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28 Jul
The opening day of athletics at the 2020 Tokyo #OlympicGames will take place at the Olympic Stadium on Friday. #AFPSports looks at five stand-out events 👟 u.afp.com/URph
China's unrelenting domination of #Olympics #Diving has rivals in #Tokyo2020 wondering not just how they can beat them, but also whether the country's approach is desirable or even healthy

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#BREAKING American Robert Finke wins #gold medal in inaugural #Olympics men's 800m freestyle swimming event
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28 Jul
#BREAKING US Fed says it will maintain easy money policies until progress achieved
#BREAKING Fed says US economy showing progress but 'not fully recovered'
#BREAKING Fed Chair Powell says 'higher and more persistent' inflation possible
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28 Jul
#BREAKING Japan's badminton top seed Kento Momota out in #Olympics first round #Tokyo2020
#BREAKING Japan's Daiki Hashimoto, 19, wins men's Olympic all-around gymnastics #Tokyo2020
#UPDATE Japan's men's #badminton world number one Kento Momota lost in the first round at the Tokyo #Olympics on Wednesday, a day after Japanese tennis superstar Naomi Osaka also crashed out u.afp.com/UR5P #Tokyo2020 #AFPSports
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28 Jul
#BREAKING Iran's Khamenei says experience shows 'trusting West does not work'
#UPDATE Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that the outgoing government's experience of engaging with world powers including the United States shows that "trusting the West does not work"
#BREAKING US tying Iran deal return to 'future' talks on missiles, region: Khamenei
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27 Jul
The delivery of Bermuda's first ever Olympic gold medal on Tuesday by triathlete Flora Duffy is a victory shared by the whole island, her parents told AFP
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"It was just unbelievable": Family and friends of Bermuda's first Olympic gold medalist celebrate.

Triathlete Flora Duffy made history as the first person from Bermuda to win gold at the #Olympics
Olympic golds.

Romania's Ancuta Bodnar and Simona Radis and France's Hugo Boucheron and Matthieu Androdias celebrate winning gold in the double sculls finals at the Tokyo #Olympics ImageImage
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27 Jul
At least 16 people were injured and five missing after an explosion at a chemical park in Leverkusen, western Germany, officials said Tuesday, urging residents to stay indoors as a huge column of black smoke billowed from the site
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#BREAKING One dead, four missing after blast at German chemical park: site operator
#UPDATE At least one person was killed and 16 injured after an explosion at a chemical park in the western German city of Leverkusen on Tuesday, the site's operator said, with four people still missing
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27 Jul
Main highlights of Day 4 at #Tokyo2020
🏅 Osaka crashes out of tennis competition
🏅 Ferreira and Moore win inaugural surfing golds
🏅 Triathlete Duffy scoops famous gold for Bermuda
🏅 McKeown upstages Smith in women's 100m backstroke
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#BREAKING Simone Biles out of US team during Olympic final
#UPDATE Biles, the four-time gold medallist at the 2016 Rio Games, produced a lacklustre opening vault and then briefly left the competition floor, before she was replaced in the three concluding routines on the uneven bars, beam, and floor
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26 Jul
#BREAKING Flora Duffy wins women's triathlon for Bermuda's first-ever Olympic gold
#UPDATES Flora Duffy makes #Olympics history, winning women's triathlon in 1hr 55min 36sec over a minute ahead of Britain's Georgia Taylor-Brown

Duffy's success makes Bermuda the smallest nation in terms of population to ever win a medal at a Summer Games
Edgar Cheung Ka-long says Hong Kong went "insane" after he won the Chinese territory's first Olympic gold in 25 years and only its second ever

Cheung stunned Italy's reigning Olympic champion Daniele Garozzo 15-11 in the men's foil
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26 Jul
Main highlights of Day 3 at #Tokyo2020
🥇 Titmus wins 400m freestyle duel with Ledecky
🥇 Peaty and Dressel also triumph in the pool
🥇 Men's triathlon marred by false start
🥇 Momiji Nishiya, 13, becomes first women's skateboard champion
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Tom Daley's first Olympic diving title adds a golden chapter to a life lived in the public eye, during which he has become one of Britain's most recognisable athletes and prominent voices on gay rights
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#Tokyo2020 - Novak Djokovic strolled into the third round of the Tokyo Olympics tennis tournament on Monday as Japanese star Naomi Osaka's path to gold opened up further after a host of leading women's seeds exited
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25 Jul
Usain Bolt may have hung up his spikes in 2017, but the Tokyo #Olympics are the first summer Games in 17 years not to feature the incomparable Jamaican sprinter
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Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway has won the men's triathlon at #Tokyo2020 in an #Olympics race that began with a false start after a boat blocked some athletes from entering the water.

