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Ethiopians throng streets for Christian Orthodox festival

Addis Ababa - Under a blazing sun, a procession carrying a replica of the Ark of the Covenant marched on a path of red carpets through the streets of Ethiopia's capital, sending believers to their knees in reverence.

Report: 60% of enterprises to rely on cloud SaaS by 2019

Digital transformation is creating a "new world order" in IT as more companies transition to the cloud, according to a new report. 60% of enterprises will have abandoned their on-premises systems to operate primarily via SaaS before the end of 2019.

Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell Marai debuts in Quebec this year

Quebec - The Quebec government is purchasing a fleet of 50 Toyota Marai hydrogen fuel cell vehicles — the first such vehicles in Canada, which Toyota expects to deliver to the province later this year.

Apple to release iOS update that can disable battery slowdowns

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said the company is developing an iOS update that will allow you to disable battery-related performance throttling. It comes after Apple has faced a month of criticism for deliberately slowing iPhones without informing the user.

Review: Granger Smith electrifies Irving Plaza in New York City Special

New York - On January 18, country star Granger Smith performed a headlining show at Irving Plaza in New York City, as part of "NASH 94.7 Presents."

Chechnya's last rights group feels heat from strongman Kadyrov

Moscow - A recent arson attack on Russian rights group Memorial and the arrest of its Chechnya head are the latest steps by Chechen authorities to quash dissent as strongman Ramzan Kadyrov's influence continues to grow, activists and observers told AFP.

AWS launches auto-scaling feature to automatically add resources

Amazon Web Services has announced full support for auto-scaling, making it significantly easier for cloud customers to dynamically grow their apps in response to demand. The service automatically adds more resources as required, optimising performance.

Mattis warns of 'growing threats' from Russia, China

Washington - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that America is facing "growing threats" from China and Russia, and warned that the US military's advantages have eroded in recent years.

'Shutdown coming?': Crunch time as US funding deadline nears

Washington - President Donald Trump heaped pressure on Democrats Friday to yield in an acrimonious budget showdown that threatens to shut down the US government when money runs out at midnight -- a year to the day after the Republican president took office.

WhatsApp Business gives companies another way to communicate

WhatsApp has launched a dedicated Business app for small business owners. The standalone product is intended to save businesses time by making it simpler to contact customers. Businesses can also create an "official presence" on the app.

Pentagon strategy drops climate change as a security threat

Washington - Climate change and the impact it has on national and international security was not included in the US national defense strategy, unveiled by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday.

All-female North Korea band leader set to visit South

Seoul - The leader of North Korea's all-female Western-style Moranbong band is set to head a delegation to the South Saturday to prepare cultural performances during the Olympics, Seoul said, becoming the first North Korean official to visit in four years.

Facebook top choice for Philippines wildlife traders: monitor

Manila - Facebook has emerged as the top site for wildlife trafficking in the Philippines, a watchdog said Friday, with thousands of endangered crocodiles, snakes and turtles illegally traded in just three months.

Woody Allen: prolific film legend stained by scandal

New York - Woody Allen, the director and four-time Oscar winner known for his comedies rife with neurotic characters, is in the crosshairs of America's sexual harassment watershed over decades-old claims that he molested his daughter.

In Greece, nationalists seek momentum amid Macedonia talks

Atenas - A quarter of a century after Greece saw an unprecedented million-strong march in its name row with Macedonia, nationalists are trying to whip up similar sentiment amid a new push to solve the festering issue.

Poll found 0% of Icelanders under 25 believe Bible creation story

Reykjav - A new poll suggests that Iceland is becoming more secular. Religious belief among young people in particular appears on the decline as the poll found zero percent of Icelanders under 25 believed in the Biblical account of creation.

Late Cranberries singer O'Riordan to be buried on Tuesday

London - The funeral of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan, who died suddenly in London this week, will take place near Limerick, Ireland on Tuesday, the church where she will be buried said Friday."The Funeral Mass for the late Dolores O'Riordan...

Storm damage to cost Germany 500 mln euros as death toll rises

Berlin - German insurers estimated Friday that ferocious gales that battered Germany caused 500 million euros ($614 million) in damages, as the number of dead across the country rose to eight.

Tensions rise as new inmate attack fuels French prison strikes

Paris - French police fired tear gas to break up a picket line of striking prison guards at Europe's biggest prison on Friday, as a fresh assault by inmates on staff at a facility in Corsica fuelled demands for better security.

Drug crime concern mounts on Paris metro

Paris - Unions representing staff on the Paris metro staged strikes on Friday to denounce rising crime linked to crack and heroin use on the network.
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