Bülent Nurhan Benzer

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Arctic 'Doomsday Vault' opens to retrieve vital seeds for Syria

<b>Svalbard, Norway (CNN) —</b> Humanity has had to cash in on its insurance policy earlier than expected.<p>Deep in the side of a mountain in the Arctic archipelago is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.<p>Known as the "Doomsday Vault," this seed bank -- operated by the Norwegian government and containing a seed …

Arctic Ice

Aid agencies accused of hiding scale of sexual assaults on employees

Women working for international aid agencies are facing a hidden threat of sexual violence and harassment which their employers routinely ignore or sweep under the carpet, according to testimonies gathered by the Guardian.<p>While exact statistics on the scale of sexual assault in the sector are hard …

Sexual Harassment

Child rapes horrify New Delhi

<b>New Delhi (CNN) —</b> A spate of rape cases involving very young children has shocked New Delhi and prompted calls for authorities to do more to stop them.<p>Two teenagers, aged 16 and 17, were arrested Sunday for the alleged abduction and rape of a two-and-a-half year old girl, who went missing from …

India

Zomato Closes Its Cashless Payments Service Following A Trial In Dubai

Following up on a big round of layoffs earlier this week, Zomato said it is shutting down its cashless payments system — a feature that it had trialled in the Middle East since the beginning of this year.<p>The service, which allows customers to seamlessly pay for their food after adding their credit …

Startups

You can now fly around Hong Kong like a bird, thanks to Google’s latest 3D imagery

Google just added a bunch of new 3D imagery for Hong Kong to Google Maps, as it continues to push harder into virtual reality, with experiences like Google Street View on Cardboard offering a glimpse of where the technology is headed.<p>Google is also continuing to add new Street View locations to its …

Samsung Pay support rolling out to compatible Verizon devices, but you can't use it yet

Is Google Wallet simply not good enough for you? Maybe you want to try an alternative, something Samsung smartphone owners have been enjoying since late last month. But apparently not all Sammy handsets are created equally, or at least they are not supported equally. Samsung Pay was a little late …

Mobile

Japanese electronics maker creates Origami-style drone

Japan has an increasingly contentious relationship with drone technology, so Lapis Semiconductor created a beautiful Origami-style UAV to help win over the public.<p>Drones have something of a bad reputation in Japan, especially after a man landed a UAV carrying radioactive sand atop the prime …

Remote Controls

Top Iranian military commander Soleimani seen rallying Iranian officers, Hezbollah in Syria

Iran's shadowy top military commander has been spotted in Syria addressing Iranian military officers and members of the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, according to photos that emerged Thursday on social media.<p>Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani -- the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps …

Middle East

Google Nexus 5X: The purest expression of Android hardware and software

Google sells Nexus phones with the intention of providing a blueprint for other phone makers to follow. As such, they function more like prototypes, …

With two hostages and gunman dead, grim investigation starts in Sydney

The deadly siege of a central Sydney cafe has ended but the investigation is just beginning.<p>Australian authorities stormed the cafe where a self-styled Muslim cleric had been holding hostages early Tuesday, killing the gunman. They moved in some 16 hours after the siege began, after hearing gunfire …