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?Not My President?s Day? protests pop up in NYC, D.C. and L.A.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:59:36 -0500

?Not My President?s Day? protests pop up in NYC, D.C. and L.A.Thousands of people in cities around the country turned out in protest of President Trump on Monday ? a federal holiday that organizers have dubbed ?Not My President?s Day.? Yahoo News dispatched reporters to cover the major demonstrations planned in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. For a recap of the day?s events, scroll through our coverage in the blog below.



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Scuffles at Thai temple as police hunt for monk
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:25:27 -0500

Scuffles at Thai temple as police hunt for monkBy Cod Satrusayang and Aukkaraporn Niyomyat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Monks and police scuffled on Monday at a Buddhist temple in Thailand where security forces are trying to arrest an influential former abbot on money-laundering charges. The standoff at the scandal-hit Dhammakaya Temple represents one of the biggest challenges to the authority of Thailand's junta since it took power in 2014. Police said they would try to avoid violence while threatening arrest for followers of the sprawling temple who have defied orders to leave and instead flocked there, hampering the search for 72-year-old Phra Dhammachayo.



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?Not My President?s Day? protests break out across the U.S.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:42:22 -0500

?Not My President?s Day? protests break out across the U.S.On President?s Day, thousands of people in cities around the country turned out in protest of President Trump at rallies dubbed "Not My President's Day." The protesters took to the streets to declare their opposition to President Trump?s policies.



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Debt-saddled Mongolia agrees $5.5 bn IMF bailout
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:07:15 -0500

Debt-saddled Mongolia agrees $5.5 bn IMF bailoutMongolia has reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund on a $5.5 billion bailout package, officials announced, as the debt-wracked country tries to stabilise its economy. The landlocked north Asian nation has been hit hard by a more than 50 percent fall over the past five years in the price of copper, its main export. Billions of dollars' worth of natural resources lie buried beneath Mongolia's sprawling steppes, but development has been delayed for years and slowing growth in its biggest customer China has hobbled the economy.



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Atlanta, other cities eye test tracks for self-driving cars
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:27:58 -0500

Atlanta, other cities eye test tracks for self-driving carsATLANTA (AP) ? Self-driving vehicles could begin tooling down a bustling Atlanta street full of cars, buses, bicyclists and college students, as the city vies with other communities nationwide to test the emerging technology.



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Woman Rescues Cop By Jumping on Attacker's Back: 'This Is a True Hero Right Here'
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:35:00 -0500

Woman Rescues Cop By Jumping on Attacker's Back: 'This Is a True Hero Right Here'Vickie Williams-Tillman jumped on the back of a man beating a cop, authorities.



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U.S.-Mexico border shooting case at Supreme Court today
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:00:18 -0500

U.S.-Mexico border shooting case at Supreme Court todayThe Supreme Court hears arguments on Tuesday in a dispute over a Mexican family?s ability to sue a U.S. Border Patrol officer who killed their son in a cross-border incident. Both governments filed briefs in the case, on opposite sides of the dispute.



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Philippine minister stands by call to shut mines as review begins
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:54:18 -0500

Philippine minister stands by call to shut mines as review beginsBy Manolo Serapio Jr MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' environment minister said on Monday she stands by her decision to shut more than half the country's operating mines and bar mining in watershed zones as an inter-agency panel began a review of her actions. Members of the government's Mining Industry Coordinating Council will scrutinize the affected mines to ensure due process was followed and consider the impact on jobs and the economy after an outcry by the mining industry in the world's top nickel ore supplier. The council cannot overturn her orders, but its findings could feed into a decision by President Rodrigo Duterte, who has said he will review the planned closures after initially throwing his support behind his environment minister.



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Senators Ask For Preservation Of Materials Related To Russia Probe
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:02:26 -0500

Senators Ask For Preservation Of Materials Related To Russia ProbeThe Senate Intelligence Committee sent formal requests to organizations, agencies and individuals, including at the White House, requesting that materials related to the Russian probe be preserved.



