Taliban forces sweep into capital of Afghan poppy-growing province

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By Sayed Sarwar Amani KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Taliban forces were battling on Thursday in the capital of Afghanistan’s central province of Uruzgan, a top poppy-cultivating area, threatening government offices as the leadership fled to the airport, officials said. Militants had fought their way to within a few hundred meters of the governor’s compound and police headquarters in Tarin Kot, ...

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UK tech sector in shakeup under Hewlett Packard deal

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London (AFP) – British group Micro Focus will merge with some of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s software assets, the pair said, in a further consolidation of the global tech sector after SoftBank’s blockbuster purchase of ARM Holdings. The deal creates an entity worth $8.8 billion (7.8 billion euros) that will be “one of the world’s largest pure-play enterprise software companies,” the ...

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Top Asian News 9:50 a.m. GMT

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HONOLULU (AP) — Pier 17 doesn’t even show up on most Honolulu maps. Cars whiz past it on their way to Waikiki’s famous white sand beaches. Yet few locals, let alone passing tourists, are aware that just behind a guarded gate, another world exists: foreign fishermen confined to American boats for years at a time. Hundreds of undocumented men are ...

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Why London Is Fuming At China

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This time it has nothing to do with the Hinkley nuclear plant, but China is back in news and London is furious. In a bizarre warning, Air China has reportedly warned fliers that ‘precautions’ should be taken when visiting areas in London populated by “Indians, Pakistanis and black people”. The comments were made in an article in the airline’s in-flight ...

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Two to tango in Argentina, whether queer or straight

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – In tango, a male dancer leads his female partner through a series of sensual and synchronized movements. The man always leads — but Argentina’s “queer tango” turns this convention upside-down. Subverting the lead male role is nothing short of revolutionary in the rigid world of tango dancing, and faces resistance from traditionalists. “Tango is a reflection ...

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Foreign fishermen confined to boats catch Hawaiian seafood

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HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s high-quality seafood is sold with the promise that it’s caught by local, hard-working fishermen. But the people who haul in the prized catch are almost all undocumented foreign workers, confined to American boats for years at a time without basic rights or protections. About 700 men from impoverished Southeast Asian and Pacific Island nations make up ...

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Review of Vince Taylor’s Smart Grips

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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Vince Taylor’s Powerballz- 50 Smart Grips adds the joint rotation principle to your workouts. Vince Taylor’s Smart Grips is a new arm workout tool, and according to Vince Taylor “no gym bag should be without.” According to Vince Taylor, by using his Powerballz- 50 Smart Grips you will influence the muscle by using ...

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Pushed to brink, Williams edges Halep, returns to US Open SF

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NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams’ serve was broken for the first time at this year’s U.S. Open. Twice, in fact. She dropped a set for the first time in the tournament, too, pushed to the brink by Simona Halep in the quarterfinals. In a match filled with fantastic shotmaking and enthralling exchanges, neither player budged until Williams righted herself ...

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