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10:02 World
Apple's Tim Cook calls for calm heads on China, U.S. trade

China’s Commerce Ministry on Friday urged the United States to “pull back from the brink”, saying it was not afraid to engage in a trade war.

18:16 World
US Congress passes huge spending bill ahead of shutdown deadline

President Donald Trump is now expected to sign the bill into law ahead of a Friday midnight deadline.

17:45 World
Trump replaces National Security Adviser HR McMaster with John Bolton

Mr Bolton, who has backed attacking North Korea and Iran, told Fox News his job would be to ensure the president has "the full range of options".

17:00 World
EU in 'state of denial' over destructive impact of farming on wildlife

EU’s subsidy system, that benefits big farming rather than sustainability, needs to change to prevent ongoing collapse in birds and insect numbers, warn green groups.

16:19 World
China's 'unity of thought' plan tightens party control over state-run media

Movies, television, books and radio programs will now be under the direct control of the Communist Party. The announcement comes weeks after China voted to end a two-term limit on the presidency.

15:27 World
Indonesia women face daily swim for clean water

As a scorching sun beats down, Hasria makes the four kilometre (2.5 mile), hour-long trip along the murky Mandar river to clean water wells built along the riverbank.

13:00 World
US Congress passes huge spending bill ahead of shutdown deadline

Senators passed the 2,232-page bill in a 65-32 vote early on Friday, hours after the House backed it.

12:43 World
US tariffs set bad precedent for global trade, says China

The tariffs on up to $60bn of Chinese products were announced on Thursday and were a response to allegations of intellectual property theft by China.

12:29 World
Genetic tests reveal tragic reality of Atacama 'alien' skeleton

Mummified remains from Chilean ghost town revealed to be baby girl with malformations so bizarre they led to speculation over alien life.

12:02 World
Four in 10 cancer cases could be prevented by lifestyle changes

Actions like drinking less alcohol and keeping weight down could help prevent 2,500 cases a week, figures show.

11:38 World
As Toshiba's $18 billion chip unit sale faces tight deadline, IPO looms

The company has been aiming to complete the sale by March 31, the end of its business year. It said in September that it would need approval from antimonopoly authorities by March 23 to meet that deadline.

11:16 World
China says in touch with U.S. after tariff announcement

Chen Fuli, director-general of the ministry’s department of treaty and law, told reporters that China was not afraid of a trade war and was well prepared, adding that China would defend its rights.

10:45 World
Whale carcasses wash up on Hamelin Bay prompting shark warning

Parks and Wildlife Service staff with veterinary assistance and support of Sea Search and Rescue, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and trained volunteers are working to ensure the welfare of the surviving whales.

10:27 World
Fake French terror attacks victim handed four-year prison term

The 49-year-old, who claimed to be at the Bataclan concert hall where Islamic State attackers killed 90 people, had already been found guilty of fraud on three different occasions.

10:00 World
Mutant calf born with six legs and two bottoms growing from its stomach becomes farm tourist attraction

The animal was reportedly a healthy 15kg when it was born and appears to be doing well despite struggling to move with its extra limbs.

19:00 World
YouTube comedian convicted of hate crime after teaching Nazi salute to dog

Mark Meechan, better known as Count Dankula, was found guilty under the Communications Act after posting a video showing his girlfriend’s dog reacting to phrases such as “Sieg Heil" and "Gas the Jews" with what appears to be a Nazi salute.

18:38 World
Cambodia rejects joint statement of human rights concern

Tuesday's statement, with signatories ranging from Albania to the United States, expressed concern over "signs of escalating repression of the political opposition, civil society and media."

18:16 World
Germany migrant jailed for life for murdering Freiburg student

Hussein Khavari, who claimed to be Afghan, admitted to attacking student Maria Ladenburger, 19, in October 2016 in the south-western city of Freiburg.

17:45 World
Florida school shooting students told to wear clear backpacks

School officials have written to families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High pupils outlining the plans as part of new security measures.

17:24 World
Electric cars may be cheaper than gas guzzlers in seven years

For that to happen, battery pack prices need to fall even as demand for the metals that go into the units continues to rise, the London-based researcher said on Thursday.

17:00 World
Scientists built a robot fish to spy on hard-to-find ocean animals

Made of silicon rubber and flexible plastic, SoFi can swim, handle currents, snap photos and videos at depths of more than 50 feet (15 metres) for up to 40 minutes at a time.

16:38 World
Maldives lifts state of emergency after 45 days

Yameen imposed the emergency on Feb. 5 for 15 days after a Supreme Court ruling quashed convictions against nine opposition leaders and ordered his government to free those held in prison.

16:16 World
'Lord of the Rings' show on Amazon could be the most expensive TV series ever

According to the report, Amazon offered $250 million for the rights to the property, but the costs could balloon to $500 million or more for production and marketing over the course of two seasons. Providing the data in the Reuters article is accurate, the Lord of the Rings series could be the most expensive TV show ever made.

15:49 World
Self-driving car industry confronts trust issues after Uber crash

But the Uber accident in Tempe, Arizona - the first death attributed to a self-driving car operating in autonomous mode - has given ammunition to critics of the industry concerned that the lack of clear standards allows manufacturers to test faulty, or partially developed technology on public streets.

14:26 World
Trade jitters send European shares to two-week low

Investors were also eyeing a European Council meeting, with the European Union aiming to secure an exemption from U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports set to come into force on Friday.

14:02 World
Slovak president appoints Peter Pellegrini as new prime minister

The ruling Smer party picked Pellegrini, a 42-year-old deputy prime minister, to replace Fico and keep the three-party government afloat midway through its term.

13:41 World
Google is working on its ownblockchain-related technology

Companies use blockchain and other so-called digital ledgers to securely record transactions and process other data over the internet -- a service Google could use, for example, to reassure customers that their information is protected when stored on the giant network of computer servers that power its cloud services.

13:28 World
YouTube will 'frustrate' some users with ads so they pay for music

People who treat YouTube like a music service, those passively listening for long periods of time, will encounter more ads, according to Lyor Cohen, the company’s global head of music. 

13:00 World
How Luke Skywalker's robotic hand inspired the prosthetics of tomorrow

While audiences were busy digesting Darth Vader's revelation that he was, indeed, Luke's father, a seven-year-old Benjamin Tee was paying attention to a small scene towards the film's end, when Skywalker is fitted with a prosthetic.

12:43 World
Austin bomber: Deceased suspect named in Texas blasts

He was killed after detonating an explosive as officers approached his car following a chase in Round Rock, north of the Texas state capital.

12:02 World
Philippine police say 13 killed in one day of drug busts

More than 4,000 Filipinos have been killed by police during President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial 20-month-old war on drugs, and thousands more by unidentified armed men.

11:38 World
China says must protect interests in face of U.S. trade actions

China resolutely opposes U.S. unilateralism and protectionism with regard to the U.S. “Section 301” investigation into China’s intellectual property practices, according to a statement on the ministry’s website.

10:45 World
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg finally addresses Cambridge Analytica scandal

Following days of silence, CEO announces Facebook will change how it shares data with third-party apps and admits ‘we made mistakes’.

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