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No fresh start? Trump lashes out at Pakistan, Iran in his first 2018 tweets

US President Donald Trump apparently decided not to start the New Year with a clean slate, opting to re-ignite old disputes instead. In his first 2018 tweets, the US leader hit out at Iran and Pakistan. Islamabad was the first to attract the anger of the US leader, as Trump accused it of giving the US “nothing but lies & ...

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China’s first solar powered highway will recharge electric cars (PHOTOS,VIDEO)

Published time: 30 Dec, 2017 23:56 China has successfully tested its first solar powered highway, opening the one-kilometer stretch of road to traffic ahead of plans to use it to recharge electric cars. The solar road developed by the Qilu Transportation Development Group, was opened Thursday in Jinan, the capital city of China’s Shandong province – a year after the ...

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First tanker of sanctioned Russian gas arrives in UK to keep Britons from freezing this winter

Published time: 29 Dec, 2017 09:37 Edited time: 29 Dec, 2017 09:42 Russian tanker Christophe de Margerie has brought the first batch of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Yamal to the United Kingdom. London had to urgently turn to Russian gas targeted by US sanctions due to supply outages. Read more A global positioning service puts the tanker in Harwich ...

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‘Potential hazard’ asteroid Phaethon bigger than first estimated (PHOTOS)

Published time: 28 Dec, 2017 14:57 An asteroid listed as a potential hazard to Earth is about one kilometer larger than first thought, according to astronomers. The 3200 Phaethon, named after a mythical Greek character credited with almost destroying the sun, came within 10.3 million kilometers of Earth on December 16. The relatively close encounter, about 27 times the distance ...

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Amazon’s Alexa app hits the top of the App Store for the first time

Amazon’s claims that the Echo Dot was the retailer’s best-selling product all through this holiday season appear to be backed up by the rise of the Alexa app in the U.S. App Store. The companion app for Alexa-powered devices like the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show and Echo Spot, grabbed the number one spot for the first time ever on ...

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Putin clears first stage in 2018 presidential race

Published time: 26 Dec, 2017 13:42 A broad group of Russian politicians, activists and celebrities held their first convention as backers of incumbent president Vladimir Putin’s candidacy in the 2018 presidential race. The initiative group that backs Putin’s candidacy was formed earlier this month by the parliamentary majority party United Russia, the centrist public movement All-Russian Popular Front and the ...

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Boris Johnson the 'committed Russophile' goes native on first official trip to Moscow

Published time: 22 Dec, 2017 11:45 Edited time: 22 Dec, 2017 11:48 It took him several attempts to reach Moscow since becoming the top UK diplomat, but Boris Johnson finally made it, and was as keen to display his Russian credentials as diplomatic ones, declaring himself “a committed Russophile.” He is the first British foreign secretary to visit Russia in ...

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Lavrov meets Boris Johnson in first UK foreign secretary visit to Moscow in 5 years

Published time: 22 Dec, 2017 08:10 Edited time: 22 Dec, 2017 08:45 UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. He is the first British foreign secretary to visit Russia in five years, amid strained relations between the two countries. The two nations have fallen out over a range of issues, including the ...

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First female ambassador to Saudi Arabia will send ‘clear signal’ to Riyadh, says Belgium

Published time: 19 Dec, 2017 17:10 Edited time: 19 Dec, 2017 17:11 Belgium has become the first country to make its ambassador to Saudi Arabia a woman. Brussels says the move sends a “clear signal” to Riyadh – or perhaps atones for helping elect Saudi Arabia to a UN women’s rights panel in April. Dominique Mineur, who currently serves as ...

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Facebook considers blocking far-right Britain First after Twitter suspends leaders’ accounts

Published time: 19 Dec, 2017 15:45 Facebook is considering whether to ban far-right group Britain First from its platform. It comes just days after Twitter blocked the accounts of its leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen in a clampdown on hate speech. Neither can post messages and all of their previous messages have gone – with their group’s official page ...

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