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Samsung blames Galaxy Note 7 fires on faulty batteries
Jan 23

Samsung blames Galaxy Note 7 fires on faulty batteries

Seoul : The world's biggest smartphone maker Samsung blamed faulty batteries on Monday for the fires that hit its flagship Galaxy Note 7 device last year, as it sought to draw a line under the humiliating recall. Samsung Electronics was forced to discontinue the smartphone, originally intended to compete with Apple's...

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2016 baby bump after China relaxes one-child rule
Jan 23

2016 baby bump after China relaxes one-child rule

Beijing : China last year saw its highest number of births this century, officials said, a baby bump that came after the country relaxed its family planning policies in 2015 to allow more families a second child. The country welcomed 17.86 million new children in 2016, an annual increase of 7.9 percent, with nearly...

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Serena recalls 'fairytale' moment she met fiance
Jan 23

Serena recalls 'fairytale' moment she met fiance

Melbourne : Serena Williams likes to keep her private life just that, but she was happy to reveal Monday that meeting her now fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, was just like a "fairytale". The American tennis queen broke news of her impending nuptials with a poem in late December on her Reddit account, after...

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China's online population reaches 731 million
Jan 23

China's online population reaches 731 million

Beijing : The number of internet users in China -- already the world's highest -- reached 731 million in December, authorities said, as e-commerce drives consumer demand across the Asian giant.  Total internet users rose 6.2 percent from the end of December 2015 and equals the entire population of...

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Ants are expert navigators, even walking backwards
Jan 22

Ants are expert navigators, even walking backwards

Miami : Despite their tiny size, ants are sophisticated navigators that can find their way even while walking backwards, and these skills could help inspire better robots, scientists say. The findings in this week's edition of the journal Current Biology are based on a colony of desert ants that were studied to see...

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India turns to AI as cyber warfare threats grow
Jan 22

India turns to AI as cyber warfare threats grow

New Delhi : In the darkened offices of a tech start-up, a handful of computer engineers sifts through a mountain of intelligence data that would normally be the work of a small army of Indian security agents. "We use artificial intelligence (AI) to look for patterns in the past to predict future behaviour," says...

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Singapore 2G switchoff highlights digital divide
Jan 22

Singapore 2G switchoff highlights digital divide

Singapore : When Singapore pulls the plug on its 2G mobile phone network this year, thousands of people could be stuck without a signal -- digital have-nots left behind by the relentless march of technology. From technophobic pensioners to cash-strapped migrant workers, some 140,000 people in highly-wired Singapore...

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Al Gore beats the climate drum as Trump takes office
Jan 20

Al Gore beats the climate drum as Trump takes office

Park City : A decade after "An Inconvenient Truth" sent shockwaves around the world with its dire warnings of environmental catastrophe, Al Gore is sounding the alarm on climate change again. This time, the stakes are arguably higher with the US inauguration of...

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Obelix is the star of new Asterix adventure
Jan 20

Obelix is the star of new Asterix adventure

Paris : Up to now he has always been the simpleminded second fiddle to Asterix. But Obelix, the Gallic hero's sturdy sidekick, is finally to get a starring role in the French comic book series. The menhir delivery man who gained his superhuman strength by falling into a magic potion when he was a...

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US city sues maker of painkiller OxyContin
Jan 20

US city sues maker of painkiller OxyContin

Los Angeles : A small US city on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the maker of the pain reliever OxyContin, accusing the company of helping fuel an opioid crisis that has devastated the town. "There is clear evidence that Purdue ignored their responsibility to stop the diversion of...

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US closes probe into fatal Tesla autopilot crash, no defect found
Jan 20

US closes probe into fatal Tesla autopilot crash, no defect found

Washington : The US Transportation Department closed Thursday its investigation into a fatal crash involving a Tesla car on autopilot, saying no defects were found in the system, including the emergency braking...

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Trump wants to ditch 'Obamacare' but keep the gains
Jan 20

Trump wants to ditch 'Obamacare' but keep the gains

Washington : Health coverage for all: the promise of President-elect Donald Trump was also the vow of his predecessor Barack Obama, whose signature domestic achievement is now under serious threat of repeal. Such is the paradox surrounding the first legislative push expected by the new Trump...

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Google grabs Twitter app platform Fabric
Jan 20

Google grabs Twitter app platform Fabric

Google is acquiring Twitter’s mobile application developer platform Fabric, a move which could give some breathing room for the social network after charting an independent path without a suitor. The sale of Fabric will shift to Google the platform used by developers for mobile apps. Twitter last year decided...

