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  • RIYADH -  Hundreds of women thronged a sports stadium for the first time to mark Saudi Arabia's national day Saturday, celebrated across the kingdom with a raucous display of concerts, folk dance and fireworks. The presence of women at the King Fahd stadium marks a departure from previous ...

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  • TULLAMORE - Brexit hung like a cloud over Ireland's biggest agricultural fair this week, with the country's food and farming industries, heavily reliant on their British neighbour, feeling the impact already. Nearly 300,000 people visited the 2017 National Ploughing Championships outside Tullamore ...

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  • MIAMI-An unmanned Nasa spacecraft traveling to a distant asteroid veered toward Earth for a gravitational slingshot maneuver that will better aim it toward the Sun-orbiting space rock, Bennu, the US space agency said. The gravity-boost took place about halfway through the two-year journey of the ...

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  • NEW YORK:- Ed Sheeran’s dance pop track ‘Shape of You’ has become the most played song ever on Spotify, ending the 11-month reign of Drake’s ‘One Dance.’ The English songwriter’s easygoing song about looking for love at a bar has been heard 1.318 billion ...

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  • LOS ANGELES-Joseph Kahn has slammed Lady GaGa for her revelations about the ‘Edge of Glory’ video. Gaga explained there was drama during the shoot in her new Netflix documentary ‘Five Foot Two’, when she said: ‘’When I shot the music video for this song, I had a ...

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  • NEW YORK-Pop star Justin Bieber, known more for headline-grabbing scandals than activism, took an unexpected political turn as he hailed the Black Lives Matter movement. The 23-year-old, who abruptly cut short a tour in July, took to Instagram to show support for the movement that has arisen in ...

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  • LOS ANGELES-Beyoncé and Jay Z have bought a $26 million mansion in The Hamptons. The couple splashed out on the pricey estate in the exclusive beachside community of New York, just months after they paid $88 million for a new home in Los Angeles. The Hamptons estate features a 12,000 sq ft ...

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  • LONDON:- Irish boyband Boyzone indirectly caused a rain-lashed four-day English county championship cricket match to be abandoned without a ball being bowled on Friday. The game between Derbyshire and Kent at Chesterfield was called off when umpires Stephen Gale and Billy Taylor decided there could ...

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  • WASHINGTON - The US Department of Education on Friday changed its guidelines for university sexual assault investigations and dropped recommended standards from the previous administration that critics said could be discriminatory. This guidance on sexual assault probes took effect in 2011 during ...

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  • OTTAWA - Canada imposed sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his regime Friday to punish what it called "anti-democratic behavior." The Canadian move came after similar steps by the United States, which has referred to Maduro as a "dictator." The measure, Foreign Affairs Minister ...

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  • UNITED NATIONS - Syria's foreign minister told the United Nations on Saturday that a military victory in the six-year war was "now within reach" following a series of battleground gains by government forces. "The liberation of Aleppo and Palmyra, the lifting of the siege of Deir Ezzor and the ...

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  • RIO DE JANEIRO - Security officials said the giant Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro was back under control Saturday after hundreds of soldiers and police were sent to battle heavily armed drug traffickers. Five suspected gang members were arrested overnight, while a gang leader in another favela ...

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  • WASHINGTON - The United States and the European Union signed an agreement late Friday to streamline regulations on international insurance and reinsurance companies, and free up capital for investments, a deal that was 20 years in the making. The governments said the deal, negotiated by former US ...

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  • NEW YORK-From age five until her teenage years, Rhoda Knight Kalt had a Friday ritual - leave school at noon and spend the rest of the day among dinosaurs. Her grandfather, Charles R. Knight, was a celebrated naturalist artist whose paintings of dinosaurs helped shape popular perceptions of how the ...

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  • MOSCOW-For Russians who fear that someone may be eavesdropping on their phone conversations, leading IT entrepreneur Natalya Kaspersky says she has a solution. At a business forum in Moscow, she presented “TaigaPhone”, a brand new smartphone created by InfoWatch Group, her software ...

