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 2021-07-29 07:14 

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Cambodia imposes virus curbs along Thailand border over Delta fears...

Cambodia imposed fresh coronavirus restrictions Thursday for eight provinces bordering Thailand, clamping down on the movement of millions of residents to curb the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.In recent weeks, scores of Cambodian migrant ...

 2021-07-29 07:06 

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What curfew? Olympic gold lifts spirits in virus-stricken Fiji...

Overjoyed Fijians have brushed aside a strict virus curfew and poured onto the streets of Suva to celebrate Olympic rugby sevens gold in an explosion of song, dance and fireworks.Children cheered, car horns honked and one older lady's celebratory twer...

 2021-07-29 07:02 

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Samsung reports surge in profit on pandemic-led demand for chips...

Samsung Electronics' net profits surged more than 70 percent in the second quarter thanks to higher memory chip prices fuelled by pandemic-led demand, the South Korean tech giant reported Thursday.Coronavirus-driven working from home boosted demand fo...

 2021-07-29 07:00 

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Malaysian PM urged to quit after rare royal rebuke...

Malaysia's embattled leader was accused of treason and urged to quit Thursday after the king denounced his crisis-hit government for misleading parliament, a rare public rebuke from the revered monarch.Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin leads a scandal-p...

 2021-07-29 06:56 

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8.2 magnitude earthquake off Alaskan peninsula, tsunami warning...

A shallow 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the Alaskan peninsula late Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey said, prompting a tsunami warning.The earthquake hit 56 miles (91 kilometers) southeast of the town of Perryville, the USGS said, with ...

 2021-07-29 06:54 

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History-making Irish rowers won't be bringing the house down...

Paul O'Donovan partnered Fintan McCarthy to win Ireland's first ever rowing Olympic gold on Thursday and said it is fortunate for their neighbours there are coronavirus protocols in place otherwise they "would knock down their apartment".O...

 2021-07-29 06:46 

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Airbus profits take off as deliveries soar...

Airbus said Thursday it had bounced back strongly into profit in the first half of the year as aircraft deliveries rose, leading the company to revise its performance forecasts upwards. Airbus posted a net profit of 2.2 billion euros ($2.6 billion) for th...

 2021-07-29 06:42 

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Waste pickers fear for future at Senegalese mega dump...

Scores of pickers move along a raised platform of rubbish, scooping up pieces of plastic with iron hooks, alongside cattle and hundreds of egrets also scouring the trash.The smell is rancid atop what the pickers dub "Yemen" -- a volcano-like mound...

 2021-07-29 06:36 

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'We need more people': Exhausted firefighters battle Siberia blazes...

As thick clouds of smoke billow across the vast Siberian region of Yakutia, Yegor Zakharov and his team are racing to stop its smouldering forests from burning even more.Members of Russia's Aerial Forest Protection Service, his team spent a recent Jul...

 2021-07-29 06:34 

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Ever Given finally arrives in Rotterdam after Suez block...

The giant container ship MV Ever Given steamed into Rotterdam port early Thursday, more than four months after it got stuck in Egypt's Suez Canal, blocking shipping in one of the world's busiest waterways.The ship, almost as long as New York's...

 2021-07-29 06:30 

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Hong Kong DJ in first 'sedition' trial since handover to China...

A pro-democracy Hong Kong DJ went on trial Thursday for sedition in the first use of the colonial-era law since the city's handover to China as authorities broaden their criminalisation of dissent.Tam Tak-chi, 48, is among a growing number of activist...

 2021-07-29 06:28 

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Turkey courts Biden with Kabul airport offer...

Turkey is offering to protect Kabul's strategic airport after US forces leave in what experts view as a high-risk bid to improve Ankara's strained ties with Washington.Keeping the air hub safe from advancing Taliban forces became a major issue aft...

 2021-07-29 06:16 

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Delta variant drives virus spread to three China provinces...

