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US: A zoo’s three ‘beloved’ snow leopards die of COVID-19

Gulf News | 15 Nov 2021

Washington: The three big cats delighted visitors to the Nebraska zoo for years — pouncing on pumpkins during Halloween, preening for pictures and lounging on rocks in their enclosure. The Lincoln Children’s Zoo has described the snow leopards as silly, bubbly and handsome. They were one of the zoo’s main attractions, delivering a dose of mountain...

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US pilots admired Soviet counterparts for their sense of humour

Pravda RU | 15 Nov 2021

US pilots told a story about Soviet pilots of MiG aircraft that took off to intercept enemy aircraft at the height of the Cold War. Soviet pilots were making jokes during the operations,...

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US journalist freed from Myanmar jail with ex-diplomat's aid

Moosejaw Today | 15 Nov 2021

BANGKOK (AP) — American journalist Danny Fenster, sentenced only days ago to 11 years hard labor in Myanmar, has been freed and is on his way home, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson said Monday. Richardson said in a statement that Fenster had been handed over to him in Myanmar and would return to the U.S. via Qatar over the next...

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Saudi Arabia, UAE signal OPEC+ will resist US calls to pump more oil

Live Mint | 15 Nov 2021

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates signaled OPEC+ will continue raising oil output cautiously and won’t bow to U.S. pressure to pump faster. President Joe Biden, concerned that gasoline prices at a seven-year high are stoking inflation in America, has called on the 23-nation alliance to turn on the taps and bring down crude prices. MORE FROM...

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Trump ally Michael Flynn condemned over call for ‘one religion’ in US

The Guardian | 15 Nov 2021

Religious freedom is enshrined in first amendment Ilhan Omar: ‘These people hate the US constitutionMichael Flynn, Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, was widely condemned after calling for the establishment of “one religion” in the US. Religious freedom is enshrined in the first...

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Rupee surges 12 paise to 74.33 against US dollar in early trade

The Times of India | 15 Nov 2021

The rupee surged 12 paise to 74.33 against the US dollar in opening trade on Monday as a firm trend in domestic equities and easing crude oil prices boosted investor sentiments. At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened strong at 74.38 against...

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Japan’s former princess leaves for US with her commoner husband

Irish Independent | 14 Nov 2021

A Japanese princess who gave up her royal status to marry her commoner college sweetheart has left for New York, as the couple pursue happiness as newlyweds and leave behind a nation that has criticised their romance. The departure of Mako Komuro, the former Princess Mako, and Kei Komuro, both 30, was carried live by Japanese broadcasters, showing...

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US, China Trade Taiwan Warnings Ahead of Biden-Xi Summit

Beijing News | 14 Nov 2021

WASHINGTON - The top diplomats from China and the United States have exchanged stern warnings over the flashpoint issue of Taiwan, ahead of Monday's hotly awaited summit between their leaders. The virtual meeting of presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping comes against a backdrop of rising tensions -- in part over Taiwan, a self-ruling democracy...

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US: 7-foot long python sneaks onto sailboat on 100-mile voyage

Khaleejtimes | 14 Nov 2021

A python looking for a joyride snuck aboard a sailboat in the Florida Keys and ended up staying until the boat finished its nearly 100-mile voyage, police said. The crew found the 7-foot (2.1-metre) snake in the boat’s shower after docking Friday in Marco Island on...

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US ‘Kidnapped’ Russian Crypto Businessman Denis Dubnikov, Lawyer Says

Bitcoin | 13 Nov 2021

U.S. law enforcement agents have “kidnapped” crypto entrepreneur Denis Dubnikov in Mexico, before transferring him to the Netherlands where he was arrested, his lawyer told Russian media. Dubnikov is suspected of money laundering and faces up to 20 years in prison if extradited to the United States. FBI Accused of Kidnapping Russian...

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China THREATENS Australia with a 'heavy attack' and warns allied forces 'better be prepared to sacrifice' in defence of Taiwan after Peter Dutton confirmed we would join the US in protecting the island

The Daily Mail | 13 Nov 2021

China has issued a chilling warning to Australians declaring a 'heavy attack' would quickly follow if our forces came to the defence of Taiwan. In explosive comments published in Chinese tabloid The Global Times on Saturday, editor-in-chief Hu Xijin was blunt in his analysis of Australia's promise to come to Taiwan's aid should US allied forces get...

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China warns US not to support Taiwan independence: Chinese foreign ministry

Straits Times | 13 Nov 2021

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi told US Secretary of State Antony Blinken not to "send wrong signals" to Taiwan pro-independence forces, China's foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday (Nov 13). Both men also spoke about the virtual meeting that Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden would have next...

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Rhino horn NFT sells for nearly US$7000

Hong Kong Standard | 13 Nov 2021

A digital replica of a rhino horn sold at an auction in South Africa late Thursday, as conservationists tapped into the craze for NFTs to raise money to protect real rhinos. Cape Town businessperson Charl Jacobs paid 105,000 rand (6,850 dollars, 6,000 euros) for the digital horn, which he said he plans to place into a trust for his...

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How major US stock indexes fared Friday

The News-Gazette | 12 Nov 2021

Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Friday, but every major index still marked its first weekly loss in six weeks. Technology and communications companies led the modest gains. Bond yields rose....

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The US is making its biggest investment in broadband internet ever

Popular Science | 12 Nov 2021

The continental US at night, based on satellite data from April and October, 2012. NASA Earth Observatory/NOAA NGDC Last Friday, the House of Representatives passed a historic infrastructure bill, which includes $1.2 trillion allocated towards supporting planes, trains, energy systems—and the largest investment ever for broadband internet, to the...

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Shiba Inu (SHIB) Trading Volume Crosses $5.6 Billion, US Senate Candidate Calls it a Big Deal

CoinGape | 12 Nov 2021

Shiba Inu’s ($SHIB) price has been consolidating above the $0.00005 mark for nearly two weeks now but despite the lost price momentum, the popularity of the meme currency has not faded. The altcoin registered a massive $5.6 billion in trading volume only behind Bitcoin () and Ethereum (). The massive trading volume spike caught...

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US: Blinken to make first official visit to sub-Saharan Africa

Al Jazeera | 12 Nov 2021

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken will make his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa in an official capacity next week, visiting Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal, the State Department has said. Blinken will meet with the presidents of all three countries and will broadly address “the COVID-19 pandemic and building back to a more inclusive...

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Prove us wrong, activist tells leaders at UN climate talks

Indian Express | 12 Nov 2021

A Ugandan activist channelled the fears of many young people and vulnerable countries at Thursday’s UN climate talks in Glasgow that world leaders won’t take the action needed to prevent potentially lethal levels of global warming. “The latest available science tells us that in order to avoid the worst impacts of the climate...