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China's jailed Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo granted medical parole

Liu Xiaobo is a political activist who has fought for more than 25 years for a more democratic and open China . Amnesty International's East Asia director Nicholas Bequelin said "while the fact he is in an external hospital would indicate medical parole, the denial of family visits says the opposite".

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Theresa May details post-Brexit plans for EU citizens in UK

Those who have lived in the country for five years before a still-to-be-agreed cut-off date will be granted " settled status ", but there are still questions about the level of protection on offer. British Prime Minister Theresa May faced a backlash Monday after setting out proposals for the rights of European Union nationals after Brexit that include new residency permit requirements and family reunion rules.

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Total solar eclipse 1st in 99 years to sweep width of US

It is aptly named the Great American Eclipse. After starting in OR, the eclipse is expected to begin in Charleston around 1:16 p.m. before reaching totality, which will last less than two minutes, at 2:46 p.m. During this national event, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States in a narrow band from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacle that hasn't occurred in decades.

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Overwatch is improving its highlights and loot boxes

There have been significant complaints over the Overwatch loot boxes due to the amount of money and/or time it takes to get much of the limited skins and other items during special events. Everybody in the PTR will get five loot boxes to test out the new drop rates right away. The other big change relates to in-game highlights. PC players will have the ability to export these at higher video settings than they can run, up to 4K and 60 FPS on Windows 8 or Windows 10.

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Spanish state prosecutor accuses Jose Mourinho of tax fraud

According to an article published by UK's The Sun , Mourinho fell out with Ronaldo while he was the Real boiss, as he believed he was one of the high-profile players who had turned against him. Both Ronaldo and Mourinho are represented by Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes . What happened with the tax authorities was after the game. Sky Sports revealed last week that the current Ballon D'Or holder no longer wanted to play in Spain following a series of tax fraud allegations and ...

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United States senator met with North Koreans about student

But the U.S. officials said it will be at least a year before they can evaluate whether the North Koreans are feeling pressure because of China. On Tuesday, a US official said USA spy satellites had detected movements recently at North Korea's nuclear test site near a tunnel entrance, but it was unclear if Pyongyang was preparing for a new nuclear test, perhaps to coincide with Wednesday's high-level talks.

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Earth's killer heat worsens, study shows

High temperatures are now baking large swaths of the south-western USA, with the National Weather Service (NWS) issuing an excessive heat warning for Phoenix, Arizona, which is set to reach 119F (48.3C) on Monday. The number of "lethal heat days" does not tell us how many people will die, the authors point out. Hundreds more smaller heat waves around the world have caused fatalities in the past three decades.

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Holiday Shopping May Be Pricier This Year

Additionally, from December 17 to 23, they'll add on an 81 cent surcharge for next-day air and a 97 cent fee for second- and third-day air deliveries. The peak surcharge will apply to packages with an actual weight of more than 150 pounds, ones that exceed 108 inches in length or packages that exceed a total of 165 inches in length plus girth (2 x width) + (2 x height) combined.

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Supreme Court to hear major case on political boundaries

And it gives the court an opportunity to formally determine a metric on what constitutes unlawful gerrymandering , which could have major implications for the way voting districts are drawn in other states. It is a political act that is as old as the American Republic, drawing its name as a "gerrymander" from a member of the Founding generation, Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry , for his infamous state senate districting map so misshapen that it resembled an awkward salamander.

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Democrats Say They'll Slow Senate Work Over Secretive Health Care Bill

Last month, the New York Times editorial board compiled a list identifying the numerous ways in which Trumpcare would be "disastrous for women". But Republican moderates in the Senate want a much slower end to the additional federal aid.

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NASA Telescope Finds 10 More Planets That Could Have Life

The new planets' existence must still be double-checked. The team found a clean division in the sizes of rocky, Earth-size planets and gaseous planets smaller than Neptune. Like other missions that have outlived their expected lifespan, Kepler broadened its search in 2014 to include other parts of our galaxy and has been taking in data ever since.

