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Nigerian air force overflies The Gambia: official

Abuja - The Nigerian air force is flying over The Gambia, an official said Thursday, as African troops seemed ready to force incumbent Yahya Jammeh to quit after his December election defeat.

Nigeria plans inquiry into botched air strike that killed 70

Maiduguri - Nigeria on Thursday gave details of a formal probe into a botched air strike that killed at least 70 people, as aid workers feared the bloodshed could affect vital humanitarian programmes.

New Zealand to ban plastic microbeads by July 2018

New Zealand plans to ban cosmetic products containing tiny plastic particles known as microbeads from July next year because of the risk they pose to aquatic and marine environments.

China's monstrous wind and solar projects - Most of it is wasted

Beijing - China is the world's biggest energy market, and like many energy projects in the country, wind and solar farms are some of the largest on the globe. But with all the country's investments in renewables, China's economy is still dependent on fossil fuels.

Windows 10 to get new 'adaptive' shell that works on every device

Microsoft is developing a new "adaptive" shell for Windows 10 that will unify interface experiences and remove the divide between PCs, phones and other kinds of device. The company plans to build a "universal" shell for a single Windows 10.

UN says expert talks on Cyprus a success

Geneva - The United Nations said two days of expert-level talks on the possible reunification of Cyprus had ended Thursday, describing them as a success but without disclosing any details.

LinkedIn's redesign changes everything for the better

LinkedIn has announced the most significant overhaul of its website since the company's launch. The new interface has been simplified to make LinkedIn's purpose and core features more obvious to users. There's also new messaging and search functions.

'Fake news' didn't change US election outcome: study

Washington - "Fake news" probably did not change the outcome of the US presidential election, according to a study of news consumption by voters.

Six Britons killed in Saudi road crash

London - Six British nationals have been killed and several more injured in a road crash in Saudi Arabia, Britain's foreign ministry said on Thursday.

Sweden conservatives woo far-right to topple government

Stockholm - Sweden's main opposition party courted controversy Thursday by suggesting it accept support by the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) to bring down the minority government.

McDonald's Canada issues warning after nuts added to a menu item

McDonald’s Canada has announced the company put nuts in a new McFlurry, raising the possibility all food in its restaurants can potentially come in contact with the nuts. Judging from reactions on social media, a lot of customers are not "lovin’ it."

Many firefighters dead, trapped in Tehran high-rise collapse

Tehran - Many firefighters were killed and others missing under the rubble after the Iranian capital's oldest high-rise building collapsed Thursday following a blaze, officials said.

Greece, Cyprus say peace deal must end Turkish troop presence

Nicosia - Cyprus and Greece on Thursday insisted that any peace deal for the divided island must provide for the withdrawal of Turkish troops and new security arrangements.

Trump arrives in Washington to lay claim to White House

Washington - Donald Trump jetted into the US capital Thursday on the eve of the most consequential moment of his life -- his inauguration as the nation's 45th president and the setting of a four-year course of American political reform.

Turkish MPs hurt in brawl over constitution reform

Ankara - At least two Turkish MPs were injured Thursday as brawls erupted in parliament between supporters and critics of a constitutional reform bill boosting the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports said.

Iraq forces clear east Mosul ahead of push for west bank

Mosul - Iraqi forces battled the last holdout jihadists in east Mosul Thursday after commanders declared victory there and quickly set their sights on the city's west, where more tough fighting awaits.

Google building its own Android Wear smartwatches with LG

Google is planning to launch its own smartwatches to coincide with the release of Android Wear 2.0. The company has partnered with LG to manufacture the devices, according to a report this week. They'll be launched in early February.

Undocumented man sues San Francisco over breach of sanctuary law

San Francisco - An undocumented immigrant is suing the city of San Francisco and law enforcement agencies and officers after he was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). His arrest came after he went to a police station to recover his stolen car.

One in four US men have cancer-linked HPV genital infections

In an analysis of the 2013-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), it was found that almost half of U.S. men have genital infections caused by sexually transmitted viruses and one in four has strains linked to several cancers.

Review: Horror comes in many flavours in this week’s releases Special

This week’s releases include a chance to revisit a hero’s adventures; the crazy adventures of two funny women; a thoughtful exploration of beliefs; a well-crafted mystery thriller; and one of the best horror movies of last year.
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