Albert Einstein’s ‘God letter’ to go on sale for $1million

A handwritten letter from Albert Einstein about his thoughts on God, religion and his search for meaning is to go on sale in New York, valued at up to $1.5 million, Christie's said Wednesday.


Lithuania bans phone use in streets

Lithuania's phone-addicted pedestrians will have to do without mobile devices when they cross streets under a new regulation approved on Wednesday as the Baltic country seeks to curb traffic deaths.

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UN court tells US to ease Iran sanctions in blow for Donald Trump

The UN's top court ordered the United States Wednesday to lift sanctions on humanitarian goods for Iran in a stunning setback for US President Donald Trump.

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Bangladesh scraps unpopular quota scheme for government jobs

Bangladesh on Wednesday abolished a controversial quota system for civil service jobs that had been the target of major street protests that paralysed parts of the country earlier this year.

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Indonesia earthquake, tsunami: Mount Soputan erupts on Sulawesi island

Indonesia is situated on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", a vast zone of geological instability where the collision of tectonic plates causes frequent quakes and major volcanic activity.

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Nobel peace prize? Many names, few certainties

Donald Trump? Hardly. Reconciliation between the Koreas? Rather premature. Peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea? Probably missed the deadline.

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After years of debate Australia scraps this ‘tax’

When Australia introduced a Goods and Services Tax (GST) in 2000, health products such as condoms and sunscreen were exempt from the 10 percent charge, along with most foods. But tampons and other women's hygiene products wer

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Indonesia earthquake, tsunami disaster: Time running out for survivors as toll nears 1,400

The death toll in Indonesia's twin quake-tsunami disaster passed 1,400 Wednesday, with time running out to rescue survivors and the UN warning of "vast" unmet needs.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet Kim Jong Un in fresh visit

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will pay a fresh visit to North Korea on Sunday and meet leader Kim Jong Un as the administration's hopes rise of a denuclearisation deal, the State Department said.

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UN expert voices fears for Rohingyas India is set to expel

A United Nations legal expert has voiced concern over India's plan to deport on Wednesday seven Rohingyas to Myanmar where the army is accused of ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority.

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Parcels sent to Pentagon suspected to contain deadly poison ricin: official

Two or more packages delivered to the Pentagon this week were suspected to contain the deadly poison ricin, an official said Tuesday.

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India’s defence boost! Russia, India to sign deal on S-400 Triumf air defence systems this week, says Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin will oversee the signing of a USD 5 billion deal this week to supply Delhi with S-400 air defence systems, a top Kremlin aide said on Tuesday ahead of Putin's trip to India.

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EU warns Facebook not to lose control of data security

The EU's top data privacy enforcer expressed worry Tuesday that Facebook had lost control of data security after a vast privacy breach that she said affected five million Europeans.

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China’s Haier to acquire Italian home appliance firm

Chinese electronics giant Haier Group has announced it will acquire Italian appliances manufacturer Candy for 475 million euros (USD 547 million) as it looks to expand its market share in Europe.

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US, Japan duo win Nobel Medicine Prize for cancer therapy

Two immunologists, James Allison of the US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan, won the 2018 Nobel Medicine Prize for research into how the body's natural defences can fight cancer, the jury said on Monday.

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Perfect storm of factors behind Indonesian quake-tsunami

Inadequate warning systems, a lack of education about what to do when the quake hit and a narrow bay that channelled the tsunami's destructive force - a perfect storm of factors spawned the deadly disaster in Indonesia.

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US, Japanese pair James Allison and Tasuku Honjo win Nobel Medicine Prize for cancer therapy

Two immunologists, James Allison of the US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan, won the 2018 Nobel Medicine Prize for research that has revolutionised the treatment of cancer, the jury said on Monday.

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Micronesia plane crash: Four remain in hospital after Air Niugini flight crash-landed into Pacific lagoon

Four passengers remained hospitalised on Monday after an airliner crashed into a Pacific lagoon in Micronesia last week, the airline said.

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Hope for jailed Maldives dissidents after ex-president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom freed

Gayoom, 80, and his legislator son Faris Maumoon, were released on bail by the High Court in Male, a week after strongman Abdulla Yameen's spectacular loss at the polls in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation.

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Indonesia Tsunami 2018: Death toll from quakes tops 800, mass burials to begin

Mass graves were being readied Monday for hundreds of victims of an Indonesian quake-tsunami as authorities battled to stave off disease and reach desperate people still trapped under shattered buildings.

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US, Canada hold last-minute NAFTA talks as deadline looms

US and Canadian negotiators were holding eleventh-hour talks on Sunday aimed at revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement ahead of a Washington-imposed deadline, with the outcome far from certain.

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US warship sails near South China Sea area claimed by Beijing: Pentagon

An American warship has sailed through waters off the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, in the latest implicit challenge to Beijing's sweeping territorial claims in the region, the Pentagon said Sunday.

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Boko Haram commander killed over ‘planned surrender’

A Boko Haram commander was killed by his comrades over his alleged plan to surrender and handover hundreds of hostages to the Nigerian military, two sources told AFP Sunday.

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‘And then we fell in love’: US President Donald Trump on his bromance with Kim Jong Un

US President Donald Trump said he and North Korea's Kim Jong Un have fallen "in love" -- their bromance fuelled by "beautiful letters" he received from the leader of the nuclear-armed state.

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British ministers’ phone numbers, personal details leaked in app security flaw

Phone numbers and other personal details of senior ministers from Britain's Conservative party were made public by an app security flaw on Saturday, including those of top Brexiteers Michael Gove and Boris Johnson.

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Death toll in Indonesia quake-tsunami reaches 832, says state media

The death toll from a powerful earthquake and tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has reached 832.

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Typhoon Trami: Powerful typhoon batters Okinawa island, churns to Japan mainland

A powerful typhoon pummelled Japan's southern island of Okinawa Saturday, injuring at least 17, as weather officials warned the storm would rip through the Japanese archipelago over the weekend.

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