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 2021-10-14 02:46 

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China's factory inflation hits 25-year high in September...

China's factory-gate prices rose at the highest rate in at least 25 years in September, official data showed Thursday, hit by the rising cost of coal.The producer price index (PPI), which measures the cost of goods at the factory gate, rose 10.7 perce...

 2021-10-14 02:44 

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Former Wallaby Lealiifano joins new Super club Moana Pasifika...

Former Wallabies flyhalf Christian Lealiifano has signed with new Super Rugby side Moana Pasifika, with the club on Thursday announcing an initial one-year deal with the playmaker.The 26-Test Lealiifano -- who last played for the Wallabies in their quarte...

 2021-10-14 01:36 

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Aussie swim 'queen' McCardel set to retire after Channel record...

Australian long-distance swimmer Chloe McCardel said Thursday she would likely retire after breaking the world record for the most swims across the English Channel.The 36-year-old completed the gruelling 21-mile (nearly 34-kilometre) swim between England ...

 2021-10-14 01:36 

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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 goes on trial Thursday charged with injuring dozens of riders on the cycling race's first day last June.The 31-year-old French woman, whose identity was withheld after she was ...

 2021-10-14 01:36 

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Global shortages cloud outlook for powerhouse Germany...

Global shortages in industrial components and raw materials are weighing on Germany's export-driven economy, threatening to brake the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.The country's leading economic institutes (DIW, Ifo, IfW, IWH and RWI) are...

 2021-10-14 01:36 

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McSurgery: An Indian hospital restoring eyesight to millions...

Black ticks on their foreheads marking the eye to be operated on, dozens of patients in green overalls wait in line, beneficiaries of a pioneering Indian model that is restoring sight to millions. With a highly efficient assembly line model inspired by Mc...

 2021-10-14 01:28 

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Golf's men and women's Australian Open cancelled...

The men's and women's Australian Open golf tournaments fell victim to the coronavirus pandemic Thursday, with both cancelled due to travel restrictions.Golf Australia had already pushed back this year's men's event in Sydney from November ...

 2021-10-14 01:26 

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Piety or noise nuisance? Indonesia tackles call to prayer volume backlash...

Every night at 3:00 am, Rina is jolted awake by blaring speakers so loud she has developed an anxiety disorder: she can't sleep, she's too nauseous to eat -- but she is also too scared to complain because doing so could see her jailed or attacked....

 2021-10-14 01:20 

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Weah, Dest spark US World Cup hopes as Costa Rica beaten...

Timothy Weah set up the winner as the United States came from behind to defeat Costa Rica 2-1 and reignite their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign on Wednesday.Weah, who plays for French champions Lille, was drafted into the US starting line-up shortly b...

 2021-10-14 00:18 

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Embattled NWSL moves championship game from Portland to Louisville...

The National Women's Soccer League on Wednesday announced a new venue and kickoff time on Wednesday for its November 20 championship game after complaints from players.The league and its players association said the final had been relocated from Portl...

 2021-10-13 23:36 

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Moderna or Pfizer booster works better for people vaccinated with J&J: study...

People who received Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine may benefit from a booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna, preliminary results of a US study published Wednesday showed.The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was eagerly await...

 2021-10-13 23:06 

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US Open champ Medvedev ousted by Dimitrov in Indian Wells...

Reigning US Open champion Daniil Medvedev is out of the ATP Indian Wells Masters, falling in the fourth round to No. 23 seed Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday.Medvedev, who won his first Grand Slam title last month at Flushing Meadows, hadn't...

 2021-10-13 22:06 

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Five killed in Norway bow-and-arrow attack, man arrested...

A man armed with a bow and arrows killed five people and wounded two others in southeastern Norway on Wednesday, police said, adding that they had arrested the suspect.The motive for the attack, which took place in several locations in the town centre of ...

 2021-10-13 20:12 

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Winning harder than ever says McIlroy ahead of season debut...

Former world number one Rory McIlroy says winning on the PGA Tour is harder than ever as he prepares to launch his 2021-2022 season at the CJ Cup in Las Vegas on Thursday.McIlroy is chasing his second title of the year at this week's tournament in Nev...

 2021-10-13 19:50 

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Humans enjoyed blue cheese and beer 2,700 years ago: study...

It's no secret that beer and cheese go hand in hand -- but a new study reveals how deep their roots run in Europe, where workers at a salt mine in Austria were gorging on both up to 2,700 years ago.Scientists made the discovery by analyzing samples of...

 2021-10-13 19:26 

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Man arrested after killing several people with bow and arrow in Norway...

A man armed with a bow and arrows killed several people and wounded others in southeastern Norway on Wednesday, police said, adding they had arrested the suspect."We can unfortunately confirm that there are several injured and also unfortunately sever...

 2021-10-13 19:22 

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Brazil's Bolsonaro decides not to get vaccinated...

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has confirmed he will not get vaccinated against Covid-19, having previously said he would be the "last Brazilian" to do so.The far-right leader has generated controversy over his handling of the coronavirus pand...