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NASA launching sounding rocket to create artificial clouds tonight

The cartridges contain strontium, cupric oxide, and barium vapor and will help form red and blue-green colorful artificial clouds. Scattered clouds are possible this evening in the Mid-Atlantic, especially in southern Virginia, but overall the D.C.

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Ubisoft Unveils Mysterious VR Project Transference

In the live-action teaser Wood explains that his production company SpectreVision is collaborating with Ubisoft Montreal on this project. For more on Transference , watch the quirky trailer below. The title has an intriguing concept - the "destructive tale of a man's obsession as you explore his digitally recreated memories". Details about the game are obviously sparse but actor Elijah Wood is deeply involved.

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Apple Introduces 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' Feature for iOS 11

Earlier this week, Apple officially unveiled iOS 11 with a host of new features. Going to the mall? What do you think of this new iOS 11 feature? On the home screen, you will still get to see the app's icon but in grey colour, meaning the app was offloaded.

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Nearly 70 dead in al-Shabab attack on Somalia military base

Al Shabab said it had killed 61 soldiers after overrunning the military base. Bari region governor Yusuf Mohamed confirmed that a number of soldiers had been killed during the fierce gunbattles across the troubled region. In 2011, al-Shabab was driven out of Mogadishu and other major cities. Security officials said at least 10 soldiers lost their lives in the violent clashes.

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Nawaz, Modi exchange greetings ahead of SCO summit in Astana

The SCO comprises six member states presently. Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan are the full-fledged members of the SCO. The statement said besides the SCO Summit, Kazakhstan is also hosting the International Expo 2017, in which more than 100 countries including Pakistan are participating.

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U.S. urged to act upon its own human rights

The two agreed that this is a long-term goal that will only be achieved if they join forces. A day earlier, Haley said the United States was considering withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva because of its perceived anti-Israel bias.

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OECD Sees China Growth Holding Up Even as Risks Continue Growing

Brazil, which has for two years been in recession, is expected to emerge in positive territory in 2017 reaching 1.6 per cent GDP growth in 2018. The U.S. Turkey's growth in 2017 will beat the forecast of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Wednesday.

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Apple 'HomePod' speaker to take on Amazon, Google

Apple "can't afford to yield valuable real-estate in the heart of people's homes to Amazon, Google and others", said Geoff Blaber, research analyst at CCS Insight. Still, the Apple Watch hasn't been a smash hit, fueling worries that the company's ability to transfix customers had waned after the 2011 death of co-founder Steve Jobs.

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Apple adds external GPU support, now selling $599 VR development kit

Other High Sierra improvements include new editing tools and sorting filters in the Photos app, along with better face detection that syncs people's names across all of your Apple devices. There are new ways to filter your images, and improved facial recognition. In macOS High Sierra, you'll notice changes to the Photos app. That's really meaningful for everyone using MacOS - it means faster backing up of files, moving of files, and much more.

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New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

The company is releasing a new version of its operating system for Macs. For photos, Apple is turning to a "high efficiency" format to replace JPEGs. It will then be available in other countries starting in 2018. It is coming out this fall and will be a free update. Apple is also bringing improvements to playing music and recording fitness activities.

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SpaceX launches 1st recycled supply ship

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 5:07 p.m. ET (2:07 p.m. PT) from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A lightning strike within 11 miles of the pad violated launch weather rules. SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell promised the company would increase its launch frequency this year, and it looks like that may actually be the case.

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Scientists spot rare gravity waves for the third time

A second gravitational wave observatory in Italy is scheduled to begin operations this summer and will enhance LIGO's ongoing studies. Now that astronomers have detected three separate sets of gravitational waves in such a short period of time, it's nearly certain they'll keep seeing more of them.

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Microsoft will pay you to use Bing

The Microsoft rewards program works on a simple mechanism; the more searches you do via Bing, the more points you will collect. People with a Microsoft account can sign-up for the rewards scheme and when a search is made on Bing, points will be collected.

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Has Kushner flown too close to the sun?

McMaster, a decorated three-star Army general, was asked whether he would be concerned if an official on his National Security Council staff or elsewhere in the Trump administration sought a back-channel communications system with the Russian embassy or the Kremlin in Moscow.