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'Outright lies', says China on reports that it investigated weaponising coronaviruses in 2015
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'Outright lies', says China on reports that it investigated weaponising coronaviruses in 2015

The US government reportedly obtained the documents, which were written by Chinese military scientists in 2015 as part of their own probe into the origins of COVID-19

Man kills six, then self, at Colorado birthday party shooting; governor terms deaths 'devastating'
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Man kills six, then self, at Colorado birthday party shooting; governor terms deaths 'devastating'

The shooting happened just after midnight in a mobile home park on the east side of Colorado Springs, police said

Three, including 4-year-old girl, injured in shooting at New York's Times Square; suspects at large
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Three, including 4-year-old girl, injured in shooting at New York's Times Square; suspects at large

Police said the incident occured shortly before 5 pm near the intersection of West 44th Street and Seventh Avenue and that all victims are expected to recover

At least 200 Palestinians hurt in Al-Aqsa clashes with Israeli police, say medics
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At least 200 Palestinians hurt in Al-Aqsa clashes with Israeli police, say medics

It was unclear what set off the violence at Al-Aqsa, which erupted when Israeli police in riot gear deployed in large numbers as thousands of Muslim worshippers were holding evening prayers

Israel, Hamas escalate heavy fighting with no end in sight; toll in Gaza rises to 35
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Israel, Hamas escalate heavy fighting with no end in sight; toll in Gaza rises to 35

In a televised address, Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel had killed dozens of militants and inflicted heavy damage on hundreds of targets

At Dracula's castle in Romania, people queue up for COVID-19 vaccine shots and house tours
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At Dracula's castle in Romania, people queue up for COVID-19 vaccine shots and house tours

Those brave enough to get a Pfizer vaccine shot receive a “vaccination diploma,” which is aptly illustrated with a fanged medical worker brandishing a syringe.

NowThis editor Versha Sharma to take over at Teen Vogue, replacing Alexi McCammond
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NowThis editor Versha Sharma to take over at Teen Vogue, replacing Alexi McCammond

Sharma takes over 24 May at the digital-only publication after McCammond and the Condé Nast title parted ways before her appointment took effect.

20 Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli forces; Hamas launches rare rocket strike on Jerusalem
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20 Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli forces; Hamas launches rare rocket strike on Jerusalem

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said the rocket attacks would continue until Israel stops 'all scenes of terrorism and aggression' in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa mosque

What a century-old sex trafficking case in New Zealand reveals about modern exploitation and justice
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What a century-old sex trafficking case in New Zealand reveals about modern exploitation and justice

We’ve all read stories of women who were coerced and abused in the sex industry. They pepper our newspapers, televisions and films – and Lydia Harvey’s story is no different. She was abused, confined against her will and never saw a penny of the money she earned selling sex.

Nepal prime minister KP Sharma Oli faces fresh setback, loses vote of confidence in Parliament
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Nepal prime minister KP Sharma Oli faces fresh setback, loses vote of confidence in Parliament

After losing the vote of confidence, Oli is automatically removed from his post. Now the new coalition government will be formed as per the constitutional process, said a senior Nepali Congress leader Prakash Man Singh

With COVID-19 exposing cracks in our healthcare systems, countries must also reorient their climate agenda
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With COVID-19 exposing cracks in our healthcare systems, countries must also reorient their climate agenda

As health systems near their limit in places like India and Nepal, a resetting of global priorities towards disaster anticipation rather than merely disaster management is required.

Australian media report on 'weaponising' of SARS renews tensions between Canberra, Beijing
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Australian media report on 'weaponising' of SARS renews tensions between Canberra, Beijing

The document quoted by the media report shows Chinese officials describing SARS coronaviruses as heralding a 'new era of genetic weapons'

From population to daily life, new research offers clues about how medieval Cambodia's Angkor Empire grew over time
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From population to daily life, new research offers clues about how medieval Cambodia's Angkor Empire grew over time

Research suggests that this settlement may have been home to between 700,000 and 900,000 people at its height in the 13th century.

In Paris' Invalides Museum, memorial of Napoleon's favourite horse Marengo outrages fans
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In Paris' Invalides Museum, memorial of Napoleon's favourite horse Marengo outrages fans

The artwork dubbed 'Memento Marengo' by artist Pascal Convert immortalises Napoleon's loyal steed, who bore the general through several battles before being captured by British troops at Waterloo in 1815.

Maldives Police says prime suspect in attack on ex-president Mohamed Nasheed arrested
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Maldives Police says prime suspect in attack on ex-president Mohamed Nasheed arrested

Hospital officials said Nasheed, currently the speaker in the Parliament, remains in an intensive care unit after initial life-saving surgeries to his head, chest, abdomen and limbs

Debris from China's 'Long March' rocket disintegrates over Indian Ocean, lands near Maldives
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Debris from China's 'Long March' rocket disintegrates over Indian Ocean, lands near Maldives

Very little of the rocket stage’s mass survived re-entry, with the majority having burned up as it entered the Earth’s atmosphere

Toll from blasts near girls' school in Afghanistan's Kabul rises to 50; over 100 injured, says official
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Toll from blasts near girls' school in Afghanistan's Kabul rises to 50; over 100 injured, says official

Interior Ministry spokesman Tareq Arian said a car bomb first detonated in front of the school, and two more devices exploded when students rushed out in panic

COVID vaccine patent waiver no 'magic bullet', says EU; urges US to lift ban on exports instead
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COVID vaccine patent waiver no 'magic bullet', says EU; urges US to lift ban on exports instead

While the US has kept a tight lid on exports so it can inoculate its own population first, the EU has become the world’s leading provider, allowing about as many doses to go outside the 27-nation bloc as are kept for its 446 million inhabitants

Bomb blast near school in Kabul kills at least 25, including students; over 50 injured
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Bomb blast near school in Kabul kills at least 25, including students; over 50 injured

No one claimed responsibility for the attack at the school located in the Shiite majority neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi in Afghanistan's capital, although Islamic State has previously claimed attacks in the same area

Islamic extremists behind attack on Maldives' ex-president Mohamed Nasheed, says top official; two arrested
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Islamic extremists behind attack on Maldives' ex-president Mohamed Nasheed, says top official; two arrested

Investigators still do not know which extremist group was behind the attack, which left Nasheed, 53, in critical condition in an intensive care unit after life-saving surgeries to his head, chest, abdomen and limbs, the official added