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Stephen Hawking, renowned scientist, dies at 76

Stephen Hawking, the brilliant British theoretical physicist who overcame a debilitating disease to publish wildly popular books probing the mysteries of the universe, has died, according to a family spokesman. He was 76. Considered by…

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Jakarta’s Christian governor sentenced to prison in blasphemy case

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Thousands of Indonesians gathered outside Cipinang prison in East Jakarta on Tuesday evening to express solidarity with a man who, just hours earlier, had been serving as their governor. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, widely known…

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Student Union Wants to Ban Clapping and Cheering Because it Excludes Deaf People

Britain’s largest national student union has told attendees of its annual conference they would face “consequences” for cheering and clapping because these forms of expression exclude deaf people. The National Union of Students (NUS), which…

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General Motors says Venezuela illegally seizes auto plant

General Motors (GM.N) said on Wednesday that Venezuelan authorities had illegally seized its plant in the industrial hub of Valencia and vowed to “take all legal actions” to defend its rights. The seizure comes amid…

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North Korean ships head home after China orders coal returned

A fleet of North Korean cargo ships is heading home to the port of Nampo, the majority of it fully laden, after China ordered its trading companies to return coal from the isolated country, shipping…

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Trump’s ex-national security adviser ‘discussed Gulen removal’

President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, discussed removing from the US a Muslim cleric wanted by Turkey, according to ex-CIA director James Woolsey. Turkey accuses the cleric, Fethullah Gulen, of orchestrating last July’s…

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Finland starts paying 2,000 unemployed people a basic income

Finland has become the first European country to pay its unemployed citizens a basic income as part of a two-year trial that leaders hope will improve quality of life. As of this month, 2,000 randomly picked citizens…

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Apple owes $14.5 billion in back taxes, European authorities say

European authorities ruled on Tuesday Apple struck a sweetheart deal with Ireland that allowed the tech giant to underpay its taxes by more than $14.5 billion over more than a 10-year period. Apple runs its…

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Increased levels of CO2 actually making Earth greener

Carbon dioxide emissions from industrial society have driven a huge growth in trees and other plants. A new study says that if the extra green leaves prompted by rising CO2 levels were laid in a…

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Canada aims for marijuana legalization in 2017

Canada’s Liberal government will introduce a law in spring 2017 to legalize recreational marijuana, it said on Wednesday, fulfilling an election pledge and following several U.S. states in permitting easy access to the drug. Canadian…

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