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Doctors' despair drives Kenya's longest medical strike
Jan 19

Doctors' despair drives Kenya's longest medical strike

Nairobi : The first patient Cynthia Waliaula lost was a baby who stopped breathing while she carried him in her arms through the hospital, desperately trying to find an oxygen tank. Barely out of medical school, the bright-eyed young doctor quickly learned that many of the techniques she had...

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For white-collar staff, AI threatens new workplace revolution
Jan 19

For white-collar staff, AI threatens new workplace revolution

Davos : If your job involves inputting reams of data for a company, you might want to think about retraining in a more specialised field. Or as a plumber.  After industrial robots and international trade put paid to many manufacturing jobs in the West, millions of white-collar workers could now be...

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'A Dog's Purpose' filmmakers accused of animal cruelty
Jan 19

'A Dog's Purpose' filmmakers accused of animal cruelty

Los Angeles : Animal lovers on Wednesday called for a boycott of the upcoming movie "A Dog's Purpose" after video footage emerged of an apparently terrified canine being forced into rushing water on the set. The 2015 video, published by the celebrity website TMZ, shows a German Shepherd struggling to...

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'Three-parent' baby born in Ukraine using new technique
Jan 19

'Three-parent' baby born in Ukraine using new technique

Kiev : A baby boy has been born in Ukraine to an infertile couple after the first ever use of a new technique using the DNA of three parents, the head of a Kiev fertility clinic said Wednesday. The boy was conceived using DNA from his mother and father but also from an egg donor in a technique called...

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Pharma-backed trial more likely to okay a drug
Jan 18

Pharma-backed trial more likely to okay a drug

Paris : Clinical trials which conclude that the drug being tested works are morelikely to be conducted by researchers with financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry, a study said Wednesday. The investigation, published in The BMJ medical journal, was fuelled by...

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Motor Compensation Fund review claims
Jan 18

Motor Compensation Fund review claims

Manama : The Board of Directors of the Motor Compensation Fund decided to take necessary legal procedures to compensate the family of a Bahraini man who was hit by an uninsured vehicle. The decision was made as the board reviewed various insurance claims  during a meeting held recently.  The...

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In US, abortion rate falls to historic low
Jan 18

In US, abortion rate falls to historic low

Miami : The abortion rate in the United States fell to its lowest point on record in 2014, and increasing restrictions on abortion access could be to blame, researchers said Tuesday. The report led by the nonpartisan Guttmacher Institute was published in the journal...

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Bollywood's Salman Khan cleared in illegal arms case
Jan 18

Bollywood's Salman Khan cleared in illegal arms case

Mumbai : An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted Bollywood superstar Salman Khan of using unlicensed firearms to kill protected wildlife almost two decades ago, a lawyer said. Khan, 51, has now been acquitted in three out of four cases filed against him for hunting rare black bucks, a native species of antelope, while...

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Facebook launches startup programme in Paris campus
Jan 17

Facebook launches startup programme in Paris campus

Paris : Facebook launched its first ever startup support programme in Paris Tuesday, in a massive tech incubator funded by a French telecoms billionaire. The social media giant said it wanted to facilitate the emergence of "independent startups that contribute to the data economy of France and Europe." Speaking at...

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Czech car output hits new record in 2016
Jan 17

Czech car output hits new record in 2016

Prague : Passenger car production in the Czech Republic rose to a new record high of more than 1.344 million vehicles in 2016, trade data showed on Tuesday. Output rose by 8.3 percent over 2015, the third year in a row of increased production, the Automotive Industry Association said on its website. The EU member of...

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App stores must register with state
Jan 17

App stores must register with state

Shanghai : App stores in China must register with the state from Monday, a government statement said, as China tightens its control over the internet. App stores are "not strict" when they examine and approve apps, the China Cyberspace Administration, the country's internet watchdog, said in a statement. Lax...

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Oslo temporarily bars diesel cars to combat pollution
Jan 16

Oslo temporarily bars diesel cars to combat pollution

Norway : Oslo will ban diesel cars from the road for at least two days this week in a bid to combat rising air pollution, angering some motorists after they were urged to buy diesel cars a few years ago. The ban, announced by the city late Sunday, will go into effect on Tuesday on municipal roads but will not apply...

