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Umtiti header sends France into World Cup final

Samuel Umtiti’s 51st-minute header sent an impressive France into the World Cup final with a 1-0 win over Belgium in an absorbing first semi-final on Tuesday. Didier Deschamps’ side will face England or Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as the French look to lift the trophy for the second time following their triumph on home…

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Israel ‘not ruling out’ eventual ties with Syria’s Assad

Israel held out the prospect on Tuesday of eventual contacts with Syria under President Bashar al-Assad, in a nod to his regime-consolidating advances in a seven-year-old civil war that Israeli officials had initially predicted would topple him. Assad’s Russia-backed forces have advanced in southwest Syria and are on course to reach Quneitra, a rebel-held district…

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Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ shatters global records with one billion streams

Canadian rapper Drake shattered records with his new album “Scorpion,” which became the first to score one billion streams in its first week and also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts. Drake’s record company, Republic Records, said the 31-year-old musician, who was the biggest seller in 2016, was the first artist…

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Suicide bomber kills ten in Afghan city of Jalalabad: official

A suicide bomber blew himself up in the Afghan city of Jalalabad on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people, government officials said. Inamullah Miakhel, spokesperson for the provincial health department in the eastern city, confirmed the death of 10 people and said four wounded people were taken to hospital. The attacker detonated his explosives near…

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Twitter says removal of fake accounts does not hurt user metrics

Twitter Inc said on Monday it has removed fake accounts but that does not impact its reported user metrics as was indicated in a report by The Washington Post. The newspaper had said the social media company had suspended more than 70 million fake accounts in May and June, leading to a decline of monthly…

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Rescuers gear up for final push to save remaining five from Thai cave

Rescuers resumed preparations on Tuesday for a third rescue operation deep into a cave complex in northern Thailand to free four remaining boys and their soccer coach in a race against time and monsoon weather. Four more of the boys were carried on stretchers out of the labyrinthine Tham Luang cave on the Myanmar border…

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Judge rejects Trump request for long-term detention of immigrant children

A U.S. federal judge on Monday rejected the Trump administration’s request to allow long-term detention of illegal immigrant children, a legal setback for President Donald Trump’s push to detain immigrant families taken into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border. Los Angeles U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee dismissed as “dubious” and “unconvincing” the U.S. Justice Department’s…

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Barcelona sign Brazilian midfielder Arthur

Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo from Gremio on a six-year deal after an agreement by the clubs in March, the Spanish champions said on Monday. The La Liga club said in a statement on their website http://www.fcbarcelona.com that the transfer fee for the 21-year-old, who joins immediately, was 31 million…

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Monsoon rains disrupt traffic, schools in Mumbai

“Heavy rains forecast, everyone is advised to stay safe,” Vinod Tawde, the education minister of the western state of Maharashtra said

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As facial recognition use grows, so do privacy fears

The unique features of your face can allow you to unlock your new iPhone, access your bank account or even “smile to pay” for some goods and services. The same technology, using algorithms generated by a facial scan, can allow law enforcement to find a wanted person in a crowd or match the image of…

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Justin Bieber engaged to model Hailey Baldwin: reports

Pop singer Justin Bieber became engaged to model Hailey Baldwin over the weekend, according to U.S. media reports on Sunday. The couple dated in 2016 but had broken up. Last month, they appeared together publicly, leading to speculation from fans that they had rekindled their romance, CNN reported. The pair got engaged on Saturday during…

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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ marches to $76 million launch

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” squashed the competition at the domestic box office. The Marvel sequel — starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly — opened with $76 million from 4,206 North American locations. That start is significantly ahead of the original “Ant-Man,” which debuted with $57 million in 2015. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” easily topped the…

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Brazil fans greet team after World Cup knockout

Members of Brazil’s national team, which was knocked out of the 2018 World Cup, were applauded by fans greeting their arrival at Rio de Janeiro’s international airport on Sunday. Five-time champion Brazil lost to Belgium 2-1 on Friday in Kazan, Russia. Supporters chanted and cheered the players on as they got off the airplane and…

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Luis Enrique to be named Spain coach – reports

Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is to be named as the new Spain coach, according to widespread reports in the Spanish media on Monday. Leading newspaper Marca said on their front cover the 48-year-old has been chosen by Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales as the successor to Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked the day…

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Belgium and France face off in mouth-watering World Cup semi-final

Roberto Martinez’s swashbuckling Belgium side head into Tuesday’s semi-final with familiar foes France as the World Cup’s leading scorers, but their old rivals have evolved as the tournament has progressed and will also be full of confidence. Belgium have scored 14 goals in five matches and were hugely impressive in their 2-1 quarter-final victory over…

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Formula One: Vettel wins British Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel won a thrilling British Grand Prix for Ferrari on Sunday to deny Lewis Hamilton a fifth successive home victory and move eight points clear at the top of the Formula One standings. In a race with two late safety car periods, reigning champion Hamilton went from pole position to the rear of the…

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At least 64 killed in Japan after ‘unprecedented’ rain, dozens missing

Torrential rains pounded some parts of western Japan with three times the usual precipitation for a normal July

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Google Translate breaks language barriers at Russia’s World Cup

Soccer might be the most universal language on the planet. But when it comes to deciphering the Cyrillic alphabet or communicating with locals at the World Cup in Russia, the love of the game is sometimes not enough. To get around language barriers in Russia, World Cup fans from around the globe have been actively…

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Croatia’s Modric chasing World Cup dream after shootout win

Croatia captain Luka Modric put in a man of the match performance to lead his side to a penalty shootout victory over hosts Russia, but he has no interest in personal awards as they chase their World Cup dream in a semi-final against England. Croatia came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 after…

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Croatia end Russia’s World Cup dream on penalties

Croatia ended Russia’s unlikely World Cup dream when they won 4-3 on penalties to eliminate the gallant hosts after a dramatic quarter-final ended 2-2 after extra time on Saturday. Ivan Rakitic stroked home the winning penalty to send Croatia into a semi-final against England after a night of unremitting tension in Sochi, ending the remarkable…

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Serena in the groove, scents eighth Wimbledon crown

With the draw opening up in front of her, seven-times champion Serena Williams moved ominously into the last 16 at Wimbledon when she recovered from a sluggish start to beat France’s Kristina Mladenovic 7-5 7-6(1) on Friday. She may be nearing 37 and ranked an almost laughable 181st in the world as she returns from…

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