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Zambia opposition chief freed, treason charge dropped

Lusaka - Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was released from prison Wednesday and the treason charges against him were dropped shortly before his trial was to begin in Lusaka.

Diana: fashionista who shook up the royal dress code

London - Princess Diana revolutionised the royal dress code with the help of some of the world's greatest designers during a glamorous life that came to a tragic end 20 years ago this month.

Forget oil, Russia goes crazy for cryptocurrency

Moscow - Standing in a warehouse in a Moscow suburb, Dmitry Marinichev tries to speak over the deafening hum of hundreds of computers stacked on shelves hard at work mining for crypto money.

Warning from history: Could Japan-style crash hit China?

Toukyo - Sizzling property prices, a groaning debt load, wealthy tourists and tycoons willing to slap down eye-popping sums for art: China is starting to look like Japan before its economic bubble burst in the early 90s.

Former Libya PM seized by militia group in Tripoli

Tripoli - Ali Zeidan PM of Libya between November 2012 and March 2014 was seized from a Tripoli hotel by members of the Tripoli Revolutionaries' Brigade(TRB) headed by Haytem Tajouri.

US Wildfire threat levels - How technology helps in preparedness

At the end of last week, U.S. fire managers raised the National Fire Preparedness Level status to its highest level for the first time in two years as California and a number of other Western states are at high risk for lightning storms.

Major oil companies quietly investing in clean energy startups

The energy choices we make today will have a huge impact on our health, our climate and our economy for decades to come. This is why major oil companies have joined Silicon Valley in backing clean energy technology startups.

Tunisian ex-fisherman buries migrants who drowned at sea

Zarzis - Armed with just a spade, Chamseddine Marzoug is determined to give a dignified burial to migrants who drowned in waters off his Tunisian hometown trying to reach Europe.

S.Africa police decline to reveal if Grace Mugabe has fled

Johanesburg - South African police Wednesday said they knew the whereabouts of Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe, who faces accusations of assault, but declined to say if she had fled the country.

Microsoft aims to recapture power users with new Windows version

Microsoft has launched a new version of Windows 10 designed specifically for users of high-end workstation PCs. The company said it had listened to feedback from customers asking for a desktop operating system tailored to server-grade hardware.

Philippines' communist rebellion: a new generation

A kerosene lamp flickers beside a Macbook in a jungle camp as ageing Philippine communist leader Jaime Padilla plots the next step in one of Asia's oldest insurgencies with a new generation of fighters.

Bianca Jagger leads Nicaragua canal protest

- Celebrity rights activist Bianca Jagger lent star power on Tuesday to a protest against the building of a major canal in her native Nicaragua.The 72-year-old is a former actress and ex-wife of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger.

Japan, US conduct live-fire drill amid regional tension

Nihon - Some 300 Japanese and US military personnel on Wednesday carried out live-fire artillery training in northern Japan, officials said, amid high regional tensions over North Korean missile threats.

Smart city market is fastest growing segment of government

The drivers behind smart city tech are fueling a technology market that is expected to hit $775 billion in 2021, as more and more cities around the world look to information and communications technology in creating sustainability.

Japan launches study into suspected Chinese coral poaching

Toukyo - Japan on Wednesday launched a study into whether precious coral was being illegally poached by Chinese fishermen off its shores to be sold for use in jewellery.

Dale Ann Bradley talks new album, Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Special

Dale Ann Bradley chatted with Digital Journal about her latest International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) nod for "Female Vocalist of the Year" and her self-titled new album.

India, China troops in high-altitude clash: officials

Srinagar - Indian and Chinese troops clashed briefly on a disputed area of land in the Himalayas, officials said Wednesday, exacerbating tensions during a months-long standoff between the two armies.

Russian ex-minister accuses Putin ally at bribery trial

Moscow - Russia's ex-economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev on Wednesday accused the head of state oil giant Rosneft, a powerful ally of President Vladimir Putin, of personally entrapping him as he is accused of taking a massive bribe.

Former Pakistan PM Sharif challenges ouster, demands case review

Islamabad - Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has hit back against his ouster by the Supreme Court over corruption allegations, demanding a review of his case.

Op-Ed: Big Oil goes green? It’s happening, but in tiny doses

OK, given that oil is sacred to the cows of the financial world, never to be questioned or to provide a rational statement on any subject – Why is Big Oil investing in green energy? It looks almost like sanity, so there must be something wrong with it.
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