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Deadly wildfires reach Turkish power plant, sparking evacuations

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A thermal power plant and its surrounding town on the Aegean Sea were being evacuated on Wednesday as a deadly wildfire …

US eyes Iran over ship 'hijacking' as tensions rise

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The United States said Wednesday it suspected Iranian involvement in the alleged hijacking of a ship in the Gulf of Oman …

Flames surround island monastery as fires rage in Greece

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At least 150 houses were destroyed by a raging fire that surrounded a monastery and a dozen villages on the Greek island …

Mexico sues US gunmakers over arms trafficking

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Mexico said it filed a lawsuit against major US gunmakers in a Boston court on Wednesday over illegal cross-border arms …

Taliban warn of more targeted attacks as Afghan forces defend besieged cities

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The Taliban warned Wednesday of more attacks targeting Afghan government leaders, a day after the defence minister …

USA step up Olympic medal hunt

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The United States are eyeing a quadruple gold medal haul spearheaded by hurdler Grant Holloway in the Tokyo Olympic …

Belarus Olympic athlete lands in Poland for refuge

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Belarusian Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya landed in Poland on Wednesday, where she is to take refuge after …

US rebuffs call for Covid booster jab moratorium as China curbs travel

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The United States rejected an appeal from the UN health agency on Wednesday for a moratorium on Covid-19 vaccine booster …

Lebanese protest impunity one year on from deadly blast

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Thousands of grief-stricken Lebanese on Wednesday marked a year since a cataclysmic explosion ravaged Beirut, protesting …

Last protest leader in Belarus dances in court as trial starts

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Maria Kolesnikova, the last remaining protest leader still in Belarus, danced and smiled as she went on trial on …

Belarus Olympic athlete stops over in Vienna before Poland refuge

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Belarusian Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya arrived in Austria on Wednesday en route to Poland, where she is …

WHO calls for moratorium on booster shots as China curbs travel

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The WHO called Wednesday for a moratorium on Covid-19 vaccine booster shots as China tightened overseas travel curbs …

Grief and wrath as Lebanon marks year since deadly blast

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Lebanon on Wednesday marked a year since a cataclysmic explosion ravaged Beirut, with a mix of grief over lost lives and …

South Sudan's VP Machar deposed by party: rival leaders

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South Sudan's vice president Riek Machar has been ousted as head of his party and its armed forces, say rival leaders …

Taliban claim Kabul bombing as Afghan forces defend besieged cities

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The Taliban on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a huge bomb attack in Kabul targeting the defence minister, as the …

Belarus Olympic athlete to head to Warsaw after Vienna halt

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Belarusian Olympic athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya flew out of Japan on Wednesday and was due to stopover in Vienna en …

Japan's Yosozumi wins battle of the teens for Olympic skateboarding gold

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Japan's Sakura Yosozumi won the women's park competition to maintain the hosts' stranglehold on Olympic skateboarding on …

Belarus Olympic athlete leaves Japan after Poland visa offer

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Belarusian Olympic athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya flew out of Japan on Wednesday and was expected to take refuge in …

Families flee as Afghan army defends besieged city from Taliban

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Families fled their homes Wednesday as the Afghan army launched a counterattack against the Taliban in a key southern …

McLaughlin lights up Olympic track as Japan maintain grip on skateboarding

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Sydney McLaughlin obliterated her own world record to win Olympic gold in the women's 400m hurdles on Wednesday as …

Toyota Q1 net profit rockets to $8.2 bn, forecast unchanged

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Toyota said Wednesday that net profit jumped more than 460 percent in the first quarter, boosted by strong sales fuelled …

Families flee as Afghan army battles Taliban for control of besieged city

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Families fled their homes as the Afghan army launched a major counterattack against the Taliban in the southern city of …

Belarus athlete leaves Japan on Vienna-bound flight

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Belarusian Olympic athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya left Japan on a Vienna-bound flight Wednesday and was expected to …

German startups launch mini-rocket challenge to SpaceX and co.

