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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trump leaves 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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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.

Opera adds a built-in VPN feature for secure web browsing

In its upcoming update, Opera is going to offer a new built-in virtual private network (VPN) to increase users' security during web surfing.

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.

"Cat man" of Aleppo operates sanctuary in besieged city

Aleppo - As thousands of people are fleeing from eastern Aleppo to avoid the fighting many leave their pet cats. Aleppo resident, Mohammed Aljaleel noticed that the number of cats without owners was increasing.
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