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The Phoenix Suns strive to avoid their first three-game skid of the season when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.The Suns have the second-best record in the NBA but are coming off losses to the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies.The loss to Memphis came on a driving hoop by Grizzlies star Ja Morant with 0.5 seconds left. Devin Booker drained a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds remaining to put Phoenix up by one prior to the game-ending sequence.Booker scored exactly 30 points for the second time in three games. He has tallied at least 30 on seven…

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By Tommy Wilkes, Saqib Iqbal Ahmed and Elizabeth HowcroftLONDONNEW YORK, Dec 29 (Reuters) – In May, San Diego-based Emily was feeling flush from a year of double-digit gains earned from trading stocks. Equity options, which some fellow stay-at-home investors were dabbling in, would juice up her returns, she decided.Emily was among the army of small-time investors who shook up stock markets in 2021. Some earned fortunes by squeezing out hedge funds from short positions on so-called “meme” stocks such as retailer GameStop and cinema group AMC Entertainment.But AMC proved to be Emily’s downfall. As its shares hovered around (dollar)15, she…

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STOCKHOLM, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Sweden’s Northvolt said on Wednesday its new gigafactory in northern Sweden has assembled its first battery cell, making it the first European company to design and manufacture a battery on the continent.The cell is of a prismatic cell format – a variety of thinner and lighter battery – and came off the assembly line on Tuesday.Northvolt CEO Peter Carlsson had told Reuters that the new factory would produce a battery this year “even if it means the first battery is made on New Year’s Eve”.Commissioning and upscaling of the factory will continue into 2022, when…

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A campaigner whose partner was murdered by a crossbow-wielding neighbour said it was “bitter-sweet” that ownership rules will be reviewed following an incident at Windsor Castle.Home Secretary Priti Patel has ordered the Home Office to look at strengthening controls on owning the lethal weapons.The decision comes after a 19-year-old man was arrested at Windsor Castle on Christmas Day while allegedly in possession of a crossbow.The Metropolitan Police said the man had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.Police are also reviewing a video that appears to show a masked figure in a dark hoodie holding a crossbow and addressing the…

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VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis has greeted an Afghan family he met during a visit this month to a refugee camp in Greece and who he helped resettle to Italy because the youngest child needs medical care.Francis greeted the family at the end of his general audience Wednesday, during which he once again urged European countries to share the responsibility of welcoming in migrants.”All you need to do is open a door. The door of the heart. Let´s not miss doing it this Christmas,” he said.Francis had stressed that message during his Dec. 2-6 visit to Cyprus and Greece,…

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 20 (Reuters) – The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has placed an import ban on Malaysian glove manufacturer Brightway Group for suspected forced labour practices, it said in a statement Monday.The agency issued a withhold release order, instructing U.S. ports of entry to detain disposable gloves produced in Malaysia by three companies in the group – Brightway Holdings, Laglove and Biopro – from Monday.The action was taken based on “information that reasonably indicates the use of forced labour in that entity’s manufacturing operations,” it said.Brightway was not immediately available for comment.CBP said it identified 10…

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NEW YORK (AP) – The editor of Forbes magazine testified Thursday before the grand jury hearing evidence in a criminal investigation of former President Donald Trump and his business practices, answering questions about an article examining whether the former president inflated his wealth.Forbes editor Randall Lane wrote in a post on the business magazine´s website that he was questioned about articles he wrote in 2015 about Trump´s fixation with his ranking on the magazine´s annual list of wealthiest people.Lane said deputy wealth editor Chase Peterson-Withorn also testified, briefly answering questions about a 2017 article he wrote about the size and…

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Sergio Aguero is Manchester City’s greatest goalscorer and the scorer of their greatest goal.Aguero has retired aged 33 after a career that included spells at Independiente, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and two global titles won with his country Argentina.But it was a 10-year stay in Manchester where he made a lasting impression on the club’s history books.With a club-record 260 goals to his name and 12 major trophies secured since his £38million signing from Atletico Madrid in 2011, City certainly got their money’s worth.Many could argue the prolific Argentinian actually repaid his fee several times over in the act of scoring…

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President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hailed Russia’s “model” relations with China in a call with Chinese leader Xi Jinping and confirmed he would attend Beijing’s Olympics, as both countries face increasing criticism from the West.The video call came days after G7 foreign ministers discussed Moscow’s sabre-rattling against Ukraine and Beijing’s crackdowns in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.”In February we will finally be able to meet in person in Beijing,” Putin said in a national television broadcast of the conversation after he said he would attend the Games, calling Xi his “dear friend”.”China-Russia relations have withstood all kinds of stern tests, and…

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NEW YORK (AP) – Patty Mills made a 3 to force overtime, Kevin Durant had 34 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 131-129 on Tuesday night.Durant was upgraded from questionable just before the game because Brooklyn has seven players in the NBA’s health and safety protocol, including starters James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre’ Bembry. He responded to the last-minute add with his 14th triple-double of his career.”I felt like it was something I could play on, so I knew I was going to play this morning,” Durant said. “I hate that…

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