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SEOUL (Reuters) – Seoul’s presidential Blue House rejected criticism on Tuesday that next month’s Winter Games had been hijacked by North Korea, saying the event will help defuse tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. Some opposition politicians and conservatives in South Korea have criticized North Korea’s participation in the Games to be held in
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Britain’s Kyle Edmund bludgeoned his way past third seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday to reach the Australian Open semi-finals. The unseeded 23-year-old, playing in his first grand slam quarter-final, showed no nerves as he blazed away with his fearsome forehand to subdue a nervy
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(Reuters) – U.S. singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, one of pop music’s all-time best-selling artists, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and plans to retire from touring, his official website said on Monday. The onset of the disease has made it difficult for him to travel and perform on a large-scale, a statement on the site said,
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(Reuters) – Young “Dreamers” brought to the United States illegally as children were angry and disappointed on Monday after the U.S. Congress approved a temporary spending bill to end a three-day government shutdown without a deal to shore up their shaky legal status. U.S. Senate Democrats accepted the bill to restore funds to keep the
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(Reuters) – Three USA Gymnastics board members resigned on Monday, bowing to demands for a shake-up at the sport’s governing body after revelations that the long-time national team doctor sexually abused dozens of female athletes, some as young as 10 years old. The resignations came during the fifth day of stinging testimony by some of
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Less than three days after he was removed from the U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee, Republican lawmaker Patrick Meehan asked the panel to investigate allegations he engaged in sexual harassment and misused official resources. The committee on Monday said it had become aware of public allegations about the misconduct and had
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(Reuters) – Media mogul Rupert Murdoch on Monday called on Facebook to pay “trusted” news publishers a carriage fee, similar to the model used by cable companies, amid efforts by the social media company to fight misinformation on its platform. “Facebook and Google have popularized scurrilous news sources through algorithms that are profitable for these
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