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German chancellor to meet Putin as Ukraine's fate in the balance

German chancellor to meet Putin as Ukraine's fate in the balance

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz was due in Moscow Tuesday in search of a diplomatic solution to avoid a war in Ukraine as the West and Russia signalled tentative hopes of an easing in the tense standoff.

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Mongolia reopens borders for vaccinated travellers

Mongolia reopens borders for vaccinated travellers

Mongolia has reopened its borders to fully vaccinated international travellers, state media reported, rolling back coronavirus curbs that had kept the country isolated for two years.

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Gu takes second medal of Beijing Games but settles for silver

Gu takes second medal of Beijing Games but settles for silver

Californian-born Chinese sensation Eileen Gu won her second medal of the Beijing Olympics on Tuesday but had to settle for silver in a freeski slopestyle competition won by Switzerland's Mathilde Gremaud.

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'Life-changing' or scam? Axie Infinity helps Philippines' poor earn

'Life-changing' or scam? Axie Infinity helps Philippines' poor earn

Dominic Lumabi sits on the computer in his Manila bedroom pitting his puffer fish-like cartoon NFT characters against others. But this is not just a game -- he is earning cryptocurrency to support his family during the pandemic.

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Ukraine fears weigh on markets but 'chance' of deal provides hope

Ukraine fears weigh on markets but 'chance' of deal provides hope

Asian markets mostly fell again Tuesday, extending a global sell-off fuelled by fears that Russia is about to invade Ukraine, though the losses were more muted than the previous day and oil dipped after Moscow said a diplomatic agreement was still possible.

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Hundreds wed at Valentine's Day ceremony in Mexico

Hundreds wed at Valentine's Day ceremony in Mexico

With tears in their eyes and smiles beneath their face masks, more than 660 couples tied the knot Monday at a Valentine's Day mass wedding in Mexico.

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Hollywood actor jailed for $650 million movie ponzi scheme

Hollywood actor jailed for $650 million movie ponzi scheme

An American actor who swindled $650 million in a huge Hollywood ponzi scheme, using it to finance a lavish lifestyle of yachts, jets and fast cars, was jailed Monday for 20 years.

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Brazil reaffirms ties with Ukraine, as Bolsonaro jets to Russia

Brazil reaffirms ties with Ukraine, as Bolsonaro jets to Russia

Brazil publicly reaffirmed its diplomatic ties with Kyiv on Monday as far-right President Jair Bolsonaro set off on an official visit to Russia amid soaring tensions between Moscow and the West over Ukraine.

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'Don't be Google': The rise of privacy focused startups

'Don't be Google': The rise of privacy focused startups

Google once used the slogan "don't be evil" to distinguish itself from its competitors, but now a growing number of pro-privacy startups are rallying to the mantra "don't be Google".

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'Now or never': Victims of Italy's predator priests urge inquiry

'Now or never': Victims of Italy's predator priests urge inquiry

Victims of paedophile priests in Italy will unveil Tuesday a campaign dubbed "Beyond the Great Silence", pushing for an independent investigation into clerical abuse carried out on the Vatican's doorstop.

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