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  • TIn handcuffing powerful movie producer Harvey Weinstein Friday, US authorities justice appeared to confirm that no one escapes the long arm of the law in the United States. But the record shows that celebrity and wealth promises a better outcome for the accused, especially in sex cases.That legal ...

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  • TDiplomacy has never been easy for Taiwan and is becoming ever more complex as it is caught between the United States under an unpredictable leader and an increasingly assertive China, which claims the self-ruling island as its own. In her strongest statement yet over pressure from China, Taiwan's ...

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  • TNEW YORK - Disgraced Hollywood powerbroker Harvey Weinstein was arrested and charged on Friday with rape and sex crimes on two women, nearly eight months after his career imploded in a blaze of assault accusations that triggered the global #MeToo movement. The former mogul - once the toast of ...

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  • TLONDON:- Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle will direct the next James Bond film, with actor Daniel Craig returning for the fifth time as the legendary British spy, the movies’ producers announced Friday. The 25th as yet untitled film in the storied 007 franchise will begin production later ...

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  • TBRUSSELS : The EU’s flagship new data protection laws came into effect on Friday but hit an early hitch as several major US news websites were blocked to European users. The Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune newspapers were among those inaccessible on the other side of the Atlantic ...

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  • TNEW DELHI - An Indian woman who was bitten by a snake in her sleep and unknowingly breastfed poisoned milk to her daughter has died along with the child, police said Friday. The 35-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh state did not realise she had been bitten when she woke and breastfed her daughter. ...

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  • TKUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian police said Friday they seized over 400 handbags and cash amounting to almost $30 million in raids on luxury apartments as they probed corruption allegations swirling around ousted leader Najib Razak. The money and a vast trove of handbags, as well as watches and jewellery, ...

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  • TSYDNEY - A conservation agency has constructed what is believed to be the world’s longest cat-proof fence in central Australia to save native wildlife and vegetation ravaged by the feline predators. Australia has the highest extinction rate in the world, while declining populations are ...

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  • TBANGKOK - Thailand's women made their first ever Uber Cup final on Friday after a stunning 3-2 upset of defending champions China. The win sets up an unlikely showdown between underdog Thailand and Japan on Saturday after the top seed defeated Korea 3-1 earlier in the day. Thai player Busanan ...

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  • TPARIS - Rafael Nadal said Friday he is happy to "suffer" as he chases an 11th French Open title. The top seed is the overwhelming favourite to lift a 17th career major at Roland Garros after claiming his 11th titles on clay in both Monte Carlo and Barcelona this spring as well as an eighth trophy ...

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  • T PARIS - Senior Russian sports officials have admitted to "some unacceptable manipulations of the anti-doping system" and the existence of a "systemic doping scheme" in a letter to international sports leaders. After the letter arrived, Craig Reedie, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency ...

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  • TMONTE CARLO - Daniel Ricciardo hides a streak of raw determination behind his sunny smile and he is looking for 'payback' in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix after missing out on a merited win in 2016. After demonstrating his and Red Bull's superiority in Thursday's practice sessions, he believes he has ...

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  • TWENTWORTH - Northern Irish golf great Rory McIlroy says it is nice living up to his star billing after he shot a superb seven-under-par 65 in the second round of the PGA Championship at Wentworth on Friday. The 29-year-old quadruple major winner is the clubhouse leader on 12-under and in prime ...

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  • TWASHINGTON - The White House says it has reached a deal with Chinese telecoms giant ZTE that would lift crippling sanctions slapped on the company, The New York Times reported Friday. The news comes as the US prepares to send a trade delegation back to Beijing next week to continue talks aimed at ...

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  • TOTTAWA - Canadian police on Friday hunted two men after a blast at an Indian restaurant near Toronto injured 15 people, including three dual Indian-Canadian nationals, but police said there were no initial signs of terrorism. Neither were there indications of a “hate crime” in the ...

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  • TLONDON - Pakistan again showed England how to play in their own conditions as they maintained their position dominant in the first Test at Lord's. The tourists scored 300 runs in Friday's play, going from an overnight 50 for one to 350 for eight at stumps on the second day of this two-match ...

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  • TLOS ANGELES - Disgraced former Australia cricket captain Steve Smith appears poised to return to the game after being named Thursday among the marquee players for the inaugural Global T20 Canada event. Smith, the world's number one Test batsman, was sacked and sent home in disgrace after the third ...

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  • TLONDON - Pakistan will give up wearing 'smart watches' after being told to ditch them by the International Cricket Council as an anti-corruption measure during the opening day's play of the first Test against England at Lord's on Thursday. Although there is no suggestion of impropriety, that ...

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  • TCOLOMBO - The father of Sri Lankan cricket allrounder Dhananjaya de Silva was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on the eve of the national team's departure to the West Indies on Friday, police said. The player's father Ranjan, a local politician, was gunned down in Ratmalana, a suburb of the capital ...

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  • TKIEV - Liverpool and Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian striker whose goals took his side to the Champions League final, hope their brand of attacking football can prevent Real Madrid from becoming kings of Europe for the third year in a row on Saturday. The Spanish giants have seen the Champions League ...

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  • TKIEV - When Julie Pierson and her companion Jorge Ramirez had their apartment reservation for Saturday's Champions League final in Kiev cancelled, they did not expect to end up being hosted by a minister. But when the Real Madrid supporters from Luxembourg arrived for the big match with Liverpool, ...

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  • TNEW DELHI - Asian nations are clamping down on the number of Twenty20 leagues players can compete in as global cricket chiefs struggle to regulate the format's phenomenal rise. But with stars like West Indies batsman Chris Gayle and England's Ben Stokes making fortunes in the cash-rich Indian ...

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  • TMOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday hinted that he might return to power as prime minister - as he did in 2008 - after his time as president ends in 2024. “I have always abided strictly and will abide to Russia’s constitution. The constitution clearly says no more than ...

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  • TCHICAGO - Two people were injured in a shooting at a school in the US state of Indiana on Friday, with a suspect taken into custody, police said. The two victims were transported to a hospital from Noblesville West Middle School in a suburb of the state capital Indianapolis, according to state ...

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  • TMADRID - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday faced down a Socialist no-confidencemotion and lost the support of his centrist allies after his Popular Party was found guilty of benefiting from illegal funds in a massive graft trial. Spain's biggest opposition party, the Socialists, filed ...

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  • TBRUSSELS - The EU and Nato urged Russia on Friday to take responsiblity for the 2014 downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine after international investigators concluded that a missile which destroyed the plane came from a Russian military brigade. The 28-nation European Union and the 29-country ...

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  • TMBANDAKA - Fifty people died in a boat accident on a river in remote northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), officials said on Friday. The accident happened on the Momboyo river Wednesday night, Richard Mboyo Iluka, vice governor of Tshuapa province, told AFP, saying: "We found 49 bodies ...

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  • TANKARA - Turkey on Friday said Israel would only harm itself if it recognised the Armenian genocide because to do so would undermine the special status of the Holocaust. "We think that Israel putting the events of 1915 on the same level as the Holocaust is harming itself first and foremost," ...

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  • TGAZA CITY - A baby who died near the Gaza border was not included in a Gaza health ministry list of Palestinians killed by the Israel army, after a dispute over how she died. The ministry and family members originally said 8-month-old Leila al-Ghandour had died after inhaling tear gas along the ...

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  • TBAGHDAD - Iraq announced Friday it had carried out air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria, the third cross border aerial operation inside a month in its war-torn neighbour. "Iraqi F-16 planes carried out (Thursday) morning raids against the headquarters of IS terrorist gang leaders ...

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