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Car-manufacturing powerhouse Germany is rushing to join the private sector space race as it looks to ride a boom in …

McLaughlin lights up Tokyo track as Brown bids to become youngest Olympic champ

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Sydney McLaughlin obliterated her own world record to win women's 400m hurdles gold on Wednesday as skateboard star Sky …

Afghanistan's elite special forces pushed to the brink

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Trained by the United States and equipped with state-of-the-art gear, Afghanistan's special forces are its frontline …

With drones and bananas, China coaxes wayward elephants home

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First the entire village is shooed indoors, its power supply is cut, and finally bananas and other elephant treats are …

Afghan army warns people to flee homes in besieged city

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The Afghan army was planning a major counter-attack Wednesday to drive the Taliban out of a key southern city, warning …

Transgender lifter Hubbard retires after Olympic debut

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Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has announced she will retire in the wake of her groundbreaking appearance at …

Belarus athlete boards Vienna-bound flight from Japan

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Belarusian Olympic athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya left Japan on a Vienna-bound flight on Wednesday and was expected to …

Boeing delays key uncrewed test flight to ISS

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Boeing delayed an uncrewed flight of its Starliner capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday over a …

Thick smoke over Athens as suburbs battle wildfires

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Hundreds of firefighters, water-bombing planes and helicopters battled forest fires near Athens on Tuesday that saw …

'Potential hijack' of ship off UAE coast: UK maritime security agency

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A UK maritime security agency said Tuesday a ship may have been hijacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, five …

McLaughlin looks to emulate Warholm on Day 6 of Olympic athletics

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The sixth day of athletics at the Tokyo Olympics takes place on Wednesday. AFP Sport looks at five stand-out events:

Activision Blizzard executive exits following sexism row

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Activision Blizzard unveiled a management shakeup Tuesday following employee protests and a California state lawsuit …

Osaka, Kenin, Swiatek withdraw from WTA Montreal event

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Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka, fourth-ranked Sofia Kenin and eighth-ranked Iga Swiatek have withdrawn from …

Police officer killed in incident outside Pentagon

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A police officer was killed at the Pentagon's mass transit terminal Tuesday in an incident that forced the lockdown of …

New York governor urged to quit after damning harassment report

Aug 03 2021

US President Joe Biden joined leading Democrats Tuesday in calling on powerful New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign …

Biden touts lead role in vaccinating the world as Delta variant surges

Aug 03 2021

The United States has distributed more than 100 million Covid-19 vaccine doses overseas -- more than all other countries …

Shah's son urges West to drive 'nail in coffin' of Iran clerical state

Aug 03 2021

Reza Pahlavi, the son of Iran's last shah, believes the clerical state that toppled his father is on the brink of …

Deadly bomb, gun attack rocks Afghan capital

Aug 03 2021

Four people were killed and 20 wounded in a coordinated bomb and gun attack targeting the Afghan defence minister and …

New York imposes Covid pass as virus returns to China's Wuhan

Aug 03 2021

New York on Tuesday announced the introduction of a de facto vaccine pass for some public spaces, as China's Wuhan said …

Deadly wildfire encircles Turkish power plant

Aug 03 2021

Roaring blazes encircled a Turkish thermal power plant Tuesday and forced farmers to herd panicked cattle toward the …

Belarus dissident found hanged in Ukraine park, sparking murder probe

Aug 03 2021

Belarusian dissident Vitaly Shishov was on Tuesday found hanged in a park close to where he lived in Ukraine, with …

Blasts and gunfire rock Afghan capital

Aug 03 2021

A car bomb explosion followed by several blasts and rapid gunfire rocked the Afghan capital on Tuesday, not far from the …

New York governor sexually harassed multiple women, probe finds

Aug 03 2021

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed "multiple women," an independent investigation found Tuesday, but the …

New York governor sexually harassed multiple women: investigation

Aug 03 2021

New York governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed "multiple women," the state's attorney general Letitia James said …

New York governor sexually harassed multiple women, investigation finds

Aug 03 2021

New York governor Andrew Cuomo "sexually harassed multiple women," the state's attorney general Letitia James said …

Afghan army urges civilians to evacuate city besieged by Taliban

Aug 03 2021

Residents were urged Tuesday to evacuate a besieged Afghan city, as the army prepared a major offensive against Taliban …

US touts lead role in vaccinating the world as Delta variant surges

Aug 03 2021

The United States said Tuesday it has distributed more than 100 million Covid-19 vaccine doses overseas -- more than all …

New York governor Cuomo 'sexually harassed multiple women': NY attorney general

Aug 03 2021

New York governor Andrew Cuomo "sexually harassed multiple women," including employees, the state's attorney general …

Missing Belarus dissident found hanged in Ukraine park

Aug 03 2021

Belarusian dissident Vitaly Shishov was on Tuesday found hanged in a park close to where he lived in Ukraine, with …

Iran ultraconservative Raisi inaugurated as president

Aug 03 2021

Ultraconservative Ebrahim Raisi was Tuesday inaugurated as president of Iran, a country whose hopes of shaking off a …

