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The billionaire French donors who publicly promised flashy donations totalling hundreds of millions to rebuild Notre Dame have not yet paid a penny towards the restoration of the French national monument, according to church and business officials. Instead, it’s been mainly American and French citizens, via charitable foundations at Notre Dame, that have footed the bills.

11:00:10 on 16 Jun

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Saturday called terrorism as the “gravest threat” to the people in Asia. Addressing the fifth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit in the Tajik capital, Jaishankar said that terrorists and their victims must never be equated.

05:57:10 on 15 Jun

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan recently made headlines with his diplomatic protocol goof up at the SCO summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on June 13. The very next day, the provincial government of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa did something that took the spotlight away from Imran Khan. They streamed a live press conference on Facebook.

04:57:01 on 15 Jun

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Amid extreme protests and boycotts, the Hong Kong government Saturday suspended the controversial legislation which allowed extradition of some suspects to stand trial in mainland China. Chief Executive Carrie Lam in a press conference, said that the bill has caused intense division in the society and she had heard the calls for her government to “pause and think.”

04:30:59 on 15 Jun

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Mocking SpaceX CEO Elon Musk launched a Tesla car into space in 2018, Russian scientists sent their own red car outside the Earth, but the car was actually just a toy. In February 2018, SpaceX launched its reusable heavy-lift launch vehicle -- Falcon Heavy for the first time along with a cherry-red Tesla Roadster with a mannequin called 'Starman' behind the wheel.

03:33:26 on 15 Jun

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What would be the first thing that you would do when the shopping mall that you are in gets flooded with water? We are guessing, you would panic. But the visitors in a Mall Mexico were left in splits when they faced a similar situation. Why, you ask? Because, the moment water started gushing in from the roof, the live band in the mall started playing the Titanic song.

03:21:26 on 15 Jun

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Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has been served with court papers related to a rape lawsuit in the United States, according to documents filed by his lawyers on Friday. Five-time world player of the year Ronaldo is accused of rape by Kathryn Mayorga, who claims the Portuguese soccer star assaulted her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009.

11:28:01 on 15 Jun

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Hundreds of thousands of women across Switzerland held a strike on Friday to highlight their wealthy nation's poor record on female rights, recreating the passion of the last such walkout 28 years ago. In Zurich, the financial capital and the country's biggest city, tens of thousands of protesters clogged the streets, blowing whistles and banging pots and pans.

04:59:46 on 15 Jun

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World’s lightest panda was born in China on Tuesday. The panda, named Chengfeng weighs 42.8 grams and was born along with sister Chenglang. The cub has been kept at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

06:48:18 on 14 Jun

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, without naming Pakistan, raised the issue of state-sponsored terrorism at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit (SCO) in Bishkek and said that countries sponsoring, aiding and funding terrorism must be held accountable as he called for a global conference to combat the menace.

04:26:16 on 14 Jun

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi held three bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the 19th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic on Thursday. SCO is Prime Minister Modi's first multilateral meeting after assuming office for the second time. The first of the meetings was with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

11:46:32 on 14 Jun

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Pakistan orders gag on satirical content

A new order issued by Pakistan's media regulatory boy PEMRA has advised media channels to not air "satirical content" that demeans politicians or individuals associated with law enforcement agencies. The "advice of airing satirical content" order issued on June 12 has advised media houses to carefully select words and gestures while creating content or memes.

10:43:45 on 14 Jun

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Friday faces his first British court hearing since the US submitted a formal extradition request on espionage charges that have upset defenders of press freedoms and human rights. The 47-year-old Australian is currently serving a 50-week prison sentence for violating bail conditions in 2012.

08:57:01 on 14 Jun

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The man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks pleaded not guilty to multiple murder and terrorism charges. Appearing in Christchurch High Court via audio-visual link from a maximum-security prison in Auckland, Brenton Tarrant sat silently as lawyer Shane Tait said his client pleaded "not guilty to all charges".

08:27:01 on 14 Jun

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No meeting was held between PM Narendra Modi and Pakistan's Imran Khan during the informal dinner hosted by Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov for the leaders attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Bishkek. PM Modi and Imran Khan did not even exchange pleasantries during the dinner hosted on the sidelines of the two-day summit, the report added.

07:57:01 on 14 Jun

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Suspected attacks left two tankers in flames in the waters of the Gulf of Oman, sending world oil prices soaring as Iran helped rescue stricken crew members. The mystery incident, the second involving shipping in the strategic sea lane in only a few weeks, came amid spiralling tensions between Tehran and Washington.

06:59:28 on 13 Jun

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After facing heavy losses following coordinated operations by the Myanmar and Indian armies forcing the Naga rebel group to shut camps in Taga, Myanmar, the faction is regrouping again to take control of the lost ground. Security forces are taking inputs about the leadership giving orders for reopening of the base area and council headquarters at Taga seriously.

03:56:36 on 13 Jun

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Violent clashes broke out in Hong Kong as police tried to stop protesters storming the city's parliament, while tens of thousands of people blocked key arteries in a show of strength against government plans to allow extraditions to China. Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and batons to disperse crowds of black-clad demonstrators.

07:02:48 on 12 Jun

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Since its sale for a record $450 million, the whereabouts of the “Salvator Mundi,” said to be painted by Leonardo da Vinci, has become one of the art world’s greatest mysteries. On Monday, London-based art dealer Kenny Schachter offered answers: the painting now resides on the gargantuan yacht owned by powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

04:27:01 on 12 Jun

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After the LGBTQ community called out to YouTube for not considering homophobic remarks as violation of its platform's policies, company CEO Susan Wojcicki apologised to the community. Wojcicki's apology comes in the wake of the company's failure to take more definitive action against conservative pundit Steven Crowder who made homophobic and racist comments.

07:46:17 on 11 Jun

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The Duchess of Sussex paused her maternity leave last weekend in order to join the royal family’s celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday. The entire family were out for Trooping the Colour. It was during the carriage procession that the Duchess of Sussex took off her navy gloves to reveal a new piece of jewellery.

05:54:30 on 11 Jun

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Pensioners in Britain who have watched television such as “Blue Planet” and “Doctor Who” for free will have to start paying after the publicly-funded BBC said it would scrap free licences for those over 75-years-old. The BBC said around 3.7 million pensioners who previously received a free TV licence will have to pay when its new rules come into force in June 2020.

05:17:48 on 11 Jun

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NASA has installed a webcam that allows the public to get a live, bird’s-eye view of its Mars 2020 rover as it takes shape, the US space agency said. The move will allow people to watch as engineers and technicians assemble at and test the rover the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the US before it embarks next year.

04:33:53 on 11 Jun

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The photo of Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron planting an oak tree in the garden of the White House symbolized the friendship shown by the two leaders. But relations between them have since frayed -- over issues ranging from Iran to trade -- and the tree, a diplomatic source said this week, did not survive.

06:29:46 on 10 Jun

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Former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari was arrested from his Islamabad residence on Monday in connection with a fake bank accounts case, Dawn reported. The arrest came after the Islamabad High Court earlier today rejected his plea seeking protection from arrest . Zardari’s sister Faryal Talpur is a co-accused in the case.

06:23:56 on 10 Jun

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said here on Monday he had assured India of expediting the delayed Indo-Lanka projects, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the island country. On Sunday, Modi became the first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka after the Easter Sunday bombings which killed over 250 people and was claimed by the Islamic State.

06:07:09 on 10 Jun

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France today welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's proposal for a global conference to tackle the threat of terrorism, saying the fight against terror is at the heart of its priorities. Minister of State for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Jean Baptiste Lemoyne made the remarks on the sidelines of an interaction with Indian alumni of French institutions.

04:32:54 on 10 Jun

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Fearing retaliation from India and under pressure from the international community, Pakistan has shut down terror camps on its soil, in the past few months. The move comes after India intensified pressure on Pakistan through dossiers shared on global platforms, giving evidence of terror camps backed by the Pakistan Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

02:57:37 on 10 Jun

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The Joint Group of Asia Pacific Group (APG) has informed Pakistan that an assessment of its action plan against eight proscribed terror outfits, including Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and Jaish-e-Muhammad, after it was grey-listed by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for terror financing has found that its compliance on 18 of 27 action plans was unsatisfactory.

10:09:18 on 10 Jun

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British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, a contender to replace Theresa May as prime minister, said Sunday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had indicated the EU was willing to renegotiate the Brexit divorce deal. Hunt said he spoke with Merkel at this week's D-Day commemorations and was convinced changing May's agreement was possible.

09:57:01 on 09 Jun

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Sri Lanka on Sunday to embark on his first foreign trip after re-election and paid homage to those died at St Anthony's Church Easter Sunday attack. His two-day trip which started at the Maldives, focuses on his administration’s Neighbourhood First policy.

02:40:51 on 09 Jun

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Over three dozen passengers aboard a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight were offloaded after one of them mistakenly opened the emergency door of the aircraft on the runway at the Manchester airport in the UK, the national carrier said. The offloaded passengers were provided transportation and hotel accommodation.

02:32:27 on 09 Jun

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Queen Elizabeth II marked her official birthday Saturday with the annual Trooping the Color parade, a traditional display of British pageantry at its very best. President Donald Trump and his family got the royal treatment from Queen Elizabeth II this past week - and the American president was all in, gushing to Fox News that it was a highlight of his life.

