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Not just a tall story: the Dutch really are shrinking, statistics agency confirms
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And further analysis suggests it cannot all be explained by people coming into the Netherlands from other countries. 1
"The decrease is partly related to the increased immigration of shorter new population groups and the children born from these populations in the Netherlands," the government statisticians explained. 1
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U.S. intelligence agencies split on Covid-19 origins, offer no high-confidence conclusions in new report
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"Critical information about the origins of this pandemic exists in the People's Republic of China, yet from the beginning, government officials in China have worked to prevent international investigators and members of the global public health community from accessing it," Biden said. 1
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Why it's so tricky to trace the origin of COVID-19
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Knowing where the pandemic virus arose could also lead to changes in human behavior, such as reducing demand for bushmeat and wildlife-derived products that drive the illegal wildlife trade. 1And if the virus is instead found to have leaked from a lab, that finding would no doubt spur scientists and policy-makers to find safer ways to study these pathogens. 1
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Experts on WHO team say search for COVID origins has stalled
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LONDON (AP) - The international scientists dispatched to China by the World Health Organization to find out where the coronavirus came from said Wednesday the search has stalled and warned that the window of opportunity for solving the mystery is "closing fast." 1
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All theories on origins of Covid-19 outbreak still 'on the table', says WHO
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The World Health Organization has said all theories on the origins of the Covid-19 outbreak, including the possibility of laboratory leak, are "on the table" and urged Chinese scientists to carry out their own investigations. 1
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Morning mail: airlines unprepared for international travel, Rural Network launches, spooky doll hour
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"The idea is to expand our reach by appointing a highly experienced rural and regional editor to anchor our reporting and to set up a network of trusted contributors and, we hope, collaborating independent regional news organisations," says Guardian Australia editor Lenore Taylor. 1
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Paris attacks 2015: Historic trial of 20 suspects opens in France
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A historic trial has started in France over the 2015 Paris attacks which left 130 people dead. 1
The shooting and bombing assault by Islamist State (IS) group extremists was the worst post-World War Two atrocity in France. 1
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About 300 witnesses will be heard, including Francois Hollande, French president at the time of the attacks. 1
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Tunisia's president to ignore parts of the constitution and rule by decree
Tunisia's president Kais Saied has declared that he will rule by decree and ignore parts of the constitution as he prepares to change the political system, prompting immediate opposition from rivals.
Afghanistan: second Ministry of Defence email data breach emerges
A second data breach by the Ministry of Defence in the space of a few days that could compromise the safety of Afghans has emerged.
11 men sentenced for kidnap and gang-rape of Moroccan girl
Eleven men accused of kidnapping and gang-raping a Moroccan teenager have been each sentenced to 20 years in prison, the victim's lawyer said on Wednesday, in a case that stirred national outrage.