Stellantis posts strong inaugural earnings, steps up electric drive

Aug 03 2021

US-European auto giant Stellantis, formed by Peugeot and Fiat Chrysler this year, posted Tuesday a sizeable first-half …

Sensational Thompson-Herah seals 'double-double', Biles wins brave bronze

Aug 03 2021

Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah made history with the Olympic sprint "double-double" on Tuesday, as superstar gymnast …

Half of EU vaccinated as Covid returns to China's Wuhan

Aug 03 2021

Half of the European Union's population has now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, an AFP tally showed Tuesday, as …

Afghan army urges civilians to evacuate besieged city

Aug 03 2021

Residents of a besieged Afghan city were urged to evacuate Tuesday as the army prepared a major offensive against …

'Indiscriminate' Afghan fighting hurting civilians the most, says UN

Aug 03 2021

Afghan forces battled the Taliban for control of a key provincial capital Tuesday, as the United Nations warned …

Belarus dissident found hanged in Ukraine

Aug 03 2021

A missing Belarusian activist has been found hanged in a park in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, police said on Tuesday, …

Auto giant Stellantis posts strong profit in inaugural first half

Aug 03 2021

US-European auto giant Stellantis, formed by Peugeot and Fiat Chrysler, posted a sizeable net profit in the new …

Covid returns to China's Wuhan as global Delta variant woes mount

Aug 03 2021

Authorities in China's Wuhan said Tuesday they would test the city's entire population for Covid-19, as the virus …

China's Wuhan to test 'all residents' as Covid returns

Aug 03 2021

Authorities in Wuhan on Tuesday said they would test its entire population for Covid-19 after the central Chinese city …

Transgender Olympian Hubbard hailed as debate rages

Aug 03 2021

New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has been hailed as a transgender pioneer after her short-lived Olympic debut but …

Warholm dazzles in 400m hurdles as Biles makes dramatic Olympic return

Aug 03 2021

Karsten Warholm smashed his own world record as he streaked to victory in the Olympic 400m hurdles on Tuesday while …

Iran's Raisi faces early tests on economy, tension with West

Aug 03 2021

Ultraconservative Ebrahim Raisi is to be inaugurated Tuesday as the new president of Iran, a country facing economic and …

Belarus athlete offered Poland visa as US slams 'repression'

Aug 03 2021

A Belarusian Olympic athlete was sheltering in Poland's embassy in Tokyo on Tuesday after being offered safe passage to …

Warholm world record in hurdles epic, Mihambo soars to long jump gold

Aug 03 2021

Norway's Karsten Warholm shattered the world record to claim gold in an epic 400m hurdles at the Olympics on Tuesday as …

New vote recommended in US Amazon union election

Aug 03 2021

A US labor official has recommended the results be nullified in a failed vote to unionize Amazon workers at an Alabama …

Faster, higher, older: pensioners defy virus fears to keep Tokyo Olympics running

Aug 03 2021

Japan has tapped into its famously ageing population to help run the Tokyo Olympics, with pensioner volunteers -- some …

Belarusian activist goes missing in Ukraine: NGO

Aug 03 2021

A Belarusian activist who heads an NGO helping his compatriots flee repression in Belarus has disappeared in Kiev, his …

Karate hoping to land killer Tokyo blow before Olympic knockout

Aug 03 2021

From Cobra Kai to Chuck Norris, karate is known around the world -- but practitioners of the Japanese martial art are …

'Terrible proof': California fire documentary explores human failings behind blazes

Aug 03 2021

Months after Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker began making a documentary about the largest-ever wildfire in …

Top orders to be tested as England face India without Stokes

Aug 03 2021

Batsmen on both sides are set to face a stiff examination when an England team without Ben Stokes face India in the …

Australia's Qantas to furlough 2,500 workers

Aug 03 2021

Australian airline Qantas announced Tuesday it will furlough 2,500 workers as coronavirus outbreaks and regional …

Euro hero Chiellini signs two-year deal with Juventus

Aug 03 2021

Giorgio Chiellini has signed a new two-year contract with Juventus, the Serie A club announced on Monday, a few weeks …

Treasury's Yellen urges Congress to raise US debt limit

Aug 03 2021

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Monday called on Congress to take steps to address the federal government's …

US ready to take in thousands more Afghans as violence worsens

Aug 03 2021

The United States said Monday it was ready to take in thousands more Afghans whose US links put them at growing risk but …

Disney's 'Jungle Cruise' a hit in debut weekend

Aug 03 2021

"Jungle Cruise" -- Disney's nostalgia-soaked adventure film -- sailed to the top of the North American box office as it …

