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Samsung’s Oscars ads are basically a promise that its phones won't explode anymore

Samsung aired three new commercials during the Academy Awards tonight, continuing the company’s recent trend of using Oscars airtime to try and sell phones. But this year’s ads also served as a not-so-subtle promise that the Galaxy Note 7’s exploding battery last year was just a fluke.<p>“Quality is …

Mobile

Don’t Tell Trump, but a Major Global Trade Deal Just Came into Force — and the U.S. Is a Part of It

On Jan. 23, fulfilling a campaign promise, American President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific …

Globalization

‘It’s been a lot of fun and we've accomplished almost everything’ says Donald Trump as he hails first month at gala dinner hosted by Melania

After a month of controversy, political hostilities were suspended as Donald and Melania Trump welcomed 46 state governors to the White House.<p>An ebullient president hailed the first month of his presidency as he welcomed his guests to the black tie gala.<p>"I can say that after four weeks - it's been …

Facebook down as users met with no friends and 'no posts to show' message

Social network suffers outage across the UK and Europe as users' News Feeds are not showing any content.<p><b>Update</b>: Service to Facebook has resumed and …

Iran's leader calls Israel a 'fake' nation, 'dirty chapter'

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday used the podium of a pro-Palestinian gathering in Tehran to lash out at Israel, calling the Jewish state a "fake" nation in a "dirty chapter" of history.<p>The remarks by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei were some of his most vitriolic against Israel, Iran's …

Israel

President Adama Barrow orders release of 171 prisoners | The Gambia News

As The Gambia enters a new era of democracy, President Adama Barrow has reiterated his commitment to ending human rights abuses in the country and ordered the release of all prisoners detained without trial.<p>"Orders have already been given for all those detained without trial to be released," he …

Samsung to launch AI digital assistant service for Galaxy S8

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Sunday it would launch an artificial intelligence digital assistant service for its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone, seeking to rebound from the Galaxy Note 7’s collapse and differentiate its devices.<p>A Samsung Galaxy sign is seen at the Samsung …

Artificial Intelligence

Iraq launches Mosul offensive to drive out Islamic State

EAST OF MOSUL/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces launched a U.S.-backed offensive on Monday to drive Islamic State from the northern city of Mosul, a high-stakes battle to retake the militants’ last major stronghold in the country.<p>Two years after the jihadists seized the city of 1.5 …

Middle East

This new technology could save the troubled nuclear power industry

Small nuclear reactors, funded by investors like Bill Gates, are emerging in the US as cheaper, safer alternatives to traditional nuclear power plant designs<p>The future of the nuclear industry may happen somewhere on scenic but relatively isolated land that’s about 100 miles southwest of Yellowstone …

Feeling the squeeze: Florida faces worst orange harvest crisis in a century

Florida might need to consider redesigning its license plates. The state’s plates feature a pair of ripe oranges above the famous “Sunshine State” slogan, but the region is in the midst of the worst orange harvest crisis since records began in 1913 – and prices are soaring.<p>Rude awakening as price …

Netflix's '13th' Explores 'Modern Slavery' in Incendiary New Documentary

Ava DuVernay was finishing up her civil rights drama, <i>Selma</i>, when she got a call from a Netflix executive: Would DuVernay be interested in making a …

Samsung sees third-quarter profit jump as chip surge eases smartphone recall blues | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co expects third-quarter profit grew 5.6 percent, beating estimates, as a pickup in chip and display earnings likely offset the impact of a global smartphone recall that has roiled the tech giant.<p>Employees walk in the main office building of …

NHS plans closures and radical cuts to combat growing deficit in health budget

Investigation by the Guardian and 38 Degrees reveals NHS faces £20bn funding shortfall by 2020-21 if no action is taken<p>NHS bosses throughout England are quietly drawing up plans for hospital closures, cutbacks and radical changes to the way healthcare is delivered in an attempt to meet spiralling …

Rolls-Royce engines are the source of latest problem to hit Boeing's troubled 787 Dreamliner

The troubled Dreamliner jet has run into fresh problems with Japanese airline All Nippon Airlines (ANA) grounding flights because of issues with the aircraft’s Rolls-Royce engines.<p>ANA, the largest operator of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, said it was cancelling services to replace compressor blades in …

Race hate crime on UK railways soared after Brexit vote, figures show

British Transport police recorded 119 suspected incidents in fortnight after EU poll, up 57% on previous two weeks<p>The number of suspected race hate crimes on Britain’s railways jumped sharply following the EU referendum, figures show.<p>In the fortnight after the vote, British Transport police (BTP) …

