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#UPDATE  The global economy will expand by 6% this year, but disparities between nations are widening as advanced economies accelerate while developing countries fall behind, the #IMF  said Tuesday

#BREAKING Taliban delegation in Beijing for talks with China officials, spokesman for insurgents says

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#UPDATE  Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said Tuesday that Beijing's expansive claims in the #SouthChinaSea  have "no basis in international law ", taking aim at China's growing assertiveness in the hotly contested waters

#BREAKING US gymnast Biles says 'mental health' concerns led to Olympic team final withdrawal #Tokyo2020 

#BREAKING USA's Kathleen Ledecky wins inaugural #Olympics  women's 1500m freestyle #gold 

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China jails citizen journalist Zhang Zhan for 4 years for reporting on the virus in Wuhan. She has been on a hunger strike since June and is reportedly force-fed via a nasal tube. China has punished 8 virus whistleblowers so far. ?Her lawyer Zhang Keke talks to the press

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For more than 30 years, plastic phones shaped like the cartoon cat Garfield have been washing up on French beaches. The mystery is now solved: a shipping container which washed up during a storm in the 1980s was found in a hidden sea cave ? Fred Tanneau

VIDEO: Nigerian demonstrators Patrick, Solomon and Samuel recount the night they were injured on October 20, 2020 when the Nigerian army used live ammunition to disperse a peaceful demonstration at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos

#UPDATE  The first human trial to evaluate a candidate vaccine against the new coronavirus has begun in Seattle, US health officials said Monday, raising hopes in the global fight against the disease

VIDEO: The remains of Filipinos killed in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war are starting to be exhumed as the leases on their graves expire and poor families struggle to renew the contracts

#BREAKING Multiple Hong Kong democracy activists disqualified for election: candidates

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VIDEO: ?? Crowds packed out a water park over the weekend in the central Chinese city of #Wuhan  , where the #coronavirus  first emerged late last year, keen to party as the city edges back to normal life

Flags of various countries affected by the spread of #COVID19  are projected onto the statue of the Christ Redeemer atop Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro ? Florian Plancheur

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#BREAKING Italy hits one-day record with 368 new coronavirus deaths: official data

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