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  • WASHINGTON:- Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk hinted Tuesday that he is working on a new startup focusing on brain-computer interface, part of his vision to help humans keep up with machines. Musk, the founder of electric carmaker Telsa and exploration firm SpaceX, referenced the new company called ...

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  • TURIN-Filthy rich and already boast enough glass slippers to win a dozen princes? Italian shoemaker Antonio Vietri has the thing for you: 24-carat gold shoes. Vietri, from Turin in northern Italy, hopes to attract shoppers from wealthy Gulf countries with his blue or black suede moccasins with ...

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  • STOCKHOLM:- The Swedish Academy has warned that Nobel literature laureate Bob Dylan has until June 10 to deliver the traditional Nobel lecture, in order to receive the eight million kronor (840,000 euros, $910,000) that comes with the prize. The lecture, which can take nearly any form including a ...

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  • DHAHRAN-The Saudi Film Festival opened Monday with 58 homegrown cinematic works to be screened in the ultra-conservative kingdom that continues to ban public cinemas. “Welcome to all of you, filmmakers, makers of art and makers of hope,” festival director Ahmed al-Mulla told ...

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  • NEW YORK-Director Barry Jenkins, whose movie “Moonlight” won this year’s best picture Oscar, is writing and directing a drama for Amazon based on a prize-winning novel about escaping from slavery. “The Underground Railroad” will be adapted from the book of the same ...

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  • DHARAMSALA - Indian skipper Virat Kohli said he no longer considered Australian cricketers as friends after winning a tense Test series marked by bad blood in Dharamsala on Tuesday. Kohli, who remarked before the series that he was "really good friends" with some Australian players, said things had ...

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  • WASHINGTON - A civil rights group is suing the US state of Georgia because it will not let a couple give their toddler daughter “Allah” as her last name. Parents Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk want to name their 22-month-old daughter ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah. But state officials ...

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  • SEOUL-Bone fragments recovered from the wreck of South Korea’s Sewol ferry are from an animal and not human remains, the maritime ministry said Tuesday, dashing hopes of the relatives of missing victims. Authorities had earlier announced the pieces were human - raising the prospect of closure ...

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  • AYR - A “monster” cyclone smashed into northeast Australia Tuesday, cutting power, damaging buildings and uprooting trees, with coastal residents battling lashing rain and howling winds. Great Barrier Reef islands popular with foreign tourists were battered by the category four storm ...

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  • BANGKOK- Conservationists on Tuesday hailed the discovery of a new breeding population of tigers in Thailand as a “miraculous” victory for a sub-species nearly wiped out by poaching. Images of some tigers including six cubs, captured by camera traps in an eastern Thai jungle throughout ...

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  • LAS VEGAS-Sony kicked off the annual CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas Monday with an array of stars and plenty of thrills in never-before-seen footage of its upcoming slate of movies. Hollywood decamps to the Nevada desert for four days every year for the gathering, where theater operators are ...

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  • LONDON-The doctor at the centre of a doping rules row involving British cycling great Bradley Wiggins has insisted he gave the multiple Olympic champion a legal decongestant. UK Anti-Doping is currently investigating just exactly what was in the contents of a now infamous 'jiffy bag' sent to Dr ...

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  • SAITAMA-Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki celebrated his 50th international goal Tuesday as Japan brushed aside Thailand 4-0 to edge closer to a sixth successive World Cup. Shinji Kagawa gave the hosts the lead in their Asian Group B qualifier with a sharp finish after eight minutes, before ...

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  • MIAMI-World number one Angelique Kerber despatched Japanese qualifier Risa Ozaki 6-2, 6-2 to set up a quarter-final clash with Venus Williams Monday at the Miami Open. Seven-time Grand Slam champion Williams fought past Russian seventh-seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) to reach the last ...

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  • MIAMI-In-form Roger Federer powered his way into the fourth round of the Miami Open with a 6-3 6-4 win over Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro on Monday. Del Potro always enjoys plenty of crowd support in Miami, which has a large Argentine community, and it was the same story again with ...

