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 2021-10-14 16:52 

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Mbappe takes centre stage for PSG in absence of Messi, Neymar...

Lionel Messi, Neymar and a host of other South American stars are missing for Paris Saint-Germain this weekend but Kylian Mbappe will take centre stage after starring for France in their successful UEFA Nations League campaign.Messi, along with Leandro Pa...

 2021-10-14 16:44 

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Coldplay announce eco-friendly tour with 'kinetic flooring'...

Coldplay outlined plans Thursday for an eco-friendly world tour in which fans will power the shows using "kinetic flooring" and cycles. But frontman Chris Martin admitted to the BBC that they risked criticism from fans, given that they still enjoy...

 2021-10-14 16:44 

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Turkish lira hits record low as Erdogan sacks central bankers...

The Turkish lira sank to a record low against the dollar on Thursday after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan fired three central bank members in an overnight decree.The embattled Turkish currency has lost nearly a fifth of its value so far this year as marke...

 2021-10-14 16:42 

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Nike buys stake in LeBron James media company SpringHill...

US sports equipment giant Nike and video game publisher Epic Games have acquired a "significant"; minority stake in the media and entertainment company founded by basketball star LeBron James, bringing its valuation to $725 million.Other investors ...

 2021-10-14 16:40 

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Macron pulls on boots for charity football game...

French President Emmanuel Macron, who has his eye firmly on the goal of elections next year, donned his football boots and marshalled the midfield at a charity match on Thursday.After a kiss from his wife Brigitte, the 43-year-old was all smiles as he too...

 2021-10-14 16:36 

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Zuma blasts judiciary, backs ANC in first speech after parole...

Ex-president Jacob Zuma on Thursday lashed South Africa's judiciary but urged voters to back the ruling ANC in local elections in his first public address since gaining parole from a prison term last month.Zuma, whose whereabouts are unclear, made an ...

 2021-10-14 16:30 

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US, Greece expand defense ties amid Mediterranean tensions...

Greece on Thursday expanded a defense agreement with the United States days after ratifying a separate deal with France at a time of high tensions with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean.The agreement signed in Washington marks a deepening of US relation...

 2021-10-14 16:02 

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TB deaths on the rise again globally due to Covid-19: WHO...

Tuberculosis is on the rise again globally for the first time in a decade, linked to disruptions in access to healthcare because of the Covid pandemic, the World Health Orgnization said on Thursday.The setback has erased years of progress toward tackling ...

 2021-10-14 15:58 

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Man City's Torres suffers fractured foot...

Manchester City will be without Ferran Torres for several weeks after the Spain forward suffered a fractured foot on international duty.Torres is believed to have sustained the injury during Spain's UEFA Nations League semi-final win against Italy.The...

 2021-10-14 15:52 

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Supply chain crisis snags economic recovery...

Closed factories, clogged ports, no truck drivers -- up and down the global supply chain there are problems, raising concerns that it could disrupt the global economic recovery.Here is a look at the issue:- Raw material shortages -Emerging countries have ...

 2021-10-14 15:44 

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Lebanon protest chaos revives civil war ghost...

Bullets riddling residential facades, snipers on roofs, residents crouching inside their homes -- the scenes that filled the streets of Beirut Thursday were all too familiar to many Lebanese.The same militia groups, the same neighbourhoods: the news flash...

 2021-10-14 15:40 

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US banks report big profit jumps amid improving economy...

A trio of large US banks reported signficantly higher profits Thursday, boosted by a strengthening US economy that has diminished the need to set aside funds for loan defaults.Bank of America's results were lifted by the release of $1.1 billion in res...

 2021-10-14 15:32 

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In about-face, Burundi receives first Covid vaccines...

Burundi, one of the last countries in the world to inoculate its people against Covid-19, received its first batch of vaccines on Thursday after a major about-turn by the government.The East African country, whose leaders had previously downplayed the sev...

 2021-10-14 15:24 

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Cameroon urges calm after child killed in anglophone region...

Authorities in English-speaking western Cameroon appealed for calm on Thursday after a policeman killed a schoolgirl in the troubled region and was lynched by an angry mob.The incident took place in Buea, a hotspot city in a region where anglophone separa...

 2021-10-14 15:06 

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US jobless claims dip below 300,000 in pandemic breakthrough...

New applications for US unemployment benefits have dipped below 300,000 for the first time since the pandemic began, a milestone in the labor market's recovery from the devastation wrought by the virus last year.The weekly applications for jobless aid...

 2021-10-14 15:00 

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Tour de France fan who caused pile-up set to avoid jail...

The spectator behind one of the biggest pile-ups in Tour de France history appeared in court Thursday charged with injuring dozens of riders but seemed set to avoid jail after prosecutors demanded a suspended sentence.The 31-year-old French woman, whose i...

 2021-10-14 14:52 

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US approves freeing two Guantanamo detainees...

The US government has approved the release of two more of the 39 wartime detainees held for years at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to rulings posted by the Pentagon.Yemeni Sanad Yislam al-Kazimi and Afghanistan native Assadullah H...

 2021-10-14 14:44 

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Macron wants 2024 Olympics to turn France into a sportier nation...

President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday he hoped the 2024 Paris Olympics would give a huge boost to participation in sport in France."The aim is not simply to get medals, it will be to put sport at the heart of the nation," Macron said, as he visi...

 2021-10-14 14:42 

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Biden to have audience with Pope Francis at Vatican on Oct 29...

US President Joe Biden, America's second Catholic president, and his wife Jill will have an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on October 29, the White House announced Thursday. Biden's Vatican visit will come ahead of his participation in ...

 2021-10-14 14:38 

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Neymar has 'many years' left at the top, says Pochettino...

Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino says he has "no doubt" that Neymar will carry on playing at the top level "for many years" to come after recent comments by the Brazilian superstar which suggested next year's World Cup wou...

 2021-10-14 13:48 

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Bruce set to take charge of Newcastle for Spurs match after takeover...

Steve Bruce appears set to take charge of Newcastle's first game under their new Saudi owners despite reports that he would be sacked before Sunday's Premier League clash with Tottenham.The 305 million ($418 million) takeover, completed last week,...

 2021-10-14 13:36 

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US wholesales prices spike to annual record in September...

US wholesale prices jumped 8.6 percent in the 12 months ended in September, the biggest increase in over a decade, according to government data released Thursday.Double-digit jumps in food and energy costs compared to last year drove the record gain in th...

 2021-10-14 13:22 

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Boeing uncovers another defect on 787 Dreamliner...

Boeing said Thursday it will rework undelivered 787 Dreamliner planes after uncovering another defect on the jet, which has been halted for deliveries since May.The company was notified by a supplier that some 787 parts "were improperly manufactured,&...

 2021-10-14 13:16 

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Pedri's new five-year Barca deal to include billion-euro release clause...

Barcelona midfielder Pedri has agreed a contract extension until 2026, with the deal including a one-billion-euro ($1.16 billion) release clause, the club announced on Thursday."FC Barcelona and the player, Pedro Gonzalez 'Pedri', have agreed ...

 2021-10-14 13:04 

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US jobless claims dip below 300,000 for first time since pandemic: govt...

New applications for US unemployment benefits dipped below 300,000 last week for the first time since Covid-19 sent them skyrocketing into the millions early last year, according to government data released Thursday.There were 293,000 initial claims for u...

 2021-10-14 12:52 

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Danish start for 'complete' 2022 Tour de France...

The 2022 Tour de France embarks from Denmark, pushes into Switzerland and Belgium, visits Dunkirk and Lourdes, and features five mountain slogs.While the opening three days in Denmark had already been publicised, the rest of the route was unveiled in a ce...

 2021-10-14 12:48 

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Tour de France fan who caused huge opening day crash goes on trial...

The spectator behind one of the biggest pile-ups in Tour de France history appeared in court Thursday charged with injuring dozens of riders on the cycling race's first day last summer.The 31-year-old French woman, whose identity was withheld after sh...

 2021-10-14 12:46 

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Italian court tries Egyptian officers over student's murder...

Four Egyptian security officers went on trial in absentia in Italy Thursday for the brutal killing in Cairo five years ago of Italian student Giulio Regeni.The officers stand accused of kidnapping, conspiracy to murder and grievous bodily harm in the case...

 2021-10-14 12:26 

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Iraq's Sadr must work with pro-Iran groups to choose PM...

Firebrand cleric Moqtada Sadr may be Iraq's big election winner but he will still have to haggle with his opponents, linked to armed pro-Iranian groups, to forge a new government. War-scarred Iraq -- an oil-rich country plagued by corruption and pover...

 2021-10-14 12:24 

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Healy steers Sixers to victory as women's Big Bash League starts...

Alyssa Healy smashed a rollicking half-century as the Sydney Sixers opened the women's Twenty20 Big Bash League with a six-wicket win with four balls to spare over the Melbourne Stars Thursday.Chasing down the Stars' 99 for one in a match shortene...

 2021-10-14 12:14 

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Tarek Bitar, Lebanon's judge with a grudge...

Tarek Bitar, the young and discreet judge investigating last year's devastating Beirut port explosion, is arguably the most exposed man in the country.By daring to take on some of Lebanon's untouchable political barons, he has landed himself at th...

 2021-10-14 12:12 

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Court orders France to fix greenhouse gas cut shortfall...

A French court on Thursday ordered the government to make up for its failure to meet its own greenhouse gas reduction targets, saying it needed to "repair" the emissions overshoots.Four NGOs backed by a petition carrying 2.3 million signatures too...

 2021-10-14 11:54 

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Pakistan's PIA suspends Kabul flights over 'unprofessional' Taliban...

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) said on Thursday it had suspended flights to Kabul over the "unprofessional attitude" of Taliban authorities.PIA resumed special flights to the country after the Taliban seized power in mid-August, and was a l...

 2021-10-14 10:40 

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Women's Tour de France to start at Eiffel Tower...

