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 2021-09-23 02:16 

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Taiwan applies to join Pacific trade deal days after China...

Taiwan has applied to join a major trans-Pacific trade deal, officials confirmed Thursday, days after China said it also wanted to become a member of the agreement.Signed by 11 Asia-Pacific countries in 2018, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement fo...

 2021-09-23 02:16 

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Conservative leaders to talk 'family values' at Hungary summit...

Former US vice president Mike Pence and other conservative leaders are expected to attend a forum in Budapest from Thursday to discuss demographics and family values, cementing Hungary's reputation as a bastion of conservatism in the EU.In power since...

 2021-09-23 02:10 

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'People have lost hope': Lebanon's only suicide hotline inundated...

The phones at Lebanon's only suicide hotline hardly ever stop ringing as people grow more and more desperate in the face of a financial downturn that has spurred a mental health crisis.In one call, a father says he is thinking of taking his own life b...

 2021-09-23 02:06 

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Lake Maracaibo, lightning capital of the world...

One firebolt after another illuminates a stilt-house settlement where the Catatumbo river flows into Venezuela's Lake Maracaibo, the lightning capital of the world.Holder of the Guinness World Record as the place with the highest concentration of ligh...

 2021-09-23 02:02 

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Rookies bring impressive resumes to Ryder Cup...

The United States are counting on six Ryder Cup rookies with impressive golf resumes as they try to wrest the coveted trophy from Europe at Whistling Straits.The youth movement -- against a veteran European side -- is less risky than it might appear with ...

 2021-09-23 01:56 

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Johnson says Glasgow climate talks 'turning point for humanity'...

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday cast UN climate talks in Glasgow in November as a last chance for humanity as he made a passionate appeal for the world to slash carbon emissions.In a characteristically colorful speech before the United N...

 2021-09-23 01:36 

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Bank of England on guard against spiking inflation...

The Bank of England is expected to stay the course on interest rates and stimulus on Thursday, despite soaring inflation and fears of runaway domestic energy costs.The British central bank's monetary policy committee is likely to keep its key rate at ...

 2021-09-23 01:34 

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Lewandowski drops hint on future as Bayern head to bottom side Fuerth...

Robert Lewandowski has hinted he could finish his career at Bayern Munich as the Bundesliga leaders prepare for Friday's away match at bottom side Greuther Fuerth.Lewandowski won Europe's "Golden Shoe" on Tuesday as top scorer in European ...

 2021-09-23 01:34 

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Billie Eilish, BTS, Elton John in concert for climate action, vaccines...

Some of the biggest names in pop, from Billie Eilish to BTS and Elton John, will lend their star power to Global Citizen Live on Saturday for a round-the-world event to raise awareness on climate change, vaccine equality and famine. Concerts staged in New...

 2021-09-23 01:30 

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Mexico's 'love-hate' relationship with former colonial ruler Spain...

Mexico this month celebrates 200 years of independence from Spain, the former colonial ruler with which it has a "love-hate" relationship today.Most Mexicans have a mixed European and indigenous ancestry and have contrasting feelings about the vio...

 2021-09-23 00:10 

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US okays Pfizer Covid booster for the elderly and high-risk...

The United States on Wednesday authorized the use of boosters of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for people aged over 65, or adults at high-risk of severe disease as well as those in high-exposure jobs.The announcement means tens of millions of Americans ar...

 2021-09-22 22:20 

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US welcomes China end to coal funding but seeks more...

The United States on Wednesday welcomed China's promise to end funding for coal projects overseas but voiced hope the world's largest emitter would also do more at home on climate change.President Xi Jinping told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday...

 2021-09-22 22:16 

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Asensio bags hat-trick as Real Madrid hit Mallorca for six...

Marco Asensio scored his first hat-trick for Real Madrid on Wednesday against Mallorca, his boyhood club, as Madrid cruised to a 6-1 win to go top of La Liga.Karim Benzema capitalised on an early Mallorca mistake at the Santiago Bernabeu before three goal...

 2021-09-22 21:54 

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Algeria closes airspace to all Moroccan planes...

Algeria said Wednesday it has closed its airspace to all Moroccan planes due to "provocations and hostile practices" by its neighbour, in the latest dispute between the countries at odds mainly over Western Sahara.The move comes after Algeria brok...

 2021-09-22 21:20 

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Haitian migrants caught between rock and hard place...

Lying on cardboard in a park, Haitian mother Marie Chickel spent a sleepless night fearful of being detained by Mexican authorities and separated from her children before reaching the United States."I heard that the immigration authorities were going ...

 2021-09-22 21:14 

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Gas pipe workers find 800-year-old bodies in Peru...

Peruvian workers laying gas pipes found the remains of eight people buried in a common tomb with food and musical instruments some 800 years ago, an archaeologist said Wednesday. The bodies of adults and children had been wrapped in plant material, with c...

 2021-09-22 21:12 

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Man Utd crash out of League Cup, Spurs, Chelsea advance...

Manchester United crashed out of the League Cup as West Ham avenged their painful loss to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford, while Chelsea and Tottenham survived penalty shoot-outs to reach the fourth round on Wednesday.The Ha...

