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 2021-07-28 13:56 

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Bangladesh evacuates 10,000 Rohingya from landslide-hit camps...

Bangladesh has evacuated 10,000 Rohingya from around refugee camps on the Myanmar border after monsoon landslides and flash floods killed at least 14 people, officials said Wednesday.After three days of torrential rain, the refugees, most of whom fled a m...

 2021-07-28 13:54 

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'No hope' for five missing after German chemical blast...

Five people still missing a day after a huge explosion at a German chemical park are unlikely to be found alive, the site operator said Wednesday, urging residents not to touch possibly toxic soot from the blast.Two people were already confirmed dead in t...

 2021-07-28 13:48 

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McDonald's global sales soar in Q2 as Covid-19 restrictions ease...

McDonald's sales and profits surged in the second quarter as pandemic restrictions were eased worldwide, according to the results released Wednesday which topped expectations.The global fast-food chain said total comparable store sales in the three mo...

 2021-07-28 13:34 

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Pfizer raises 2021 outlook on surging Covid-19 vaccine sales...

Pfizer lifted its annual revenue and profit projections Wednesday as it forecast the delivery of 500 million more Covid-19 vaccine doses compared with earlier expectations.The two-shot inoculation accounted for more than 40 percent of Pfizer's sales i...

 2021-07-28 13:28 

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Beekeeper arrested over forest fire near Athens...

A 64-year-old beekeeper was arrested on Wednesday accused of causing a fire that damaged homes and destroyed cars in the northern suburbs of Athens, a fire department official said.The blaze raged on Tuesday at the base of Mount Penteli, where a fire in J...

 2021-07-28 13:26 

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England women set for Wembley return with World Cup qualifier...

England will return to Wembley for their 2023 Women's World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland on October 23, it was announced Wednesday. It will be the first competitive fixture for the Lionesses at the national stadium since the north London ven...

 2021-07-28 12:38 

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Serbia's Micho goes back to his football roots in Uganda...

Uganda's national team have reappointed Milutin "Micho" Sredojevic as their new coach, with the Serbian saying he was happy to be back at his African football home.Sredojevic, who quit the post four years ago in acrimony over $54,000 in unpaid...

 2021-07-28 12:32 

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Boeing reports surprise profit and says it will cut fewer jobs...

Boeing landed its first quarterly profit since 2019 due to a recovering commercial aviation market that will enable the company to cut fewer jobs than initially planned, according to results released Wednesday.The aviation giant reported a second-quarter ...

 2021-07-28 11:52 

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UK to begin global vaccine rollout to Commonwealth, Asian nations...

Britain announced Wednesday it will begin donating millions of coronavirus vaccine doses around the world, including to various Commonwealth countries, following its pledge to provide 100 million jabs globally by next June.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab s...

 2021-07-28 11:48 

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Tunisia in political turmoil as president dismisses more officials...

Tunisia lurched further into political uncertainty Wednesday, as President Kais Saied sacked more officials, days after he suspended parliament and assumed executive powers in what opponents labelled a "coup".Key civil society groups warned agains...

 2021-07-28 11:46 

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Pfizer now sees $33.5 bn in 2021 Covid-19 sales, up from $26 bn...

Pfizer sharply increased its 2021 projection for revenues tied to its Covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday, forecasting the delivery of 500 million more doses compared with earlier expectations.The US drugmaker, which has partnered with Germany's BioNTech on...

 2021-07-28 10:46 

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'AirBubble' offers respite from Warsaw pollution...

At a new playground in central Warsaw, algae feast on pollutants and carbon dioxide to provide a bubble of clean oxygen in a city ranked as one of the most polluted capitals in the EU."There is untapped value in bringing the bio-intelligence of natura...

 2021-07-28 10:44 

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India skips key London climate meet...

India, the world's third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, skipped a key climate meeting of more than 50 countries, the environment ministry said Wednesday, citing technical and other difficulties.The two-day conference in London was the first face...

 2021-07-28 10:36 

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China says US pressure on sponsors to shun Winter Games is 'farce'...

Beijing Wednesday described US lawmakers' calls for sponsors to shun the 2022 Winter Olympics on human rights concerns as a "typical American farce", as pressure rises to boycott the controversial Games.In a lengthy hearing Tuesday, Congress m...

 2021-07-28 10:30 

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China court jails billionaire Sun Dawu for 18 years for 'provoking trouble'...

A Chinese court sentenced agricultural tycoon Sun Dawu to 18 years in jail on Wednesday for a catalogue of crimes including "provoking trouble" after the outspoken billionaire and grassroots rights supporter was tried in secret.The court in Gaobei...

 2021-07-28 10:20 

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Iran's Khamenei says experience shows 'trusting West does not work'...

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that the outgoing government's experience of engaging with world powers including the United States shows that "trusting the West does not work".President Hassan Rouhani's sig...

 2021-07-28 10:08 

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Solastalgia and doomism: new climate lingo boggles the mind...

One of the annoying things about global warming -- besides the likelihood it will ravage life on Earth -- is all the new words we are expected to learn in order to track our descent into climate chaos.Rising temperatures have not only boosted the intensit...

