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  • RIYADH - A Saudi prince was arrested Thursday on King Salman's order, a state-run broadcaster reported, as outrage grew on social media over videos appearing to show him abusing members of the public. Salman issued a warrant for "the immediate arrest ... and imprisonment" of Prince Saud, a ...

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  • NEW YORK-Six Syrian actors battled a fraught US visa process to tread the boards in New York this week, seeking to impress on American theater goers the human cost of a war raging halfway round the world. Nothing could be further from the typical summer entertainment in this city of flamboyant ...

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  • LOS ANGELES-The world’s press are gathered at a news conference for Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ and Dane DeHaan is waxing lyrical about co-star Cara Delevingne. The pair spent six months in Paris filming as intergalactic special ops agents ...

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  • KUWAIT CITY - Kuwait on Thursday expelled Iranian diplomats and closed some embassy missions after the emirate's top court convicted a "terror" cell of links to the Islamic republic, prompting Iran to threaten reciprocal measures. Sunni-ruled Kuwait, which has a sizeable Shiite minority, is trying ...

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  • NEW DELHI - India elected a new president from the bottom of the Hindu caste system Thursday, only the second time since independence a head of state has been chosen from the marginalised group. Ram Nath Kovind won the largely ceremonial position with more than 65 percent of the vote by members of ...

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  • VIENNA - Google's Street View cars on Thursday started taking images in Austria, the only EU country along with Germany to remain largely absent from the popular online service showing 360-degree pictures of places around the world. The project, launched in 2007, lets computer users view panoramic ...

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  • SYDNEY - The painstaking search for missing flight MH370 has uncovered a previously unknown undersea world of volcanoes, deep valleys and soaring ridges, according to detailed maps released by Australia. Although no trace of the Malaysia Airlines plane was found during the search in the southern ...

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  • BANGALORE - An Indian man who strummed the guitar as surgeons operated on his brain demonstrated Thursday how the unusual procedure had cured the problem hindering his ability to play. Abhishek Prasad had been suffering a neurological disorder that caused his fingers to cramp in one hand, ...

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  • PARIS - AIDS claimed a million lives in 2016, almost half the 2005 toll that marked the peak of the deadly epidemic, said a UN report Thursday proclaiming “the scales have tipped”. Not only are new HIV infections and deaths declining, but more people than ever are on life-saving ...

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  • WASHINGTON - US top seed John Isner and second-seeded defending champion Ivo Karlovic advanced to the quarter-finals of the ATP Hall of Fame Championships with straight-set triumphs Wednesday at Newport, Rhode Island. Isner, the 2011 and 2012 winner at the grass-court event, fired 13 aces in ...

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  • LONDON - South African batsman David Miller is on his way to Glamorgan to feature in the T20 Blasts. The Welsh county revealed on Thursday that they had signed the 28-year-old for six T20 Blast matches, starting this Sunday against Essex and finishing with the August 4 clash with Surrey. "We are ...

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  • LONDON - Essex batsman Tom Westley is in line to make his England debut at number three in next week's third Test against South Africa at The Oval, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced Thursday. He could be joined in the side by another newcomer to Test cricket in Middlesex batsman Dawid ...

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  • DOETINCHEM - Jodie Taylor scored a hat-trick as England demolished newcomers Scotland 6-0 at the women's European Championship while Spain cruised past Portugal in their opening Group D match in the Netherlands on Wednesday. In Utrecht, Arsenal striker Taylor struck an 11th-minute opener, ...

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  • SOUTHPORT - Jordan Spieth produced one of his best major championship efforts and Brooks Koepka underlined his credentials as the American duo both shot first-round 65s to share the British Open clubhouse lead on five under par. Spieth, the world number three, avoided the grim early-morning weather ...

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  • COLOMBO - Top-ranked India will not take Sri Lanka lightly despite the home team's recent indifferent form as well as controversies over fitness and ethics, captain Virat Kohli said Thursday. Sri Lanka, languishing at the seventh position in Test rankings, survived a scare this week to win a ...

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  • SHIMLA - At least 28 people were killed Thursday after a bus plunged into a deep gorge in a Himalayan region of northern India popular with tourists, police said. The accident occurred around 100 kilometres (62 miles) from the hill resort of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh state, said police ...

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  • DOHA - Qatar on Thursday accused the United Arab Emirates of being behind the “hacking” of its national news agency that triggered one of the worst Gulf crises in years. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5 and imposed a slew of sanctions ...

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  • CARACAS - A 24-hour nationwide strike in Venezuela on Thursday is set to increase pressure on beleaguered President Nicolas Maduro, whose policies have put him on a collision course with the United States. The opposition called the stoppage after holding an unofficial plebiscite last weekend in ...

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  • NEW DELHI - India's stand in its border dispute with China is supported by other countries, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said Thursday as she praised tiny Bhutan for standing up to China in the row. Swaraj reaffirmed that India's security could be jeopardised if China takes over the zone where ...

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  • WARSAW - Polish lawmakers on Thursday adopted a controversial reform of the Supreme Court, despite days of street protests, concern from the opposition over judicial independence and EU threats of unprecedented sanctions. The lower house of parliament, which is controlled by the ruling conservative ...

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  • WASHINGTON - US Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war and the maverick 2008 Republican presidential nominee, has been diagnosed with brain cancer, his office announced Wednesday. The 80-year-old lawmaker from Arizona underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye last week ...

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  • ISTRES, France - French President Emmanuel Macron was to address troops at an air base on Thursday as he sought to repair the damage following the resignation of a highly-regarded military chief who challenged the government's budget cuts. Macron flew to the base in Istres, southern France, a day ...

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  • WASHINGTON - All 180 airlines serving the United States have taken the security steps needed to avoid being forced to implement inflight bans on laptop computers, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday. But the more intense inspections of carry-on electronics required by DHS at all ...

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  • WASHINGTON - Donald Trump hit the six-month point of his turbulent presidency Thursday in combative style - lashing out at his own attorney general over the probe into Russia’s alleged election meddling that has dogged him from day one. Since taking office on January 20, Trump has been on a ...

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  • BERLIN - Germany on Thursday vowed stinging measures hitting tourism and investment in Turkey and a full “overhaul” of their troubled relations, signalling its patience had snapped after Ankara’s arrests of human rights activists. The government stepped up its travel advisory for ...

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  • US President Donald Trump yesterday named veteran diplomat John Bass as his choice to become the new US ambassador in Afghanistan, ending his current posting in Ankara. In a written statement, the White House played up Bass's experience in tackling terrorism. "Mr. Bass has spent much of the past ...

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  • Southport -  While uncertainty surrounds the form of leading names such as Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, the British Open begins at Royal Birkdale on Thursday with a plethora of players hopeful of winning the Claret Jug. When The Open last came to the links at Southport, near Liverpool on ...

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  • HANOI:- Vietnam agreed Wednesday to rescue more than 1,000 bears from illegal farms across the country, in a move to end the traditional medicine trade in the creatures’ bile. Though bile farms are already outlawed in Vietnam, bears are still captured and caged in illicit facilities where ...

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  • DUBAI-Saudi police have released without charge a woman who was filmed in a miniskirt at a historic site in the ultraconservative kingdom, the government said Wednesday.  The ministry of information said police had released the woman Tuesday night and the prosector had closed the case.  ...

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  • Budapest - European champions Matthieu Rosset and Laura Marino won France's first ever world diving title in Budapest on Tuesday in the mixed combined 3 and 10 metres team event. Rosset, 27, and Marino, 24, had won the event at the European championships last month in Kiev, but the duo said the ...

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