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Hitler's phone sells for more than $240,000
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:26:56 -0500

Hitler's phone sells for more than $240,000Adolf Hitler's personal telephone, which the Fuehrer used to dictate many of his deadly World War II commands, sold at auction on Sunday for $243,000, the US house selling it announced. Originally a black Bakelite phone, later painted crimson and engraved with Hitler's name, the relic was found in the Nazi leader's Berlin bunker in 1945 following the regime's defeat. The auction house Alexander Historical Auctions, which did not reveal the winning bidder's identity, had estimated its worth between $200,000 and $300,000.



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Elderly woman finds £5 note worth £50,000, donates the money to young people
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:05:43 -0500

Elderly woman finds £5 note worth £50,000, donates the money to young peopleFinding out that the fiver in your wallet is worth thousands of pounds is a dream-come-true for some ? but not everyone. A Northern Irish woman who discovered a rare £5 note worth £50,000 ($62,317) has given the note to charity because she says she has no use for the money.  SEE ALSO: Some lucky duck got a £5 note 'worth £50,000' in a Christmas card The note is one of just four ultra-rare notes worth £50,000 in circulation in the UK. The note ? which is engraved with a special Jane Austen inscription ? is the third one to be snapped up, leaving just one left. The woman who discovered the note contacted the gallery founded by Graham Short ? the artist who engraved the notes ? stating her wish to donate the note to charity. "£5 note enclosed, I don't need it at my time of life. Please use it to help young people," reads the letter sent to the gallery by the donor, who prefers to remain anonymous.  Image: graham short "The lady who found the note has surprised us all by sending it to the gallery and asking that it be used to help young people," reads a blog post on Short's website.  According to the post, the proceeds from the note will be donated to children's charity Children in Need.   "Currently contacting outlets connected to Children in Need to try and give this to a good cause so we honour the request of the lucky woman who originally discovered the note," the post continues. BONUS: This keychain can take away that annoying jingle your keys make



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French far-right chief calls Assad solution to Syria crisis
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:41:30 -0500

French far-right chief calls Assad solution to Syria crisisBEIRUT (AP) ? French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen tried to raise her international profile and press her pro-Syria, pro-Christian stance with a visit to Lebanon on Monday, holding her first campaign meeting with a head of state.



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Brazil's race to save drought-hit city
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:36:24 -0500

Brazil's race to save drought-hit cityThe shrunken carcasses of cows lie in scorched fields outside the city of Campina Grande in northeast Brazil, and hungry goats search for food on the cracked-earth floor of the Boqueirao reservoir that serves the desperate town. After five years of drought, farmer Edivaldo Brito says he cannot remember when the Boqueirão reservoir was last full. Brazil?s arid northeast is weathering its worst drought on record and Campina Grande, which has 400,000 residents that depend on the reservoir, is running out of water.



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Shocker! World?s first self-driving car race ends in a crash
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:40:03 -0500

Shocker! World?s first self-driving car race ends in a crash

The world's first race on a professional track involving self-driving cars ended, not surprisingly, with a crash. As part of the Roborace competition held in Buenos Aires over the weekend, one of the two self-driving Devbot vehicles involved in the race slammed into a wall after miscalculating a particularly sharp turn.

While the Devbot vehicles weren't going all out, they weren't exactly driving at a leisurely pace either. At their best, both cars were driving in excess of 100 MPH, with one reaching a top speed of 115 MPH at one point.

In addition to racing around the track at high speeds, it's worth noting that each car can communicate with the other as to prevent them from crashing into each other. Unfortunately, the racetrack wall proved to be an insurmountable foe.

As for the software malfunction that caused the crash, Roborace's Justin Cooke explained what happened in an interview with the BBC:

One of the cars was trying to perform a manoeuvre, and it went really full-throttle and took the corner quite sharply and caught the edge of the barrier.

It's actually fantastic for us because the more we see these moments the more we are able to learn and understand what was the thinking behind the computer and its data.

Indeed, for as far along as self-driving software and hardware has progressed, it's clear that there's still a lot of work to be done before self-driving cars can replace human drivers completely across all driving environments.

