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Nuno vows not to crack under Spurs pressure...

Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo said on Wednesday he will not be affected by the mounting pressure sparked by his side's wretched run.Nuno's team were woeful in Sunday's 3-1 defeat at north London rivals Arsenal as they suffered a third ...

 2021-09-29 14:38 

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Families protest suspension of Lebanon blast probe...

Hundreds of outraged Lebanese, mostly relatives of people killed in last year's Beirut port explosion, protested Wednesday against the suspension of an investigation into the blast hampered by political interference.Tarek Bitar, the judge leading the ...

 2021-09-29 14:06 

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Top EU court cancels Morocco trade deals over W.Sahara...

The EU's top court on Wednesday cancelled two trade deals that had allowed Morocco to export farm products and fish to the bloc from the disputed Western Sahara, a ruling hailed by the Polisario independence movement.Morocco, a key trading partner wit...

 2021-09-29 13:38 

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Pakistan cricket chief quits weeks after tour chaos...

The chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board resigned on Wednesday, two weeks after New Zealand and England abandoned tours of the South Asian nation over security concerns.Wasim Khan -- who has been credited for reviving Pakistan's international...

 2021-09-29 13:28 

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Danish artist loaned $84,000 by museum keeps cash, says it's art...

A Danish museum loaned an artist 534,000 kroner ($84,000) in cash to recreate old artworks of his using the banknotes, but he ended up pocketing the money and sending blank canvasses with a new title: "Take the Money and Run".Jens Haaning, a Danis...

 2021-09-29 13:24 

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'Too much water': floods wreak misery in South Sudan...

Children's textbooks, utensils, clothing and crops: all lost to rising floodwaters that have forced tens of thousands of people in South Sudan to leave their wrecked homes as overflowing rivers deluge farmland and swallow up livestock.Barely 16 kilome...

 2021-09-29 13:24 

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France lops metre off Mont Blanc's official height...

French experts on Wednesday said they had measured Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in western Europe, at almost a metre lower than its previous official height.Geographical experts said that after an expedition in mid-September the mighty mountain in the...

 2021-09-29 13:18 

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Tunisia president names Najla Bouden as country's first female PM...

Tunisia's president on Wednesday named geologist Najla Bouden as the country's first ever female prime minister-designate, to form a government with limited executive clout after the president seized wide-ranging powers two months ago.The universi...

 2021-09-29 13:02 

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Kitata will ignore injury to defend London Marathon title...

Ethiopia's Shura Kitata insists he will not let a nagging hamstring injury ruin his London Marathon title defence on Sunday.Kitata won the elite men's race last October to end Eliud Kipchoge's two-year reign as London Marathon champion.The 25-...

 2021-09-29 12:42 

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Skelton puts 'hand up' for Wallabies selection after reported rule change...

La Rochelle lock Will Skelton said he would welcome a return to the Test set-up after reports that Rugby Australia might be set to loosen eligibility rules on overseas-based players.According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Wallabies want to recall the ...

 2021-09-29 12:28 

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Israel premier calls for vaccination push in Arab communities...

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett called Wednesday for new efforts to promote coronavirus vaccination within Arab communities, which are now the leading hotspots of Covid transmission.Before leaving New York where he addressed the UN General Assembly...

 2021-09-29 12:10 

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Nepal introduces third gender category in latest census...

Nepal has introduced a third gender category in its census for the first time, a move the Himalayan nation's LGBTQ community hopes will bring them greater rights. Officials from the Central Bureau of Statistics have been visiting homes across the coun...

 2021-09-29 11:58 

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Top EU court cancels Morocco trade deals over W. Sahara...

The EU's top court on Wednesday cancelled two trade deals with Morocco, for agricultural products and fish from disputed Western Sahara, after a case brought by the Polisaro independence movement.The court "annuls the (European) Council decisions ...

 2021-09-29 11:48 

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UK police officer murdered woman after false coronavirus arrest: court...

A serving British police officer kidnapped a woman as she walked home, handcuffing her in a false arrest for breaking coronavirus restrictions, before raping and murdering her, a court was told on Wednesday.The disappearance of Sarah Everard during a nati...

 2021-09-29 11:32 

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Klopp expects goal spree to end against Man City...

Jurgen Klopp admits he fears Liverpool's goal spree will come to an end in Sunday's Premier League showdown with Manchester City.Klopp's side crushed Porto 5-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino each netted...

