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13:01 11/07/2017

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15:43 World
World's second biggest diamond sells for $53 million

The seller, Canada's Lucara (LUCRF), recovered the huge diamond from Botswana's Karowe mine nearly two years ago. It named it Lesedi La Rona, which means "Our Light" in Botswana's Tswana language.

15:27 World
After 80 days and 20,093 shots, golf's longest hole is complete

When Adam Rolston sunk a seven-foot putt on the Mt Bogd Golf Club in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, he brought to a close a 2011-kilometer journey.

15:01 World
White House private emails: House committee ramps ups pressure

The investigation comes after Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner admitted doing so, and the New York Times reported that five other aides also used private email accounts.

14:44 World
Vegetative-state patient responds to therapy

Doctors treated the 35-year-old, injured in a car accident, with an experimental therapy that involved implanting a nerve stimulator into his chest.

14:26 World
Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

Plant and animal species that are the foundation of our food supplies are as endangered as wildlife but get almost no attention, a new report reveals.

14:02 World
Guggenheim Museum pulls three artworks featuring animals after threats of violence

Works in an exhibition of Chinese art that included reptiles eating insects and dogs on a treadmill are removed from show in New York following outcry.

13:41 World
Homes evacuated as police blow up 'suspicious package' outside North Korean embassy in west London

Officers were called to a “suspicious item” shortly before 8pm outside the semi-detached house in Ealing, Scotland Yard said.

13:28 World
Bali villagers who’ve fled volcano resigned to predicament

As of Tuesday morning, more than 57,000 people have left a high danger zone that in places extends as far as 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from the crater.

12:43 World
US government satellite image shows Puerto Rico blackout

Outside the capital city San Juan, residents are still isolated without power or communications, which could take weeks to restore.

12:29 World
'Winter bailout fund': Labour calls for £500m emergency injection for NHS

Jonathan Ashworth to make call at conference as analysis suggests 10,000 people a day will wait four-plus hours at A&E this winter.

12:02 World
Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

Plant and animal species that are the foundation of our food supplies are as endangered as wildlife but get almost no attention, a new report reveals.

11:38 World
Macron looks to stamp 'non' on banker-style jobless payouts

Though an extreme example of French welfare generosity, the maximum jobless payout of 7,130 euros a month for two years - or three if you are near retirement - is a stark reminder of why President Emmanuel Macron wants to overhaul the system.

11:16 World
House panel probing private email use by White House aides

The request by the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Oversight Committee follows a Politico report on Sunday that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, and other current and former White House officials used private emails for their government duties.

10:47 World
In UN General Assembly Myanmar denies atrocities, ethnic cleansing in Rakhine State

Calling them "very serious charges that require rigorous review and require judicial determination," he said, "They should not be bandied about and used lightly."

10:26 World
China blocks WhatsApp, broadening online censorship

The disabling in mainland China of the Facebook-owned app is a setback for the social media giant, whose chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has been pushing to re-enter the Chinese market, and has been studying the Chinese language intensively.

10:00 NKR
On 25 September Artsakh Republic President B. Sahakyan received philanthropist A. Baghdasaryan

Issues related to realization of various programs in Artsakh were discussed during the meeting.
The President expressed gratitude to the philanthropist for continuous assistance shown to Artsakh and active participation in the development of our country.
Source: Central information department of the office of the Artsakh Republic President

20:23 World
Justin Thomas finishes runner up at Tour Championship but is crowned FedEx champion

Thomas was at first downbeat as he had failed to win the season-ending Tour Championship, losing the tournament which was held on the outskirts of Atlanta by a stroke to 23-year-old Californian rookie Xander Schauffele.

19:45 World
Australia to create national space agency

Industry Minister Michaelia Cash said it was "crucial" that Australia capitalised on the growth of the global space industry.

19:00 NKR
Artsakh Republic President B. Sahakyan visited the ministry of culture, youth affairs and tourism, ministry of education, science and sports, ministry of finance,

ministry of nature protection and natural resources, ministry of economy and industrial infrastructures, ministry of agriculture. The Head of the State presented the newly-appointed heads to the staffs of these institutions wishing them an efficient work as well as expressed gratitude to the former heads of these structures for their activity.
Source: Central information department of the office of the Artsakh Republic President

17:00 World
An Egyptian woman once believed to be the world's heaviest has died in the United Arab Emirates

Local media reported that she had lost more than 300kg (660lb) of her 500kg but had died from complications from other health conditions.

16:38 World
Split emerges in German far right as co-leader storms out of news conference

Frauke Petry, who was long considered the AfD’s most recognisable face but has been less visible in recent months, stormed out of a news conference after saying she would take up her seat but would not be part of AfD’s parliamentary group.

16:16 World
Carmakers, coal plants seen suffering if Greens join German coalition

Following Sunday’s general election, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent coalition partner, the Social Democrats (SPD), said it would go into opposition, meaning she is now likely to seek a deal with the Free Democrats and Greens.

15:43 World
London police make new arrest in subway bombing inquiry

Police said Monday the suspect is being questioned at a south London police station under the Terrorism Act. His name was not released.

