Miss South Africa is 2019 Miss Universe

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ATLANTA: Miss South Africa was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday in Atlanta after a lavish ceremony filled with glitter and heartfelt speeches about female empowerment. Zozibini Tunzi, 26, finished first ahead of the Puerto Rican and Mexican finalists in a flashy televised event, hosted by American comic turned TV personality […]

World Bank urged to stop lending to China

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WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has lashed out at the World Bank, blaming the international financial institution for lending money to China. “Why is the World Bank loaning money to China? Can this be possible? China has plenty of money, and if they don’t, they create it. Stop! ” Trump […]

Trump aims at toilets’ problem

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WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump told a White House gathering Friday that he’s taking aim at the problem of US toilets that require flushing “10 times, 15 times”. Speaking in a voice and with a level of detail that suggested the importance he was giving the issue, Trump told the high-level […]

eSports debut in SEA Games

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MANILA: eSports edged further into the mainstream sports world with this week’s debut at the Southeast Asian Games, but the Holy Grail — Olympic recognition — remains stubbornly out of reach. A much-hyped launch in Manila, starring rows of gamers in matching tracksuits and headphones, marked the first time competitive […]

TikTok drops cyberbullying policy

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TIKTOK has dropped a ‘blunt’ cyberbullying policy, the Chinese-owned video sharing app said after a report it hid posts by disabled, gay and overweight people. People deemed “susceptible to harassment or cyberbullying based on their physical or mental condition” had the reach of their posts restricted, German site NetzPolitik.org reported, […]

56 polar bears descend on village

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MOSCOW: More than 50 polar bears have gathered on the edge of a village in Russia’s far north, environmentalists and residents said, as weak Arctic ice leaves them unable to roam. The Russian branch of the World Wildlife Fund said climate change was to blame, as unusually warm temperatures prevented […]

HK protesters vow weekend rally

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HONG KONG: Hong Kong prodemocracy activists yesterday vowed to hold another massive rally over the weekend and warned the city’s pro-Beijing leader not to think a recent lull in violence means public anger is weakening. The semi-autonomous financial hub has been battered by six months of increasingly violent protests pushing […]

Mega fire forms north of Sydney

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SYDNEY: Several Australian bush fires have combined to form a “mega fire” that is burning out of control across a swathe of land north of Sydney, authorities said yesterday, warning they cannot contain the blaze. New South Wales Rural Fire Service deputy commissioner, Rob Rogers said “there are probably more […]

Drake declared Spotify’s most-streamed artiste of decade

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As the 2010s winds to a close streaming titan Spotify recently announced that poppy rap sensation Drake is the most globally streamed artist of the decade with more than 28 billion streams. British crooner Ed Sheeran, hip hop warbler Post Malone, pop royalty Ariana Grande and rap iconoclast Eminem rounded […]

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