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 2021-07-22 06:45 

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Is UN Peacekeeping Losing its Appeal?...

Almost 65 years after then-Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson won the Nobel Peace Prize for initiating the first U.N. peacekeeping mission, his country which long prided itself on its role in subsequent missions -- has only a few dozen remaining peace...

 2021-07-22 06:24 

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Biden Vows to Continue Encounter with China Over Opioids...

U.S. President Joe Biden said Wednesday he will continue "this encounter with China" to attempt to stem the flow of deadly drugs being smuggled into the United States via Mexico.Biden, during an appearance on a CNN "town hall"-style progra...

 2021-07-22 05:53 

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Journalists Say They Feel Constantly Watched After Pegasus Spyware Revelations...

Human rights and press freedom groups have expressed outrage over revelations that 180 journalists around the world were targeted for surveillance by military-grade Israeli spyware.The private Israeli company NSO Group sold its Pegasus surveillance softwa...

 2021-07-22 04:50 

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China 'Shocked' by WHO Plan for COVID Origins Study...

A senior Chinese health official said Thursday he was shocked by the World Health Organization's plan for the second phase of a COVID-19 origins study.National Health Commission Vice Minister Zeng Yixin dismissed the lab leak theory as a rumor running...

 2021-07-22 04:28 

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Iran Water Shortage Protests Result in 3rd Death, Extend Into 7th Day...

Water shortage protests in drought-plagued southwestern Iran appear to have spread to more cities and resulted in what authorities say is a third fatality as the unrest extended into a seventh day.Videos posted to social media appeared to show street prot...

 2021-07-22 03:19 

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Canada To Have 30-40 Athletes at Friday's Opening Ceremony...

Canada may be sending one of their biggest Olympics teams to the Tokyo Games but only a small fraction will attend the opening ceremony, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) said on Thursday.Around 30-40 athletes from the 370-strong team will be at Friday...

 2021-07-22 03:06 

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More Residents Flee as Fires Ravage Western Canada...

Thousands of residents fled blazes in western Canada on Wednesday with several hundred soldiers scheduled to deploy to fight this year's virulent and early fires, which are wreaking havoc across portions of western North America....

 2021-07-22 02:20 

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Mexico Investigates Alleged Graft in Spyware Purchase...

Mexico is investigating suspected corruption linked to the $32 million purchase of Pegasus malware allegedly used by authorities to spy on political opponents and journalists, a government agency said Wednesday.An international media investigation reveale...

 2021-07-22 01:29 

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Dozens Arrested in Fresh Colombia Protests, Police Say...

Colombian police said Wednesday that they had arrested 70 people following fresh anti-government protests that mobilized thousands countrywide the previous day and left dozens injured.As Colombians returned to the streets after a weekslong hiatus, clashes...

 2021-07-22 01:04 

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Biden Aims to Sell Economic Agenda in Ohio Trip...

President Joe Biden aimed to rev up support for his economic agenda with a visit to Cincinnati on Wednesday, where he visited a union training center ahead of a CNN town hall.The trip comes as the fate of his infrastructure proposal remains unclear after ...

 2021-07-22 00:53 

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Report: China Considering Foreign Booster Shot to Improve Efficacy of Its Vaccines...

China is reportedly considering using a foreign vaccine as a booster shot for people who have been fully inoculated with Chinese vaccines such as Sinovac and Sinopharm. According to Caixin, a respected Chinese financial magazine, drug regulators in China ...

 2021-07-22 00:42 

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Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Assaults in California...

Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday to four counts of rape and seven other sexual assault counts.Sheriff's deputies brought the 69-year-old convicted rapist into court in a wheelchair. He was wearing a brown jail j...

 2021-07-22 00:35 

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Pele Hails Marta as 'Inspiration' After Olympics Landmark...

Brazilian legend Pele hailed Marta as...

 2021-07-22 00:05 

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Midler, Gordy Among New Kennedy Center Honorees...

The Kennedy Center Honors will return in December with a class that includes Motown Records creator Berry Gordy,...

 2021-07-21 23:40 

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California Utility to Bury 16,000 Kilometers of Power Lines to Prevent Wildfires...

California power company Pacific Gas and Electric, whose equipment has caused multiple destructive wildfires over several years, said Wednesday that it would bury 16,000 kilometers of power lines in high-risk fire zones as a safety measure.The utility, wh...

 2021-07-21 23:03 

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US Infrastructure Bill Fails First Vote; Senate to Try Again...

