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The voyage home: Japan’s Hayabusa-2 probe to head for Earth

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Japan’s Hayabusa-2 probe will leave orbit around a distant asteroid and head for Earth on Wednesday after an unprecedented mission, carrying samples that could shed light on the origins of the Solar System. Science and Education …

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New York honors veterans on 100th anniversary of Armistice Day

    By Emil Valerio EBC New York Bureau NEW YORK (Eagle News) — Monday, November 11, 2019 marks the 100th year anniversary of Armistice Day. “The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.” — …

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Shelling out: Japan crab fetches record $46,000 at auction

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — A Japanese bidder may be feeling the pinch after forking out $46,000 at auction for a snow crab — a price that “probably set a new world record”, local officials said Thursday. The winter seafood delicacy …

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Sea levels could rise even faster, higher than feared: study

by Bryan McManus / Marlowe HOOD PARIS, France (AFP) — Global warming could drive a much more dramatic increase in sea levels than current projections suggest, scientists say, citing a rise of 10 meters (33 feet) during Earth’s last warming …

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E-cigs may damage the heart, study says

by Elizabeth DONOVAN PARIS, France (AFP) — Vaping devices and the chemicals they deliver — increasingly popular among teens — may damage the cardiovascular system, a study said Thursday, adding to a growing chorus of concern over injury and deaths …

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Xi, Macron unite on climate after US withdraws from Paris pact

  By Jérôme RIVET BEIJING, CHINA (AFP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron declared on Wednesday that the Paris climate pact was “irreversible”, showing a united front after Washington formally withdrew from the accord this week. …

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Twitter offering ‘topics,’ from sports teams to K-pop

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Twitter said Wednesday it is rolling out a feature that lets users follow topics the way they do people, starting with sports and K-pop, as part of its efforts to bring in and keep …

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Social media disinformation, surveillance growing: watchdog

By Rob Lever Agence France-Presse WASHINGTON, DC (AFP ) — Governments around the world are increasingly using social media to manipulate elections and monitor their citizens, in a worrisome trend for democracy, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday. An annual …

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Shorter hours boost sales in overworked Japan: Microsoft

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — In a country notorious for overwork, Microsoft Japan trialed a radical idea: working less. And it found that four-day weeks and other reforms both boosted sales and cut costs. The Japanese unit of the US IT …

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Garbage crisis brings cholera to Yemen’s historic Taez

TAEZ, Yemen (AFP) — Mounds of stinking garbage line the streets of Yemen’s historic city of Taez, once renowned as one of the most beautiful places in the country, but now torn apart by war. The city in the highlands …

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Boeing successfully tests Starliner space capsule abort system

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule successfully performed an emergency abort test Monday, meeting a key requirement before it can take US astronauts to the International Space Station as early as next year. The test took place …

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Seas to rise dramatically even if greenhouse gases are curbed

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Just as an oil tanker steaming ahead at full speed cannot stop immediately, so the dramatic rise in sea levels will continue even if the world manages to slash greenhouse gas emissions to zero by …

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