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Microsoft founder Bill Gates regrets his gatherings with Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financial manager who was accused of child sex trafficking, he told CNN Wednesday.
"It was a huge mistake to spend time with him, to give him the credibility of being there," Gates said.
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TORONTO -- A musical campaign for former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig’s release from a Chinese prison is gaining support.
Long before Kovrig went into the diplomatic service, he was the frontman for the Budapest-based band named Bankrupt, who recently released a song called "The Plane to Toronto" to raise awareness about his plight.
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Belarus Olympic sprinter used Google translate to plead for help in Tokyo

A Belarusian Olympic sprinter who feared reprisals back home after publicly criticizing her coaches at Tokyo 2020 used her phone to translate a plea for help and showed it to Japanese police as she tried to avoid being forced onto a plane.
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Lawmakers give Cuomo deadline in impeachment probe

ALBANY, N.Y. -- State lawmakers told Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday that their ongoing impeachment investigation is almost done and gave him a deadline of Aug. 13 to provide additional evidence.
Since March, the Assembly's judiciary committee has been investigating whether there are grounds to impeach the Democratic governor over sexual harassment allegations, misleading the public about COVID-19 outbreaks at nursing homes and using state resources and staff for his $5 million book deal.
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The lead drinking water advisory for residents of Lynden, Ont. has been lifted after nearly a decade.
But that doesn't mean people are ready to turn on the tap and drink what comes out.
Cassidy Anderson is 20-years-old and has lived in the rural Hamilton community all her life, half of which was spent under the advisory.
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Graham says he's told Trump to 'speak up' on COVID vaccines

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- As he recovers from a breakthrough infection of the coronavirus, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that he has urged former President Donald Trump to press his supporters to get the COVID-19 vaccine, which the South Carolina Republican called “the antidote to the virus that's wreaking havoc on our hospitals.
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Graham says he's told Trump to 'speak up' on COVID-19 vaccines

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- As he recovers from a breakthrough infection of the coronavirus, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that he has urged former President Donald Trump to press his supporters to get the COVID-19 vaccine, which the South Carolina Republican called “the antidote to the virus that's wreaking havoc on our hospitals.
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Italian man identified as top crime boss arrested in Madrid

MADRID -- A fugitive Italian man identified as a leader of what is believed to be one of the world's wealthiest criminal organizations has been arrested in Madrid, Spanish and Italian police said Thursday.
Italy's Carabinieri identified the man as Domenico Paviglianiti, 60, a leader of the Calabrian-based 'ndrangheta crime syndicate.
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Canada posts $3.2B trade surplus in June amid surge in exports

OTTAWA -- Statistics Canada says the country posted a merchandise trade surplus of $3.2 billion in June as exports rose and imports fell.
The result is a return to surplus after a $1.6 billion deficit in May.
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Drummer Charlie Watts likely to miss Rolling Stones' tour

LOS ANGELES -- Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts will likely miss the band's upcoming U.S. tour to allow him to recover from an unspecified medical procedure.
A spokesperson for the musician said the procedure was "completely successful" but that Watts needs time to recuperate.
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Found frozen deep in the Siberian Arctic, the cave lion cub looks like she's asleep and one touch might awaken her.
The cub's golden fur is matted with mud but otherwise undamaged. Her teeth, skin, soft tissue and organs are mummified but all intact.
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Resuming a national tour? Oh, Hall & Oates can go for that

NEW YORK -- John Oates of Hall & Oates, the multi-platinum soul-pop duo behind hits like "Private Eyes," "Rich Girl" and "Maneater," is eager to return to concert stages again and prepared for an extra loud reaction when he does.
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