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New tech regulation 'inevitable,' Apple CEO says

Washington - Apple CEO Tim Cook predicts that new regulations of tech companies and social networks to protect personal data are "inevitable.

From Afghanistan to the Outback: refugees ditch Australia's overcrowded cities

Griffith - A Hazara refugee who now calls the Australian outback home, Ali named his new venture the "Afghan Friendship Restaurant", a tribute to the warm welcome he says he received after moving to the town of Griffith five years ago.

Airbnb says quarterly revenue topped $1 bn

San Francisco - Airbnb said Friday it took in more than a billion dollars in revenue in the past three months, calling it the best quarter ever for the home-sharing giant as it readies a stock market offering.

Facebook shuts more accounts aimed at political meddling

San Francisco - Facebook on Tuesday said it shut down more accounts aimed at influencing the US midterm election and that it is exploring a possible link to Russia.

Cheers, fears as Amazon unveils HQ plan

Arlington - It's exciting for some, worrisome for others: The arrival of a massive headquarters of technology giant Amazon in two East Coast communities is certain to bring huge changes.

French fashion giant Jean Paul Gaultier goes fur-free

Paris - Animal rights groups hailed on Monday Jean Paul Gaultier's announcement that he is joining the growing ranks of fashion designers to ban fur from their collections.

Orchestra brings message of peace to divided America

Washington - Israeli, Palestinian and other Middle Eastern musicians brought a message of peace this week to an America torn by caustic political discourse.

Dating apps use artificial intelligence to help search for love

Lisbon - Forget swiping through endless profiles. Dating apps are using artificial intelligence to suggest where to go on a first date, recommend what to say and even find a partner who looks like your favourite celebrity.

Village in the city tries to save Zimbabwe traditions

Harare - Children entering a hut in a suburb of Zimbabwe's capital gaze in wonder at objects foreign to them -- ancient farm tools, pottery, even the grass roof and reed mats on which they are asked to sit.

Apple Watch supplier under fire over China student labour

Bejing - Apple is investigating a factory in southwest China after a labour rights group said the tech giant's supplier forced student workers to work "like robots" to assemble its popular Apple Watch.

Twitter surges on profit, revenue growth

Washington - Twitter reported Thursday stronger-than-expected profits and revenues in the third quarter, igniting a strong rally in shares of the key social network.

One winning ticket in huge $1.5 bn US lotto jackpot

Washington - A single winning ticket has been identified in a massive $1.5 billion Mega Millions US lottery jackpot, the second largest on record, organizers said Wednesday.

Lifespan 2040: US down, China up, Spain on top

Paris - Life expectancy in 2040 is set to rise at least a little in all nations but the rankings will change dramatically, with Spain taking the top spot while China and the United States trade places, researchers said Wednesday.

After long hiatus, Rio's ballet dancers return to the stage

Rio De Janeiro - Ballet is a world conjuring images of luxury and entertainment, a preserve for the cultured, the elite. That may be true in many cases.

Blue wine? A tea-infused vintage? Spain startup shakes things up

Portugalete - Five years ago, a group of university students in Spain's Basque Country decided they wanted to shake up a sector -- any sector -- but preferably one to do with food or drink.

Jetliner lands in US after world's longest flight

New York - An Airbus jetliner arrived in Newark on Friday after a nearly 18-hour trip from Singapore, completing the world's longest commercial flight.It marked the revival of a route that had been eliminated in 2013.

Jetliner lands in US after world's longest flight

New York - An Airbus jetliner arrived in Newark on Friday after a nearly 18-hour trip from Singapore, completing the world's longest commercial flight.It marked the revival of a route that had been eliminated in 2013.

Now boarding: Passengers ready for world's longest flight

Fpo - Passengers were getting ready to board the world's longest flight on Thursday -- a marathon 19 hours in the air between Singapore and New York.

Now boarding: Passengers ready for world's longest flight

Fpo - Passengers were getting ready to board the world's longest flight on Thursday -- a marathon 19 hours in the air between Singapore and New York.

Living by the bow and arrow in Bhutan

Thimphu - Every weekend Bhutanese Pema Dorji channels his inner Robin Hood and aims for the bull's-eye, but not without generous sips of the local brew and a leg-kicking dance and song routine.

Topless, singing Serena sparks internet breast cancer stir

Sydney - Tennis superstar Serena Williams caused an internet sensation Sunday by posing topless for a video while singing "I Touch Myself" to raise awareness for breast cancer.

The Spanish town that wants to shed 100,000 kilos

Nar - In a remote corner of northwestern Spain, a small town has set itself the ultimate weight loss challenge: by early 2020, its residents must shed 100,000 kilos (220,500 pounds).

South African villagers tap into trend for 'superfood' baobab

Mutale - From before dawn, 54-year-old grandmother Annah Muvhali weaves between baobab trees that loom over her rural South African home, collecting fruit that enthusiasts worldwide hail as a "superfood".

Facebook dating service rolling out in Colombia

Apo - Facebook said Friday a dating service it teased early this year is being rolled out in Colombia.

Tesla confirms criminal probe into Musk talk of going private

San Francisco - Tesla confirmed Tuesday that US Justice Department officials were looking into possible criminal aspects of a seemingly spontaneous, and later aborted, announcement by chief executive Elon Musk on taking the electric automaker private.Shares skidded 3....

Solo Aussie outback cop mans beat the size of Britain

Birdsville - Being the only policeman in an area the size of Britain might be daunting for some, but not for Senior Constable Stephan Pursell.

In Canada, 28-year-old immigrant wins lottery — twice

Montr - A young west African immigrant who moved to Canada two years ago has hit the lottery jackpot -- twice.Melhig Melhig, 28, won two scratch-off games in the space of five months. Total winnings? CAN $3.5 million (US $2.7 million).

Apple unveils new smartwatch, nears 2 bn devices

Cupertino - Apple unveiled a redesigned smartwatch on Wednesday as the California tech giant said it was nearing its two billionth device for its mobile operating system.

Apple unveils premium iPhone XS, health features for watch

Cupertino - Apple unveiled three new iPhones on Wednesday in a bid to bolster its spot in the premium smartphone market, along with an upgraded smartwatch that takes electrocardiograms and detects falls.The California tech giant said it would begin selling its 5.

Apple to broaden iPhone lineup with more screen

San Francisco - Apple on Wednesday was expected to unveil new iPhones, playing up eye-grabbing edge-to-edge screens in a bid to strengthen its position in a largely saturated global smartphone market.
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