US condemns ‘harassment’ of foreign journalists covering fatal floods in China

The United States is “deeply concerned” over the harassment and intimidation of foreign correspondents covering deadly floods in China, a State Department spokesman said Thursday. His remarks came less than 24 hours after Beijing accused the BBC of broadcasting “fake news” about last week’s devastating flooding in the central province of Henan, and as the […]

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USA’s Sunisa Lee wins Olympic all-around gold as Biles cheers her on

American teenager Sunisa Lee won the women’s gymnastics all-around Olympic gold on Thursday, succeeding defending champion Simone Biles who withdrew over concerns for her mental health. Lee, 18, won ahead of Rebeca Andrade, the first Brazilian woman to win an artistic gymnastics medal, with Russian women’s team gold medallist Angelina Melnikova in the bronze medal […]

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New Haitian prime minister pledges to hold assassins accountable, schedule elections

Three weeks after the shocking assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, the man he had tapped just days before his death to lead the government’s day-to-day affairs promised to continue to pursue those responsible for the murder and to work toward “a large political consensus” that would enable the country to carry out free and […]

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Turkey courts Biden with Kabul airport offer

Ankara’s surprise proposal to protect Kabul’s strategic airport after US forces leave Afghanistan gave Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a chance to build a rapport with US President Joe Biden during their first meeting at a NATO summit in June Ankara (AFP) – Turkey is offering to protect Kabul’s strategic airport after US forces leave […]

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Maggie Shea sails into Olympic competition with her childhood friend. Here’s how the two balance their working — and personal — relationship.

FUJISAWA, Japan — Wilmette, Ill., native Maggie Shea had been telling herself this was just another sailing race in a lifetime of sailing races. Then she saw her boat. Per tradition, the skiff was rebranded with the Olympic logo and “USA” along the side. The gennaker sail, which typically bears a sponsor’s logo, was now […]

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Scientists in Morocco unearth Stone Age hand-axe dating back 1.3 million years

Archaeologists in Morocco have announced the discovery of North Africa’s oldest Stone Age hand-axe manufacturing site, dating back 1.3 million years, an international team reported Wednesday. The find pushes back by hundreds of thousands of years the start date in North Africa of the Acheulian stone tool industry associated with a key human ancestor, Homo […]

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Piers Morgan suggests Simone Biles is ‘pathetic, gutless, cowardly’ for quitting Olympics over health

Television personality Piers Morgan on Wednesday lashed out at gymnast Simone Biles because she received sympathy from the public after she withdrew from the Olympic all-around due to health reasons. In a Tweet on Wednesday, Morgan compared Biles’ decision to the time he stormed off of Good Morning Britain after a co-host accused him of […]

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange stripped of Ecuadorian citizenship

Ecuador has revoked the citizenship of Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks who is currently in a British prison. Ecuador‘s justice system formally notified the Australian of the nullity of his naturalisation in a letter that came in response to a claim filed by the South American country’s Foreign Ministry. A naturalisation is considered damaging […]

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Biden accuses Russia trying to disrupt 2022 elections

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday accused his Russian counterpart of seeking to disrupt the 2022 congressional elections by spreading “misinformation.” “Look at what Russia is doing already about the 2022 elections and misinformation,” Biden said during a trip to the office of the director of national intelligence near Washington, referring to information he receives […]

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Canada border guards vote to strike days ahead of reopening to U.S. tourists

(Corrects ’employees’ to ‘front-line border services officers’ in the second paragraph) By Moira Warburton VANCOUVER (Reuters) -Canadian border guards and customs officials voted on Tuesday to go on strike just days before fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents will be allowed into Canada, unions representing the workers said, a move that could potentially cause […]

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5 Cuban generals have ‘mysteriously’ died — it’s unknown if it’s linked to country’s spike in COVID-19

Five Cuban generals — most of them elderly and retired — have died in the past nine days. The Communist regime isn’t saying why but critics suggest the string of high-profile deaths may be linked to skyrocketing cases of COVID-19 as the country struggles to contain its biggest spike yet. One of the dead generals, […]

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Biggest criminal trial in modern Vatican history set to start

A financial scandal involving an opaque, loss-making Vatican property deal paid for with charity funds goes to trial Tuesday after a two-year probe that has implicated a once-powerful cardinal. Vatican prosecutors allege that ten defendants, including high-rolling London financiers and church employees, engaged in various crimes such as embezzlement, fraud, and corruption. It is unclear […]

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Cuba blames US for Molotov cocktail attack at Paris embassy

Cuba denounced the targeting of its Paris embassy on Monday as a “terrorist attack” encouraged by the United States after the building was bombarded with Molotov cocktails. Firefighters in the French capital said two incendiary devices were thrown at the delegation, located in the city’s 15th arrondissement, causing minor damage. “We denounce the Molotov cocktail […]

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Biden announces end of US combat operations in Iraq

President Joe Biden declared US relations with Iraq would enter a new phase with American troops exiting combat operations in the country by year-end as he held talks Monday with Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi. Amid the threat of an Islamic State resurgence and Iran’s powerful influence in Baghdad, Biden stressed that Washington remains “committed to […]

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South, North Korea have restored once-severed hotline -Blue House

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) – South and North Korea have restored their once-severed hotline and the two countries’ leaders have agreed to rebuild trust and improve ties, Seoul’s presidential Blue House said on Tuesday. North Korea’s state media outlet, KCNA, also said all inter-Korean communication channels were reopened at 10 a.m. Tuesday (0100 GMT) […]

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President’s security coordinator arrested in Haiti, Supreme Court justice wanted

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haitian authorities Monday arrested the coordinator of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse’s security, the man’s lawyer, Reynold Georges, confirmed to the Miami Herald. Georges said he doesn’t know on what basis his client, Haiti National Police Divisional Commissioner Jean Laguel Civil, had been arrested, and “perhaps they will tell me tomorrow.” Civil, who […]

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First person charged under HK security law found guilty of terrorism, inciting secession

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The first person charged under Hong Kong’s national security law was found guilty on Tuesday of terrorism and inciting secession in a landmark case with long-term implications for how the legislation reshapes the city’s common law traditions. An alternative charge of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm was not considered. The […]

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Fish fraud is rampant — and Subway’s tuna scandal is just the tip of the iceberg

Subway’s tuna sandwiches may not be their most famous product, but some (including this author) would argue they are one of their tastiest. Needless to say, it was alarming to read a report that a New York Times investigation into the sandwich’s tuna found “no amplifiable tuna DNA,” suggesting that the so-called tuna sandwich was […]

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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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