 2021-07-28 09:58 

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China court jails billionaire Sun Dawu for 18 years for 'provoking trouble'...

A Chinese court sentenced agricultural tycoon Sun Dawu to 18 years in jail on Wednesday for a catalogue of crimes including "provoking trouble" after the outspoken billionaire and grassroots rights supporter was tried in secret.The court in Gaobei...

 2021-07-28 09:56 

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Australia's 'Terminator' Titmus - rise of the machine...

At first glance, Ariarne Titmus's nickname 'The Terminator' seems a poor fit for the personable, self-effacing swim sensation from Australia.But put the 20-year-old in the Tokyo Olympic pool and 'Arnie' acquires the relentless killer i...

 2021-07-28 09:46 

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France fines Monsanto for illegally running 'watch lists'...

France's personal data protection agency on Wednesday fined US firm Monsanto for illegally compiling files of public figures, journalists and activists with the aim of swaying opinion towards support for its controversial pesticides.The firm, now owne...

 2021-07-28 09:44 

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Indonesia's Sinabung volcano erupts...

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupted on Wednesday, spewing a massive column of smoke and ash into the sky.The eruption of the volcano in North Sumatra province lasted about 12 minutes, a local geological agency said."The volcanic material reached 4,...

 2021-07-28 09:12 

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Bob Odenkirk in hospital after collapsing on 'Better Call Saul' set...

Actor Bob Odenkirk was rushed to hospital after collapsing on the set of popular television drama "Better Call Saul" in New Mexico, US media reported.Odenkirk, 58, was filming the final season of the show in which he plays luckless protagonist Jim...

 2021-07-28 09:08 

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Nissan eyes return to annual profit after strong Q1 results...

Crisis-hit Japanese carmaker Nissan upgraded its annual outlook Wednesday, projecting a return to the black, after a strong first quarter performance fuelled by a recovery from the impact of the coronavirus crisis.However, the firm warned that while it wa...

 2021-07-28 08:52 

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Myanmar seeks international help as Covid bites...

Junta authorities in Myanmar are seeking help from the international community to tackle the coronavirus, state media said Wednesday, as the impoverished country looks beyond ally China in its struggle to beat back a new wave.The nation has been in turmoi...

 2021-07-28 08:30 

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Barclays banks surging first-half profit...

British bank Barclays said Wednesday that first-half net profits surged on lower-than-expected credit losses, as the global economy shows signs of recovery from the pandemic.Profit after tax soared to 3.8 billion ($5.3 billion, 4.5 billion euros) in the s...

 2021-07-28 08:28 

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Murray casts doubt on Olympic future after doubles exit...

Andy Murray said he was unsure if he would play at another Olympics after his bid for a third gold medal ended with a quarter-final defeat in the men's doubles on Wednesday.Murray, a two-time Olympic singles champion, and partner Joe Salisbury lost 4-...

 2021-07-28 08:24 

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Nissan sees return to annual profit after strong Q1 results...

Crisis-hit Japanese carmaker Nissan upgraded its annual outlook Wednesday, projecting a return to the black, after a strong first quarter performance fuelled by a recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.Nissan now forecasts a 60 billion yen ($546 million) ...

 2021-07-28 08:18 

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Taliban tell China Afghanistan will not be base for separatists...

A top-level Taliban delegation visiting China assured Beijing the group will not allow Afghanistan to be used as a base for plotting against another country, an insurgent spokesman said Wednesday.The delegation is in China for talks with Beijing officials...

 2021-07-28 07:58 

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Israel to issue 16,000 more work permits for Palestinians...

Israel announced Wednesday it is to issue 16,000 more permits for Palestinians from the occupied West Bank to work in its construction and hotel industries, taking the total to over 100,000."Israel intends to increase by 15,000 workers the quota of Pa...

 2021-07-28 07:18 

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'Metaverse': the next internet revolution?...

Imagine a world where you could sit on the same couch as a friend who lives thousands of miles away, or conjure up a virtual version of your workplace while at the beach.Welcome to the metaverse: a vision of the future that sounds fantastical, but which t...

 2021-07-28 07:08 

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For Russian prisoners, letters provide rare 'moment of joy'...

In a cottage outside Moscow, Konstantin Kotov goes through a handful of the hundreds of letters he received when he spent more than a year behind bars for violating Russian protest rules.The opposition activist served his sentence in Penal Colony No. 2 in...

 2021-07-28 07:08 

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Thousands of US-bound migrants stranded in Colombia...

Thousands of migrants are stranded in a Colombian port town as they wait for boats to cross into neighboring Panama on their way to the United States, a state relief agency said.The Gulf of Uraba, on Colombia's northern coast, is one of the main trans...

 2021-07-28 06:48 

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France owes French Polynesia 'a debt' over nuclear tests: Macron...

French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that Paris owed "a debt" to French Polynesia over nuclear tests conducted in the South Pacific territory between 1966 and 1996, but stopped short of apologising."I want truth and transparency,"...

