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Trump warns government shutdown would be 'devastating'

Washington - US President Donald Trump warned Thursday of the "devastating" consequences of a government shutdown even as he lobbed wrenches into intense Republican maneuvering to avoid a politically embarrassing funding debacle.

Nine dead as huge storms batter Europe

Berlin - Nine people including two firefighters were killed Thursday as violent gales battered northern Europe, snapping air and train links.

Hungary plans 'Stop Soros' laws amid refugee row

Budapest - Hungary published details Thursday of tough anti-immigration laws named after "public enemy" George Soros amid a row over claims Budapest covered up a hike in refugee arrivals.

Toronto makes the shortlist for Amazon's HQ2, alongside 19 rivals

Amazon has announced the shortlist of cities that could host its second North American headquarters, known as HQ2. The company received 238 proposals from locations across the region. It's now narrowed the list to a total of 20 cities, including Toronto.

Natural Cycles birth control app under fire over pregnancies

Remember the Natural Cycles Smartphone app that came out last year? It was certified by the European Union and was the only app to be called a form of "contraception" in Europe. The start-up company is now under fire for 37 unwanted pregnancies.

New healthcare technology to reduce diabetes costs: Interview Special

Many employers and health plans are looking to integrate coverage for innovative healthcare technology solutions. One platform is provided by WellDoc, which has partnered with a leading analytics company to address diabetes management and costs.

TransCanada pushes forward with Keystone XL pipeline

Canadian pipeline company, TransCanada announced on Thursday that it had obtained 20-year commitments to ship 500,000 barrels of crude oil a day through the controversial pipeline, "positioning the proposed project to proceed."

Mozilla sues the FCC in attempt to restore net neutrality

Mozilla has filed a petition in the federal court of Washington DC in an attempt to overturn the FCC's repeal of net neutrality regulation. It said the web is a "global, public resource" that is dependent on net neutrality to exist in its current form.

'Climate envelope' responsible for mass deaths of Saiga antelopes

Over the span of three weeks in 2015, more than 200,000 saiga antelope suddenly died in central Kazakhstan from hemorrhagic septicemia caused by a normally harmless bacteria called Pasteurella multocida type B. Now, scientists know what happened.

Olympic medalist Tommaso D'Orsogna talks swimming career, future Special

Australian swimmer and Olympic bronze medalist Tommaso D'Orsogna chatted with Digital Journal about his Olympic journey, proudest moments, and his latest endeavors, which include medical school.

'Nobody should be forcibly returned to Libya': HRW chief

Paris - European authorities should not be sending migrants trying to reach the continent back to Libya until the security situation there has stabilised, the chief of Human Rights Watch said.

EU agrees to blacklist seven top Venezuelan officials

Brussels - The EU agreed to add Venezuela's interior minister and six other senior officials to its sanctions blacklist on Thursday, European sources said, the first time the bloc has targeted individual members of President Nicolas Maduro's regime.

Fintech startup Curve launches its connected card app

UK-based fintech startup Curve has announced its innovative credit card app is now available to consumers. The company has developed a platform that lets you link all your card accounts to its app. You can then use any of them to pay with one card.

Israel unveils details of new underground wall along Gaza Strip

Kissufim - The Israeli army on Thursday revealed details of a massive underground barrier being built along the border with the Gaza Strip in a bid to neutralise the threat of Palestinian attack tunnels.

Stricken Turkish plane lifted from cliff after runway mishap

Istanbul - Turkish engineers using two cranes on Thursday successfully lifted back to the runway a passenger plane which skidded onto a muddy embankment metres from the sea and languished there for over half a week.

Amazon draws up shortlist for second HQ

Amazon, the world’s leading e-commerce site, is on a global hunt for a second site to act as its headquarters. Now Amazon has drawn up a top twenty potential cities, and several major North American cities have made the shortlist.

Morgan Stanley is jumping on the bitcoin futures bandwagon

Morgan Stanley is clearing bitcoin futures trades for clients, according to Bloomberg News. It joins rival Goldman Sachs and a number of large brokerages.

Op-Ed: Tether cryptocoin stays steady during crash of cryptocurrencies

Tether is a cryptocoin that is different from others in that it is pegged to the US dollar. While many other cryptocurrencies are crashing tether is actually up a bit.

Google Search to start favouring faster mobile sites in July

Google has announced a major change to the way it organises search results. Mobile rankings will now consider loading time as a signal. Faster pages will be prioritised over slower ones in a move intended to push developers to build quicker sites.

Extreme cold snap hits Russia ahead of Epiphany icy plunges

Moscow - Temperatures in Siberia fell to extremely low levels on Thursday as Russian Christians prepared to plunge into ice holes in traditional celebrations marking the baptism of Jesus Christ.
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