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  • MOSCOW - Russia and Turkey on Wednesday staged their first joint airstrikes against the Islamic State militant group in Syria, the Russian defence ministry said. Nine Russian and eight Turkish planes took part in the "first joint air operation" in the area around the town of Al-Bab in the Aleppo ...

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  • MELBOURNE - Top seed Andy Murray sped into the Australian Open third round on Wednesday but bad boy Nick Kyrgios was booed and accused of not trying as he crashed to a stormy defeat. Roger Federer progressed despite unexpected resistance and women's world number one Angelique Kerber celebrated her ...

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  • TOKYO:-  A zoo otter in Japan has spun its way to internet glory in a video that shows the animal locked in a dizzying twirl. The images, posted by the Fukuoka City Zoological Garden, show three-year-old male otter Genta spinning for 20 seconds while holding a rope in his mouth and dangling in ...

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  • NEW YORK-His daughter Ivanka may be Donald Trump’s favorite child but the president-elect apparently doesn’t know her Twitter handle, mistaking her for a British woman from the seaside town of Brighton. On Monday night, the Republican retweeted praise for his daughter from a Twitter ...

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  • WASHINGTON - Former US president George H.W. Bush on Wednesday was admitted to an intensive care unit in Houston, suffering from pneumonia, Bush's office said, adding that wife Barbara Bush has also been hospitalized. The 92-year-old ex-president, who was initially hospitalized on Saturday, was ...

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  • LOS ANGELES - President-elect Donald Trump was hit with a defamation lawsuit on Tuesday by a former contestant on his reality television show “The Apprentice,” who had previously accused him of sexual misconduct. Summer Zervos’s lawsuit claims that Trump - set to become the 45th ...

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  • LOS ANGELES - The widow of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen was formally charged Tuesday with a terror-related offense and obstruction of justice in connection with the attack. The two-count indictment states that Noor Salman, who was arrested Monday in northern California, aided and abetted ...

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  • KABUL- In the face of death threats and accusations they are dishonouring their families by daring to perform, the women of Afghanistan’s first all-female orchestra are charting a new destiny for themselves through music.  The group is set to be catapulted onto the world stage with a ...

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  • PARIS-Northern Europe, Canada and Russia will enjoy balmier winters by century’s end even as the average number of mild days per year declines worldwide, a climate study said Wednesday. Using models based on mid-range global warming projections, American researchers calculated there will be ...

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  • BANDUNG-Animal rights activists Wednesday demanded the closure of an Indonesian zoo after skeletal sun bears were pictured begging for food from visitors and eating their own dung. The bears at the zoo in the city of Bandung were shown waving their arms in the air inside their enclosure - with ...

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  • GAO - A suicide bombing targeting militia groups committed to restoring peace in Mali left nearly 50 people dead Wednesday and struck a fresh blow at long-running efforts to stabilise the troubled north. The car bomb attack in Gao, the region's biggest city, targeted a camp grouping former rebels ...

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  • BARTALLA - Iraqi forces have retaken control of east Mosul from the Islamic State group, commanders said on Wednesday, three months after a huge offensive against the militant bastion was launched. Elite forces have in recent days entered the last neighbourhoods on the eastern side of Mosul, on the ...

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  • DAVOS - Russia is the main threat to the “liberal” world order, US Vice President Joe Biden told the Davos elite on Wednesday, in his final speech before leaving office. Biden used the big stage of the World Economic Forum in the posh Swiss resort to warn of threats posed by the Kremlin ...

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  • WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama has slashed the sentence of transgender army private Chelsea Manning, who had been sentenced to 35 years behind bars for handing classified US documents to WikiLeaks. Obama pardoned 64 people and commuted the sentences of 209 others - including 29-year-old ...

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  • Thomas WATKINS - Despite a flurry of last-minute releases from Guantanamo Bay, President Barack Obama is set to fail in his eight-year quest to close the infamous military detention center. One of his first acts as president in 2009 was to issue an executive order to shut the controversial jail ...

