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Japan to extend Tokyo area state of emergency to March 21

TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japanese government plans to extend a state of emergency to combat COVID-19 for Tokyo and three

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No. 4 Stanford women throttle USC 92-53 in Pac 12 quarters

Ashten Prechtel had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 Stanford to a 92-53 victory over Southern California in a Pac-12 quarterfinal

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Huawei CFO's argument in U.S. extradition case one for politicians, Canada prosecutor says

By Sarah Berman and Moira Warburton VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Canadian prosecutors told a court on Thursday that it was not

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California Legislature OKs plan aimed at in-person learning

The California Legislature has approved a $6.6 billion plan aimed at returning students to the classroom

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Mexico City launches Latin America's latest cable car line

Mexico City has launched the first of what it hopes will be several cable-car lines in the poorer outskirts of the city of 9 million

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Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II sentenced to 14 years in prison for rape and sexual assault

Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II was sentenced this week to 14 years in prison for rape and sexual assault, according to the San Diego County District Attorney's office.

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At least three Myanmar cops cross into India seeking refuge

Those entering India can be granted refugee status, but they will be deported if the government decides against it

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China dodged a recession last year. Now it needs to pick up the pace

China bucked the global recession in 2020, and in doing so narrowed the economic gap with the United States. Now its leaders are about to reveal how they plan to accelerate the pace of growth this year.

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Dallas police officer charged with arranging two killings

Authorities say a Dallas police officer has been arrested on two counts of capital murder, more than a year and a half after a man told investigators that he kidnapped and killed two people at the officer’s instruction in 2017

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U.S. ITC criticizes Ford for pursuing SK Innovation battery deals

By David Shepardson and Heekyong Yang WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Thursday criticized Ford Motor

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Villanova loses Gillespie to season-ending knee injury

Villanova guard Collin Gillespie has a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee and is expected to miss the rest of the season

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NCAA bubble trouble: Pandemic pushes mid-majors to margins

The wealthiest conferences hording valuable at-large bids to the NCAA men's basketball tournament has been a trend since the early 2010s

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Yes, you are getting lots of robocalls again

After a year of relief, robocalls are back up to pre-pandemic levels.

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Case to get petrol, diesel under GST

At a time when petrol and diesel prices are at an all-time high, and taxes have a bigger component in the retail price than the base price of the fuels, it is worth revisiting the debate on bringing petrol and diesel under the ambit of GST.

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U.S. Commerce head to use tool to limit tech exports to China firms to 'full effect'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said she will make full use of a powerful regulatory tool

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EU legal action imminent over UK extension of ‘grace periods’ on Irish Sea border checks

Brussels has warned it will launch legal action “very soon” following a move by the UK to unilaterally delay implementation of part of the Brexit deal relating to Northern Ireland. European Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic said the announcement by the Government on Wednesday had come as a “very negative surprise”. The Cabinet Office Minister Lord Frost said the UK was extending a series of “grace periods” designed to ease trade between Northern Ireland and Britain while permanent arrangements are worked out. Northern Ireland remains in the EU single market for goods. The move announced by Lord Frost provoked a furious response in Brussels. The EU accused Britain of going back on its treaty obligations in the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement intended to ensure there is no return of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. In an interview with the Financial Times, Mr Sefcovic – who is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the agreement – said the European Commission was now working on “infringement proceedings” against the UK. “We are currently preparing it and it would be really something coming to our table very soon. The most precise term I can give you is really very soon,” he said. His warning came after Boris Johnson had sought to play down the dispute, saying the Government was simply taking some “temporary and technical measures” to ensure that trade kept flowing. “I’m sure with a bit of goodwill and common sense all these technical problems are eminently solvable,” he said on Thursday. However MEPs in the European Parliament have already taken steps to delay formal ratification of the wider trade and co-operation agreement between Britain and the EU pending the outcome of the latest row. The Northern Ireland protocol in the Withdrawal Agreement was designed by the EU and UK to avoid a hardening of the border on the island of Ireland. It means keeping Northern Ireland aligned to various EU rules, requiring checks on goods arriving into the region from Great Britain. Meanwhile the White House has again stressed the support of new US President Joe Biden for the Good Friday Agreement which the protocol is intended to protect. Press secretary Jen Psaki said: “President Biden has been unequivocal about his support for the Good Friday Agreement. “It has been the bedrock of peace, stability and prosperity for all the people of Northern Ireland.” Prior to last year’s election, Mr Biden – who is intensely proud of his Irish roots – warned the agreement must not become a casualty of Brexit. Read More EU warns it will launch legal proceedings against the UK ‘very soon’ Foster accuses Coveney of ignoring NI unionists UK officials to discuss EU plan for vaccine ‘digital green pass’

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Man held for bomb scare at Taj Mahal that led to closure

The UP Police informed the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) who launched anti-sabotage checks at the Taj Mahal premises. Nothing suspicious was found, and the monument was reopened about two hours later, the ADG said.

