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India unveils the world’s largest solar power plant.

The country is on schedule to be the world’s third biggest solar market next year. Images have been released showing the sheer size of a new solar power plant in southern India. The facility in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu, has a capacity of 648 MW and covers an area of 10 …

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Drones launch off-grid healthcare in rural Madagascar.

New project aims to enable villagers to diagnose and treat conditions via drone-delivered test samples and vaccines. Drones, initially developed for warfare, are being co-opted to provide revolutionary off-grid healthcare to those who live in the most remote parts of the world. A fully autonomous drone recently flew blood samples …

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Nokia confirms it will release a smartphone next year

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The once-mighty Finnish company sold its device business to Microsoft in 2014, where phones were sold under the Lumia brand. But as Microsoft effectively exits the smartphone business, Nokia is set to return.   Nokia has confirmed that its upcoming smartphone will be released next year, making good on its …

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Skyscanner sold to China travel firm Ctrip in £1.4bn deal

Skyscanner, the UK-based travel search business, has been bought by Ctrip, China’s biggest online travel firm. The deal values Skyscanner at about £1.4bn ($1.75bn). The firm, which has its headquarters in Edinburgh, is available in more than 30 languages, with about 60 million monthly active users. It was set up …

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Chinese power station collapse

At least 40 people have been killed when a platform collapsed at a construction site in China’s Jiangxi province. The accident took place at a power plant in Fengcheng where a cooling tower was under construction. There were a number of people still trapped at the scene. Jiangxi province’s fire …

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Volkswagen to cut 30,000 jobs to reduce costs after emissions scandal

Automaker Volkswagen said Friday it will shed 30,000 jobs to cut costs as it tries to recover from its diesel emissions scandal and invests more in electric-powered vehicles and digital services. Company officials said at a news conference at headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, that 23,000 of the job cuts will …

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