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Does Bitcoin still matter?

bbc - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 08:08
Virtual currency Bitcoin has not replaced government-issued money but the underlying blockchain technology is becoming more mainstream.
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Changing the rules: Breaking transgender taboos at work

bbc - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 08:07
Why India is hiring transgender police
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Speaker Ryan 'not ready to back Trump'

bbc - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:47
US House Speaker Paul Ryan, the highest-ranked elected Republican, says he cannot currently support Donald Trump as presidential nominee.
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Elderly siblings quizzed after woman’s mummified corpse found in their shared Sapporo home

japantimes - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:44

The partially mummified corpse of a 64-year-old woman was found in a rental home in Sapporo, police said Thursday, adding they questioned her older sister and brother who shared the dwelling and got inconsistent responses. The dead woman, whose identity has not been released, was found lying on a futon Thursday at the home, the […]

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Syria ‘regime aircraft’ hit refugee camp, killing 28, as Aleppo truce starts

japantimes - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:12

Airstrikes killed at least 28 civilians Thursday in a camp for the displaced in northern Syria near the Turkish border as a 48-hour cease-fire took hold in Aleppo. The truce came after fierce violence in and around Aleppo and was made possible as President Bashar Assad’s regime and rebel forces gave in to mounting diplomatic […]

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‘Space Invaders,’ ‘Sonic the Hedgehog,’ ‘Legend of Zelda’ join video game hall of fame

japantimes - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 06:57

A video game that allowed players to zap marching aliens with dot lasers and another that gave them flamethrowers and put them in the driver’s seat in a violent 3-D world are among six games inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. “Space Invaders” and “Grand Theft Auto III,” along with “The Oregon […]

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Evidence mounts in Zika link to Guillain-Barre paralysis mainly affecting adults

japantimes - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 06:50

A study in Brazil found nearly 90 percent of people with a rare paralyzing condition said they had symptoms of Zika earlier — contributing to mounting evidence that Zika may be a cause. But there are caveats: It’s a small study, and investigators don’t yet have blood test results confirming the patients were infected with […]

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Abe vows to respond to excessive foreign exchange volatility

japantimes - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 06:45

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday he was ready to respond to excessive currency moves if needed, adding that he may raise the issue of foreign exchange volatility at a meeting of Group of Seven leaders in Japan later this month. With the yen having strengthened about 12 percent this year against the dollar, Abe […]

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Russian maestro plays in Palmyra ruins

bbc - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 06:45
Russian conductor Valery Gergiev performs in the ruins of Palmyra in Syria, weeks after the ancient site was recaptured from so-called Islamic State.
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Trump declares Hispanic love with tacos

bbc - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 06:41
Republican front-runner Donald Trump declares his love for tacos and Hispanics with a tweet on the Cinco De Mayo Mexican national holiday.
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Deadly air strike on Syria refugee camp

bbc - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 06:40
At least 28 people are reported to have been killed in an air strike on a Syrian refugee camp near the Turkish border, monitors say.
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Putin to invite Abe to September Vladivostok economic forum

japantimes - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 06:34

Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to invite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to participate in an economic forum to be held in Vladivostok in September, his aide said Thursday. Yuri Ushakov said Putin will issue the invitation at his meeting with Abe in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi on Friday, according to […]

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'Grim Sleeper' serial killer convicted

bbc - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 06:32
A former Los Angeles rubbish collector is found guilty of the "Grim Sleeper" serial murders that spanned more than 20 years and left 10 dead.
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Prince's death: What we know

cnn - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 06:31
Fans continue to mourn the loss of music legend Prince as state and federal officials piece together his final days.
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Stones to Trump: Get off my song!

cnn - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 06:31
Donald Trump can't always get what he wants.

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Japanese monkey named after Britain's Princess Charlotte turns 1

kyodonews - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 06:29
OITA, Japan - While people in Britain recently celebrated the first birthday of Princess Charlotte, a party was he...
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Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal (agg 3-1)

bbc - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 06:28
Jurgen Klopp remains on course for silverware in his first season after Liverpool beat Villarreal 3-1 on aggregate to reach the Europa League final.
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