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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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Japan tech blasts snoozing workers with AC

Japanese office workers hoping to nod off on the job may need to sleep with one eye open thanks to a new system that can detect snoozers and blast them with cold air.

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UEFA threaten Marseille with European ban

French giants Marseille were warned Wednesday they could be kicked out of European competition if their fans continue to wreak havoc.

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Sanchez on target as Manchester United edge AC Milan

Alexis Sanchez was on target as Manchester United defeated AC Milan on penalties in their International Champions Cup friendly here Wednesday.

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Spice Girls are getting back together, says Mel B

British pop band The Spice Girls are getting back together again, band member Mel B said on Monday.

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White House under criticism for not allowing reporter to attend event

The White House was under fire Wednesday for barring a CNN reporter from attending an event with the president, allegedly for having asked questions that officials objected to.

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Judge lets anti-corruption case against Trump move forward

A lawsuit that accuses President Donald Trump of violating the constitution by maintaining his interest in a hotel that does business with foreign governments has been allowed to proceed by a US judge.

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Suicide attack on Afghan intelligence convoy kills five: police

A suicide bomber blew himself up near an Afghan intelligence convoy on Thursday, killing at least five people and wounding six, police said, in the latest deadly attack in the city.

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DNA advances identify 26-year-old man killed on 9/11

Seventeen years after the September 11, 2001 attacks, the remains of a 26-year-old finance worker killed in New York have been formally identified thanks to advances in DNA testing, officials announced Wednesday.

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