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Lithuania fuel pipeline explosion ‘probably brought on by technical malfunction’

A powerful gas pipeline explosion which sent flames 150ft into the sky in northern Lithuania was most likely caused by a technical malfunction, officials have said. The head of AB Amber Grid, which operates Lithuania's natural gas transmission s..

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Britain to ship Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine

Britain is to send Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine to bolster the war effort against invading Russian forces. Additional artillery support is also to be sent by the UK to assist the Kyiv government in the face of Kremlin aggression. Sky News understan..

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China stories virtually 60,000 COVID-related deaths in simply over a month

China has reported almost 60,000 COVID-related deaths since early December after the country dropped its strict lockdown restrictions. The announcement follows complaints that the Chinese government was failing to release data about the status of the..

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Syrian rebels say anti-ISIS operations with U.S. have stopped, ISIS fighters could escape from prisons

The main rebel group in Syria says its joint military operations with the U.S. against the Islamic State terrorist group have stopped because of the threat of a Turkish ground offensive and airstrikes, and it is concerned ISIS prisoners may escape fr..

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Ukrainians tear down despised symbols of Russian occupation in recaptured metropolis

KHERSON, Ukraine — In the liberated city of Kherson, Ukrainians have been tearing down a glaring symbol of occupation -- billboards spreading Russian propaganda. Throughout the southern city that was under Russian occupation for nearly nine months, t..

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‘Rogue wave’ hits Viking cruise ship, killing 1 passenger and injuring 4 others

One person died and four others were injured after a "rogue wave" hit the Viking Polaris cruise ship while it was sailing toward Ushuaia, Argentina, on Tuesday night, officials said. “It is with great sadness that we confirmed a guest passed away fo..

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‘We ought to be apologising for the subsequent 3,000 years’: FIFA chief hits out at Qatar criticism

The president of football's international governing body FIFA says the West should not criticise Qatar's hosting of the World Cup - adding that European nations should instead apologise for their own histories. Gianni Infantino said critics..

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Ukraine conflict shall be over by finish of spring, nation’s deputy defence minister predicts

Ukrainian forces could be back in Crimea by the end of December and the entire war with Russia will be over by the spring, a Ukrainian deputy defence minister has predicted. Volodymyr Havrylov, a retired major general, said his country would never st..

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Kim Jong Un’s daughter seen for first time in public at ballistic missile launch

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has revealed his daughter to the world for the first time as they inspected an intercontinental ballistic missile ahead of its launch. Mr Kim's daughter, whose existence had never been publicly confirmed before, w..

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Russia’s partial mobilization of troops for Ukraine is full, protection minister says

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Friday said that the “partial mobilization” of 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine that Russia announced in September was complete. Speaking at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin broadcast on ..

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No kissing in Qatar? Fears develop of crackdown on LGBTQ followers at World Cup

More than a million soccer fans from around the world are expected to gather in Qatar for next month's FIFA World Cup, but as the global competition nears, concerns over how the Gulf nation will treat its LGBTQ visitors are rising. The Australi..

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‘Modern-day slavery’: Some overseas employees at U.S. navy bases abroad face bedbugs, brutal hours, low pay

Abdulla thought it was the opportunity of a lifetime. After struggling to find work in his home country of Bangladesh, he said a recruiter offered him a chance to work in a restaurant thousands of miles away in Kuwait City for the equivalent of $660 ..

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