 2021-07-28 06:30 

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Simone Biles withdraws from Olympics all-around gymnastics: official...

Defending champion Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final of the Olympic individual all-around gymnastics competition due to ongoing concerns over her mental health, USA Gymnastics confirmed on Wednesday."After further medical evaluation, Simone Bi...

 2021-07-28 06:02 

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Taiwan probes reported hack of officials' messaging accounts...

Taiwan's police on Wednesday said they had launched an investigation after local media reported more than 100 LINE messaging app accounts used by officials had been hacked and the company admitted "abnormal activities" had been detected.The ha...

 2021-07-28 05:34 

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HIV-positive man's arrest puts Mexican law in spotlight...

The arrest of a man accused of failing to tell a partner that he had HIV has sparked fresh controversy about a Mexican law that campaigners say is outdated and discriminatory.Prosecutors in the capital drew criticism for releasing images of the man, ident...

 2021-07-28 04:50 

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GSK's Walmsley battles hostile investors and Covid slump...

The head of the British pharmaceutical giant GSK, Emma Walmsley, will present the company's quarterly results on Wednesday as criticism mounts over ineffective management and delays in Covid-19 vaccine production.She is one of a small number of women ...

 2021-07-28 04:48 

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Slipknot co-founder Joey Jordison dead at 46: family...

Joey Jordison, the co-founder of Slipknot and one of the most influential metal drummers of his generation, has died at the age of 46, his family announced."We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist...

 2021-07-28 04:44 

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India to press Blinken on Afghanistan, China...

Indian officials were expected Wednesday to express alarm over Taliban gains in Afghanistan and to press for more support against China in talks with visiting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.Blinken, in his first trip to India as America's top di...

 2021-07-28 04:20 

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Titmus claims 200m crown but Ledecky bounces back for first gold...

An electric Ariarne Titmus dethroned Katie Ledecky to become the 200m freestyle champion Wednesday, only for the gutsy American great to bounce back and clinch the first-ever women's Olympic 1500m freestyle title.Australian Titmus now has two Tokyo go...

 2021-07-28 03:20 

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Macron promises transparency over French Polynesia nuclear tests...

French President Emmanuel Macron promised transparency around decades of nuclear tests in French Polynesia and changes to compensation procedures on Tuesday when he stopped to talk to a group of protesters on his first official trip to the territory.Macro...

 2021-07-28 03:18 

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Hong Kong's civil society 'withers' under national security purge...

Hundreds of elected community leaders in Hong Kong have resigned and dozens of civil society groups have disbanded as China remoulds the finance hub in its own image.Just days before Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law on the city last year, ...

 2021-07-28 02:56 

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French court to rule on illegal assets of E. Guinea president son...

France's top appeals court on Wednesday rules on the conviction handed to the powerful son of the president of Equatorial Guinea for building up luxury assets in the country with illegally obtained funds.If the Court of Cassation throws out the appeal...

 2021-07-28 02:52 

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Domincan Republic prosecutor asks for 10-year prison sentences in Odebrecht graft trial...

The prosecutor's office of the Dominican Republic on Tuesday requested up to 10 years in prison for the six defendants in a corruption trial involving disgraced Brazilian firm Odebrecht.Four politicians, including a former minister of public works, a ...

 2021-07-28 02:52 

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Passports please: Afghans queue up for escape lifeline...

Like thousands of his compatriots, Abdel Khalid Nabyar waited outside Afghanistan's main passport office to apply for the precious travel document that would allow him to leave the war-torn nation.With the Taliban making huge advances in the countrysi...

 2021-07-28 02:44 

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Torn trunks drama as Hungary's Milak wins 200m butterfly gold...

World record holder Kristof Milak powered to the Olympic men's 200m butterfly gold medal on Wednesday but complained a tear in his trunks cost him a new global mark.The 21-year-old Hungarian, who smashed Michael Phelps's world record in 2019, hit ...

 2021-07-28 02:44 

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Colombia expels German who took part in anti-govt protests...

Colombian immigration authorities said Tuesday they had expelled a German woman who took part in demonstrations against the government of President Ivan Duque. Rebecca Sproesser "was carrying out activities that had nothing to do with her status as a ...

 2021-07-28 02:32 

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Biles' Tokyo struggles could inspire wider change around mental health...

First it was Naomi Osaka, now weeks later a tearful Simone Biles. Two of the biggest names in sport have publicly revealed that they are struggling with their mental health -- and they could be the catalyst for wider change. The superstar American gymnast...

 2021-07-28 01:46 

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Sydney lockdown extended by four weeks as virus outbreak grows...

Millions of Sydney residents will spend another month in lockdown, authorities announced Wednesday, citing a still-growing coronavirus outbreak and low vaccination rates.Australia's biggest city had been due to exit lockdown on July 30 after five week...

 2021-07-28 01:42 

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Dangerous attraction: Amorous pursuit imperils Cuban croc...

Being too coveted a mating partner can have its downside for a species faced with extinction, as the Cuban crocodile has learned.Arduous pursuit by its amorous American counterpart has seen survival of the island species, its numbers already dwindling, fu...

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