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BREAKING: France win the FIFA World Cup 2018

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BREAKING: France have won the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Moscow.

In a spectacular final against Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium, the favourites to win beat Croatia 4-2. In front of a crowd of around 80,000 fans inside the stadium, and hundreds of millions more worldwide, the French team won with a goal scored by Paul Pogba, and Kylian Embappe, a penalty scored by Antoine Griezmann, and an own goal from Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic.

The game was the first ever World Cup final to feature a VAR decision – which ultimately was awarded in favour of France, who scored a penalty as a result of the handball review.

French President Emmanuel Macron was in attendance of the historic game, with France having only ever won the World Cup once before, in 1998.

Thousands of fans across Russia and France have begun celebrating into the night, we’ll have continuing coverage of the celebrations on our platforms @NewsThisSecond

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Four U.S Troops Killed In Kabul Airport Attack

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4 U.S. soldiers have been killed and three others wounded in attacks on Kabul airport.

A U.S. official says several Marines were killed and a number of other American military were wounded Thursday in an attack on Kabul’s airport.

U.S. officials have said that information is still coming in and they are trying to determine exact numbers of casualties.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing military operations.

The Pentagon would not say what troops were involved but acknowledged that “a number of U.S. service members were killed.”

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Amazon’s palm print recognition raises concern among U.S. senators

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Three U.S. senators, including Democrat Amy Klobuchar who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel, wrote a letter to Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) to express concern about its palm print recognition system, Klobuchar’s office said Friday.

Amazon began rolling out biometric technology at its Whole Foods stores around Seattle in April, letting shoppers pay for items with a scan of their palm. The system, called Amazon One, lets customers link a credit card to their palm print.  read more 

Klobuchar, who was joined by Senators Bill Cassidy, a Republican, and Jon Ossoff, a Democrat, expressed concern in the letter dated Thursday about both privacy and competition related to Amazon One.

“Our concerns about user privacy are heightened by evidence that Amazon shared voice data with third-party contractors and allegations that Amazon has violated biometric privacy laws,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter.

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WHO seeks to take political heat out of virus origins debate

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The World Health Organization said on Friday it was setting up a new group to trace the origins of the coronavirus, seeking to end what it called “political point scoring” that had hampered investigations.

The inability of the WHO to say where and how the virus began spreading has fuelled tensions among its members, particularly between China, where COVID-19 cases were first identified in Wuhan in late 2019, and the United States.

The WHO called for all governments to cooperate to accelerate studies into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and “to depoliticise the situation”.

It specified that a new advisory group called the International Scientific Advisory Group for Origins of Novel Pathogens would support “the rapid undertaking” of further studies.

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