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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.

Escada celebrates 40 years in New York

New York - Escada celebrated its 40th anniversary Sunday by making a New York Fashion Week debut with soft power dressing for the working woman -- an upbeat and colorful collection that paid tribute to the 1980s.

'Overwatch' eSports expands to new cities, including Paris

San Francisco - Activision Blizzard on Friday added six new teams to is "Overwatch" League, including one in Paris, as the city-based approach to eSports headed into its second season.

Tesla tumbles on new executive departures, Musk interview

New York - Shares of Tesla Motors tumbled Friday as investors were rattled by the departures of two executives and a late-night interview in which chief executive Elon Musk was seen smoking marijuana.Tesla shares sank 6.3 to close at $263.

Tesla's top accountant exits after a month on the job

New York - Tesla's top accountant announced Friday he was stepping down after a month on the job, citing the electric car company's frenetic pace.

Twitter not based on 'political ideology,' CEO tells lawmakers

Washington - Twitter does not operate on the basis of "political ideology," chief executive Jack Dorsey said Wednesday, rejecting claims of bias against conservatives.

Amazon hits trillion-dollar milestone with focus on the long game

San Francisco - Amazon's market value hit $1 trillion on Tuesday, the second company after Apple to hit the milestone, following an incredible journey for the internet giant which has kept a long-term focus since launching as an online bookseller two decades ago.

Boat cuisine: Superchef Ducasse takes to the water

Paris - Still smarting from being kicked out of his Michelin-starred restaurant halfway up the Eiffel Tower, France's most famous chef Alain Ducasse is pressing on instead with a new restaurant almost directly underneath it -- and, he boasts, it floats.

Apple expected to unveil new iPhones at September 12 event

San Francisco - Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to a September 12 event at which it is expected to unveil new additions to its money-making iPhone line-up.

French winemakers cheer vintage year

Paris - 2018 is shaping up to be a vintage year for French wine -- the best for almost a decade.The near perfect combination of a wet spring followed by a long hot summer has left winemakers rubbing their hands with glee.

Facebook flags users who try to 'game' fact-checking effort

San Francisco - Facebook acknowledged Tuesday it has developed tools to identify users "indiscriminately" flagging fake news as it refines its effort to combat misinformation.

Tinder founders sue parent co. alleging cheating on stock options

San Francisco - Tinder founders and early employees filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing parent firm InterActiveCorp of cheating them out of billions of dollars by manipulating the value of stock options for the popular dating app.

Last-minute Eurovision deal secures Israel as 2019 host

Jerusalem - Israel's public broadcaster said Tuesday it had resolved a funding dispute that threatened the country's chance to host next year's Eurovision Song Contest, hours ahead of a European deadline.

Vienna topples Melbourne in 'most liveable city' ranking

London - Austria's capital Vienna has beaten Melbourne to be ranked the "world's most liveable city" in a new annual survey released Monday, ending the southern Australian city's seven-year reign.

Elon Musk says in talks with Saudis on taking Tesla private

Washington - Tesla chief executive Elon Musk disclosed Monday that he was in talks with Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund and other investors to take the electric automaker private.

Bulgaria's famed all-female folk choir back with a modern twist

Varna - Thirty years ago an all-female folk choir set up in Bulgaria became the darling of Western audiences with its tradition-steeped a cappella singing, before the fall of communism threatened its survival.

Skin bleaching in Africa: An 'addiction' with risks

Lagos - Skin bleaching in Africa is gaining popularity despite many health risks. In spite of the danger, people use toxic creams and injections and pills to become more fair, in the belief that lighter skin is a gateway to beauty and success.

Skin bleaching in Africa: An 'addiction' with risks

Lagos - Dr. Isima Sobande was in medical school when she first heard of mothers who bleached the skin of their babies.She dismissed it as an urban myth. But it wasn't long before she saw it with her own eyes.

Amsterdam moots new measures to tame red light crowds

Den Haag - Amsterdam is taking new measures to ease tourist pressure on its popular red-light district including compulsory clean-up breaks in streets and monitoring of crowds, the council said Tuesday.

The odd-job volunteers 'fixing' Hong Kong politics

Fpo - As attendance at Hong Kong's traditional protest rallies wanes, one pro-democracy group is trying to win hearts and minds in a more pragmatic way -- through plumbing, electrics and household repairs.

Turkey to steer clear of 'unsuitable for kids' Eurovision

Ankara - Turkey is to maintain its boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest so long as its content is unsuitable for children, the head of Turkish state broadcasting said Saturday, citing the victory of an Austrian drag queen in 2014.

Thousands join Gay Pride parade in conservative Jerusalem

Jerusalem - Thousands of people took part in Jerusalem's annual Gay Pride parade under heavy police guard on Thursday, mindful of a fatal 2015 attack on marchers in the largely conservative city.

Music streaming giant Deezer raises 160 million euros

Paris - Global music streaming platform Deezer said Thursday it had raised 160 million euros ($186 million) in fresh funds from investors, including the Saudi sovereign fund Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), and French telecoms giant Orange.

Vietnam property tycoon bets big on new airline

Hanoi - Pressed by poverty into work when he was 14, Trinh Van Quyet now presides over a Vietnamese property empire and is betting billions on a new airline in Southeast Asia's crowded aviation sector.

French train chaos for vacationers as key station crippled

Paris - Thousands of people hoping to hit beaches along France's Atlantic coast faced massive train cancellations and delays Monday as workers struggled to restore electricity to a key Paris station after a fire last week.
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