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US general says remarks on Afghan peace talks ‘mischaracterized’

The NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan on Tuesday rejected reports its commander General John Nicholson had said the United States was ready to join direct negotiations with the Taliban, saying his comments were “mischaracterized”. In a statement, it referred to reports on Monday in which Nicholson reiterated comments by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo…

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Heatwave blankets Japan, kills 14 people over long weekend

Temperatures on Monday, a national holiday, surged above 39 degrees Celsius (102.2 Fahrenheit) in some inland areas

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Communist-run Cuba starts rolling out internet on mobile phones

Communist-run Cuba has started providing internet on the mobile phones of select users as it aims to roll out the service nationwide by year-end, in a further step toward opening one of the Western Hemisphere’s least connected countries. Journalists at state-run news outlets were among the first this year to get mobile internet, provided by…

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Police opens terrorism investigation against PML-N 10 days before election

Copies of two separate FIRs named PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif and a number of other key figures

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Torn apart by violence, Rohingya families connect through letters

Because Myanmar censors all communications in and out of the jails, the letters are limited to family news

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France win FIFA World Cup in thrilling final with Croatia

France won the World Cup for the second time by ending battling Croatia’s dream of a first title with a 4-2 victory on Sunday in one of the most entertaining and action-packed finals for decades. France led 2-1 at halftime after a Mario Mandzukic own goal and an Antoine Griezmann VAR penalty, with Ivan Perisic…

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Manny Pacquiao knocks out Lucas Matthysse to claim welterweight crown

Manny Pacquiao knocked out Lucas Matthysse in the seventh round to win the WBA welterweight title in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

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Trump says he will run for reelection, had Brexit chat with Queen Elizabeth

US President Donald Trump said he intends to run for re-election in 2020 because “everybody wants me to” and there are no Democratic candidates who could defeat him, the Mail on Sunday newspaper reported. Asked by British journalist Piers Morgan in an interview given on Friday whether he was going to run in 2020, Trump…

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Huge iceberg drifts close to Greenland village, causing fears of a tsunami

An iceberg the size of a hill has drifted close to a tiny village on the western coast of Greenland, causing fear that it could swamp the settlement with a tsunami if it calves. The iceberg towers over houses on a promontory in the village of Innaarsuit but it is grounded and has not moved…

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Communist-run Cuba to recognize private property in new constitution

Communist-run Cuba will officially recognize private property, something it has long rejected as a vestige of capitalism, under a new constitution that also creates the position of prime minister alongside the president, state media reported on Saturday. Cuba’s current Soviet-era constitution only recognizes state, cooperative, farmer, personal and joint venture property. But former President Raul…

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Israel and Gaza militants agree to end fierce flare-up of fighting

Israel and Gaza militant groups agreed a ceasefire on Saturday, a Palestinian official said, after Israel launched dozens of air strikes against the Palestinian enclave’s ruling Hamas group and gunmen fired more than 100 rockets across the border. But several hours after the announcement, the Israeli military said Palestinians fired two mortar bombs towards Israel…

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Djokovic outlasts Nadal in classic Wimbledon semi-final

Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in a grueling five-set semifinal to qualify for the final of the Wimbledon 2018 against Kevin Anderson.

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Kerber stuns Williams to win Wimbledon title

Angelique Kerber of Germany won the final of the Wimbledon 2018 against Serena Williams of the United States in straight sets.

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Thailand’s cave boys to be discharged from hospital on Thursday

Twelve Thai boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand are recovering well from their ordeal and will be discharged from hospital next week, health minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn said on Saturday. The last of the 12-member “Wild Boars” soccer team and their coach were brought out of the Tham Luang cave,…

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France not expecting tired Croatia in World Cup final

France have been surprised by the physical fortitude of Croatia and are not expecting a tired opponent in Sunday’s World Cup final, midfielder Blaise Matuidi said on Friday. Croatia have been forced into extra time in each of their three knockout matches, edging Denmark and hosts Russia on post-match penalties before scoring late in added…

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New ‘Mission: Impossible’ ups the action with skydiving Tom Cruise

A skydiving Tom Cruise returns this month for the latest stunt-packed instalment of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, which co-star Simon Pegg promises “ups the bar” for action. “Mission: Impossible -Fallout” sees Cruise – who famously does his own stunts – throw himself from a military transport plane at 25,000 feet, pilot a helicopter though mountain…

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Turkish attack helicopter deal with Pakistan worth around $1.5 billion

Turkey’s deal with Pakistan to sell 30 Turkish T129 attack helicopters is worth around $1.5 billion, sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Friday. The helicopters will be delivered gradually over five years, the sources also said. The deal is the biggest export deal of Turkey’s defense industry, the country’s defense industry directorate…

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Imran Khan ‘quietly confident’ he will be PM

“What Pakistan has to do is follow China’s example where they lift people out of poverty,” Imran Khan said

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Belgium, England reluctantly meet again

Belgium and England have already met during the World Cup in a match both teams seemed reluctant to win and on Saturday they will face each other again in a game they both seem reluctant to play. The two sides must pick themselves up and dust themselves down after suffering the crushing disappointment of semi-final…

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Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $4.7b for cancer causing baby powder

A Missouri jury on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $4.69 billion to 22 women who alleged the company’s talc-based products, including its baby powder, contain asbestos and caused them to develop ovarian cancer. The verdict is the largest J&J has faced to date over allegations that its talc-based products cause cancer….

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Kuldeep takes six England wickets as India win opening ODI

India’s spin sensation Kuldeep Yadav tormented England with a six wicket haul and Rohit Sharma then piled on the runs as the tourists won their opening one-day international with ease at Trent Bridge on Thursday. The victory by eight wickets, and with 9.5 overs remaining, came after the hosts were all out for 268 with…

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