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  • Typhoon Megi kills one in China after Taiwan destruction

    Typhoon Megi smashed into the Chinese mainland Wednesday morning, killing one person, after leaving a trail of destruction and four people dead in Taiwan. Megi hit China with winds of around 120 kilometres (75 miles) an hour, dumping heavy rain, according to the official Xinhua news service. Schools

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  • The Latest: Netanyahu will hold special Cabinet meeting

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the death of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres (all times local):

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  • Report: APAC mobile shoppers use the platform more frequently — but are less satisfied with it

    There are some concerns that mobile e-commerce businesses need to pay attention to The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) today released an in-depth survey of 3,800 mobile users in 19 countries around the world, including Asian countries such as Singapore, China, and Japan. Announced during the IAB

  • Israeli ex-president and Nobel laureate Peres dies

    Israeli ex-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres died on Wednesday some two weeks after suffering a major stroke, his doctor said, triggering an outpouring of grief for the beloved elder statesman. The 93-year-old died in his sleep at around 3:00 am (0000 GMT), Rafi Walden, who is also

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  • A look at police abuse of confidential databases nationwide

    An Associated Press investigation found police officers across the country abuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons totally unrelated to police work. In the worst cases, officers have stalked

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  • Suspect in Dallas-area shooting rampage arrested

    GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — A man suspected in a pair of Dallas-area killings was arrested Tuesday at an apartment about 150 miles to the south near Austin, police said.

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  • Tourists evacuated as Indonesian volcano erupts

    Rescuers in Indonesia were dispatched Wednesday to evacuate nearly 400 tourists, most of them foreigners, after a volcano erupted at one of the country's most popular hiking destinations, an official said. Mount Barujari began erupting late Tuesday afternoon, sending columns of ash and smoke shooting

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  • Tough anti-corruption law takes effect in S. Korea

    A tough new anti-graft law came into force in South Korea Wednesday with many hailing it as a milestone to help root out widespread low-level corruption. Dubbed the Kim Young-Ran law after the former supreme court judge who drafted it, the sweeping legislation covers some four million public servants

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  • AP: Across US, police officers abuse confidential databases

    DENVER (AP) — Police officers across the country misuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work, an Associated Press investigation has found.

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  • Puerto Rico finds unexpected source of growth in agriculture

    GUANICA, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Ricans are buying rice produced on the island for the first time in nearly 30 years. They are also eating locally grown mushrooms, kale and even arugula, along with more traditional crops such as plantains and pineapples.

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  • Fernvale Road residential site attracts 14 bids

    A 99-year leasehold residential site at Fernvale Road received robust interest during the close of its tender on Tuesday (27 September), with 14 developers bidding for the site.

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  • The World's Most Innovative Universities - 2016

    In the fast-changing world of science and technology, if you're not innovating, you're falling behind. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (ranked #2) were behind some of the most important innovations of the past century, including the development of digital computers and

  • Disabled man gets license, shows driverless tech's potential

    Former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt has done a lot in the 16 years since an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He runs a racing team and a foundation. He's raced a sailboat using ...

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  • Sears hitches a ride with Uber to make rewards plan more attractive

    Sears Holdings Corp is partnering with ride-services company Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] as the struggling retailer tries to make its rewards program more attractive to shoppers. Sears is betting on its Shop Your Way loyalty plan, which offers points and tailored deals to members, as the company

  • Thai junta allows 'culture of torture' to flourish - rights group

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  • Shimon Peres: Israeli hawk turned Nobel peace laureate

    Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday aged 93, was an Israeli elder statesman, Nobel laureate and two-time prime minister who spearheaded peace efforts with the Palestinians after breaking with his hawkish past. Peres, who also served as president, was a towering figure in Israeli politics for decades and

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  • Shimon Peres: Key facts

    Shimon Peres, former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, died on Wednesday aged 93. Here are key facts about him: - Oslo accords - Peres was one of the architects of the Oslo peace accords with the Palestinians, reached in 1993 and 1995. Peres was foreign minister under his Labour party

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  • U.S. to deploy anti-missile system in South Korea 'as soon as possible'

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  • Reaction to the death of ex-Israeli President Shimon Peres

    Quotes from around the world after the death of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and elder statesman of Israeli politics, at age 93.

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  • The Latest: Clintons mourn 'treasured friend' Shimon Peres

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

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  • Can Africa's mobile money revolution reduce poverty?

    When farmer Isaac Tondo fell on lean times in Liberia's long rainy season, his brother in the capital sent 8,000 Liberian dollars (US$87) to his Lonestar mobile money account, ensuring his children's school fees would still be paid. Across Africa more and more people -- from urban start-ups

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  • Post-Umbrella Hong Kong opens explosive political chapter

    Two years after the pro-democracy "Umbrella Revolution" began, Hong Kong is entering uncharted political territory as former protesters prepare to take office, advocating a possible split from China. The first major elections since the 2014 rallies saw rebel politicians win seats earlier this

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  • Key dates in the life of Shimon Peres

    Following are key dates in the life of Israel's former president, prime minister and Nobel peace laureate Shimon Peres, who died on Wednesday at the age of 93.

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  • Asian markets down, energy firms hit by oil deal woes

    Tokyo stocks led a retreat in Asian markets Wednesday as the yen recovered, while regional energy firms struggled with crude prices on concerns about the chances of success at an upcoming producers meeting.

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