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  • 15 hours ago
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    Lowest caste to highest office: India's new "untouchable" president

    India has elected a man from its "untouchable" Dalit caste to be its next president. Ram Nath Kovind, 72, is from the ruling BJP party.

  • 1 day ago
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    Uber Discriminates Against Riders With Disabilities, Suit Says

    All around Valerie Joseph, there is a fleet of Uber cars rolling by on New York City streets. But though she could really use the ride-hailing app, Ms. Joseph said she does not bother because Uber has so few wheelchair-accessible cars to dispatch. “It’s plain unfair,” said Ms. Joseph, 41, who relies on a wheelchair. Now, Ms. Joseph is part of a class-action lawsuit accusing Uber of discriminating against New York City riders with disabilities by providing scant access to wheelchair-accessi...

  • 4 days ago
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    Brazil planning to open up 860,000 acres of the Amazon to logging, mining and farming

    The Brazilian environment ministry is proposing the release of 860,000 acres in the National Forest of Jamanxim for agricultural use, mining and logging. The government’s order was a compromise measure after protests from local residents and ecologists who claim that the bill could lead to further deforestation in the Pará area. If approved, the legislation will create a new protection area (APA) close to Novo Progresso. Around 27 percent of the national forest would be converted into an APA,...

  • 5 days ago
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    Trump campaign paid $50,000 to Trump Jr's lawyer before emails released

    Donald Trump’s campaign committee paid $50,000 to the firm of a lawyer representing Donald Trump Jr 13 days before emails relating to alleged links to Russia were publicly released. A campaign finance report filed to the Federal Election Commission on Saturday said the committee made the payment to Alan Futerfas’s law firm on 27 June. The report may have prompted the president to return to the issue on Twitter on Sunday morning.

  • 5 days ago
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    Teen facing 15 charges in connection to London acid attacks

    A teenager is facing multiple charges in connection to five linked acid attacks in north and east London earlier this week, police said today. Authorities charged a 16-year-old male on Saturday evening with 15 offenses, including multiple counts of robbery and grievous bodily harm (GBH), according to London’s Metropolitan Police. The teen was arrested Friday after he was identified near the scene of the attacks, which took place on Thursday, in surveillance video.

  • 11 days ago
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    The bloody British history that inspired Game of Thrones

    Game of Thrones is a saga full of memorable events and characters. Cersei Lannister. Ned Stark. The Red Wedding. Its fantasy world is riven with ruthless power struggles and bloody battles. Not to mention dragons, magic and hordes of undead. And yet many of its most noteworthy aspects owe a great deal to real history. The dynasties and conflicts that shaped Britain provided notable inspiration for the world of Westeros.

  • 11 days ago
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    Asus quietly reveals the ZenFone 4 Max in Russia, with dual cameras and a massive 5,000mAh battery

    Those of you with a good memory may remember the ZenFone 4 name from a few years ago. In 2014, Asus was using screen sizes for its naming convention when it released the ZenFone 4, 5, and 6 with respective display sizes in inches. Here we are three years later, and Asus has long since switched to a more conventional chronological naming scheme for its ZenFone line. Following on from last year's ZenFone 3 series of phones, the first in the 2017 ZenFone 4 range has been revealed on Asus'...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Elon Musk: The world's population is accelerating toward collapse and nobody cares

    Elon Musk usually tweets about mundane topics, from LA traffic to Tesla projects. On Thursday he was more dire. "The world's population is accelerating towards collapse, but few seem to notice or care," Tesla's CEO tweeted to his nearly 10 million followers. He pointed to a November article in New Scientist magazine titled, "The world in 2076: The population bomb has imploded."

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Raspberry Pi rival delivers a 4K Android computer for just $25

    The Rock64 Media Board Computer packs a lot onto a $25 board, offering 4K video playback, USB 3.0 and support for Android. The board may be a similar size to the best-selling $35 Raspberry Pi, but its specs help it to stand apart. The Rock64's video capabilities outstrip the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, with Rock64 capable of outputting 4K video at 60Hz, with support for HDR10, via HDMI 2.0a.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    The E.U. just forced Austria to rethink its anti-migrant plan

    Austria has backed down from deploying troops and armored vehicles to patrol its border with Italy, a day after threatening to do so amid growing tensions in Europe over a surge of migrants arriving across the Mediterranean.

  • 1 month ago
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    Google begins removing private medical records from search results

    Google has started removing private medical records from its search results, after adjusting its policy regarding personal information. The change was made on Thursday to include the “confidential, personal medical records of private people” in the bracket of information Google may remove unprompted from search results. Other examples of such information include national or government issued identification numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers and images of signatures.

  • 1 month ago
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    The world's biggest coal company just shut down 37 mines because they are not economically viable anymore

    The largest coal mining company in the world has announced it will close 37 mines because they are no longer economically viable. Coal India, which produces around 82 per cent of India's coal, said the mines would be decommissioned by March 2018. The closures, of around 9 per cent of the state-run firm's sites, will reportedly save around 8,000,000,000 rupees (£98m).

  • 1 month ago
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    Cheap Solar Power Could Gut the Global Coal Industry by 2040

    A new report concludes that solar energy will be a cheaper way to generate electricity than coal in most parts of the world by 2021. That crossover point, predicted to arrive much sooner than previously estimated, could trigger a massive market shift that may drastically hamstring the coal industry over subsequent decades.

  • 1 month ago
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    Industry Is Better When Nintendo Is Strong, Says Sony

    Sony’s weighed in once again on the early success of the Nintendo Switch, stressing that it believes the increased presence in the space is a “good thing”. PlayStation Europe president Jim Ryan spoke earnestly about the positive reception the hybrid hardware has received, noting that it’s “great” for the medium as a whole.“It creates conversation, it creates excitement – and certainly having a rejuvenated and energetic Nintendo back is a great thing for the industry,” he said i...

  • 1 month ago
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    Jewish fanatics torture, try to kill 8-year-old boy in West Bank

    A Palestinian child from Beit Furik town in Nablus survived certain death on Wednesday after Jewish settlers kidnapped and tortured him inside their settlement. Local sources told reporters that eight-year-old Bashar Ghazal was found in the illegal Itamar settlement, handcuffed and injured as a result of his exposure to severe torture at the hands of extremist settlers.

  • 1 month ago
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    Trump: 'I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director'

    President Trump on Friday said he was “being investigated” for firing FBI Director James Comey "by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director." The tweet was one of several sent by Trump early Friday morning. He concluded the investigation tweet with the comment: "Witch Hunt."

  • 1 month ago
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    A complete list of 'Xbox One X Enhanced' games (4K, HDR)

    Microsoft has announced the Xbox One X – the latest premium addition to its Xbox family. The console brings a range of improvements upon the standard Xbox One, with the promise of running 'enhanced' games as high as 4K resolution and 60 frames per second (FPS). Other improvements may include improved textures, high dynamic range (HDR) and support for Dolby Atmos.

  • 1 month ago
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    Kaspersky files antitrust complaint against Microsoft for disabling its anti-virus software

    Kaspersky Lab has filed antitrust complaints in Europe against Microsoft. Kaspersky first filed a complaint against Microsoft with Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS)