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- Josh Marcus
Robert Durst: Real estate heir convicted of murder after two decades of legal spotlight

The real estate heir became a national sensation after seeming to admit to his crimes in HBO’s ‘The Jinx’

- Graig Graziosi,Maroosha Muzaffar,Chiara Giordano,Lamiat Sabin and Celine Wadhera
Gabby Petito - live: Police enter Laundrie’s home as law enforcement rules out rule out link to Moab murders

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- Josh Marcus
US admits Kabul drone strike killed 10 civilians

The government initially claimed the strike stopped an imminent Isis-K threat

- Via AP news wire
Ex-Algerian president Bouteflika, ousted amid protests, dies
Algerian state television says former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who fought for independence from France and was ousted from power in 2019 amid pro-democracy protests, has died at age 84
- Andrew Feinberg
Five explosive details on the demise of Trump’s presidency revealed in new book

New book by Washington Post reporters details the tumultuous final days of Donald Trump’s presidency

- Joe Sommerlad
Gabby Petito: A timeline of the social media star’s disappearance

Woman documenting her cross-country van trip to US national parks with fiancé has not been seen since 24 August and police consider him ‘person of interest’

- Josh Marcus
Gabby Petito: Utah double-homicide ‘not related’ to YouTuber’s disappearance, police say

Crystal Turner, 38, and Kylen Schulte, 24, were killed near one of Gabby Petito’s last known locations

- Josh Marcus
Gabby Petito: Father linked to police call at Laundrie’s house day before reporting daughter missing, report says

The call occurred at the home of Brian Laundrie, Gabby’s fiancé and a person of interest in the disappearance

- Andrew Buncombe
Gabby Petito: Police speak with TikTok ‘witness’ who claims she picked up Brian Laundrie in Grand Teton

‘When we picked him up he was wearing a backpack, a long sleeve, pants, hiking boots, and he had scruff, but he didn’t look dirty’

- Richard Hall
‘If you wait, it could be too late’: Family of doctor who died of suicide during pandemic pushes for new law

Dr Lorna Breen’s family are behind a new law that would provide mental health support for medical workers

- Eric Garcia
Why top general Mark Milley is likely to hang on despite stunning revelations in new book and GOP outrage

The top military official has been in the crosshairs of the GOP for the past year.

- Via AP news wire
France recalls ambassadors to US, Australia over sub deal
France says it is immediately recalling its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia after Australia scrapped a big French conventional submarine purchase in favor of nuclear subs built with U.S. technology
- Oliver O'Connell
Triple shock as worker shortages, inflation, and Delta variant destroy small business confidence in pandemic recovery

More business owners see country on wrong track as survey records collapse in confidence

- Via AP news wire
County board may announce action on Arizona Senate subpoena
The board that oversees Arizona’s most populous county has scheduled a special Friday afternoon meeting where members may announce whether they will comply with a state Senate subpoena to hand over its computer routers to contractors conducting an unprecedented partisan review of 2020 election results
- Helen Elfer
France recalls US ambassador in protest at Australia submarine deal

The decision was reportedly made by French President Emmanuel Macron

- Bevan Hurley
Shipwrecked children saved by mother who breastfed them likely orphaned after rescuers say hope of finding survivors ‘minimal’

Maritime searchers have retrieved a life jacket they believe came from the stricken boat but there is no signs of survivors

- Helen Elfer
Boston’s iconic ‘Skinny House’ sells for $1.25 million

The bizarrely proportioned home is said to be the result of a feud between brothers

- Nathan Place
FDA panel rejects plan for wide access to Covid vaccine booster shots, but approves them for older Americans

The Food and Drug Administration turned down the plan in a 16-12 vote on Friday

- Graig Graziosi
Debunking Yellowstone’s ‘Zone of Death,’ the location internet sleuths have linked to Gabby Petito’s disappearance

The Zone of Death presents a fascinating thought experiment, but legal expert admits it’s not relevant

- Andrew Buncombe
9/11 survivor who escaped World Trade Center reconnects with good samaritan two decades later

Fred Hill tracked down Sharon Premoli after she published account of escaping North Tower in The Independent, writes Andrew Buncombe

