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VPN usage is soaring, but alone they won't keep your privacy safe

In the wake of the U.S. Congress' landmark vote to repeal the FCC's broadband privacy rules, web users are turning to VPNs in an attempt to keep their browsing private. The apps route your data through a third-party service but can introduce more issues.

Boko Haram faction seeks grassroots support in NE Nigeria

Kano - A Boko Haram faction led by the son of the group's founder is trying to win over civilians by shunning the indiscriminate violence of its longtime figurehead that has alienated locals.

US warns China it is losing patience over North Korea

New York - The US ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday said China can and must do more to force North Korea to halt its nuclear and missile programs.

Australia to get $1bn solar farm and world's largest battery

South Australia is getting a huge clean energy boost with a $1.0 billion solar farm consisting of 3.4 million solar panels and 1.1 million batteries. It is expected to start operating later this year.

'Energy transformation' taking place around the globe

Abu Dhabi - On Thursday, the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) published data confirming that 2016 was the strongest year ever for new renewable energy installations worldwide.

Op-Ed: Samsung's DeX is Windows Continuum done right

Samsung has officially announced its new Galaxy S8 smartphone with DeX, a pioneering mobile product that lets the phone display a desktop interface when docked to a screen, keyboard and mouse. It's an Android interpretation of Microsoft's Continuum.

Review: Deadmau5 spectacular at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City Special

New York - On March 29, electronic superstar Deadmau5 performed his first of four consecutive shows in "The Big Apple," and he was spectacular.

US says Assad's overthrow no longer a priority

New York - The United States admitted Thursday that it is no longer focused on ousting Bashar al-Assad as it seeks a new strategy to end Syria's civil war.

New cybersecurity warning about desktop scanners

You’ve installed a firewall and you’re running virus scans regularly on your computer. Safe and secure? Perhaps not. A new study calls out desktop scanners as being at risk from hackers.

Philippines' Duterte threatens press over critical coverage

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday described two major media outlets as "sons of whores" and warned them of karmic repercussions for their critical coverage of his deadly drug war.

IS fighters in Mosul provoking coalition strikes on civilians: US military

Washington - Islamic State group fighters battling Iraqi forces in Mosul are holding civilians hostage in buildings and then deliberately attracting strikes by coalition aircraft, a spokesman for the US-led coalition said on Thursday.

UN to scale back DR Congo peacekeeping force

New York - The United Nations Security Council will vote Friday to cut the number of troops in its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Op-Ed: Mosul residents urged not to leave their houses before bombing

Mosul - Residents in Mosul were instructed not to leave their homes ahead of airstrikes last week that are reported to have killed more than 150 civilians.

Putin supports far-right to divide Europe: EU's Timmermans

Madrid - Vladimir Putin is cozying up to the far-right to divide Europe, the European Commission's Vice President Frans Timmermans said Thursday, a week after France's Marine Le Pen met with the Russian leader.

At 75, Dylan on 'sentimental journey' into musical past

New York - The first works by Nobel laureates following the prize inevitably draw extra attention. For Bob Dylan, his release is as unorthodox as his selection for literature's top award.

2017 NHL Mock Draft: Updated first round projections

Vancouver - It's been a great year of hockey and with the NHL Playoffs nearly here, fans will get plenty of great action before summer begins. But for those franchises missing out, this year's draft could get them the players they need to turn things around.

Syrian opposition rejects 'any role' for Assad

Geneva - The Syrian opposition to the Damascus regime said Thursday it rejected "any role" now or in the future for current President Bashar al-Assad, even though the United States now says Assad's departure is no longer a priority to end the conflict.

Tillerson says Assad's fate up to Syrian people

Ankara - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday the fate of President Bashar al-Assad was up to the people of Syria, in the clearest indication yet of the new administration's policy in the war-torn country.

French Socialists in meltdown after Valls 'back-stabbing'

Paris - France's governing Socialist party was in tatters Thursday after former prime minister Manuel Valls spurned the party's official presidential candidate and backed independent centrist Emmanuel Macron.

‘It’ trailer may be too scary for audiences Special

After a bumpy road, the first trailer for the new film adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘It’ is out and it’s actually pretty terrifying.
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