Nearly 5 mn fewer girls to be born worldwide over next 10 years: study

Aug 03 2021

An estimated 4.7 million fewer girls are expected to be born globally in the next 10 years because of sex-selective …

Nicaragua President Ortega to stand for reelection

Aug 03 2021

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is to stand for a fourth consecutive term in November's general election, his …

US belatedly hits Biden's Covid vaccination goal as hospitalizations soar

Aug 02 2021

The United States on Monday hit President Joe Biden's goal of administering at least one dose of a Covid vaccine to 70 …

Amazon to launch 'Lord of the Rings' series in September 2022

Aug 02 2021

Amazon announced Monday that its big-budget "The Lord of The Rings" series, based on the fantasy saga by J.R.R. Tolkien, …

Afghan fighting rages as US and UK accuse Taliban of massacring civilians

Aug 02 2021

Afghan forces battled Monday to stop a first major city from falling to the Taliban as the United States and Britain …

Poland offers visa to Belarus athlete at Olympics

Aug 02 2021

Poland on Monday granted a humanitarian visa to Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who says her team's …

Biles makes belated Tokyo gold bid, Jamaicans battle again on track

Aug 02 2021

Simone Biles will make her long-awaited bid for an individual gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, while the …

Transgender weightlifter makes Olympic history, Biles set for return

Aug 02 2021

Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard made Olympic history on Monday as the US team confirmed gymnastics star Simone …

EU sends help to Turkey as wildfire death toll hits eight

Aug 02 2021

The European Union sent help to Turkey on Monday and volunteers joined firefighters in battling a week of violent blazes …

Weightlifter Hubbard becomes first trans woman at Olympics

Aug 02 2021

Pioneering weightlifter Laurel Hubbard became the first openly transgender woman to compete at the Olympic Games Monday, …

Millions under virus lockdown as China battles Delta outbreak

Aug 02 2021

Millions of people were confined to their homes in China Monday as the country tried to contain its largest coronavirus …

Afghan forces battle Taliban in fight for besieged cities

Aug 02 2021

Afghan forces battled Monday to stop a first major city from falling to the Taliban following weekend offensives by the …

EU sends help to Turkey as wildfire toll reaches eight

Aug 02 2021

The European Union sent help to Turkey on Monday and volunteers joined firefighters in battling a week of violent blazes …

Commandos deployed as Afghan forces defend cities from Taliban attacks

Aug 02 2021

Afghan forces battled Monday to stop a first major city from falling to the Taliban following weekend offensives by the …

Belarus athlete under protection in Japan after forced flight claim

Aug 02 2021

A Belarusian Olympic athlete who claimed her team was forcing her to return home spent the night under protection and …

Commandos deployed as Afghan forces battle Taliban for control of cities

Aug 02 2021

Afghan forces battled Monday to stop a first provincial city from falling to the Taliban following weekend offensives …

Troops to enforce Sydney lockdown as Brisbane extends virus curbs

Aug 02 2021

Troops hit Sydney's streets on Monday to help enforce its prolonged lockdown, as stay-at-home orders in Australia's …

No 'eureka moment': the evolution of climate science

Aug 02 2021

What if Earth's atmosphere was infused with extra carbon dioxide, mused amateur scientist Eunice Foote in an 1856 …

HSBC first-half profits more than double, resumes dividends

Aug 02 2021

HSBC on Monday said it would resume paying dividends to shareholders after first-half profits more than doubled as an …

Puerto Rico win first Olympics athletics gold, Belarusian sprinter 'safe'

Aug 02 2021

Hurdler Jasmine Camacho-Quinn claimed Puerto Rico's first Olympics athletics gold on Monday but Belarusian sprinter …

'Powerless and angry': Japan's anti-Olympic activists fight on

Aug 02 2021

Kai Koyama was standing outside Tokyo's Olympic Stadium as fireworks burst overhead during the opening ceremony but …

Australia name Wade captain for Bangladesh T20s

Aug 02 2021

Australia on Monday named wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade captain for the five-match Twenty20 series against …

Dorsey's Square to buy Australia fintech Afterpay for $29 billion

Aug 02 2021

Jack Dorsey's Square unveiled a record $29 billion deal to snap up Australia's fast-growing buy-now, pay-later firm …

'Just part of the team' - McKeon humble despite historic swimming haul

Aug 02 2021

A humble Emma McKeon Monday downplayed her remarkable feats at the Tokyo Olympics despite winning an unsurpassed seven …