 2021-09-29 11:22 

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Aranburu joins Movistar as Moscon switches to Astana...

Basque puncher Alex Aranburu has signed a three-year deal with Movistar, the Spanish team announced on Wednesday while Italian 'bad boy' Gianni Moscon has taken his place at Astana. The 26-year-old Aranburu, who has been racing for Astana since 20...

 2021-09-29 11:20 

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Tunisia president names Najla Bouden as country's first female PM...

Tunisia's president on Wednesday named geologist Najla Bouden as the country's first ever female prime minister-designate, two months after he seized wide-ranging powers."The President of the Republic Kais Saied charged Najla Bouden with formi...

 2021-09-29 11:20 

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UK soldiers to deliver fuel to ease supply crisis...

British troops are expected to be deployed within days to help ease a fuel supply crisis, the government said on Wednesday, as the retail and hospitality sectors called for foreign workers to be allowed to fill post-Brexit vacancies.Business Secretary Kwa...

 2021-09-29 10:52 

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Saudi 'racing against time' to complete F1 track...

Saudi Arabia is working overtime to prepare for its Formula One debut, an official said, with the track still under construction ahead of the race in early December.The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said organisers were "racing against...

 2021-09-29 10:44 

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Arsenal's Xhaka ruled out for three months...

Arsenal said on Wednesday midfielder Granit Xhaka has been ruled out for up to three months after suffering a knee injury during the weekend's north London derby win against Tottenham.Xhaka was injured in a collision with Lucas Moura after the Tottenh...

 2021-09-29 10:20 

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France's right seeks champion to fight Macron...

With the clock ticking down to France's presidential elections in April, conservatives have yet to select a candidate from a crowded field of hopefuls who aim to beat the far-right to set up a final against Emmanuel Macron.Half a dozen current or form...

 2021-09-29 09:58 

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$80 oil sparks mixed fortunes for world economy...

Oil prices jumped above $80 this week for the first time in almost three years, handing a major boost to producers -- but fuelling more inflationary pain for consumers, analysts say.The price of European benchmark Brent North Sea crude for delivery in Nov...

 2021-09-29 09:54 

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COP26 'won't be easy', UN climate chief admits...

The forthcoming COP26 summit -- which could determine the viability of the Paris Agreement -- will "not be easy" but an outcome matching the urgency of the crisis is an "absolute necessity", the UN's climate chief said Wednesday.As the...

 2021-09-29 09:36 

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Report lists 670 European firms with links to Israel settlements...

More than 670 European financial institutions have ties with companies that are involved in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, a civil society report said Wednesday. The report from a group of 25 Palestinian, regional and European organisation...

 2021-09-29 09:28 

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Japan manga artist Takao Saito, 'Golgo 13' creator, dies aged 84...

Manga artist Takao Saito, who created the most prolific Japanese comic-book series of all time "Golgo 13", has died aged 84, his publisher said Wednesday."Golgo 13", the tale of a legendary professional hitman, was first printed in 1968 an...

 2021-09-29 09:04 

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From mines to Covid: Cambodia dogs train to sniff out virus...

Cambodian anti-landmine authorities are training dogs to sniff out Covid-19, hoping the sharp-nosed canines normally used to detect underground explosives can keep the virus on a tight leash.Cambodia has won praise for a swift vaccine drive, with the heal...

 2021-09-29 08:44 

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Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao: from street kid to superstar...

Philippine superstar Manny Pacquiao's rise from street kid to world champion boxer and presidential hopeful is a source of pride to many in the poverty-afflicted country. The eight-division world champion's announcement Wednesday that he was hangi...

 2021-09-29 08:42 

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Netflix acquires first video game studio...

Netflix has announced the acquisition of its first video game studio, as the streaming giant bids to expand its entertainment empire with a push into the lucrative gaming sector.The company announced Tuesday that it has bought the California-based Night S...

 2021-09-29 08:30 

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De La Hoya to Marquez: Five great Manny Pacquiao fights...

Manny Pacquiao, the Philippine boxing icon who announced his retirement on Wednesday after 72 fights, was involved in some spectacular bouts during his sparkling career.AFP Sport highlights five of the best involving the boxing legend.De La Hoya destroyed...

 2021-09-29 08:28 

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Japan prosecutors seek two years' jail for Ghosn aide Kelly...

Japanese prosecutors on Wednesday sought a two-year jail sentence for Greg Kelly, a former aide of fugitive ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, on trial over financial misconduct allegations.While Ghosn is at large in Lebanon after fleeing Japan in an audio equ...

