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10:26 World
Hong Kong leader-elect pledges smooth transfer of power amid divisions

Lam was chosen to be Hong Kong's next leader on Sunday amid accusations that Beijing had meddled in the election to ensure her victory and deny the financial hub a more populist leader.

10:00 World
Shares of Chinese selfie app maker Meitu plunge as much as 15 percent

The stock fell to as low as HK$13.20 before closing at HK$13.56 in morning trade, down 12.52 percent and lagging a 0.28 percent fall in the benchmark Hang Seng Index.

19:00 World
Ukip's only MP Douglas Carswell quits party

MP for Clacton announces he is to become independent MP, having previously defected to Ukip from the Conservatives.

18:41 World
China to lift suspension on Brazilian meat imports: minister

Chinese authorities also decided that meat approved by anyone on a list of seven Brazilian veterinary experts would not be allowed into the country, the sources said.

16:38 World
Democrats introduce Make Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act – or MAR-A-LAGO Act - demanding transparency from Trump

'By refusing to release the White House visitor logs, President Trump is only validating the rampant concerns about who may be pulling the levers in his administration,' says New Mexico politician.

15:43 World
A German bank accidentally transferred $5.4 billion to four other banks

KfW in February mistakenly transferred more than 5 billion euros ($5.4 billion) to four banks because of a technical glitch that repeated single payments multiple times, according to people familiar with the matter. 

15:27 World
House Republicans pull health care bill

House Speaker Paul Ryan sensationally pulled his Obamacare repeal bill from the floor Friday afternoon, a day after President Donald Trump had threatened to walk away from health care reform if he didn't get a vote.

14:26 World
Philippine troops rescue ship captain kidnapped by militants

The troops recovered Aurelio Agacac, the ship captain, in the remote village of Basakan in the southern Philippine province of Basilan, said Colonel Juvymax Uy, commander of the military’s 104th Brigade and Joint Task Force Basilan.

14:02 World
Stem cells help some men with erectile dysfunction after prostate surgery

In clinical trials, eight out of 15 men suffering from erectile dysfunction had sex six months after one-time treatment.

13:28 World
Starbucks and Walmart join growing list of advertisers boycotting YouTube

Major companies pulling adverts a sign that many doubt Google’s ability to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos.

13:07 World
Cabbage is officially 'cool' as sauerkraut and kimchi are the next big health trend

In a sign that fermented cabbage has achieved food craze status, Britain's restaurant chains are starting include pickled cabbage dishes like German sauerkraut and Korean kimchi on their menus in a bid to be trendy.

12:43 World
Adrien Brody begins filming Peaky Blinders in Liverpool - plus new pictures from the set

The 43-year-old Oscar winner tweeted a picture from the set, which showed him in period costume.
Source: The Telegraph

10:47 World
White House fiddles while great plains burns and goes dry

But then according to Benjamin Franklin, only when the well’s dry does one know the worth of water.
Source: WN

20:30 World
Ivanka Trump mired in White House controversy over West Wing office

Counsel Don McGahn criticised over unanswered conflict of interest concerns relating to President's daughter and loophole exploited by not designating her an 'employee'.

20:21 World
Hosni Mubarak walks free after six years in jail

Ex-president, recently acquitted for role in protester deaths during 2011 uprising, is free after six-year detention.
Source: Al Jazeera

20:09 World
Belgium driver on terrorism charge over Antwerp 'attack'

The man was caught by soldiers, who found knives, a non-lethal gun and a substance which a bomb disposal team had to deal with in the car.

19:28 World
Major Indian airlines ban MP who beat official

Air India, which filed a complaint on Thursday, said Mr Gaikwad was banned on all flights operated by the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA).

19:05 World
Germanwings crash families angered by pilot's father

German prosecutors concluded in January that Andreas Lubitz, 27, was suicidal and flew the plane into the ground, killing all 150 people on board.

18:06 World
Dignified portraits of stray cats celebrate the unique beauty of fearless felines

19-year-old photographer Gabrielius Khiterer breaks through their mysteriously stoic facade by snapping intimate portraits of his feline neighbors.

