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US newspaper shooting suspect is white adult male: police

The person suspected of killing at least five people at a newspaper in the US state of Maryland is a white adult male, a police spokesman said. The suspect, who is in custody, is “a white male, adult male, and the gun that was used is described as a long gun,” meaning a rifle or…

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At least five dead in Annapolis newsroom shooting

At least five people were killed Thursday when a gunman opened fire inside the offices of the Capital Gazette, a newspaper based in Annapolis, a historic city an hour east of Washington. Police described the suspect — who was being questioned in custody — as a white adult male who was armed with a rifle…

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Belgian PM surprises UK’s May with World Cup shirt

Brexit may have caused tensions between Britain and the EU, but Belgian premier Charles Michel broke the ice at a summit on Thursday by giving his British counterpart Theresa May a World Cup football shirt. The red and yellow Belgian jersey featured the number 10 — most likely a reference to May’s 10 Downing Street…

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US’s Haley tells India to ‘rethink’ Iran ties

The US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Thursday urged India to reconsider its ties to Iran, one of its key energy suppliers, as fresh US sanctions on buyers of Iranian oil loom. Washington has stepped up pressure on major Iranian customers to stop importing its oil, warning no trading partner will be exempt…

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Biopic spotlights troubled life of Bollywood’s ‘Deadly Dutt’

‚Äč A Indian biopic out this week charts the troubled life of Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, including his battles with drug addiction and jail time for keeping illegal weapons. The Hindi-language actor, nicknamed “Deadly Dutt”, served over four years in prison for possessing guns supplied by gangsters behind a series of bombings in Mumbai in…

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Apple and Samsung settle lengthy iPhone patent battle

After seven years of litigation that spanned the globe, Apple and Samsung have definitively ended a patent battle launched after the US company accused its South Korean rival of “slavishly” copying the iPhone’s groundbreaking design. According to a brief US court filing Wednesday, the world’s two biggest smartphone makers finally reached a settlement. Financial terms…

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Explosion kills eight Afghans as they call for peace

A bomb killed eight people at a small gathering calling for peace in the Afghan province of Logar Thursday, officials said, underscoring the suffering of civilians amid growing calls for an end to the conflict. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast in the volatile province south of the capital Kabul, but…

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Pakistani founder of Dubai firm Abraaj faces jail term over bounced cheques

The founder of embattled Dubai-based group Abraaj, the region’s largest private equity firm, faces a possible three-year jail term over bounced cheques for millions of dollars, lawyers said on Thursday. A court in the UAE city of Sharjah will issue its ruling on July 5 in the case against Arif Naqvi, who did not attend…

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Indian rupee hits all-time low against US dollar

The Indian rupee slumped to an all-time low against the US dollar on Thursday as the currency comes under increasing pressure from rising oil prices. The rupee, Asia’s worst performing currency according to Bloomberg News, fell to 69.10 against the greenback in early trade before recovering slightly to 68.93 later. India is a massive importer…

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Delirious Mexicans swamp South Korean embassy

Ecstatic Mexican fans besieged the South Korean embassy in their capital to celebrate with diplomats after the Asian team stunned Germany at the World Cup and ensured Mexico’s progress to the last 16 in Russia. Mexicans watched in horror as their side were thumped 3-0 in Yekaterinburg, leaving them keeping a nervous eye on the…

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Mumbai light plane crash kills five

A small plane crashed into a construction site in a densely populated area of India’s financial capital Mumbai on Thursday, killing five people including one on the ground, officials said. “Five people have succumbed to their injuries after the chartered plane crashed, including one pilot, three co-passengers and a pedestrian,” Mumbai police spokesperson Deepak Deoraj…

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Loew says Germany ‘deserve’ to crash out of World Cup

Germany coach Joachim Loew said he felt “huge disappointment” at seeing the holders crash out of the World Cup but said they had fully deserved it after they were sensationally beaten 2-0 by South Korea on Wednesday. The four-time champions needed to beat the unfancied Asians by two clear goals in their final group F…

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Five reasons Germany failed at the World Cup

Germany have failed to qualify from the group stages at a World Cup finals for the first time since 1938. Here are five reasons why Germany went crashing out of the World Cup in the group stage. Loew’s misguided loyalty Head coach Joachim Loew has always stuck by his tried and trusted stars — but…

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Germany the latest victim of the ‘champions curse’

Germany have been eliminated from the World Cup in the first round for the first time since the Second World War, as the holders are knocked out in the group stage for the fourth time this century. Leaving aside Uruguay — who won the inaugural World Cup in 1930 before not travelling to Italy for…

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England, Belgium battle for top spot after Germany World Cup shock

England and Belgium battle it out for top spot in their group on Thursday as the remaining teams at the World Cup digest Germany’s astonishing exit from the tournament in Russia. Both sides — packed with Premier League talent — have sailed through Group G, winning their two games and are now in the curious…

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US presses UN Security Council to sanction Iran

The United States urged fellow UN Security Council members Wednesday to punish Iran for “malign behavior” in the Middle East, at a meeting on implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. “When confronted with a country that continually violates this council’s resolutions, it is imperative that we pursue meaningful consequences,” said Jonathan Cohen, the…

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Blistering Buttler sets up England T20 win over Australia

Jos Buttler hit the fastest fifty by an England batsman in a Twenty20 international to lay the platform for a 28-run win over Australia at Edgbaston on Wednesday. Australia, set 222 for victory, lost half their wickets inside nine overs to be 72 for five. Aaron Finch, their captain, kept them in the match with…

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Germany crash out of World Cup as South Korea stun holders

Germany crashed out of the World Cup on Wednesday after a stoppage-time VAR-assisted goal from Kim Young-gwon and a late second by Son Heung-min earned South Korea a famous 2-0 win. The Germans needed to win by two clear goals in their final group F match at Kazan stadium to advance to the last 16….

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Facebook, Google ‘manipulate’ users to share data despite EU law

Facebook and Google are pushing users to share private information by offering “invasive” and limited default options despite new EU data protection laws aimed at giving users more control and choice, a government study said Wednesday. The Norwegian Consumer Council found that the US tech giants’ privacy updates clash with the new General Data Protection…

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Germany face day of World Cup reckoning as Brazil target top spot

Germany face their day of reckoning at the World Cup on Wednesday, with the holders needing a clear win against South Korea to be sure of reaching the last 16 after Lionel Messi’s Argentina scraped through to the knockout rounds. Elsewhere in Russia, as the first round draws to a close, five-time winners Brazil need…

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Iceland head home from World Cup, heartbroken but unbowed

  Gallant Iceland headed home heartbroken but unbowed after a premature end to their first World Cup adventure, ruing what might have been after a narrow defeat by Croatia. Iceland caught the public imagination with their fairytale run to the quarter-finals at Euro 2016 in France and waltzed through qualifying for Russia, topping their group,…

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