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- Aliki Kraterou
Taliban ‘bans girls from secondary schools’ in Afghanistan by reopening only for boys
TALIBAN have banned girls from secondary education in Afghanistan as the schools will be reopening only for boys. The new Taliban education ministry said in a statement that after a month “madrassas, private and public schools and other academic institutions of the country” will be open for boys from Saturday. The statement read: “All male […]
- Patrick Knox
China lab created coronavirus ‘10,000-times stronger than usual’ as fears rage over Wuhan ‘leak’, scientists warn
A WUHAN lab-created coronavirus strains that were up to 10,000-times stronger than usual — amid fears a virus could have escaped when a technician was bitten by a mouse. Bombshell documents have emerged which reveal how Chinese research funded by a US government agency involved souping up the virus and then transmitting it to “humanised […]
- Alex Winter
France recalls ambassador to the US in protest over its new security pact with the UK and Australia
FRANCE has recalled its ambassador to the US in an extraordinary tantrum over a new pact between America, the UK and Australia. President Emmanuel Macron has stamped his foot and called back his emissary Philippe Etienne in an epic sulk this evening. The news was announced by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who said […]
- Alex Winter
US admits Kabul drone strike killed aid worker and 9 members of his family including 7 kids
A US drone strike in Kabul killed an aid worker and nine members of his family – including seven children – instead of an ISIS-K operative, the Pentagon has admitted. Head of US Central Command, General Frank McKenzie, said the strike was a “mistake” in a press conference that could be devastating for Joe Biden’s […]
- Aliki Kraterou
Tycoon has fortune slashed by $27BILLION in one of biggest wealth drops ever as China cracks down on tech firms
A TYCOON has had his fortune slashed by a whopping $27 billion as China cracks down on tech firms. Chinese billionaire Colin Huang, the founder of the e-commerce platform Pinduoduo Inc (PDD) saw his fortune dropping after the stocks of his company plunged. It is the biggest drop in wealth recorded according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. […]
- Aliki Kraterou
Mystery as man claims to have had just 30 minutes sleep a night over last 12 years and boasts he never feels tired
A MAN claims he has been getting only 30 minutes of sleep every night for the past 12 years. Daisuke Hori, 36, says he has trained his mind and body to function on as little sleep as possible – and boasts he never feels tired. The 36-year-old, from Japan, claims he does not have any […]
- Chiara Fiorillo
On board the world’s fastest rollercoaster where thrillseekers have to wear googles on 149mph ride
THE world’s fastest rollercoaster reaches such high speed that thrillseekers have to wear safety goggles when they board it. Formula Rossa, located at Abu Dhabi‘s Ferrari World theme park, hits 240 km/h (149mph) in just 4.9 seconds. It is so fast that passengers have to wear goggles to protect their eyes from impact with insects […]
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Who was green tea researcher Michiyo Tsujimura?
ON September 17, 2021, Google celebrated the 133rd birthday of scientist and biochemist Michiyo Tsujimura. Tsujimura has been credited as as Japan’s first woman doctor of agriculture. Who was green tea researcher Michiyo Tsujimura? Michiyo Tsujimura was born on September 17 in 1888 in Okegawa, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. She spent her early career teaching science […]
- Felix Allen
Japan ‘preparing for war’ in first major military drills for 30 YEARS as tensions rage with China over disputed islands
CHINA has claimed Japan is “preparing for war” as it stages its first major military exercised for nearly 30 years. The defence drills stoked already rising tensions between the neighbours as a dispute over a chain of strategic islands threatens to escalate into open conflict. Beijing’s ships and planes have made dozens of incursions this […]
- Katie Davis
Woman with brain tumour suffers holiday hell after finding ‘plush’ Tenerife hotel is DERELICT leaving her stranded
A WOMAN diagnosed with a brain tumour saw her holiday dream turn into a nightmare after arriving to find her “plush” Tenerife hotel was derelict. Sue Connor, from Bexley, London, recently suffered a bleed on the brain and decided to jet off for a sunny break in Spain as doctors warned the tumour could take […]
- Katie Davis
Message in a bottle washes up 4,000 miles away on Hawaii beach 37 years later with note from Japanese student
A MESSAGE in a bottle tossed out to sea in Japan almost four decades ago has washed up 4,000 miles away on a Hawaiian beach. The note scrawled by a Japanese student was tucked into a glass bottle and cast adrift in 1984 – with the container only now resurfacing 37 years on. Abbie Graham, […]
- Jacob Bentley-York
Kim Jong-un ‘ramps up uranium production for nukes days after ballistic missile launches in chilling threat to West’
KIM Jong-Un is said to be accelerating his bid for nuclear war after satellite pictures suggested that he is “ramping up his production of uranium.”   Experts believe a new construction site at the Yongbyon nuclear research centre, near the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, has the capabilities of producing weapon-grade material. It comes as […]
- Jon Rogers
Who is Laura Loomer and how old is she?
LAURA Elizabeth Loomer is best known as a far-right activist as well as something of an internet personality. She has been described as a “far-right provocateur” by Fortune magazine. Who is Laura Loomer and how old is she? Loomer, 28, was born on May 21, 1993. She was raised in Arizona and went to Mount […]
- Felix Allen
Horrified dad screamed ‘is this really happening’ as he found bodies of his three children as mum charged over deaths
A DEVASTATED dad screamed “is this really happening” after returning home to find the bodies of his three young children – with their mum charged with their murders. Graham Dickason and his family moved to New Zealand to start a new life but just days later, neighbours reportedly heard “haunting wails” and a woman sobbing […]
- Henry Holloway
Heartbreaking story of dolphin named Peter who ‘killed himself’ by drowning after being separated from his ‘human lover’
PETER the dolphin fell in love with a human woman – but when the two separated he was so heartbroken he took his own life. The six-year-old bottlenose dolphin had a romance with 23-year-old research assistant Margaret Howe during a wild ten week fling in the 1960s. But when they were pulled apart by circumstances, […]
- Miranda Knox
Tragic cases of world’s loneliest animals from cub abandoned by mum after twin died to elephant chained up for 35 years
SMASHING her head repeatedly against the glass of her small enclosure, ‘loneliest killer whale in the world’ Kiska mourns the loss of her five tragic children. Having outlived her offspring, it seems the loss is too much for the lonely whale, whose actions were this week revealed after being filmed at MarineLand, Canada by anti-captivity […]
- Katie Davis
China flies 10 fighter jets into Taiwan air space sparking WW3 fears after sending planes over 15 TIMES in two weeks
CHINA has flown 10 fighter jets into Taiwan airspace after sending planes over 15 TIMES in two weeks – reigniting World War 3 fears. Taipei’s Defense Ministry said 10 Chinese military planes entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) today – marking the 15th intrusion just this month. In response, Taiwan dispatched air patrol troops […]
- Katie Davis
Monstrous great white shark flashes ferocious razor-sharp teeth in stunning snaps by brave photographer just inches away
STUNNING snaps taken just inches away from one of the world’s most dangerous animals show the moment a monstrous great white shark flashed its razor-sharp teeth. Brave photographer Euan Rannachan took the terrifying pictures from inside a cage in shark-infested waters – but insists it’s not unnerving being so close to the jaws of the […]
- Katie Davis
Horrifying moment pregnant woman tries to jump from second floor window ‘to escape abusive monster husband’
THIS is the disturbing moment a pregnant woman desperately tried to jump from the second floor window of an apartment block – allegedly in a bid to escape the clutches of her monster husband. Horrifying footage shows the woman place her leg over the window before her spouse appears to pull her head as he […]
- Felix Allen
Russia unleashes new top-secret ‘satellite killer’ missile that can blast Western targets in space
RUSSIA has announced a “successful” test of an unnamed new interceptor missile which the US has warned is capable of destroying Western satellites in low earth orbit.  The top secret weapon is believed to be designed to protect the Kremlin and key strategic sites around Moscow against air and space attacks. But the US has previously warned […]
Trump abandoned this giant trade deal. Now, China wants in
China has applied to join a major Asia-Pacific trade partnership that the United States ditched several years ago, as the world's second largest economy tries to bolster its relationships in the region.
New Lebanon PM seeks 'quick fixes' to help his country out of economic crisis
New Prime Minister Najib Mikati urged Lebanon's people to put their trust in his government as he seeks "quick fixes" to help his economically shattered country.
Canada's election is heating up. Some fear US-style political polarization will follow
The sky was blue, the families were smiling, the toddlers were taking tender steps through the grass. Canada's Conservative Party leader was ready to make a childcare announcement and as he approached the microphone, the campaign backdrop was pitch perfect: a giddy child on a bouncy castle.
What are nuclear-powered submarines and how do they work?
With Australia making a deal with the United States and United Kingdom to begin a nuclear-powered submarine program, we can expect the Aussie subs will look a lot like the latest versions in the US and British arsenals.
Video of child taken to quarantine alone gains attention in China
A video of a small child wearing a hazmat suit and undergoing a CT scan all by himself has gone viral after being posted on a Chinese social media app by a nurse in Fujian province where authorities are trying to curb China's latest outbreak of the Delta variant. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.
China faces a potential Lehman moment. Wall Street is unfazed
The implosion of Lehman Brothers, 13 years ago this week, showed how the collapse of a single entity can send shockwaves around the world.
900,000-pound airport gates rolled across a runway
Airport gates are usually the last point of solid ground that fliers experience before taking to the skies, but at one US airport this month, a remarkable engineering feat saw several gates embark on their own incredible journey.
UAE invests $14 billion in Britain as it tries to look beyond oil
