Sunday, 1 August 2021

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Black Caps crowned Test champions

(Photo by Nathan Stirk/ICC via Getty Images) WELLINGTON – New Zealand cricket fans hailed a “David and Goliath” win over India in the inaugural World Test Championship, praising Kane Williamson’s men for erasing the heartache of recent big-match failures. The Black Caps were also lauded for the manner in which ...

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Google delays plan to phase out browser-tracking ‘cookies’

SAN FRANCISCO – Google said it was delaying plans to phase out the use of browser “cookies” for its ad targeting after drawing complaints over its replacement for the technology. The phasing out of third-party cookies – bits of software that keep track of sites visited by users — will ...

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Pandemic fallout to be felt ‘for years’: UNODC

VIENNA – The coronavirus pandemic is pushing more people into drug use, while illicit cultivation could also get a boost, the UN said, warning that the crisis’s fallout was likely to be felt “for years to come”. The Vienna-based United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which each year ...

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Pentagon signals slow pullout from Afghanistan

(Photo by Joël SAGET / AFP / FILES) WASHINGTON: The US military could slow down its withdrawal from Afghanistan due to the gains made by the Taliban insurgents, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Monday. Kirby stressed that President Joe Biden´s deadline of a full withdrawal by September remains in place, ...

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Angelina Jolie visits Burkina Faso refugee camp

Image Credit: AFP OUAGADOUGOU – Oscar-winning actor Angelina Jolie visited a refugee camp in Burkina Faso sheltering thousands of Malians who have fled jihadist violence in the region. Jolie visited the camp at Goudebou, in the northeast of the landlocked west African country, as part of her role as an ...

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UN warns of worst ‘cascade of human rights setbacks in our lifetimes’

Refugees who fled the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region ride a bus going to the Village 8 temporary shelter, near the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Hamdayet, eastern Sudan. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty/File) GENEVA – The UN rights chief called on Monday for “concerted action” to help recover from the worst global deterioration ...

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Talks ‘closer’ to saving Iran nuclear deal: EU envoy

Image Credit: Reuters VIENNA (AFP) – Negotiators are “closer” to saving the Iran nuclear deal but sticking points remain, an EU top diplomat said Sunday at the end of the latest round of talks. Enrique Mora spoke a day after ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi won the Islamic republic s presidential election. ...

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Myanmar junta hits Suu Kyi with corruption charges

Image Credit: AFP YANGON – The Myanmar junta has hit deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi with corruption charges over claims she accepted illegal payments of gold and more than half a million dollars in cash, state media reported Thursday. The country has been in turmoil since the generals ...

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At least 12 dead in Mumbai building collapse

AFP FILE MUMBA – At least 12 people, including eight children, were killed when heavy monsoon rains caused a residential building to collapse in a Mumbai slum, Indian authorities said Thursday. Mumbai city authorities confirmed that seven other residents were injured in the incident late Wednesday, as rescuers continued searching ...

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