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Light Up Our Shared Future by Paving the Way to Recovery

— Opening Remarks by Ambassador Huang Xilian at the first Manila Forum for Philippines-China Relations Hon. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, former President of the Republic of the Philippines and Chairman Emeritus of Association for Philippines-China Understanding(APCU), Hon. Ramon M. Lopez, Secretary of Trade and Industry of the Philippines, Hon. Jin Liqun, President of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank(AIIB), Distinguished guests, experts and scholars, Dear friends, Ladies and gentleman, Good afternoon! I am delighted to join all of you to launch the first Manila Forum for Philippines-China Relations. At the outset, I would like to extend warm welcome to all and sincere appreciation in particular to the first keynote speaker of this forum AIIB President Jin Liqun. I would also like to acknowledge the presence of distinguished friends from the Philippine national and local government, the political parties and international organizations by gracing today’s event, and thank APCU for thoughtfully organizing the forum. Jointly inaugurated by Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and former President Arroyo last January, the Manila Forum is designated to be a new dialogue platform, which aims at promoting better understanding between China and the Philippines by enhancing mutual trust, prompting collaboration and scaling down differences. With a focus on China-Philippines relations, this forum will also provide a perspective on issues of the region and beyond through in-depth exchange and discussion. It is my sincere hope that the forum could help build a network of inspiring thoughts and ideas, to further strengthen China-Philippines relations, energize regional cooperation and address common challenges of the region and the world at large. Facing the onslaught of COVID-19 pandemic, the world economy has been mired in deep recession. The mankind has encountered multiple crises rarely seen in history. How the once-in-a-century pandemic has changed the world? How to achieve a complete global anti-pandemic victory at an early date? How to survive and recover from the lingering recession? What kind of approach we would take to reach the post-pandemic world? These are the questions of the times that we have to reflect on. It is just to inspire in-depth contemplation and encourage innovative exploration over the aforesaid questions that we set the theme of today’s forum as “Join Hands to Boost the Economic Recovery from COVID-19–the Economic Growth of China and Its Implication for Regional Economic Recovery”. As for China, we have spared no efforts to thresh out practical solutions to the rampaging pandemic and staggering economy. As President Xi Jinping pointed out in his special address at the World Economic Forum virtual event of the Davos Agenda last January, the problems facing the world are intricate and complex, and the way out of them is through upholding multilateralism and building a community with a shared future for mankind. In this spirit, China calls for enhanced international cooperation to fight against pandemic and promotes fair and equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines around the globe. We also stay committed to upholding the stable and unhindered global industrial and supply chains, and continuously building an open world and regional economy. Domestically, we work relentlessly on both combating the pandemic and reviving economy. I am proud to share with you that China has scored a complete victory in its fight against poverty, achieving the poverty reduction goal of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ahead of schedule despite the pandemic and making significant contributions to the global poverty reduction cause. A Chinese adage reads, “Victory is ensured when people pool their strength; success is secured when people put their heads together.”China is keen to work closely with other countries including the Philippines to pave the way to achieve economic recovery and social development together. And I really look forward to your insights and suggestions in this regard. In conclusion, I wish the first Manila Forum for Philippines-China relations a full success. Thank you and Mabuhay!

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Australian shares skid as concerns over bond yields persist

By Aditya Munjuluru (Reuters) - Australian shares fell on Friday, following a slump on Wall Street as investors turned jittery

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When will 'Young Sheldon' Season 4 Episode 11 air? Here's what to expect as Sheldon has to make pals in college

If you've watched 'The Big Bang Theory', then you know how hard and awkward it is for Sheldon Cooper to make friends

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TPG Considering IPO Plan for Asian Pathology Business

(Bloomberg) -- Private equity company TPG Capital Asia is considering a plan for an initial public offering of its pathology

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Capitol Police chief appeals for National Guard to stay

The acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police is appealing to congressional leaders to back her request to keep National Guard troops protecting the building and lawmakers for another two months

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Royal row with Harry and Meghan heats up before Oprah interview

LONDON, United Kingdom - Meghan Markle has accused the British royal family of peddling lies against herself and her husband Prince Harry, in an escalating transatlantic war of words before a tell-all interview with US chat show host Oprah Winfrey.The explosive claim is the latest salvo in an increasingly heated public relations battle between the British institution and the US-based couple.Harry and Meghan, who married in a fairytale wedding in 2018, stepped down from frontline royal duties last year, in part blaming media intrusion for their decision to move to North America.But a steady drip of stories in Britain about the Duke and Duchess of Susse

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Threats to Lawmakers Spur Request for More National Guard Help

(Bloomberg) -- The head of U.S. Capitol Police on Thursday asked the Defense Department to extend the National Guard presence

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South Korea Presidential Hopeful Prods Biden Over North Korea

(Bloomberg) -- A top contender to succeed South Korean President Moon Jae-in called income inequality the key issue in next

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