The United Arab Emirates will pour £10 billion ($13.8 billion) into the United Kingdom over the next five years, as the Gulf state seeks to diversify its economy beyond fossil fuels.
Marks & Spencer blames Brexit as it closes stores in France
Marks & Spencer is closing 11 of its stores in France because of supply chain problems related to Brexit.
The hidden side of Europe's package holiday hotspot
It's Spain's Mediterranean escape, a place that for decades has been the go-to spot for jet setters, party lovers and package vacationers keen to let their hair down and enjoy sun, sea and sand in abundance.
Highlights from New York Fashion Week
New York Fashion Week is back, with designers Christian Siriano, Brandon Maxwell and Gabriela Hearst among those showcasing their Spring-Summer 2022 collections.
See the best celebrity style from the Met Gala
Pop culture's most famous faces descended on the The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday evening to celebrate the fashion industry's party of the year: the Met Gala.
For 300 years, this painting had a secret hiding in plain sight
For around three centuries, the girl reading a letter in the dimly-lit solitude of a Johannes Vermeer painting gave no indication of what the message contained.
Dread at 30,000 ft: Inside the increasingly violent world of US flight attendants
Working as a flight attendant previously afforded Mitra Amirzadeh the freedom to explore the world -- taking her from her home in Florida to destinations including Kenya, France and Spain.
What flying was like before 9/11
When this century began, you could pull up to the airport 20 minutes before a domestic flight in the United States and stroll straight over to your gate. Perhaps your partner would come through security to wave you goodbye. You might not have a photo ID in your carry-on, but you could have blades and liquids.
The celebrity photographer who refuses to Photoshop movie icons
Celebrity photographer Andy Gotts has snapped numerous stars, from Hollywood titans Al Pacino, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts to promising newcomers like Anya Taylor-Joy and Nathalie Emmanuel. But one picture stands out to him as the most poignant of his career: a portrait of the late Tony Curtis, his face painted with an American flag.
Shang-Chi: Marvel's latest superhero looks to rewrite the blockbuster script
Destin Daniel Cretton is reflecting on what his younger self would have made of all this. His new movie tells the story of Shang-Chi, the first Asian superhero to lead a Marvel film. A Chinese character living in America, compelled to return. Negotiating two cultures under the weight of expectations, but remaining true to himself above everything. "I could have really used a hero like this," the director says.
- By Ishaan Tharoor
A landmark submarine deal may be aimed at China, but it has upset France
A U.S.-British pact to give Australia nuclear-powered submarines didn’t just upset China. It infuriated France.
- By Karla Adam
Prince Philip's will can be kept secret for 90 years, U.K. court rules
The judge said the move would help protect the “dignity” of the queen.
- By Maura Judkis
So you want to drive to Canada?
A covid-cautious destination reopens its land border — and offers plenty to do and eat outdoors.
- By Ellen Francis
Police must treat ‘epidemic of violence’ against women as seriously as terrorism, U.K. watchdog says
The report was commissioned in the wake of the murder of a woman that stirred a national outcry.
- By Karen DeYoung, Michael E. Miller and Lily Kuo
Biden’s submarine accord with Australia angers both France and China
Paris was so upset about the decision, which scuttled a French-Australian deal, it called off a gala commemorating France’s naval assistance in the Revolutionary War.
- By Amanda Coletta
Trudeau rolled the dice on a snap election. Canadian voters will decide whether his gamble pays off.
When he called the early vote, the prime minister bet voters would reward his handling of the pandemic with a majority. It's been a bumpier ride than he might have expected.
- By Associated Press
Ex-Algerian president Bouteflika, ousted amid protests, dies
Algerian state television says former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who fought for independence from France and was ousted from power in 2019 amid pro-democracy protests, has died at age 84
- By Kevin Sieff and Mary Beth Sheridan
New U.S. ambassador to Mexico, veteran of immigration debate, arrives amid border surge
When Ken Salazar was in the U.S. Senate, he believed the U.S. was nearing a solution to its long political impasse over immigration. Now he’ll tackle the issue from the other side of the border.
- By Jennifer Peltz | AP
UN using honor system to check vaccinations for big meeting
The U.N. General Assembly is relying on an honor system to ensure that world leaders have been vaccinated before they speak at next week’s big meeting
- By Christopher Sherman | AP
Assertive Mexico seeks leadership role in Latin America
A gathering of leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean here this weekend is the latest sign of Mexico flexing its diplomatic muscle as it looks to assert itself as the new mediator between the region and the United States
- By Rick Noack
Why the French are so furious at the Biden administration over a derailed submarine deal
The French diplomatic response has been unusual in its public bluntness.
- By E. Eduardo Castillo | AP
Mexico's Columbus statue won't be back anytime soon
A statue of Christopher Columbus that was taken down from Mexico City’s central boulevard won’t be going back up for months
- By Ezzatullah Mehrdad and Sammy Westfall
Taliban reopens high school for boys, but makes no mention of female students
“All middle and high schools and madrassas should begin teaching from tomorrow, Saturday,” the announcement read. “All male students and male teachers must be present at their schools.”
- By Rob Gillies | AP
To unseat Trudeau, Conservative leader seeks middle ground
The man who might oust Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from power advertised himself a year ago as a “true-blue conservative” who would “take back Canada” when he became his party’s leader
- By Andrew Jeong
Denmark moves to bar some prisoners from meeting new lovers after submarine killer romance controversy
The bill comes after public frustration over how Peter Madsen, who was responsible for one of Denmark's most heinous murders, pursued relationships with female admirers while incarcerated.
- By Sudarsan Raghavan
As an Afghan newspaper struggles to survive, a brutal beating — and a Taliban apology
The Etilaatroz daily, one of Afghanistan’s few remaining critical outlets, is facing financial problems and concerns over its security and future.
- By Rick Noack
French scientist who promoted one of Trump’s favorite coronavirus cures set to be replaced
Didier Raoult has continued to champion hydroxychloroquine and has become a hero to the anti-vaccine movement.
- By Adam Taylor
Afghan chaos leads to resignations and reshuffling — in Europe, but not in Washington
Two Dutch ministers resigned this week after criticism of their role in evacuation efforts.
- By Chico Harlan
These Americans are devoted to the old Latin Mass. They are also at odds with Pope Francis.
A global controversy is being felt at a Nebraska church.
- By Lily Kuo
China accuses new U.S.-Australian submarine deal of stoking arms race, threatening regional peace
Chinese state media ominously warned Australia to “prepare for the worst.”
Guinea says it won't let detained ex-president leave country
Guinea's junta leaders vowed Friday that deposed President Alpha Conde would not be allowed to seek exile, saying they would not cave to mounting pressure from regional mediators who have imposed targeted sanctions after this month's coup.
L.A. jury convicts real estate heir Robert Durst of murder
A California jury on Friday found multimillionaire real estate heir Robert Durst guilty of murdering his best friend Susan Berman in 2000, the first homicide conviction for a man suspected of killing three people in three states over the past 39 years.
Missing Florida woman and slain couple unrelated: police
A Utah county sheriff said Friday detectives have determined there is no connection between the disappearance of a Florida woman who went missing during a cross-country trip with her boyfriend and a still-unsolved slaying of two women who were fatally shot.
'Devious licks' videos of damage, thefts bedevil U.S. schools
Kids across the U.S. are posting TikTok videos of themselves vandalizing school bathrooms and stealing soap dispensers and even turf from football fields, bedeviling school administrators seeking to contain the viral internet trend.
France recalls ambassadors to U.S., Australia over sub deal
France said late Friday it was immediately recalling its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia after Australia scrapped a big French conventional submarine purchase in favour of nuclear subs built with U.S. technology.
Pentagon reverses itself, calls deadly Kabul strike an error
The Pentagon retreated from its defence of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing Friday that a review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed.
Colorado school shooter to be sentenced to life in prison
A former high school student convicted of first degree murder and other charges for a 2019 shooting attack inside a suburban Denver high school that killed one student and injured eight others is set to be sentenced to mandatory life in prison without parole on Friday.
Lawyer pleads not guilty in Trump-Russia investigation probe
A prominent cybersecurity lawyer on Friday pleaded not guilty to making a false statement to the FBI in a charge stemming from a probe of the U.S. government's investigation into Russian election interference.
U.S. judge sets back Prince Andrew's bid to avoid accuser's lawsuit
A woman who accused Prince Andrew of hiding from her sexual assault lawsuit can try an alternative means of serving her legal papers so that Queen Elizabeth's second son can address her claims, a U.S. judge ruled on Thursday night.
Australian PM doesn't mind that Biden might have forgotten his name
Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday rejected Chinese criticism of Australia's new nuclear submarine alliance with the United States and said he doesn't mind that U.S. President Joe Biden might have forgotten his name.
- NEWS WIRES
Algeria's ex-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika dies at 84
Former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has died at 84, the presidency said on Friday, more than two years after he stepped down under pressure from mass protests and the army.
- Tracy MCNICOLL
Conservative challenger O'Toole takes aim at stumbling Trudeau as Canada votes
Erin O'Toole is closer to becoming Canada's next prime minister than any Conservative Party leader has been since 2015, when rockstar candidate Justin Trudeau swept a dour three-term incumbent into the history books under a wave of Trudeaumania. O'Toole is no rockstar – his vibe is closer to affable-roadie-turned-band-manager. But a tone-deaf act of hubris by Canada's flashy frontman could yet score O'Toole the top gig.
- NEWS WIRES
US admits Kabul strike killed multiple civilians in ‘tragic mistake’
The Pentagon retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing Friday that a review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed. 
- FRANCE 24
France recalls its ambassadors to US and Australia in submarine deal backlash
France on Friday said it was immediately recalling its ambassadors to the US and Australia for consultations after Australia struck a deal with the US and UK, which ended a $40 billion French-designed submarine deal.
- Gauthier RYBINSKI
Exiled Belarus opposition chief Tikhanovskaya urges France to play 'role of mediator'
Exiled Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya granted an interview to FRANCE 24 and RFI during a visit to Paris. More than a year after the disputed presidential election that saw Alexander Lukashenko win a controversial sixth term and led to a crackdown on the opposition, Lukashenko remains in power, despite Western sanctions. Tikhanovskaya, who says she won last year's election, discussed the next steps for the beleaguered opposition and urged France to "take on the role of mediator" in an international dialogue on Belarus's political crisis.
- NEWS WIRES
England eases Covid rules for international travel, introduces two-tier system
The British government announced a major simplification of its rules for international travel on Friday, heeding complaints from travelers and businesses that its regulations aimed at staving off the spread of COVID-19 were cumbersome and ineffective. 
- FRANCE24
Bangkok’s taxi graveyard garden: Covid-hit cabbies turn to growing vegetables
One Bangkok taxi company has found an innovative way to make ends meet amid the Covid-19 pandemic. With many drivers put out of work by lockdowns and restrictions and their cars left idle, they have transformed a taxi graveyard into a burgeoning vegetable garden to feed employees.
- NEWS WIRES
World on 'catastrophic' path to 2.7C warming, warns UN chief
A failure to slash global emissions is setting the world on a "catastrophic" path to 2.7 degrees Celsius heating, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned Friday just weeks before crunch climate talks. 
- FRANCE 24
Second Dutch minister resigns over Afghan refugee evacuation disaster
Dutch Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld resigned on Friday over her handling of the Afghan evacuation crisis in a widening scandal that has also claimed the job of the foreign minister.
- NEWS WIRES
Ten men, including Paris attacks suspect, to be tried over 2016 Brussels bombing
Ten men accused of involvement in the March 2016 bomb attacks in Brussels that killed 32 people will face trial, Belgian federal prosecutors said Friday.
Was Joe Biden tricked by pro-Trump kids? Not really
A photo of US President Joe Biden shows him posing with a group of children sporting Donald Trump merchandise. Online, Trump supporters are revelling in the fact that the president was tricked into taking the photo. We looked into it – and found that the whole photo op was intentional.
- FRANCE 24
New Zealand calls off Pakistan cricket tour over security worries
New Zealand abandoned its cricket tour of Pakistan on Friday over security concerns that mystified the hosts, just before the Black Caps’ first scheduled match in Pakistan in 18 years.
- Achren VERDIAN
The Azerbaijani threat to Armenia's borders
Ten months after the defeat of Armenian forces against Azerbaijan in the war for control of the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia is seeing its border regions come under threat from Baku. According to Yerevan, hundreds of Azerbaijani soldiers have entered Armenian territory since mid-May 2021, particularly in the Syunik and Gegharkunik border provinces. The situation is sparking concern and even panic in Armenia, particularly in villages close to the frontier, where incidents are frequent. Our team on the ground reports.
- NEWS WIRES
France celebrates 40 years of high-speed TGV trains
France on Friday celebrated four decades of flying across the countryside on ultrafast TGV trains, while getting a glimpse of the next-generation locomotives set to hit the rails in 2024.
- NEWS WIRES
Hundreds of aid trucks 'not returned' from Ethiopia's Tigray region, says UN
Hundreds of aid trucks have not returned from Ethiopia's war-hit Tigray region, and their disappearance is "the primary impediment" to ramping up the humanitarian response, the United Nations said Friday.
- NEWS WIRES
'Ebola is defeated,' says Congolese professor who discovered the virus
Ebola has been defeated. Vaccines and medical treatments have brought the deadly and terrifying disease under control, says Jean-Jacques Muyembe, the Congolese professor who first discovered the virus more than 40 years ago.
- NEWS WIRES
Australia at heart of Indo-Pacific alliances to counter China
Australia finds itself as the common link in a new mesh of global alliances centred on the Indo-Pacific that are all but in name aimed at countering China's rising military power and economic clout.
- NEWS WIRES
Chinese astronauts return to earth after 90-day mission to space station
Three Chinese astronauts returned to earth on Friday after a 90-day visit to an unfinished space station in the country's first crewed mission since 2016.
- NEWS WIRES
Putin's grip on power put to the test as Russia votes in parliamentary polls
Russia goes to the polls on Friday to elect a new parliament in a three-day vote that the ruling United Russia party is expected to win despite a ratings slump after the biggest crackdown on the Kremlin's critics in years.
- NEWS WIRES
Australian PM says he warned France that submarine deal could be scrapped
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday he had raised the possibility that Australia might scrap a 2016 submarine deal with a French company in talks with the French president in June, rejecting French criticism that it had not been warned.
US multimillionaire Robert Durst convicted of murdering best friend
A California jury on Friday found multimillionaire real estate heir Robert Durst guilty of murdering his best friend Susan Berman in 2000, the first homicide conviction for a man suspected of killing three people in three states over the past 39 years.Durst, 78, faces up to life in prison. Superior Court Judge Mark Windham, who oversaw the trial, will set a date for sentencing.The nine-woman, three-man jury had deliberating for 7½ hours over three days.Los Angeles County prosecutors called…
10,000 migrants, many from Haiti, packed under Texas bridge
Haitians made up most of the over 10,000 migrants sleeping on the ground and desperate for food in a squalid camp under a bridge in southern Texas on Friday, in a growing humanitarian and political challenge for US President Joe Biden.The Haitians were joined by Cubans, Venezuelans and Nicaraguans under the Del Rio International Bridge connecting Mexico to south Texas. They slept under light blankets, while a few pitched small tents, with temperatures forecast to go above 100 degrees Fahrenheit…
Jury still out on lab-leak Covid-19 origins, researchers say in Lancet letter
A group of scientists have urged more research on the controversial theory that the coronavirus leaked from a laboratory, issuing the call in a letter in the medical journal The Lancet on Friday.The letter was signed by 16 virologists, biologists and biosecurity specialists.“Research-related hypotheses are not misinformation or conjecture,” they said. “Scientific journals should open their columns to in-depth analyses of all hypotheses.”The lab leak theory suggests that Sars-CoV-2, the virus…
Scientists created the world’s whitest paint. It could eliminate the need for air conditioning.
The whitest paint in the world has been created in a lab at Purdue University in the US, a paint so white that it could eventually reduce or even eliminate the need for air conditioning, scientists say.The paint has now made it into the Guinness World Records book as the whitest ever made.So why did the scientists create such a paint? It turns out that breaking a world record wasn’t the goal of the researchers – curbing global warming was.“When we started this project about seven years ago, we…
France recalls ambassadors from US and Australia in protest over submarine deal
France recalled its ambassadors from the United States and Australia on Friday, a stunning development in the deepening fallout over Washington’s new security alliance with Canberra and London.Announced on Wednesday, the new pact, known as “Aukus”, includes an agreement to help Australia secure a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines, effectively nullifying a 2016 commitment Canberra had made to buy conventional vessels from France.France warns new Aukus alliance threatens security partnerships…
US FDA panel rejects broad use of Pfizer coronavirus boosters in blow to Biden plan
A panel of expert outside advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration voted against broadly approving Covid-19 vaccine booster shots on Friday, instead recommending emergency use authorisation for the narrower group of older or high-risk patients.The panel voted overwhelmingly against approving boosters for Americans age 16 and older, potentially undermining the Biden administration’s plan to roll out third shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as soon as next week.Panel members, however,…
China’s bid to join Pacific Rim trade pact heaps pressure on US to step up regional economic strategy
China has denied its long-awaited application to join a mega Pacific Rim trade pact was timed to counter the “Aukus” security pact between the US, Britain and Australia, reaffirming its intentions to promote economic cooperation while slamming the military alliance as “destructive”.On Friday, Beijing said it had signalled nearly a year ago its eagerness to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) – which was abandoned by the US – and had over the…
Afghanistan: Pentagon admits deadly Kabul strike killed 10 civilians, not Islamic State extremist
The Pentagon retreated from its defence of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing Friday that a review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed.“The strike was a tragic mistake,” Marine General Frank McKenzie, head of US Central Command, told a Pentagon news conference.For days after the August 29 strike, Pentagon officials asserted that it had been conducted correctly, despite 10…
Second Dutch minister quits as Afghanistan scandal widens
The Dutch defence minister on Friday became the second cabinet member to resign over the Afghan evacuation debacle as the widening scandal claims a growing number of Western political scalps.Ank Bijleveld followed foreign minister Sigrid Kaag out of the door after parliament formally censured them over a crisis that has left dozens of interpreters stranded in Afghanistan.The Dutch ministers are believed to be the first Western officials to resign over the chaos that followed the Taliban’s…
Apple and Google pull Navalny voting app as Russians head to polls
Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google removed a protest-voting app from their Russian stores on Friday as parliamentary elections got under way, a move that pleased the Kremlin but drew swift anger from Washington and opposition activists.The US technology companies “have caved into the Kremlin’s blackmail,” Leonid Volkov, a top aide to jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, wrote on Telegram. The Putin critic’s supporters denounced the move as “a shameful act of political censorship”…
Soviet chess legend sues Netflix over Queen’s Gambit in US$5 million lawsuit
The world’s first female chess grandmaster, Nona Gaprindashvili, has filed a US$5 million defamation lawsuit against Netflix over a line in its The Queen’s Gambit series which her lawyers say is false and sexist.The 80-year old Soviet chess icon, a hero in her native South Caucasus Republic of Georgia, was described in the show’s last episode as a female champion who had “never faced men”.The suit filed on Gaprindashvili’s behalf in a US federal court in Los Angeles said the reference to her…
Calls to China were ‘perfectly’ within scope of job, says US general Mark Milley
The top US military officer said on Friday that calls he made to his Chinese counterpart in the final stormy months of Donald Trump’s presidency were “perfectly within the duties and responsibilities” of his job.In his first public comments on the conversations, General Mark Milley said such calls are “routine” and were done “to reassure both allies and adversaries in this case in order to ensure strategic stability”. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke to Associated Press and…
Opposition trade union took on Hong Kong tycoons over the decades but finally met its match with Beijing
Hong Kong’s most influential opposition trade union earned the respect of many residents over the decades by taking on the rich and powerful with labour movements such as a dock workers’ strike that lasted 40 days in 2013.But by later diverting into political activism, the Confederation of Trade Unions (CTU) lost its focus and fell into Beijing’s cross hairs, analysts say. According to sources, the 31-year-old group has started the process of breaking up, joining a growing list of civic groups…
US sanctions seven Hong Kong-based companies over Iran, Hezbollah
The US government on Friday sanctioned several Hong Kong-based companies and individuals based in China as part of Washington’s ongoing efforts to disrupt alleged terrorist activity related to Iran.The seven entities include PCA Xiang Gang Limited, Damineh Optic Limited, China 49 Group Co, Taiwan Be Charm Trading Co, Black Drop International Co, Victory Somo Group (HK) Limited, and Yummy Be Charm Trading (HK) Limited, according to a press release on the Treasury Department website.The…
Amazon closes 3,000 Chinese-brand online stores in campaign against fake reviews
Amazon.com said on Friday that it has closed about 3,000 online merchant accounts, backed by about 600 Chinese brands, on its popular platform, as the world’s largest e-commerce company ratchets up its crackdown on consumer review abuses.The company’s campaign is not intended to target China or any other country, according to Cindy Tai, Amazon’s vice-president for Asia Global Selling, in an interview with state-owned broadcaster China Central Television on Friday. She also indicated that the…
China needs stronger ties with the world to counter US sway, analyst says
China should forge stronger ties with Europe and other economies to offset the impact of a US-led international order, according to an independent Chinese intelligence analyst.In a paper in this month’s Journal of Intelligence, Zhao Bingfeng, head of Beijing Intelli Consulting, said China should do a full assessment of US strategic activities and map out areas of potential global conflicts, adding that if China focused too much on economic development at home, other countries could fall in…
Former Hong Kong leader sets up new online channel to promote national identity, ‘deep sense of belonging’ among young people
A think tank founded by a former Hong Kong leader has launched an online educational channel aiming to promote national identity among young people, featuring controversial topics such as Xinjiang cotton and the national security law.The online channel under the portal The China Current is managed by Think Hong Kong run by former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa.Tung, a vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the country’s top advisory body, on Friday said the…
Coronavirus Hong Kong: top government advisers join study on effects of third vaccine jab
Several top advisers to Hong Kong’s leader have joined a study examining how people fully inoculated against Covid-19 respond to a third dose.The antibody levels in some participants were almost non-existent more than half a year after they received their initial jabs, but one leading medical expert said on Friday that any booster shot programme should prioritise the immunocompromised and elderly.The city also confirmed three new cases, all imported and involving arrivals from Qatar, Germany…
China appeals for global unity in wake of US-led Aukus security alliance
Chinese President Xi Jinping called on countries around the world to oppose “hegemony and division”, a day after the United States launched a security alliance seen as countering Beijing.In a virtual address to a regional security summit in Dushanbe on Friday, Xi said international issues could not be solved by bullying from “a position of strength”.“We oppose acts that undermine the international order, create confrontation, and create division under the banner of so-called rules setting,” Xi…
Hong Kong risks falling behind in race to benefit from Qianhai plan, lawmakers say, as they call for officials to establish new links with Shenzhen
Hong Kong officials need to establish new links with their counterparts in neighbouring Shenzhen as part of the Qianhai economic zone’s mammoth expansion, pro-establishment politicians have said, after Macau launched a new committee to co-develop a new cooperation zone with Guangdong’s leaders.Politicians and business leaders also said the city had been lagging behind, and accused senior officials of not being proactive enough on pushing cross-border collaboration.“From the central government…
Real estate heir Robert Durst found guilty of murdering friend Susan Berman
The subject of the HBO docuseries "The Jinx" was convicted of the first-degree murder of Susan Berman, who was shot in her Los Angeles home 20 years ago.
‘Tragic mistake’: Pentagon admits Kabul drone strike killed 10 civilians instead of ISIS
Senior U.S. officers had said the Aug. 29 strike that took place as foreign forces were withdrawing from Afghanistan targeted an Islamic States suicide bomber.
U.S. FDA advisors reject COVID-19 booster shot approval, but may vote for older adults
The panel of expert outside advisors voted overwhelmingly against approving boosters for Americans age 16 and older.
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Gabby Petito timeline: Tracing the missing ‘van life’ blogger’s trip
Gabby Petitio and Brian Laundrie left a long digital trail before she disappeared on their U.S. road trip.
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China Rising, Episode 10: Racism
On this episode, we’ll discuss the dramatic rise in anti-Asian racism in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, fuelled by political rhetoric and misinformation about COVID-19.
COVID-19 booster debate in U.S. heads to FDA vaccine advisory committee
The booster debate gained urgency as U.S. COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths surged due to the highly transmissible Delta variant of the virus.
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United Airlines lifts systemwide outage after flights grounded, canceled
Twitter users were complaining that the outages have stopped them from boarding the plane, loading their luggage or even accessing the United Airlines app.
Over 50,000 have died from COVID-19 in Florida — a quarter of them this summer
Overall, about one in every 400 Florida residents who were alive in March 2020 has since died of COVID-19, with only cancer and heart disease more deadly.
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Was Canada invited to join AUKUS? Officials mum but stress no interest in subs
One government source told Global News that Canada's absence from the pact 'categorically' has nothing to do with concerns about aggravating China.
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Police video shows Gabby Petito, fiancé arguing before her disappearance
Bodycam footage shows Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie telling police about their fight in Utah, days before she went missing.
Commentary: Eating mainly fruit can do more harm than good to your body
Plant-based or fruit-based diets are increasingly popular trends but just eating fruit can create other health problems, says a biology professor.
Commentary: Whether made for humans or horses, ivermectin isn't a proven COVID-19 drug
Ivermectin is not being prescribed for COVID-19 because evidence that it helps people is not yet there, says a researcher.
France recalls ambassadors to US and Australia over submarine deal
President Emmanuel Macron said the decision ‘is justified by the exceptional seriousness of the announcements’ made by Australia and the US.
Pentagon admits deadly Kabul drone strike was an error
Gen McKenzie said the vehicle was struck ‘in the earnest belief’ that it posed an imminent threat.
Grandfather defends taking boy from cable car crash to Israel
He is now the focus of a custody battle between his maternal grandparents in Israel and his paternal relatives in Italy.
Tom Cruise gets sneak preview from SpaceX’s first private crew
Thursday’s conversation, like the entire three-day flight, was private and so no details were released.
Covid drug given to Donald Trump to be rolled out to NHS hospital patients
The UK government has bought enough of the drug to treat eligible hospital patients across the UK from next week, the department said
Elton John requests meeting with Boris Johnson over post-Brexit touring rules
The singer said it is ‘financially impossible’ for burgeoning British talent to tour in the European Union
Biden and world leaders try to hammer out next steps on climate
Friday’s session opened with the US president announcing a new US-European pledge to cut climate-wrecking methane leaks.
UN: More pledges needed to avoid ‘catastrophic’ climate path
‘We need a 45% cut in emissions by 2030 to reach carbon neutrality by mid-century,’ the head of the United Nations warned.
Five congressional Republicans targeted by Trump's revenge endorsements
Five congressional Republicans targeted by Trump's revenge endorsements
Fire crews struggling to save California giant sequoias
Fire-resistant blankets have been wrapped around trees for protection against the possibility of intense flames.
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splits: 12 What is Andy Serkis’ Net Worth? Andy Serkis is a British actor, director, and author who has a net worth of $18 million. He is best known for playing the role of Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” films, performing almost the entirety of the role through CGI motion-capture technology. He later […]

