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 2022-01-22 14:50 

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Taliban Warn Against Dissent, Women's Rights Activism...

Afghanistan's new Taliban authorities warned Saturday they have the right to crack down on dissent and jail protesters, as concerns grew over the disappearance of two women activists. Since storming back to power in August amid a hasty withdrawal of U...

 2022-01-22 13:14 

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German Centre Right Elects Merkel Critic As Leader...

Germany's centre right opposition Christian Democrats on Saturday elected Friedrich Merz, a critic of former Chancellor Angela Merkel, as their new leader by a huge majority.Merkel left office in 2021 after 16 years in power and was succeeded by Socia...

 2022-01-22 07:53 

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Gabby Petito Update: Brian Laundrie Confessed To Killing Fiance In Notebook Entry, FBI Says...

Brian Laundrie wrote in his notebook that he killed his fiance Gabby Petito, the FBI revealed Friday in its final report on the case. The report also mentioned other details about how Laundrie tried to deceive the law enforcement....

 2022-01-21 13:13 

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Afghan NGO Women 'Threatened With Shooting' For Not Wearing Burqa...

The Taliban's religious police have threatened to shoot women NGO workers in a northwestern province of Afghanistan if they do not wear the all-covering burqa, two staff members told AFP.The rights of Afghans -- particularly women and girls -- have be...

 2022-01-21 13:00 

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Gabby Petito's Family Meets FBI After Settling 'Distribution Of Property' With Brian Laundrie's Parents...

Gabby Petito's family has reportedly met the FBI in Tampa, Florida, amid news of settling their feud about the couple's belongings with Brian Laundrie's family.However, the topic of conversation with the FBI on Thursday was kept a secret, the ...

 2022-01-21 06:11 

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Hong Kong Warns Animal Lovers Not To Obstruct Hamster Cull...

Hong Kong's government Friday warned local animal lovers not to obstruct its ongoing cull of small animals, a policy triggered when hamsters in a pet shop tested positive for the coronavirus.The Chinese city adheres to the mainland's strict "z...

 2022-01-21 02:09 

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Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine Offers Higher Omicron Antibodies Than Pfizer: Study...

Sputnik V, a COVID-19 vaccine made in Russia, offers higher levels of antibodies against the Omicron variant than the Pfizer-BioNTech shot, a new study has found....

 2022-01-20 20:01 

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China, Russia Block US Push For UN Sanctions On N.Koreans: Diplomats...

China and Russia on Thursday blocked a US push to impose United Nations sanctions on five North Koreans in response to recent missile launches by Pyongyang, diplomats told AFP.China's block came before a new closed-door council meeting on North Korea,...

 2022-01-20 16:38 

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FBI Issues Warning About QR Code Scams: Some Tips To Avoid Them...

The (FBI issued a warning about criminally tampered-with quick response (QR) codes that steal people's information, threatening their security and livelihoods.The most common cases of people using QR codes scanned via a smartphone or tablet camera is ...

 2022-01-20 15:35 

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No More Politics For Hong Kong Barristers, Says New Bar Chief...

The newly elected leader of Hong Kong barristers said Thursday that his profession should avoid politics and build closer ties to mainland China, as concerns grow about rule of law in the financial hub.The Hong Kong Bar Association has been a vocal defend...

 2022-01-20 13:40 

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87-Year-Old Man's Good Health Despite Not Taking Bath For 67 Years Baffles Scientists...

Scientists and researchers were baffled to see an 87-year-old man in Iran in perfect health, despite him not taking a bath for more than 67 years. The man, who was identified as Amou Jaji, gave up washing as he believed it would bring him bad luck or kill...

 2022-01-20 12:39 

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Da Vinci Should Grace New Euro Notes, Says Lagarde...

European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde suggested Thursday that Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci and pioneering French politician Simone Veil appear on the new euro banknotes, as she waded into a politically sensitive topic.The ECB announced pla...

 2022-01-19 13:08 

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Greece Takes Delivery Of Rafale Jets From France...