While the DevBot vehicles are designed such that they "can be driven by a human or a computer", the versions used in the race over the weekend did not have any humans inside. Photos of the crash can be seen here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSbSUeKEj00



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Father and Son Killed In Head-On Collision With One Another
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:37:00 -0500

Father and Son Killed In Head-On Collision With One AnotherPolice said alcohol was a factor in the crash.



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Police: Man in photos now 'main suspect' in 2 girls' deaths
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:58:18 -0500

Police: Man in photos now 'main suspect' in 2 girls' deathsDELPHI, Ind. (AP) ? A man photographed walking along a northern Indiana trail system around the time two teenage girls later found slain were dropped off by a relative is now considered "the main suspect" in their killings, State Police said Sunday.



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Indonesia Islamists urge ouster of Jakarta governor, plan more protests
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:04:35 -0500

Indonesia Islamists urge ouster of Jakarta governor, plan more protestsIndonesian Islamist groups on Monday called on the government to suspend the Christian governor of the capital and for the courts to convict him of blasphemy, demands they will make again at a rally outside parliament on Tuesday. Islamist groups have held two big rallies since November against the governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who is on trial for insulting the Koran, and in the midst of an election in which he hopes to win a second term. "Our demands to parliament are that they urge the government to suspend Purnama ... and urge the Supreme Court and judges to detain him and impose the maximum sentence," said Muhammad al Khaththath of the Islamic People's Forum.



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Sweden Has Most Foreign Born Citizens In Europe
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:27:03 -0500

Sweden Has Most Foreign Born Citizens In EuropeThe scrutiny of President Donald Trump's recent comments about Sweden continued Monday.



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Nigeria urges AU to intervene over 'SAfrica killings'
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:27:41 -0500

Nigeria urges AU to intervene over 'SAfrica killings'Nigeria on Monday urged the African Union to step in to stop what it said were "xenophobic attacks" on its citizens and other Africans in South Africa. "This is unacceptable to the people and government of Nigeria," a senior presidential aide on foreign affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said in an emailed statement. There was no independent verification of the claimed number of deaths, which may have been the result of wider criminal activities rather than anti-immigrant sentiment.



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Beta Shows Off New Trials Models
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:45:57 -0500

Beta Shows Off New Trials ModelsBeta Shows Off New Trials Models Italian off-road manufacturer Beta has unveiled a number of new and updated Evo Factory range of Trials models. The new line-up features two-stroke 125, 250 and 300cc engines and a 300cc 4-stroke. Beta says the Factory



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?I am a Muslim too? rally in Times Square
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:34:26 -0500

?I am a Muslim too? rally in Times SquareRussell Simmons and Rabbi Marc Schneier hosted a large demonstration in Times Square on Sunday in response to Trump?s executive order barring travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.



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How 'Jane Roe' came to symbolize both pro-life and pro-choice
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:10:43 -0500

How 'Jane Roe' came to symbolize both pro-life and pro-choiceYou might think Jane Roe from the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case of Roe v. Wade would unhesitatingly support a women?s right to choose. ?I think I have always been pro-life,? Ms. McCorvey once told a local radio station. McCorvey?s death comes at a critical juncture in the abortion debate.



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Duck boats face increasing calls for improvements, bans
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:20:07 -0500

Duck boats face increasing calls for improvements, bansBOSTON (AP) ? With their festive, party-like ambiance and ability to travel on land and in water, duck boats have long been tourist attractions for sightseers around the U.S. But a string of deadly accidents has left the industry reeling, forced safety improvements and led some advocates to call for a total ban on the vehicles.



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Los Angeles named the most gridlocked city in the world
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:08:46 -0500

Los Angeles named the most gridlocked city in the worldLos Angeles has topped the INRIX Global Congestion Ranking to be named the most gridlocked city in the world. Los Angeles took the number one spot after the results revealed that in 2016 drivers in the city spent 104 hours in congestion during peak time periods, followed by Moscow (91 hours), New York (89 hours), San Francisco (83 hours) and Bogota (80 hours). The US was also named the most congested developed country in the world, with the country accounting for 11 of the top 25 cities worldwide with the worst traffic congestion and with drivers on average spending 42 hours a year in traffic during peak times.



