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NHS medics prevent epidemic among Rohingya

Medics from the UK have this weekend returned from Bangladesh after fighting a diphtheria outbreak in the Rohingya refugee camps.  The team of 40 NHS doctors, nurses and paramedics triaged more than 3,000 people, and treated more than 500 for diphtheria, most of them children. Before the teams arrived, the …

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How Facebook stole the news business

Big news outlets stupidly sold their soul to Facebook. Desperate for the referral traffic Facebook dangled, they spent the past few years jumping through its hoops only to be cut out of the equation. Instead of developing an owned audience of homepage visitors and newsletter subscribers, they let Facebook brainwash …

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Navy commissions littoral combat ship USS Omaha

Feb. 3 (UPI) — The USS Omaha, the Navy’s newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, was commissioned Saturday afternoon at the Broadway pier in San Diego. The USS Omaha, the 11th littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the sixth of the Independence-variant design, was commissioned into the fleet Saturday …

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Winter Olympics: North Korea presses ahead with military parade

Image copyright KCNA / STR Image caption North Korea’s military parades can be large affairs North Korea has defended plans for a large-scale military parade scheduled for the day before the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Pyongyang’s annual military parade to mark the founding of its armed forces has taken …

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Foxconn to plug at least $340M into AI R&D over five years

Manufacturing giant Foxconn has said it will make a major investment in artificial intelligence-based R&D as it looks for new business growth opportunities in a cooling global smartphone market, Nikkei reports. “We will at least invest some 10 billion New Taiwan dollars ($342M) over five years to recruit top talent and …

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Passengers must give details on flights under new rules

The Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said the Government has approved his proposals on counter-terrorism legislation, which will require details of passengers on flights entering or leaving the State. It is part of security measures that Ireland has signed up to within the EU. The proposals come under the European Union directive – …

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Unicorns gorge as investors dish up bigger rounds, more capital

Is there a point when investors will turn off the spigots for giant unicorn funding rounds? If so, we haven’t reached that threshold yet. Last year, investors put a record amount of capital into members of the Crunchbase Unicorn Leaderboard, a list of private venture-backed companies valued at more than $1 …

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Russian pilot killed after Syria rebels down plane

A Russian pilot was killed today in clashes with hardline rebels after they downed his warplane over Syria’s northwest province of Idlib. The pilot was killed during “a fight” after ejecting by parachute, the TASS news agency quoted Russia’s Defence Ministry as saying. “The pilot was killed as he fought …

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