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Internet shutdowns aren't just Africa's problem. They're happening worldwide

James Griffiths is a senior producer for CNN International and author of "The Great Firewall of China: How to Build and Control an Alternative Version of the Internet." Hong Kong (CNN)When Hong Kong police fired tear gas at peaceful pro-democracy protesters in 2014, the news moved swiftly through so

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Rallying: Qatari Al-Attiyah wins his third Dakar, Toyota's first

LIMA (Reuters) - Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah became a three times Dakar Rally winner on Thursday, taking no risks on the last stage to Lima and finishing with a 46-minute lead, while Australian Toby Price took the motorcycle crown.

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Colombia evaluating selling stake in Ecopetrol -minister

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia’s government is evaluating selling as much as an 8.9 percent stake in state-run oil firm Ecopetrol ECO.CN to fund spending this year, the finance minister said on Thursday.

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Deadly Nairobi attack comes as U.S. military ramps up airstrikes against al-Shabab in Somalia

NAIROBI — When the Somali extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for this week’s 19-hour siege of a Nairobi complex that left at least 21 dead, it said the attack was “a response to the witless remarks of U.S. president, Donald Trump, and his declaration of al-Quds [Jerusalem] as the capit

WASHINGTON POST

Protestors beaten and killed in Zimbabwe

At least three people have died and more than 100 injured following protests against the Zimbabwean government. Doctors say they've seen evidence of gunshot wounds and dog bites. Lucy Fielder reports.

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Markets jump on China tariff report but rally quickly fades

Wall Street briefly celebrated a report suggesting the Trump administration could dial back tariffs on China. But the rally quickly faded as investors realized nothing concrete has been decided. The Dow was recently up about 115 points.

CNN

Bolsonaro wants trade to make up 30 percent of Brazil's GDP by 2022: source

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s economic team wants trade to account for 30 percent of gross domestic product (GDP)by the end of his four-year term, a senior administration source said on Thursday, adding that growing commerce was a priority.

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‘We Came to Take You to Riyadh’: Khashoggi Killing Detailed in New Book

ISTANBUL — A new book written by three Turkish reporters and drawing on audio recordings of the killing of a Saudi expatriate, Jamal Khashoggi, offers new details about an encounter that began with a demand that he return home and ended in murder and dismemberment.

NEW YORK TIMES

Australian Open 2019: Bernard Tomic brands Lleyton Hewitt ‘a liar’ as he denies blackmail and threat claims

Bernard Tomic has called Lleyton Hewitt a "liar" and denied threatening the Australia Davis Cup captain's family. An ugly war of words within Australian men's tennis has overshadowed the home country's achievements on court and shows no sign of dying down yet.

THE INDEPENDENT

Doping: WADA says has recovered doping data from Moscow lab

(Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Thursday its inspection team had successfully recovered doping data from a Moscow laboratory. WADA said in a statement that the information had now been transported out of Russia for authentication and detailed analysis.

REUTERS

Toddler trapped for days in Spanish well

Spanish emergency services were on Thursday working to rescue a toddler trapped in a well since Sunday (January 13).The two-year-old boy was seen falling into the well as his family walked through a private estate in Totalan, Malaga, in southern Spain, his father Jose told Spanish media.

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Aiia Maasarwe: Police arrest man over killing of Israeli exchange student in Melbourne

A man has been arrested over the death of an Israeli exchange student who was raped and killed while walking home at night in Melbourne. Aiia Maasarwe was on the phone to her sister when she was attacked, shortly after getting off a tram on her way back from a comedy night on Tuesday. Her body was l

THE INDEPENDENT

Malaysia picks lead arrangers for $1.8 billion samurai bond

Malaysia has picked three lead arrangers for a samurai bond issuance of up to 200 billion yen ($1.83 billion), finance minister Lim Guan Eng said on Friday. The Malaysian units of HSBC Holdings and Mizuho Financial Group, along with Daiwa Capital Markets — which will work in partnership with Affin H

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India’s Farmers Threatened by Swelling Numbers of Stray Cows

UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA — As Sitabh Malik prepares to harvest his winter crop and plant wheat, he is apprehensive. The 36-year-old spends much of the day patrolling his farm in Abupur village in Uttar Pradesh state to chase stray cows that intrude into his fields and eat his crops.

VOICE OF AMERICA

China's CNOOC to double proven reserves, exploration projects by 2025

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's CNOOC Group said it aims to double its exploration projects and proven oil and gas reserves in seven years, the company said on Friday via its official Wechat account.

CNBC

India bars aircraft using snag-prone Pratt & Whitney engines from flying to Andamans

India’s aviation regulator has issued a new set of guidelines for aircraft flying on the snag-prone series of Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engines. The directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) has barred IndiGo, India’s largest airline by market share, and another budget carrier, GoAir, from flying the

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U.S.-backed SDF vows to escalate operations against Islamic State in Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces vowed on Thursday to ramp up attacks on Islamic State remnants and cells, a day after a bomb attack killed two U.S. soldiers in northern Syria.

REUTERS

Japan's consumer inflation slows to seven-month low

Japan's annual core consumer inflation slowed to a seven-month low in December as soft household spending kept firms from raising prices, a further sign of the growing challenge faced by the central bank in achieving its elusive 2 percent target.

CNBC

Chinese Tech Hiring Ads Dive as Trade Tensions, Slowdown Bite

(Bloomberg) -- Hiring by China’s technology companies plummeted by a fifth in 2018’s final quarter as the nation’s largest corporations grappled with mounting economic uncertainty, according to a study of national job ads released Friday.

CNBC

Chinese elderly jump on live streaming bandwagon

In public squares across China, it is not unusual to see retirees practicing dance, tai chi, or even singing. Wang Jinxiang is no different — except she live streams her performances to an audience of thousands online.

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