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Author Lilian Galstyan

15:42 11/10/2018

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19:47 World
China reveals plan to launch an 'artificial moon' to light up city skies in 2020

The so-called illumination satellite set to deploy over the southwestern city of Chengdu in 2020 is touted to be eight times as bright as the real moon, to cast a ‘dusk-like glow’ over the region, according to the People’s Daily.

18:38 World
Mueller's quiet period has not been very quiet

September and October at first glance appear to be quiet periods for the investigation, under the Justice Department's guidelines to avoid public political acts before the midterm elections.

18:01 NKR
Artsakh Republic President B. Sahakyan visited the eastern section of the Artsakh-Azerbaijani borderline,

got acquainted on site with the service of the servicemen and current situation. Defense minister Levon Mnatsakanyan, other officials accompanied the President.
Source: Central information department of the office of the Artsakh Republic President

17:00 World
Former Sudanese president Suwar al-Dahab dies in Riyadh: SUNA

Dahab, a former military officer, was defense minister before he led a coup in 1985 to overthrow Jaafar Nimeiri, who had been president since 1969.

16:39 World
Exclusive: U.S. sports leagues could see $4.2 billion annually from legal betting

The National Football League stands to make the most, with a projected $2.33 billion of additional annual revenue, according to the study seen by Reuters. Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League would account for the rest.

16:16 World
WhatsApp preparing new Silent and Vacation modes for Android and iOS apps

One of these new features, Silent Mode should already be available on many Android devices starting today. It allows Android users to hide the app badge for muted chats. Apparently, Silent Mode is enabled by default, so there's no option in the Settings menu that you need to activate.

15:45 World
Harvey Weinstein accuser told to delete phone files

Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said the complainant was told by a detective to "delete anything she did not want anyone to see".

15:45 World
Two men charged for supplying prohibited items to North Korea

The police said three companies linked to the 58-year-old have also been charged in court for supplying prohibited luxury items to North Korea.

15:01 World
Air Force IDs American pilot killed in Ukrainian fighter jet crash

An Air Force fighter pilot, Lt. Col. Seth “Jethro” Nehring, was with the California Air National Guard’s 194th Fighter Squadron, part of the 144th Fighter Wing based in Fresno.

14:44 World
Bride marries at 100 to 'toyboy' 26 years her junior as she wheels up aisle to Dancing Queen

Norah Witkiss tied the knot with younger man Malcolm Yates, who she has been dating for 30 years,at a wedding ceremony in Prestatyn.

13:41 World
Exxon Mobil bets big on China LNG, sidesteps trade war

Its gas strategy is moving on two tracks: expanding output of the super-cooled gas in places such as Papua New Guinea and Mozambique, and creating demand for those supplies in China by opening Exxon’s first import and storage hub, according to an Exxon manager and people briefed on the company’s plans.

13:28 World
Google to charge smartphone makers for Google Play in Europe

The European Commission in July fined Google a record 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) for using the market dominance of its mobile software to hinder rivals in areas such as internet search.

13:00 World
Spain to lead Japan in global life expectancy, US continues to to slide

People in Spain will live for 85.8 years on average, marginally edging out expected lifespans in Japan (85.7), Singapore (85.4) and Switzerland (85.2).

12:43 World
US shies away from calling China a currency manipulator

President Donald Trump has previously accused China of keeping its currency weak to make exports more competitive.

12:29 World
Steve Penny: Ex-USA Gymnastics head held over Nassar case

Steve Penny had been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly removing documents from a training centre during the investigation into the disgraced former team doctor. The arrest was made in Tennessee on Wednesday.

12:02 World
Australia's spy agency warned government Israel embassy move could provoke violent unrest

Asio document highlights possible protests on back of Scott Morrison’s Jerusalem relocation and Iran nuclear deal withdrawal suggestion.

11:38 World
Banksy video shows plan to shred entire Girl With Balloon artwork

Artist’s video depicts practice run in which piece is entirely destroyed, alongside words ‘In rehearsals it worked every time ...'.

11:16 World
7 more deaths raise Hurricane Michael toll to 33; residents trickle back to devastated areas

Mexico Beach was ground zero for Michael when the storm roared ashore last Wednesday, packing 155 mph winds and bringing a catastrophic storm surge. It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in nearly 50 years.

10:27 World
Fashion company Nine West files amended bankruptcy plan

The plan is expected to provide $105 million cash recovery to stakeholders through the settlement of potential claims and causes of action against the company’s indirect equity owners, it said.

10:00 World
Robot market growth slows as trade war hits industrial spending: robot industry chief

IFR, which brings together nearly 60 global robot suppliers and integrators, predicts worldwide industrial robot sales this year to grow 10 percent compared to last year’s 30 percent jump.

