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Serena Williams shockingly eliminated from Australian Open

Down to what sure felt like her last chance, Serena Williams came through with a cross-court forehand winner to close a 24-stroke point, then raised her arms, held that celebratory pose and looked over toward her guest box. Finally, on her sixth try, after 1½ hours of action, she had …

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Powerful earthquake strikes eastern Turkey

At least 14 people have been killed and hundreds hurt in a powerful earthquake in eastern Turkey, officials say. The 6.8 magnitude quake, centred on the town of Sivrice in Elazig province, caused buildings to collapse and sent residents rushing into the street. Tremors were also felt in neighbouring Syria, …

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Trump first president to attend anti-abortion March for Life

Donald Trump has become the first US president to attend the anti-abortion movement’s biggest rally. He addressed thousands of protesters at the March for Life near the US Capitol where his impeachment trial is ongoing. Mr Trump said: “We’re here for a very simple reason: to defend the right of …

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Trump announces overdue release of Middle East peace plan

After a delay of multiple years, the US president has said he will reveal his plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace imminently. Leading Israeli politicians — but no Palestinian ones — have been invited to the White House. US President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he would unveil his Middle East peace …

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Snakes could be the source of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

Snakes — the Chinese krait and the Chinese cobra — may be the original source of the newly discovered coronavirus that has triggered an outbreak of a deadly infectious respiratory illness in China this winter. The many-banded krait (Bungarus multicinctus), also known as the Taiwanese krait or the Chinese krait, …

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US: Trump blocks visas for pregnant women on “birth tourism”

President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday published new visa rules aimed at restricting “birth tourism”, in which women travel to the United States to give birth so their children can have a coveted US passport. Applicants will be denied tourist visas if they are determined by consular officers to be …

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Isabel dos Santos: Banker found dead in Lisbon

A banker implicated in the embezzlement and money-laundering case against Africa’s richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, has been found dead in Lisbon. Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha managed the account of oil firm Sonangol, formerly chaired by Ms Dos Santos, at the small Portuguese lender EuroBic. His death, on Wednesday, was …

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Trump impeachment trial opens as senators clash over rules

The US Senate has rejected repeated Democratic attempts to secure new evidence in President Donald Trump’s impeachment as his trial began. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell meanwhile backed off on a plan to fast-track the hearings after coming under pressure from fellow Republicans. Democrats said this would have been no …

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Trump impeachment trial set to open in US Senate

For only the third time in history, an American president is facing an impeachment trial, with hearings set to start on Tuesday at 13:00 (18:00 GMT). For only the third time in history, an American president is facing an impeachment trial, with hearings set to start on Tuesday at 13:00 …

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