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Kenya floods leave at least 15 people dead

Kenyan officials said Friday that at least 15 people have drowned and scores of families have been displaced across the East African nation during two days of heavy rainfall that caused flooding in urban and rural areas. The deaths happened as flood and river waters swept through Kenyan towns that …

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Chinese police are using facial-recognition tech to catch criminals


Police in Beijing are reportedly testing out new smart glasses enabled with license plate and facial-recognition technology. The smart tech, which is being used at a highway checkpoint on the outskirts of the city, can not only identify individuals who are stopped but also match them with a police database of …

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Game of Thrones’ prequels will have bigger budgets than original series


With HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones concluding its epic run in 2019, fans are understandably eager to find out what else the network has planned for the fantasy world adapted from George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed novels. Fortunately, we have some ideas about what we can expect to see — which could …

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China’s giant 200-foot chimney sucks in pollution, spews out clean air


China has a pretty severe pollution problem, with smog in some parts of the country so bad that it can discolor buildings and even blot out the sun. According to some estimates, high levels of air pollution in China’s cities cause up to 350,000 to 400,000 premature deaths each year. …

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Angola’s ex-leader to quit as ruling party boss by 2019

Former Angolan leader said Friday he will quit as head of the governing party by 2019 after the ruling MPLA denied tensions with his successor, President Joao Lourenco. Dos Santos ceded the presidency to his former defense minister Lourenco following the ruling MPLA’s victory in August elections but held on …

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South Africa: Jacob Zuma faces corruption trial

South Africa’s former President, Jacob Zuma, is to face prosecution for 18 charges of corruption, the director of public prosecutions has confirmed. They include more than 700 counts of fraud, racketeering and money laundering. He denies the charges. Mr Zuma, 75, was forced to resign as president last month by …

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