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  • MILAN-Donatella Versace authored the defining moment of Milan fashion week with a blockbuster show honouring her late brother Gianni which closed with a surprise supermodel reunion that brought the cheering crowd to its feet. Security guards had to brush back the audience as it rushed the catwalk ...

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  • Donald Trump on Friday launched a foul-mouthed tirade at NFL players who protest the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner at games, urging team owners to "fire" athletes who take a knee or raise a fist during the anthem. Speaking at a Republican rally in Alabama, the American president ...

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  • LONDON - Raheem Sterling shone for Manchester City and Romelu Lukaku delivered for Manchester United as the Manchester clubs maintained a tight grip on the Premier League title race with Saturday victories. Sterling scored a brace as City crushed bottom club Crystal Palace 5-0 to go top on goal ...

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  • ATLANTA - Reigning PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas eagled the par-five 18 for a 66 on Friday, leaving him tied with England's Paul Casey and Webb Simpson at the halfway point of the Tour Championship. The trio is at seven-under 133 after the second round of the fourth and final tournament of ...

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  • TOKYO - Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki flattened world number one Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-0 on Saturday to reach her fourth Pan Pacific Open final. The Danish former number one will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova as she chases a third Tokyo title after the Russian toppled Angelique Kerber ...

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  • LONDON - Roger Federer has admitted his year would have been "very different" had he not battled back from a 1-3 fifth-set deficit in his Australian Open triumph against Rafael Nadal. Without a Grand Slam title since 2012, Federer fought back to beat Nadal in January's decider in Melbourne, setting ...

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  • NOTTINGHAM - England one-day captain Eoin Morgan hopes Alex Hales and Jos Buttler have to change their schedules for the off-season by gaining selection for the Ashes tour of Australia. A things stand, limited-overs opener Hales is heading to South Africa for their new Global League Twenty20 ...

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  • BEIJING - A shallow 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit North Korea near the country's nuclear test site Saturday, US seismologists said, in what Chinese experts said was a "suspected explosion", but Seoul deemed a "natural earthquake". It came after days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US ...

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  • SITTWE, Myanmar - Myanmar's army chief on Saturday blamed Rohinyga militants for an explosion outside a mosque in Rakhine state, as a rights group accused the military of starting fires in the region to prevent refugees from returning. The unrest comes days after Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San ...

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  • TEHRAN - Iran said on Saturday that it had successfully tested a new medium-range missile in defiance of warnings from Washington that such activities were grounds for abandoning their landmark nuclear deal. State television carried footage of the launch of the Khoramshahr missile, which was first ...

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  • ANKARA - The Turkish parliament on Saturday approved a one-year extension of a mandate to use troops abroad in Syria and Iraq, two days before Iraq's Kurdish region is due to hold a controversial independence referendum. The bill was overwhelmingly passed. Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said the ...

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  • WASHINGTON - More countries could be hit with tough travel restrictions to the United States after the ban on people from six mainly Muslim countries expires from Sunday, Trump administration officials hinted Friday. White House and Homeland Security officials said that after a 50-day review, they ...

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  • MEXICO CITY - A new quake sowed panic in Mexico City on Saturday, suspending rescue operations to free survivors from the earlier, more powerful earthquake this week that devastated parts of the capital. The seismic disturbance, with a magnitude of 6.1, was smaller and farther to the south than the ...

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  • SAN JUAN - Some 70,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes after a rain-swollen dam in Puerto Rico failed in the latest disaster caused by Hurricane Maria, which was on Saturday expected to head into open waters. With the storm death toll standing at 33 across the Caribbean, Puerto ...

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  • BARCELONA - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy asked Catalan separatist leaders Saturday to own up that they can't hold an outlawed independence referendum after a crackdown dealt them a serious blow this week. "It would be sensible, reasonable and democratic to stop and say, there won't be a ...

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