20 July 2017
Updated 14:30

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20/07/2017 12:27

US surfer Kelley Slater sidelined after wave smashes foot

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Surf giant Kelly Slater will be out of competition for up to six months after breaking his foot when a wave rammed his surfboard at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa.

20/07/2017 12:23

Saudi prince 'arrested over leaked abuse videos'

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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.

20/07/2017 12:21

Azerbaijan jails Russian-Israeli blogger for three years

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Azerbaijan on Thursday sentenced a Russian-Israeli travel blogger who wrote in support of Armenian separatists to three years in jail for visiting the disputed territory of Nagorny Karabakh.

20/07/2017 12:21

Synthetic seventh heaven: the perils of chemsex

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"When you come down, you think: 'Oh God, how many people have I had sex with this weekend?'", says 30-something Briton James Wharton, recalling the anxiety that gripped him after a chemsex binge.

20/07/2017 12:19

ECB holds steady as markets wait for exit hints

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European Central Bank policymakers held key interest rates and mass bond-buying unchanged Thursday, sending a calming message to financial markets looking for hints the bank's easy money policy will soon end.

20/07/2017 12:13

Turkey slams 'dangerous' Cyprus plans after talks failure

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Turkey on Thursday accused Cyprus of taking "dangerous" steps in its search for energy resources in the Mediterranean, two weeks after crunch talks aimed at reunifying the divided island collapsed.

20/07/2017 12:10

Italy football probe over false visas for young Africans

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Italian police are investigating football clubs for allegedly getting young African players false papers in a probe that could involve Serie A teams, national media reported Thursday.

20/07/2017 12:09

IS families, Mosul displaced live side-by-side in Iraq camp

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Like hundreds of thousands of other Iraqis, Maha lives with her boys at a camp for the displaced near Mosul. But there's a big difference -- her father and husband worked and fought with the Islamic State jihadist group.

20/07/2017 12:07

Real's Danilo set for Man City move

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Manchester City are close to signing Real Madrid full-back Danilo, according to widespread media reports on Thursday.

20/07/2017 12:07

Bolivia seizes one ton of cocaine heading to Brazil

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Bolivian police have announced the seizure of one ton of cocaine worth some $10 million and destined to be shipped to Brazil.

20/07/2017 11:55

EU's Barnier urges 'clarity' in Brexit talks

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The EU's Brexit negotiator called on Britain on Thursday to give more clarity on key issues including its exit bill and the rights of citizens after the second round of talks wrapped up in Brussels.

20/07/2017 11:52

Israel boosts security over tensions at religious site

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Israel's army has been boosting its forces ahead of possible unrest over new security measures at a sensitive holy site that have angered Muslims and Palestinian leaders, a military spokeswoman said Thursday.

20/07/2017 11:43

Air France unveils Joon - the 'millenials' airline

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Air France on Thursday unveiled a new lower-cost subsidiary called Joon that will specifically target well-travelled millenials.

20/07/2017 11:40

Boko Haram suspects killed, tortured in Cameroon custody: Amnesty

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Cameroon's security forces were on Thursday accused of torturing hundreds of Boko Haram suspects, leading to dozens of deaths, in what Amnesty International said was a war crime.

20/07/2017 11:38

Late Chinese Nobel laureate's friends hold defiant memorial

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Under the shadow of heavy police surveillance, around 20 close friends of China's late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo have held a defiant private memorial in Beijing.

20/07/2017 11:36

Protesters to hold Morocco march in defiance of ban

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Protesters prepared to march in the Moroccan city of Al-Hoceima on Thursday in defiance of a government ban, the latest in a series of demonstrations that have shaken the country's north.

20/07/2017 11:34

Assailant tries to stab Israeli soldiers in West Bank, shot dead: army

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An assailant tried to stab Israeli soldiers south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank on Thursday and was shot dead, the Israeli army said.

20/07/2017 11:26

India gets new president from bottom of Hindu caste system

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Ram Nath Kovind was elected India's new president Thursday, the second time since independence a head of state has been chosen from the bottom of the Hindu caste system.

20/07/2017 11:20

Parents of US reporter missing in Syria urge captors to reach out

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The parents of Austin Tice, a freelance reporter who went missing in Syria nearly five years ago, urged their son's captors on Thursday for "another chance" to negotiate his release.

20/07/2017 11:19

Germany vows to overhaul Turkey ties as row escalates

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Germany on Thursday vowed stinging measures impacting 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.

20/07/2017 11:14

Eight more Russians allowed to compete despite doping ban

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The IAAF on Thursday authorised eight Russian athletes to resume competition under a neutral flag 20 months after banning the entire Russian squad over state-sponsored doping.

20/07/2017 11:12

Three Wimbledon ties face match-fixing probe

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Wimbledon came under the microscope on Thursday with three matches at this year's tournament set to be investigated for possible match-fixing, according to the Tennis Integrity Unit.

20/07/2017 10:56

Kuwait expels Iranian diplomats over 'terror' cell: official

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Kuwait on Thursday ordered the expulsion of about 15 Iranian diplomats after the emirate's top court convicted a "terror" cell of links to the Islamic republic, a government source told AFP.

20/07/2017 10:55

UK to decide on Murdoch's Sky takeover bid in weeks

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Britain will within "weeks" decide whether to formally investigate the proposed takeover of pan-European satellite TV giant Sky by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox entertainment group, the government said Thursday.

20/07/2017 10:54

China orders tech firms to ramp up censorship

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China has ordered the country's biggest technology firms to immediately "rectify" violations and shut accounts that publish "bad information", in the latest move by authorities to tighten policing of the web.

20/07/2017 10:50

Britain's Johnson meets high-tech robots in Japan

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Thursday shook hands with one of Japan's high-tech robots, a humanoid candidate to carry the torch as part of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

20/07/2017 10:39

Campaigner with drug past warns of 'chemsex' HIV link

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The sexual health expert credited with coining the term "chemsex" told AFP that drug-laced sexual encounters are boosting HIV infections in gay communities.

20/07/2017 10:37

Wind-chime festival: Cooling sounds drive away heat in Japan

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A Japanese traditional wind-chime festival has opened at a Buddhist temple near Tokyo, just in time for the official arrival of summer.

20/07/2017 10:34

Nigeria court orders forfeiture of ex-oil minister's luxury $37.5m property

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A Nigerian court has ordered the temporary forfeiture a $37.5 million property belonging to the country's ex-oil minister, with prosecutors alleging it was bought with ill-gotten funds.

20/07/2017 10:31

Boat refugees to leave PNG despite US uncertainty: Australia

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Hundreds of refugees being held at a remote Papua New Guinea detention camp will be moved by October despite uncertainty over a resettlement deal with the United States, Australia's immigration minister said Thursday.

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