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* Backlash as US billionaire dismisses Uyghur abuse

Jan 18 (BBC) Billionaire investor Chamath Palihapitiya is under fire for saying that he - and most Americans - "don’t care" about abuses against the Uyghur minority in China. Mr Palihapitiya, a part-owner of San Francisco’s basketball team, made the comments during a podcast discussion
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* At least 12 killed in Afghan earthquake: District Official

Jan 17 (CNA) At least 12 people were killed after an earthquake hit western Afghanistan on Monday (Jan 17), an official said.The victims died when roofs of their residential houses collapsed in Qadis district in the western province of Badghis, district governor Mohammad Saleh Purdel told AFP_
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* Texas synagogue siege: Teens held in UK as Briton named as hostage-taker

Jan 17 (BBC) Two teenagers have been arrested in England as part of the investigation into a hostage-taking incident at a synagogue in Texas on Saturday. British citizen Malik Faisal Akram, 44, from Blackburn, was shot dead after a standoff with police in Colleyville.
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* China drops plans to sell Olympic tickets as COVID-19 cases rise

Jan 17 (CNA) _China on Monday (Jan 17) cancelled plans to sell tickets to the public for the Winter Olympics in Beijing, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country reached its highest since March 2020. Organisers said last year there would be no international spectators at the Games,
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* Tonga tsunami: Anxious wait for news after Tonga cut off

Jan 17 (BBC) Tongans living overseas are facing an anxious wait for news of loved ones after a volcano triggered a tsunami. The underwater volcano erupted on Saturday, about 65km (40 miles) north of the capital Nuku’alofa.
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* Novak Djokovic: Tennis star to be deported after losing Australia visa appeal

Jan 16 (BBC) Tennis star Novak Djokovic has lost his last-ditch court bid to stay in Australia and is set to be deported. Judges rejected his appeal after the government cancelled the unvaccinated player’s visa for a second time this month on public health grounds.
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