The route for the inaugural women's Tour de France was unveiled on Thursday with eight stages, embarking from the Eiffel Tower on July 24 next year.The first complete edition of the women's version of cycling's iconic race starts on the day th...

 2021-10-14 10:36 

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IPL final turns into Dhoni v Morgan tactical showdown...

The Indian Premier League final on Friday will be a clash between two of cricket's finest tacticians when M.S. Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings take on Eoin Morgan's Kolkata Knight Riders.Between them they have won every major title on offer.Morgan...

 2021-10-14 10:28 

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Pan-African film fest defies pandemic and jihadists...

Africa's biggest film festival kicks off on Saturday in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou, delayed eight months by the Covid-19 pandemic and overshadowed by a brutal six-year-old jihadist insurgency.Seventeen feature-length works are in the main ...

 2021-10-14 10:22 

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Taiwan building inferno kills 46, dozens injured...

An overnight fire tore through a building in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung on Thursday, killing 46 people and injuring dozens of others in the island's deadliest blaze in decades.The fire broke out in the 13-storey, mixed-use building in th...

 2021-10-14 10:18 

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EU envoy on nuclear talks meets Iran deputy minister in Tehran...

The EU envoy charged with coordinating talks on reviving the Iran nuclear deal, Enrique Mora, met Iranian deputy foreign minister Ali Bagheri in Tehran on Thursday, the Iranian ministry said.The talks come a day after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken ...

 2021-10-14 10:12 

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China to launch latest crewed space mission Saturday morning...

China will send three astronauts to its new space station this week, officials confirmed Thursday, in what will be Beijing's longest crewed mission to date.The three will blast off at 12:23 a.m. on Saturday from the launch centre in northwestern China...

 2021-10-14 10:00 

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Deadly chaos erupts during Beirut rally against port blast judge...

Tank deployments and deadly exchanges of fire turned Beirut into a war zone Thursday after a demonstration organised by Shiite parties against the lead port blast investigator turned violent.Heavy fire rang out as ambulances rushed the wounded through the...

 2021-10-14 09:48 

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Taiwan building inferno kills 46, dozens injured...

An overnight fire tore through a building in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung on Thursday, killing 46 people and injuring dozens of others, officials said.The blaze broke out in the 13-storey, mixed-use building in the small hours of Thursday morn...

 2021-10-14 09:18 

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Kenyan police hunt for husband of slain runner Tirop...

Kenyan police were on Thursday hunting for the husband of record-breaking runner Agnes Tirop who was stabbed to death in an incident that has shocked her home country and the world of athletics.Tirop's husband Emmanuel Rotich was named by police as a ...

 2021-10-14 09:16 

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Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing posts record net profit...

The operator of Japanese casualwear giant Uniqlo reported a record annual net profit on Thursday and predicted an even better performance this year as pandemic-related restrictions ease further worldwide.Fast Retailing said business had "recovered mar...

 2021-10-14 07:36 

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Indian festival crowds return as Covid horrors fade...

India's main religious festival season is back in full swing with huge noisy crowds thronging markets and fairs for the first time in two years, barely six months after a devastating Covid-19 surge.The coronavirus is still claiming over 200 lives dail...

 2021-10-14 06:26 

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Former Wallaby Timani in Tongan squad for northern tour...

Former Wallabies flanker Lopeti Timani was named Thursday in the Tonga team for their upcoming northern tour to play Scotland, England, the French Barbarians and Romania.Tongan-born Timani, a loose forward, played 12 matches for Australia in 2016 and is c...

 2021-10-14 03:20 

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Defectors sue N. Korea's Kim Jong Un in Tokyo over repatriations...

North Korean defectors in Tokyo symbolically summoned Kim Jong Un to court on Thursday over a repatriation programme they describe as "state kidnapping".The unusual case is a bid to hold Pyongyang responsible for a scheme that saw more than 90,000...

 2021-10-14 03:18 

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Shredded Banksy goes under the hammer in London...

A partially shredded canvas of one of British artist Banksy's most celebrated works is expected to sell for millions when it goes under the hammer on Thursday.The artwork -- now called "Love is in the Bin -- will be offered by London auction house...

 2021-10-14 03:08 

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The Egyptian modelling agency 'decolonising beauty standards'...

Between the frenzied rush of wardrobe changes and photographers readying for shoots, Iman Eldeeb's agency is slowly breaking new ground for Egypt's fashion scene by hiring a diverse line-up of models.Eldeeb forged an international career in Europe...

 2021-10-14 03:04 

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Most Asian markets up on recovery hopes but tightening in view...

Asian markets mostly rose Thursday as investors maintained optimism in the global recovery outlook but prepared for the end of an era of cheap cash with inflation continuing to surge on the back of supply chain problems and improving demand.After a year a...

 2021-10-14 03:00 

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Afghan pomegranate pickers jobless as fruits rot at shuttered border...

Afghanistan's festive pomegranate season has begun, but this year thousands of tonnes of the juicy red fruit risk rotting on trucks blocked at Pakistan's frequently shuttered border -- leaving thousands of farm workers unemployed.With its tart and...

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