• I'm not one of Wimbledon favourites, insists Djokovic
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    I'm not one of Wimbledon favourites, insists Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic may have won Wimbledon three times, but the former world number one insists he isn't one of the favourites to land the All England Club crown this year. Djokovic stepped up his Wimbledon preparations by sweeping into the Queen's Club quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-1 demolition of

  • Protests in Spain as Pamplona sexual abuse gang released on bail
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    Protests in Spain as Pamplona sexual abuse gang released on bail

    Protesters took to the streets in Spain Thursday after a court ordered the release on bail of five men sentenced to nine years in prison for sexually abusing a young woman at Pamplona's bull-running festival. The men, who called themselves "the pack" in a WhatsApp messaging group, had

  • Nicaraguan bishops say going to Masaya 'to avert massacre'
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    Nicaraguan bishops say going to Masaya 'to avert massacre'

    Nicaragua's bishops said they were going to the opposition bastion of Masaya on Thursday "to avert another massacre" after it came under attack from forces loyal to President Daniel Ortega. The city -- which this week declared itself in rebellion to Ortega's rule -- was under "

  • Nationalist 'disease' spreading in Europe: Macron
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    Nationalist 'disease' spreading in Europe: Macron

    French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday likened rising nationalism and anti-migrant sentiment in Europe to a kind of "disease". On a visit to Brittany three days before a meeting of European leaders to try resolve the continent's migrant crisis Macron urged the French not to give

  • US leaks 60 percent more methane than government says: study
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    US leaks 60 percent more methane than government says: study

    The US oil and gas industry leaks 60 percent more methane than official government estimates, a report said Thursday, warning of this potent greenhouse gas's effect on the environment. US industry emits some 13 million metric tons each year, far more than the amount estimated by the US Environmental

  • US 'committed to NATO': senior Army commander
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    US 'committed to NATO': senior Army commander

    The United States will continue to show its commitment to NATO, a senior US Army commander said Thursday as a fresh batch of military helicopters arrived in Europe's largest port to bolster ongoing operations. Rotterdam harbour on Wednesday saw the offloading of some 60 US Army Black Hawk and Chinook

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    The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax

  • US stocks skid as industrials, automakers, tech trade lower
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    US stocks skid as industrials, automakers, tech trade lower

    U.S. stocks are lower Thursday as investors again worry about the potential effects of the U.S.-China trade dispute. German automaker Daimler lowered its annual profit forecast, partly because of higher import taxes on U.S. vehicles in China. Industrial companies are taking more losses.

  • South Africa announces drastic healthcare shakeup
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    South Africa announces drastic healthcare shakeup

    South Africa on Thursday unveiled details of a new universal health insurance plan aimed at improving healthcare for the poor in one of the world's most unequal nations. A new National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme will use compulsory contributions from employers and employees and is expected to

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    Hamilton admits World Cup may distract him at French GP

    Lewis Hamilton will risk losing his focus on this Sunday's French Grand Prix by watching England play a World Cup match shortly before the race. The four-time world champion said he will try to do two things at once -- prepare for the race and support England when they play Panama. "The game

  • Hamilton admits World Cup may distract him at French GP
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    Hamilton admits World Cup may distract him at French GP

    Lewis Hamilton will risk losing his focus on this Sunday's French Grand Prix by watching England play a World Cup match shortly before the race. The four-time world champion said he will try to do two things at once –- prepare for the race and support England when they play Panama. "The game

  • First music festival turns to blockchain
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    First music festival turns to blockchain

    A music festival will for the first time run on blockchain, tapping the fast-growing technology as an innovative way to address longstanding issues such as ticket scalping and fan engagement. Called the OUR Music Festival, or OMF, the inaugural edition will take place on October 20 in San Francisco&

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    Authorities: Would-be thieves blow up ATM in failed heist

    Authorities say two people blew up an ATM inside a Philadelphia business during an unsuccessful theft attempt. City police say the explosion occurred around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday inside a beer distributorship. ...

  • Muguruza crumbles against 'shaking' Strycova in Birmingham
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    Muguruza crumbles against 'shaking' Strycova in Birmingham

    Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza fell in the second round of the Birmingham grass court tournament on Thursday to Barbora Strycova, the 24th ranked Czech. "I'm a fighter and I like to fight, on and off the court," said Strycova. "Sometimes when you fight, you're rewarded and

  • High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax
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    High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax

    States will be able to force more shoppers to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision Thursday that will leave shoppers with lighter wallets but is a big financial win for states. Consumers can expect to see sales tax being charged on more online purchases — likely

  • Canada's legalization to offer pot by mail, better banking
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    Canada's legalization to offer pot by mail, better banking

    With nationwide marijuana legalization in Canada on the horizon, the industry is shaping up differently there than the way it was established in nine U.S. states that have similarly broad legalization. Age limits, government involvement in distribution and sales, and access to banking are some big discrepancies

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    New Jersey university selling music college to Chinese firm

    A New Jersey university is selling its music college to a Chinese company. Lawrence-based Rider University had announced in February that it had a non-binding, $40 million deal in place to sell Westminster Choir College in Princeton to Kaiwen Education. The school announced Thursday that it has signed

  • 'Piece of my heart stays with Liverpool': Can signs four-year Juventus deal
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    'Piece of my heart stays with Liverpool': Can signs four-year Juventus deal

    German midfielder Emre Can on Thursday signed for Juventus on a four-year deal but admitted "a piece of my heart will always be with Liverpool". The 24-year-old spent four years at Liverpool but will be a free agent on July 1 when his contract at the Merseyside club expires. "I will

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    APME announces winners of 2018 contest for AP journalists

    Coverage of news events that tested the human spirit and challenged how we see ourselves won top honors in the 2018 Associated Press Media Editors Awards for AP staff. Hurricane Harvey, the collapse of ...

  • Italy's Salvini digs in heels over Brussels migration summit
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    Italy's Salvini digs in heels over Brussels migration summit

    Italy's far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini on Thursday said Italy would not be pushed around at an emergency summit on migration, scheduled for Sunday in Brussels, after making threats to boycott the event. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte "will attend on Sunday", Salvini said, despite

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    The Latest: Watchdog highlights dangers of pools, other toys

    The Latest on a consumer watchdog group's warning about 10 types of potentially unsafe summer toys (all times local): 1:30 p.m. A consumer watchdog group says the recent drowning of Olympic skier Bode ...

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    Dutch bust 'made-to-order' Philippine child sex gang

    Dutch police said Thursday they helped crack a child sex abuse ring in the Philippines offering babies as young as five months for "made-to-order" online paedophilia cases. With the help of Australian officers, a Dutch policeman, who has been specially stationed in Manila to clampdown on child

  • Romania ruling party chief handed jail term over fake jobs scandal
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    Romania ruling party chief handed jail term over fake jobs scandal

    Romania's high court on Thursday sentenced the leader of the ruling left-wing Social Democrat party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, to three-and-a-half years in prison over a fake jobs scandal. Dragnea, 55, who is not yet in custody, is widely acknowledged to be Romania's most powerful politician and

  • Federer saves two match points to reach Halle last-eight
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    Federer saves two match points to reach Halle last-eight

    World number one Roger Federer kept his quest for a 10th Halle grasscourt title alive by saving two match points to defeat France's Benoit Paire 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (9/7) and make the quarter-finals on Thursday. Federer will face Australia's world number 60 Matthew Ebden, who defeated Germany'

  • 'Honesty' best policy: Nagelsmann to join Leipzig at end of next season
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    'Honesty' best policy: Nagelsmann to join Leipzig at end of next season

    Highly-regarded coach Julian Nagelsmann said Thursday that he will quit Hoffenheim to take charge at Bundesliga rivals Leipzig -- but only after the end of next season.