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Hong Kong police fire tear gas as clashes return to city streets

Fpo - Hong Kong riot police on Saturday fired tear gas and baton-charged protesters who retaliated with a barrage of stones, bottles and bamboo poles, as a standoff in a working-class district descended into violence.

Trump heads to G7 with potshot at French hosts over taxes

Washington - US President Donald Trump threatened his French hosts with taxes on their wines Friday as he headed to a G7 summit in France with a series of parting shots, including another broadside at the Federal Reserve's chairman.

Bitcoin remains above $10,000 and reaches over $10,400

Bitcoin (BTC) has managed to remain above the $10,000 level all day and has reached a high of over $10,400 but the bounce has been on low volumes and so may not last.

US, SE Asia to hold first ever joint maritime drill

Bangkok - The US and 10 Southeast Asian states will hold their first-ever joint maritime exercises in September, aimed at preventing "wrongdoing" as Washington and Beijing jostle for influence in the region.

Docking aborted for Russia's first humanoid robot in space

Moscow - An unmanned spacecraft carrying Russia's first humanoid robot to be sent into orbit failed to dock automatically at the International Space Station on Saturday, in a new setback for Moscow.

Trump praises Danish PM he called 'nasty' over Greenland row

Washington - President Donald Trump heaped praise on Denmark's prime minister Friday, two days after he cancelled his state visit to the country and slammed her for dismissing his idea of buying Greenland as absurd.

Iran's Zarif heading to Asia in push against US sanctions

Tehran - Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will head to East Asia on Sunday, his office said, as part of a diplomatic push to win relief from biting US sanctions.

Understanding animal brains to improve robotics

Researchers have been considering evolution and animal brains as the basis for making improvements to machine learning, as the basis for helping to improve the way robots operate. especially when performing tasks that seem simple to people.

UK consulate staffer returns to Hong Kong after China detention

Fpo - A British consulate employee detained in China has returned to Hong Kong, his family said Saturday, ending a two-week ordeal during which Beijing's state media smeared him with lurid allegations.

Soyuz spacecraft carrying humanoid robot fails to dock with space station

Moscow - A Soyuz spacecraft carrying Russia's first humanoid robot on Saturday failed to dock automatically with the international space station, Moscow news agencies reported.

Review: Taylor Swift releases greatest album to date — 'Lover' Special

Global music pop star Taylor Swift released her latest studio offering, "Lover" on August 23. It is one of her best albums to date, if not her greatest.

Johnson makes global debut at G7 as Brexit battle looms

London - Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes his debut on the global stage at the G7 summit this weekend, where all eyes will be on his chummy relations with US President Donald Trump.

Star Wars and Marvel TV shows lead vast Disney streaming lineup

Anaheim - Disney lifted the lid on three live-action Star Wars series for its much-hyped new television streaming service Friday, including Ewan McGregor's return as Obi-Wan Kenobi, as the company revealed a vast lineup for its Netflix rival.

Why is part of the Amazon burning?

Washington - The thousands of fires burning in the Amazon don't look like the major forest fires of Europe or North America -- instead, they are fueled mainly by branches, vegetation and other byproducts of deforestation in cleared areas, experts say.

Trump, EU clash over trade at G7 opening

Biarritz - US President Donald Trump and EU leaders exchanged trade war threats Saturday as they arrived in France for a G7 summit of wealthy democracies overshadowed by trans-Atlantic tensions before it had even begun.

Op-Ed: Israel said to be planning attacks on Houthis in Yemen

As reported in the Jerusalem Post, the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida quotes sources familiar with the matter as saying that Israel is planning to start attacking targets in the Shi-ite Houthi-controlled area of northern Yemen.

German activists stage anti-racism protest ahead of key state polls

Dresden - Thousands of civil society activists are to mount a march against hate and racism on Saturday in Dresden, a week before state elections when far-right party AfD is projected to make huge gains.

Review: Scott DeCarlo releases refreshing 'Share the Mornin' light' Special

Rising country singer-songwriter Scott DeCarlo is back with his refreshing new single "Share the Mornin' light," which was released on August 23.

Tear gas fired as Hong Kong police, protesters clash

Fpo - Hong Kong riot cops fired tear gas and baton-charged protesters who retaliated with a barrage of stones, bottles and bamboo poles on Saturday, as a standoff in a working-class neighbourhood descended into violence, breaking an uneasy peace that had las...

German army seeks out gamers in hunt for computer-savvy recruits

Cologne - Among countless stands of car manufacturers, software developers and engineering universities at Cologne's video games convention, the sight of fatigue-clad soldiers manning the German military's brightly-lit stall draws in the curious.
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