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Nigeria's Buhari meets with Dapchi girls

Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari received the released Dapchi girls on Friday in a meeting clouded by the absence of a Christian student still held by Boko Haram for refusing to convert to Islam.

Google building its own blockchain-based cloud technology

Google is developing its own blockchain-like technology to improve its cloud by adding digital ledger capabilities. Google's parent company, Alphabet, has built its own distributed ledger system which can be used to log and verify digital transactions.

Three dead in France in jihadist shooting spree

Tr - At least three people were killed Friday in a shooting spree and hostage siege in southwest France by a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group.

Technology designed to track what you eat

Scientists have developed tiny tooth-mounted sensors that can track what a person eats. The aim is to use wireless real-time monitoring to increase medical understanding between diet and health.

Trump tweets threat to shut down US government

Washington - President Donald Trump provoked a fresh political crisis Friday, threating to veto an already approved budget and shut down the federal government.

EU leaders agree Brexit talks guidelines

Apo - European Union leaders laid the ground Friday for the next phase of Brexit talks after British Prime Minister Theresa May urged them to seize a "new dynamic" in the negotiations.

Dane accused of brutal submarine murder was 'loving psychopath'

Copenhagen - Danish inventor Peter Madsen, who is accused of brutally killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall on his submarine, described himself as a "loving psychopath," a former associate told a court Friday.

AI is helping China relieve its doctor shortage

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already used in medical treatment to examine medical scans and spot diabetes in many places. In China AI can do much more than simply help doctors. It can actually aid in alleviating China's doctor shortage.

Apple to launch low-cost iPad for education next week

Apple is said to be preparing a low-cost iPad for launch at a rare education-focused event next week. The company will make a revived push into classroom devices after losing ground to strong competition from Microsoft and Google.

Rebels leave Ghouta as their bastion crumbles

Harasta - Eastern Ghouta's six-year rebel rule was in its dying moments Friday as fighters evacuated one of the Syrian enclave's three remaining pockets and a deal was reached for another.

New form of electronic matter discovered

Chicago - The existence of new form of electronic matter has been reported by scientists. This new phase is called called quadrupole topological insulators, previously predicted as part of theoretical physics.

More than 130 pilot whales die in mass Australia beaching

Perth - At least 135 short-finned pilot whales died Friday after a mass beaching in Australia as rescuers worked to herd those still alive back out to sea.

Thousands of Poles protest anti-abortion bill

Warsaw - Thousands of Poles took to the streets Friday to protest plans to tighten the abortion law, as the Council of Europe warned the new measure ran counter to Warsaw's human rights commitments.

Sarkozy mounts fightback in Libya probe

Paris - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy will appeal court restrictions imposed on him after he was charged with financing his 2007 election campaign with money from late Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, his lawyer said Friday.

US imposes sanctions on Iranians for hacking

Washington - The United States imposed sanctions on Friday on 10 Iranians and an Iranian company for alleged hacking of hundreds of universities in the US and abroad and the theft of "valuable intellectual property and data.

Cryptokitties just got $12 million from Andreessen Horowitz

Cryptokitties, one of the first successful games on blockchain, just raised $12 million from investors at Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures.

Deadly terror attacks in France since 2015

Paris - A gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group killed at least three people in a shooting spree and hostage siege in southwest France on Friday, in the latest deadly attack to strike the country.

Jihadist threat haunts northern Mozambique

Mtwara - What's left of the Nanduadua mosque lies deep within a labyrinth of alleyways in Mocimboa da Praia, a port town in Mozambique's far north.A handful of veiled women hurry past the one-time place of worship, which is now reduced to rubble.

Humanity imperiled by abuse of life-giving Nature: reports

Medell - Human activity has driven animals and plants into decline in every region of the world, putting our own well-being at risk by over-harvesting and polluting, a comprehensive species survey warned Friday.

Trump threatens spending bill veto, raising shutdown risk

Washington - A combative Donald Trump threatened Friday to veto a spending deal clinched in a dead-of-night compromise in Congress, in a dramatic U-turn by the president that raises the fresh specter of a government shutdown.
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