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Sri Lankan Authorities Begin Destroying Seized Ivory

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Sri Lankan authorities on Tuesday began destroying a shipment of African ivory seized three years ago, following a ceremony at which Buddhist monks gave the slaughtered elephants blessings for a better rebirth. The ivory was traced to northern Mozambique and Tanzania and has been valued by Sri Lankan customs at …

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Reason Behind Microsoft Surface Tablet Fail at NFL Game

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Tablets on New England Patriots’ sideline suffer a brief but very public lapse in connecting with the network, an awkward moment in which coaches and players can’t use the devices to review plays. Microsoft’s tablet partnership with the National Football League has not always been smooth. After Microsoft struck a …

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China aims to land probe on dark side of moon in 2018

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The feat, which no country has yet achieved, would mark another milestone in the country’s ambitious space programme File photo: China’s Chang’e-3 lunar probe landing onto the surface of the moon. The Chang’e-4 will attempt the first-ever landing of a lunar probe on the moon’s far side before 2020 Photo: Reuters …

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Japan proposes recycled medals for 2020 Olympics

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Proposal is part of organisers’ efforts to create an environmentally “sustainable” foundation for the summer Tokyo games The new design for the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, replacing the original design by British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, shelved due to escalating costs  Photo: The Japan Sports Council/AP Japan’s Olympic …

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Biomass burning may play larger role in climate change: study

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LONDON, Jan. 14(Xinhua) — Biomass burning, including the burning of forests and vegetation, may play a larger role in climate change than previously thought, according to a study published Wednesday by the University of Cambridge. While efforts to limit emissions of greenhouse gases, including ozone, tend to focus on industrial …

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Saudis mull IPO of world’s biggest oil producer.

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Aramco could rival Apple as the world’s biggest listed company.  Saudi Arabia is considering its own Big Bang. The world biggest crude exporter is considering selling a stake in its state-owned company, which controls more than a tenth of the global oil market. A potential initial public offering is under …

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The future according to the CIA

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A Syrian man uses his mobile phone to capture a child using a megaphone to lead others in chanting Free Syrian Army slogans. In the year 2000, after the Y2K bug failed to send the world into a computer crash-induced oblivion, people began to think about the future again. The …

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Twitter revises policy banning threats and abuse

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Twitter has revised its rules of conduct to emphasise that it prohibits violent threats and abusive behavior by users, promising a tough stance at a time when critics are calling for the online service to adopt a harder line against extremists. While the new policy unveiled doesn’t substantively change what’s …

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