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Myanmar's startups map past, shape future with virtual reality

Yangon - Gasps echo across the hall as the Myanmar school kids trial virtual reality goggles, marveling at a device that allows some of Asia's poorest people to walk on the moon or dive beneath the waves.

Iraqi forces advance towards heart of IS-held bastion

Abu Maria - Iraqi forces advanced Wednesday towards central Tal Afar, one of the Islamic State group's last strongholds in the country, as aid workers braced for an exodus of civilians fleeing the fighting.

Hong Kong raises highest warning for Severe Typhoon Hato

Hong Kong - Hong Kong raised its highest storm warning Wednesday as Severe Typhoon Hato brought the city to a standstill, shutting down the stock market and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights as heavy rain and winds pummelled the territory.

Italy mourns Amatrice, where quake wounds still weep

Rome - A year to the minute that a earthquake struck the Amatrice region, Italy on Thursday will remember the 299 victims killed in the night-time disaster that still haunts the country.

Venezuela's fugitive prosecutor resurfaces in Brazil

Bras - Venezuela's fugitive former top prosecutor was expected to grab the limelight of an international forum in Brazil on Wednesday to intensify her battle against President Nicolas Maduro.

British Columbia engulfed in Massive wildfire never seen before

Vancouver - The 2017 wildfire season in British Columbia broke the one million hectares (2-5 million acres) mark on Monday. However, firefighters are now battling a wildfire of historical size after 19 fires merged, creating one massive blaze today.

Judgment day looms for Thai ex-PM Yingluck and Shinawatra clan

Bangkok - Clobbered by coups and courts, Thailand's Shinawatra political dynasty is bracing for another withering blow in its decade-long power struggle with the kingdom's establishment as judges decide whether to convict the clan's ex-premier Yingluck.

Venezuela seeks cross-border arrest of ex-prosecutor

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday he would seek international cooperation to arrest a fired chief prosecutor who fled the country after defying him amid a deadly political crisis.

US defence chief in Turkey for talks on Syria, Kurds

Ankara - Pentagon chief Jim Mattis arrived in Ankara on Wednesday for talks with Turkish leaders expected to focus on Washington's arming of a Syrian Kurdish militia, which Turkey views as a terror group, in the fight against Islamic State.

US Navy dismisses commander after deadly warship collision

Toukyo - The US Navy confirmed Wednesday it had sacked the commander of its Seventh Fleet after a deadly collision between a destroyer and a tanker off Singapore, the latest of several accidents involving an American warship in Asian waters.

North Korea reveals missile plans as Kim orders production boost

Seoul - North Korea revealed plans for the development of its missile programme on Wednesday, as leader Kim Jong-Un ordered stepped-up production of rocket engines and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) nosecones.

Journalist murdered in Mexico, 10th of 2017

Coatzacoalcos - A Mexican journalist under government protection was shot dead Tuesday in the violent state of Veracruz, officials said, the 10th journalist murdered in Mexico this year.

BBC journalist on trial for Thailand crime reporting

Phuket - A British BBC journalist appeared in a Thai court on Wednesday for the start of a criminal defamation trial brought by a lawyer who featured in an investigation about foreigners being scammed of their retirement homes.

Angolans vote as Dos Santos ends 38-year rule

Luanda - Angolans cast their ballots Wednesday in an election marking the end of President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos's 38-year reign, with his MPLA party set to retain power despite an economic crisis.

China-born academic loses appeal against Singapore expulsion

Singapore - A prominent Chinese-born academic has lost an appeal against Singapore's decision to expel him for allegedly being an "agent of influence" for a foreign government, the interior ministry said Wednesday.

Brazil's ex-president Collor is charged in Petrobras graft case

Bras - Brazilian ex-president Fernando Collor was formally charged Tuesday in connection with the massive Petrobras corruption scandal, allegedly taking some nine million dollars.

Verdict for Samsung heir weighs on telecom giant

Seoul - The heir to the Samsung empire faces the verdict in his corruption trial Friday, which threatens to leave the world's biggest smartphone maker rudderless for more than a decade.

Trump lashes out at media in Arizona rally

Phoenix - President Donald Trump on Tuesday mounted an aggressive defense of his response to a deadly far-right march in Virginia, using a rally speech to condemn "dishonest" media coverage of his widely criticized remarks.

Google and Walmart team up to take on Amazon

San Francisco - Walmart, the world's biggest retailer, and Google, the internet's predominant search engine, are teaming up in an attempt to challenge Amazon's growing dominance in online shopping.
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