Greece on Wednesday received six Rafale jets from France in a multi-billion-euro arms deal which Athens and Paris claim boosts the EU's defence capabilities, but is mainly seen as countering Turkish ambitions in the Mediterranean.The six warplanes lan...

 2022-01-19 10:30 

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Rare COVID-19 Side Effect Causes Extreme Pain In Man's Penis, Doctors Reveal...

A 41-year-old man suffered agonizing pain in his penis due to a rare COVID-19 side effect, doctors said in a study report.The married man, who was not identified, suffered penile pain for three days following an erection while having sex. He had not exper...

 2022-01-19 09:59 

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Russian Troops Leave Kazakhstan As State Of Emergency Ends...

A Russia-led military contingent completed its withdrawal from Kazakhstan as the country lifted a state of emergency Wednesday after unprecedented unrest in the Central Asian state.The Russian defence ministry said that four military planes carrying its l...

 2022-01-19 07:23 

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Taliban PM Calls For Muslim Nations To Recognise Afghan Government...

The Taliban's prime minister called Wednesday on Muslim nations to be the first to officially recognise the government that seized power in Afghanistan in August....

 2022-01-19 05:47 

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Fury Over Hong Kong's Mass Cull Of Hamsters And Small Pets...

Hong Kong's government faced outrage Wednesday over its decision to cull hundreds of small animals after hamsters in a store tested positive for Covid-19.Like China, Hong Kong maintains a staunch "zero-Covid" policy, stamping out the merest tr...

 2022-01-19 04:00 

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Arabic Oud Icon Seeks To 'Change Soul' Of Iraq With Music...

Long uprooted from his native Iraq, Naseer Shamma, an icon of the Arabic oud, has returned home to help rekindle the flame of Iraqi music, snuffed out by decades of conflict."When you are in your own country, you feel very high emotions with the audie...

 2022-01-18 22:21 

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Hong Kong Independence Activist Edward Leung Released From Jail...

Hong Kong independence activist Edward Leung Tin-kei, whose now-banned slogan became a rallying cry during the 2019 pro-democracy movement, was released from jail in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday after serving nearly four years.Leung, 30, was the face o...

 2022-01-18 15:37 

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Dissident Iran-Swede Tried In Tehran For 'Corruption On Earth'...

The trial of Iranian-Swedish dissident Habib Chaab started in Tehran on Tuesday, state television showed, with charges including terrorism and "spreading corruption on earth" punishable by the death sentence.Chaab, in his late forties, has been he...

 2022-01-18 10:48 

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Hong Kong To Cull Hamsters After Covid Found In Pets...

Hong Kong will cull hundreds of hamsters after some tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday, as the city pushes to maintain its strict "zero-Covid" strategy.The Chinese territory's staunch adherence to the mainland's &#...

 2022-01-18 08:59 

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US Court Awards Warmbier Family $240,000 Seized From North Korea...

A United States court has awarded the family of Otto Warmbier, the American student who died after being jailed by Pyongyang, $240,000 seized from a North Korean bank, court records showed.The 22-year-old Warmbier, who was detained in North Korea for alle...

 2022-01-18 02:41 

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Korean Director Takes On Decades Of Generational Trauma...

Award-winning filmmaker Yang Yonghi was just six years old when she watched her eldest brother leave Japan for North Korea as one of 200 "human gifts" for leader Kim Il Sung's 60th birthday.As a North Korean anthem blared, through bursts of co...

 2022-01-17 16:52 

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Police Charge Cathay Flight Attendants At Centre Of Hong Kong Outbreak...

Hong Kong police arrested and charged Monday two Cathay Pacific flight attendants for allegedly contravening Covid regulations, after the emergence of the Omicron variant in the territory was traced to their breach of home quarantine.Like China, Hong Kong...

 2022-01-17 11:35 

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Hong Kong Watchdog Shell-shocked No Crustacean In Lobster Meatballs...