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Philippines' Duterte ordered murders: ex-police aide
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:08:15 -0500

Philippines' Duterte ordered murders: ex-police aidePhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte ran a death squad that killed many people, including a journalist and a pregnant woman, when he was mayor of a southern city, a retired policeman who claimed to be part of the group said Monday. Arthur Lascanas, sitting alongside three prominent human rights lawyers, broke down in tears as he listed a series of murders in Davao city that he alleged Duterte ordered either to eliminate critics or fight crime. Lascanas said he even killed his two brothers, who were involved in drug trafficking, due to "blind loyalty" to Duterte as well as cash rewards.



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Senators look to new sanctions against Iran for missile development
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:06:22 -0500

Senators look to new sanctions against Iran for missile developmentU.S. Republican senators plan to introduce legislation to impose further sanctions on Iran, accusing it of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions by testing ballistic missiles and acting to "destabilise" the Middle East, a U.S. senator said Sunday. "I think it is now time for the Congress to take Iran on directly in terms of what they?ve done outside the nuclear program," Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told the Munich Security Conference. Graham said he and other Republicans would introduce measures to hold Iran accountable for its actions.



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Iraq forces battle IS to close in on Mosul's west bank
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:09:28 -0500

Iraq forces battle IS to close in on Mosul's west bankIraqi forces backed by jets and helicopters battled their way towards southern Mosul on Monday and prepared to take on the Islamic State group's stronghold in the city's west bank. The fresh push in the four-month-old operation to retake Mosul has sparked fears for 750,000 trapped civilians who risk being killed if they try to flee and starvation if they stay. Federal police forces reached the Aqrab checkpoint on the highway from Baghdad, a spot that marks the southern entrance to Mosul and from which the city is clearly visible.



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This new iPhone 8 feature might end up blowing our minds
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:33:11 -0500

This new iPhone 8 feature might end up blowing our minds

Amid rumors that the iPhone 8 will incorporate advanced facial recognition features, the Hebrew-language website Calcalist (via Times of Israel) is reporting that Apple recently acquired Realface, an up-and-coming Israeli startup with impressive real-time facial recognition software.

Lending credence to rumors that the iPhone 8 may forgo the use of Touch ID in favor of facial recognition, Realface's software is said to be sophisticated enough such that it can reliably be used as a foundation for mobile-based biometric authentication.

As is often the case when Apple acquires a company, Realface's web presence has already been wiped from the web. Still, thanks to the magic of Google, we were able to poke around and dig up some intriguing nuggets of information about the company's promising technology.

Realface boasts that it's AI software rests upon deep learning methods and is so reliable and quick that the end-result is an absolutely seamless user experience.

"Our technology provides our customers and end-users with the highest level of authentication and security available on all platforms," says Realface. "We have proprietary IP in the field of frictionless face recognition and effective learnings from facial features." Incidentally, Realface's technology is also capable of filtering out photos of faces and advanced sculptures designed to trick the software into thinking that a device's camera is honed in on an actual human face.

Further, Realface claims that its software can recognize faces with a 99.67% success rate, an impressive figure that is even higher than the average 97.5% success rate exhibited by humans. To this point, a profile on Realface from last year relays that the company's technology is so advanced that it can even distinguish between identical twins with alarming and impressive accuracy.

Below is a quick and dirty demo of the software in action.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNlkxGmIgW0

What's particularly interesting is that Realface's technology is not only capable of discerning individual faces, but can also analyze specific facial expressions as a means to determine a user's mood. If this sounds somewhat familiar, Apple last year acquired Emotient, a company with similar AI technology of its own.

Now as for what Apple is planning to do with its growing portfolio of AI-based facial recognition software, well, that's the million dollar question. While initial speculation centered on Apple rolling out augmented reality features, perhaps similar to what the beloved MSQRD app does, more recent rumblings suggest that Apple wants to position facial recognition as a means to identify users and securely authorize sensitive transactions. Again, there are even reports that facial recognition might ultimately serve as a replacement for Touch ID.

