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EU seeks to scrap seasonal clock changes in 2019

The European Union will scrap the twice-yearly seasonal clock change across the bloc from October 2019, leaving member states to decide by April whether they will stick permanently to summer or winter time, the European Commission said on Friday. Since 1996, EU law has required all EU countries to move forward by an hour on the last Sunday of March…

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North and South Korea open first liaison office 

The rival Koreas on Friday opened their first liaison office near their tense border to facilitate better communication and exchanges ahead of a summit in Pyongyang next week. The office’s opening at the North Korean border town of Kaesong is the latest in a series of reconciliatory steps the Koreas have taken this year. The office is the first of ...

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India playing leading role in lowering global emissions: Anand Mahindra

San Francisco, Sep 14 (IANS) India is already playing a leading role in lowering global emissions. The country’s efforts in mainstreaming renewable energy and energy efficiency are remarkable. These, and its ambition in the electric mobility space, are admired across the globe, says Mahindra Group Executive Chairman Anand Mahindra. For him, climate change needs to be addressed and he has ...

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Musk’s SpaceX signs up first passenger, announces new plan for round-the-moon trip

LOS ANGELES: Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX on Friday signed up its first passenger for a flight around the moon, taking a giant leap toward commercialising space travel. The person’s identity will be revealed on September 17, Space Exploration Technologies said in a tweet. Asked whether he’d be the first passenger, Musk — who’s also the chief executive officer of ...

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Share of US population born abroad hits a 108-year peak

WASHINGTON: The foreign-born population in the United States has reached its highest share since 1910, according to government data released Thursday, and the new arrivals are more likely to come from Asia and to have college degrees than those who arrived in past decades. The Census Bureau’s figures for 2017 confirm a major shift in who is coming to the ...

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‘Threat becomes reality’: Florence begins days of rain, wind

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The big slosh has begun, and the consequences could be disastrous. Hurricane Florence’s leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 100 mph winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend. Tens of thousands were ...

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N. Korea calls Sony, Wannacry hack charges smear campaign

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea strongly denied claims by the United States that a computer programmer working for the North Korean government was involved in the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment and the spread of the WannaCry ransomware virus. In a statement Friday, a North Korean Foreign Ministry official said that the person named by U.S. is a ...

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