 2021-09-29 08:26 

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Russia threatens YouTube after suspension of German RT channel...

Russia on Wednesday threatened to block YouTube and take other retaliatory measures, after the US video-sharing platform blocked the German-language channels of state broadcaster RT.Russia has been ramping up pressure on foreign tech giants as it seeks gr...

 2021-09-29 08:14 

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Struggling Evergrande to sell $1.5 bn stake in Chinese bank...

Embattled property developer Evergrande on Wednesday said it will sell a $1.5 billion stake in a regional Chinese bank to raise much-needed capital, as it struggles to make interest payments while being choked by debts and ratings downgrades.The stake sal...

 2021-09-29 07:54 

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'Low risk' from toxic gas as Canaries lava enters sea: official...

Toxic gases produced by lava entering the sea from an erupting volcano in the Canary Islands present only a "low" risk to the local population, an official said Wednesday. The Cumbre Vieja volcano, which straddles a southern ridge in La Palma, an ...

 2021-09-29 07:02 

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Four refugees who sheltered Snowden find sanctuary in Canada...

Four Sri Lankan refugees who hid Edward Snowden in their tiny Hong Kong apartments when he was on the run after exposing NSA spying landed in Canada on Tuesday where they were granted asylum, ending years in limbo.Supun Thilina Kellapatha and Nadeeka Dilr...

 2021-09-29 06:36 

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Britney lawyers push for end to father's control ahead of hearing...

After weeks of twists and turns -- and two major new documentaries -- Britney Spears' highly public bid to end her father's guardianship could reach its conclusion at a court hearing Wednesday.Britney9;s father has controlled her life for the p...

 2021-09-29 06:28 

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Manny Pacquiao: Philippine icon, boxer... next president?...

Manny Pacquiao, who said on Wednesday that he is retiring from boxing at 42, is idolised by many in the Philippines both for his punching power and rise from poverty to the peak of world sport.Now the man known at home as "The National Fist" wants...

 2021-09-29 06:18 

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US, EU seek to boost cooperation through tech...

US and EU officials will hold two days of high-level meetings in Pittsburgh this week in an effort to repair relations damaged under the administration of Donald Trump and boost cooperation on technology issues.The timing of the inaugural meeting of the T...

 2021-09-29 06:14 

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Fumio Kishida: calm centrist picked as Japan's next PM...

Japan's next leader Fumio Kishida is a soft-spoken former foreign minister from a Hiroshima family of politicians, with a reputation of seeking the middle ground and a fondness for baseball.The 64-year-old won the ruling party's leadership vote on...

 2021-09-29 05:54 

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Haitian migrants struggle to start new life in Mexico...

Haitian migrants turned away at the US border are struggling to adapt to life in Mexico, where crime, a lack of jobs and difficulties obtaining documents are sapping their morale.The United States announced on Friday that the last of the migrants camped i...

 2021-09-29 05:48 

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China infrastructure drive traps poor nations with $385 bn 'hidden debt': study...

China's ambitious foreign infrastructure push has saddled poor nations with "hidden debt" worth $385 billion, and more than a third of the projects have been hit by alleged corruption scandals and protests, a study said Wednesday.Research from...

 2021-09-29 05:46 

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Taliban fighters hit the fairground as Afghans fear for freedoms...

"This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on a pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop onboard the rickety attraction.With AK-47 and M4 assault rifles strapped to their chests, the soldiers c...

 2021-09-29 05:26 

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In Covid's shadow, HIV on march in Eastern Europe...

In a Bucharest back street, drug addicts rush towards an ambulance handing out free syringes. While the eyes of the world focus on the Covid-19 pandemic, the fight against HIV has slowed down in Eastern Europe.Three times a week, Alina Schiau and colleagu...

 2021-09-29 05:12 

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Philippine superstar Manny Pacquiao says retiring from boxing...

Philippine boxing legend and 2022 presidential hopeful Manny Pacquiao said on Wednesday that he is hanging up his gloves after a glittering decades-long career in the ring.The eight-division world champion and senator, who has his sights set on a high-sta...

 2021-09-29 04:42 

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Philippine superstar Manny Pacquiao says retiring from boxing...

Philippine superstar and presidential hopeful Manny Pacquiao announced Wednesday he is retiring from boxing after a glittering decades-long career in the ring, describing it as the "hardest decision" of his life."It is difficult for me to acce...

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