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Kurds locked in tense Syria prison standoff with IS jihadists

Kurds locked in tense Syria prison standoff with IS jihadists

US-backed Kurdish forces tightened the noose Tuesday around armed jihadists hunkering down inside a Syrian prison, with both sides facing a bloodbath or talks to end the five-day-old standoff.

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Game's up: Egyptian arrested for taking footballer's place at exam

Game's up: Egyptian arrested for taking footballer's place at exam

A young Egyptian man scored an own goal by pretending to take a university exam for professional footballer Mostafa Mohamed, currently playing for the Pharaohs in the Africa Cup of Nations, state media said.

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US consumers slightly more hopeful about inflation, economy: data

US consumers slightly more hopeful about inflation, economy: data

American consumers were feeling less confident in January amid elevated prices and a Covid-19 resurgence, but their views of the economy and inflation were growing more positive, a survey released Tuesday showed.

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Virtuoso keeps Afghan music alive despite Taliban ban

Virtuoso keeps Afghan music alive despite Taliban ban

Homayoun Sakhi closes his eyes and runs his fingers along the long neck of his wooden instrument encrusted with mother-of-pearl.

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Burkina Faso: from popular uprising to military coup

Burkina Faso: from popular uprising to military coup

As Burkina Faso's junta consolidates its position after seizing power in a coup, we look at the recent history of the troubled West African country.

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Norway says putting 'tangible demands' to Taliban at aid talks

Norway says putting 'tangible demands' to Taliban at aid talks

Norway said it would press the Taliban with "tangible demands" during talks in Oslo on Tuesday, the last day of the hardline Islamists' controversial first visit to Europe since returning to power in Afghanistan.

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US threatens stiff sanctions, warns Russia not to 'weaponize' energy

US threatens stiff sanctions, warns Russia not to 'weaponize' energy

The United States on Tuesday warned Russia of damaging sanctions, including high-tech export curbs, and said attempts by Moscow to "weaponize" its enormous oil and gas industry would backfire.

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Pro-junta rally in Burkina as UN, neighbours condemn coup

Pro-junta rally in Burkina as UN, neighbours condemn coup

Supporters of Burkina Faso's new junta rallied on Tuesday as France, the UN and the country's neighbours condemned its latest coup.

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Neil Young demands Spotify remove his music over Joe Rogan 'disinformation'

Neil Young demands Spotify remove his music over Joe Rogan 'disinformation'

Neil Young demanded in an open letter to Spotify to remove his music from the platform he said is spreading vaccine disinformation via the popular podcaster Joe Rogan.

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Syrian doctor in German torture trial denies atrocities

Syrian doctor in German torture trial denies atrocities

A Syrian doctor on trial in Germany for torture and murder while working in military hospitals in his war-torn homeland on Tuesday denied setting fire to a teenage boy's genitals or operating on detainees without anaesthesia.

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