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Volkswagen reports record global car sales in 2017

DETROIT (AFP) – Volkswagen said Sunday that its namesake brand sold more vehicles worldwide in 2017 than ever before, a sign it is recovering from a bruising emissions-cheating scandal three years ago. “We finished 2017 with the best performance ever for Volkswagen,” Herbert Diess, chairman of the board of management of the Volkswagen passenger cars brand, said Sunday night at …

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World’s fifth largest diamond discovered in Lesotho

MASERU: A diamond thought to be the fifth largest of gem quality ever found has been discovered in Lesotho, miner Gem Diamonds said Monday, and could be worth as much as $40 million. The company unearthed the D-colour stone at the Letseng mine in the landlocked southern African country and described the 910-carat find as of “exceptional quality”. “Since Gem …

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Tech gathering showcases gadgets we don’t need – until we do

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Today’s vision of a smart home has more to do with what’s technologically possible than what people really need. Thus the endless parade of internet-connected wine openers, water bottles, meat thermometers and refrigerators, and a dearth of automation that would clean and fold our laundry, pick up things around the house or assist aging people as …

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Cryptocurrency rivals snap at Bitcoin’s heels

PARIS (AFP) – Bitcoin may be the most famous cryptocurrency but, despite a dizzying rise, it’s not the most lucrative one and far from alone in a universe that counts 1,400 rivals, and counting. Dozens of crypto units see the light of day every week, as baffled financial experts look on, and while none can match Bitcoin’s $200-billion euro ($242 …

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Ford plans $11 billion investment, 40 electrified vehicles by 2022

DETROIT (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co (F.N) will significantly increase its planned investments in electric vehicles to $11 billion by 2022 and have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its model lineup, Chairman Bill Ford said on Sunday at the Detroit auto show. The investment figure is sharply higher than a previously announced target of $4.5 billion by 2020, …

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Yoga face-toning might compete with fillers and facelifts

To his toolbox of Botox, fillers and plastic surgery, cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Murad Alam has added a new, low-cost, noninvasive anti-aging treatment: facial yoga. Dermatologists measured improvements in the appearance of the faces of a small group of middle-age women after they did half an hour of daily face-toning exercises for eight weeks, followed by alternate-day exercises for another 12 …

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Male models say top fashion photographers harassed them: New York Times

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Male models and assistants who worked with high-powered fashion photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino say they were subjected by them to molestation, sexual advances and unnecessary nudity, The New York Times reported on Saturday. In patterns that went on for years, the young men, including some who were given anonymity, said the photographers put them …

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Saudi Arabia begins screening films after decades-long ban lifted

(Reuters) – Saudi Arabia began screening feature-length animated children’s films this weekend in a makeshift theatre, after a 35-year-old ban on cinemas was lifted in the conservative Islamic kingdom. The first permanent theaters could open as early as March, part of a liberalising reform drive that has already opened the door to concerts, comedy shows and women drivers over the …

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Nadia Jamil, Frieha Altaf speak up about painful childhood abuse memories

Female celebrities in Pakistan have started to speak up. In short yet eloquently worded messages, Pakistani media personalities are opening up regarding the issue of childhood abuse on social media platforms. In a post on Twitter, renowned Pakistani actress and activist Nadia Jamil revealed she was only four year old when she first endured sexual abuse. The actress shared her …

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