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Trump promises health care 'for everybody'
Jan 16

Trump promises health care 'for everybody'

Washington : President-elect Donald Trump wants health "insurance for everybody," he told The Washington Post, no small feat in a country where millions are uninsured. The Republican has long lashed out at President Barack Obama's signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, campaigning on a pledge to repeal...

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SE Asia's first heart transplant patient dies at 76
Jan 16

SE Asia's first heart transplant patient dies at 76

Singapore : Southeast Asia's first heart transplant patient and one of the world's longest surviving cases has died, his family said Monday, more than 31 years after his operation. Singaporean Seah Chiang Nee, a former newspaper editor, died aged 76 in a local hospital on Saturday, his wife Patricia Wong told AFP. He...

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Germany defends car industry after Trump assault
Jan 16

Germany defends car industry after Trump assault

Frankfurt : German Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Monday warned US President-elect Donald Trump not to slap punitive tariffs on imports from carmakers like BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen. "The American car industry will be worse, weaker and more expensive" if Trump were to levy a 35-percent tax...

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China's troubled tech firm LeEco wins $2.2 bn lifeline
Jan 16

China's troubled tech firm LeEco wins $2.2 bn lifeline

Beijing : Cash-strapped Chinese tech firm LeEco secured a $2.2 billion investment from a group led by property developer Sunac China Holdings, but shares in the rescuer plunged Monday on news of the deal.  Hong Kong-listed Sunac said Friday it would plough 15.04 billion yuan into the sprawling LeEco empire,...

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Facebook announces 'fake news' offensive in Germany
Jan 15

Facebook announces 'fake news' offensive in Germany

Frankurt : Social media giant Facebook announced Sunday that it will introduce new measures to combat fake news in Germany, as Europe's largest economy and most populous nation enters an election year. "It's important to us that the reports and news posted on Facebook are reliable," a blog post on the Silicon Valley...

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Reese Witherspoon says 'things have to change' for Hollywood women
Jan 15

Reese Witherspoon says 'things have to change' for Hollywood women

Pasadena : Reese Witherspoon, fed up with Hollywood gender bias, is calling for an end to the practice of handing excellent actresses only "thankless roles." "I've just had enough. Things have to change," Witherspoon said Saturday during a press event in Pasadena, California. "We have to start seeing women as...

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Ringling Bros. circus closing show after 146 years
Jan 15

Ringling Bros. circus closing show after 146 years

Washington : Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced Saturday it will host its final show in May, ending "The Greatest Show on Earth" after 146 years. Company executives cited high operating costs and declining ticket sales after the traveling American circus retired its popular elephants as...

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SpaceX launches, lands rocket
Jan 15

SpaceX launches, lands rocket

Miami : SpaceX yesterday successfully launched and landed its first unmanned Falcon 9 rocket since a costly and complicated launchpad explosion in September. “Liftoff of the Falcon 9,” a SpaceX commentator said as the tall white rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:54 am...

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Bahrain to break longest food buffet record
Jan 14

Bahrain to break longest food buffet record

Manama : Bahrain will host an international food festival in which the world’s longest food buffet record will be broken.The event, to be organised by the Origin Group, will be held under the patronage of the Muharraq Governor on March 25 at the Prince Khalifa Park.The event will feature the distribution of...

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US woman dies of infection resistant to all 26 available antibiotics
Jan 14

US woman dies of infection resistant to all 26 available antibiotics

Miami : A US woman has died from an infection that was resistant to all 26 available antibiotics, health officials said this week, raising new concerns about the rise of dangerous superbugs. The woman, who was in her 70s, died in Nevada in September, and had recently...

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Exorcist author  dies at 89
Jan 14

Exorcist author dies at 89

Los Angeles : William Peter Blatty, the author of the novel "The Exorcist" and writer of its Oscar-winning big-screen adaptation, has died aged 89, the director of the iconic horror movie announced Friday. Blatty wrote several books but his signature achievement was the 1971 novel that...

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Where painting is everyone’s “Cup of Art”
Jan 14

Where painting is everyone’s “Cup of Art”

Manama : Painting is an art that  expresses the feelings and emotions of an artist. But all may not be able to wield their brushes to create a masterpiece. Bahraini Artists Lamees Al Jamea and Amani Altawash, however, see things differently.  “Through proper motivation and training it is...

