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Microsoft announces new accessibility tech coming to Windows 10

Microsoft has announced several new accessibility features coming to Windows 10. The company is preparing to rollout improvements to its assistive technologies, including Narrator and eye control. It will make Windows more accessible for all users.

EU leaders blast Turkey's actions in Mediterranean

Apo - European leaders are on Thursday set to strongly condemn Turkey's "illegal actions" toward Greece and Cyprus in a blistering denunciation that could upend an EU-Turkish summit in Bulgaria next week.

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.

Op-Ed: Trump bans American use of Venezuelan petro coin

Washington - On Monday, President Trump signed an executive order that bans the use of Venezuela's new crypto coin the Petro. The ban prohibits all U.S. transactions in digital currencies that benefit the Venezuelan government.

McDonald's to cut greenhouse gas emissions 36 percent by 2030

This week, McDonald’s became the first global restaurant company to set an emissions reduction target in line with what the science says is needed to hold global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius.

'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.

U.S. Treasury publishes five 'takeaways' on blockchain tech

The U.S. Treasury has released a list of five tips for companies implementing blockchains. The insights are based on lessons learned by the department while building its own blockchain proof of concept.

Trump to impose tariffs on $50 bn in Chinese imports: White House

Washington - President Donald Trump will impose tariffs on about $50 billion in Chinese goods imports to retaliate against the alleged theft of American intellectual property, White House officials said Thursday.

Vivaldi makes private browsing more private with DuckDuckGo

The desktop browser app Vivaldi has announced a new collaboration with DuckDuckGo to improve privacy for users. DuckDuckGo will now be used as the default search engine in Vivaldi's private browsing windows, which will help to keep search data secured.

US firms face tough legal battles in China IP theft

Bejing - It took a crucial piece of evidence for Microsoft to win one of its numerous anti-piracy lawsuits in China: A computer seller telling an investigator that he could install a Windows 7 knock-off for free.

The colourful cast behind the Sarkozy corruption scandal

Paris - A Libyan dictator, a drowned witness, an arms broker who says he delivered suitcases of cash: the corruption scandal engulfing French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy involves a cast to rival that of a Hollywood thriller.

Review: Minimalist ‘Les Misérables’ strips story down to the basic themes Special

Toronto - For more than thirty years, “Les Misérables” has won over the public imagination as a spectacular mega-musical – so much so that a generation or two probably doesn’t even know (or care) that this tale began as an epic Victor Hugo novel.

Mozilla withdraws its ads from Facebook because of data scandal

Mozilla has announced it is suspending its Facebook ads in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The company has also launched a petition that calls on Facebook to implement stricter default privacy settings to help users stay secure.

Ex-South Korean President Lee arrested over corruption

Seoul - Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was on Thursday arrested over corruption, the last of the country's four living ex-leaders to be embroiled in a criminal inquiry.

UK inquest opens into Russian exile Glushkov's death

London - A British coroner on Thursday opened an inquest to establish the cause of death of Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov, who was found at his London home on March 12.

Israel opens probe into Facebook after data scandal

Jerusalem - Israeli authorities said Thursday they had launched an investigation into Facebook's activities following a scandal over the hijacking of personal data from millions of the social network's users.

Was the Trans Mountain Pipeline report 'fatally flawed?'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta 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?

Three Turkish soldiers killed clearing bombs in Syria's Afrin: PM

Ankara - Three Turkish soldiers died Thursday clearing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the Syrian region of Afrin after the capture of Afrin city at the weekend, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said."We have three martyrs today.

Philippine police shoot dead 13 as Duterte quits ICC

Manila - Philippine police said Thursday they had shot dead 13 drug suspects, just days after President Rodrigo Duterte moved to take the country out of the International Criminal Court over its inquiry into his deadly drug war.

US: EU, 6 other economies exempt from metals tariffs for now

Washington - The European Union and six other economies will be exempt at least temporarily from the harsh steel and aluminum tariffs President Donald Trump has imposed, a top US trade official said Thursday.
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