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50 years ago, humanity’s first steps on another world

Washington, United States | AFP | Fifty years ago on Saturday, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans in history to set foot on the Moon, an event watched on television by half a billion people. Their lunar module, named “Eagle,” touched down at 2018 GMT (4:18 …

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Germany remembers heroes in Hitler assassination bid

Berlin, Germany | AFP  Germany paid tribute Saturday to Claus von Stauffenberg and others who sought to assassinate Adolf Hitler 75 years ago, a plot that was recognised only belatedly but which a resurgent far-right is now seeking to expropriate. In the attempt on July 20, 1944, Stauffenberg and other high-ranking …

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Unity against Trump won’t mask Democratic rifts

Washington, United States | AFP |  US Democrats presented a united front this week after Donald Trump’s coarse attacks on progressive lawmakers, but the solidarity masks deep fissures in the party as it moves toward choosing a 2020 presidential nominee. From the most liberal quarters to the centrists, Democrats circled …

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Merkel says Trump tweets ‘go against what makes America great’

Berlin, Germany | AFP | German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday condemned President Donald Trump’s xenophobic tweets against four minority Democratic congresswomen, saying the US leader’s attacks “go against what makes America great”. “I firmly distance myself from (the attacks) and I feel solidarity towards” the women, she told journalists. “In …

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Netflix shares slide on disappointing subscriber growth

San Francisco, United States | AFP |  Netflix shares plunged in after-hours trade Wednesday after its quarterly update showed weaker-than-expected subscriber growth for the streaming television sector leader. Netflix said it added 2.7 million new subscribers worldwide in the April-June period, well below expectations, as the sector prepared for offerings …

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