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Noel Gallagher, 54, goes sober after he revealed he drank too much in lockdown

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Last month he said he needed a booze break after going too wild in Ibiza. And Noel Gallagher decided he will put down the bottle for around 12 weeks starting from Sunday after drinking too much over lockdown.  The now sober rocker, 54, said drinking his local cider scrumpy and red wine were to blame for his […]

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‘Truly scrumptious’ meat and potato pie wins the British Pie Awards 

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‘Truly scrumptious’ meat and potato pie fends off a record number of vegan entries to win the British Pie Awards A meat and potato pie was named winner of the prestigious British Pie Awards The champion by Bowring Butchers was hailed ‘truly scrumptious’ by judges It was crowned best of more than 800 pies, including 70 from […]

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9/11 first responders still struggle with mental health issues – CBS News Watch CBSN Live First responders who helped on 9/11 still suffer trauma to this day. The anniversary of the attacks is triggering mental health issues among many of them. Dr. Jon LaPook has more. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for […]

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Pregnant Emmerdale star Amy Walsh teases baby’s due date as she gushes over EastEnders’ boyfriend Toby-Alexander Smith

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EMMERDALE’s Amy Walsh teased her baby’s due date with boyfriend Toby-Alexander Smith on Loose Women today. The pregnant actress, who plays Tracy Metcalfe on the ITV soap, hinted when she’ll give birth as she gushed over Toby, 31, in the sweet interview. 2 Emmerdale actress Amy Walsh hinted at her baby’s due date on Loose […]

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America’s loss is China’s gain as France lashes out over subs

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The decision represents a stunning deterioration in US-French relations since Biden’s inauguration and a devastating blow to Biden’s efforts to repair the damage to America’s alliances during the Trump years. No-one could have predicted that it would be under Biden that France would recall its US ambassador for the first time in its history. Chinese […]