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  • ISTANBUL - The man suspected of killing 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve has claimed he received the order to attack from Islamic State militants in Syria, local media reported Wednesday. Turkish authorities on Monday detained Abdulgadir Masharipov, 34, who spent 17 days ...

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  • NEW DELHI - Britain’s foreign minister warned Wednesday against World War II-style “punishment beatings” after France indicated it would not accept improved conditions for the UK outside the single market. Boris Johnson said it would not be in anyone’s interest to penalise ...

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  • CAIRO - Egypt has added Mohamed Aboutrika - one of the most successful African footballers of his generation - to its terror watch list on suspicions he financed the banned Muslim Brotherhood, his lawyer said Tuesday. The Brotherhood was outlawed in 2013, months after the army overthrew Islamist ...

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  • LONDON - The number of football clubs who have been brought up in the historic sex abuse enquiry which has rocked the sport has risen by 100 in the past month to 248 in figures released on Wednesday. The clubs range from Premier League to amateur level and the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) ...

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  • CHRISTCHURCH - Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim is unlikely to play in the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch on Friday, denting the tourists' hopes of avoiding defeat in the two-Test series. New Zealand will overtake Pakistan and move to fifth in the world Test team rankings should ...

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  • As Donald Trump prepares to take the helm of a divided nation, Americans across the political spectrum are looking to the inauguration of their 45th president with wildly different expectations -- ranging from excitement and elation to despondency and dread. Here are some of their thoughts:  - ...

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  • An enormous fire engulfed a historic market in the Indonesian capital Jakarta Thursday, with hundreds of firefighters deployed to battle a blaze that sent huge clouds of black smoke floating over the city. The fire began at dawn on the ground floor of Pasar Senen market, a sprawling complex of ...

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  • PARIS:- Facebook launched its first ever startup support programme in Paris Tuesday, in a massive tech incubator funded by a French telecoms billionaire. The social media giant said it wanted to facilitate the emergence of “independent startups that contribute to the data economy of France ...

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  • PARIS-Olympic gold medallists Denmark and reigning world champions France booked their tickets to the last 16 of the World Handball Championships on Monday. Denmark saw off Scandinavian rivals Sweden in a hard-fought 27-25 battle in Paris while hosts France and Brazil advanced without playing ...

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  • SYDNEY - Former Indian bowler Sriram Sridharan will work with Australia as a "spin consultant" on the upcoming tour of India, Cricket Australia announced Tuesday. Sridharan played eight one-day internationals for India and toured with Australian squads in Sri Lanka and India last year. "He knows ...

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  • AHMEDABAD - India has started building the world's biggest cricket stadium that will accommodate 110,000 spectators and cost around $100 million. Since the capacity of Kolkata's Eden Gardens was reduced as part of a major rebuilding project, Melbourne Cricket Ground has held the title of the ...

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  • RIYADH:- Saudi Arabia, one of the world's most prolific executioners, on Tuesday carried out its first death sentence of the year, after more than 150 in 2016. Authorities put Mamdouh al Anzi to death following his conviction for shooting dead another Saudi in a dispute, the interior ministry said. ...

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  • SIN KYUN-Tears fill Maung Lay’s eyes as he describes losing the dolphin he knew since his childhood, the latest casualty of a battle against pollution and electrofishing that may see the species disappear in Myanmar. Loved for generations for corralling the catch into fishermen’s nets, ...

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  • MADRID-The number of international tourists rose by four percent worldwide to 1.2 billion in 2016 as Asians travelled more, but security fears hit visitor arrivals in Europe, the World Tourism Organization (WTO) said Tuesday. This represents the seventh consecutive year of growth since 2009, when ...

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  • CAIRO - Gunmen killed eight police late Monday in an attack on a checkpoint in el-Wadi el-Gedid province in southwest Egypt, the interior ministry said. Two of the attackers were killed when security forces fought back, and three other security personnel were injured, the ministry said in a ...

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