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Afghanistan: Fighting rages as Taliban besiege three key cities

Fears rise of a humanitarian crisis as Islamist militants seek to capture major Afghan urban areas.

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SolarWinds: Top US prosecutors hit by suspected Russian hack

It is feared hackers may have accessed sensitive legal files during last year’s SolarWinds breach.

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Simone Biles: Tokyo Olympics gymnast withdraws from two more events

American Simone Biles pulls out of the vault and uneven bars gymnastics finals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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Billie Eilish opens up on internet trolls

Eilish tells Amfo of her frustration with internet criticism in a new documentary to be broadcast on Saturday.

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Tokyo Olympics: Belinda Bencic wins gold but Novak Djokovic leaves with no medals

Belinda Bencic wins gold in the women’s Olympic tennis, but racquet-smashing Novak Djokovic leaves without a medal.

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Tokyo Olympics: Elaine Thompson-Herah successfully defends 100m title

Elaine Thompson-Herah became the second-fastest woman in history as she beat fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to retain her Olympic 100m title.

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Australia Covid: Brisbane lockdown after Delta variant cases

Millions of Australians in parts of Queensland enter a snap lockdown from Saturday afternoon.

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Tokyo Olympics: Georgia athletes removed from Games after sightseeing trip

Two Georgian silver medallists are told to leave the Olympic Games for taking a sightseeing trip in Tokyo.

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Kris Wu: K-Pop star arrested on suspicion of rape

The Chinese-Canadian star denies allegations made online by several women in China.

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Mitholz – the tranquil Swiss village facing a time bomb

More than 60 years after a deadly explosion ruined Mitholz, the village remains under threat.

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Elon Musk: ‘I don’t want to be CEO of anything’

Elon Musk reiterated on Friday that he doesn’t want to be Space X or Tesla boss. What’s going on?

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Tokyo Olympics: The medal winners’ flowers that pay tribute to 2011 disaster

More than 5,000 bouquets are being handed to athletes at the Olympic and Paralympic Games – and have a special significance, with flowers from areas devastated by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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Nigeria’s kidnap crisis: ‘I saw my two-year-old carried by a man with a gun’

Parents of schoolchildren abducted in Nigeria describe their trauma, and dilemma over the ransom demands.

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India reptile park struggles to survive amid Covid

The future is uncertain for the thousands of snakes, lizards and crocodiles at the Guindy Snake Park.

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ICYMI: Decoding feline feelings and a breathtaking bungee jump

A round-up of the week’s news you might have missed.

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The man who ‘killed’ Pluto

How Mike Brown’s discovery of a larger object threatened Pluto’s 75-year status as a planet

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Double GB gold in new mixed events

Great Britain kick off a golden Saturday by winning two of the new mixed relay events but there is disappointment for Dina Asher-Smith.

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Dressel sets world record to win third Tokyo gold

American Caeleb Dressel gains his third gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics with a 100m butterfly world record, while Katie Ledecky and Kaylee McKeown also win golds.

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Nigerian sprinter Okagbare fails drugs test

Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare is out of the Tokyo Olympics after being suspended for failing a drugs test.

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Israel accuses Iran over deadly oil tanker attack

The country’s foreign minister blames “Iranian terrorism” for an attack that left two people dead.

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Covid-19 pandemic: Japan widens emergency over ‘frightening’ spike

The Olympics host is facing record Covid case numbers, fuelled by the virulent Delta strain.

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Woman charged for disturbing Yellowstone mother grizzly

A woman faces wildlife endangerment charges for a close call with a mother grizzly in Yellowstone.

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Nanjing: New virus outbreak worst since Wuhan, say Chinese state media

Almost 200 people have been infected since the virus was first detected at Nanjing airport on 20 July.

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Amanda Knox claims Matt Damon film Stillwater profits from her life

The director of Stillwater said he was fascinated by Ms Knox’s wrongful murder conviction in Italy.

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Turkey fires: Blazes threaten Marmaris and other coastal resorts

Villages and hotels are evacuated as firefighters attempt to put out dozens of blazes.

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Russia stops Cubans trying to enter EU on air beds

Three Cubans caught trying to cross a river into Estonia are said to have been heading for Spain.

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Hong Kong: First person jailed under security law given nine years

Tong Ying-kit rode a motorbike into police officers while flying a flag with a protest slogan.

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Australia to return 14 artworks of disputed provenance to India

The National Gallery says their repatriation will “close a very difficult chapter of our history”.

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Amazon hit with $886m fine for alleged data law breach

The tech giant rejects claims it has broken European Union data protection laws.

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China nuclear: Taishan reactor shut down over damaged fuel rods

The operator says the EPR reactor at Taishan in China is “under control” despite fuel rod concerns.