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Bitcoin usage booms in Venezuela amid high inflation

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Bitcoin usage booms in Venezuela amid high inflation   Venezuelans are increasingly adopting the cryptocurrency as an alternative unit of value to protect themselves from devaluation of the Bolivar. At 1400 percent, Venezuela's inflation rate is highest...

Europe rights court backs employee fired over private messages

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Europe rights court backs employee fired over private messages European Court of Human Rights rules companies need to ensure employees are aware that management is monitoring their work email. Companies need to make sure that employees are aware in...

Oldest message in a bottle found on Western Australia beach

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Oldest message in a bottle found on Western Australia beach   Experts confirmed the bottle was jettisoned as part of a German oceanographic experiment in 1886. A Perth family has found the world's oldest known message...

IMF approves Argentina’s $50 billion loan

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IMF approves Argentina's $50 billion loan   The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) executive board approved a $50 billion financing deal for Argentina while President Mauricio Macri's decision to ask for aid was met by protests. Christine Lagarde,...

Toward a Global Treaty on Plastic Waste

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Toward a Global Treaty on Plastic Waste Lili Fuhr Twitter: @lilifuhr  and Nils Simon Twitter: @nsim_berlin BERLIN – If there are any geologists in millions of years, they will easily be able to pinpoint the start of the so-called Anthropocene...

Massive winter storm hits US east coast

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Massive winter storm hits US east coast     Coastal flooding alerts were issued from New Jersey to Massachusetts with winter weather advisories, winter storm warnings and high wind warnings in effect from the Northeast to the...

Wal-Mart to enter voice-shopping market via Google platform

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Wal-Mart to enter voice-shopping market via Google platform    Wal-Mart has teamed up with Google to enter the voice-shopping market, which is dominated by Amazon. Wal-Mart Stores Inc is teaming up with Alphabet Inc's Google to enter...

The 10 best books of 2017 so far, according to Amazon

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The 10 best books of 2017 so far, according to Amazon Mara Leighton   One of life’s greatest pleasures is opening up a good book for the first time and not setting it down until you’ve excavated...

California governor pledges any resources needed for fires

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California governor pledges any resources needed for fires     Northern California residents who fled deadly wildfires await permission to return to their homes as firefighters gained more control of the sixth most destructive blaze in state's...

Flood of the century’ fears rise in Paris along with the Seine

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Flood of the century’ fears rise in Paris along with the Seine  By James McAuley    A police boat patrols the waters of the River Seine, whose level has risen near the statue of the Zouave at...

Sonnet XVIII by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

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Sonnet XVIII by William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date: Sometime too hot...

Japanese ‘baby factory’ man wins custody of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates

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Japanese 'baby factory' man wins custody of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates   Mitsutoki Shigeta, 28, became the centre of a "baby factory" scandal in 2014 after Thai police said DNA samples linked him to...

Cuba welcomes new private property law

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Cuba welcomes new private property law   On Sunday, Cuba's National Assembly voted through a new constitution which recognises private property for the first time in decades. The constitution will be put to popular referendum later...

Altering human heredity? Researchers repair disease-causing gene

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Altering human heredity? Researchers repair disease-causing gene A research team led by Oregon Health and & Science University reported on Wednesday that embryos can help fix themselves if scientists jump-start the process early enough. However,...

Seven things to know about the Circassians — and their struggle

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Seven things to know about the Circassians — and their struggle By Zeynep Şahin Twitter: @zeynebelle91 This week, Circassians are commemorating the ethnic cleansing of their people. 1. Who are the Circassians —  and why are they commemorating...

Saudi crown prince pledges to ‘end extremism very soon’

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Saudi crown prince pledges to 'end extremism very soon' By Alan McGuinness   Mohammed bin Salman says Saudi Arabia is returning to being a nation of "moderate Islam...open to all religions and to the world". Saudi Arabia's crown...

5 Crucial Survival Priorities You Must Know

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5 Crucial Survival Priorities You Must Know by Dale Harris   Hiking provides an opportunity to go on a new adventure and embrace the great outdoors. Unfortunately, as you’re journeying off the beaten track, it’s easy to...

Greeks rally against use of ‘Macedonia’ in name dispute with Skopje

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Greeks rally against use of 'Macedonia' in name dispute with Skopje   Some minor scuffles erupted between the protesters and anarchists who had organised a counter-demonstration, prompting police to intervene with tear gas. The rally drew members...

Rescuers prepared to flee at any time as Guatemala volcano smolders

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Rescuers prepared to flee at any time as Guatemala volcano smolders By Jason Hanna, Patrick Oppmann, Natalie Gallón and Nicole Chavez, CNN   https://youtu.be/sUskwVCH6uY El Rodeo, Guatemala (CNN)  Firefighter Rigoberto Ramirez had a lot to worry about as...

The rainbow’s not over – it’s the style symbol of the season

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The rainbow’s not over – it’s the style symbol of the season   Lauren Cochrane   From phone cases to Gucci flatforms and cakes to Vans sweatshirts, this multi-coloured shot of magic and LGBT freedom is a visual...

These six photos are competing for a top photojournalism prize

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These six photos are competing for a top photojournalism prize By Olivier Laurent   The bodies of Rohingya refugees who were fleeing Burma are laid out after their boat capsized near Bangladesh. About 100 people were on...

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio set to star in Tarantino’s Manson film

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Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio set to star in Tarantino's Manson film   The project "Once upon a time in Hollywood," widely known as the Charles Manson film, is set in 1969 and will have two...

White House shoots down Rodman playing a role in North Korea summit

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White House shoots down Rodman playing a role in North Korea summit By Jordyn Phelps   https://youtu.be/UEH2kGzFBk0 Though a source familiar tells ABC News that former NBA star Dennis Rodman plans to be in Singapore during President Donald...

Mystery surrounding ancient Easter Island people deepens

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Mystery surrounding ancient Easter Island people deepens Will Dunham   WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The massive brooding stone figures peering from Easter Island’s hillsides are emblematic of the enigmatic people who once thrived on the dot of land...

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