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Will Smith’s World Cup song Live It Up released for Russia 2018

The official World Cup song has been released ahead of the tournament kicking off in Russia next month. Live It Up has been produced by Diplo and features Nicky Jam, Will Smith, and Kosovar Albanian singer Era Istrefi. The Fresh Prince alluded to the track earlier in the week with a post on Instagram. He follows in the footsteps of Pitbull, Jennifer ...

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Trump lawyer ‘paid by Ukraine’ to arrange White House talks

Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 (£300,000) to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump, according to sources in Kiev close to those involved. The payment was arranged by intermediaries acting for Ukraine’s leader, Petro Poroshenko, the sources said, though Mr Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine ...

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How Bangladesh took on a global killer with the world’s only diarrhoeal disease hospital

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, two-month-old Sammiya flops lifelessly in her mother’s arms, her eyes glazed over. She is suffering from diarrhoea. This may not sound life-threatening – for most of us (in the West) diarrhoea is unpleasant, it might ruin a holiday or mean a few days off work at worst – but for many people across the world it is a killer. Globally, ...

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Isis: Trump says five ‘most wanted’ leaders captured

Donald Trump said on Thursday that five “most wanted” leaders of the Islamic State militant group had been captured, an apparent reference to the capture of five commanders of the militant group by Iraq. “Five Most Wanted leaders of ISIS just captured!” Trump wrote on Twitter, providing no further details. Iraq had described the capture of the Isis commanders as “some of the ...

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Hottest April Day Ever Was Probably Monday in Pakistan: a Record 122.4°F

Even in Pakistan, no stranger to blistering heat, the temperature on Monday stood out: 122.4 degrees Fahrenheit. The reading came from Nawabshah, a city of 1.1 million people in southern Pakistan, and meteorologists say it is the highest temperature ever reliably recorded, anywhere in the world, in the month of April. The World Meteorological Organization keeps global temperature records, but ...

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Mahmoud Abbas apologises for Holocaust speech

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has apologised after he was accused of antisemitism following a speech in which he suggested that historical persecution of European Jews had been caused by their conduct, not by their religion. Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, had condemned Abbas after he claimed past massacres including the Holocaust were related to the “social function” of Jews in banking. “Once ...

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Emmanuel Macron urges US: ‘Don’t close door to the world’

French President Emmanuel Macron has called on America to reject policies of isolationism if values of democracy and freedom are to be saved. Speaking to Congress on Wednesday, Mr Macron used words of flattery and friendship to cushion his insistence that the US should dump Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda. Beginning and ending with the lasting historic friendship enjoyed between France ...

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Trump’s ‘media-bashing’ style worsens US standing in world press freedom index — again

More and more democratically elected world leaders have openly sought to fuel a climate of hatred toward the media over the last 12 months, according to a study. The latest annual world press freedom index, compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), found a growing sense of “hostility” toward the media was “no longer limited to authoritarian countries.” The index, published Wednesday, ...

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Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser backtracks on comments Australia will join trade coalition

US President Donald Trump’s new chief economic adviser has backtracked on his bold announcement of a “trade coalition of the willing”, which would see Australia, Japan and other allies joining America in its high-stakes tariff battle with China. In the latest confusing chapter emerging from the Trump White House, Larry Kudlow, who succeeded Gary Cohn earlier this month as Mr ...

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Syria and Russia accuse Israel of missile attack on Assad airbase

Israeli warplanes bombed a Syrian regime airbase east of the city of Homs, the Russian and Syrian militaries have said. The Russian military said two Israeli F-15 jets carried out the strikes from Lebanese airspace, and that Syrian air defence systems shot down five of eight missiles fired. Asked about the Russian statement, an Israeli military spokesman said he had ...

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