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On January 14, a US government agency decided to pay off part of Ecuador’s debt to China so that the Latin American country could break ties with Chinese telecommunications firms. The US International Development Finance Corporation, which is funded by the US government, provided Ecuador with a loan...
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Larry King, the suspenders-sporting everyman whose broadcast interviews with world leaders, movie stars and ordinary Joes helped define American conversation for a half-century, died Saturday. He was 87. King died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Ora Media, the...
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Off Brand is a thrice-monthly column that delves into trends in fashion and beauty. LEATHER SHOES are so widespread that most of us don’t give them a second thought. Animal skin has been the dominant footwear material since the early Mesopotamian civilization, despite some notable exceptions—ranging...
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ROMEThe French doctor who discovered the genetic basis of Down syndrome but spent his career advocating against abortion as a result of prenatal diagnosis has taken his first major step to possible sainthood. Pope Francis on Thursday approved the “heroic virtues” of Dr. Jerome...
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Candles, clothing, sails, and even the bread Europeans bought, often came from Russia. 1. Honey and beeswax Legion Media Greek hIstorian Polybius (2nd century BC) mentions that the Greeks exported "luxury goods: honey, wax, salted fish" from the northern Black Sea region - that is, from the Scythian...
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BEGIN SLIDESHOW Anthony Mackie Comments on Chris Evans’ Possible MCU Return Marvel fans were recently hit with the surprising news of Chris Evan’s potential return as Captain America. Fans were shocked as the 39-year-old actor has always been adamant in previous interviews about his retirement from...
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In 1565, Pieter Bruegel the Elder created The Massacre of the Innocents, a provocative masterpiece of religious art. The painting reworks a biblical narrative about King Herod’s order to slaughter all newborn boys in Bethlehem for fear that a messiah had been born there. Bruegel’s painting situates...
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Arnold Schwarzenegger has celebrated receiving the COVID-19 vaccine with a quote from the Terminator film series. The actor and former governor of California shared the good news after being vaccinated at Dodger Stadium. Read more: Unscripted telly and sci-fi escapism: how COVID-19 will change the...
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BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans on Thursday to stop complaining about the slow roll-out of a vaccine against COVID-19 and defended a decision to extend a lockdown as necessary to stem a more aggressive variant of the coronavirus. Speaking at a news conference, Merkel...
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Cairo: The Egyptian government has approved a draft bill, toughening penalties against the ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) to reach a maximum of 20 years in prison. The draft promises 15 to 20 years of jail term if the performer of the procedure is a medical professional and the victim...

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