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WORLD

World rings in 2024 after war, bots and Barbie

AFP, Published on 01/01/2024

» SYDNEY - Jubilant crowds began bidding farewell on Sunday to the hottest year on record, closing a turbulent 12 months marked by clever chatbots, climate crises and wrenching wars in Gaza and Ukraine.

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WORLD

Denmark's Queen Margrethe II announces surprise abdication

AFP, Published on 01/01/2024

» COPENHAGEN - Denmark's popular Queen Margrethe II, Europe's longest-serving monarch, said Sunday that she would abdicate on January 14 and pass the baton to her son Crown Prince Frederik.

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WORLD

Frederik, Denmark's 'woke' and popular future king

AFP, Published on 01/01/2024

» COPENHAGEN - A rebellious teen turned "woke" family man, Denmark's future king Crown Prince Frederik is the embodiment of the country's relaxed, liberal monarchy.

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SPORTS

Ugandan athlete Benjamin Kiplagat 'stabbed to death' in Kenya

AFP, Published on 01/01/2024

» NAIROBI - Ugandan athlete Benjamin Kiplagat has been found dead in Kenya, police said Sunday, with local media reporting he had been stabbed to death.

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WORLD

Arrests in Germany over 'Cologne cathedral attack plot'

AFP, Published on 01/01/2024

» BERLIN - German police arrested three people on Sunday over an alleged attack plot targeting the cathedral in Cologne on New Year's Eve.

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SPORTS

PGA works to extend 'active and productive' Saudi merger talks

AFP, Published on 01/01/2024

» WASHINGTON - The PGA Tour worked Sunday to extend a deadline into 2024 for finalizing a merger agreement with Saudi Arabian investors, tour commissioner Jay Monahan calling talks "active and productive."

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WORLD

Takanakuy, the Andean 'fight club' that clears the air for a new year

AFP, Published on 01/01/2024

» LIMA - The fighting begins and ends with a hug, part of a singular ritual that has residents of the Peruvian Andes punching and kicking in a year-end fight competition known as Takanakuy.

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LIFE

'Wonka' back atop N.America box office in a weak film year

AFP, Published on 01/01/2024

» LOS ANGELES - Fantasy musical "Wonka" bounced back to the top of the North American box office this New Year's weekend as an otherwise pallid film year came to an end, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

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SPORTS

Kylian Mbappe's future to dominate transfer window

AFP, Published on 01/01/2024

» PARIS - The future of Kylian Mbappe and his protracted courtship by Real Madrid is expected to be the key theme of the transfer window that opens in Europe on Monday.

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WORLD

After months of war, young Israelis hope for 'new beginning' in 2024

AFP, Published on 01/01/2024

» TEL AVIV: Seconds after ringing in the new year on a lively street in Tel Aviv, some young Israelis found themselves running for cover while others kept the party going with a shrug as missile defence systems intercepted a barrage of rockets overhead.