09:27:02 on 09 Jun

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Southern Railway cancelled 50 suburban services on the Chennai-Arakkonam section on Sunday to facilitate engineering works. Some of the cancelled trains are MMC- Tiruvallur (43219) leaving MMC at 09.45am, Chennai Beach - Tiruvallur (43705) leaving Chennai Beach at 1.05pm, MMC - Tiruttani (43505) leaving MMC at 10am

11:01:25 on 08 Jun

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has written to his Indian counterpart Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that he wants talks to resolve all reconcilable problems, including the Kashmir issue, a Pakistani media report said on Friday. The report came a day after India said there will be no bilateral meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of a regional summit.

05:54:37 on 08 Jun

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Judges at London's HC threw out an attempt to prosecute Boris Johnson, the front-runner to succeed Theresa May as prime minister, for allegedly lying about Brexit. Last month, a judge said Johnson must appear in court over allegations he lied about Brexit by claiming during the 2016 rerferendum that Britain would be 350 million pounds a week better off outside the EU.

08:55:02 on 07 Jun

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The number of Indians who died in Thursday’s bus accident in Dubai has gone up to 12, the consul-general of India in the United Arab Emirates city said on Friday. Five other people were also killed and nine seriously injured when the driver of the Muscat-to-Dubai route bus entered a road not meant for buses towards Al Rashidiya Metro station in Dubai on Thursday evening.

04:50:47 on 07 Jun

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President Donald Trump has blamed countries like India and China for not doing enough on climate change, labelling them as regions with air that is impossible to breathe while claiming that the US has some of the "cleanest air". Trump claimed that while the US had "some of the cleanest air", it was other countries that were not doing enough to tackle pollution.

04:01:56 on 07 Jun

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Former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama have signed a deal to produce a series of podcasts for music streaming platform Spotify. Under the multiyear deal between Spotify and the couples’ Higher Ground Productions, the duo are set to develop, produce and lend their voices to select podcasts on a variety of topics.

02:36:45 on 07 Jun

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British Prime Minister Theresa May steps down as leader of her Conservative Party on Friday, formally triggering the race for a successor who will try where she failed to deliver Brexit. May will remain prime minister until a new leader is chosen, likely in late July, but has relinquished control over the direction of Britain's tortuous departure from the European Union.

12:03:52 on 07 Jun

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No meeting is scheduled between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan's Imran Khan later this month on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek, the Foreign Ministry clarified today. If the two prime ministers do meet, however, India will convey the same red lines of terror to Pakistan, sources had said.

04:08:19 on 06 Jun

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Hong Kong's top court ordered the government to grant spousal rights and benefits to the husband of a gay civil servant who married overseas, in a new landmark ruling for LGBT rights. The judgement, handed down by the Court of Final Appeal, is the latest instance where the judiciary has found against the govt and in favour of gay rights groups seeking greater equality.

01:44:30 on 06 Jun

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Japan’s health and labour minister has defended workplaces that require women to wear high heels to work, arguing it is “necessary and appropriate” after a petition was filed against the practice. The remark came when Takumi Nemoto was asked to comment on a petition by a group of women who want the govt to ban workplaces from requiring female employees to wear high heels.

11:50:13 on 06 Jun

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World's Worst Serial Killers

Former German hospital nurse Niels Hoegel has claimed to have killed around 100 of his patients with drug overdoses, which would make him one of the world's most prolific serial killers in recent history. The verdict in his trial is due Thursday. Check out some of the most notorious serial killers of the past decades.

09:57:01 on 06 Jun

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A bill in Alabama awaiting the governor's signature would require people convicted of certain sex offences to undergo "chemical castration" as a condition of parole - a requirement meant to keep perpetrators from committing similar crimes. Most offenders would have to pay for the treatment, which would be administered by the Department of Public Health.

08:57:01 on 06 Jun

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The Paris health authorities have urged children and pregnant women living around Notre-Dame cathedral to have the levels of lead in their blood checked amid concerns over the impact of the fire. The appeal comes after a child living on the Ile de la Cite island in central Paris where Notre-Dame stands was found to have high levels of lead in a blood test.

07:57:01 on 06 Jun

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In the UK a new multi-million-pound eco-mosque has opened in the centuries-old university city of Cambridge. Billed as Europe's first such green mosque, it's an inclusive place of prayer, debate and learning. The mosque has come into existence 11 years after the land for this site was bought. It has the capacity to host around 1,000 worshippers.

06:32:33 on 05 Jun

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The celebrations of Eid-Ul-Fitr were marred by violence in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar city on Wednesday as stone-pelters came out on the streets and waved flags of Pakistan and dreaded terrorist group ISIS. In a bid to disrupt peace, the demonstrators chanted slogans and clashed with police personnel on duty in Srinagar's near Jama Masjid, soon after Eid prayers.

