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Ebola-like Marburg virus kills two in Uganda: official


October 19, 2017

KAMPALA: Two people have died from the Marburg virus in eastern Uganda, in the country´s first outbreak of the deadly Ebola-like pathogen in three years, the health ministry said Thursday. “Blood samples were taken from two people who have since died and were found positive for Marburg”, Uganda´s health ministry permanent secretary, Dr Diana Atwine told AFP. She said a …

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US approves second gene therapy against cancer


October 19, 2017

WASHINGTON: US regulators have approved a second form of gene therapy to fight cancer. The treatment, called Yescarta, is the first immunotherapy on the US market for certain kinds of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), a cancer that attacks the lymph nodes. Known as a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy, Yescarta modifies a patient´s white blood cells so they can …

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Self-taught, ‘superhuman’ AI now even smarter: makers


October 19, 2017

PARIS (AFP) – The computer that stunned humanity by beating the best mortal players at a strategy board game requiring “intuition” has become even smarter, its makers said Wednesday. Even more startling, the updated version of AlphaGo is entirely self-taught — a major step towards the rise of machines that achieve superhuman abilities “with no human input”, they reported in …

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Twitter steps up fight against sexual harassment


October 19, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Twitter has announced tough new rules on tweets containing “non-consensual nudity” and sexual harassment, which could be seen as fallout from the Harvey Weinstein abuse scandal. The rules will come into force in the coming weeks, Twitter said in a statement late Tuesday, after company co-founder Jack Dorsey on Friday posted a series of tweets promising …

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Lyft ready to challenge Uber with new investment


October 19, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – US ridesharing giant Lyft announced Thursday it has received a $1 billion investment led by the venture arm of Google parent Alphabet, to help ramp up its challenge to market leader Uber. Lyft said the new funding gives it a valuation of $11 billion as it steps up competition against Uber, reeling from a series of …

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Huge cave found on moon, could house astronauts: Japan scientists


October 19, 2017

TOKYO (AFP) – Scientists at Japan’s space agency have discovered a huge moon cave that could one day house a base that would shelter astronauts from dangerous radiation and wild temperature swings, officials said Thursday. Data taken from Japan’s SELENE lunar orbiter has confirmed the existence of the 50 kilometre (31 miles) long and 100 metre wide cavern that is …

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Apple shares drop on iPhone 8 demand worries


October 19, 2017

Apple Inc’s shares fell 1.5 percent in premarket trading on Thursday on growing concerns about muted demand for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The company has cut orders for both models by about 50 percent for November and December, Taiwan-based Economic Daily News reported, citing a supply chain official. Apple could not be immediately reached for comment.

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French TV pulls talent show after abuse claims against judge


October 19, 2017

PARIS: A French television channel pulled a hit talent show Thursday on which Canadian producer Gilbert Rozon is a judge after he was accused of sexual assault and harassment. Rozon stepped down as boss of the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal Wednesday after a comedian publicly accused him of being an “aggressor” following allegations from a number of …

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weeps as he pays tribute to Tragically Hip singer


October 19, 2017

TORONTO: The death of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, a music superstar beloved for songs about culture, small towns and hockey, triggered an outpouring of tributes and grief across Canada on Wednesday. Downie, 53, who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2015, died on Tuesday night surrounded by his family, according to a family statement. Weeping openly, Canadian Prime …

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‘Dream Girl’ Hema Malini passes on her title to Deepika


October 19, 2017

Bollywood’s Dream Girl Hema Malini passed on her title to Deepika Padukone and called her the “Dream Girl of today’s age” at the launch of her biography. The biography of Hema Malini was launched at a hotel in Mumbai on her 69th birthday. The book was launched by Deepika Padukone. Sholay star remarked that she was very happy to have …

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