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Dalai Lama apologizes after video asking child to suck his tongue sparks outcry

Tue, 04/11/2023 - 01:45
The Dalai Lama has apologized after a video emerged showing the spiritual leader kissing a child on the lips and then asking him to "suck my tongue" at an event in northern India.
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A little-known drug brought billions to Syria's coffers. Now it's a bargaining chip

Tue, 04/11/2023 - 01:40
A highly addictive drug that became Syria's economic lifeline over a decade of isolation may now be serving as a bargaining chip as it tries to normalize ties with neighboring states, analysts say.
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Volcano erupts in Russia's far east, spewing ash 20 kilometers into the air

Tue, 04/11/2023 - 01:32
The Shiveluch volcano erupted early Tuesday morning in Russia's far eastern Kamchatka region, spewing ash up to 20 kilometers above sea level, according to the local branch of the Russia Academy of Sciences (RAS) Geophysical Survey.
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Italian Coast Guard escorting 1,200 migrants on boats in Mediterranean Sea

Tue, 04/11/2023 - 01:14
The Italian Coast Guard is escorting a boat carrying 400 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, according to the volunteer-run service Alarm Phone, which received the boat's distress call on Sunday.
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How Playboy cut ties with Hugh Hefner to create a post-MeToo brand

Tue, 04/11/2023 - 00:10
Hugh Hefner launched Playboy Magazine 70 years ago this year. The first issue included a nude photograph of Marilyn Monroe, which he had purchased and published without her knowledge or consent.
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A punch in the face for Xi caricature: Taiwan air force badge goes viral

Mon, 04/10/2023 - 23:41
Taiwanese are rushing to buy patches being worn by their air force pilots that depict a Formosan black bear punching Winnie the Pooh -- representing China's leader Xi Jinping -- as a defiant symbol of the island's resistance to Chinese military exercises.
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Sandstorm hits Beijing and northern China for the fourth time in a month

Mon, 04/10/2023 - 23:35
A severe sandstorm has cloaked Beijing and China's northeastern regions for the fourth time in a month forcing some residents to stay indoors protect themselves from dense air pollution.
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25 years ago, I watched Northern Ireland's politicians agree a peace deal. Now it's under renewed pressure

Mon, 04/10/2023 - 23:09
There is a forensic cleanliness about the warren of corridors at Castle Buildings on the Stormont estate -- now the department of justice building in Belfast, outside "the room where it happened."
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Thailand's air pollution becoming a tourism issue

Mon, 04/10/2023 - 20:27
High pollution levels in Thailand's northern city of Chiang Mai and surrounding provinces are keeping tourists away and alarming locals, with the government on Monday, April 10, urging residents to avoid outdoor activities.
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How electric tuk-tuks could become a 'virtual power plant' for this country

Mon, 04/10/2023 - 17:28
The streets of Dhaka are filled with constant clamor. Among the chorus of honking horns and ringing bells, roaring cars and rattling rickshaws, you can hear the electric hum of the city's three-wheeled open taxis, called tuk-tuks, as they weave through traffic.
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Tupperware stock plunges after warning it could go out of business

Mon, 04/10/2023 - 07:17
Tupperware shares fell as much as 40% in premarket trading Monday following a bleak warning that its future is looking murky.
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Ref sidelined while FA investigates elbow incident

Mon, 04/10/2023 - 07:07
The assistant referee who appeared to elbow Liverpool's Andy Robertson during an English Premier League game on Sunday will not be involved in any matches while English football's governing body investigates the incident, the body responsible for Premier League referees said in a statement.
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What markets are watching after digesting the US jobs data

Mon, 04/10/2023 - 04:16
In an unusual coincidence, the US jobs report was released on a holiday Friday — meaning stock markets were closed when the closely-watched economic data came out.
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Boat carrying 400 migrants adrift in Mediterranean sea for at least 24 hours

Mon, 04/10/2023 - 03:42
A boat carrying around 400 migrants is adrift in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and Malta, and is at risk of capsizing after being stranded for at least 24 hours, along an immigration route that NGOs have warned is perilously dangerous.
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'Biden ate our chips': Ireland prepares for a presidential homecoming

Mon, 04/10/2023 - 02:09
Lauren and Emily Blewitt may have been in preschool at the time, but they were old enough to know that then-Vice President Joe Biden had committed a serious breach of mealtime etiquette. "He was just eating our chips!" Lauren, 10, says -- a mixture of delight and outrage crossing her face.
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China appears to simulate first aircraft carrier strike on Taiwan

Mon, 04/10/2023 - 01:47
For the first time, the Chinese navy appears to have simulated strikes by aircraft carrier-based warplanes on Taiwan, as military drills around the island entered their third day.
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Two prominent Chinese civil rights lawyers jailed for more than a decade for subversion

Mon, 04/10/2023 - 01:39
Lawyer Xu Zhiyong has spent nearly two decades fighting for human rights in China, and on Monday he was handed one of the longest prison sentences ever issued for civil activism under Xi Jinping's crackdown on dissent.
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US Navy sails near South China Sea island militarized by China

Sun, 04/09/2023 - 23:58
The US Navy has sent a destroyer close to a contested island in the South China Sea that Beijing has fortified with military installations to stake its territorial claims on the region.
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India's endangered tiger population is rebounding in triumph for conservationists

Sun, 04/09/2023 - 22:10
Tigers once roamed across Asia, their numbers as high as 100,000 at the start of the 20th century, before the species plummeted to the brink of extinction.
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Some customers are complaining the new olive oil-infused Starbucks drink is making them run to the bathroom

Sun, 04/09/2023 - 20:02
Starbucks is betting big on olive oil infused coffee, hoping customers will be enticed by the anomaly and the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil.
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