It may look like lobster and taste like lobster, but Hong Kong's consumer watchdog is warning hungry hot pot fanatics that the shellfish-tasting meatballs do not, in fact, come from under the sea.Meatballs are ubiquitous in food-obsessed Hong Kong -- ...

 2022-01-17 10:29 

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A Year After Arrest, Navalny Says No 'Regret' About Return To Russia...

The Kremlin's most prominent critic Alexei Navalny said Monday he did not regret returning to Russia a year ago, despite his jailing and a historic crackdown on the opposition.Navalny was detained in a Moscow airport on his return to Russia from Germa...

 2022-01-16 12:35 

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Iran Jails Anew French Academic For 'Violating' House Arrest: Judiciary...

French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah was jailed anew for breaking house arrest restrictions, an official from the Islamic republic's judiciary authority said on Sunday.Her Paris-based support group had on Wednesday announced "with great shock a...

 2022-01-16 11:29 

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Taliban Fighters Pepper Spray Women Protesters Calling For Rights...

Taliban forces on Sunday fired pepper spray at a group of women protesters in Afghanistan's capital demanding rights to work and education, three demonstrators told AFP.Since seizing control of the country by force in August, the Taliban authorities h...

 2022-01-16 01:11 

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Valieva, 15, Completes Russian Euro Skate Sweep Ahead Of Olympics...

Russia's Kamila Valieva, just 15 years old, hammered home her status as Olympic Games gold medal favourite on Saturday when she swept to the European title in Tallinn.Valieva, in her first season on the senior circuit, led a Russian sweep of the women...

 2022-01-15 19:58 

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Twitter Bans Account Linked To Iran Leader Over Video Threatening Trump...

Twitter said Saturday it had permanently suspended an account linked to Iran's supreme leader that posted a video calling for revenge for a top general's assassination against former US president Donald Trump."The account referenced has been p...

 2022-01-14 21:07 

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Russia-West Tensions Could Be Put To UN Security Council: US Officials...

If Moscow escalates the Ukrainian security crisis, the United States may refer the matter to the UN Security Council, US officials said Friday, stressing Washington still favors a diplomatic solution.Tensions have mounted between the West and Russia over ...

 2022-01-14 20:26 

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Mayor Of Rio Wants To Invest A Percentage Of Treasury Reserves In Cryptocurrency...

As bitcoin continues to thrive around the world, Rio de Janeiro's mayor Eduardo Paes expressed his desire for the city to become the digital money capital of Brazil as he intends to apportion 1% of treasury reserves in cryptocurrency....

 2022-01-14 17:59 

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Biden To Tout Infrastructure After Week Of Defeats...

The White House has been taking on water this week with President Joe Biden facing provocation from North Korea and Russia, stubborn inflation and setbacks on voting rights and the fight against the Covid pandemic. On Friday, in an attempt to right the sh...

 2022-01-14 07:15 

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Northwest Arkansas Offers $10K In Bitcoin And A Bike To Work There...

In an initiative to embrace cryptocurrencies, Northwest Arkansas is offering $10,000 in Bitcoin to tech professionals and other entrepreneurs looking to relocate to the region....

 2022-01-14 04:49 

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Hong Kong Police Switch To Goose-stepping 'To Show Patriotism'...

Hong Kong's entire police force will switch from colonial-era British marching drills to the goose-stepping style seen on the Chinese mainland, the city's force said Friday, citing the need to show officers' "patriotism".The stiff-legg...

 2022-01-14 03:05 

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Who's Next? Hong Kong Media Fearful After Arrests, Shutdowns...

When Hong Kong's national security police knocked on his door before dawn last month, journalist Ronson Chan was unsurprised but still found himself shaking.China's crackdown on dissent has silenced or jailed most Hong Kong democracy activists and...

 2022-01-14 02:20 

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Dorsey Fintech Firm Block Wants Bitcoin Mining For All...

Jack Dorsey on Thursday announced that his digital payments firm Block is building a system to make it easier for people to mine bitcoin.Dorsey said in a tweet that Block, formerly known as Square, is "officially building an open bitcoin mining system...

