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Top Twitter users lose 2% of followers on average as policy changes

A Twitter Inc policy change on Thursday to increase the service’s credibility cost its 100 most popular users about 2 percent of their followers, on average, according to social media data firm Keyhole. Twitter is no longer counting as followers any accounts that have been locked because of suspected fraud, Chief Executive Jack Dorsey posted…

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Hundreds of PML-N members detained, party says

Pakistani police detained hundreds of members of the former ruling party in the central city of Lahore on Thursday, weeks before the country heads to the polls, party officials said. No official reason was given but the party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), says it is an attempt to stifle its ability to launch street…

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England hailed as heroes after World Cup heartache

Gareth Southgate’s England team were hailed as heroes by British media, who acclaimed their achievement rather than dwelled on disappointment after their heart-breaking World Cup exit on Wednesday. England’s hopes of reaching only their second ever World Cup final were dashed by Croatia, as Mario Mandzukic scored the deciding goal in a 2-1 extra-time win…

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Exhausted Croatia must draw on reserves for France final

It was no surprise that Croatia cavorted on the pitch in celebration with fans and family long after beating England in the semi-finals of the World Cup on Wednesday night, but a wiser head might have ushered them quietly to ice bath and bed. It was never going to happen, of course, as the ecstasy…

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Malala slams Trump’s child separation policy

Malala was visiting Rio de Janeiro to kick off the expansion of her education charity, the Malala Fund, into Latin America, starting with Brazil

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Turkish court sentences 72 defendants to life in coup bridge trial

More verdicts are expected to be issued for 71 other defendants in the case, which charged the defendants of deliberately killing civilians

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Pogba dedicates France semi win to rescued Thai boys

France midfielder Paul Pogba dedicated his side’s World Cup 1-0 semi-final win over Belgium to the 12 Thai boys who were rescued from a flooded cave along with their coach on Tuesday. “This victory goes to the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong,” Pogba wrote on his official Twitter account…

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Isner beats Raonic to reach first Grand Slam semi-final

American John Isner reached his first Grand Slam semi-final as he beat Canadian Milos Raonic 6-7(5) 7-6(7) 6-4 6-3 in a clash of the giants at Wimbledon on Wednesday. The 33-year-old saved a set point in the second set tiebreak to avoid going two sets down and then took control of the match to continue…

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Warrior Nadal downs Del Potro in thriller to reach semi-finals

It was a breathless Wimbledon contest that kept on giving for almost five hours – diving volleys, ferocious forehands, blazing backhands and even acrobatic tumbles – and at the end of it all Rafael Nadal was the one left standing on Wednesday. Juan Martin del Potro lay sprawled face down on the slippery and dusty…

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Anderson stuns Federer in quarter-final cliffhanger

Roger Federer’s hopes of a ninth Wimbledon title bit the dust as South African Kevin Anderson recovered from two sets down to win a quarter-final cliffhanger 2-6 6-7(5) 7-5 6-4 13-11 on a tension-filled Court One on Wednesday. The 36-year-old Swiss, not playing on Centre Court for the first time since 2015, displayed his usual…

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US oil exports to India soar ahead of sanctions on Iran

Last month, India’s oil ministry asked refiners to prepare to limit imports of Iranian oil ahead of US sanctions that take effect in November

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Japan flood toll nears 200, sun scorches thousands battling thirst

Intense heat and water shortages raised fears of disease outbreaks in flood-hit western Japan on Thursday as the death toll from the worst weather disaster in 36 years neared 200. More than 200,000 households had no water a week after torrential rains caused floods and set off landslides across western Japan, bringing death and destruction…

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Founder of pizza chain Papa Johns steps down

The resignation comes after Forbes reported earlier in the day that Schnatter used a racial slur on a conference call

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Mandzukic sends Croatia into first World Cup final

Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute as Croatia came from behind to beat England 2-1 after extra time on Wednesday and reach their first World Cup final, where they will face France on Sunday, and send the Balkan nation into raptures. England, appearing in their first semi-final since 1990, had looked on course for…

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Political ‘turncoats’ boost Imran Khan’s prospects in Pakistan poll

Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar, a Pakistani landowner and politician, recently switched to his third party in a decade. That is unlikely to prevent him retaining his seat in parliament this month, thanks to loyalty to a family name that has held sway over politics in this part of central Pakistan for generations. “We’ve lived here for…

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NFL players’ union challenges policy to stop anthem protests

The NFL players union filed a grievance on Tuesday over the league’s new requirement that players stand for the national anthem or wait in their dressing rooms, a policy that followed President Donald Trump’s denunciation of pregame protests. The National Football League said in May it would require any player who did not wish to…

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Criminal case sheds light on Apple self-driving car technology

The criminal complaint filed Monday against an ex-Apple Inc employee for allegedly stealing self-driving car trade secrets from the Cupertino company provides a handful of new details about its work on the technology, experts said. The charges filed in US federal court alleged that a former employee, Xiaolang Zhang, disclosed intentions to work for a Chinese…

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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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