 2021-09-22 21:00 

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Hernandez helps Milan join leaders Inter, Juve get first win of season...

AC Milan moved level with Serie A leaders Inter Milan on Wednesday thanks to a Theo Hernandez-inspired 2-0 win over Venezia, while Juventus won their first match of the season at the fifth attempt, 3-2 at Spezia.France international Hernandez laid on Brah...

 2021-09-22 20:50 

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Osaka withdraws from Indian Wells...

Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from next month's rescheduled ATP/WTA Indian Wells tournament in California, organisers confirmed Wednesday.The 23-year-old Japanese star is a former champion at Indian Wells, winning the title i...

 2021-09-22 20:20 

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Prosecution details R. Kelly sex crime 'universe' in closing arguments...

Singer R. Kelly used "lies, manipulation, threats and physical abuse" to operate an "enterprise" enabling him to commit decades of sex crimes, the prosecution said during marathon closing arguments Wednesday.In ushering the lurid trial tow...

 2021-09-22 20:08 

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Sixers coach Rivers wants Simmons to stay...

Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers confirmed Wednesday that unsettled guard Ben Simmons had requested a move from the club -- but insisted the Sixers want the Australian star to remain with the franchise.Reports on Tuesday said Simmons had informed the S...

 2021-09-22 20:08 

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US, EU step up Yemen aid but UN warns millions face hunger...

Donors led by the United States and European Union on Wednesday pledged another $600 million for Yemen, but the United Nations said that a financial shortfall meant that millions could go hungry.The United States promised an additional $290 million but sa...

 2021-09-22 20:04 

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US ex-defense secretary testifies in Theranos fraud trial...

Former US defense secretary Jim Mattis took the stand Wednesday in the high-profile fraud trial of fallen biotech star Elizabeth Holmes, telling a Silicon Valley court he was captivated by the promises she made about her blood testing system.Mattis served...

 2021-09-22 19:56 

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US Fed warns of 'severe damage' if senators allow debt default...

The chairman of the US Federal Reserve called on lawmakers to raise the nation's borrowing limit urgently on Wednesday, warning that failure to pay government debts would do "severe damage" to the economy."It's just very important that...

 2021-09-22 19:36 

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Britney Spears asks to end father's guardianship in order to marry...

Britney Spears has asked a judge to end her father's guardianship at a hearing next week so that she can get married with a prenuptial agreement, a petition filed by her lawyer said Wednesday.The US pop singer, who has described the controversial 13-y...

 2021-09-22 19:20 

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Women's skateboarding soars in Brazil after Tokyo Olympics...

When she saw 13-year-old Brazilian Rayssa Leal win silver in the first-ever street skateboarding competition at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Giovanna Alves Farias only had one wish: to start flying around a skate park herself."I nearly cried. Seeing ...

 2021-09-22 19:18 

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French champions Lille claim second win of season...

Struggling Ligue 1 champions Lille held on to beat Reims 2-1 on Wednesday to claim just their second win of the season, while Monaco also found form with victory over Saint-Etienne.Canada forward Jonathan David put the hosts ahead at the Stade Pierre-Maur...

 2021-09-22 19:12 

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Murray into first ATP quarter-final of 2021 in Metz...

Former world number one Andy Murray reached his first ATP quarter-final of the season on Wednesday with a straight sets win over Canada's Vasek Pospisil at the Moselle Open.Murray, now ranked at 113, swept to a convincing 6-3, 6-3 victory and will fac...

 2021-09-22 19:02 

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Tunisia's Saied issues decree strengthening presidential powers...

Tunisian President Kais Saied took exceptional measures on Wednesday that strengthen the powers of his office at the expense of the government and parliament, which he will effectively replace by ruling by decree.The provisions, laid out in a series of de...

 2021-09-22 18:44 

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US Fed says it may 'soon' be time to remove stimulus...

Rising Covid-19 cases have slowed the US economy's recovery, but the Federal Reserve on Wednesday said it may nonetheless "soon" be ready to begin removing stimulus it provided during the pandemic.The economy has healed to the point that the c...

 2021-09-22 18:36 

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Juve squeeze past Spezia to earn first Serie A win of season...

Juventus pulled themselves out of the Serie A relegation zone on Wednesday after earning their first league victory of the season at the fifth attempt, coming from behind to win 3-2 at Spezia.Massimiliano Allegri's side moved up to 12th in Italy's...

 2021-09-22 18:22 

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US tries to win back Ryder Cup as Europe seeks upset...

An American squad featuring nine of the world's 11 top-ranked golfers tries to reclaim the Ryder Cup from Europe this weekend, aided by 40,000 loud supporters and a home course edge.The European side, however, has won nine of the past 12 editions of t...

 2021-09-22 18:18 

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'Postman' Poulter aims to deliver again for Europe...

England's Ian Poulter, dubbed "The Postman" for his consistent ability to deliver for Europe, says there's no secret to his Ryder Cup success."I hate losing," the English veteran said when asked why the biennial match play showdown...

