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China ‘strongly condemns’ G7 rights criticism

Image: GETTY BEIJING – China on Thursday said it “strongly condemns” a statement by the Group of Seven nations that accused Beijing of rights abuses in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong. The G7 made “unfounded accusations against China and openly intervened in China’s internal affairs”, said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman ...

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Mexico City metro overpass collapse kills at least 23

PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images MEXICO CITY – An elevated section of the Mexico City metro collapsed and sent the train plunging toward a busy boulevard late Monday, killing at least 23 people and injuring at least 79, city officials said. Rescuers found four bodies inside a rail car that ...

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Ford could produce its own EV battery cells by 2025

Xinhua via Getty Images DETROIT – Ford Motor should be selling enough electric vehicles in North America to produce its own battery cells domestically by 2025, an executive with the automaker told CNBC. The timeline is the most detailed Ford has given for EV battery production, which Wall Street is ...

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Iran welcomes Saudi change of tone, sees “new chapter”

File photo of Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh. /Getty TEHRAN – Iran welcomed a “change of tone” from Saudi Arabia that could clear the way to a new era of cooperation between the rival regional powers. The Islamic republic has been “a pioneer on the path to regional cooperation ...

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Japan steps up marijuana warnings following legalization in NYC

(photo by Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images) TOKYO – Following the recent legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in New York and New Jersey, the Foreign Ministry in Japan is urging its citizens visiting or living in those states to continue to stay away from the drug. The ...

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Babar century helps Pakistan beat South Africa off last ball

Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam (R) plays a shot as South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock (L) looks on during the first one-day international (ODI) cricket match between South Africa and Pakistan at SuperSport Park in Centurion on April 2, 2021. (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE / AFP) (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP ...

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Visa moves to allow payment settlements using cryptocurrency

LONDON – Visa Inc said it will allow the use of the cryptocurrency USD Coin to settle transactions on its payment network, the latest sign of growing acceptance of digital currencies by the mainstream financial industry. Visa has launched the pilot program with payment and crypto platform Crypto.com and plans ...

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Eddie Murphy inducted into NAACP Hall of Fame

LOS ANGELES — Eddie Murphy was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame at the organization’s show that highlighted works by entertainers and athletes of color. After Murphy accepted his induction award Saturday night, the actor-comedian said he was “very moved” by the honor. He was presented the ...

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Facebook sets reopening for Silicon Valley campuses

SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook said its Silicon Valley offices will begin reopening to workers in May after a yearlong pandemic shutdown, but without perks such as free food and commuter shuttles. The Menlo Park headquarters and other locations in the region will start with 10 percent of “maximum seated capacity,” ...

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