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Jihadists kill three soldiers, policeman in NE Nigeria

At least three Nigerian soldiers and a policeman were killed on Thursday when IS-backed jihadists attacked the town of Gajiram in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, security sources and residents told AFP. Fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) stormed the town around 0100 GMT in nine all-terrain trucks fitted with machine guns and […]

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Star-studded ‘Band’ doc frustrates Toronto critics on opening night

Tales of The Band’s descent into drug-fueled feuding are as well-worn as their pioneering Americana sound — but a star-studded documentary opening the Toronto film festival has stoked controversy by largely ignoring them. “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band,” executive produced by Martin Scorsese and featuring rock legends including Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison […]

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‘Extreme mating’ killing tiny marsupials en masse: researchers

A tiny marsupial found only in northwest Australia mates so intensely that an entire generation of males can die off during a single breeding season, researchers reported on Friday. Biologists studying kalutas — a mouse-sized marsupial found in the arid Pilbara region — believe they die en masse because of sex-driven immune system collapse. Female […]

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Putin woos Asian investors in Russia’s Far East

President Vladimir Putin sought to lure Asian investment to Russia’s Far East on Thursday as the launch was announced of a huge Arctic gas project aimed at Asian markets. Hosting leaders including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok, Putin lauded Russia’s Far East […]

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Record-chasing Serena powers into 10th US Open final

Serena Williams cruised into a 10th US Open final Thursday as she brushed aside fifth seed Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-1 to claim a record-equaling 101st win at Flushing Meadows. Williams is seeking a 24th Grand Slam singles title to match Margaret Court’s all-time record and will face either Belinda Bencic or Bianca Andreescu on Saturday […]

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Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to NBA great West

Jerry West, the NBA legend who followed up his championship playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers by becoming a title-winning team executive, received the Presidential Medal ofFreedom from US President Donald Trump on Thursday. “It never ceases to amaze me, the places you can go in this world chasing a basketball,” the 81-year-old West […]

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Smith ‘a genius’ after Ashes double ton: Ponting

Ricky Ponting, Australia’s greatest run-scorer, hailed Steve Smith as “a genius” Friday after his Ashes double hundred — an exploit his country’s media said was “Donald Bradman-like”. Smith has taken his game to a new level since returning from a 12-month ball-tampering ban this year, with his 211 in the fourth Test at Old Trafford […]

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Visit to the Joseon Stamp Museum of the founding economic and trade council

In the 71st anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the founding economic and trade council visited the Korea Stamp Museum. The guests listened to the commentary on the museum’s contribution to the cultural and emotional life of the Korean people and looked back at the stamps and artifacts that reflect […]

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Donetsk denies arrangement with Kyiv about returning Donbas business to Ukrainian owners

The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has denied that it and Kyiv agreed on restoring Ukrainian jurisdiction over enterprises based in Donbas. “Darka Olifer, press secretary for Ukraine’s representative in the TCG [Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas] Leonid Kuchma, alleged that the [September 4 TCG] meeting reached some arrangement on the issue of the enterprises […]

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Ukrainian National TV Council to file lawsuit to revoke NewsOne television’s license

The Ukrainian National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council has accused the NewsOne TV channel of inciting ethic, racial, and religious strife, noting that it is going to file a lawsuit to deprive the TV channel of its license, the TV channel reported. “To file a lawsuit with the court to revoke the broadcasting license of […]