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Palestinian teen in 'slap video' jailed eight months in plea deal

A Palestinian teenager arrested after a viral video showed her hit two Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank reached a plea deal on Wednesday that will see her serve eight months in prison.

'Wagner Group': the mercenaries serving Putin in Syria

Moscow - The deaths of several members of the so-called "Wagner Group" in Syria last month shone a light on Russian President Vladimir Putin's mysterious private army Moscow is using there.

Asylum seeker faces verdict for rape, murder of German student

Freiburg - An asylum seeker claiming to be from Afghanistan faces his verdict in Germany on Thursday for the rape and murder of a student that fuelled a backlash against a mass migrant influx.

Remembering Steve Prefontaine: An American track and field legend Special

Eugene - Steve Prefontaine was one of the best long-distance runners that America and track and field has ever known. Digital Journal chatted with his sister, Linda Prefontaine, about her brother's legacy in track and field.

Invasive beetle threatens Japan's famed cherry blossoms

Apo - Across Japan's capital, delicate pink and white cherry blossoms are emerging, but the famed blooms are facing a potentially mortal enemy, experts say: an invasive foreign beetle.

Asylum seeker jailed for life in Germany for rape, murder

Freiburg - An asylum seeker claiming to be from Afghanistan was Thursday sentenced to life in jail in Germany for the rape and murder of a student that stoked a public backlash against a mass influx of migrants.

Trump to announce China trade sanctions on Thursday

Washington - President Donald Trump is poised on Thursday to unveil sanctions against China for the "theft" of US intellectual property, a White House official said, teeing up a second potential confrontation in as many months.

Hong Kong shops defy ban on trade in pangolin scales

Fpo - On a winding Hong Kong street where shops keep a dizzying array of dried produce, one highly valued ingredient is still being sold despite being subject to an international ban: deep-fried scales of endangered pangolins.

Proposed marijuana packaging rules threaten choice and safety

Health Canada came out with its proposed branding restrictions for marijuana on Tuesday. But executives and analysts are warning the restrictions are far greater than those for cigarette packaging and the government is risking a “policy fail.”

World's carbon emissions on the rise again: IEA

Paris - Harmful carbon emissions from energy rose in 2017 for the first time in three years, the International Energy Agency said Thursday, proof that the world's efforts to fight climate change are falling short.

Exiled Syrian doctors go back to work helping refugees in Turkey

Ankara - Safa al-Hussein comes into the consultation room with her four-year-old daughter, Ahed, who has a leg injury she suffered during an attack on the northern Syrian city of Raqa. She is treated by a doctor and nurse, who are both Syrian like her.

Indonesia women face daily swim for clean water

Makassar - Indonesian villager Mama Hasria swims upstream with about 200 empty jerry cans tied to her back, a daily trip she and other local women make to get clean water for their community on Sulawesi island.

Was the Trans Mountain Pipeline report 'fatally flawed?'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta's Premier, Rachel Notley have both repeatedly claimed the Kinder-Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion will secure higher prices for Canada's heavy crude, but where did they get that information?

Dashcam video shows final seconds before fatal Uber crash

Washington - Dashcam footage of the first fatal self-driving car crash involving a pedestrian shows the Uber vehicle operator appearing to be distracted, then gasping in horror seconds before the impact.

Finns find key to being world's happiest despite ups and downs

Apo - Finns have long been perceived as taciturn and introverted people in a country known for its dark, cold winters and high suicide rate. Today, they are also considered the world's happiest.

Syria rebels agree to evacuate Ghouta town

Duma - Syrian rebels said Wednesday they have agreed to evacuate a bombed-out town in Eastern Ghouta, the first such deal since the start of the regime's month-old assault on the enclave.

John McCook earns 2018 Emmy nod for 'The Bold and The Beautiful'

Veteran actor John McCook has earned a 2018 Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Lead Actor" for "The Bold and The Beautiful."

Sarkozy blasts 'lack of evidence' for corruption charges

Paris - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy blasted what he said was a lack of evidence for the corruption charges against him over allegations that late Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi funded his 2007 election campaign, in his court statement published Thu...

British PM seeks EU backing on spy attack

Apo - British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Thursday seek to unite EU leaders in condemnation of Moscow over the poisoning of a former Russian spy, but she faces resistance from states keen to protect their Kremlin ties.

A.I. assistive and rehab solutions: Interview Special

State-of-the-art technology like artificial intelligence and robotics are changing the way healthcare clinics and professional medical services operate. Bionik CEO Dr. Eric Dusseux provides an overview of recent developments.
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