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Hong Kong protesters rally to show ‘peaceful’ credentials after chaos

Tens of thousands of protesters massed in the park as the rally started on Sunday afternoon, while many others thronged the nearby streets in a show of defiance expected to stretch into the evening.

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Afghanistan: Bomb blast at Kabul wedding party kills 63, wounds over 175

Insurgents have periodically struck Afghan weddings, which are seen as easy targets because they frequently lack rigorous security precautions.

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Indonesia ferry accident: Seven die, four missing after ferry catches fire

The passenger manifest listed 50 but rescuers and locals recovered 61 survivors while seven people, including two children aged two and four, were found dead.

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Iceland commemorates first glacier lost to climate change

According to a study published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)in April, nearly half of the world's heritage sites could lose their glaciers by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the curr

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British MPs press Johnson to recall parliament over Brexit

Labour main opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn wants to call a vote of no confidence in Johnson's government after parliament returns.

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NZ vs SL First Test: New Zealand set Sri Lanka tough 267 to win at Galle

The wagging of New Zealand's tail cost the Sri Lankans dearly as the last five wickets added 187 runs after the first five fell for just 98.

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Security scare in New York, empty rice cookers found

The station was quickly evacuated, service on two subway lines was suspended and trains on other lines serving Fulton Street bypassed the station.

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Ashes 2019: Archer strikes as Australia slump before rain intervenes again in Lord’s Test

Australia lost three wickets for 11 runs en route to slumping to 80-4 when rain forced an early lunch on the third day of the second Test.

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Fiji PM labels Australia PM ‘very insulting’ after Pacific standoff

Morrison, who concedes climate change is real but insists it can be managed in a way that does not hurt the economy, has denied a rift between Pacific leaders.

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Greenland, world’s biggest island, tells Donald Trump it is open for business but ‘not for sale’

Greenland on Friday dismissed the notion that it might be up for sale after reports that US President Donald Trump had privately discussed with his advisers the idea of buying the world's biggest island.

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General Electric shares plunge after fraud accusation

General Electric shares plunged Thursday after an accounting expert accused the company of fraud, an allegation the industrial giant strongly denied.

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Sudan protest group nominates ex-UN economist for PM

Sudan's protest leaders agreed Thursday to nominate former senior UN official Abdalla Hamdok as the first prime minister of the country's three-year transition government, a statement said.

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July 2019 hottest month on record for planet: US agency

According to the NOAA, the average global temperature in July was 0.95 degrees Celsius (1.71 degrees Fahrenheit) above the 20th century average of 15.8 degrees Celsius (60.4 Fahrenheit), making it the hottest July in its reco

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Donald Trump urges Chinese leader Xi Jinping to meet Hong Kong protesters

Trump has been reticent to criticize China's stance on Hong Kong, indicating he regards the unrest as an internal matter for Beijing, while he focuses on negotiations to resolve a grinding trade war between the United States

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Alibaba revenue jumps in first quarter

Joe Tsai, Alibaba's Executive Vice-Chairman, attributed the results to China's demographic trends and continued urbanisation, pointing to the growing urban middle class willing to shell out for brands on Alibaba's e-commerce

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Chinese military personnel parade near Hong Kong border

State-run media reported this week that the elements of the People's Armed Police (PAP), which is under the command of the Central Military Commission, were assembling in Shenzhen.

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British PM Boris Johnson sees ‘collaboration’ between anti-Brexit MPs, Brussels

Philip Hammond slammed Johnson's "wrecking" approach to negotiations, saying the new PM had set Brussels an impossibly high bar to meet, in demanding the complete removal of its fallback provisions.

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Twitter says edit button not ‘in top of list’, plans to bring interest-based feeds

Twitter has no plans for an often requested "edit" button that would let users change posts already fire off, saying it raised complex issues and was "not anywhere near the top of our list" of things to do.

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Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris ‘still at risk of collapse’ after fire

The culture ministry said that in the aftermath of the fire all work on the cathedral had been aimed at avoiding its collapse, and had not yet involved any kind of restoration.

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French joblessness hits new post-2009 low

The fall in the number of jobless mirrors the situation in the wider eurozone, where unemployment fell to an 11-year low of 7.5 per cent of May.

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China’s industrial output hits 17-year low

Industrial output increased 4.8 per cent on-year in July, down from 6.3 per cent in June and marking the weakest pace since 2002. It was also well below the 6.0 per cent forecast by economists in a Bloomberg News survey.

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Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca: Hotel rooms with Kaaba view in demand in Islam’s holiest town

The Kaaba is a cube structure that is the focal point of Islam, draped in a gold-embroidered black cloth, towards which Muslims around the world pray. "Guests dream of seeing the Kaaba 24-hours a day," added the hotelier.

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Ashes 2019: England hope Jofra Archer is on target against Smith in second Ashes Test

England vs Australia 2nd Test: The 24-year-old, coached at Sussex by former Australia paceman Jason Gillespie, has played just 28 first-class matches.

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China slams Hong Kong protest violence as ‘terrorism’

"This wantonly tramples on Hong Kong's rule of law and social order," he said at a press briefing in Beijing.

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Saudi Aramco says H1 2019 net income slips to $46.9 billion

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has previously said the IPO -- dubbed as potentially the world's biggest stock sale -- would take place in late 2020 or early 2021.

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Cathay Pacific warns it could fire staff for supporting ‘illegal protests’

Beijing told the airline that staff involved in the protests that have gripped Hong Kong for more than two months would be banned from flights to the mainland.

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South Korea tightens export controls on Japan in trade row

South Korea's list of trade partners is currently divided into two groups, those who are members of the world's top four export control agreements and those who are not. But Seoul's trade ministry said Monday it added a new c

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