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Alphabet’s Project Loon officially launched in Puerto Rico

AT&T and Alphabet announced late Friday that they have begun to offer limited mobile Internet service using the Google parent company's "Project Loon" balloons.

Blue Origin stuns aerospace sector with its BE-4 rocket engine

Kent - Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture says it has successfully test-fired its BE-4 rocket engine, bringing the company one step closer to flying tourists into sub-orbit, and possibly even beyond.

Approaching typhoon brings heavy rain, wind to election-day Japan

Toukyo - A powerful typhoon barrelled toward Japan on Sunday, with heavy rain triggering landslides and delaying voting at one ballot station as millions struggled to the polls for a national election.

Saudis crave revival of night out at the movies

Riyadh - The lights go out, the projector whirls and entertainment-starved Saudis sink into plush seats to soak up an experience they have been denied for decades —- a trip to the cinema.

Op-Ed: MIT — Rethinking the realities of Augmented Reality

Sydney - Between the teeming hordes of hype merchants and the very meagre actual products, augmented reality is taking some baby thinking steps into practical things. MIT is looking at making AR safe for users.

'Merkel understood nothing': AfD's fury in east Germany

Cottbus - Chancellor Angela Merkel hails from Germany's ex-communist East, yet it is here where the anger against her runs deepest and the far-right protest party AfD has celebrated its strongest gains.

Drone technology helping utility companies

The power and utilities sector in the US faces numerous challenges as well as being on the verge of a digital revolution. Losses from network outages have been worth $169 billion.

Taliban strikes on Afghan bases a 'show of strength' against Trump

Kabul - A spate of deadly Taliban attacks targeting Afghan forces this week was a show of strength against Donald Trump's new strategy, and signalled a push to strike security bases rather than cities, analysts said.

Maternal deaths prompt calls for action in Zambia

Lusaka - The birthday of twins Karen and Kelly Junior will always be tinged by sadness as it also marks the day their mother died in childbirth -- a tragic occurrence of increasing public debate in Zambia.

Venezuelans use bitcoin 'mining' to escape inflation

Caracas - Inside a locked room in an office building in Caracas, 20 humming computers use their data-crunching power to mine bitcoins, an increasingly popular tool in the fight against Venezuela's hyperinflation.

Italy regions vote on autonomy bid

Milan - Voters in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto vote Sunday in autonomy referendums attracting additional interest against the backdrop of Catalonia's push for independence from Spain.

Xi's eyes and ears in Beijing: Red-armband army of 'volunteers'

Bejing - While Chinese President Xi Jinping and his cohorts chart the nation's future at their leadership conclave in Beijing, his citizen army of red-armbanded foot soldiers are keeping an eye out for trouble outside.

Monks and nuns make big business in France

Chantelle - After prayers at the Chantelle Abbey in Allier, central France, a marketing meeting between the abbey's nuns and their employees discusses the latest orders for its on-site soap and cosmetics products, the delivery destination: Germany.

Surviving 'the corridor' — CAR's treacherous road of bandits

Bangui - "Finally in Bangui, and without incident," said Evelin Bokassa, a truck driver from the Central African Republic (CAR) who has just arrived in the landlocked capital city after completing a treacherous five-day journey from the west coast of Cameroon.

Facebook will now allow sending cash to friends using PayPal

Menlo Park - Facebook has for some time enabled users to send money to friends on Facebook through a tool inside their Messenger that connects to a credit or debit card but the service will become even more convenient as PayPal can now be used to make payments.

Police divers find bodies in Australia fishing tragedy

Sydney - Australian police divers have recovered the bodies of two fishermen from a sunken trawler and were Sunday searching for four others missing since the boat capsized nearly a week ago.

Review: Cheap Trick rocks on new holiday album 'Christmas Christmas' Special

On October 20, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick released their first-ever holiday album "Christmas Christmas" on Big Machine Records.

Mugabe WHO appointment 'unacceptable': Canada PM

Ottawa - The appointment of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organization is "absolutely unacceptable" and "ridiculous," Canada's premier said Saturday."When I heard of Robert Mugabe's appointment...

Journalist murder sparks push to heal politically-polarised Malta

Valletta - Citizens mourning the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia are calling for Malta's deeply-ingrained tribal politics to be put aside so the shaken island nation can begin healing its wounds.

Whistleblower makes claims of systematic doping in China

Berlin - A Chinese whistleblower, now seeking political asylum in Germany, has claimed there was a systematic doping programme in China during the 1980s and 1990s across a range of sports.
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