China Thursday reported small coronavirus outbreaks driven by the Delta variant in three provinces as a cluster linked to an eastern airport spreads despite mass testing and a vaccination drive.The flareup, which began after nine workers at the Nanjing ai...

 2021-07-29 06:06 

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Olympic organisers defend coronavirus measures as cases rise...

Tokyo Olympics organisers dismissed any link to rising coronavirus cases in Japan on Thursday after reporting 24 infections among Games participants, the highest yet.At least 193 athletes, media and Olympic employees and contractors have now tested positi...

 2021-07-29 05:58 

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Dominican music legend Johnny Ventura dies aged 81...

Legendary Dominican singer and songwriter Johnny Ventura, considered one of the greatest exponents of merengue, has died from a heart attack at the age of 81, health officials said.Winner of six Latin Grammys over a 60-year career, Ventura shot to fame af...

 2021-07-29 05:24 

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Road to ruin: Double tax and bandits on the Pakistan-Afghan trade route...

The Taliban's capture of a key Afghan-Pakistan border post has sent trucking costs soaring, with insurgents and government officials separately taxing traders, and bandits demanding bribes to allow safe passage of goods.Thousands of vehicles cross dai...

 2021-07-29 04:40 

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Dressel crowned sprint king as Chinese women smash world record...

US superstar Caeleb Dressel flew faster than Kyle Chalmers to add the Olympic 100m freestyle crown to his two world titles Thursday, as China's women sparked a huge upset with a new world record to win the 4x200m relay.American Dressel missed out on t...

 2021-07-29 04:22 

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Taliban surge poses 'existential crisis': US watchdog...

The Afghan government faces an "existential crisis" after the Taliban doubled their attacks following the February 2020 US deal with the insurgents, a watchdog report said Thursday.The report said Taliban attacks on Afghan targets surged from 6,70...

 2021-07-29 04:12 

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World pole vault champion Kendricks out of Olympics after Covid positive...

Two-time world pole vault champion Sam Kendricks was ruled out of the Tokyo Games on Thursday after testing positive for coronavirus, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee confirmed."We are saddened to confirm that Sam Kendricks tested po...

 2021-07-29 04:04 

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China tries to ease investor fears over crackdown: report...

Beijing scrambled to calm investors after a crackdown on some of China's biggest firms rattled markets with regulators calling bankers in for a last-minute call Wednesday night, Bloomberg reported.The call hosted by the China Securities Regulatory Com...

 2021-07-29 03:28 

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Indian badminton star Sindhu finds peace of mind amid expectations...

India's badminton superstar P.V. Sindhu is carrying the hopes of her country's 1.3 billion people, but meditation is helping her stay calm in the eye of the storm.The 26-year-old world champion, who won silver at the 2016 Rio Games, would become o...

 2021-07-29 03:02 

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US star Dressel wins men's Olympic 100m freestyle gold...

US star Caeleb Dressel blazed to victory in the men's 100m freestyle final on Thursday, adding the Olympic gold to his back-to-back world titles.The 24-year-old powered to the wall in a new Olympic record time of 47.02sec to dethrone charging Australi...

 2021-07-29 02:54 

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China names 'Wolf Warrior' diplomat as new ambassador in Washington...

One of China's most prominent "Wolf Warrior" diplomats was on Wednesday announced as his nation's new ambassador to the United States.The hawkish Qin Gang, a close confidante of President Xi Jinping, has arrived in Washington at a time of ...

 2021-07-29 02:50 

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France's 1960s nuclear tests in Algeria still poison ties...

More than 60 years since France started its nuclear tests in Algeria, their legacy continues to poison relations between the North African nation and its former colonial ruler. The issue has come to the fore again after President Emmanuel Macron said in F...

 2021-07-29 02:18 

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From grey to green: world cities uprooting the urban jungle...

From lettuces farmed on New York's skyline to thick corridors of trees occupying once desolate Colombian roadsides, green initiatives are running wild in cities around the world.At a time when coronavirus lockdowns have amplified the need for nature i...

