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New Zealand Set To Dump Eden Park For New Auckland Venue

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AUCKLAND – Auckland’s Eden Park may not host another test match with New Zealand Cricket (NZC) pondering the use of a redeveloped Western Springs Stadium as an alternative venue in the country’s most populous city. Hiring the multi-purpose Eden Park posed a serious financial challenge to NZC, which is not considering the stadium for any…

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Cuba Plane Crash Death Toll Rises To 111, Mexico Suspends Lease Company

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HAVANA/MEXICO CITY – The death toll in one of Cuba’s worst air disasters rose to 111 on Monday while Mexico suspended the operations of the Mexican company that had leased the 39-year old Boeing 737 to Cuba’s flagship airline. Grettel Landrove, a 23-year old Cuban student who loved to dance flamenco, died in a Havana…

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New Starbucks Policy: No Purchase Needed To Sit In Cafes

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NEW YORK- Starbucks announced a new policy Saturday that allows anyone to sit in its cafes or use its restrooms, even if they don’t buy anything. The new policy comes five weeks after two black men who hadn’t bought anything were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks. Company executives have said its previous policies were loose…

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No Gunshot Wounds Found On Dead Elephant

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KOTA KINABALU- The cause of death of an elephant found floating in the Kinabatangan River last weekened is not yet known. However, following an autopsy that was done yesterday, Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga said no gunshot wounds were found on the elephant, believed to be about three years old. “A post-mortem was completed…

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Video Surfaces Of Penang Brawl Which Left British Tourist Seriously Injured

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KUALA LUMPUR- Video has emerged on social media purporting to depict the moments leading up to a brawl in George Town, Penang on Saturday which left a 39-year-old British tourist seriously injured. The mobile phone footage, which was uploaded to Twitter and has since garnered 152,000 views, opens with a verbal scuffle already in progress…

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Draw Enough To Give Santos Laguna Mexican League Title

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MEXICO CITY – Santos Laguna took their sixth Mexican league title on Sunday when a 1-1 draw at Toluca was enough to give them a 3-2 aggregate win after a tense two-legged Clausura final. Argentine Julio Cesar Furch put Santos ahead after nine minutes but his countryman Gabriel Hauche brought things level for the home…

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Raonic Pulls Out Of French Open With Knee Injury

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Milos Raonic has withdrawn from next week’s French Open with a knee injury and is targeting a return during the grasscourt season, the former world number three said on Sunday. The Canadian has not played since losing to Denis Shapovalov in the round of 16 at the Madrid Open earlier this month and the world…

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Belgium Coach Martinez Extends Contract Until 2020

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BRUSSELS – The Belgian football association and Roberto Martinez have agreed to extend the contract of the national soccer coach by two years until 2020. The association said in a statement on Friday that it had confidence in the Spaniard after he steered Belgium to the World Cup with nine wins and one draw. Martinez,…

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Robert Downey Jr To Star In AI Documentary Series

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The US actor is building on his public profile as The Avengers’ philanthropic technologist, Iron Man superhero Tony Stark, with a YouTube Red exclusive about artificial intelligence. As if Google wasn’t already up to its eyeballs in artificial intelligence, its giant video-sharing service YouTube will be launching a new series about AI’s current state and…

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Taliban Battle Afghan Government Forces In Western City Near Iran

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LASHKAR GAH – Taliban fighters battled police and troops in the western city of Farah overnight, officials said on Thursday, as security forces struggled to regain control of a city that has been under growing pressure from the militants for months. The latest fighting in Farah came a day after officials said the city was…

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Iran’s Rouhani Says Won’t Surrender to U.S. Pressures – ISNA Agency

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LONDON – Iran will not surrender to U.S. pressures, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, a day after Washington imposed new sanctions on following its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal. “They think they can make the Iranian nation surrender by putting pressures on Iran, by sanctions and even threats of war… The Iranian nation…

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Rape Suspect Sought As Woman Discovers Teenage Daughter Pregnant

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PENAMPANG- Police are looking for a man in his 20s after a woman claimed her 14-year-old daughter was raped and is now eight months pregnant here. District police chief Deputy Superintendent Mohd Haris Ibrahim confirmed a report was lodged by the woman on Tuesday and that investigations are continuing into the case. Investigations reveal the…

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Twitter Changes Strategy In Battle Against Internet ‘Trolls’

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SAN FRANCISCO- Twitter Inc on May 15 revised its strategy for fighting abusive Internet “trolls”, saying it would use behavioural signals to identify harassers on the social network and then limit the visibility of their tweets. San Francisco-based Twitter, known for freewheeling discussions since it was founded in 2006, has been trying to rid itself…