While this seems far-fetched, Ming Chi-Kuo -- an analyst with the best track record regarding Apple rumors -- seems to think otherwise. In a recently issued research note, Kuo claims that the iPhone 8's rumored edgeless design cannot, for whatever reason, coexist peacefully with Touch ID. Consequently, Kuo relays that Apple wants to eventually replace Touch ID with a facial recognition solution.

When it comes to Apple, the old adage that when there's smoke, there's fire is generally true. That being the case, it stands to reason that facial recognition will be a huge and incredibly exciting component of the iPhone 8 user experience.



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Defense Secretary Mattis Has No ?Issues With The Press?
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:33:43 -0500

Defense Secretary Mattis Has No ?Issues With The Press?The Pentagon chief broke with the president?s comments that the media is the ?enemy of the American people.?



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Police Build Kitty Condo for Stray Cat That Has Been Visiting Department For Years
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:57:00 -0500

Police Build Kitty Condo for Stray Cat That Has Been Visiting Department For YearsOne officer spent several nights working on the condo.



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Tribes lay remains of Kennewick Man to rest
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:32:31 -0500

Tribes lay remains of Kennewick Man to restKENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) ? The ancient bones of the Kennewick Man have been returned to the ground.



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2017 Mercedes-Maybach S550 4MATIC
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:15:00 -0500

2017 Mercedes-Maybach S550 4MATICA perfectly restrained chauffeur-mobile.



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Uber hires ex-U.S. Attorney General Holder to probe sexual harassment
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:31:18 -0500

Uber hires ex-U.S. Attorney General Holder to probe sexual harassmentUber Technologies Inc has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct a review of sexual harassment claims at the ride-hailing service made by a former employee. Holder and Tammy Albarran, who are partners at the law firm Covington & Burling, will look into the complaints about a manager at Uber, as well as general questions about diversity and inclusion, Chief Executive Travis Kalanick told his employees in a memo on Monday that was seen by Reuters. Last year, Airbnb hired Holder, who served under former President Barack Obama, to help craft a policy to combat discrimination occurring through the online lodging service's platform.



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Storms, tornadoes damage dozens of homes in San Antonio area
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:10:46 -0500

Storms, tornadoes damage dozens of homes in San Antonio areaSAN ANTONIO (AP) ? Severe storms that pushed several tornadoes through parts of Central Texas ripped the roofs from homes and damaged dozens of other houses and apartments in San Antonio and toppled auto-carrier cars of a freight train near Austin, authorities said Monday.



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Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin dead at 64
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:46:14 -0500

Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin dead at 64Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, who for years fended off Western criticism and defended Moscow's actions in Ukraine and Syria, has died in New York. Churkin collapsed while at work at the Russian mission to the United Nations Monday morning and was rushed to a Manhattan hospital, apparently suffering from heart problems, diplomatic sources said. In a statement announcing his death, the foreign ministry in Moscow described him as an "outstanding diplomat." There was no information on the cause of death.



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Death toll rises to 39 in Mogadishu bombing
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 02:25:48 -0500

Death toll rises to 39 in Mogadishu bombingThe toll has climbed to 39 dead in an unusually deadly suicide bombing at the weekend in the Somali capital Mogadishu, rescue workers said Monday, the first since a new president was chosen this month. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but suicide bombings are commonly carried out by Somalia's Shabaab jihadists who have threatened a "vicious war" against the new government. "Thirty-nine people died and 27 others were wounded," Abdukadir Abdurahman Adem head of Mogadishu's Amin Ambulance service, said on Monday.



