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Protesters wall off access to French migrant shelter

Toulouse - Protesters in a town in southwest France have built a nearly-two-metre-high wall around the entrance to a disused hotel to try to prevent it being turned into a migrant shelter.

Op-Ed: DOJ crackdown on marijuana is more of a vendetta than justice

Trump's Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, led by DOJ chief Jeff Sessions is expected to release a report in the next few days that may link marijuana use to violent crime, with recommendations for tougher sentences for its sale or use.

Review: Joan Jett gives Jones Beach a masterclass in rock and roll Special

Wantagh - On July 23, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts performed at the Jones Beach Theater on Long Island, along with rock band Boston.

Four killed in northeast Nigeria suicide attacks

Maiduguri - Four people were killed in suicide bomb attacks at a camp for those displaced by the Boko Haram conflict in northeast Nigeria, the emergency services said on Monday.

Op-Ed: New York wins smart city award for 2016

New York City - At the Smart City Expo World Congress in 2016 held in Barcelona Spain, New York was announced as the Best Smart City of 2016.

Bluetooth sensors used to monitor traffic flow in Danish city

A Danish city is using Bluetooth sensors to detect signals from phones and connected devices inside cars. The information is used to record traffic flow in real-time, enabling officials to identify problem areas in the absence of actual connected cars.

Microsoft advances second-gen HoloLens by adding special AI chip

Microsoft has announced that the second-generation version of the unique processor used in its HoloLens augmented reality headset will include AI capabilities. The company has incorporated the technology to reduce latency and improve compute performance.

Apple investigating ways of toppling Samsung's OLED business

Apple has reportedly bought specialist production equipment that could be used to make OLED screens for smartphones. The company may be planning to bring OLED production in-house, reducing its dependency on rival Samsung.

Microsoft officially deprecates Paint after 32 years

Microsoft Paint, the company's fan-favourite Windows drawing app, is being deprecated 32 years after its release. Microsoft confirmed the next Windows 10 update will see support for Paint come to an end. It will however remain available.

Russia deploys forces to police Syria safe zones

Moscow - Russia has deployed military police to monitor two safe zones being established in Syria, it was announced on Monday, with officials touting it as a new era of US cooperation.

Review: Edmonton's Interstellar Rodeo continues to bend musical genres Special

Edmonton - The sixth annual Edmonton Interstellar Rodeo brought another line-up of genre-bending music paired with fine wine to the Hawrelak Park Amphitheatre July21-23, 2017.

The IMF just downgraded the Trump economy

The International Monetary Fund has sharply revised its forecast for US economic growth in a direct indictment of Donald Trump’s presidency and lack of action on promised policy changes.

Moon could be wetter than thought, say scientists

Paris - The Moon, long thought to be a dry, inhospitable orb, hosts surprisingly large sub-surface water reserves, which one day may quench the thirst of lunar explorers from Earth, scientists said Monday.

Swaziland turns around world's highest HIV infection rate: report

Paris - Swaziland, which bears the world's heaviest HIV burden, has halved the rate of new infections in five years by boosting access to virus-suppressing drugs, researchers said Monday.

Two Chinese warplanes buzz US recon plane: Pentagon

Washington - A US surveillance plane was forced to take evasive action after two Chinese fighters intercepted it over the East China Sea, the Pentagon said Monday.

Philippines' Duterte vows unrelenting drug war

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed Monday to press on with his drug war that has claimed thousands of lives, as he urged lawmakers to endorse "eye-for-an-eye" death penalties.

Shale gas development promotes spread of invasive plant species

Invasive, non-native plant species have been making significant inroads into Pennsylvania's forests along with unconventional natural gas fracking, a long-term study by researchers has found.

U.K. announces it will invest $320 million in energy storage R&D

London - In a move aimed at powering the transition to a low-carbon economy, the U.K. is set to invest in battery technology research and development to the tune of £246 million ($320 million) over the next four years.

U2 singer Bono talks development aid with French president Macron

Paris - Irish rock star Bono, founder of the ONE campaign against poverty and disease, met on Monday with French President Emmanuel Macron, who stressed his wish to increase development aid, according to the U2 frontman.

Review: 30 Seconds to Mars rocks Jones Beach, honors Chester Bennington Special

Wantagh - On July 22, 30 Seconds to Mars performed at Jones Beach Theater in New York, along with PVRIS and headliners, English rock group Muse.
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