30 May 2017
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20/04/2017 12:53

Facebook out to read minds

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Facebook wants to read your mind. At least, when it comes to what you'd like to say or type.

20/04/2017 12:51

Russia blocks UN condemnation of North Korea missile test

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Russia on Wednesday blocked UN Security Council condemnation of North Korea's latest missile test even though China had backed the strongly-worded statement put forward by the United States, diplomats said.

20/04/2017 12:49

Fed's Fischer says rate hikes unlikely to roil world markets

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As the global recovery has taken firmer hold, gradual US interest rate increases are unlikely to roil world markets or cause undue problems for policymakers, a top Federal Reserve official said Wednesday.

20/04/2017 12:46

US tries to clear waters after North Korea «armada» confusion

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The Trump administration on Wednesday tried to clear the waters after it gave confusing messages concerning the whereabouts of a US supercarrier that supposedly was steaming toward North Korea last week.

20/04/2017 12:25

Alphabet's Verily to embark on health-mapping study

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Alphabet's life sciences unit Verily on Wednesday announced a study to track people for years, right down to their genetics, in a quest for insights into staying healthy.

20/04/2017 12:17

Moderate rise in US economy, but job shortages spread: Fed

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The US economy has continued to expand with only modest price increases, but companies are increasingly complaining of trouble finding workers, including for low-skill jobs, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.

20/04/2017 11:25

Serena expecting first baby

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Serena Williams is expecting a baby and will not play again this year but aims to return to the women's tour in 2018.

20/04/2017 11:12

US wants «strong» Saudi Arabia: Mattis

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The United States wants to see a strong Saudi Arabia, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said during talks Wednesday aimed at reinvigorating the Riyadh-Washington alliance.

20/04/2017 11:05

India bans red car beacons to end elitist culture

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India said Wednesday it will ban ministers and senior officials from using red beacons on their cars to cut through traffic, a longstanding privilege that has caused resentment and accusations of elitism.

20/04/2017 11:00

US reviews «failed» Iran nuclear deal

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson branded the Iran nuclear deal a failure Wednesday as President Donald Trump ordered a review of how Washington is countering the threat from Tehran.

20/04/2017 10:44

VP Pence thanks corporate Japan for boosting US growth

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Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday hailed Japanese companies for contributing to US economic prosperity, moving to ease fears over the protectionist agenda of President Donald Trump.

20/04/2017 10:06

Syria evacuations resume after deadly bombing

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The evacuation of civilians and fighters from besieged Syrian towns resumed on Wednesday after a weekend bombing at a transit point killed 126 people, 68 of them children, an AFP correspondent reported.

20/04/2017 10:00

Trump era a new challenge for the IMF

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In its 70-year history, the International Monetary Fund has been no stranger to financial crises and policy disputes but now faces a new challenge: a US administration fundamentally opposed to some of its most important positions.

20/04/2017 09:52

Trump administration to review Iran sanctions relief: State Dept

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he has told Congress of plans to review whether sanctions relief given to Iran as part of the 2015 nuclear deal was in US national security interests.

20/04/2017 09:50

Automakers see promise in China car-sharing

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Unable to afford a car, Shanghai university student Long Yi faces a lengthy, expensive commute across his vast city but has found a solution in the car-sharing schemes quickly gaining momentum in China.

20/04/2017 09:46

Pence vows «overwhelming» response to North Korea

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The United States will counter any North Korean attack with an «overwhelming and effective» response, Vice President Mike Pence vowed Wednesday, as he stood on the deck of a massive American aircraft carrier docked in Japan.

20/04/2017 09:43

Kim family values on show at North Korea parade

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Before tens of thousands of soldiers and civilians marched before him, along with some of the most fearsome weapons at his command, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and his audience were shown portraits of his grandfather and father.

20/04/2017 09:41

In Mosul, Iraqi snipers track jihadists around the clock

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A few hundred metres from an iconic mosque in west Mosul, Iraqi sniper Salah al-Zuheiri has his eye glued to his scope as he searches for Islamic State group jihadists.

20/04/2017 09:38

«Microdosing» trend has Americans tuning in with psychedelics

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After a litany of prescriptions failed to control her stormy mood swings and deep depression, writer Ayelet Waldman finally found relief in a blue vial of diluted LSD.

20/04/2017 04:55

Georgia run-off sets test for Trump, and Democrats

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Republicans faced a sobering reminder of Donald Trump's unpopularity Wednesday after a young Democrat forced a run-off election in a conservative congressional district, highlighting the vulnerability of the president's party as opponents draw inspiration for fierce battles ahead.

20/04/2017 03:58

Grieving Thomas thanks Celtics fans for support

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Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas said Wednesday that friends, family and fans had helped him through «the hardest week of my life» after his sister, Chyna, died in a road accident.

20/04/2017 03:43

NFL: Trump basks in Patriots' White House visit

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US President Donald Trump was among friends Wednesday as he welcomed the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots team to the White House, though the absence of star quarterback Tom Brady was glossed over.

20/04/2017 03:23

France says will «prove» Damascus behind Syria «chemical attack»

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France will produce proof «in a few days» that the regime of Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical strike on a Syrian village that killed 87 people earlier this month, Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Wednesday.

20/04/2017 03:18

Fighting ongoing near site of US blast in Afghanistan: NATO

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Fighting was still ongoing Wednesday near the site in eastern Afghanistan where the US dropped a massive bomb on an Islamic State group stronghold six days ago, a NATO spokesman said.

20/04/2017 03:16

«Incontrovertible» sarin gas used in Syria: watchdog

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The head of a global arms watchdog said Wednesday that «incontrovertible» test results from an alleged chemical strike in Syria showed sarin gas or a similar substance had been used.

20/04/2017 03:12

Emirates cuts flights to US as demand weakens

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Emirates, the Middle East's largest airline, said Wednesday that it will reduce flights to the United States after tightened visa and security measures under President Donald Trump hit demand.

20/04/2017 03:02

All Blacks retain Whitelock until 2020

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Two-time World Cup winner Sam Whitelock signed a contract extension Thursday that will see him stay with the All Blacks until 2020.

20/04/2017 02:23

Trump, Ivanka to call record-breaking astronaut Monday

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US President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka will call the International Space Station next week to congratulate Peggy Whitson, a NASA astronaut who is setting a new record in space, officials said Wednesday.

20/04/2017 02:22

Iraqi forces treated for chemical exposure: US

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Several Iraqi troops required medical treatment following a chemical weapons attack by the Islamic State group over the weekend, a US official said Wednesday.

20/04/2017 02:20

Gatland orders choir practice in Lions battle plan

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Choir practice and film nights will form part of the British and Irish Lions preparations for their Test series against the All Blacks as coach Warren Gatland tries to make sure they are comfortable with the culture of New Zealand.

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