15:27 World
EU ends action forcing Greece to reduce its deficit

EU headquarters said Monday that Greece's "deficit is now below 3 percent of GDP," the ceiling for European government deficits.

15:01 World
HiPP to relaunch Croatian baby food item amid row over inferior products

Test finds Croatian product contains fewer vegetables than same jar in Germany as brands accused of ‘cheating’ eastern European shoppers.

14:44 World
Senate blow for Macron as he pushes through unpopular reforms

Partial results showed the centre-right Republican party on track to keep majority after vote for about half of the 348 seats.

14:26 World
Hurricane Maria: Dam threatens to burst in devastated Puerto Rico

The Guajataca Dam is "releasing water" after suffering "infrastructure damage" following the Category 5 storm, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló told CNN late Sunday.

14:02 World
Tennessee church shooting halted by 'extraordinarily brave' usher

The suspect shot and injured himself during a struggle with 22-year-old Robert Caleb Engle, who was struck in the face by the suspect's gun.

13:41 World
Whale exhumed from Australian beach after backlash

The whale died in New South Wales last week after being found attached to a fishing trap. It may have become entangled 1,300km (800 miles) away in Tasmania, a marine rescue group said.

12:43 World
Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico officials describe 'apocalyptic' conditions

Without power and communications in much of the island, millions of people, including city leaders and first responders, have been cut off from the world since Maria hit Wednesday.

12:02 World
Myanmar: bodies of 28 Hindu villagers found in Rakhine, army claims

Government says victims were killed by Muslim insurgents at start of violent clashes that led to 430,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh.

11:38 World
Humpback whale carcass exhumed from NSW beach after protests

Port Macquarie-Hastings council bows to community concerns and begins removing a whale it buried at Nobbys beach.

11:16 World
'No man on the moon': Education Minister says new space agency 'not another NASA'

Thousands of scientists and space experts will attend, including entrepreneur Elon Musk, who has developed rockets for private space travel with his company, SpaceX.

10:47 World
Storm watches issued for North Carolina as Maria churns north

Tropical storm watches, meaning winds of at least 39 miles (63 kilometers) per hour could reach the coast of North Carolina as early as Tuesday, have been posted from Surf City to the Virginia border, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a 5 p.m. New York time advisory.

10:26 World
ABB buys GE unit for $2.6 billion to boost North American business

Zurich-based ABB sees a potential for cost synergies of $200 million yearly with the deal, which includes terms for long-term use of GE’s brand. In 2016, Industrial Solutions had sales of about $2.7 billion, with an operating margin of some 8 percent.

10:01 World
Euro, kiwi slip on political uncertainties, Asia shares fall

The New Zealand dollar also took a hit as the ruling National Party won the largest number votes in a weekend election but failed to secure a ruling majority, with a protracted period of coalition building now a possibility.

19:00 World
Britain's credit rating downgraded over Brexit and state of public finances

Moody’s knocks UK’s rating down again, from Aa1 to Aa2, after being the first major credit ratings agency to deprive UK of AAA rating following Brexit vote.

18:38 World
North Korea: Tremor detected near weapon test site

Chinese seismologists said it was a "suspected explosion" but South Korea says that it could be a natural quake not caused by a nuclear test.

17:24 World
Mad lad raccoon hitches ride on Colorado police cruiser

The Colorado Springs Police Department Facebook page uploaded pictures of a raccoon hanging out on the windshield of a cruiser as an officer responded to a car crash

17:00 World
Merkel's conservatives see slim chance of Brexit progress by October

May set out a plan on Friday to retain full access to the EU’s single market for two years after Brexit to try to reassure business and reset the tone of stalled negotiations with Brussels.

16:38 World
Duterte says he became local millionaire due to inheritance

President Rodrigo Duterte gave some details of his personal assets in a dinner with journalists Friday where he repeated a pledge to resign if anybody can prove that he has hidden wealth stashed in bank accounts as alleged by an opposition senator.

15:43 World
Spain saves 64 migrants from 2 boats crossing Mediterranean

The rescue service says one of its boats intercepted 28 migrants on Friday near Alboran Island, which lies in the western Mediterranean Sea east of the Strait of Gibraltar. The service has an outpost on the small island.

15:27 World
Puerto Rico dam failure 'imminent' after Hurricane Maria

The National Weather Service (NWS) said the "imminent failure" of the Guajataca Dam is a "life-threatening situation".

14:44 World
US student trapped in Indiana cave for three days

Lukas Cavar, 19, was visiting the Sullivan Cave in southern Indiana with the Indiana University Caving Club on Sunday.

14:26 World
Brazil's army returns to Rio favela amid clashes between gangs and police

Army heads to Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro after schools, businesses and a major road closed during fighting between drug gang members and police.

14:02 World
Hope Solo settles grievance with US Soccer after controversial six-month ban

In a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle, the controversial goalkeeper said that she and US Soccer “have amicably resolved the matter and are moving forward in a positive way”.

13:41 World
Germany faces first far-right party in parliament since 1960s

if Merkel retains coalition alternative für Deutschland could be main opposition, bringing raft of entitlements to populist party.

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