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Europeans on alert as heatwave intensifies

Berlin - Authorities raised alerts Wednesday as Europe's record-breaking June heatwave threatened to intensify with temperatures heading into the 40s Celsius.

US cyber attack on Iran shrouded in digital 'fog of war'

Dubai - A claim by US officials that a retaliatory cyber attack ordered by the White House crippled Iranian missile launching systems will remain almost impossible to substantiate, experts say.

Sisters who killed abusive father spark Russia domestic violence debate

Moscow - A case against three teenage sisters who killed their father after what lawyers say was years of beatings and sexual abuse has sparked protest and highlighted Russia's dire record on domestic violence.

Papua New Guinea volcano erupts sending residents fleeing

Kokopo - Papua New Guinea's volatile Ulawun volcano -- designated one of the world's most hazardous -- erupted Wednesday, spewing lava high in the air and sending residents fleeing.

Photo of drowned migrant man, daughter fuels criticism of Trump

Washington - A shocking photograph of a Salvadoran man and his nearly two-year-old daughter drowned in the Rio Grande River fueled angry Democratic denunciations on Wednesday of the Trump administration's immigration policies.

Iran unbowed by US 'insults', says supreme leader Khamenei

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that his country remains unbowed by pressure exerted by the United States and its "insults" against the Islamic republic.

UN warns that climate crisis could lead to 'climate apartheid'

The world is increasingly at risk of “climate apartheid”, where the rich pay to escape heat and hunger caused by the escalating climate crisis while the rest of the world suffers, a report from a UN human rights expert has said.

Purolator to design tech-driven courier hub in Toronto

Toronto - A new national technology hub is being designed and built by courier service provider Purolator in Toronto, reflecting growth in the area's e-commerce sector. The $339 million project will extend to 60 acres.

Britain's Prince William: 'fine by me' if children gay

London - Britain's Prince William said Wednesday it would be "fine by me" if his children came out as homosexual, but worried about the pressures it could place on them.

Migrant issue looms large on 'weary' Samos for Greek elections

S - When night falls on the Aegean island of Samos, scores of migrants leave the filthy camp above the island capital of Vathi for some fresh harbour air.Many locals are not happy to see them.

Trump warns any conflict with Iran 'wouldn't last long'

Washington - President Donald Trump said Wednesday he does not want a war with Iran but warned that if fighting does break out, it "wouldn't last very long," even as Iran's president tried to tamp down soaring tensions.

Op-Ed: USB connection irreversibility now solved by USB-C

It is now more than two decades since the Universal Serial Bus (USB) came into use. This ushered in an era in which there was a common standard for connecting peripheral devices to personal computers.

Denmark's Social Democrat leader forms leftist govt

Copenhagen - Denmark's Social Democrat leader Wednesday prepared to become the country's youngest ever prime minister after weeks of negotiations for a new government she said would focus on climate, welfare and immigration.

Bum move: Kardashian 'kimono' shapewear sparks Japan debate

Apo - American television star Kim Kardashian has sparked debate in Japan by naming her new line of shapewear "Kimono," prompting some to accuse her of disrespecting the traditional outfit.

Zombie-like fungus infects cicada with hallucinogens

A fungus that can infect species of cicada has been found to induce a hallucinogenic state and to trigger physiological changes, like limbs falling off. The hallucinogen is of a type similar to the chemical associate with magic mushrooms.

Patent laws could pose a challenge to the cannabis industry

Inconsistent federal and state cannabis laws are leading to confusion for lawyers and cannabis companies when it comes to patents and trademarks, a panel on cannabis intellectual property at the NYC Bar Association said on Tuesday.

In the heart of the metropolis, a king of Nigeria's herder Fulani

Lagos - The Sarkin Fulani of Lagos sinks into his white upholstered throne, lays a hand on the sculpted golden cow head that forms the armrest and scans the subjects gathered at his feet.

Marcelo Chierighini to compete for New York Breakers in the ISL

Brazilian professional swimmer Marcelo Chierighini will be competing for the New York Breakers in the International Swimming League (ISL)

Consumer goods industry ranked 5th on Brand Intimacy Study

By understanding the emotional connection between a brand and the consumer, businesses can charge a premium for goods and services. The latest 'Brand Intimacy' report reveals which companies are succeeding most strongly with this approach.

Pompeo hails Modi's "wonderful" re-election

New Delhi - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hailed on Wednesday Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "wonderful" re-election, vowing both sides will overcome a number of spats that have dogged relations under President Donald Trump.
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