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McQueen criticises BAFTA for lack of diversity

London - Oscar-winning British director Steve McQueen has criticised Britain's top film awards following controversy over the lack of diversity in this year's nominations.

Toyota's 'woven' city, TVs as smartphones: CES highlights

Las Vegas - A smart city from Toyota and a new 5G smartphone from China's TCL were among the announcements Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show preview day.Here are a few highlights from the events at CES, set to formally open on Tuesday in Las Vegas.

Superfast 5G on the slow road at gadget gala

Las Vegas - It will be revolutionary when superfast 5G mobile networks come to our gadgets, cars and digital lives.

Elephants in Thailand 'broken' for lucrative animal tourism

Chiang Mai - Separated from their mothers, jabbed with metal hooks, and sometimes deprived of food -- many Thai elephants are tamed by force before being sold to lucrative tourism sites increasingly advertised as 'sanctuaries' to cruelty-conscious travellers.

French fashion house Sonia Rykiel to be relaunched

Paris - Two co-founders of online store Showroomprive on Wednesday announced they would relaunch French fashion label Sonia Rykiel, nearly five months after its demise following a court ruling.

Brazil granny turned lingerie model shines light on older women

S - Wearing nothing but a lacy bra and matching panties, Brazilian grandmother Helena Schargel strikes a seductive pose during a photo shoot featuring her latest lingerie designs for women over 60.

YouTube bans 'implied' threats

San Francisco - YouTube broadened its anti-harassment policies on Wednesday to include a ban on "implied" threats along with insults based on race, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Banana-eating performance artist was 'hungry'

New York - Performance artist David Datuna waited two hours until "I was hungry" before eating a pricey banana artwork in Miami, he explained with laughter on Monday after returning to New York.

Major museum heists

Paris - The art heist at a museum in Dresden on Monday is the latest major robbery of artworks and precious objects from museums.

'Priceless' jewels snatched from German state museum

Berlin - Robbers made off with priceless 18th century jewellery from a state museum in Dresden on Monday, police and museum directors said, in a major art heist that has shocked Germany.

Tesla cybertruck orders near 150,000 just days after chaotic launch

Los Angeles - Tesla's new electric pickup truck has secured almost 150,000 orders, the company's chief executive Elon Musk boasted on Twitter, just two days after its big reveal went embarrassingly wrong.

Coldplay no-tour plan highlights growing climate awareness

London - British band Coldplay on Friday won plaudits for shelving a new album tour over environmental concerns, in the latest sign of climate change activism in the music industry.

Tesla suffers broken glass mishap during chaotic launch

Los Angeles - The big reveal of Tesla's electric pick-up went embarrassingly wrong when the supposedly impact-proof windows smashed, leaving a flustered Elon Musk to flounder through the rest of his presentation in front of a badly damaged vehicle.

China's hottest investment: overpriced sneakers

Shanghai - Forget stocks, real estate, even cryptocurrencies -- China's hottest investment nowadays may be the Nike, Adidas, and Puma basketball shoes that "sneakerheads" like Hu Huaiyuan fight to get their hands on.

Mothers-to-be fear for their unborn in smog-choked Delhi

New Delhi - Heavily pregnant Rachel Gokavi spends most days shut away in her New Delhi home, desperate to shield her unborn child from the toxic air blamed for soaring miscarriage rates and infant deaths.

Pokemon Go maker Niantic making a game of the world

San Francisco - Pokemon Go maker Niantic on Wednesday moved closer to turning the world into a giant game board in a fun mix of fantasy and reality.

New Facebook logo arrives as its 'family' grows

San Francisco - Facebook on Monday unveiled a new logo to represent the Silicon Valley company, distinct from its core social network.

Apple TV+ seeks stardom on streaming service stage

San Francisco - Apple moves into new territory Friday with a streaming television service that features a budding library of original shows starring big-name celebrities, aimed at winning over its gadget lovers at home and on the go.

New York bans foie gras on animal cruelty grounds

New York - New York can stake a claim to being the culinary capital of the world, but one famous dish is about to be taken off the menu: foie gras.The city council voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to ban the sale of the French delicacy from 2022.

Google parent Alphabet quarterly profit misses mark

San Francisco - Google parent Alphabet on Monday reported a sharp drop in profit over the past quarter as it ramped up spending for a wide array of new gadgets and services.Profit dipped 23 percent from a year ago to $7.1 billion as revenue grew 20 percent to $40.

Google parent Alphabet profits slip amid bigger investments

San Francisco - Google parent Alphabet on Monday reported a sharp drop in profits over the past quarter as it ramped up spending for the launch of a wide array of new gadgets and services.Profit dipped 23 percent from a year ago to $7.

Google parent Alphabet quarterly profit misses mark

San Francisco - Google parent Alphabet on Monday reported a sharp drop in profits over the past quarter as it ramped up spending for a wide array of new gadgets and services.Profit dipped 23 percent from a year ago to $7.1 billion as revenue that 20 percent to $40.

Streaming TV gears up for ad targeting

Washington - In the new world of streaming television, advertising is not going away, but is evolving to become more like marketing on the internet -- targeted to specific groups or individuals.

Speedy delivery hits Amazon's bottom line; shares slump

San Francisco - Amazon on Thursday reported quarterly profits shy of Wall Street forecasts as it poured money into speeding up delivery time to just a day.Net income slid 27 percent from last year to $2.

Amazon shares hit by earnings disappointment

San Francisco - Amazon on Thursday reported that quarterly profits shy of Wall Street forecasts, sending shares of the tech giant tumbling in after-market trades.Net income slid 27 percent from last year to $2.

The pirarucu: the giant prized fish of the Amazon

Rio De Janeiro - Its white flesh is tender and tasty, it can measure up to three meters long and weigh more than 200 kilograms: meet the pirarucu, one of the world's largest freshwater fish, and native to the Amazon.

Netflix revs up growth as streaming TV war looms

San Francisco - Netflix shares rallied Wednesday after its latest quarterly update showed robust subscriber growth and better-than-expected profits ahead of a major escalation in the streaming television war.

Google in smartphone push with motion-sensing Pixel 4

New York - Google stepped up its smartphone ambitions Tuesday with updated Pixel handsets, touting a move toward computing with a simple hand wave or spoken command.

Tourists rail against Hanoi 'train street' ban

Hanoi - Selfie-snapping tourists railed against the closure of Hanoi's 'train street' on Thursday after police blocked off the Instragram-famous tracks for safety reasons.

Drowning rocks Mexico's idyllic floating gardens

Mexico - Noe Carmona is poling his small boat around Mexico City's floating garden district, Xochimilco, trying to sell roasted corn to tourists in the colorful gondolas that lazily ply the canals.
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