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Kobe Bryant dies at 41

5x NBA Champion 2x Finals MVP 1x NBA Most Valuable Player 18x NBA All-Star 4x NBA All-Star Game MVP 11x All-NBA First Team 2x All-NBA Second Team 2x All-NBA Third Team 9x NBA All-Defensive First Team 2x NBA Scoring Champion 2x Olympic Gold Medalist Los Angeles, United States | AFP …

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NBA legend Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash

Los Angeles, United States | AFP |  BA legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash in suburban Los Angeles, celebrity website TMZ reported, in an accident confirmed by police that saw five people killed. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said there were no survivors from the morning crash on …

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French defence chief heads to US to press Sahel case

Paris, France | AFP |  France’s defence minister departs for Washington on Sunday hoping to convince officials to keep US soldiers in West Africa, where French authorities are under pressure after years of trying to bolster local forces against Islamic extremists. Florence Parly’s visit comes just days after her tour of …

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XI JINPING: China faces a ‘grave situation’

China says virus situation ‘grave’ as Lunar New Year curtailed Wuhan, China | AFP | President Xi Jinping warned Saturday that China faced a “grave situation” as authorities raced to contain a virus that has killed 41 people and caused a drastic scale-back of Lunar New Year celebrations. The world’s most …

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Mexican children take up arms in fight against drug gangs

Ayahualtempa, Mexico | AFP |  With baseball caps and scarves covering their faces, only their serious eyes are visible as a dozen children stand to attention, rifles by their side. In the heart of the violence-plagued Mexican state of Guerrero, learning to use weapons starts at an early age. In the …

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China shuts down 13 cities as virus toll climbs

Wuhan, China | AFP | Chinese authorities rapidly expanded a mammoth quarantine effort aimed at containing a deadly contagion on Friday to 13 cities and a staggering 41 million people, as nervous residents were checked for fevers and the death toll climbed to 26. While the World Health Organization (WHO) held …

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Former prostitutes among ex-nuns at Vatican shelter: cardinal

Rome, Italy | AFP | Former nuns “abandoned” by the Catholic Church, including some who became prostitutes to survive, have been sheltered at a Vatican residence for more than a year, a Brazilian cardinal said. Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz confirmed the house’s existence at an undisclosed location in Vatican City …

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Trump to fire up base with anti-abortion rally speech

Washington, United States | AFP | With his eyes firmly on the November election, Donald Trump will Friday become the first US president to address in person the country’s biggest annual gathering of anti-abortion campaigners. Addressing a crowd of thousands on the National Mall in Washington, Trump is assured of a …

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