24 May 2017
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24/05/2017 15:07

Israeli defence minister says uneasy over US-Saudi arms deal

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Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Wednesday he was uneasy over a massive US-Saudi arms deal announced at the weekend, saying it was part of a "crazy" regional arms race.

24/05/2017 15:02

Hulk flexes muscles in all-Chinese clash

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Brazilian forward Hulk scored one goal and set up another as Shanghai SIPG won a megabucks all-Chinese clash 2-1 against Jiangsu Suning in the AFC Champions League's last 16 on Wednesday.

24/05/2017 14:49

16 civilians dead in coalition strikes near Raqa: monitor

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At least 16 civilians were killed in bombing raids early Wednesday by the US-led coalition near the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion Raqa, a monitor said.

24/05/2017 14:48

Amazon's Bezos gives $1 mn to press freedom watchdog

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Amazon co-founder Jeff Bezos is giving $1 million to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the largest-ever gift to the media rights watchdog.

24/05/2017 14:38

'I'd never make it in Bollywood,' says Brad Pitt

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Brad Pitt told Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan that he doesn't have the moves to star in Bollywood films as he promoted his new movie "War Machine" in Mumbai on Wednesday.

24/05/2017 14:37

Canada central bank keeps key lending rate at 0.5 pct

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Canada's central bank maintained its key lending rate at 0.5 percent Wednesday, taking a cautious stance as strong economic growth at the start of the year is forecast to slow.

24/05/2017 14:36

US existing home sales fall in April

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Sales of existing homes fell in April after posting a 10-year record in March, depressed by the "stubbornly low supply" of homes in the market, an industry group reported Wednesday.

24/05/2017 14:35

Kidman takes aim at sexism as Coppola film wows Cannes

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Hollywood stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell said Wednesday they wanted to throw their star power behind more movies made by women, after the Cannes premiere of their battle-of-the-sexes thriller.

24/05/2017 14:19

F1 drivers lambast 'dangerous' new kerbs on Monaco street circuit

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Top drivers set to race in this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix expressed fears on Wednesday that new kerbs around the swimming pool complex section of the demanding city course could be dangerous.

24/05/2017 14:14

Chelsea's John Terry dismisses criticism over controversial farewell

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Defiant Chelsea captain John Terry on Wednesday brushed off criticism of his controversial farewell substitution at Stamford Bridge which caused a furore in the English media.

24/05/2017 14:14

Algeria president replaces PM in wake of polls

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Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday appointed a new prime minister, replacing his confidant Abdelmalek Sellal in the wake of parliamentary elections.

24/05/2017 14:13

New leftist Ecuador president set for swearing-in

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Ecuador's new president Lenin Moreno takes office Wednesday, tasked with steering a flagship of the Latin American left through troubled economic and political waters.

24/05/2017 14:07

Top Macron ally faces heat over French property deal

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One of French President Emmanuel Macron's closest allies faced accusations of wrongdoing over a property deal on Wednesday, causing embarrassment as the new government prepares a new law to clean up politics.

24/05/2017 14:03

Manchester draws solace from musical heritage

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"There is a light that never goes out." As the sun set on a vigil for victims of the Manchester bombing, a lone voice drew on the city's deep well of musical genius for comfort.

24/05/2017 13:46

Mugabe daughter appointed to Zimbabwe censor board

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President Robert Mugabe's daughter Bona Chikore has been appointed to the Zimbabwe board of censors, state media reported Wednesday, the latest family member to take up an official role.

24/05/2017 13:40

Kohli says Champions Trophy more competitive than World Cup

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli said Wednesday his side would be ruthless in defending their Champions Trophy title next month, describing the competition as tougher even than the World Cup.

24/05/2017 13:40

Two Chinese nationals kidnapped in Pakistan

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Two Chinese working in Pakistan were kidnapped Wednesday, local police and China's state media said, an attack which could raise safety concerns for Beijing's multi-billion dollar investments in the country.

24/05/2017 13:28

Germany calls for better EU market access to China

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Visiting German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel urged China Wednesday to improve market access for European Union firms seeking to invest there.

24/05/2017 13:14

Bilbao's Valverde coy on Barcelona link

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Ernesto Valverde said Wednesday there were clubs chasing him but refused to say if one of them was Barcelona, amid reports he is poised to be appointed head coach at the Camp Nou.

24/05/2017 13:07

Mouse sperm survives in space, but could human babies?

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Freeze-dried mouse sperm that spent nine months in space has been used to produce healthy rodent offspring back on Earth, Japanese researchers said this week.

24/05/2017 12:53

Arts figures condemn raid on top Moscow theatre in fraud probe

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Prominent Russian arts figures including the Bolshoi theatre chief on Wednesday condemned investigators for raiding a top Moscow theatre and the home of its outspoken director in a fraud probe.

24/05/2017 12:51

Spain Supreme Court confirms Messi fraud sentence

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Spain's Supreme Court on Wednesday confirmed a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro ($2.25 million) fine imposed on Lionel Messi for tax fraud, months after the Barcelona football star lodged an appeal.

24/05/2017 12:39

Injured Simona Halep 50/50 for French Open

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Romanian Simona Halep said Wednesday she was only "50/50" for Roland Garros having sustained a torn ankle ligament in last week's Italian Open final.

24/05/2017 12:36

Chelsea cancel victory parade after Manchester attack

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Champions Chelsea cancelled Sunday's Premier League victory parade saying it was "inappropriate" after the Manchester suicide bombing that left 22 dead and over 60 wounded.

24/05/2017 12:35

400,000 DR Congo children at risk in violence-hit Kasai: UNICEF

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Almost 400,000 children risk dying of hunger in DR Congo's troubled Kasai region where months of violence has driven over a million people from their homes, UNICEF said Wednesday.

24/05/2017 12:25

At least 30 migrants drown in new Med disaster

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At least 30 migrants including young children drowned Wednesday when they fell off an overloaded vessel in the Mediterranean, where tensions are rising between aid ships and the Libyan coast guard.

24/05/2017 12:09

Spain Supreme Court confirms Messi fraud sentence

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Spain's Supreme Court on Wednesday confirmed a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro ($2.25 million) fine imposed on Lionel Messi for tax fraud, months after the Barcelona football star lodged an appeal.

24/05/2017 12:02

Pope risks joke about Trump's size

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It could have caused a diplomatic incident but a culinary quip from Pope Francis seemed to have gone down well with Donald Trump and his wife Melania.

24/05/2017 11:44

Iraqi artist secretly chronicled IS brutality

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Mustafa al-Tha'i worked in secret at night, using his brushes and pencils to record the violence he saw during the day under the Islamic State group's brutal reign in Iraq.

24/05/2017 11:43

With threat 'very high', France set to extend state of emergency

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President Emmanuel Macron wants a sixth extension of France's state of emergency since the Paris attacks of November 2015, his prime minister said Wednesday, adding that the terror threat "remains very high".

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