02:36:14 on 05 Jun

Journalists from Australian news giant ABC have called on the company’s news director Gaven Morris to explain why a story on Adani’s mining operations in the country was pulled from the broadcasting schedule. The story in question, by radio current affairs reporter Isobel Roe, was about the “economics of Adani’s Carmichael mine.”

09:42:01 on 04 Jun

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Donald Trump Asks Theresa May To

Donald Trump touted a "very, very substantial trade deal" between the United States and Britain after Brexit as he met Prime Minister Theresa May for fraught talks held amid street protests. He joked to the outgoing British leader that she should "stick around" and reach a much stronger economic alliance with the United States once her country finally leaves the EU.

06:33:56 on 04 Jun

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Media reports say a gunman has killed at least four people in the Australian city of Darwin. Northern Territory Police Duty Superintendent Lee Morgan says a 45-year-old man was in custody following Tuesday’s shooting. Mr. Morgan told The Guardian Australia, “At this stage we’ve got reports of four deceased and a number of other people who have been shot.”

05:22:13 on 04 Jun

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After channelling Princess Diana in a gorgeous white Dolce and Gabbana ensemble, the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, turned heads in an off-white Dior Haute Couture gown she wore to the state banquet at Buckingham Palace on Monday. She paired the dress with the same colour evening gloves and styled her hair in an updo.

03:37:53 on 04 Jun

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Gunfire has been heard, and medical sources saying at least eight people were killed. Sudan has been governed by a Transitional Military Council (TMC) since President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in a coup in April. The council later denied using force to break up the main protest site.

04:48:35 on 03 Jun

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Two Muslim Governors resign in Sri Lanka

Two Muslim Governors in Sri Lanka stepped down on Monday, days after a Buddhist monk began a hunger strike demanding that they resign, following allegations linking them to Easter terror suspects. The monk, Athuraliye Rathana Thero, is a parliamentarian from the ruling United National Party (UNP), led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

03:14:59 on 03 Jun

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At least eight infants have died due to the failure of an air-conditioning (AC) system in a hospital in Pakistan's Sahiwal, officials said. Sahiwal Deputy Commissioner had written a letter to the Punjab govt's Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Dept recounting the chain of events allegedly leading to the infants' deaths, mainly due the failure of the AC system.

01:38:22 on 03 Jun

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US President Trump opened another potential front in his trade war on Friday, terminating India's designation as a developing nation and thereby eliminating an exception that allowed the country to export nearly 2,000 products to the US duty-free. The action ends India's preferential treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences.

10:14:23 on 03 Jun

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US President Trump told Syria to stop "bombing the hell" out of Syria's Idlib. "Hearing word that Russia, Syria and, to a lesser extent, Iran, are bombing the hell out of Idlib Province in Syria, and indiscriminately killing many innocent civilians. The World is watching this butchery. What is the purpose, what will it get you? STOP!" he said on Twitter

09:12:01 on 03 Jun

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U.S. President Donald Trump waded once again into Britain’s Brexit debate on June 2 on the eve of a state visit to London, urging Theresa May’s successor to leave the EU with no deal. Whoever takes over as Britain’s next Prime Minister should not be afraid to “walk away” from negotiations with Brussels and should refuse to pay the agreed divorce bill.

08:55:01 on 02 Jun

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China's Defence Min Wei Fenghe said that a war with the United States would be a disaster for the world. He said this while issuing a warning to Washington not to meddle in security disputes over Taiwan and the South China Sea. China has been incensed by recent moves by US President Donald Trump's administration to increase support for self-ruled and democratic Taiwan.

07:13:27 on 02 Jun

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Brazil soccer player Neymar has denied accusations of rape contained in a Sao Paulo police report seen by Reuters, saying he had been the victim of an extortion attempt by a lawyer claiming to represent the woman he is alleged to have assaulted. The accusation was the latest blow for the Brazilian, who last month was stripped of the captaincy of the national team.

12:03:09 on 02 Jun

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Now, zipline from the Eiffel Tower

A giant zip line installed on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower and stretching across to the Place de l'Ecole Militaire is open in Paris. Thrill-seekers will be able to take an express tour of the Eiffel Tower until June 11. The 90 km/h zip-line installed on the monument allows visitors to make the 800 meter trip down from the tower's second floor in around one minute.

11:32:12 on 02 Jun

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Saturday warned that "terrorist" attacks in the region could imperil global oil supplies. "We confirm that terrorist actions not only target the kingdom and the Gulf region, but also target the safety of navigation and world oil supplies," the king told a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the holy city of Mecca.

08:57:02 on 01 Jun

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