Senate Republicans rejected an effort Wednesday to begin debate on the big infrastructure deal that a bipartisan group of senators brokered with President Joe Biden. But supporters in both parties remained hopeful of a better chance soon.Democratic Majori...

 2021-07-21 22:51 

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Pentagon Admits Taliban Control Half of Afghan District Centers...

Estimates showing the Taliban rapidly taking control of territory across Afghanistan are not an illusion, according to the United States' top-ranking military official, who admits the coming months will be a...

 2021-07-21 22:49 

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Jill Biden Stops in Alaska on Way to Tokyo Olympics...

Jill Biden embarked Wednesday on her first solo international trip as first lady, leading a U.S. delegation to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where the coronavirus is surging and COVID-19 infections have climbed to a six-month high. She stopped in Alaska on ...

 2021-07-21 22:08 

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US Builds Coordinated Approach on China as Top Officials Head to Asia...

Senior U.S. and Chinese diplomats are set to meet Sunday at a time of rising tensions between Washington and Beijing. The U.S. State Department said Wednesday that Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the No....

 2021-07-21 22:00 

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Is Polarized America Primed for a Breakout Third Party?...

The ouster of Republican Liz Cheney from her leadership position in the House of Representatives could provide fertile ground for the emergence of an alternate party, according to political scientist Bernard Tamas....

 2021-07-21 21:39 

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Pelosi Rejects 2 Republican Nominees for Capitol Riot Probe...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected two Republican nominees to sit on a committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the U.S....

 2021-07-21 21:16 

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Al-Shabab Threatens to Disrupt Upcoming Somali Elections...

Somali terrorist group al-Shabab has threatened to attack electoral delegates who will be choosing lawmakers in parliamentary elections beginning next week. The Islamist militant group has threatened to disrupt the upcoming presidential and parliamentary ...

 2021-07-21 20:52 

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Olympic Games an Afterthought for Some Americans...

Barring another postponement, Friday's opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics will launch competitions overshadowed by a pandemic that has already forced a major delay, has interfered with the pageantry ahead of the Games, and will keep spectators fro...

 2021-07-21 19:58 

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Suspect in 2020 High-profile Twitter Hack Arrested in Spain...

A person allegedly involved in a high-profile Twitter hack in July 2020 has been arrested.The U.S. Justice Department said British citizen Joseph O'Connor, 22, was arrested Wednesday in Spain. He faces conspiracy and computer intrusion charges.O'C...

 2021-07-21 18:57 

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Biden, Ukraine's Zelenskiy to Meet Aug. 30 in Washington...

U.S. President Joe Biden will meet with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Washington next month to discuss energy issues and threats posed by Russia to the eastern European country's sovereignty, according to the White House.The Aug....

 2021-07-21 18:41 

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Trump Confidant Accused of Illegally Advancing UAE Interests...

The Justice Department has accused Thomas Barrack, a longtime friend of former President Donald Trump and his 2017 inaugural committee chairman, of engaging in a wide-ranging scheme to favorably influence U.S. policy toward the United Arab Emirates withou...

 2021-07-21 18:06 

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US Extends Closure of Land Borders with Canada and Mexico...

The United States has extended the closure of land borders it shares with Canada and Mexico to non-essential travel through Aug. 21, the Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday.DHS extended the closures by 30 days after Canada said on Monday i...

 2021-07-21 17:43 

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Zimbabwe Orders Government Workers Vaccinated Against COVID...

Zimbabwe has ordered all government workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, or lose pay if they refuse....

 2021-07-21 17:22 

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Erdogan Pushes for Turkish Role in Afghanistan after US Leaves...

Turkey is going ahead with its plans to take over security at the Kabul international airport after the pullout of U.S. troops, despite opposition from the Taliban....

 2021-07-21 17:22 

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Colombians Revive Protests Amid New Tax Plan...

Tens of thousands of people once again were in the streets across Colombia on Tuesday in anti-government demonstrations. The widespread demonstrations came as the government unveiled a new version of an unpopular tax reform plan that sparked initial prote...

 2021-07-21 17:22 

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US Resets Ties with Key Arab Ally Jordan After Bumpy Ride...

Jordan's King Abdullah was the first Arab leader to visit the Biden White House and analysts say the visit helped in resetting relations with the kingdom a key Middle East ally for Washington - shaken during former President Donald Trump's tenure....

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