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Nigeria's new Oba of Benin: the coronation of a lifetime

Benin City - The rainy season is supposed to be over in Nigeria, but on Thursday just before midnight, torrential rain and crackling lightning let loose over Benin City.

Op-Ed: Why Vargas will have a short-lived reign as welterweight champ

Jessie Vargas may have a short-lived reign as WBO welterweight champion because his next opponent is hell-bent on grabbing his title for a very important reason.

2017 NBA Mock Draft: Week 1 first round projections

The 2016-17 NBA season tips off next week and fans all across the globe are excited to get things started, but it's always fun to look ahead and see who could be the stars of tomorrow.

Cyberattacks show new method of taking down the Internet

Cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier wrote an essay last month warning that someone was "learning to take down the Internet," and it seems especially prescient after a number of major websites were taken offline Friday amid a major cyberattack.

US destroyer sails close to contested islands in S. China Sea: Pentagon

Washington - A US destroyer sailed close to a cluster of islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea on Friday, the Pentagon said, amid continued tensions in the contested waterway.

'Most serious' Linux privilege-escalation bug ever discovered

Security researchers have warned that a privilege-escalation bug found in the Linux operating system could be the "most serious" of its kind ever discovered. It has been present in the kernel for nine years and is being actively exploited by attackers.

Microsoft stock soars to record high on back of Surface success

Microsoft's stock has reached an all-time high, breaking a record set in 1999, after its latest earnings report. The company shrugged off falls in revenue from smartphones and Xbox with exceedingly strong growth in cloud software and Surface computers.

Review: Leonard Cohen returns with a masterful new album Special

Leonard Cohen may have turned 82 but he shows little sign of slowing down, releasing his third album in five years. The new disc contains nine new tracks peppered with lyrical brilliance.

Trump leaves Ohio interview when asked about racism and sexism

A seething Donald Trump bolted from an interview with a local NBC affiliate in Ohio Thursday when he was asked a question he did not like. It was a question about accusations of racism and sexism and how he felt about those accusations.

Air raid near Iraq's Kirkuk kills 15 women: officials

Kirkuk - An air strike killed 15 women on Friday at a shrine near the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, local officials and medics said.

No deaths reported after earthquake hits Honshu, Japan

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 shook parts of western Honshu, Japan early Friday afternoon, damaging homes and some roads and cutting power to 77,000 people.

iPhone 7 or Google Pixel: Comparing the smartphone flagships

Earlier this month, Google unveiled a smartphone that it hopes will begin to change the balance the power in the market. The class-leading Pixel is built to rival Apple's established iPhone 7. With each making similar claims, which is the phone to buy?

Despite economy, Americans are optimistic about their credit

Many Americans are concerned about jobs and the economy. But despite today's business climate, most people remain optimistic when it comes to managing their wallet and personal finances.

Up to 25 feared dead in raid on migrant boat

Rome - Up to 25 people were missing, feared drowned, Friday after men on a Libyan coastguard speedboat attacked a packed migrant dinghy during a rescue operation off the north African state.

Nine months in Venezuela: timeline of crisis

Caracas - In nine months, Venezuela has steadily plunged into a deep economic and political crisis linked to plummeting oil prices and constant clashes between the government and opposition.

Op-Ed: EPA bows to political pressure in postponing Glyphosate review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was slated to hold four days of public meetings, Oct. 18-21, focusing on one pertinent question: is glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the world, safe?

Warm welcome for Calais migrants as UK age row rages

London - As a bitter row swirled in Britain over the age of child migrants arriving from Calais, a coach pulled up in London Friday with the latest arrivals from Calais, met by an enthusiastic crowd of supporters.

Muslims in Italy protest over freedom to worship

Rome - Several hundred Muslims staged a protest prayer outside the Colosseum in Rome on Friday over what they see as unfair restrictions on their freedom to practise their faith in Italy.

Landmark exhibit featuring pages of enormous Qur'an opens

Books do come in all sizes, from tiny manuscripts that fit into a signet ring or one Qur'an so enormous that it's said a wheelbarrow was needed to carry it.

Ontario plans to outlaw computer 'scalper bots'

Toronto - Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi announced his government will introduce legislation in the spring that will outlaw computer scalper bots that are able to buy up a large number of tickets to concerts and sporting events as soon as they go on sale.
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