 2022-01-14 00:28 

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US Sanctions Threatens Lives of Millions of Afghans, UN Urges Assistance...

Millions of Afghans are on the "verge of death" as U.S. sanctions threaten half of Afghanistan's population with food insecurity, cripple its banking system, and cause food prices to skyrocket. The country is also facing one of the worst droug...

 2022-01-13 18:09 

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UN Chief Pleads With US, World Bank To Unlock Afghanistan Funds...

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday urged the United States and the World Bank to unfreeze Afghan funds, locked since the Taliban's return to power, to prevent "the nightmare unfolding in Afghanistan" from getting worse."We m...

 2022-01-13 17:27 

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Big Tech In The US: What To Expect When Top Leaders Meet With Joe Biden...

A virtual meeting is set for Thursday between White House officials, the Defense Department, and the Department of Homeland Security and the executives from major tech companies like Amazon, Meta, IBM, and Microsoft.The meeting will touch on a crucial vul...

 2022-01-13 16:48 

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Blinken Says N.Korea Launches May Be Seeking Attention...

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday that North Korea may be seeking attention with its missile launches, which he said were "destabilizing."The top US diplomat renewed calls for North Korea to sit down for talks with the United Stat...

 2022-01-13 11:12 

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Whisky For Visas: India, UK Start Post-Brexit Trade Talks...

Britain and India began hammering out a post-Brexit trade deal on Thursday, with London seeking a cut in tariffs on Scotch whisky and greater access to the Asian giant's services and tech sectors.New Delhi, which is notoriously reticent about lowering...

 2022-01-13 07:07 

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Bitcoin Could Hit $75K This Year Boosted By Institutional Investors: Seba Bank...

Despite trading below expectations, Bitcoin has the potential to hit the $75K mark this year, regulated Swiss Bank Seba has predicted.Bitcoin was trading in the red for a couple of days before gaining momentum Wednesday. This, Seba Bank CEO Guido Buehler ...

 2022-01-13 00:54 

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Who Is Elise Stefanik? Trump Says She Could Be US President In 2028...

Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday named Rep. Elise Stefanik as a potential GOP presidential contender in 2028. Speaking at a fundraising event at Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort in Palm Beach, the former president praised "strong boss" Rep. S...

 2022-01-12 18:55 

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Israel Says Iran 'Spy Network' Recruited Women Online...

An Iranian "espionage network" used Facebook to recruit Israeli women who were manipulated into photographing the US embassy and other activities, the Shin Bet domestic security agency said Wednesday.The women, whom the Shin Bet did not identify, ...

 2022-01-12 06:21 

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Hong Kong To Create More National Security Crimes...

Hong Kong will create a host of new national security crimes, the city's leader said Wednesday, as she presided over the first session of a new "patriots only" legislature scrubbed of political opposition.The legislation will add to a sweeping...

 2022-01-12 03:42 

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Cathay Pacific Says Crews Spent 73,000 Nights In Quarantine In 2021...

Cathay Pacific has said its crews spent a combined total of 73,000 nights in quarantine last year as the airline struggles to keep flying through Hong Kong's strict zero-Covid controls.The city government says the carrier faces possible legal action o...

 2022-01-12 03:01 

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UK Finance Reigns In Europe Despite Brexit Fallout...

One year after Britain's formal exit from the European Union, London's powerful City financial sector still reigns on the continent despite losing key business and bankers to rival hubs."London has spent hundreds of years as a global financial...

 2022-01-11 22:35 

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Under-pressure Biden Gambles Big On Voting Rights Reform...

President Joe Biden took a major political gamble Tuesday in calling for an end to the Senate's supermajority rule so that Democrats can override Republican opposition to voting rights reforms that he called crucial to saving US democracy.Speaking in ...

 2022-01-11 22:18 

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McConnell Seeks Top Leadership Position Again As GOP Looks To Take Back House, Senate...

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., has announced he will seek another term as the GOP's top leader as the party looks to claim back the House and Senate in the midterm elections. "I'm going to be running again for leader later thi...

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