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Artificial intelligence identifies an unknown human ancestor

By applying artificial intelligence to genomes of Asian individuals has enabled scientists to identify an unknown human ancestor — a hominid who cross bred with its ancestors tens of thousands of years ago.

Corruption takes centre stage in Nigerian election campaign

Abuja - Corruption is taking centre stage in the run-up to Nigeria's presidential elections, with the incumbent accused of failing to tackle the scourge of graft and his challenger facing claims about his past.

Democratic transition in Venezuela seems possible, analysts say

Washington - After an election victory slammed as fraudulent by the opposition and international community, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has begun a new term that will see him in office until 2025, his grip on power seemingly firmer than ever.

Saudi music festival spotlights pre-Islamic heritage

Tabouk - Bathed in light, musicians belt out melodies among pre-Islamic desert ruins in northwestern Saudi Arabia, a heritage trove at the centre of efforts to put the reclusive kingdom on the tourism map.

'General Hospital' cast honors the memory of make-up artist

The cast and crew of "General Hospital" remember their make-up artist Donna Messina, who passed away on December 6, 2018, at the age of 59.

Explosion from illegal pipeline tap kills 66 people in Mexico

A massive fireball that engulfed people scooping up fuel spilling from a pipeline ruptured by thieves in Tlahuelilpan, Mexico, on Friday. The body count has reached 66 people with at least 78 left badly burned.

Op-Ed: Donald Trump again sparks anger with dumb 'Send a Brick' campaign

President Donald Trump has faced backlash after his 2020 campaign team launched a new fundraising drive to send bricks to the offices of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Has Davos made the world better?

Geneva - Klaus Schwab, who founded the World Economic Forum (WEF), has said his childhood during World War II inspired him to build an organisation that would make the world a better place.

Taiwan's traditional medicine stores struggle on life support

Taipei - Traditional medicine store owner Gu Cheng-pu knows her dispensary can only stay open as long as her ailing father-in-law lives, their careers hostage to a quirk in Taiwanese law that is killing off the industry.

Remains of ancient life found beneath Antarctic ice

Scientists in Antarctica have found preserved carcasses of tiny animals in Subglacial Lake Mercer, buried under more than 3,500 feet of ice.

Abracadabra! German executives turn to magic to up their game

Pullach Im Isartal - Harold Voit takes out his wallet, extracts a wad of 50-euro bills and gazes at it calmly as the cash goes up in flames.Slamming the billfold shut, Voit puts out the fire and opens it again to reveal the money intact and ready for spending.

In Jerusalem's Old City, conflict means buyer and seller beware

Jerusalem - In an alley in Jerusalem's Old City, a three-storey building has become a symbol of Palestinian fears they are losing precious ground in the historic area.

Two dead from heart attacks as strong quake jolts Chile

Santiago - A strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit north-central Chile on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, with police reporting the deaths of two people from heart attacks.

Macron's rebound strategy tested as 'yellow vests' hold 10th protest

Paris - France's "yellow vests" took to the streets Saturday for a 10th straight weekend of anti-government protests, despite attempts by President Emmanuel Macron to channel their anger into a series of town hall debates.

Spanish rescuers drill tunnel to search for toddler down well

Madrid - Rescuers searching for a toddler trapped for a week in a well in southern Spain began drilling a tunnel on Saturday, in the latest bid to reach the boy as part of a massive operation to find him.

Interview: Israeli startup helps US farmers boost crop yields Special

A new startup out of Israel that has come to the U.S. and is starting to help American farmers improve crop yields by deploying new technology that maximizes bee pollination. Omer Davidi, co-founder and CEO of BeeHero explains.

Trump offers concessions on immigrants in return for wall funds

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to temporarily shield a million immigrants from deportation if Congress authorizes funding for his Mexican border wall -- an idea Democrats rejected, making the US government shutdown likely to continue.

US officials discuss fining Facebook more than $22.5 million

Washington - US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) officials have been discussing the imposition of a record-setting fine on Facebook according to the Washington Post. The fine would be for major data breaches and improper data sharing.

Chips are down for online gamblers as US moves toward new ban

Washington - US authorities have begun an effort to ban all forms of internet gambling, reversing course from a 2011 decision and imperiling a burgeoning online wagering sector in several American states.

DRC court confirms Tshisekedi winner of disputed presidential election

Apo - DR Congo's top court on Sunday declared opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi the winner of disputed presidential elections after throwing out a legal challenge by the runner-up.
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