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‘Game of Thrones’ seeks record in final Emmys battle

“Game of Thrones” will seek to make Emmy history one final time Sunday when television’s best and brightest gather at a glamorous ceremony in Los Angeles to bid farewell to a number of long-running hit shows. Despite its misfiring finale which divided fans, the fantasy epic about feuding families and flame-shooting dragons secured a whopping […]

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Google green energy buys boost ‘carbon-free’ portfolio

Google on Thursday announced a record-high boost to its green electricity purchases, saying the deals will spur construction of millions of solar panels and hundreds of wind turbines. The US-based internet giant increased its wind and solar energy portfolio by more than 40 percent with deals for 1,600 megawatts of electricity. “Once all these projects […]

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Climate change takes toll on oceans, ice: UN report

Humanity should brace for blowback from oceans and frozen zones increasingly addled by climate change, a major UN report will warn. Loading the atmosphere with CO2 and greenhouse gases has spawned a host of consequences, starting with irreversible sea-level rise, according to a draft Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report obtained by AFP. […]

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Tokyo stocks open higher helped by cheap yen

Tokyo stocks opened higher on Friday as investors took heart from a relatively cheaper yen, with relief prevailing after key central bank meetings ended without causing major marketdisruptions. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was up 0.27 percent or 59.84 points at 22,104.29 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was up 0.25 percent or […]

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Asian markets enjoy gains as focus turns back to trade talks

Asian markets edged up Friday as investors turn their attention to the China-US trade talks, while keeping an eye on the Gulf region after last week’s air strikes on Saudi oil facilitiesfanned geopolitical tensions. With a delegation from China in the US to prepare for higher-level negotiations next month, there are hopes the economic powerhouses […]

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Lagarde urges policymakers to resolve manmade economic threats

Accustomed to being the first woman in influential leadership positions and speaking frankly to men in power, Christine Lagarde says manmade threats to the global economy can be “man-fixed.” Lagarde only last week left her post as head of the International Monetary Fund after eight years, the first woman to serve in that role, and […]

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Cricket Australia hopeful of touring Pakistan in 2022

Cricket Australia is hoping to tour Pakistan in 2022, but chief executive Kevin Roberts said security remains a concern and he would never jeopardise the safety of players. Most international teams have refused to visit the South Asian nation since the Sri Lankan team’s bus was attacked by gunmen during a Test in Lahore in March […]

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Prague calls for a joint international work to facilitate return of displaced Syrians

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis called for a joint international work to facilitate the return of the Syrians who have been displaced due to terrorism to their homeland and to end the crisis in Syria. Interviewed by “Parliamentary Papers” website, Babis said “The only solution for the refugees lies in their return to their homeland,” […]

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Lavrov, Maas discuss consolidation of Steinmeier formula in Donbas settlement process (Part 2)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas have discussed the implementation of agreements on Ukraine, including the consolidation of the Steinmeier formula, in a telephone conversation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. “The ministers continued to discuss ways to implement the decisions of the Normandy-format summits in Paris and Berlin […]

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Moscow court places high-ranking Culture Ministry official Mosolov charged with major fraud into custody until Nov 12 (Part 2)

Moscow’s Basmanny Court on Thursday sanctioned the incarceration of Pavel Mosolov, the deputy director of the Russian Culture Ministry’s department for state protection of cultural heritage, placing him into custody for two months, an Interfax correspondent reported from courtroom on Thursday. “[The court has ruled] to accommodate the investigation’s request to select custody until November […]