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Bravo has canceled the reunion special for the latest season of The Real Housewives of New York City. The season finale aired on August 31 and reunion specials for Real Housewives seasons usually air one week after the finale. It was reported by The Daily Mail that the reunion was scheduled to happen on September […]

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The Chinese government’s ongoing crackdown on private companies has reportedly resulted in a Chinese billionaire losing over $27 billion this year. Thanos snapped: Colin Huang, founder of the Chinese e-commerce platform Pinduoduo Inc. (PDD), lost nearly half his wealth as Beijing continues to impose stricter restrictions on tech giants and U.S.-listed Chinese companies, according to […]

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Police have confirmed three children, all aged under 10, have died at a property in Timaru. Detective Inspector Scott Anderson provided an update at 1pm and said the deceased were siblings. Two were 2 and the other was 6. The mother of three little girls found dead in a Timaru house has appeared in court […]

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CHICAGO (WLS) — Setup is underway for the inaugural Englewood Music Fest at W. 63rd Street & S. Halsted Street, which is set to get underway at noon Saturday. “I said 7 years ago I’m going to create this environment, the space of love, of pride, of unity right here in the Englewood community,” said […]

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Venus has been square to Saturn since Wednesday and will continue on this transit until Sunday. Astrology King points out that this isn’t the best transit for relationships, self-confidence and general ease of life. The mystics at the site explain: “Venus square Saturn can add stress to your love life because of delays, shyness, distance, […]

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Case of mad cow disease identified on Somerset farm as area sealed off to stop infection spreading

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A SINGLE case of ‘mad cow disease’ has been found on a Somerset farm – but the animal is now dead and the land has been shut off to prevent the infection spreading, officials say. Experts discovered the creature had bovine spongiform encephalopathy – or BSE – on Friday. 3 A cow found to be […]

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Wide receiver blowups causing Giants early headaches

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It’s almost enough drama to make the Giants yearn for simpler times of a diva wide receiver fighting a kicking net. Kenny Golladay erupted in the direction of quarterback Daniel Jones and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett during the final minutes of a 30-29 loss on the final-play do-over by Washington. Hours later, Kadarius Toney wrote […]

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Strictly is left in crisis as two professional dancers refuse Covid jabs

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TOM FLETCHER Age: 36 Profession: McFly musician Tom says: ‘I’m so pleased the news is out it’s been so hard keeping it secret. Equal parts excited and terrified.’ Fun fact: Tom’s McFly bandmate Harry Judd won Strictly Come Dancing in 2011. Tom’s wife Giovanna Fletcher is the reigning champion of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! ROBERT […]

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Kyle Rittenhouse update: Kenosha judge weighs in on evidence ahead of November trial

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KENOSHA, Wis. (WLS) — The Kyle Rittenhouse case returned to court Friday as a Kenosha judge held a key hearing. The Antioch teenager is accused of killing two men and wounding a third during a protest following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha last year. Prosecutors argue that Rittenhouse travelled about 20 miles to […]

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Britain’s best takeaways: Japanese restaurant Sakushi in Sheffield takes top spot at BTAs

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A Yorkshire-based Japanese restaurant has been named Best Takeaway in Britain at the British Takeaway Awards in association with Just Eat. The star-studded event, commonly known as ‘the Oscars of the takeaway world’ was held in Old Billingsgate, London last night and saw 12 restaurants across the UK named the best in their region. Sakushi  in Sheffield won […]

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Expert says ivermectin has NO EFFECTS in fighting viral diseases but drug is safe

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Dr Timothy Geary (pictured) is one of the top experts on ivermectin and has researched the drug for  over a decade Ivermectin has been available for human use for three decades, but not until recently did its name become well known by many Americans. The anti-parasite drug has been incorrectly deemed by some to be […]

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Gary Neville urges rules change after ‘devastating blow’ as Derby go into administration

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Gary Neville has pleaded with the UK government and football authorities to make sweeping changes to club ownership rules as Derby became the latest club to fall into administration.  The Rams, managed by former England captain Wayne Rooney, announced the shock news on Friday, with Derby potentially facing a 21-point deduction for their financial collapse.  […]

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Why do I wake up with pins and needles? Dr MARTIN SCURR answers your health questions 

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For six weeks I woke up with pins and needles and numbness in my right hand, which cleared when I got up. Then, one morning, my hand was also painful, swollen and I was unable to make a fist.  I was seen by a rheumatologist, but after blood tests and X-rays I am still waiting […]

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Ex-Algerian president Bouteflika, ousted amid protests, dies
Algerian state television says former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who fought for independence from France and was ousted from power in 2019 amid pro-democracy protests, has died at age 84
France recalls ambassadors to US, Australia over sub deal
France has recalled its ambassador to the United States in an unprecedented show of anger that dwarfs decades of previous rifts
Guinea says it won't let detained ex-president leave country
Guinea's ruling junta says that deposed President Alpha Conde won't be leaving the country into exile
Algerian state television says ex-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, ousted amid pro-democracy protests, dies at 84
Algerian state television says ex-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, ousted amid pro-democracy protests, dies at 84
Campaigners press for next German leader to act on climate
Environmental campaigners are pressing for Germany’s next chancellor to take strong action against climate change, including by bringing forward the country’s coal phase-out and banning new gasoline vehicles from 2025
Assertive Mexico seeks leadership role in Latin America
A gathering of leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean here this weekend is the latest sign of Mexico flexing its diplomatic muscle as it looks to assert itself as the new mediator between the region and the United States
Mexico's Columbus statue won't be back anytime soon
A statue of Christopher Columbus that was taken down from Mexico City's central boulevard won't be going back up for months
England simplifies COVID-19 travel rules bashed as confusing
The British government is simplifying its rules for international travel to England during the coronavirus pandemic, heeding complaints from travelers and businesses that the country's regulations were cumbersome and ineffective
Apple, Google remove opposition app as Russian voting begins
Facing pressure from the Kremlin, Apple and Google removed an opposition-created smartphone app that tells voters which candidates are likely to defeat those backed by Russian authorities
Romanian forest attack highlights illegal logging 'scourge'
Romanian authorities say two journalists and an environmental activist have been beaten up by suspected illegal loggers in a forest in northeast Romania while making a documentary about illicit deforestation
To unseat Trudeau, Conservative leader seeks middle ground
The man who might oust Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from power advertised himself a year ago as a “true-blue conservative” who would “take back Canada” when he became his party’s leader
Budapest mayor enters primary to run against Hungary's Orban
A frontrunner in the race for a joint opposition candidate to fight Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in next year’s national election has opened his campaigning, promising to “liberate” the country from the right-wing populist leader
UN concerned about detained migrants vanishing in Libya
A U.N. migration agency official says she's concerned about the disappearance of thousands of Europe-bound migrants who were intercepted and returned to Libya
Grandad defends taking boy from cable car crash to Israel
The grandfather of a 6-year-old boy who survived a cable car crash in Italy that killed his immediate family and is now the target of a bitter custody battle is defending his decision to spirit the child off to Israel
France recalls its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia in submarine deal backlash, French foreign minister says
France recalls its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia in submarine deal backlash, French foreign minister says
Plane in Qatar takes more Americans from Afghanistan: US envoy
Washington's peace envoy says a Qatar Airways flight has taken more Americans out of Afghanistan, the third such airlift by the Mideast carrier since the Taliban takeover and the U.S. troop pullout from the country
Europe's Med leaders pledge cooperation on climate, security
The leaders of Europe’s Mediterranean countries have pledged to expand cooperation in the fight against climate change and to back common security and defense initiatives in the European Union
UN: More pledges needed to avoid 'catastrophic' climate path
The head of the United Nations says a new report shows the world is on a “catastrophic pathway” toward a hotter future unless governments make more ambitious pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions
Woman charged with killing 3 young girls in New Zealand
A 40-year-old woman has been charged with killing three young girls in a crime that has shocked New Zealand
The Latest: UN says Taliban must form inclusive Afghan govt
The U_N_ Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution stressing that Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers need to establish an inclusive government with “the full, equal and meaningful participation of women and upholding human rights.”
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Pentagon reverses itself, says Kabul drone strike killed civilians in mistake