 2021-07-29 01:36 

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Dressel eyes 100m freestyle gold as Olympic golf tees off...

US swim star Caeleb Dressel seeks a second gold medal at the Tokyo Games on Thursday in his pursuit of Olympic greatness while the absence of Simone Biles will be keenly felt in the women's all-around gymnastics.Newly crowned British Open winner Colli...

 2021-07-28 23:44 

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Fraser-Pryce and Felix feature in day one of Olympics athletics...

The opening day of athletics at the 2020 Tokyo Games will take place at the Olympic Stadium on Friday. AFP Sport looks at five stand-out events:Men's 10,000m - finalThe only final on the opening day of track and field will see a new champion for the f...

 2021-07-28 21:58 

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Ford posts surprise quarterly profit on rising prices...

Ford reported a surprise profit as strong vehicle pricing offset the hit from the semiconductor shortage, sending the automaker's shares higher Wednesday.Robust demand for vehicles in the reopening economy drove profits to $1.1 billion in the latest t...

 2021-07-28 21:34 

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Lucasfilm hires YouTube artist behind 'Star Wars' deepfake...

A YouTuber famous for making "deepfakes" of scenes from iconic film and television shows including "Star Wars" has landed a job at Lucasfilm after wowing bosses at the Disney-owned company.The digital artist known only as "Shamook"...

 2021-07-28 21:10 

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Facebook doubles profit, but sees cooling growth...

Facebook on Wednesday reported its profit doubled in the recently ended quarter as digital advertising surged, but warned of cooler growth in the months ahead in an update which sent its share sinking.Profit jumped to $10.4 billion on revenue of $29 billi...

 2021-07-28 20:50 

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US, Russia see business-like talks on tensions...

The United States and Russia said Wednesday they had business-like and substantive talks in Geneva in their second effort in as many months to bring stability to a fraught relationship.The closed-door talks were a follow-up to last month's summit, als...

 2021-07-28 20:44 

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Facebook doubles profit, but sees cooling growth...

Facebook on Wednesday reported its profit doubled in the recently ended quarter as digital advertising surged, but warned of cooler growth in the months ahead in an update which sent its share sinking.Profit jumped to $10.4 billion on revenue of $29 billi...

 2021-07-28 20:02 

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Dressel targets second Olympic gold, Biles' absence felt in all-around final...

American swimmer Caeleb Dressel seeks a second gold medal at the Tokyo Games on Thursday as he pursues his quest for Olympic greatness while the absence of Simone Biles will be keenly felt in the women's all-around gymnastics event.Some of the world&#...

 2021-07-28 20:02 

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Dutch unearth Roman canal, road near UNESCO heritage sites...

Dutch archaeologists said on Wednesday they have unearthed a Roman canal and road near ancient military camps that were this week listed on UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites.The canal -- more than 10 metres (33 feet) wide -- and road were uncovere...

 2021-07-28 19:08 

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France to introduce anti-Covid pass for cafes, trains from Aug 9...

France will from August 9 enforce new legislation that will make a health pass compulsory to visit a cafe, board a plane or travel on an inter-city train, the government's spokesman said Wednesday.The legislation passed by parliament at the weekend ha...

 2021-07-28 19:02 

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Google requires employee vaccinations, pushes back reopening...

Google on Wednesday slowed its plan to get campuses back up and running, and said workers returning to offices will need to be vaccinated against Covid-19.Spikes in infections due to a Delta variant of the virus have ramped up concerns about returning to ...

 2021-07-28 17:46 

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Calm before storm in Springboks-Lions series...

It was all quiet on the rugby front in South Africa on Wednesday as both the Springboks and the British and Irish Lions camps took a one-day break from media briefings.The teams clash on Saturday in the second Test of three in Cape Town and Rugby World Cu...