BBC should not have sacked Jeremy Clarkson, former director general says, as he warns they could 'ill afford to lose' him

The BBC should not have sacked Jeremy Clarkson as he was someone they could "ill afford" to lose, the broadcaster's former director-general has said.<p>Mark Thompson, 59, said that, although the former Top Gear star can be a "deeply objectionable individual", the BBC should have found a way to keep …

How Nasa's Juno Jupiter probe could be about to solve the solar system's biggest mystery of all

It is, say experts, the hardest thing Nasa has ever attempted. Little wonder, then, that the cheers of its jubilant scientists reverberated around the world, last week, as spacecraft Juno arrived in the Jovian system after an epic five year, 1.8 billion mile, journey.<p>‘Welcome to Jupiter,’ said …

Glastonbury through the years: the mother of all festivals

As Glastonbury 2016 draws to a close, our man in the field recalls his first ‘miraculous’ visit in 1994, and the music, madness and magical transformation that have seen him return 17 times<p>The first time I went to the Glastonbury festival it healed me. Truly. It was 1994. Three weeks earlier I’d …

Glastonbury

NASA debuts new internet technology aboard the ISS

The ISS has a new technology on board that can transmit data from space much faster than what NASA uses today. See, the internet as we know it here on Earth doesn't work as well for spacecraft millions of miles away. It requires all nodes or connection points on a network -- in space, these are …

Scientists Confirm First Nuclear Reactor Was Natural, Not Man-Made.

When Enrico Fermi and his team constructed a nuclear reactor way back in 1942, they were adamant that it was the world’s first of its kind, and that …

Why women are way more likely than men to suffer anxiety

<b>(CNN) —</b> Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness affecting Americans, costing the United States some $42 billion a year. But who is most likely to experience the excessive worry, fear and isolation that's often associated with such disorders?<p>A new paper reveals that, globally, women and …

Depression

US-backed fighters close in on key Isil town as Assad forces bomb Aleppo's last children's hospital

Doctors in the shattered suburbs of eastern Aleppo appealed for help on Thursday night after Syrian government warplanes destroyed the area’s last children's hospital.<p>Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad pummelled Aleppo’s rebel-held sector for a sixth day on Thursday, bringing the number of …

Armed robbers thwarted trying to hold up McDonald's where 11 special forces officers happened to be eating dinner

Armed robbers bit off more than they could chew when they held up a McDonalds in eastern France whose diners included a group of hungry officers from an elite military force.<p>Around 40 customers were chomping on their burgers on Sunday evening in the fast food outlet in a shopping centre in Besancon …

Germany declares 1915 Armenian killings a "genocide"

<b>(CNN) —</b> The German parliament has passed a symbolic resolution recognizing the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces as a "genocide."<p>The resolution was passed with a "striking majority" said President of the German Bundestag Norbert Lammert, with only one politician voting against it and one …

Cavani: I could move to Atletico

Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani has admitted he is willing to consider a move to La Liga side Atletico Madrid.<p>Edinson Cavani might be focused on the upcoming Copa America Centenario with Uruguay, but he has one eye on a potential move to Champions League finalist Atletico Madrid.<p>The …

Vitol: world's biggest energy trader emerges from the shadows

Company’s CEO Ian Taylor has kept a low profile but is finally breaking cover to lobby against EU plans to tighten regulation of commodity trading<p>“The biggest company you’ve never heard of” is a label regularly bandied around but is well-deserved by the global trading firm with a name more suited …

EU referendum morning briefing: Vote Leave boards buses to talk immigration

The big picture<p>Today sees <b>Boris Johnson</b> and <b>Michael Gove</b> for the first time setting out together on the Vote Leave battle bus and heading to Preston.<p>To mark the occasion, the Leave campaign has lobbed another immigration story into the morning papers: this one a pledge that after Brexit, European …

Irritability and Anxiety are Linked in Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder works in phases. There are periods of mania and depression lasting from a few days to months at a time, but there are periods in …

What happens next if Britain votes to leave the EU?

Is the decision reversible? How long will Brexit take? Could MPs engineer a second referendum? Guardian correspondents chart the course ahead<p>By the early hours of Friday 24 June, it will be clear if the UK has defied the experts and pollsters by voting to leave the European Union.

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft Sign Hate Speech Agreement

Some of the biggest U.S. tech firms have signed up to a code of conduct formulated by the European Commission, in which they agree to help fight …