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  • DHARAMSALA - India thrashed Australia by eight wickets on Tuesday to seal a Test series marked by outbursts and controversies 2-1 and underline their status as the world's number one side. Chasing 106 on the penultimate day of the fourth Test, opener Lokesh Rahul hit 51 not out in Dharamsala as ...

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  • HAMILTON - South Africa paid homage to a "fabulous" Kane Williamson on Tuesday after the New Zealand captain's 176 left the Proteas on the ropes with a day to play in the deciding final Test in Hamilton. "We've got a mountain to climb," assistant coach Adrian Birrell said after South Africa were ...

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  • Hamza Mekouar - Shanties have mushroomed on the rooftops of historic apartment buildings in Casablanca, as the Moroccan city's once-prestigious centre crumbles below. Clotheslines, satellite dishes and tangled cables have sprouted on the deteriorating facades of the buildings, constructed nearly a ...

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  • JOHANNESBURG - Celebrated South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, a Robben Island prisoner and one of Nelson Mandela's closest colleagues in the struggle against white rule, died Tuesday aged 87. Kathrada was among those tried and jailed alongside Mandela in the Rivonia trial in 1964, ...

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  • BRUSSELS - The mayor of London on Tuesday warned the European Union against punishing Britain in Brexit negotiations, saying that everyone would suffer the consequences. Speaking in Brussels a day before Britain triggers the two-year Brexit process, Sadiq Khan also urged Prime Minister Theresa May ...

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  • EDINBURGH - Scotland’s parliament voted Tuesday to back First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a second independence referendum, another headache for Prime Minister Theresa May as she battles to keep the country united just a day before triggering Brexit. The vote by lawmakers in ...

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  • NEW DELHI - Police arrested five men Tuesday after hundreds of angry residents of a north Indian city attacked Africans with sticks and metal chairs following the death of a local teenager from a suspected drug overdose. Around a dozen people were wounded in the violence late Monday in Greater ...

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  • PARIS - Self-styled revolutionary Carlos the Jackal, already serving two life terms for murder, was given a third life sentence on Tuesday for a deadly 1974 Paris bombing. Prosecutor Remi Crosson du Cormier had told the court in Paris on Monday that “all evidence gathered in this ...

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  • LONDON - A British court on Tuesday cut a soldier’s sentence for killing an injured Taliban fighter to seven years after his murder conviction was reduced to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Veterans hugged, cheered and waved flags bearing former Royal Marine ...

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  • BANGKOK - Thai tax officials slapped ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra with a $500 million bill on Tuesday, resurrecting a dispute at the centre of the kingdom’s decade-long political rift. The controversy centres around whether Thaksin, who currently lives in self-exile, should have ...

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  • RIYADH - Saudi Arabia intercepted four missiles fired by Yemeni rebels on Tuesday, a Saudi-led coalition said, in what it described as evidence of arms smuggling through a rebel-held Red Sea port. The coalition has said previously that it destroyed much of the Shiite rebels' missile capability ...

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  • KINSHASA - Two foreign UN experts who were kidnapped in DR Congo have been found dead, one of them decapitated, the government said Tuesday, as spiralling violence in the vast country sparked international condemnation. The bodies of the two - American Michael Sharp and Swedish national Zahida ...

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  • BERLIN - A German state minister on Tuesday accused Turkey of "unacceptable" spying on alleged followers of exiled preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for a failed coup attempt last year. "It is notable with what intensity and ruthlessness the people living abroad ...

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  • MOSCOW - Russia signed Tuesday a string of bilateral agreements with Iran as President Vladimir Putin hosted his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani for his first official visit to Moscow. The meeting between Putin and Rouhani, who have grown closer through their mutual support of Syrian president ...

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  • Brazil became the first team to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday after beating Paraguay to clinch an eighth consecutive victory as Argentina's campaign stumbled after the shock suspension of Lionel Messi. Five-time champions Brazil had been left waiting in suspense after goals from Neymar, ...

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