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Australians bristle as Biden calls PM 'that fellow Down Under'

Australians bristle as Biden calls PM 'that fellow Down Under'

SYDNEY: Australians squirmed Thursday as US President Joe Biden thanked their prime minister for joining a major new defence alliance -- but appeared to forget his name.

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Bumpy road as ageing Japan bets on self-driving cars

Bumpy road as ageing Japan bets on self-driving cars

TOKYO: With an ageing population in need of transport, Japan is betting on autonomous cars, but an accident involving a self-driving showcase at the Paralympics illustrates the challenges ahead.

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Chinese astronauts return to earth after 90-day mission

BEIJING - Chinese astronauts returned to earth Friday after completing the country's longest-ever crewed mission, the latest landmark in Beijing's drive to become a major space power.

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Chinese astronauts return to earth after 90-day mission
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Sunsets and squalor: Inside Afghanistan's largest prison

KABUL - Thousands of prisoners were crammed into a squalid prison to the east of Kabul last month until the Taliban set them free as they closed in on the capital.

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Sunsets and squalor: Inside Afghanistan's largest prison
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US to charge ex-Boeing pilot over 737 MAX crashes: report

NEW YORK - Federal prosecutors are preparing to indict a former Boeing test pilot suspected of misleading aviation regulators over the safety issues blamed for two fatal 737 MAX crashes, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

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US to charge ex-Boeing pilot over 737 MAX crashes: report
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Spoons become a new symbol of Palestinian 'freedom'

JERUSALEM - The humble spoon has taken its place alongside traditional flags and banners as a Palestinian resistance symbol, after prisoners were said to have carried out one of Israel's most spectacular jail breaks with the utensil.

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Spoons become a new symbol of Palestinian 'freedom'
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Australia shrugs off China anger on nuclear subs

SYDNEY - Australia on Friday shrugged off Chinese anger over its decision to acquire US nuclear-powered submarines and vowed to defend the rule of law in airspace and waters where Beijing has staked multiple hotly contested claims.

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Australia shrugs off China anger on nuclear subs
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Victorious, Taliban face fierce new test in Afghanistan

KABUL - Having conquered Afghanistan, the Taliban now face the formidable task of keeping the peace within their own ranks and running a country on the brink of ruin, experts say.

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Victorious, Taliban face fierce new test in Afghanistan
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Nobel laureate Romer decries lack of 'integrity' under Georgieva at World Bank

WASHINGTON - Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Romer said the current head of the IMF, in her previous senior role at the World Bank, engineered a "whitewash" of his concerns surrounding the bank's flagship report.

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Nobel laureate Romer decries lack of 'integrity' under Georgieva at World Bank
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Giant sequoias wrapped in foil protection against US forest fires

LOS ANGELES: The world's biggest trees were being wrapped in fire-proof blankets Thursday in an effort to protect them from huge blazes tearing through the drought-stricken western United States.

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Giant sequoias wrapped in foil protection against US forest fires
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Russians start voting in parliamentary polls after historic crackdown

MOSCOW - Russians in the Far East began voting in a three-day parliamentary election in which vocal Kremlin critics have been barred from running following a historic crackdown on the opposition.

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Russians start voting in parliamentary polls after historic crackdown
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IMF chief denies altering World Bank report to appease China

WASHINGTON - IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva on Thursday disputed an independent investigation which found that in her previous job at the World Bank, she pressed staff to alter a report to avoid angering China.

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IMF chief denies altering World Bank report to appease China