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Microsoft News 05.08.2022

China halts climate, military ties over Pelosi Taiwan visit

The measures announced Friday are the latest in a promised series of steps intended to punish Washington for allowing the visit to the island it claims as its own territory to be annexed by force if necessary. 

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Ukraine wants shipping safe passage deal to extend beyond grain

The July 22 deal was a rare diplomatic breakthrough as war rages on in eastern Ukraine, with Kyiv trying to rebuild its shattered economy after more than five months of conflict.

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China launches mysterious reusable 'test spacecraft' to Earth orbit

A Long March 2F rocket carrying a "test spacecraft" lifted off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert on Thursday (Aug. 4; Aug. 5 Beijing time), China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

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Flash floods kill over 500 people in Pakistan during heaviest rains in decades

Aside from the fatalities, the flooding had damaged more than 46,200 houses, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said on Friday.

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Celebrities' most ridiculous excuses

With glamorous lifestyles, decadent riches, and more opportunities than they know what to do with, celebrities can get themselves into more than their fair share of trouble. Giving excuses is a delicate art form. On the one hand, they can get you out of a pickle scot-free. On the other hand, if you are caught lying, your intentions and motivations for your actions become transparent very fast. These celebrities' excuses have fallen short of getting them off the hook, and some of them are outright ridiculous. Click through the following gallery to hear the most bizarre excuses given by some of the world’s biggest stars.Follow Us © Getty Images With glamorous lifestyles, decadent riches, and more opportunities than they know what to do with, celebrities can get themselves into more than their fair share of trouble. Giving excuses is a delicate art form. On the one hand, they can get you out of a pickle scot-free. On the other hand, if you are caught lying, your intentions and motivations for your actions become transparent very fast. These celebrities' excuses have fallen short of getting them off the hook, and some of them are outright ridiculous. Click through the following gallery to hear the most bizarre excuses given by some of the world’s biggest stars.

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From coffee to toothpaste, Nigerians buy small as hardships bite

Consumer brands behind this "sachetisation of the economy" see it as a creative innovation, allowing consumption for all Nigerians, the majority of whom live on less than $2 a day.

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Kenya: Diehard presidential hopeful 'Baba' Odinga ends election campaign

A member of the Luo tribe, he entered parliament in 1992 and ran unsuccessfully for the presidency in 1997, 2007, 2013 and 2017, claiming to have been cheated of victory in the last three elections.

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Sri Lankan police accused of draconian treatment of protesters

After the fall of Rajapaksa, the protest movement, known as the Aragalaya, has turned its focus to Wickremesinghe, calling for him to step down.

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James Franco set to play Fidel Castro in Aline of Cuba

The 'Disaster Artist' actor has landed the role with the blessing of Castro's daughter, Alina Fernández Revuelta, who the upcoming movie is about.

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Papua New Guinea PM says he can form a govt as vote counting continues

PNG's general election, held every five years, is among the world's most challenging due in part to difficult terrain, extreme weather, poor transport infrastructure, and linguistic and cultural diversity.

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Ronaldo given unlikely escape route, club president reveals desire to sign unsettled Man Utd man

The Portuguese striker wants to leave the Premier League club after a disappointing 2021/22 campaign.

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