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Hurricane Florence closes in on US east coast

Hurricane Florence was on course Wednesday to deliver a powerful blow to the east coast of the United States, with forecasters warning of life-threatening rainfall and flooding even as it weakened to a Category 2 storm.

Suu Kyi defends court decision to jail Reuters reporters

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday robustly defended the jailing of two Reuters journalists who were reporting on the Rohingya crisis, as she hit back at global criticism of a trial widely seen as an attempt to muzzle the free press.

Japan disasters highlight vulnerable infrastructure

Flooded runways, thousands of passengers stranded and a tanker smashing into an access bridge: last week's typhoon in Japan highlighted the vulnerability of Kansai Airport which serves a region with an economy bigger than Belgium's.

Apple to broaden iPhone lineup with more screen

Apple on Wednesday was expected to unveil new iPhones, playing up eye-grabbing edge-to-edge screens in a bid to strengthen its position in a largely saturated global smartphone market.

Anwar to contest in Port Dickson

The incumbent MP for Port Dickson Danyal Balagopal Abdullah announces that he will vacate his seat for Anwar Ibrahim.

Big wind, solar farms could boost rain in Sahara

Installing massive wind and solar farms in the Saharan desert could slow global warming, and also give a small but beneficial boost to rain in the dry African region, researchers said Thursday.

Poor healthcare behind 6 out of 10 preventable deaths

Nearly six in 10 deaths from treatable conditions in low- and middle-income countries result from low-quality healthcare -- a bigger killer than insufficient access to treatment, researchers said.

Breakthrough study 'grows' skin from tissue to heal wounds

In a world first, researchers have transformed tissue cells into skin cells to help heal serious wounds, a technique that could revolutionise care for victims of burns and other severe injuries.

Climate action could add US$26 trillion to world economy

Ambitious action on climate change could contribute an extra $26 trillion to the world economy by 2030, international experts said, urging nations and businesses to step up their engagement.

1.4 billion risk disease from lack of exercise: WHO

More than 1.4 billion adults are putting themselves at heightened risk of deadly diseases by not getting enough exercise, doctors are warning, with global activity levels virtually unchanged in nearly two decades.



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