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New York declares end of worst measles outbreak in three decades

US officials on Tuesday declared New York’s worst measles epidemic in nearly 30 years officially over after months of emergency measures that included mandatory vaccinations. About 654 people, many in areas with large Orthodox Jewish communities, were infected since October last year but there have been no new cases since mid-July, the city government said. […]

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Ariana Grande sues fashion firm over ‘look-alike model’

US pop star Ariana Grande has sued fashion retailer Forever 21 for using her trademark style to promote its products without her permission, including adverts featuring a “look-alike model.” Grande is seeking $10 million over claims the brand, and its spin-off cosmetics line Riley Rose, created an online campaign with striking similarities to her music […]

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Twitter CEO hack highlights dangers of ‘SIM swap’ fraud

Even with considerable security precautions in place, Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey became the victim of an embarrassing compromise when attackers took control of his account on the platform by hijacking his phone number. Dorsey became the latest target of so-called “SIM swap” fraud which enables a fraudster to trick a mobile carrier into transferring […]

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Bolivia’s fires destroy ‘heritage’ rock art sites

Wildfires that have raged across forests and grassland in eastern Bolivia for weeks have destroyed rare rock art sites, archeologists announced Tuesday. “We believe that the damage is big and wide in terms of our heritage of rock art,” said Danilo Drakic, chief archeologist in the eastern Santa Cruz department. Santa Cruz is home to […]

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Devastation in Bahamas as Hurricane Dorian crawls along US coast

Weakening slightly but still packing a powerful punch, Hurricane Dorian churned along the southeastern coast of the United States on Tuesday after delivering a devastating blow to the Bahamas. Bahamas National Security Minister Marvin Dames said several children were among the five deaths reported in the Atlantic archipelago from the monster storm and predicted more […]

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Tokyo stocks open lower on fears global economy is slowing

Tokyo stocks opened lower on Wednesday on fears that the global economy may be slowing, after US data pointed to weakness in the manufacturing sector. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was down 0.19 percent or 40.07 points at 20,585.09 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was down 0.32 percent or 4.77 points at […]

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Lloyd at the double as US cruise past Portugal

Carli Lloyd made it four goals in three games as the United States romped to a comfortable 3-0 win over Portugal in their World Cup victory tour on Tuesday. Veteran striker Lloyd took her international tally to 117 in 284 games with two first half goals at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Lloyd, 37, […]

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Ruthless Serena grabs 100th US Open win as record title nears

Serena Williams earned her 100th win at the US Open on Tuesday with a brutal 44-minute demolition of Wang Qiang, firing an ominous warning to rivals in her pursuit of record-tying 24th Grand Slam title. Six-time US Open champion Williams dismantled Chinese 18th seed Wang 6-1, 6-0 in a complete mismatch that was the quickest […]

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England aim to build on Stokes’s heroics as Australia look to Smith

Joe Root wants England to make the most of still being “very much alive” in the Ashes when the fourth Test against Australia starts at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Australia were on the brink of retaining the Ashes only for Ben Stokes’s superb 135 not out to guide England to a stunning one-wicket win in […]

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Jokowi Wants Indonesia’s New Capital Modeled on Silicon Valley

Indonesia’s new capital city will be modeled on Silicon Valley, a base for tech and creative companies, besides hosting the government apparatus, according to President Joko Widodo. The president wants the yet-to-be named city in East Kalimantan on the Borneo island to foster development of technology startups and a digitized manufacturing sector, The Jakarta Post […]