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    Billions of animals killed, displaced by Australia wildfires

    Agence France-Presse . Sydney | Updated at 01:20pm on July 28, 2020

    Nearly three billion animals were killed or displaced by Australia’s unprecedented 2019-20 wildfires in ‘one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history’, according to a report released on Tuesday...

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    Malaysian ex-PM Najib sentenced to 12 years

    Agence France-Presse . Kuala Lumpur | Updated at 12:33pm on July 28, 2020

    Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in jail on corruption charges linked to the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal that led to the downfall of his government two...

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    Missing Rohingya migrants found alive in Malaysia

    Agence France-Presse . Kuala Lumpur | Updated at 01:14am on July 28, 2020

    Twenty-six Rohingya migrants feared to have drowned off Malaysia after a treacherous boat crossing have been found alive, hiding in bushes on an island, an official said Monday. A search was launched at the weekend for the...

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    Global deaths near 6,50,000 as new surges prompt fresh curbs

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 12:48am on July 28, 2020

    Recorded deaths from the coronavirus neared 6,50,000 on Monday as the disease surged back at hotspots in Asia, Europe and the Americas, prompting renewed restrictions, targeted lockdowns and...

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    ‘Virtual kidnappings’ warning for Chinese students in Australia

    Agence France-Presse . Sydney | Updated at 10:51pm on July 27, 2020

    Elaborate ‘virtual kidnappings’ are being used to extort money from the friends and relatives of Chinese students Down Under, Australian police warned Monday, after a spate of transnational scams...

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    Chinese govt takes over closed US consulate

    Agence France-Presse . Chengdu, China | Updated at 10:49pm on July 27, 2020

    The American flag was lowered at the US consulate in Chengdu on Monday and Chinese authorities entered the building, as Beijing carried out a Cold War-style retaliatory closure of the...

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    Pyongyang looking to blame Seoul for coronavirus: analysts

    Agence France-Presse . Seoul | Updated at 10:48pm on July 27, 2020

    North Korea is seizing on the return of a defector from the South to point the finger at Seoul for the arrival of coronavirus in the country after months of denying it had any cases, analysts...

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    UN says about 100 migrants risk drowning in Med

    Agence France-Presse . Geneva | Updated at 10:46pm on July 27, 2020

    Around 100 migrants fleeing war-ravaged Libya have run into difficulty in the Mediterranean and could drown, the UN said Monday, urging a rapid rescue. The arrival of summer and more favourable conditions at...

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    100 days ahead of vote, Trump banks on ‘silent majority’

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 10:43pm on July 27, 2020

    President Donald Trump mounted a strident defence Sunday of his wavering reelection bid with 100 days to go in a campaign that has seen him underwater in the polls — and banking on the...

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    Fresh violence kills 60 in Darfur

    Agence France-Presse . Khartoum | Updated at 10:41pm on July 27, 2020

    More than 60 people have been killed and another 60 wounded in fresh violence in the West Darfur region of Sudan, UN officials announced Sunday. Around 500 armed men attacked Masteri Town, north of...