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Chinese students in Australia targeted in virtual kidnapping scam
Students in Australia are coerced into faking their own kidnappings in the extortion scheme.
Rescuer abseils down well to save trapped owl
The rescuer had an oxygen mask and descended with ropes to save the bird.
France to ban heated terraces in cafes and bars
The new ecology minister says outside heating or air conditioning is an "ecological aberration".

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Robert O'Brien, key Trump adviser, 'tests positive for Covid-19'
If confirmed, national security adviser Robert O'Brien will be the highest-ranking aide infected.
Israel and Hezbollah trade fire across Lebanon border
It comes after days of heightened tension after a Hezbollah fighter was killed allegedly by Israel.
Mexico flooding: Tropical depression Hanna drenches north
Heavy rains from Hanna leave parts of the city of Monterrey in northern Mexico under water.
Harry Harris: US envoy to South Korea shaves off controversial moustache
Harry Harris removes his facial hair, which reminded some South Koreans of colonial rule.

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Coronavirus: Spain races to save tourism as cases surge
The UK imposed a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from Spain after a spike in infections.
Black Lives Matter: Arkansas senator describes slavery as 'necessary evil'
Arkansas's Tom Cotton says he rejects the idea that the US is systemically racist to its core.
Coronavirus: Swimming defector was not infected, says S Korea
The suspected patient crawled through a drain then swam to North Korea, the South says.
The millions 'hanging by a thread' as coronavirus aid expires
A $600 boost to unemployment benefit is set to expire soon, leaving many people worried about money.
Coronavirus: Vietnam alarm after first cases in months
The four locally transmitted cases in Da Nang prompt a tourism ban and renewed prevention measures.
Huawei holds summit as global pressure grows
The event comes after China's state media said HSBC played a role in the arrest of Huawei's finance chief.
Hong Kong launches share index of technology giants
Investors will now have greater access to Chinese tech firms including Alibaba, China's answer to Amazon.
Sudan to send more troops to Darfur after deadly attacks
More than 80 people were killed in two attacks in Sudan's restive western region, the UN says.
Chengdu: US leaves consulate amid row with China
China's decision to close the US mission came after the US shut China's consulate in Houston.
Iraq War: 'I am here today because another man died'
A photographer's decision to capture an image during the Iraq War changed not only his life - but the lives of the marines with him.
Coronavirus in South Africa: Why the low fatality rate may be misleading
As coronavirus infections surge, Andrew Harding notes meaningless statistics and a fear of hospitals.
India Covid-19: Bihar braces for 'coronavirus storm'
Cases are rising fast in one of India's poorest states, where families struggle to save the sick.
The children of Korean War prisoners who never came home
South Korea largely forgot its prisoners of war. Now their children are fighting for recognition.
The gravedigger’s truth: Hidden coronavirus deaths
Somalia has fewer than 100 official Covid-19 deaths. But its cemeteries tell a different story.
Coming out at 90 years old... to my gay daughter
While writing his memoirs in lockdown, Kenneth Felts opened up to his daughter about his first love.
Garrett Foster: Police investigate shooting at Austin Black Lives Matter protest
Garrett Foster was pushing his fiancée's wheelchair when he was shot dead by someone in a car.
John Lewis: US civil rights icon's body crosses Selma bridge a final time
The late civil rights activist is taken over the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge for a final time.
Olivia de Havilland, Golden Age of Hollywood star, dies at 104
Her career spanned more than 50 years and she was the last surviving star of Gone with the Wind.
Obituary: Olivia de Havilland, star of Hollywood's Golden Age
Star of Gone With the Wind was one of the last big names from Hollywood's golden era.
Coronavirus: Spain says outbreaks under control after UK orders quarantine
Spain says new coronavirus cases are isolated, as the UK tells arriving passengers to self-isolate.
Kenyan police officers arrested after fatal shooting in Garissa
Two people were killed during a protest in Garissa sparked by the arrest of a murder suspect.
How a Chinese agent used LinkedIn to hunt for targets
Dickson Yeo, a PhD student-turned-agent, targeted Americans that had access to private information.

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