25 July 2017
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03/05/2017 23:11

Obama unveils presidential library designs

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Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled the vision for his presidential library in Chicago, a modern, $500 million project he hopes will be a training ground for future leaders housed in the city that launched his career.

03/05/2017 20:13

Facebook adding 3,000 people to screen out violent content

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Facebook said Wednesday it is hiring an extra 3,000 staff to remove violent content like the gruesome killings and suicides broadcast on its video platform.

03/05/2017 19:33

Europol probing IS setting up of social network

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European police are probing whether the Islamic State group and other extremists are setting up a social network to spread propaganda, gain funding and avoid security crackdowns, an official said Wednesday.

03/05/2017 16:47

Nations fail to agree on curbing asbestos trade

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World nations failed Wednesday to impose tough trade restrictions on white asbestos following opposition from countries including India and Russia, defying activists who demanded action against the toxic product.

03/05/2017 16:31

More than 500 sign up to buy legal cannabis in Uruguay

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More than 500 people signed up to buy state-vetted cannabis in Uruguay on the first day of registration for the first such scheme in the world, authorities said Wednesday.

03/05/2017 14:57

Ronaldo says hard work the secret to his record feats

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Cristiano Ronaldo is human after all, or so he claims, despite sealing another "special" Champions League night with a hat-trick to put Real Madrid on the verge of the final once more.

03/05/2017 14:48

11 journalists killed in Iraq in past year: watchdog

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Eleven journalists died covering conflict or were assassinated in Iraq during the past year, a Baghdad-based watchdog said in a report released Wednesday to mark World Press Freedom Day.

03/05/2017 14:44

EU and Britain clash over Brexit bill

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The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned Wednesday that negotiations will not be quick or painless, as Brussels and London traded blows over the size of Britain's exit bill.

03/05/2017 14:39

Juventus aim to make experience count against Monaco

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Veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is hopeful the experience in the Italian team's ranks can give them the edge in their Champions League semi-final against a youthful Monaco.

03/05/2017 14:32

Giro scraps downhill prizes after outcry

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Giro d'Italia has scrapped controversial "best downhiller" prizes after fears it could lead to fatal accidents during the three-week race.

03/05/2017 14:22

NY Times swings to profit on digital gains

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The New York Times said Wednesday it added more than 300,000 digital subscribers this year, resulting in a swing to profit for the newspaper branded as "failing" by President Donald Trump.

03/05/2017 14:16

England duo Farrell and Daly on rugby award shortlist

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England internationals Owen Farrell and Elliot Daly were named on a five-man shortlist for the Rugby Players' Association Players' Player of the Year award revealed on Wednesday.

03/05/2017 14:04

Czech PM to tender resignation Thursday

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Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka will tender his resignation Thursday, the president's office said, a day after the premier announced he was quitting following a high-stakes row with his finance minister.

03/05/2017 13:49

Juncker calls May 'tough lady' in Brexit talks

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European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Wednesday that British Prime Minister Theresa May was a "tough lady", after reports of a disastrous Brexit dinner between the pair.

03/05/2017 13:46

Wimbledon ramps up prize money

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Wimbledon singles champions will cash cheques for £2.2 million ($2.8 million, 2.6 million euros) this year, the All England Club said on Wednesday.

03/05/2017 13:42

Stock markets retreat awaiting Fed

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Stock markets dipped on Wednesday, with investors looking ahead to the outcome of the Federal Reserve's latest interest-rate meeting.

03/05/2017 13:39

Israelis warned not to visit Tunisia for Jewish festival

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Israel warned its citizens on Wednesday against visiting Tunisia, where Jewish pilgrims will celebrate a religious festival later this month, citing the threat of jihadist attack.

03/05/2017 13:39

Scientists to identify Nazi disabled victim remains

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A German network of leading science institutes will begin identifying thousands of brain specimens belonging to people killed by the Nazis because they suffered from a disability or were ill.

03/05/2017 13:24

Tough cookies to brave the heights at Hong Kong bun festival

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Tens of thousands gathered in Hong Kong Wednesday for one of its most colourful festivals, a whirlwind of music and costume culminating in a dramatic climb up a precipitous "bun tower".

03/05/2017 13:21

US private sector hiring slows in April: payroll firm

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Private US companies hired at a slightly slower pace in April, with new employment nearly entirely in the services sector, payroll firm ADP reported Wednesday.

03/05/2017 13:14

US moves to ban 'lunch shaming' kids for unpaid meals

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In some schools, children are forced to mop cafeteria floors. In others, their hot meal is taken away and thrown in the trash. In extreme cases, students are sent home with a stamp on their arm that reads "I owe lunch money."

03/05/2017 13:13

At least 70 miners trapped after Iran blast: media

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At least 70 coal miners were trapped after an explosion in northern Iran on Wednesday, Iranian media said.

03/05/2017 12:43

Nastase given Wimbledon Royal Box snub after rants

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Ilie Nastase will be barred from Wimbledon's Royal Box this year following the former world number one's behaviour at last month's Fed Cup tie against Great Britain.

03/05/2017 12:33

Fresh Syria talks hit hurdles as safe zones mooted

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Syrian rebels said Wednesday they were suspending participation in a latest round of peace talks aimed at pushing a Russian plan for "de-escalation zones" in the war-torn country.

03/05/2017 12:27

Le Pen, Macron face off in final French presidential debate

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French presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen face off in a final televised debate on Wednesday which is expected to be bitter, personal and potentially decisive ahead of the run-off vote this weekend.

03/05/2017 12:09

Sharapova made to wait over Wimbledon wildcard

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Wimbledon chiefs will wait until June 20, just days ahead of the qualifying event, before deciding whether to give a wildcard to former champion Maria Sharapova as she steps up her return from a doping ban.

03/05/2017 11:46

Eurozone economy gets strong start in 2017

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Growth in the eurozone remained resilient in the first quarter of 2017 as the economy continued to brush off the unknowns of Brexit and a high stakes election in France, data showed on Wednesday.

03/05/2017 11:45

VW confirms forecast after jump start to 2017

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German carmaker Volkswagen on Wednesday confirmed its forecasts for 2017 after boosting revenue and profits in the first quarter, even as its emissions cheating scandal continues to make headlines.

03/05/2017 11:35

Far-right plot, abuse scandals rock German military

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The bizarre case of a racist soldier allegedly plotting an attack while posing as a Syrian refugee and several abuse scandals have sparked a war of words between Germany's defence minister and the military.

03/05/2017 11:35

Food imports to war-torn Yemen at all-time low: NGO

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Yemen's commercial food imports are at a record low, driving up the cost of staples in what is now the world's largest food security crisis, the Norwegian Refugee Council said Wednesday.

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