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Period pianos evoke sounds of Chopin at new contest

Thirty pianists are taking part in the competition in Poland

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US teens prefer texting to face-to-face meeting

81 per cent of respondents say online exchange is part of their lives

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Over a million told to flee as Hurricane Florence stalks US East Coast

Schools in 26 of the South Carolina’s 46 counties were to close from Tuesday

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Balotelli dropped for Italy’s Nations League game in Portugal

Nice striker Balotelli came under fire for his performance in their Nations League opener against Poland

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Zidane wants coaching return ‘soon’

Zidane made the surprise decision to leave Real Madrid at the end of last season after leading the club to Champions League title

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Alastair Cook scores century in his final Test

Alastair Cook, who scored 71 in the first innings of the fifth Test against India, reached his century off 210 balls

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Ashleigh Barty and CoCo Vandeweghe lift US Open women’s doubles title

Ashleigh Barty and CoCo Vandeweghe were in their first Grand Slam final together since teaming up for the first time at Indian Wells in March

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MotoGP: Dovizioso beats Marquez for third win of season at San Marino

Andrea Dovizioso finished 2.822sec ahead of the Spaniard on the Misano track on Italy’s Adriatic coast with Britain’s Cal Crutchlow snatching third for Honda

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Switzerland put six past Iceland in UEFA Nations League

Switzerland made a dream start to a group that also includes World Cup semi-finalists Belgium

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New iPhones aim for momentum in sputtering smartphone market

Apple has remained mum about revelations planned for Wednesday’s event at its spaceship campus in Silicon Valley

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Olympic taekwondo champion banned for life in abuse case

Steven Lopez has been deemed “permanently ineligible” from future competition in a ruling made by the center on Thursday following a four-month investigation

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Ex-gangster becomes noodle chef

Yen Wei-shun’s gangster life started young — at 15 he was convicted of manslaughter after fatally wounding a man in a group fight

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Syrian war documentary wins top Venice prizes

“Still Recording” records what happened to two idealistic art students after they were swept up in the fervour of the Syrian revolution

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Rapper Mac Miller dead at 26 after long substance struggle

His family confirmed his death in a statement, calling the rapper born as Malcolm McCormick “a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans.”

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Cook exit in final Test sparks England collapse

Alastair Cook’s exit for 71 sparked a slump that saw six wickets lost for 48 runs with England captain Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Sam Curran all out for noughts

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Del Potro into US Open final as Nadal quits with knee injury

Del Potro was leading 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 when Nadal retired from the semi-final

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Nishikori runs out of gas against Djokovic

Maybe not today, but the last couple of matches I played great tennis, beat a couple of good guys, he said

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Cook unbeaten as England make steady start to India finale

Cook, extending his England appearance record to 161 Tests, was thrust straight into the action when Joe Root, his successor as England captain, opted to bat first after winning the toss.

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US Defense Secretary makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with top Afghan leaders during an unannounced visit to Kabul on Friday, adding his weight to a flurry of diplomatic efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. His trip comes a little more than a year after President Donald Trump unveiled a revamped strategy for Afghanistan that…

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Avril Lavigne returns after near-death Lyme illness

Pop punk heroine Avril Lavigne on Thursday announced her first song in five years as she revealed that was so ill with Lyme disease that she feared death. The Canadian singer and guitarist, who became an international star in the 2000s as one of the most successful women in the hard-charging world of skater rock,…

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Serena storms into US Open final to face Japan history-maker Osaka

Serena Williams needed just 66 minutes to dispatch the 19th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-0

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