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WhatsApp limits message forwarding to fight 'fake news'

San Francisco - Facebook-owned mobile messaging platform WhatsApp announced Monday it was restricting how many times any given message can be forwarded in an effort to boost privacy and security.

Michelin boosts female chefs in 2019 guide

Paris - An unprecedented number of restaurants run by female chefs won plaudits in the new French edition of the Michelin food guide released Monday, as the guardians of haute cuisine sought to address a glaring gender imbalance.

Fashion rolls up for Dior's chic strongwoman circus

Paris - Italian designer Maria Grazia Chiuri took Christian Dior to the circus Monday with arguably her most sublime collection for the Paris haute couture label.

Off the beaten path, Haiti's jazz festival comes of age

Port-au-prince - At a time when most of the world's jazz capitals are buried under snow or suffering through sub-zero temperatures, Haiti is offering fans a week of outdoor concerts showcasing the best talents in the business in a balmy Caribbean clime.

Police bust Australia-China baby formula crime ring

Sydney - Six people have been charged after Australian authorities uncovered a multi-million-dollar crime syndicate stealing baby formula and vitamins from major retailers across Sydney for shipment to China, police said Monday.

Abracadabra! German executives turn to magic to up their game

Pullach Im Isartal - Harold Voit takes out his wallet, extracts a wad of 50-euro bills and gazes at it calmly as the cash goes up in flames.Slamming the billfold shut, Voit puts out the fire and opens it again to reveal the money intact and ready for spending.

Taiwan's traditional medicine stores struggle on life support

Taipei - Traditional medicine store owner Gu Cheng-pu knows her dispensary can only stay open as long as her ailing father-in-law lives, their careers hostage to a quirk in Taiwanese law that is killing off the industry.

Chips are down for online gamblers as US moves toward new ban

Washington - US authorities have begun an effort to ban all forms of internet gambling, reversing course from a 2011 decision and imperiling a burgeoning online wagering sector in several American states.

Bauhaus design turns 100 as disputes over its legacy churn

Weimar - Bauhaus, the design school that left its mark on everything from teapots to tower blocks and iPhones to Ikea, marks its centenary this year, touching off a politically charged debate about its lasting impact.

From sizzle to fizzle: Hong Kong's red-hot property market cools

Fpo - For young Hong Kongers like Wilson Leung getting a foothold on the city's property ladder has long been a near impossible task but with the notoriously overpriced housing market facing a downturn, they now have a chance of realising their dream.

US startup eyes next generation of burgers with relish

Las Vegas - Can a "high-tech" burger help save the planet?In one sense, it's just a patty made from plant protein.

Queen of Nice's famed Negresco hotel dies at 95

Nice - The flamboyant owner of the seafront Negresco hotel in the French city of Nice has died at the age of 95, her guardian told AFP on Tuesday, plunging the future of the pink-domed Riviera landmark into uncertainty.

Paris nudist restaurant undone by scanty custom

Paris - The first nudist restaurant in the French capital is being forced to close because it cannot put enough bums on seats.

Instagram blames 'bug' for design change that prompted backlash

Washington - Instagram said Thursday it accidentally rolled out a design change to a large number of users and quickly ended the test after complaints from users of the Facebook-owned social network.

U.S. population are sleeping less each year: Study

People living in the U.S. are sleeping less now than they did thirteen years ago, according to a new study. The reasons for this are listed as technology use (too much blue screen) and stress.

Torun gingerbread: the ancient luxury with a secret recipe

Torun - Two master bakers dressed in white use a long knife to carve a heavy, thick slab of molasses-coloured gingerbread dough out of a huge metal vat, where, like wine, it has been maturing for a few months, deep in the cellar of one of the world's oldest ba...

Elon Musk bores tunnel to revolutionize city driving

Hawthorne - Elon Musk on Tuesday took a break from futuristic electric cars and private space travel to unveil a low-cost tunnel he sees as a godsend for city traffic.The billionaire behind Tesla and SpaceX late Tuesday put the spotlight on the a 1.14 mile (1.

Elon Musk bores tunnel to revolutionize city driving

Hawthorne - Elon Musk on Tuesday took a break from futuristic electric cars and private space travel to unveil a low-cost tunnel he sees as a godsend for city traffic.The billionaire behind Tesla and SpaceX late Tuesday put the spotlight on the a 1.14 mile (1.

Miss Philippines wins 2018 Miss Universe crown

Bangkok - Miss Philippines was crowned Miss Universe on Monday in Bangkok after a trailblazing ceremony praised for featuring its first transgender candidate but marred by gaffes about the English-speaking ability of two Asian contestants.

Google moves to curb gender bias in translation

Washington - Google said Thursday it was tweaking its translation application with the goal of reducing gender bias.The move comes amid criticism that Google Translate often defaulted to masculine names when it converted text to another language.

Chanel sheds crocodile and snake skin

Paris - Chanel has become the first luxury fashion house to turn its back on exotic animal pelts such as lizard, crocodile and snake skin, in a move hailed by animal rights groups Tuesday.

Attack of the small screens: Africa eyes mobile gaming boom

Cape Town - An army of humans laid waste to an alien colony as South African video game maker Simon Spreckley enthusiastically controlled the action using his phone's touch screen."The penetration of mobile devices in Africa is huge.

US life expectancy drops again as overdoses climb

Tampa - Life expectancy in the United States dropped yet again as drug overdose deaths continued to climb -- taking more than 70,000 lives in 2017 -- and suicides rose, a US government report said Thursday.The drug overdose rate rose 9.

Facebook expands 'local news' to 400 US cities

San Francisco - Facebook announced Wednesday it was expanding its offerings of local news alerts to 400 US cities, and is now testing the feature in Australia.

Early US data show big jump in online holiday shopping

New York - Early sales data released Monday and over the weekend suggested a strong start to the US holiday shopping season but analysts said it was too soon to declare victory overall.

Romania consecrates giant Orthodox cathedral

Bucharest - Tens of thousands of worshippers attended the consecration Sunday of a massive new Orthodox cathedral in Bucharest, amid criticism that public funding for the project could be better used to pay for hospitals and schools in one of the EU's poorest memb...

Bollywood's T-Series to take YouTube top-spot from PewDiePie

Mumbai - A Bollywood music giant is on course to overtake controversial Swedish vlogger PewDiePie at the top of the YouTube channel subscribers chart in the coming days in a new landmark for India's digital rise.

World wine output rises 13 percent after disastrous year

Paris - Global wine production rose 13 percent this year, after a catastrophic 2017 which was marked by heatwaves, frosts and hailstorms, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) said Monday.

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.
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