 2021-10-13 18:22 

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Rolling Stones drop hit 'Brown Sugar' from US tour...

The Rolling Stones have cut their popular track "Brown Sugar" from their US tour, at least for now, in the wake of criticism over its lyrics referring to slavery."You picked up on that, huh?" Keith Richards told the Los Angeles Times in a ...

 2021-10-13 18:20 

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US sets new lower salt target for food industry...

US health authorities on Wednesday announced a new push for the food industry to slash the salt in its products, a serious public health problem in a country where half the population suffers from hypertension.The voluntary guidelines call for reducing av...

 2021-10-13 18:06 

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US rules out normalizing with Syria's Assad...

Secretary of State Antony Blinken renewed US opposition Wednesday to normalization with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has seen growing acceptance from Arab nations that have concluded he won the brutal civil war.Meeting with his Israeli and UAE co...

 2021-10-13 17:52 

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Death threats, law suits: Covid experts targeted...

Marc Van Ranst, a virologist famous in Belgium for providing expertise about the Covid-19 pandemic, was at home for his first afternoon off in months in May, unaware that his life was under threat and that he would soon be forced to go into hiding.Jurgen ...

 2021-10-13 17:50 

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In Rome hospital, unvaccinated patients fill coronavirus beds...

In one Rome hospital, the vast majority of Covid-19 patients in intensive care are unvaccinated -- and many are urging Italian anti-vaxers to get the jab.A 41-year-old patient at the ICC Casalpalocco Covid hospital, who gave his name as Francesco, said he...

 2021-10-13 17:42 

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Congo bans weddings in anti-Covid move...

The Republic of Congo on Wednesday announced a 45-day ban on weddings, a move that it said would help to stem the spread of coronavirus."Ceremonies for civil, religious and traditional marriages and dowries are being suspended for a duration of 45 day...

 2021-10-13 17:36 

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Major Hollywood crew strike looms as union sets deadline...

Hollywood film set crews will launch their biggest strike since the 1940s next week unless studios meet their demands for better working conditions, their largest union said Wednesday in a move that could bring the multi-billion dollar industry to a halt....

 2021-10-13 16:34 

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Kenyan athlete Agnes Tirop found dead with stab wounds...

Record-breaking Kenyan distance runner Agnes Tirop was found dead Wednesday with stab wounds to her stomach in a suspected homicide, athletics officials said.Police said they were on the hunt for her husband over the incident at Tirop's home in the hi...

 2021-10-13 16:08 

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Humans were already enjoying blue cheese and beer 2,700 years ago: study...

Humans' love for cheese and beer goes back a long way. But according to a scientific study published Wednesday, workers at a salt mine in Austria were already enjoying blue cheese and beer as far back as 2,700 years ago.Scientists made the discovery b...

 2021-10-13 16:02 

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Nations reveal ransomware pain at US-led summit...

A digital "disaster" in Germany, growing attacks in the United Arab Emirates and even Israel announcing a blitz underway: nations disclosed their struggle Wednesday against cyber-extortionists at a Washington-led anti-ransomware summit.The United ...

 2021-10-13 16:00 

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Streaming wars heat up...

World domination is no longer the preserve of evil dictators and Bond villains. Today it is streaming platforms that are engaged in an increasingly expensive battle for control of the world's eyeballs.HBO Max is the latest to launch an offensive. Debu...

 2021-10-13 15:42 

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Delta Air Lines scores Q3 profit, warns on jet fuel costs...

Delta Air Lines reported a profitable third quarter on the gradual recovery in air travel on Wednesday, but said rising fuel prices could dent earnings in the current quarter."While demand continues to improve, the recent rise in fuel price will press...

 2021-10-13 14:44 

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Lebanon political crisis brews over fate of blast judge...

Lebanon's month-old government called off a cabinet session Wednesday as a political crisis brewed within its ranks over whether to remove a judge investigating the massive August 2020 Beirut port blast.The debate comes at a time when Lebanese are des...

 2021-10-13 14:36 

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More than 100 Yemen rebels killed south of Marib: coalition...

More than 100 Yemeni rebels have been killed south of Marib, the Saudi-led coalition said on Wednesday, reporting a heavy toll for the third straight day in fighting for the strategic city.The Iran-backed Huthis' latest casualties in the Abdiya distri...

 2021-10-13 14:34 

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Chile opposition moves to impeach Pinera over Pandora Papers claims...

Chile's opposition on Wednesday moved to impeach the country's president, Sebastian Pinera, for the controversial sale of a mining company through a firm owned by his children, which appeared in the Pandora Papers leaks, a congressman said. Pinera...

 2021-10-13 14:28 

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Namibia court grants citizenship to gay couple's son...

A Namibian court Wednesday granted citizenship to a gay couple's two-year-old son, ending a legal battle over surrogacy and same-sex parents.The interior ministry had denied citizenship to the boy because he was born through surrogacy in South Africa....

 2021-10-13 14:22 

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Anscombe returns as Tshiunza wins first Wales call-up...