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Uber Sets Safety Review; Media Report Says Software Cited In Fatal Crash

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Uber Technologies Inc on May 7 said it has retained a former top US transportation official to advise it on safety after a fatal self-driving crash in March, but it declined to comment on a technology website’s report that a software flaw was responsible for the accident. The Information reported on Monday that Uber has…

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‘Facebook Effect’ Turns Swedish Steel Town Into Tech Hot-Spot

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OSLO- Facebook will double the size of its datacentre in Sweden’s northern city of Lulea, raising its total investments in the region to about 8.7bil crowns (RM3.88bil), the company said on May 7. The campus, opened in 2013, is the first Facebook data centre set up outside the United States. The expansion will make it…

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Ozil Out With Back Injury But Expects To Be Fit For World Cup

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is not expected to return for the remaining two games of the Premier League season due to a back injury but the German is confident he will be fit for the World $Cup. Ozil, who played in Arsenal’s 1-0 Europa League semi-final second leg defeat at Atletico Madrid last week, watched…

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Athletics – Coleman To Miss Shanghai Race For ‘Precautionary Reasons’

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American Christian Coleman, the 60 metres indoor world record holder, will miss Saturday’s high-profile 100m at the Diamond League meeting in Shanghai due to “precautionary reasons”, his coach said. Organisers of the meeting had said on Sunday that both world 100m silver medallist Coleman and Jamaican double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson were “dealing with…

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New York State Attorney General Denies Report Of Abusing Women

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New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Monday in response to an article in the New Yorker magazine in which four women were quoted as saying he physically abused them that he has “not assaulted anyone,” and Governor Andrew Cuomo later called for him to resign and said he would begin an investigation.…

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Battle Royale Recap: ‘Fortnite’ Comet Hits, ‘PUBG’ Adds Map Select, ‘Battlerite’ Enters Fray

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An extraterrestrial object makes a surprising impact in Fortnite, while PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds adds map select and temporarily suspends friend-to-friend trading, and MOBA innovator Battlerite shows it knows how to stay in vogue with an upcoming “Battlerite Royale” mode. Fortnite launched its fourth season this week alongside an adjusted map layout. A comet had been seen…

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The US$5Mil Google Tax That Could Fix Every Silicon Valley Problem

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Mountain View’s mayor, Lenny Siegel, says it has “too many good jobs” and not enough transit. The solution: Slapping a multimillion-dollar tax on Google, by far the city’s largest employer. The tax, which may end up on the November ballot, could charge Google as much as US$5.4mil (RM21.29mil) annually, according to one option under discussion.…

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Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn Sells US$2.78Bil Stake In AIG

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NEW YORK- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has sold his stake in American International Group Inc, ending a more than two-year association with one of the largest U.S. property and casualty insurers, according to a person familiar with the matter. The activist investor started accumulating AIG shares in 2015 and became its third largest investor with…

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Trump To Announce Decision On Iran Nuclear Deal On Tuesday

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WASHINGTON/ANKARA – U.S. President Donald Trump said he would announce a decision on Tuesday about the future of an international nuclear agreement with Iran, as Tehran hinted it might stay in the 2015 accord even if Washington pulls out. Trump has repeatedly threatened to withdraw from the deal, which lifted economic sanctions on Iran in…

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Google To Show Who Is Behind US Political Ads

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SAN FRANCISCO- Google said that people looking to place US election ads on its platform will need to show identification, and make clear who is paying. Policy changes being rolled out come as online ad ‘duopoly’ Google and Facebook strive to avoid being used to spread misleading or divisive ads aimed at voters. “Our work…

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Bye Bye Instagram Bullies

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Instagram has introduced a filter that will block bullying comments against its users, by hiding threatening comments or those mocking people’s appearances. Co-founder & CEO Kevin Systrom explains the filter against comments intended to harass or upset people is inline with the service’s zero tolerance stance against bullying. “Our Community Guidelines have always prohibited bullying…

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China Says Won’t Submit To U.S. Threats As Trade Talks Begin

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BEIJING- China won’t succumb to “threats” from the U.S., a senior government official said, hours before talks are set to begin Thursday with a delegation of the Trump administration’s top trade policy officials. The official said the government won’t accept any U.S. preconditions for negotiations such as abandoning its long-term advanced manufacturing ambitions or narrowing…

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Amazon To Open New Fulfilment Centre In Australia

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Amazon.com Inc said on May 2 it would open a new Australian fulfilment centre in the southwest of Sydney, the country’s biggest city, in the second half of 2018. Amazon would begin recruiting immediately for a range of roles including operations, support and technical specialists, the company said in a statement. The company opened its…

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