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  • LOS ANGELES-Jack Sparrow is back. The wry and wicked freebooter helped the latest ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film sail to a first place opening weekend on North American screens, with a solid $62.2 million take, according to industry estimates. ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men ...

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  • KINSHASA-The Democratic Republic of Congo has approved using an experimental Ebola vaccine to combat an outbreak of the virus in the northeast, the government said Monday. “The DRC accepts the use of vaccines against the Ebola virus,” a source in the health ministry told AFP, adding ...

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  • KARACHI - Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf on Monday told a tribunal hearing spot-fixing charges against Sharjeel Khan that the batsman did not deliberately play two dot balls during a Pakistan Super League match. The allegation relates to a match between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi ...

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  • TUNIS : Tunisian security forces have killed a leader of the Islamic State group who was plotting attacks during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, authorities said on Monday. The interior ministry did not identify the suspect, but said he was a leading member of IS and “dangerous” ...

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  • CANNES-Swedish satire ‘The Square’, a send-up of political correctness and the confused identity of the modern male, won the Palme d’Or top prize at the Cannes film festival Sunday. In a stunning upset, the nine-member jury led by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar and including ...

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  • LONDON - Kagiso Rabada sparked a dramatic England collapse as South Africa won by seven wickets to record a consolation win in the third one-day international at Lord's on Monday. England slumped to 20 for six -- the first time in an ODI that six wickets had gone down in the first five overs of an ...

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  • WASHINGTON - Golf superstar Tiger Woods was arrested Monday in Florida on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to records from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. The 14-time major champion was booked into the Palm Beach County jail on Monday at 7:18 am (1118 ...

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  • PARIS - Rafael Nadal launched his pursuit of a record 10th French Open title in convincing fashion, while defending champion Novak Djokovic eased to victory under the gaze of new coach Andre Agassi. Reigning women's champion Garbine Muguruza began her Roland Garros defence with a straight-sets ...

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  • MILAN - Diego Perotti struck at the death as Roma handed club icon Francesco Totti a farewell to remember with a thrilling 3-2 win at home to Genoa in a packed Stadio Olimpico on Sunday. Totti, playing his final game with the capital side after a storied 25-year career that garnered only one league ...

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  • SEOUL - North Korea Monday test-fired a ballistic missile for the third time in less than three weeks, earning a rebuke from US President Donald Trump who said it showed “disrespect” for neighbouring China. The launch of the short-range projectile, which fell provocatively close to ...

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  • KATHMANDU -  Nepal's government unveiled it's annual budget on Monday focused on allocating funds to newly elected local units and sustaining its record high growth rate. The Maoist finance minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara outlined a $12.38 billion budget, giving resources for federal ...

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  • PARIS -  Eurozone stock markets were among the few major exchanges operating Monday, showing a rangebound picture in thin business as traders in London and New York took the day off. It was "a slow start to the week", noted LCG Senior Market Analyst Jasper Lawler. But he added that markets ...

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  • NEW DELHI -  India must reverse a trend of falling women's participation in the job market if it is to achieve its ambition of double-digit growth, the World Bank said on Monday. India is the world's fastest growing major economy, but has one of the lowest rates of female employment, a trend ...

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  • BERLIN - Germany unleashed a volley of criticism Monday against US President Donald Trump, slamming his “short-sighted” policies that have “weakened the West” and hurt European interests. The sharp words from Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel came after Trump concluded his ...

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  • CAIRO -  Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday held talks in Cairo with Russia’s foreign and defence ministers on ways to battle “terrorism”, his office said. A statement said the talks with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei ...

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  • VERSAILLES, France - France’s President Emmanuel Macron and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday vowed to improve the strained relations between their countries, while admitting to disagreements during talks at Versailles palace described by Macron as “extremely ...

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  • MANCHESTER - Britain’s MI5 intelligence service has launched an internal probe into whether vital clues were missed ahead of the Manchester attack, as the city marked on Monday a week since the carnage that claimed 22 lives. Manchester City Council called a vigil in the centre of the ...

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  • WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Monday condemned as “unacceptable” the stabbing deaths of two men who defended two young women being targeted by a suspected white supremacist on a train in Oregon. “The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were ...

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  • VATICAN CITY : Pope Francis on Monday met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who sought an apology over the abuse of indigenous Canadians at church-run boarding schools. A Canadian truth and reconciliation commission wanted an apology from the Roman Catholic Church in its extensive list of ...

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  • KALUTARA : Thousands of Sri Lankan troops battled Monday to get relief supplies to over half a million people displaced by the island’s worst flooding for 14 years, which has killed at least 180 people. The military said a lull in torrential monsoon rains allowed it to deploy aircraft, boats ...

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  • The sound of the blast in Syria's capital Damascus brought worried residents running, but rather than carnage they found a crew filming one of the country's famed television drama series. Moments before, director Rasha Sharbatgi had been wielding her loudhailer, calling for silence before counting ...

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  • SAN FRANCISCO:- The mother of Travis Kalanick, founder of the on-demand ride service Uber, was killed in a boating accident and his father was seriously hurt, authorities and a company official said Saturday. An initial investigation showed that Bonnie Kalanick, 71, died Friday after the boat she ...

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  • RAMALLAH-The head of Palestinian Islamic courts on Sunday told judges not to grant divorces over Ramadan, fearing the month-long fast could spark rash words that would be regretted later. Judge Mahmud Habash said he based his ruling on “the experience of previous years” when he found ...

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  • LILLE - The grave of General Charles de Gaulle, France’s World War II hero and post-war president, was vandalised on Saturday, police said. A man aged in his thirties stepped onto the grave and kicked the base of a 1.5-metre (4.9-feet) -high stone cross at its head, causing the cross to ...

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  • BEIJING:- A knife attacker killed two people and injured 18 in a rampage in southwest China, state media reported, the latest such attack in recent years. The man, aged 30 and believed to be suffering from mental health problems, is in police custody after the assault in Guizhou Province, according ...

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  • ALGIERS - Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika sacked his tourism minister Sunday days after he was appointed to the post, the presidency said, with one television channel claiming he had a criminal record. A terse statement from the presidency, carried by the APS news agency, did not say why ...

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  • KABUL - At least 15 members of a single family were killed when a pickup truck veered off the road and plunged into a river in northern Afghanistan, officials said. Women and children were among the dead after Saturday's accident on the main highway between Parwan and Kabul, which is notorious for ...

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  • TRIPOLI - The Libyan jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia, which is linked to Al-Qaeda and deemed a terrorist organisation by the UN and United States, announced its "dissolution" in a communique published online on Saturday. Washington accuses the group of being behind the September 11, 2012 attack on ...

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  • WASHINGTON - Civilian casualties are inevitable in the war against the Islamic State group but the United states is doing "everything humanly possible" to avoid them, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in an interview aired Sunday. US-led international coalition has been carrying out air strikes ...

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  • SAN FRANCISCO-Google is testing a way to tie online ads to brick-and-mortar store purchases, a move whetting marketing appetites while fueling privacy worries. A product called “Google Attribution” was unveiled at a marketing conference this month in San Francisco by the internet giant. ...

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