 2021-09-22 17:56 

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Monaco GP stripped back to three days as 23 races planned for 2022...

The 2022 Monaco Grand Prix will fall into line with the other races on the calendar and take place over three days rather than its traditional four, Formula One president Stefano Domenicali announced Wednesday.The Monaco GP, which was first run in 1929 an...

 2021-09-22 17:54 

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Macron, Biden agree to soothe tensions after submarine row...

US President Joe Biden and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron spoke for the first time on Wednesday since a row erupted over the sale of submarines to Australia, vowing to restore confidence damaged by what Paris saw as betrayal.Macron was left furiou...

 2021-09-22 16:56 

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Frida Kahlo self-portrait set to smash records at auction...

A Frida Kahlo self-portrait featuring her husband Diego Rivera is tipped to sell for more than $30 million at auction in New York, Sotheby's said Wednesday."Diego y yo" (Diego and I), painted in 1949, "is poised to shatter" Kahlo's...

 2021-09-22 16:50 

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'Historic night' as Somalia screens first film in 30 years...

Somalia was due to host its first screening of a movie in three decades on Wednesday under heavy security, as the conflict-ravaged country hopes for a cultural renewal.Built by Chinese engineers as a gift from Mao Zedong in 1967, the National Theatre of S...

 2021-09-22 16:38 

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Leonardo DiCaprio invests in two lab-grown meat startups...

US actor and climate activist Leonardo DiCaprio has taken an investment in two different lab-grown meat startups, the companies announced Wednesday.DiCaprio has bought an unspecified stake in Aleph Farms and Mosa Meat, two companies developing protein pro...

 2021-09-22 16:36 

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Say 'cheese': European Ryder Cuppers court Wisconsin fans...

Europe launch their Ryder Cup title defense in hostile territory on Friday, but on Wednesday they found a way to get on the good side of the home side's fans."A bit of fun," European captain Padraig Harrington said after his team emerged for a...

 2021-09-22 16:36 

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Libya's Haftar says suspends military role, ahead of polls...

Libya's eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar said Wednesday he was suspending his military activities, a step which could lead to his candidacy in elections later this year.In a statement, Haftar said he had named an interim replacement as head of the sel...

 2021-09-22 16:06 

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Mexico president tells US 'time to act' on migrant crisis...

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador urged the United States on Wednesday to act quickly to tackle the causes of the migrant crisis affecting the two neighboring countries."Enough talking, it's time to act," Lopez Obrador told reporte...

 2021-09-22 15:00 

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US filmmaker Gus Van Sant sets Andy Warhol's early life to music...

US filmmaker, writer, painter, photographer and musician, Gus Van Sant, is now turning his hand to theatre with a new musical in Lisbon about the early career of Pop Art creator, Andy Warhol.Van Sant -- best-known for films such as "My Own Private Ida...

 2021-09-22 14:50 

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German FM says Libya's elections should go forward on Dec 24...

Germany, which has played a leading role in diplomacy to end Libya's civil war, called Wednesday for elections to go ahead on December 24 despite a new political crisis."The international community expects Libyan officials in Tripoli and the rest ...

 2021-09-22 14:46 

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US existing home sales fall as supply tightens...

Sales of US existing homes fell in August for the first time in three months as the ongoing supply shortage and high prices kept buyers away from the market, according to industry data released Wednesday.Sales dropped two percent last month to an annual r...

 2021-09-22 14:30 

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Images of treatment of Haitian migrants do not reflect US: official...

US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas defended his department Wednesday after images showing horse-mounted immigration officers chasing down Haitian migrants on the border with Mexico went viral.Pictures by AFP photographer Paul Ratje on Monda...

 2021-09-22 14:24 

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Fed may hint at ending stimulus, but no big moves expected...

Will they or won't they? Markets worldwide will be holding their collective breaths on Wednesday as they await the Federal Reserve's decision on whether it will begin to close the taps on its monetary stimulus.The growing consensus is that the muc...

 2021-09-22 14:16 

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Denouncing Texas law, Uma Thurman reveals she had abortion as a teen...

American actress Uma Thurman, in a newspaper column expressing opposition to a near-total ban on abortion in Texas, revealed Wednesday that she had an abortion as a teenager."It has been my darkest secret until now," the 51-year-old Hollywood star...

 2021-09-22 13:16 

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WHO says air pollution kills 7 mn a year, toughens guidelines...

The World Health Organization strengthened its air quality guidelines on Wednesday, saying air pollution was now one of the biggest environmental threats to human health, causing seven million premature deaths a year.It said urgent action was needed to re...

 2021-09-22 12:48 

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Former West Indies cricketer Samuels charged under corruption code...

Former West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels was Wednesday charged under the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption code more than a decade after he served a ban for breaching regulations.Samuels, who played international cricket between 200...

 2021-09-22 12:32 

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Kenyan marathon star Mary Keitany retires at 39...

Kenya's three-time London marathon and four-time New York marathon winner Mary Keitany announced her retirement on Wednesday after a recurring hip injury stopped her from competing over the last two years.Keitany, one of the country's most success...

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