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Bird flu pours new misery on Dutch poultry farmers

HAGUE: Dutch poultry farmers, already left reeling by a contaminated egg scandal, were in a new flap Friday over an outbreak of bird flu with thousands of hens to be destroyed. “An outbreak of a variant of H5 bird flu has been detected in a poultry farm in Zeeland province,” Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp said. All 42,000 egg-laying hens …

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Pet dogs help kids feel less stressed: study

ISLAMABAD: Pet dogs can lower stress levels in kids and provide valuable social support, a new study has found for the first time. “Many people think pet dogs are great for kids but scientists are not sure if that is true or how it happens,” said Darlene Kertes, from the University of Florida in the US. Kertes reasoned that one …

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European equities mixed, Wall Street firmer

LONDON (AFP) – Europe s major stock markets were mixed at the end of the trading session on Friday, while prices on Wall Street were firmer on better-than-expected retail sales data, dealers said. After slipping briefly into the red earlier, Europe s main stock indices seemed fo find a floor as they headed into the weekend, buoyed by higher stock …

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Octopus skin inspires versatile new camouflage material

MIAMI (AFP) – The octopus is a master of disguise because it can stretch, bend and make its skin take on new shapes. Inspired by these intelligent cephalopods, researchers said Thursday they have invented a new kind of material that can act similarly. US engineers described their product — a silicon-based skin that has a stretchable surface capable of programmed, …

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Samsung Electronics CEO resigns, even as record profits expected

SEOUL (AFP) – The CEO of Samsung Electronics Kwon Oh-Hyun resigned Friday, saying the South Korean tech giant was facing an “unprecedented crisis”, even as it expected profits to hit an all-time high in the third quarter. Kwon’s resignation comes as the company struggles to overcome a bribery scandal that sent Lee Jae-Yong, its de-facto head and heir to the …

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Tesla to recall 11,000 Model X SUVs due to seat issue

(Reuters) – Electric carmaker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) is recalling 11,000 Model X sport utility vehicles worldwide due to a faulty locking mechanism in their rear seats that raises the risk of the seats falling forward in a crash. Tesla said on Thursday a small number of cables in the second row fold-flat seats in some Model X vehicles, manufactured between …

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Facebook beefs up food delivery options from its app

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Facebook on Friday announced a new feature to make it easier for users to order meals from nearby restaurants and service providers without leaving the social network. A new “order food” feature rolled out for US users lets Facebook users order delivery or takeout from restaurant chains such as Papa John s and Panera, and on-demand services …

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Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez to host telethon for hurricane victims

Celebrities including Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez and Stevie Wonder are set to appear Saturday night at a telethon for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Appearing from both Miami and Los Angeles, performers will raise funds to provide food, shelter, medicine, electricity and communications to areas affected by the storms, organizers said Wednesday. Artists including Marc Anthony, Gente …

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Steven Seagal meets ‘The Punisher’ Duterte, talks drug war

Seagal, 65, was in the Philippines to look for a location for his upcoming movie which will be “about illegal drugs and other crimes”, a presidential palace statement said. The statement said that Duterte told Seagal that “movies are a reflection of life” and “reiterated his strong stance against illegal drugs because it enslaves people to a form of synthetic …

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Italy’s Gucci bans fur, joining others in seeking alternatives

Gucci, part of Paris-based luxury group Kering, has paraded models down the catwalk in luxurious fur coats in the past and creative director Alessandro Michele brought in loafers and sling-backs lined with kangaroo-fur two years ago. But the brand said it would now join an alliance of fur-free companies, adding it would sell off remaining accessories and clothing made with …

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