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  • TAs South Korea moves closer to banning dog meat, diners tuck into bowls of stewed canine in southern China, where activists are rethinking their tactics to counter a notorious festival that butchers thousands of dogs. The annual Yulin dog meat celebration opened without a hitch on Thursday, a day ...

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  • T"It's an environmental disaster," said Magloir-Desire Mounganga as he strode across the soggy, spongy soil where mangroves have been ripped up for development near the Gabonese capital Libreville, threatening its fragile ecosystem. "Here the mangrove trees have been completely razed, you can even ...

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  • TMelania Trump made a surprise trip to the US-Mexican border on Thursday as her husband's administration seeks to quell a firestorm over migrant family separations, while Republican lawmakers were forced to delay a high-stakes vote on the crisis. While President Donald Trump's administration ...

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  • TCoach Joe Schmidt says he is balancing the opportunity of sealing Ireland's first three-Test series win in the southern hemisphere with team building for next year's World Cup in Japan. The Six Nations champions and world rugby's second-ranked team haven't won a series in Australia since they swept ...

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  • TSaudi Arabia will allow women to drive from Sunday, ending the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform marred by what rights groups call an expanding crackdown on activists. Overturning the decades-long ban, a glaring symbol of repression against women, is part of Crown Prince ...

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  • TA plane carrying President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday touched down at Istanbul's new airport, the first such landing by a passenger aircraft ahead of its official opening in October. The landing came three days before tightly contested elections on Sunday, with Erdogan seeking to showcase the ...

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  • TPope Francis, who has put the plight of migrants in Europe at the heart of his concerns, said Thursday it was time "to invest wisely to give them work and education" in their countries of origin, in particular in Africa. "The problem of wars is difficult to solve, as is the problem of the ...

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  • TGeorge Clooney and John Legend have sent hefty donations to charity and Bruce Springsteen interrupted his Broadway show to decry the border crisis as the entertainment world voiced outrage over the separation of migrant families at the US border. Clooney and his lawyer wife Amal said that they were ...

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  • THONG KONG - Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday lambasted "protectionism, isolationism and populism" and again vowed to open up Asia's largest economy, as Beijing faces an escalating trade dispute with the United States. Xi told a gathering of foreign business executives that after "signs of ...

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  • THALLE WESTFALEN - World number one Roger Federer kept his quest for a 10th Halle grasscourt title alive by saving two match points to defeat France's Benoit Paire 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (9/7) and make the quarter-finals on Thursday. Federer will face Australia's world number 60 Matthew Ebden, who defeated ...

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  • TMCALLEN - Melania Trump made a surprise trip to the US-Mexican border on Thursday, visiting a migrant children’s shelter as her husband’s administration seeks to quell a firestorm over family separations. The unannounced visit by the first lady, who was also to travel to a border ...

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  • T PARIS : A third of the world’s population resides in countries where democracy is in retreat, including India, Turkey, Brazil, Poland, Russia and the United States, researchers reported Thursday. “While most people in the world still live in democracies in 2017, democracy has declined ...

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  • T SAN FRANCISCO : Facebook said Thursday it would launch fact-checking of photos and videos as it expands the effort to curb misinformation to more countries. The huge social network, which has been a frequent target for failing to stop the spread of false news, said it will use machine learning and ...

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  • T DUBAI: A Bahraini court acquitted the jailed head of the Shiite opposition of all charges Thursday in his trial for alleged spying for regional rival Qatar, prompting the kingdom’s attorney general to announce he would appeal. Sheikh Ali Salman, head of Bahrain’s largest - and now ...

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  • TBRUSSELS - The EU said Thursday it was discussing plans with UN agencies to set up migrant processing centres outside the bloc, but insisted it would not create a “Guantanamo Bay for migrants”. The European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, said it envisaged deals with north ...

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  • TBAGHDAD - Iraq’s supreme court on Thursday ordered a manual recount of May 12 legislative elections, a process expected to take weeks - although parliament’s mandate runs out at the end of this month. The recount due to suspicions of electoral fraud, however, would not significantly ...

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  • TJERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara was charged Thursday with fraud and breach of trust after a lengthy probe into allegations she misused state funds to claim for delivery meals costing $100,000. The move represents the latest legal headache for Netanyahu and ...

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  • TBUDAPEST: Leaders of the four central European Visegrad states announced Thursday they would not attend an informal meeting organised by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to discuss migration policy. Speaking after a meeting of the leaders of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech ...

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  • TBEIRUT - Thousands of civilians have fled "intensified" regime bombardments of rebel-held areas in southern Syria in the past three days, a monitor said Thursday, as fears mount of a full-blown assault. President Bashar al-Assad has set his sights on retaking rebel-controlled parts of southern ...

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  • TISTANBUL:- Turkish pop singer Hacer Tulu and a businessman were shot dead at a nightclub in the popular Aegean resort of Bodrum early Thursday, reports said. An assailant or assailants opened fire on businessman Mehmet Ali Surensoy, who runs nightclubs in Bodrum and Istanbul, outside the Medusa ...

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  • TLONDON - England posted a new women's Twenty20 international record of 250 for three against South Africa at Taunton on Wednesday -- just hours after New Zealand had done the same thing to the Proteas at the same ground. The three sides are taking part in a triangular tournament where teams will ...

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  • T   RIO DE JANEIRO: Seven people, including a boy of 14, have been killed in continuing violence between army-backed police units and Rio de Janeiro's criminal gangs, reports said Thursday. In the latest crackdown, soldiers and marines in camouflage and carrying rifles could be seen searching ...

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  • TKHOKHA - Reinforcements rolled into Yemen's Hodeida Thursday as the army and its regional allies set their sights on the city's port held by rebels who have vowed to fight to the end. Military sources said the army, backed by troops from the United Arab Emirates, had been sending backup troops to ...

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  • T   ANKARA : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he does not rule out forming a coalition in parliament if his ruling-party led alliance does not win an overall majority in tight polls this weekend.  Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) - running together with its ...

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  • TCOLOMBO - Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal's appeal over his one-match ban for ball tampering during a Test against the West Indies will be heard on Friday, the International Cricket Council said. The Chairman of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission Michael Beloff has been appointed to hear the ...

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  • TAUCKLAND - Instagram posts, national excitement and well-wishing from political rivals: Jacinda Ardern's journey to motherhood was very different to that made three decades earlier by Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the only other world leader to have given birth while in office. Ardern's ...

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  • T  NIZHNIY NOVGOROD  - Lionel Messi’s World Cup dream was left hanging by a thread as Croatia powered into the last 16 with a 3-0 rout of Argentina here Thursday. Second-half goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic sealed a deserved victory as a poor Argentina were left ...

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  • TMOSCOW  - Some players believe World Cup success is earned through exercise, diet and endless practice drills -- others are convinced it's a matter of wearing lucky underwear. Players and coaches can be a superstitious bunch and often have a ritual or item of clothing they believe is a charm ...

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  • TSAMARA-Australia captain Mile Jedinak hit a second-half VAR-assisted penalty to secure a 1-1 World Cup draw with Denmark on Thursday that left the Socceroos' last-16 hopes hanging by a thread. Bert van Marwijk's men travelled to Samara needing a win after their unfortunate 2-1 defeat to France in ...

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  • TAUCKLAND-New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a baby girl in an Auckland hospital Thursday, becoming only the second world leader to do so while in office. It was the first child for the 37-year-old and her 40-year-old partner Clarke Gayford, with the new arrival weighing in at ...

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