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Sprint Legend Bolt Hits First Goals in Football Bid

Sprint legend Usain Bolt made his case for becoming a professional footballer Friday when he scored his first goals after starting up front in a pre-season game for Australia's Central Coast Mariners.

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France Probes PSG v Red Star Belgrade Match-Fix Claims

French investigators are probing suspicions of match-fixing in Paris Saint-Germain's 6-1 win against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League group stage on October 3, a source said Friday.

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VAR Innovator Van Basten to Quit FIFA Technical Post

Dutch football legend Marco van Basten will leave his post as FIFA's technical director after reaching a "mutual agreement," world football's ruling body announced Friday.

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World Stock Markets Rebound from Rout

Global stock markets rebounded Friday, one day after ferocious losses sparked by heightened economic concerns, notably over rising U.S. interest rates that have drawn attacks from President Donald Trump on his "crazy" central bank.

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Remains Concerned about Weak China Currency

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday he had told the head of China's central bank about his concerns over the weakness of China's currency.

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Catalonia's Separatist Front Shatters

Catalonia's separatist parties that brought the region to the brink of breaking away from Spain a year ago, shattered their united front this week in a struggle over strategy toward independence.

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Turkey Court Frees U.S. Pastor after Two-Year Detention

A Turkish court on Friday ordered the release of an American pastor held for the last two years in Turkey, in a case that caused a crisis in ties with the United States.

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Macron Says Disappearance of Saudi Journalist 'Very Serious'

French President Emmanuel Macron said the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was "very serious" and called for an investigation to yield "complete clarity" on what had happened to him. 

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Saudi Faces Business Backlash over Khashoggi Disappearance

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is facing a backlash over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi from business and media previously supportive of his reform drive, with partnerships at risk and big names boycotting a major conference this month.

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Turkey, Saudi Reportedly at Odds over Istanbul Consulate Search

Turkey and Saudi Arabia are at odds over a planned search by the Turkish authorities at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate where journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared last week, media said Friday.

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