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    Mueller to testify July 17 on Russia probe: US Congress

    Former US special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify in public on July 17 about his report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees said Tuesday. "Robert Mueller has agreed to testify before Congress pursuant to subpoena

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    Coal dust and smog plague lives on S.Africa's Highveld

    "The doc said there is nothing we can do," says her mother Nono Ledwaba. "We need to take her out of eMalahleni. When she goes to her grandma in Mafikeng, the symptoms disappear." The 14-year-old lives in house number 3094 of eMpumelelweni township in eMalahleni, part of the Highveld

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    Cocaine production hit new record in 2017: UN report

    Global cocaine production reached an all-time high in 2017, breaking the previous year's record by 25 percent, the UN drugs and crime agency said Wednesday in its annual report, as production soars in post-conflict Colombia. New remote fields and criminal gangs boosted production in the world'

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    Brazil Supreme Court rejects request to free ex-leader Lula

    Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request to free leftist icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from prison while they consider whether Justice Minister Sergio Moro, who was the convicting judge, was biased. The court voted 3-2 to postpone debate on whether Moro had been impartial when he handed

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    U.N. rights chief expresses serious concern over deaths in Phl anti-drug ops

    United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has expressed serious concern over the reported number of deaths in the Philippines in the government’s anti-drug operations. In her opening statement at the 41st session of the Human Rights Council on Monday (June 24), Bachelet cited

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    China halts Canadian meat exports over fake certificates

    China has asked Canada to suspend all meat exports after discovering bogus veterinary health certificates attached to a batch of pork, its embassy said Tuesday, as Canadian police launched a criminal probe. The embassy in Ottawa said a customs investigation -- launched after the discovery of traces

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    Twenty years after debut, can Federer defy age to lift ninth Wimbledon title?

    Twenty years after his debut, Roger Federer will take aim at a ninth Wimbledon title and a place in history as the oldest man to capture a Grand Slam singles crown. Federer, who turns 38 in August, is already the oldest player to win the Wimbledon men's title in the modern era, a feat achieved in

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    French restaurant run by Argentine chef crowned world's best

    France's Mirazur restaurant -- whose Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco draws inspiration from the sea, the mountains, and his own garden -- was crowned Tuesday the world's best by an influential trade list, beating contenders from Denmark and Spain. The accolade came just months after Colagreco

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    A Martian methane belch melts away

    NASA's Curiosity Rover last week detected the highest ever levels of the colorless, odorless gas over the course of its seven year mission on the Red Planet, raising hopes it could be evidence of the existence of microbial life. Scientists have tracked a seasonal rise and fall in background methane

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    England's Ben Stokes issues World Cup rallying cry after defeat to Australia

    England's Ben Stokes defiantly stated "This is our World Cup" after a thumping defeat by Australia cast doubt on the pre-tournament favourites' hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals. Set a target of 286 to beat the reigning champions, England were dismissed for 221, going down by

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    FedEx offers cautious 2020 outlook as CEO slams US, China on trade

    FedEx warned Tuesday that its fiscal 2020 earnings outlook remains clouded by trade war uncertainty as the company's chief executive criticized the Trump administration's lurch towards protectionism. FedEx expects higher operating income in fiscal 2020 from its domestic package and freight shipping

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    US Fed 'grappling' with need for rate cut: Powell

    America's grinding trade wars are darkening the economic horizon and could help justify a decrease in interest rates, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday. Powell also insisted the central bank was "insulated" from political pressures despite President Donald Trump's

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    Facebook to help France fight hateful content: govt aide

    Facebook will share with French judicial officials the IP addresses of users who post hateful content, an aide to digital affairs minister Cedric O said Tuesday. The vast social media platform has agreed to provide the addresses of accounts containing "homophobic, racist or anti-Semitic content

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    US celebrity YouTuber found dead: police

    American YouTube celebrity Desmond Amofah, better known as "Etika," has been found dead in New York nearly a week after he disappeared, police said on Tuesday. The day before he went missing, he had unsettled his fans by posting an eight-minute video voicing suicidal thoughts. New York police

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    Rapper Cardi B denies strip club brawl charges

    Rap superstar Cardi B on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to attempted assault charges including two felonies filed in connection with her alleged involvement in a New York strip club brawl. The arraignment came days after a grand jury indicted Cardi B in connection to the incident, with court documents showing

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    US border chief quits amid outcry over child detainees

    The acting head of the US Customs and Border Protection agency announced his resignation on Tuesday amid a public outcry over alarming detention conditions of migrant children in Texas. John Sanders, appointed to the post just two months ago, said in a letter obtained by several US media outlets that

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    Marvel re-releases 'Avengers' as box office record looms

    Marvel announced plans Tuesday to re-release "Avengers: Endgame" with bonus material in theaters, as the summer's biggest blockbuster drew agonizingly close to breaking the global box office record. "Endgame" has pulled in $2.749 billion around the world, according to industry

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    SC clears Enrile, other Marcos allies on behest loan case

    The Supreme Court has cleared former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and several other allies of late President Ferdinand Marcos of criminal liabilities, over the alleged behest loans granted to a sugar milling company in 1968 by the Philippine National Bank (PNB). In a 15-page ruling written by Associate Justice

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    Creation of Department of Water urged amid water woes in Metro Manila

    MANILA, Philippines – Lawmakers on Tuesday pushed anew for the creation of a department that will solely address the country’s water woes amid a supply crisis being experienced in Metro Manila and nearby towns. During an oversight hearing in the House of Representatives, several lawmakers raised their

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    Manila Water, Maynilad claim ‘force majeure’ over water woes

    MANILA, Philippines – Concessionaires, Manila Water Co. Inc. and Maynilad Water Services Inc. have submitted a “notice of force majeure” to the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) amid the worsening water shortage in Metro Manila. MWSS chief regulator Patrick Ty said on Tuesday, the “force

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    Iran vows to ditch more nuclear curbs in war of words with US

    Iran said Tuesday it will further free itself from the 2015 nuclear deal in defiance of new American sanctions as US President Donald Trump warned the Islamic republic of "overwhelming" retaliation for any attacks. Tensions between Iran and the US have spiralled since last year when Trump

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    Critics slam millions spent on Harry and Meghan's home

    Prince Harry and his wife Meghan's new home in Windsor cost £2.4 million ($3.05 million, 2.7 million euros) to renovate, royal accounts showed Tuesday, prompting criticism from anti-monarchy campaigners. "The property had not been the subject of work for some years and had already been earmarked

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    P68-M worth of shabu seized in farm in Lipa City

    P68-M worth of suspected shabu was seized by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Philippine National Police (PNP) in Lipa City, Batangas on Monday (June 24). By virtue of a search warrant, the joint operatives conducted a search at a farm in Barangay San Francisco in Lipa City. Authorities

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    Cosby appeals sexual assault conviction

    Comedian Bill Cosby, who is serving a three and a half year jail sentence, on Tuesday appealed a Pennsylvania court's verdict that found him guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 15 years ago. "This filing is an important step in ensuring that Mr Cosby receives a hearing from a

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    Duterte favors third party in Recto Bank probe

    President Rodrigo Duterte is in favor of having a third party that will investigate the Recto Bank incident. Duterte confirmed that he has received the initial report of the Philippine Coast Guard and Maritime Industry Authority about the incident. However, there is still no official report from the