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Samsung confirms battery faults as cause of Note 7 fires

Samsung’s probe into its Galaxy Note 7 fiasco has found that the overheating and burning of the phones was caused by faults with their batteries. The firm had axed its iPhone rival in October last year after an earlier botched recall and re-release. The recall is thought to have cost $5.3bn (£4.3bn) and was hugely damaging for the South Korean …

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German police arrest man on suspicion of planning attack

German police said on Sunday they arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of planning a militant attack, and linked his case to that of a second suspect in Vienna. Special forces police arrested the man and a woman during a raid on an apartment in the western city of Neuss on Saturday, a spokesman for the Criminal Investigation Office (LKA) …

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At least 18 dead in Georgia and Mississippi

Severe weather has killed at least 18 people in the US South and injured many more, emergency officials say. A state of emergency has been declared by Governor Nathan Deal in seven counties in south-central Georgia, where 14 people were killed. Four more people were killed by tornadoes in Mississippi on Saturday. More storms and a “tornado outbreak” are expected …

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Brazilian Supreme Court justice, who oversaw corruption case, is killed in plane crash

The chief justice of Brazil’s Supreme Court, who was presiding over the sweeping corruption case that ensnarled politicians and movers and shakers from across the country, died Thursday when the small plane he was traveling in crashed off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state. Teori Zavascki, 68, was initially confirmed as appearing on the passenger list of the Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90, …

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Anti-revenge porn law added to Cybercrimes Bill

Blackmailing an individual by disclosing intimate pornographic content in cyberspace could soon lead to a criminal charge as the final draft of the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill will be tabled in Parliament in the near future. Yesterday, Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development John Jeffery said a new section was included in the final draft to criminalise the harmful disclosure …

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Toll from botched Nigeria air strike rises to 90: MSF

View photos Bodies covered with blankets are pictured on January 17, 2017 after an an air force jet accidentally bombarded a camp for displaced people in northeast Nigeria (AFP Photo/Handout) More Geneva (AFP) – A botched air strike by the Nigerian Air Force earlier this week on a camp for people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency killed at least …

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Italy avalanche: Rescuers search for survivors in buried hote

Penne, Italy (CNN)Rescuers are working in freezing conditions to find as many as 30 people feared trapped in a hotel in central Italy, more than a day after it was buried by an avalanche. Two people were killed when the four-star Hotel Rigopiano, at the foot of the Gran Sasso mountain about (135 kilometers) 85 miles northeast of Rome, was …

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Trump enters with fewer stars but patriotic fervor

Donald Trump couldn’t woo many top stars to perform for his inauguration but he surrounded himself Thursday in patriotic fervor at a concert anchored by country music veterans. On the eve of his inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, Trump threw a celebration on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial that culminated in fireworks that lit up …

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Vin Diesel is back in action for ‘XXX’

Film scholar Tom Gunning coined the phrase “cinema of attractions” to describe the earliest, exhibitionist impulses of filmmaking, bits of spectacle that called attention to their own visibility and technological craft. Pure spectacle has since been subsumed into narrative filmmaking, but the cinema of attractions is always present, especially in modern action movies, and there may be no greater current …

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