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Greens denounce secret prisoner case as evidence Australia is an 'authoritarian state'

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The federal government’s failure to provide any meaningful explanation of the secret imprisonment of a mystery prisoner in the ACT has prompted accusations it has engaged in an “abuse of state power”. On Thursday the Greens senator Nick McKim asked the government to tell the Senate why th...read more

China says video shows self-declared spy Wang Liqiang confessing to fraud

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Chinese state-run media outlet Global Times has published a video purporting to show self-declared Chinese spy Wang Liqiang confessing to fraud and pleading for leniency during a 2016 trial. The video, first published on Weibo, has not been independently verified. Wang outed himself in...read more

'99 problems but my ABCs ain’t one': Jay-Z sues Australian woman over lyrics in children’s books

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An Australian woman says she’ll fight US rapper Jay-Z’s copyright lawsuit because she thinks she should be able to use the Grammy winner’s name and lyrics to sell children’s books. Jessica Chiha and her business The Little Homie are being sued in the federal court by the US billionaire, l...read more

For Fans, by Fans, Against the Club

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LONDON — Chris Davies walked out of the Emirates Stadium feeling, he said, as if he was “filled with fire.” As most of his fellow Arsenal fans trudged dolorously away from last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with lowly Southampton, seeking shelter in the pubs of the Holloway Road or the sanctuary of th...read more

Messi Leads Barcelona, but Liverpool and Chelsea Settle for Ties

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Lionel Messi marked his 700th game for Barcelona with a goal and two assists in a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund that sent his team into the knockout rounds of the Champions League on Wednesday. But Liverpool, the competition’s defending champion, could not replicate that feat as it strug...read more

TikTok Reverses Ban on Teen Who Slammed China’s Muslim Crackdown

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SHANGHAI — The video app TikTok on Wednesday reversed its decision to block an American teenager who posted a clip in which she discussed the mass internment of minority Muslims in China, and acknowledged that its moderation system had overreached in shutting her out of her account. The i...read more

Baffled Tom Hanks Can't Believe 'Jeopardy!' Contestants Didn't Recognize Him

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Tom Hanks is just as confused as “Jeopardy!” viewers were earlier this week, when no one recognized the actor as part of a question on the famous game show. The “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” star appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Monday and viewed footage of the “Jeopardy!” cont...read more

Messi Leads Barcelona, but Liverpool and Chelsea Settle for Ties

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Lionel Messi marked his 700th game for Barcelona with a goal and two assists in a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund that sent his team into the knockout rounds of the Champions League on Wednesday. But Liverpool, the competition’s defending champion, could not replicate that feat as it strug...read more

China Furious As Trump Signs Hong Kong Bills

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BEIJING (AP) — China reacted furiously to President Donald Trump’s signing of two bills on Hong Kong human rights and said the U.S. will bear the unspecified consequences. A foreign ministry statement Thursday repeated heated condemnations of the laws and said China will counteract. It sa...read more

UK PM Boris Johnson Set To Win Parliamentary Majority: YouGov Model

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LONDON, Nov 27 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is on course to win a majority of 68 in parliament at the Dec. 12 election, according to a model from pollsters YouGov that accurately predicted the 2017 election. Johnson has pledged to deliver Brexit by Jan. 31 if he wins t...read more

Cycling: Track Cycling World Cup leg to go ahead in Hong Kong this weekend

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(Reuters) - The track cycling World Cup leg in Hong Kong this weekend will go ahead as planned after a lull in violence across the city, which has been racked by anti-government protests for the past six months, the South China Morning Post has reported. The event is to be held at the Hong ...read more

Calgary head coach Peters apologizes for offensive language

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(Reuters) - Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters has apologized for using “offensive language” towards a Nigerian-born player in the minor leagues a decade ago, according to a letter obtained by Canadian network TSN. FILE PHOTO: Apr 11, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames head coac...read more

MLB notebook: Pirates hire Shelton as manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates hired Derek Shelton as their new manager, general manager Ben Cherington announced on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Sep 24, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres second baseman Luis Urias (9) throws out Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Gavin Lux (not pictured) during ...read more

Mariners agree to terms with RHP Edwards

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FILE PHOTO: May 21, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. (6) pitches during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports The Seattle Mariners agreed to a one-year deal with free age...read more

Flu bug forces 8 Patriots to miss practice

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If anyone can beat the New England Patriots down the regular-season stretch, maybe it’s the flu bug. FILE PHOTO: Nov 3, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) warms top before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandator...read more

Forty years on, New Zealand apologizes for Antarctic plane disaster

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WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologized on Thursday for the then-government’s handling of a plane crash in Antarctica 40 years ago that took the lives of 257 people in the country’s worst peacetime disaster. FILE PHOTO: New Zealand's Prime Minister Ms. Ja...read more

Iraq condemns attack on Iran's consulate in southern Najaf: state media

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Cairo (Reuters) - Iraq condemned an attack on Iran’s consulate in the southern city of Najaf, its state news agency said early on Thursday, citing the foreign ministry, after the building was stormed and set ablaze by Iraqi protesters the previous day. Wednesday’s attack was ‘aimed at damag...read more

China warns U.S. of retaliation for law backing Hong Kong protesters

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - China warned the United States on Thursday it would take “firm counter measures” in response to U.S. legislation backing anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, and said attempts to interfere in the Chinese-ruled city were doomed to fail. Member of a safety team estab...read more

Chilean lawmakers warn democracy at stake as violence spikes

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SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chilean lawmakers agreed late on Wednesday to fast-track reforms to beef up security, warning that a resurgence in violence and vandalism was threatening to derail the country’s 30-year-old democracy. Members of the security forces detain a demonstrator during a protest...read more

Trump approves legislation backing Hong Kong protesters

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law congressional legislation backing protesters in Hong Kong despite angry objections from Beijing, with which he is seeking a deal to end a damaging trade war. FILE PHOTO: An anti-government protester holds a tear...read more

Indonesia aims to replace some top civil service jobs with AI in 2020

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JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday ordered government agencies to remove two ranks of public servants in 2020 and replace their roles with artificial intelligence, in a bid to cut red tape hampering investment. Widodo made the remarks in a room full of leaders ...read more

Apollo Global sweetens bid for Tech Data in $6 billion deal

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(Reuters) - Private equity firm Apollo Global Management has raised its bid to take Tech Data private in a deal valued at about $6 billion, the U.S. information technology equipment distributor said on Wednesday. Excluding debt, the deal is valued at about $5.14 billion, up from a previous ...read more

Exclusive: Amazon's cloud unit readies more powerful data center chip - sources

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(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN.O) cloud computing unit has designed a second, more powerful generation of data center processor chip, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, the latest sign that the company is pouring money into custom silicon for its fastest-growing business. ...read more

Panasonic to sell its chipmaking business to Taiwan's Nuvoton Tech: Nikkei

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FILE PHOTO: A man is reflected on Panasonic Corp's logo at Panasonic Center in Tokyo, Japan, February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo (Reuters) - Japan’s Panasonic Corp (6752.T) will sell its loss-making semiconductor business to Taiwan’s Nuvoton Technology, a Nikkei Asian Revi...read more

Trading startup Robinhood withdraws bank charter application

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(Reuters) - Stock-trading startup Robinhood said on Wednesday it was withdrawing its bank charter application with the U.S Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The Menlo Park, California-based firm is one of the several companies that aim to compete with traditional financial institut...read more
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