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Rainstorms kill 49 in India’s Uttar Pradesh state

Heavy monsoon rains that sparked floods and caused buildings to collapse have killed at least 49 people in north India’s Uttar Pradesh state since Thursday officials said, as the national weather agency issued further storm warnings. Some of the victims died after they were buried by collapsing buildings, while others were drowned, electrocuted or killed…

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33 killed as Indian bus plunges off mountain road

A bus carrying university workers plunged off a mountain road into a valley in western India on Saturday killing 33 people, police said. Only one passenger is believed to have survived the accident in Raigad district of Maharashtra state. The bus was taking staff of Dapoli Agriculture University to the popular hill station of Mahabaleshwar…

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Rain has final say as India draw against Essex

India’s lone warm-up match ahead of next week’s first Test against England ended in a draw after rain cut short their clash with Essex at Chelmsford on Friday.

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Gaza teen dies of wounds from Israeli border fire: ministry

A Gaza teenager died of his wounds on Saturday after being shot by Israeli troops during protests along the border, the health ministry in Palestinian territory said.

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Militants attack Afghan midwife training centre: officials

Militants attacked a midwife training centre in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, in the latest violence in the war-torn country.

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Tour de France: Roglic wins 19th stage in controversial fashion

Britain’s Geraint Thomas stretched his Tour de France yellow jersey lead on Friday as Slovenian Primoz Roglic won the 19th stage in controversial fashion to push defending champion Chris Froome off the virtual podium.

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Priyanka Chopra engaged to Nick Jonas – report

Indian film superstar Priyanka Chopra is engaged to young American singer Nick Jonas after a whirlwind two months of dating, a report said Friday.

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Twitter shares plunge in black week for social media

Twitter shares took a pounding on Friday after it reported a decline in its user base, extending a stock market bloodbath for what had been a sizzling social media sector.

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Carrie Fisher makes posthumous return to ‘Star Wars’

“Star Wars: Episode IX” begins filming next week, Disney said Friday, in a shock announcement revealing it will feature both Carrie Fisher in a posthumous appearance and series star Mark Hamill.

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Fraud risk looms over Zimbabwe’s post-Mugabe election

Zimbabwe goes to the polls on Monday in its first election since authoritarian leader Robert Mugabe was ousted last year, with allegations mounting of voter fraud and predictions of a disputed result.

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Disaster-hit Japan braces for powerful typhoon

A powerful typhoon hurtled towards Japan Saturday, with western areas recently devastated by floods and landslides in the storm’s cross-hairs.

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Guptill hits 102 off just 38 balls in T20 Blast

New Zealand’s Martin Guptill struck 102 from just 38 balls as Worcestershire thrashed Northamptonshire by nine wickets in English county cricket’s Twenty20 Blast on Friday.

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Facebook shares sink on perfect storm of bad news

It has turned into a brutal reality check for Facebook. The social network star — which has weathered storms over privacy and data protection — is now looking at cooler growth following a years-long breakneck pace. Shares in Facebook plummeted 19 percent to close at $176.26 Thursday, wiping out some $100 billion — believed to…

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Five of Imran Khan’s most controversial positions

Pakistan election winner Imran Khan has not shied away from firebrand rhetoric during his 22 years in politics. AFP picks five of his most controversial positions: – On feminism – Pakistan’s former cricket captain is viewed as something of a liberal in the West, particularly in Britain where the press remember his high-flying lifestyle and…

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Cricket teammates, rivals congratulate Imran Khan on election victory

Imran Khan’s former teammates and rivals have congratulated the World Cup winner after his party won the most seats in July 25 election. The Election Commission said Friday that Khan’s PTI party enjoyed a strong lead over the outgoing PML-N but short of an overall majority. Khan will likely need to enter into a coalition…

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Steyn set for ODI swansong at 2019 World Cup

South African fast bowler Dale Steyn is hoping to make a triumphant farewell to one-day international cricket at the 2019 World Cup by delivering the trophy to the Proteas for the first time. Steyn, who will turn 36 three days before South Africa’s World Cup opening match against England on May 30 next year, has…

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Blood moon to dazzle Pakistan between 8pm and 4am

This will be the century’s longest lunar eclipse

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US envoy meets with Taliban officials in Qatar: report

The top US envoy for South Asia has met with Taliban officials for peace talks in Qatar, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Alice Wells, the senior official for the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asia Affairs, met with the Taliban this week to try to find a new path toward ending Afghanistan’s…

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Air China Paris-Beijing flight turns back over ‘false’ terror alarm

An Air China flight from Paris to Beijing turned back on Thursday over a terrorism threat, but Chinese state media later quoted the flag carrier saying it was believed to be a false alarm. Air China said flight CA876 had returned to Paris after the airline “received suspected terrorist information,” giving no further information on…

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HIV infects one teenaged girl every 3 minutes: UN

Every three minutes, a girl between the ages of 15 and 19 is infected with the virus that causes AIDS, said a UN report Wednesday that warned of a “crisis” fuelled by gender inequality.

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Scientists seek end to ‘unscientific’ HIV laws

AIDS experts called Wednesday for an end to laws that can see HIV-positive people jailed for exposing others to the virus, saying the approach was “unscientific” and worsening the killer epidemic.

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