20:11 World
Tasmania penguin deaths: Dozens killed in suspected dog attack

A member of the public alerted rangers to the dozens of penguin bodies strewn across a beach on the north coast of Australia's island state.

19:49 World
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1945 auctioned for record-shattering price

Sothebys’ sale of Pinot Noirs from Robert Drouhin’s collection demonstrates Burgundy’s blockbuster appeal.

18:38 World
Roseanne objects to manner of character's spin-off exit

Picking up three weeks after Roseanne's sudden death, the show's first episode reveals the family matriarch died from an accidental opioid overdose.

18:16 World
Hélène Pastor murder: Polish son-in-law admits ordering hit

Wojciech Janowski is on trial with nine others and made the shocking admission a day before the verdict is due.

17:45 World
Woman devotee from Andhra, family forced to turn back midway by Sabarimala protesters

The temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa is set to open for devotees, including women, at 5pm, the first time after the Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all ages access to the shrine.

17:24 World
Saudi Arabia’s $100M pledge arrives in American accounts as Pompeo lands in Riyadh

The source said the timing of the two events is no accident. He said Saudi Arabia originally pledged its contribution in August, and U.S. officials were expecting to receive it by the fall.

17:00 World
Naked man who jumped into shark tank arrested in earlier assault, police say

David Weaver, 37, was arrested in Thunder Bay during a vehicle stop, Ontario Provincial Police said. Arrangements were being made to transfer Weaver to Toronto.

15:45 World
Tesla secures Shanghai site for $2 billion China Gigafactory

Tesla signed a long-anticipated deal with Shanghai authorities in July to build its first factory outside the United States, which would double the size of its global manufacturing and help lower the pricetag of Tesla cars sold in the world’s largest auto market.

15:27 World
Complying with the EC’s Android decision

At the same time, we’ve been working on how to comply with the decision. We have now informed the European Commission of the changes we will make while the appeal is pending.

15:01 World
Chinese star Fan Bingbing seen in Beijing after lengthy disappearance

In a video posted by Baidu News and shared on Weibo, Fan was shown leaving Beijing Capital International Airport on Monday night, wearing dark glasses to hide her face and followed by a man with a large black umbrella.

14:44 World
World stocks extend rise after blockbuster U.S. earnings

A pan-European equity index rose 0.15 percent to a one-week high. Earlier, MSCI’s ex-Japan share index added 0.6 percent while Japan’s Nikkei jumped 1.3 percent.

14:26 World
EU leaders prepare hardball Brexit summit for May

Summit chair Donald Tusk said the risk of a “no deal” taking Britain out of the bloc and into legal limbo and border chaos on March 29 was greater than ever.

14:02 World
Hong Kong train network suffers its worst ever delay – a six-hour signal failure

Experts to investigate delays that were so unprecedented the network’s handbook has no guidance on the scenario.

13:41 World
Ian Kiernan: The man who wanted to clean up the world

The round-the-world yachtsman began the Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World campaigns after being appalled by levels of ocean rubbish in the 1980s.

13:28 World
Dennis Hof: Nevada brothel owner and reality star dies at 72

The brothel owner was a media figure in the US, and starred in an HBO reality series for nine years about one of his brothels.

13:00 World
Khashoggi: Trump defends Saudi Arabia as Pompeo heads to Turkey

Trump likens case to Kavanaugh confirmation hearings as Turkish president reports evidence of toxic materials at Saudi consulate.

12:43 World
US-China tensions soar as 'new cold war' heats up

Rivalry escalates amid concerns over trade, as warships nearly collide and an FBI trap angers Beijing.

12:29 World
British royals reign over drought-stricken Australian town

They had earlier visited a farm hit by the drought and Harry recalled his own stay on an Australian farm 15 years ago, where he said he was chased by countless cattle and perfected the Aussie salute of swatting flies.

12:02 World
Cambodia's garment workers fear EU trade threat but producers optimistic

Some Western countries have criticized a July election won by Prime Minister Hun Sen, calling it flawed, because of a campaign of intimidation by his allies, and the lack of a credible opposition dissolved by the Supreme Court.

11:16 World
U.S. judge approves SEC settlement with Tesla, Musk; shares jump

Judge Alison Nathan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York approved a motion filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission outlining the agreement with Tesla and Musk.

10:45 World
7 killed, almost 80 injured in Morocco train derailment

The train derailed about halfway between Rabat and the town of Kenitra, near the city of Sale. 

10:00 NKR
On 15 October Artsakh Republic President B. Sahakyan received the delegation of the Lebanese Regional Board of the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party

A range of issues related to Artsakh’s foreign and domestic policy and its socioeconomic development were on the discussion agenda.
Source: Central information department of the office of the Artsakh Republic President

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