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Australian cricketer's brother charged for faking attack plot to frame rival

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Macron makes U-turn on fuel-tax increases in face of 'yellow vest' protests

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Afghan authorities probe allegations of abuse in women's soccer team

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'If US stops our oil, then no oil will be exported from the Gulf': Iran

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Myanmar religion minister says Rohingya `brainwashed’ to `march’ on the country

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15 migrants die in boat off Libya, Egyptian survivor says

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Denmark plans to isolate unwanted migrants on a small island

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Israel begins anti-tunnel effort along its border with Lebanon

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