The Pentagon has retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians last month in Afghanistan.

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For many Texans, it's a long drive out of state for abortion

Propelled by a very restrictive abortion law, Texas women are traveling farther afield for abortions.

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An arms race is heating up on the Korean Peninsula. Is the window for diplomacy closing?

Analysts say the ratcheting up of military might between North and South Korea raises the possibility of misunderstandings that could spiral to dangerous consequences.

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'The last battle for Myanmar': Citizens take up arms in bid to topple junta

Months after the Feb. 1 coup, citizens are fighting back against Myanmar's brutal military. Many say international pressure has yielded no results.

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In Afghanistan's war-torn countryside, America's exit means one thing: Peace

Afghanistan's rural areas bore the brunt of the last 20 years of war. The Taliban's takeover has brought calm, but a humanitarian crisis is brewing.

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China and France assail U.S.-Australia deal on nuclear-powered submarines

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken defends a U.S.-Australia submarine deal, seen as part of President Biden's strategy to counter China's influence.

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Op-Ed: Gen. Milley did the wrong thing for honorable reasons. We need new rules for starting nuclear war

The context matters, but if the Woodward and Costa allegations are true, Gen. Mark Milley flouted the bedrock principle of civilian control of the military.

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Op-Ed: In Haiti, the battle for leadership is really a battle for loot

One leader assassinated, another on the brink of being indicted in the killing. This time, Washington should let Haiti find its own solutions.

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U.S. visa lottery winners feel 'hopeless' in struggle to leave Afghanistan

Before the special visa, there was the diversity visa lottery for Afghans seeking to come to the U.S., but it's backed up too.

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Police raids on movie screenings. Censors closing in. Hong Kong's filmmakers fight to stay free

A new censorship law could penalize anyone who screens unapproved films in Hong Kong with up to three years in jail.

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U.S. will share nuclear submarine technology with Australia in new defense partnership

The U.S. will share nuclear submarine technology with Australia as President Biden strengthens a network of alliances as a bulwark against China.

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'Smallville' actor Allison Mack is now inmate No. 90838-053 after NXIVM sentencing

'Smallville' alum Allison Mack reports to federal prison early to start serving a three-year sentence for her actions in Keith Raniere's twisted cult.

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Biden urges passage of legislation to combat climate change

President Biden in a speech in Colorado urges Congress to pass legislation to combat climate change, a day after he toured damage from wildfires in California.

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Blinken faces barrage of queries, criticism from senators over Afghanistan withdrawal

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken testifies to a Senate committee about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

- Alice Su
China is purging celebrities and tech billionaires. But the problem is bigger than 'sissy men'

As the economy slows, China's crackdown on the rich and famous may be an attempt to distract from ordinary families' anxiety over their children's future.

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A lost generation: India's COVID crisis reverses decades of progress for children

Education lifts many out of poverty in India, but COVID has closed schools. Now India is bracing for a surge in child labor and underage marriages.

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Blinken defends Afghanistan withdrawal at congressional hearing

Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies to lawmakers on Afghanistan withdrawal: "We inherited a deadline" from Trump. "We did not inherit a plan."

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Op-Ed: Three days after 9/11, I was the lone vote in Congress against war

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) knew the last thing the U.S. needed after the Sept. 11 attacks was to rush into war in Afghanistan.

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Scenes of 9/11 across the nation, world

There were reflections on a day of remembrance 20 years after the 9/11 attacks.

- Doyle McManus
Congress still needs to fix the law that made the Jan. 6 riot possible. Mitch McConnell could help

The House and Senate need to revise their electoral-vote-counting rules, most of which come from an 1887 law called the Electoral Count Act.

- Andrew R. Chow
Meet the Iranian Musician Who Keeps Risking Imprisonment For His Music
Mehdi Rajabian has been warned repeatedly by Iranian authorities not to release an album with female singers—he did anyway
- Sylvia Hui / Associated Press
Prince William Unveils Finalists for Environmental Prize
Five winners will be chosen from the 15 finalists, and each will receive a grant worth £1 million ($1.4 million)
- Bloomberg
China Formally Applies to Join Asian Trade Deal That Donald Trump Abandoned
The treaty, originally called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, was envisioned by the U.S. as an economic bloc to counterbalance China’s growing power.
- Amy Gunia/Hong Kong
I Tried Lab-Grown Fish Maw. Here’s Why It Could Help Save Our Oceans
I’m an avid surfer and a certified scuba diver, and spending so much time in the water means that I’m keenly aware of the impact that human activity is having on the ocean ecosystem. It sometimes feels like it’s more common to see plastic bags in the water than sea life. So, I was excited…
- Suketu Mehta
The One Story That Captures the Immigrant Experience Like No Other
Sometimes the best take on current affairs is found not in the punditry of the cable shows but in great literature. Watching the horrific scenes in Kabul—the anguish of parents handing their babies to soldiers, the bodies falling from planes—made me reach for something deeper, more profound, that could help me understand the human dimensions.…
- Eric Martin / Bloomberg
IMF Managing Director Called Out on ‘Pressure’ to Boost China’s Ranking in Economic Report
The World Bank, in a probe of its “Doing Business” report, found such serious ethics issues that it decided to abandon the series entirely, a statement showed.
- Soraya Permatasari / Bloomberg
Indonesia’s President Ruled Guilty of Neglecting Jakartans’ Right to Clean Air
In a rare victory for environmental activists, the court implored President Joko Widodo to take strong action in cleaning up Jakarta's air.
- Jenny Leonard and Jason Scott/Bloomberg
Australia Plans to Build a Fleet of Nuclear Submarines to Counter China—With U.S. and U.K. Help
Australia is set to become just the seventh nation to operate nuclear-powered submarines
- Associated Press
U.N. Urges Moratorium on Use of Face-Scanning Technology and AI That Threatens Human Rights
The comments join a new U.N. report that examines how countries have rushed into using AI systems without setting up proper safeguards
- Eloise Barry
Norway’s ‘Climate Election’ Showed Voters Want Change. But Are They Ready to Give Up Oil?
While Norway itself relies on renewable sources for energy production, it is the third largest exporter of natural gases in the world

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