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Power upgrade spacewalk begins
Jan 14

Power upgrade spacewalk begins

Miami : French astronaut Thomas Pesquet stepped out on his first spacewalk Friday to help upgrade the power system outside the International Space Station with new, refrigerator-sized lithium-ion batteries. Accompanied by American astronaut Shane Kimbrough, the men switched on their...

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US Congress takes first steps toward repealing Obamacare
Jan 13

US Congress takes first steps toward repealing Obamacare

Washington : The Republican-led US Senate launched their much-anticipated effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act early Thursday by passing a budget blueprint which would allow them to begin rolling back the health care reforms. The House of Representatives, also under Republican control, is set to...

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Revenge of the female horror filmmaker
Jan 13

Revenge of the female horror filmmaker

Los Angeles : Spine-tingling teaser footage for "The Bye Bye Man" has delighted fans of horror with its offering of all the delicious tropes of a great spooky story. Ahead of its US release on Friday, its trailers have been serving up a bloodcurdling blend of slash, splatter, jump scares, terrified...

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Cannabis can relieve pain, but carries risks
Jan 13

Cannabis can relieve pain, but carries risks

Washington : Marijuana and cannabis can help to safely alleviate pain for some patients but many uncertainties remain about their health and safety risks, according to a major scientific review published Thursday. A committee of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine looked...

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Scientists closer to solving mystery of Earth's core
Jan 12

Scientists closer to solving mystery of Earth's core

Tokyo : Japanese scientists say that silicon is likely the mystery element in the Earth's inner core, claiming progress on solving one of the planet's deepest secrets. Consensus has long been that the centre of the planet is composed of about 85 percent iron and 10 percent nickel, with sulphur, oxygen and silicon...

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Los Angeles to house movie mogul George Lucas museum
Jan 11

Los Angeles to house movie mogul George Lucas museum

Los Angeles : 'Star Wars' creator George Lucas on Tuesday picked Los Angeles over San Francisco as the home of his future $1 billion museum. The Museum of Narrative Art will be located in LA's Exposition Park, near the downtown area, and will house the filmmaker's extensive collection of art and film...

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Tintin takes on Russians in new colour version of original epic
Jan 11

Tintin takes on Russians in new colour version of original epic

Paris : Tintin has discovered his inner Rambo and is ready to give Russian bully boys a taste of their own medicine in a book which will go on sale in France Wednesday. But before Moscow condemns it as another piece of Western Russophobia, this has nothing to do with Vladimir Putin. "Tintin and the...

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Trump appears to dial back from vaccine skeptic nod
Jan 11

Trump appears to dial back from vaccine skeptic nod

Washington : US President-elect Donald Trump's transition team on Tuesday appeared to dial back from naming noted vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr to lead a committee on vaccines safety, officials said. Earlier in the day, Trump met with Kennedy, a prominent environmentalist who has authored a...

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Less salty diets would save millions of lives
Jan 11

Less salty diets would save millions of lives

Paris : Reducing salt intake worldwide by only ten percent could save millions of lives, a study reported Wednesday. Government-led public service campaigns could massively cut mortality and disability caused by salt-triggered heart attacks and strokes for just over 10 US cents a year per person,...

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Migraine sufferers at higher surgery stroke risk
Jan 11

Migraine sufferers at higher surgery stroke risk

Paris : People who suffer migraines are at a higher risk of stroke after surgery, researchers said on Wednesday. This means that a history of migraines, which affect about one in five people, should be taken into account when weighing the pros and cons of undergoing an operation, said a study in The...

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Samsung heir becomes suspect in corruption scandal
Jan 11

Samsung heir becomes suspect in corruption scandal

Seoul : Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong has become a criminal suspect in a widening probe into the corruption and influence-peddling scandal engulfing impeached South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, prosecutors said Wednesday. Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics and the son of the Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-Hee,...

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“Dalida” world premiere at Novo Cinema on January 21
Jan 11

“Dalida” world premiere at Novo Cinema on January 21

Manama  : As part of the So French week programme, the world premiere of Dalida will be shown in Bahrain. Scheduled for January 21, the movie retraces the life of singer and actress Dalida.   The movie was released in France on January 11 and it’s release in Bahrain will be the first viewing...

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NAVYA Self-driving shuttle goes to work in Las Vegas
Jan 11

NAVYA Self-driving shuttle goes to work in Las Vegas

San Francisco : A self-driving electric shuttle built by French firm NAVYA began a one-week stint in Las Vegas on Tuesday, in a US first. Arma shuttles began providing free rides along a three-block stretch of Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas,...

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