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Alberta's first renewable energy auction sets new low for wind

Alberta - The government of Alberta, Canada, home to the world's third-largest oil reserves, on Wednesday actioned off 595 megawatts of renewable energy capacity to be built in the province, exceeding the government's target of 400 megawatts.

Polish PM expects EU to impose rare punishment over rule of law

Brussels - Poland's new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Thursday he expected the EU to impose unprecedented sanctions next week that could strip his government of its voting rights over its controversial court reforms.

Garlic and fluorine show drug delivery promise

A new study has reported success, in terms of drug delivery, with the unusual combination of garlic and fluorine. This partly relates to garlic’s use as a traditional medicine.

Rapid growth forecast for insurtech in 2018

London - If there’s a technology sector to get into then this appears to be insurtech. Insurtech jobs are increasing 22 times faster than the rest of the U.K. market, as an example of rapid developments in the sector.

Canadian insurtech joins U.S. accelerator program

Quebec - Canadian Insurtech company Ubios has been selected to join an accelerator program in the U.S., established to assist startups attempting to disrupt the insurance sector.

EU leaders agree to roll over Russia sanctions: Tusk

Brussels - EU leaders on Thursday agreed to extend tough economic sanctions against Russia over its meddling in Ukraine for six months, EU President Donald Tusk said.

Cyprus, Greece, Egypt vow closer security cooperation in Mediterranean

Larnaca - Cyprus, Greece and Egypt on Thursday pledged closer cooperation on combatting terrorism and people trafficking, as they look to ratchet up maritime security in the Eastern Mediterranean, their defence ministers said.

US moves to roll back 'net neutrality' rules

Washington - US regulators voted Thursday to roll back so-called "net neutrality" rules which required internet providers to treat all traffic equally, in the latest twist to an acrimonious debate over online freedom.

Thousands of Romanians pay final respects to king Michael

Bucharest - Thousands of Romanians paid their last respects to beloved former king Michael, who died last week aged 96, in front of his coffin at the Royal Palace in Bucharest on Thursday.

'Golden opportunity missed' at Syria peace talks: UN mediator

Geneva - The latest round of Syria peace talks in Geneva was a "golden opportunity missed", the country's UN mediator lamented Thursday, accusing the Syrian government of not really seeking dialogue.

UK far-right leader retweeted by Trump appears in court

London - Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen, who hit the headlines after Donald Trump retweeted anti-Muslim videos posted on her page, appeared in court in Belfast on Thursday accused of inciting hatred.

Colombia's biggest drug gang announces ceasefire

Bogota - Colombia's biggest narcotics gang, the paramilitary Clan del Golfo, has announced it has stopped armed actions to support peace efforts aimed at burying a half a century of conflict between the government and rebel forces.

US regulator orders rollback of 'net neutrality' rules

Washington - US regulators voted Thursday to roll back so-called "net neutrality" rules that require internet providers to treat all traffic equally, amid an acrimonious debate over how it impacts online freedom.

No alien 'signals' from cigar-shaped asteroid: researchers

Paris - No alien signals have been detected from an interstellar, cigar-shaped space rock discovered travelling through our Solar System in October, researchers listening for evidence of extraterrestrial technology said Thursday.

Iran supplied ballistic missile to Yemen rebels: US

Washington - US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley presented what she called "undeniable" evidence Thursday that a ballistic missile fired by Huthi rebels in Yemen at Saudi Arabia last month was Iranian-made, a charge Tehran immediately denied.

Murder of pro-unity Spaniard rocks Catalan election

Madrid - Catalonia's election campaign has been shaken up by the murder of a man wearing the colours of the Spanish flag by a far-left supporter who had previously been jailed for a vicious assault of a policeman.

Trump signs defense bill that warns of dangers of climate change

Washington - On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed the $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act, setting policy for the US military for the coming fiscal year. The bill also states that climate change is a major threat to U.S. national security.

Major Liberian opposition party backs George Weah presidency

Monrovia - A Liberian opposition party formally backed George Weah for president on Thursday despite mounting a prolonged legal fight with his opponent, Vice-President Joseph Boakai, against the country's electoral commission.

Murdoch's leaner Fox machine post-Disney deal

New York - Rupert Murdoch's decision to sell off the bulk of 21st Century Fox leaves him with a leaner, tighter media machine focused on broadcast news and sports, a drastic retrenchment after half a century of expansion.

Four French children killed after train mows into school bus

Perpignan - At least four children were killed and seven others seriously injured on Thursday after a train crashed into a school bus at a level crossing in southern France, police sources said.
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