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In Russia, Sudan's Bashir asks Putin for 'protection' from US

Sochi - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and war crimes, on Thursday asked Russia's Vladimir Putin to protect his country from the United States.

Deutsche Bank says Bitcoin is 'simply not recommended'

Deutsche Bank has become the latest institution to warn investors about the risks of Bitcoin investment. The bank's chief strategist said Bitcoin cannot be recommended to "the everyday investor" because of the lack of market regulation.

Don't mention the war: Ukraine off the agenda at EU summit

Brussels - The EU's bid to deepen ties with six former Soviet states enters its latest round in Brussels on Friday with anxiety about Russian influence running higher than ever in the bloc.

In 'unprecedented' hiatus, IS media offline for a day

Birut - The Islamic State group's online propaganda channels went mysteriously quiet for more than a full day between Wednesday and Thursday, in what analysts said was an "unprecedented" silence.

Burn victim saved by skin grafts from identical twin

Paris - A man doomed to die after suffering burns across 95 percent of his body was saved by skin transplants from his identical twin in a world-first operation, French doctors said Thursday.

Czech govt buys controversial pig farm at former Nazi camp

Prague - The Czech government on Thursday said it had bought a controversial pig farm located on the site of a former Nazi camp for Roma people, paying millions of euros for the right to shut it down.

5th round of NAFTA talks end in Mexico with big issues unresolved

Mexico - The 5th round of NAFTA talks ended on Tuesday that had started on Friday in Mexico City. Even after three months of talks, the parties remain far apart on major issues.

Samsung to build new lab for machine learning research

Samsung's announced a new research centre to focus on developing artificial intelligence and machine learning. The company's current AI capabilities are perceived to be behind its rivals, a weakness Samsung is working hard to address.

Indonesia basketball players fixed games 'to pay their salaries'

Jakarta - Eight Indonesian pro-basketball players and a team official have been banned for life over match fixing, the league said Thursday, reportedly to help their cash-strapped squad pay salaries.

Zimbabweans relish bribe-free roads after Mugabe's fall

Harare - As Robert Mugabe's regime tottered and fell, one immediate benefit that Zimbabweans celebrated with glee was the sudden absence of bribe-extracting police who were a symbol of life under his rule.

Migrant arrivals from Libya fall after EU deal: UN

Geneva - The number of migrants who have reached Italy via Libya has dropped significantly since July, when the European Union reached a deal with Libyan authorities to stem migrant flows, the UN said Thursday.

Dolly the cloned sheep was not old before her time: study

Paris - When Dolly the sheep was put down before her seventh birthday in 2003, she was said to suffer from age-related osteoarthritis, raising red flags that clones may grow old faster.

Big data strategies disappoint with 85 percent failure rate

Big data projects aren't delivering the transformations companies had anticipated. 85% of all big data strategies are failing due to a combination of challenges, including the problems presented by legacy technologies and pre-existing corporate biases.

Britain sends envoy to Zimbabwe ahead of inauguration

London - Britain's Africa minister Rory Stewart arrived in Zimbabwe on Thursday for wide-ranging talks, ahead of the inauguration of a new president following Robert Mugabe's dramatic departure.

Iraq launches final sweep to flush out IS

Baghdad - Iraqi forces launched a sweep through the western desert to flush out remaining Islamic State group fighters on Thursday, an operation the prime minister has said will spell the jihadists' "final defeat" in the country.

Chatting with John von Ahlen of Parralox: 'Electric Nights' Special

John von Ahlen of the Australian band Parralox chatted with Digital Journal about their new single "Electric Nights," as well as plans for the future.

Polar bears crowd on Russian island in sign of Arctic change

Moscow - A boatload of tourists in the far eastern Russian Arctic thought they were seeing clumps of ice on the shore, before the jaw-dropping realisation that some 200 polar bears were roaming on the mountain slope.

After Mladic verdict, Bosnia has yet to turn page

Sarajevo - The international court has finished its work and Bosnian Serb wartime military chief Ratko Mladic will end his days in prison, but Bosnia will struggle to turn the page on its ethnic war.

Erdogan to make first Turkish presidential visit to Greece 'since 1952'

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will in the coming days visit Turkey's sometimes uneasy NATO ally Greece, a top official said Thursday, the first visit by a Turkish head of state to its neighbour in 65 years.

Outdated law makes gene-editing using CRISPR illegal in Canada

Toronto - Canada is among the few countries in the world where working with the CRISPR gene-editing system is illegal under the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHRA). Not only is it illegal, but doing so could land you behind bars.
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