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Ski resort razed by the Taliban lifts Pakistan's domestic tourism
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:25:19 -0500

Ski resort razed by the Taliban lifts Pakistan's domestic tourismBy Drazen Jorgic MALAM JABBA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Atop the piste of Malam Jabba in Pakistan's once dangerous Swat Valley skiers schuss downhill, a new Chinese-built chairlift ferries tourists to the peak, and a luxury hotel is under construction to replace one torched by the Taliban. The Taliban declared skiing "un-Islamic" during their 2007-2009 reign of terror over Swat, but improved security in recent years has allowed ski tourism to re-emerge on Malam Jabba, a hill station in the Hindu Kush mountain range. Locals tout Swat as "the Switzerland of Pakistan", with an international ski tournament held there in January.



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Maybe A Salary Would Get First Lady To The White House
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:29:44 -0500

Maybe A Salary Would Get First Lady To The White HouseMelania Trump isn't the first first lady to be reluctant to take on White House duties.



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International anti-Trump protests
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:12:19 -0500

International anti-Trump protestsDemonstrators in Europe protest the presidency of Donald Trump, during the U.S. President?s Day long weekend. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr



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VIDEO: Water flows into iconic Lake Berryessa Glory Hole
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:45:25 -0500

VIDEO: Water flows into iconic Lake Berryessa Glory HoleThis unique Northern California spillway looks like a bathtub drain and functions similarly too. Watch as water flows into the breathtaking Glory Hole at Lake Barryessa in Napa.



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Woman Allegedly Stabs 8-Year-Old Girl Over Her Babysitting Skills
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:14:00 -0500

Woman Allegedly Stabs 8-Year-Old Girl Over Her Babysitting SkillsThey reportedly both live in the same apartment building.



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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500

2017 Hyundai Ioniq HybridHyundai's eco warrior stares down the reigning champion.



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John Glenn still inspires 55 years after his 1st orbit
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:02:57 -0500

John Glenn still inspires 55 years after his 1st orbitCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ? John Glenn is continuing to inspire 55 years after becoming the first American to orbit Earth.



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UAE signs $1.2 bn in deals as arms fair opens
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:31:41 -0500

UAE signs $1.2 bn in deals as arms fair opensAbu Dhabi (AFP) - The four-day International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) kicked off Sunday in Abu Dhabi with the United Arab Emirates announcing 21 deals worth more than $1.2 billion.



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Syrian army pounds rebels in pre-talks shelling
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:11:50 -0500

Syrian army pounds rebels in pre-talks shellingSyrian government forces Monday escalated their bombing campaign around Damascus, raining shells down on rebel territory and sending out a "bloody message" just days before renewed peace talks in Geneva. Representatives from the opposition and of President Bashar al-Assad's regime are to head to Switzerland on Thursday for another attempt to end their country's brutal six-year war. "The toll in regime air strikes on (northern rebel district of Damascus) Barzeh has increased to seven people, including a woman and child," the Observatory said, adding that 12 more had been wounded.



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Solar-powered Africa ?never more possible and less expensive?: energy chief
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:16:44 -0500

Solar-powered Africa ?never more possible and less expensive?:  energy chiefBy Maina Waruru ABU DHABI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A ?solar revolution? is coming to Africa, comparable in scale and importance to the rapid surge in mobile phone use on the continent two decades ago, predicts the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency. Fast-dropping costs for solar power, combined with plenty of sun and a huge need for electricity on a continent where many are still without it, means solar has huge potential in Africa, said Adnan Amin, the director general of IRENA. ?Africa?s solar potential is enormous,? he said in an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation.



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Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:49:02 -0500

Recent developments surrounding the South China SeaBANGKOK (AP) ? A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:



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Zimbabwe's Mugabe says he is people's choice for 2018 election
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:04:51 -0500

Zimbabwe's Mugabe says he is people's choice for 2018 electionBy Cris Chinaka HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's people and the ruling ZANU-PF party see no viable alternative candidate to President Robert Mugabe for general elections in 2018, state media quoted him as saying on Sunday. "The people, you know, would want to judge everyone else on the basis of President Mugabe as the criteria," Mugabe, who is Africa's oldest leader, said. Mugabe has been in power in the southern African country since 1980 and in December his party confirmed him as its candidate for the next presidential election expected in mid-2018, when he will be 94.



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