 2021-07-28 17:32 

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Biden meets Belarus opposition leader, backs democracy push...

US President Joe Biden met Wednesday with Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya at the White House, where he expressed support for the Belarusian people's aspirations for democracy."I was honored to meet with @Tsihanouskaya at the White...

 2021-07-28 17:30 

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Sony says PS5 sales top 10 mn as demand surges...

Sony Interactive Entertainment on Wednesday said that PlayStation 5 has become the company's hottest selling video game console, with demand outpacing supply.More than 10 million PS5 consoles have been snapped up around the world since they hit the ma...

 2021-07-28 17:22 

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Twitter tests shopping in e-commerce move...

Twitter on Wednesday began testing a feature allowing businesses sell goods from their profile pages at the one-to-many messaging platform.A "Shopping Module" being tried by a few brands in the US marked a move into e-commerce that comes as potent...

 2021-07-28 17:10 

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New York orders frontline health care workers to get vaccinated...

New York state will require all "public-facing" health care workers to get vaccinated from September, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday, as the United States struggles to suppress the Delta variant.Cuomo said all of the state's tens of...

 2021-07-28 16:30 

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Sri Lanka bowlers limit India to 132-5 in Covid-hit T20...

Spinner Akila Dananjaya led a disciplined Sri Lanka bowling attack to restrict India to 132 for five in the Covid-19 delayed second Twenty20 international on Wednesday.Sri Lanka, who trail the three-match series 1-0, opted to bowl as India fielded four de...

 2021-07-28 16:28 

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Israel approves Covid jabs for at risk children aged 5-11...

Children in Israel aged five to 11 at risk of serious health complications can be vaccinated against Covid-19 as of August 1, Israeli health officials said Wednesday.The Israeli health ministry gave the green light for the vaccinations to children who are...

 2021-07-28 16:22 

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Two held after Paris jeweller e-scooter robbery...

French police arrested two suspects on Wednesday after a robbery at famed Parisian jeweller Chaumet where a thief made off with up to three million euros worth of jewellery after arriving and making a getaway on an electronic scooter.The two suspects were...

 2021-07-28 16:06 

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English football heading guidance set for new season...

Guidance designed to limit the amount of heading players do in training will be introduced at all levels of English football next season, it was announced Wednesday.Clubs in the Premier League, Football League, Women's Super League and in all grassroo...

 2021-07-28 15:50 

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US sees 'substantive' talks with Russia amid tensions...

The United States said Wednesday it had held "professional and substantive" talks with Russia focused on arms control, as the two powers met in Geneva in a fresh bid to bring stability to a fraught relationship.The closed-door talks were a follow-...

 2021-07-28 15:48 

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US slaps sanctions on Syria armed group with Turkey links...

The United States on Wednesday slapped sanctions on a Syrian armed group that killed a Kurdish politician amid Turkey's 2019 incursion, vowing to keep pursuing accountability in the war-ravaged country.The United States also took action against two me...

 2021-07-28 15:34 

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Welsh slate landscape becomes UNESCO world heritage site...

The UN's cultural agency UNESCO on Wednesday added a Welsh slate mining landscape to its list of world heritage sites, making it the 32nd location in the UK to be awarded the status.The Slate Landscape of Northwest Wales in the county of Gwynedd was m...

 2021-07-28 14:20 

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Nerveless Hashimoto, 19, clinches coveted all-around gold for Japan...

Japanese teenager Daiki Hashimoto won the coveted men's all-around gymnastics title with a superb final horizontal bars routine at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday.The 19-year-old edged out China's Xiao Ruoteng with Russian world champion Nikita Na...

 2021-07-28 14:12 

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'Pressure is a privilege', says Djokovic of life at the top...

Novak Djokovic said "pressure is a privilege" after keeping his Golden Slam bid intact at the Tokyo Olympics, where the decision of superstar gymnast Simone Biles to withdraw from two events over mental health concerns has put the spotlight on ath...

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