Former pope Benedict critical of German Catholics

Former pope Benedict critical of German Catholics – Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI arrives at the airport for his return flight to the Vatican. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI lashed out at Germany’s Catholic Church in published comments on Monday, perhaps signalling a new fight between the church’s conservative and liberal wings. – Sven Hoppe/dpa-Pool/dpa Pope Emeritus […]

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Tensions high in Tunisia after president suspends parliament

President suspends parliament in Tunisia – Supporters of Tunisian President Kais Saied chant slogans during a protest in front of the Parliament building, denouncing Rached Ghannouchi, Parliament Speaker and President of the Islamist Ennahda Movement, after President Saied sacked the prime minister and suspended the parliament the night before. – Khaled Nasraoui/dpa Tensions spread on […]

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Afghan soldiers seek refuge in Pakistan after losing border military posts

By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Forty-six Afghan soldiers sought refuge in Pakistan after losing control of military positions across the border following advances by Taliban insurgents, Pakistan’s army said on Monday. Hundreds of Afghan army soldiers and civil officials have fled to neighbouring Tajikistan, Iran and Pakistan in recent weeks after Taliban offensives in […]

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Swim coach becomes an instant meme after losing his mind watching swimmer’s win over Katie Ledecky

American super-swimmer Katie Ledecky did not win the 400m free swim in the Tokyo Olympics despite her incredible talent and abilities. She was beaten by another incredible swimmer from Australia, Ariarne Titmus. But it was her coach that is getting all of the attention Sunday as videos were replayed in the United States. “The greatest […]

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China ‘hurt’ by NBC’s ‘incomplete map’ shown at Olympics opening ceremony

China isn’t happy with the “incomplete map” NBC Universal showed during the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony Friday. The demonstration, which featured neither self-ruled Taiwan nor the South China Sea, “hurt the dignity and emotions of the Chinese people,” the Chinese consulate in New York said Saturday on the country’s social media platform Weibo, Reuters reports. […]

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UK health minister sparks fury by urging people not to ‘cower from’ COVID

LONDON (Reuters) – British health minister Sajid Javid was accused of insulting coronavirus victims on Sunday after urging people to take a COVID-19 vaccine and “learn to live with, rather than cower from, this virus”. Javid, who replaced Matt Hancock as health minister last month after his predecessor stepped down for breaking COVID rules by […]

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6.7-magnitude quake hits Philippines: USGS

A strong earthquake shook the Philippines on Saturday, the US Geological Survey reported, but it was deep, and local authorities said they did not expect damage. The 6.7-magnitude quake struck off the main island of Luzon at 4:48 am (2048 GMT) at a depth of 112 kilometres (70 miles), USGS said. It was followed a […]

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US, Russia to hold new talks to encourage stability

The United States and Russia will hold high-level talks next week in the second bid in as many months to encourage stability in the tense relationship, officials said Friday. The so-called Strategic Stability Dialogue, set up during a June 16 summit between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Geneva, will […]

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Troubled Tokyo Olympics kick off amid pandemic fears

The most troubled Olympics in modern history finally get under way in Tokyo on Friday, struggling to emerge from the clutches of Covid-19 after a one-year postponement and following a build-up marred by scandal and controversy. The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics began in a nearly empty stadium with pink fireworks bursting into the […]

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Climate ‘mysteries’ still puzzle scientists, despite progress

What worries one of the world’s leading climate scientists the most? Heatwaves — and particularly the tendency of current models to underestimate the intensity of these bursts of deadly, searing temperature. This is one of the “major mysteries” science still has to unravel, climatologist Robert Vautard told AFP, even as researchers are able to pinpoint […]

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U.S. to impose sanctions on Cuban officials over crackdown on protests

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Biden administration plans to announce U.S. sanctions on Thursday against several Cuban officials over their role in a crackdown on anti-government protests earlier this month, people familiar with the matter said. The sanctions are expected to be imposed on security force officials accused of human rights abuses against […]

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Report Brazil defense minister threatened 2022 vote sparks uproar

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian politicians across the ideological spectrum expressed shock on Wednesday at an unconfirmed report in newspaper Estado de S.Paulo that the defense minister communicated to the speaker of the lower house that next year’s scheduled presidential election would not take place without printed ballots. The report, which cited anonymous sources and which […]

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Warning signs for global recovery as Delta dims outlook

(Corrects ratio in final paragraph to copper/gold) By Saikat Chatterjee and Ritvik Carvalho LONDON (Reuters) -A drubbing in world equity markets and a huge flight to safety into U.S. Treasuries this week suggests investors now doubt that a much-anticipated return to post-COVID normality is feasible any time soon. Data from the United States and China, […]

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