17:45 World
Uber manager told female engineer that 'sexism is systemic in tech'

Ride-hailing startup faces yet another discrimination scandal after a manager who was recruiting Kamilah Taylor made the comment in a LinkedIn message.

17:24 World
First ever blood tests to diagnose cancer 'could be ready in one year'

Californian researchers claim to be on cusp of breakthrough but cancer expert says while such blood tests show 'enormous potential', he is doubtful they will be ready in such a short time.

17:00 World
Dollar edges up after worst run vs yen since 2010, healthcare vote eyed

With a risk-averse mood having taken hold across markets this week on doubts over Trump's ability to deliver the fiscal and economic reforms that had driven bets on higher growth, inflation and interest rates, the greenback slipped 1.3 percent against the yen to four-month lows =JPY.

16:38 World
Lewis Hamilton says his Mercedes team are ‘up for a fight’ this year

The 32-year-old Englishman, who won two of his three titles in a Mercedes that has dominated the sport for the past three years, believes new regulations have levelled the playing field and that he will now have to vie with Ferrari and Red Bull for the championship.

15:43 World
Real Madrid aim to prise Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea

They are also considering a bid for his Chelsea and Belgium team-mate Thibaut Courtois and believe the goalkeeper would be open to the move even though he has publicly stated he does not see himself leaving London.

15:27 World
Martin McGuinness funeral: Republican and Unionist politicians among thousands lining streets

Mr McGuinness’s nephew Ordhan read a passage from Ecclesiastes 3:3, which included the tribute, ‘a time to kill and a time to heal’, in apparent acknowledgement of his uncle’s involvement in both violent conflict and peace process.

15:01 World
Millions of UK workers at risk of being replaced by robots, study says

Workers in wholesale and retail sectors at highest risk from breakthroughs in robotics and artificial intelligence, PwC report finds.

14:26 World
Toronto schools will no longer allow student trips to US

Toronto District School Board expressed concern over how the US immigration policy could affect students on school trips.

14:02 World
First successful artificial mating in endangered Asian elephants in China

A female elephant Weilai delivered the healthy 106-centimeter male cub on March 16 after 22 months' pregnancy, news portal reported Wednesday.

13:28 World
Schiff: New evidence shows possible Trump-Russia collusion

Rep. Adam Schiff told CNN Thursday that he had seen additional evidence, but would not specify what it was.

12:29 World
South Korea's Sewol ferry emerges amid hopes last passengers will be found

Relatives of nine passengers still missing watched as 6,800-ton ferry was brought to surface, ready to taken to port and be searched.

12:03 World
Japan PM Shinzo Abe embroiled in land-sale scandal

Yasunori Kagoike was called in to testify about his Moritomo Gakuen group's land purchase from the government in June.

11:38 World
Indian MP beats flight attendant with slipper in 'business class dispute'

Ravindra Gaikwad says he hit Air India employee 25 times, reportedly in argument over being given an economy seat.

11:15 World
Mexico ready to 'step away from NAFTA' if new deal isn't good

Videgaray emphasized he believes trade talks will be constructive and the countries will be able to work out an updated agreement that benefits each of them.

10:47 World
YouTube and Google boycott spreads to US as AT&T and Verizon pull ads

Major phone networks express concern over video sharing site and parent company’s inability to guarantee money won’t flow to extremism.

10:26 World
BOJ chief Kuroda says 'no reason' to withdraw stimulus now

Kuroda also dismissed financial market concerns that the BOJ will eventually lose its ability to control long-term interest rates under its yield-curve-control framework.

10:00 World
China's CITIC Securities to cut overseas business costs after profits tank

Earlier this week, the broker posted its lowest annual profit in three years for 2016, at 10.4 billion yuan - down 47.6 percent from 2015, as lackluster stock market activity pushed down net fee and commission income by almost a quarter.

20:30 World
Fearing deportation, undocumented immigrants wary of reporting crimes

Activists warn that crimes will go unreported and witnesses will refuse to testify over fears that interaction with police could lead to removal from the country.

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