Gareth Anscombe returned to the Wales squad for the first time in an injury-plagued two years as Wayne Pivac named a 38-man squad for the autumn internationals on Wednesday.Ellis Jenkins also returns after injury troubles, while uncapped Exeter forward Ch...

 2021-10-13 14:18 

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Anti-missile defences tested to protect 'sensitive' sites: Iran...

The Iranian military said Wednesday it has successfully tested anti-missile defences for "sensitive" sites during war games in central Iran, after Israeli and US warnings over its nuclear programme."The country's air defences are perfectly...

 2021-10-13 14:00 

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Iranian exiles file rights abuse claim in UK against Raisi...

An Iranian opposition group has filed a complaint with Scottish police for human rights abuses and genocide allegedly committed by Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi, its members said in Glasgow on Wednesday.Hossein Abedini, a member of the National Counc...

 2021-10-13 13:50 

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Hurricane Pamela hits Mexico as a Category One storm...

Hurricane Pamela made landfall on the western coast of Mexico Wednesday as a Category One storm, with life-threatening storm surge and heavy rainfall predicted, the US National Hurricane Center said.At 1200 GMT, Pamela crossed on to land about 65 kilomete...

 2021-10-13 12:46 

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Subsidies not the right tool to deal with high energy prices: IMF...

Governments should avoid using general subsidies as a way to soften the blow from recent high energy prices, the IMF said Wednesday.Broad subsidies are expensive, so policymakers instead should use targeted aid to help low income families most impacted fr...

 2021-10-13 12:26 

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Putin calls for stability in gas market as EU prices soar...

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called for stabilisation in the natural gas market, as critics in Europe blame Moscow for record spikes in prices ahead of winter.Speaking at an energy forum in Moscow, Putin said it was "very important" to &#...

 2021-10-13 12:02 

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French international Theo Hernandez tests positive for Covid...

AC Milan left-back Theo Hernandez has tested positive for Covid, just days after his France team-mate Adrien Rabiot contracted the virus, his club said Wednesday.The 24-year-old played alongside Rabiot in France's Nations League semi-final against Bel...

 2021-10-13 10:52 

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World Cup berth completes 'almost perfect' year for Denmark...

With their qualification for the 2022 World Cup, Denmark not only showed their remarkable resilience in the wake of Christian Eriksen's near-fatal cardiac arrest but served warning of their ambitions in Qatar.A 1-0 win over Austria at a sold-out Parke...

 2021-10-13 10:28 

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Azerbaijan, Iran agree to mend ties 'through dialogue'...

Azerbaijan said Wednesday it has agreed with Iran to resolve their diplomatic crisis through dialogue, weeks after ties soured over allegations that Israel's military was active in Azerbaijan.Iran last month protested against what it said was the pres...

 2021-10-13 10:20 

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Sri Lanka drops charges against admiral over killings...

Sri Lankan authorities have dropped charges, including conspiracy to murder, against a former navy chief linked to 11 killings that drew international condemnation, the country's attorney general announced Wednesday.The investigation against Admiral W...

 2021-10-13 10:12 

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Nigeria tax spat reignites federalism debate...

A legal battle between Nigeria's government and states over sales tax is fueling fierce debate about federalism in Africa's most populous country as politicians jockey for position before 2023 elections.The spat - whether federal or state governme...

 2021-10-13 09:04 

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White House pushes 24-hour service to relieve US port snarls...

The Port of Los Angeles and its longshoreman union will provide 24-hour service to alleviate backlogs that have exacerbated global supply chain problems, senior Biden administration officials said Wednesday.US President Joe Biden plans to announce the com...

 2021-10-13 09:04 

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Lebanese pound back in freefall after brief recovery...

The Lebanese pound sold for more than 20,000 to the dollar on Wednesday, losing almost all the value it regained following the announcement of a new government last month.The pound, officially pegged at 1,500 to the greenback since 1997, has lost more tha...

 2021-10-13 08:36 

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EU envoy to visit Iran Thursday amid nuclear talks push...

The EU envoy charged with coordinating talks on reviving a troubled nuclear deal between Iran and major powers is to visit Tehran on Thursday, the Iranian foreign ministry said.Enrique Mora's visit "is a follow-up to consultations between the two ...

 2021-10-13 08:24 

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UK economy rebounds despite supply chain woes...

Britain's economy rebounded in August despite ongoing supply chain woes, as people socialised more due to the lifting of coronavirus curbs, data showed Wednesday.Gross domestic product grew 0.4 percent in the first full month since England's lifti...

 2021-10-13 07:18 

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UN rights report warns of N. Korea 'starvation risk'...

North Korea's most vulnerable are "at risk of starvation" with the economy worsening due to a self-imposed coronavirus blockade, and UN sanctions imposed over the country's nuclear programmes should be eased, a UN human rights expert said ...

 2021-10-13 07:14 

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Olympics VP says China human rights 'not within' IOC remit...

A senior member of the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday swatted aside suggestions China should be challenged over its human rights record ahead of the Beijing Winter Games.When asked about the treatment of the Uyghur minority in China, IOC Vic...

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