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Australian seven-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore's dream of winning #Olympics surfing's first gold medal ends in shock defeat.

Gilmore was bundled out by unheralded South African Bianca Buitendag. The exit has opened up the field for USA world number one Carissa Moore ImageImageImage
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25 Jul
#BREAKING Tunisian president annnounces suspension of parliament, dismisses PM Image
#BREAKING Tunisia's ruling party slams president's decision to suspend parliament as 'state coup' Image
#UPDATE Tunisian President Kais Saied suspends parliament and dismisses Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi following a day of protests against the ruling party, who have condemned the move as a "coup d'etat"

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25 Jul
US gymnastics star Simone Biles launches her bid for Olympic immortality at the Tokyo Games as surfing and skateboarding make their debuts as part of a drive to attract young audiences
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Australia’s Cate Campbell, Emma McKeon, Meg Harris and Bronte Campbell shatter the women's 4x100m freestyle world record to win gold clocking 3mins 29.69 secs to better their own mark set three years ago #Olympics #AFPsports Image
#BREAKING Defending champion Andy Murray out of Olympics singles with injury: Team GB Image
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18 Jul
#BREAKING UK PM to self-isolate when not working, following minister's infection: Downing St
#UPDATES UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will undertake "only essential government business" in the week ahead after he was designated a close contact, following Health Secretary Sajid Javid’s confirmation he had tested positive
#UPDATE UK PM #BorisJohnson will undertake "only essential government business" in the week ahead and will self-isolate when not working, Downing Street says, after he was designated a close contact of Covid-positive Health Secretary #SajidJavid u.afp.com/UE5h
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18 Jul
#BREAKING Flood death toll rises to 156 in Germany, 183 for Europe: police
#UPDATES Death toll from devastating floods rises to 156 in Germany, police say, bringing total to at least 183 in western Europe In Rhineland-Palatinate state alone, one of worst-hit German regions, police report 110 dead, up from 98
Chancellor Angela Merkel is to visit flood-ravaged areas in Germany to survey the damage and meet survivors, after days of extreme rainfall in western Europe leave at least 183 people dead and dozens missing u.afp.com/UE5Z
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18 Jul
#BREAKING Two athletes positive for Covid-19 in Olympic Village: officials
#UPDATES Two athletes become the first to test positive for coronavirus in the Tokyo Olympic Village, officials say

Cases come day after an unidentified person became the first to test positive in the Village which will house competitors during #Tokyo2020
Two athletes test positive for coronavirus in the Tokyo Olympic Village after a team colleague is also infected, officials say, raising fears of a cluster just days before the opening ceremony #Tokyo2020 #AFPsports u.afp.com/UEiz
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17 Jul
#BREAKING Spike Lee says 'Titane' wins Palme d'Or at Cannes, US actor Caleb Landry Jones wins best actor
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#BREAKING Norwegian Renate Reinsve wins best actress award at the #CannesFilmFestival
"You can be too good at your job," joked Caleb Landry Jones, who has fast developed a reputation for playing creepy characters u.afp.com/UEwN #CannesFilmFestival
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17 Jul
#BREAKING Death toll from German floods rises to 133, 153 in Europe: authorities
#UPDATES "According to current information, 90 people lost their lives" in the Rhineland-Palatinate region, one of the worst hit, police in Koblenz say
A further 43 people have died in neighbouring North Rhine-Westphalia, and 20 in Belgium
Troops and firefighters are called in to help villagers launch a mammoth clean up after the worst floods to hit western Europe in decades leaves over 150 people dead and dozens more missing u.afp.com/UEoQ
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16 Jul
#BREAKING The World Health Organization said the second stage of an investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus should include further studies in China and lab "audits" Image
#BREAKING Social media misinformation on Covid 'killing people:' Biden Image
#BREAKING Britain says vaccinated travellers from France must still quarantine Image
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16 Jul
#BREAKING Russian plane goes missing in Siberia with at least 13 on board: news agencies Image
#BREAKING Missing plane in Siberia found, survivors seen: officials Image
#BREAKING All 18 on board plane in Siberia found alive: aviation agency Image
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16 Jul
#BREAKING Death toll from German floods rises to 93, 108 in Europe: authorities Image
#UPDATE The death toll from devastating floods in Germany reached 93 on Friday, local officials said, bringing the total number of deaths in Europe to 108

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#BREAKING At least 103 dead in German flooding, 118 in Europe: state leader Image
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16 Jul
#BREAKING S.Africa unrest was 'planned,' says president Image
#UPDATE South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday alleged that deadly violence and looting that have shaken the country over the past week were planned, as he arrived in the epicentre of the unrest
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#BREAKING South Africa unrest death toll climbs to 212: minister ImageImage
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