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Zuckerberg to ‘go to the mat’ to fight breakup: report

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to “go to the mat” to fight a government attempt to break up the social media giant, according to a report Tuesday based on a leaked audio recording. …

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Massive iceberg breaks off Antarctica — but it’s normal

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP)– A more than 600-square-mile iceberg broke off Antarctica in recent days, but the event is part of a normal cycle and is not related to climate change, scientists say. The iceberg, dubbed D28, broke away from …

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What’s that sound? A “Marsquake” heard by NASA

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — NASA on Tuesday released two audio clips of seismic activity on Mars after an “exquisitely sensitive” detector was set down on the planet’s surface late last year. The quakes, far too quiet to be picked …

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Facebook hides ‘likes’ in Australia trial to ease anxiety

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Facebook on Friday said it began hiding the number of “likes” for posts in Australia, a trial designed to ease social pressure that could be rolled out worldwide. Account-holders across the country will also be blocked …

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US death toll from vaping-related illness hits 12

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Twelve people in the United States have died from vaping-related illness, health officials said on Thursday, reporting 805 cases of lung injury associated with e-cigarette use. The latest toll was reported by the Centers for …

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NBA 2K league adding Shanghai team in 2020

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — The NBA 2K League will add a team in Shanghai for the 2020 season, the eSports league’s first franchise outside of North America. The NBA-affiliated league announced the addition on Thursday. The Shanghai club …

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More than 2 million animals perish in Bolivia wildfires

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AFP) — More than two million wild animals, including jaguars, pumas and llamas, have perished in weeks of wildfires that devastated huge swaths of Bolivian forest and grassland, environmental experts said Wednesday. The fires devastated the Chiquitania …

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First Arab set for ISS says voyage will make ‘history’

MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — The Emirati astronaut who will make history by becoming the first Arab on the International Space Station said Tuesday he had received support from around the world before his “dream” mission. Hazzaa al-Mansoori, 35, is set …

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How ‘Heidi’ conquered Japan, sparking an anime revolution

by Nathalie OLOF-ORS ZURICH, Switzerland (AFP) — Heidi and Super Mario may not seem to have much in common but anime and video game aficionados will detect the signature style of Japanese character designer Yoichi Kotabe in both. Far from …

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Greta Thunberg’s ‘How dare you?’ a major moment for climate movement

by Ivan Couronne WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Her imperious “How dare you?” to world leaders at the UN cemented Swedish teen Greta Thunberg’s role as her generation’s leading spokeswoman on climate change, the culmination of a year of dogged …

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London repatriates 10% of Thomas Cook’s UK customers

  By Roland Jackson Agence France-Presse LONDON, UK (AFP) — Britain has repatriated ten percent of nationals who were stranded abroad after the collapse of travel firm Thomas Cook, authorities said Tuesday, as anger erupted over excessive management pay. The …

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Five-year period ending 2019 set to be hottest on record

by Issam AHMED A damning new UN report published Sunday said the world is falling badly behind in the race to avert climate disaster because of runaway warming, with the five-year period ending 2019 set to be the hottest ever. …

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