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Merkel heir apparent joins cabinet in risky bid for power

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's heir apparent joined her cabinet Wednesday as defence minister, a high-profile job often called a poisoned chalice in Berlin's fraught political landscape.

Trial of 'El Chapo': rare glimpse inside the drug world

New York - The trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman provided a rare and terrifying look into the workings of one of the world's largest cartels.

Saudis and Houthis reach a deal on the port of Hodeidah in Yemen

Hodeida - Houthi and Saudi representatives have within the last 48 hours reached an agreement on board a UN ship in the Red Sea according to UN officials. The deal would see the ceasefire at the port of Hodeidah enforced.

Ethiopia faces showdown over push for new region

Hawassa - The green, blue and red flag of the Sidama people flutters defiantly above government buildings in a southern Ethiopian city where leaders are on the brink of declaring a breakaway region.

Coach Mike Murray talks about aquatics, coaching and USA Swimming Special

Coach Mike Murray chatted with Digital Journal about his coaching career in swimming, his proudest moments and how technology has changed the sport. He also spoke about the "Fitter and Faster" Swim Clinic and the USA Swimming Foundation.

EU launches in-depth probe on Amazon over data use

Apo - The EU's powerful antitrust authority launched an in-depth investigation into Amazon on Wednesday, amid suspicions the US-based online behemoth misuses merchant data hosted on its website.

No-deal Brexit looms as race for new British PM wraps up

London - The battle to be Britain's next prime minister enters its final straight on Wednesday with both candidates hardening their positions on Brexit, putting the future government on a collision course with Brussels.

Bitcoin continues a steep decline as it plunges below $10,000

Bitcoin (BTC) has plunged well below the $10,000 level as the price continues to decline today as it has for several days with no end in sight as yet.

Op-Ed: NRC aims for fewer inspections of nuclear reactors to save money

Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff is recommending that the agency cut back on inspections at the country's nuclear reactors, a cost-cutting move promoted by the nuclear power industry but denounced by opponents as a threat to public safety.

Turkey clears RSF representative of 'terror propaganda'

Istanbul - The Turkey representative for Reporters Without Borders (RSF) was acquitted on Wednesday of the charge of making "terror propaganda" for Kurdish militants, in a case which triggered international alarm over press freedom in the country.

Australia's onshore refugees stuck in legal limbo

Sydney - The Australian government has rejected calls to expedite visa applications of 30,000 asylum seekers who have been stuck in legal limbo in the country for more than five years, a report released on Wednesday shows.

New digital design project for pharmaceutical product development

A consortium of industry, academia and government have developed a new approach to digital design for pharmaceutical product and process development. Called ADDoPT, the focus is on process understanding and predictive modeling.

Op-Ed: The case for saving man's greatest technological achievement

Fifty years ago today, on July 16, 1969, at 9:32 a.m. EDT, the Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle - with Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. lifted off from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A - heading for the moon.

Wary US swimmers share waves with deadly sharks off Cape Cod

Wellfleet - At the entrance to Newcomb Hollow Beach, at the tip of the Cape Cod peninsula, the picture of a great white shark reminds swimmers that the US shores of the Atlantic must be shared with the ocean's most feared predator.

El Chapo awaits life in prison sentence by US judge

New York - After a run as one of the world's most powerful and notorious criminals, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is expected to be sentenced to life in prison when he appears in a New York courtroom on Wednesday.

Pakistan PM Khan's party says critical media coverage may be 'treason'

Islamabad - The ruling party of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has launched another blistering attack on the press, linking critical coverage to potential "treason" in the latest broadside against the beleaguered media.

Internet a lifeline for Venezuela's embattled independent media

Caracas - Starved of advertising revenue and battling a stranglehold on the newspaper industry by the government, Venezuela's independent media have been decimated by the country's years-long crisis -- with many migrating online to survive.

Musk shows off progress on brain-machine interface

San Francisco - Futurist entrepreneur Elon Musk late Tuesday revealed his secretive Neuralink startup is making progress on an interface linking brains with computers, and said they hope to begin testing on people next year.

India-Pakistan spy case ruling due at world court

Den Haag - The International Court of Justice will decide Wednesday on India's bid to remove an alleged spy from death row in Pakistan, in a case that has stoked tensions between the South Asian rivals.

Olympic swimmer Lilly King to compete for Cali Condors in the ISL

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Lilly King will be competing for the Cali Condors in the new International Swimming League (ISL).
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