Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Entertainment

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Mali singer Salif Keita highlights plight of African albinos

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Lights, camera, factions: Stars at Chinese-language ‘Oscars’ split over Taiwan

TAIPEI/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The Chinese-speaking world’s version of the Oscars, the Golden Horse Awards, has created a sharp political divide between film stars and directors as the annual event becomes a lightning rod for questions about Taiwanese independence. At Saturday’s ceremony, held in Taipei, documentary film maker Fu Yue called for Taiwan to be recognized…

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‘Star Wars’ producer Kennedy wants new movie voices ‘to bring world to its senses’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Star Wars” producer Kathleen Kennedy on Sunday accepted a lifetime achievement award from the organizers of the Oscars and said she hoped it would open the door for new voices in the movie industry who “might bring the world back to its senses.” Honored with her producer husband Frank Marshall, Kennedy…

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Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ charms with $62 million debut

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” enchanted moviegoers with a debut of $62 million. While that’s slightly lower than the start of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the first installment in the “Harry Potter” spinoff series, it was easily enough to dominate the weekend box office. Warner Bros., the…

Health

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China says to take tough steps to fight African swine fever

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will take tough steps to wipe out African swine fever and will crack down on any behavior that delays or covers up cases of the disease from being reported, a senior official at the agricultural ministry said. That came after the first case of the fever in Sichuan province, the country’s…

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China reports new outbreaks of African swine fever in Jiangxi, Yunnan, Sichuan and Shanghai

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Four new outbreaks of African swine fever have been reported in China’s provinces of Jiangxi, Yunnan and Sichuan as well as the municipality of Shanghai, the agriculture ministry said on Saturday. Ten pigs had died from the disease and 10 others had fallen ill on a farm with 150 hogs in the…

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Alphabet unit halts glucose-detecting contact lens project

(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s life sciences division Verily said on Friday that it was putting on hold one of its oldest and highest-profile projects, a smart contact lens designed to help monitor sugar levels. The project, started in 2014, aimed to help diabetics better manage their blood sugar levels by embedding sensors on a contact…

New Technology

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China’s JD.com misses revenue estimates

(Reuters) – China’s JD.com Inc reported third-quarter revenue on Monday that fell short of analysts’ estimates on sluggish sales in its core e-commerce business. Revenue was 104.8 billion yuan ($15.09 billion) for the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with an average estimate of 106.2 billion yuan from 22 analysts, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.…

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China’s Xiaomi swings to net profit in third-quarter on robust sales in India, Europe

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said on Monday it swung to a net profit in the third quarter, beating analyst estimates, driven by robust sales in India and Europe. Profit for the three months through September reached 2.48 billion yuan ($357.23 million), versus an 11 billion yuan loss in the same…

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Uber resumes services in Abu Dhabi – statement

DUBAI (Reuters) – Uber Technologies [UBER.UL] has resumed services in Abu Dhabi, the U.S. ride-hailing company said in a statement on Monday, after a more than two-year suspension. Abu Dhabi suspended services of both Uber and Middle East rival Careem in August 2016 after some drivers were detained over regulation violations. Reporting by Alexander Cornwell;…

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Telecom Italia gets new CEO but power struggle rages on

MILAN (Reuters) – Luigi Gubitosi’s appointment as Telecom Italia’s new chief executive lifted shares more than 4 percent on Monday as investors bet the veteran Italian manager could push through an aggressive shake-up of Italy’s biggest phone group. However, the change has not ended the battle raging at Telecom Italia between activist investor Elliott and…

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Kenyan logistics start-up Sendy plans second fundraising

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan tech start-up Sendy, which operates an app linking delivery drivers with customers, is embarking on a second round of fundraising to expand in East Africa, its chief operating officer said on Monday. Sendy, used by around 4,000 businesses and 50,000 individuals, was founded four years ago and has so far raised…

Science

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Stephen Hawking’s thesis and wheelchair sell for $1 million

LONDON (Reuters) – A motorized wheelchair used by the late British physicist Stephen Hawking sold at auction on Thursday for almost 300,000 pounds ($391,740.00) while a dissertation raised nearly twice that at a sale to raise money for charity. Famed for his work exploring the origins of the universe, Hawking died in March at the…

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Scientists angry at UK visa denials for African, Asian researchers

LONDON, (Reuters) – Scientists in Britain expressed concern on Thursday after at least 17 delegates from Africa and Asia wanting to attend a health conference in London were denied visas. Peter Piot, a Belgian-born microbiologist who was part of a team that discovered the Ebola virus in the 1970s and is now director of the…