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Facebook extends fact-checking programme to 10 new African states


October 9, 2019

PARIS: Facebook on Tuesday announced the expansion of its third-party fact-checking programme to 10 new African countries in partnership with Agence France-Presse and other media. The programme will be available in Ethiopia, Zambia, Somalia and Burkina Faso in partnership with AFP; in Uganda and Tanzania with Pesa Check and AFP; in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ivory Coast with …

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Albanian teens develop app for domestic violence victims


October 9, 2019

TIRANA: Three Albanian 16-year-old girls have developed an app to help victims of domestic violence access support, hoping to tackle a huge problem in Albania, where one in two women suffered abuse last year, according to a survey. They will launch their app, known as GjejZâ, (Find your Voice), on Friday, after winning an international technology competition for girls in …

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Sony to launch PlayStation 5 during 2020 holiday season


October 9, 2019

Sony said Tuesday its next-generation PlayStation 5 console, with new immersive features giving players the tactile experience of virtual worlds, would launch for the 2020 holiday season. The Japanese electronics firm, which had teased its new console earlier this year, said a major new feature of the updated console would be its immersive controller. “One of our goals with the …

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Recent winners of the Nobel Physics Prize


October 9, 2019

STOCKHOLM: Here is a list of the 10 most recent Nobel Physics Prize winners, following the announcement of this year´s award: 2019: James Peebles (Canada-US) for discoveries explaining the universe´s evolution after the Big Bang, and Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz (Switzerland) for the first discovery of an exoplanet. 2018: Arthur Ashkin (US), Gerard Mourou (France) and Donna Strickland (Canada) …

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Samsung Electronics profits tumble 56 percent in the third quarter


October 9, 2019

Samsung Electronics said on Tuesday it expected operating profits to drop more than 50 percent in the third quarter as it struggles with a long-running slump in the global chip market. Operating profit for July to September was forecast to reach 7.7 trillion won ($6.4 billion), down 56.2 percent from a year earlier, the world’s largest maker of smartphones and …

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Gigi Hadid steps out in style after split with Tyler Cameron


October 9, 2019

Supermodel Gigi Hadid stepped out in New York City looking as bright as the sun despite a gloomy patch in her, as her tumultuous romance with Tyler Cameron reportedly came to an end. The 24-year-old fashionista made heads turn at the Big Apple as she put the past behind her, donning a smile as bright as her chic orange cardigan. …

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Selena Gomez, Niall Horan spark romance buzz with latest picture


October 9, 2019

Former One Direction member Niall Horan and singing sensation Selena Gomez have left the rumour mills buzzing after the two were spotted on an intimate outing together. A picture doing the rounds on social media shows the 26-year-old Irish singer standing close to the ‘Year Without Rain’ hitmaker with his arm around her shoulder, sparking speculation of something brewing between …

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Here is what Jennifer Aniston ‘hates’ about dating


October 9, 2019

Actor Jennifer Aniston is ready to date again, but she “hates” being set up by friends and family. A year after splitting from ex-husband Justin Theroux, the 50-year-old opened up about her love life in an interview on the Howard Stern Show. When asked if she was dating anyone,  Aniston said she was “very, very busy” these days and just …

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‘Joker’ gets last laugh, record on N. American screens


October 9, 2019

LOS ANGELES: Warner Bros.´ “Joker” survived the intense controversy over its violent themes to take in $96.2 million in North American theaters at the weekend, setting a record for an October release, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” provides the backstory for the rise of Batman´s maniacal nemesis, painting a dark and disturbing portrayal of a …

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French director Besson speaks on allegations of indecent behaviour


October 9, 2019

PARIS: French film director Luc Besson on Monday denied raping or drugging a young actress — the first time the maker of “The Fifth Element” has spoken publicity about the sex allegations against him. A judge reopened a rape investigation into the movie mogul on Friday, eight months after Paris prosecutors had dropped a case brought by the Dutch-Belgian actress …

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