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Documenting climate change – with a drone

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson headed to Greenland in June, he travelled with a heavy, oversized rolling bag containing a crucial piece of equipment to document climate change. Jackson, one of...

More evidence exercise may be good for your mood

(Reuters Health) – People who exercise may experience symptoms of mental health disorders less often, a U.S. study suggests. That may be true even when the exercise involves doing household chores, researchers found. The study team examined survey data collected from more than 1.2 million American adults. Participants were asked how often in the past...

American Airlines joins rivals in hiking U.S. baggage fees by five dollars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American Airlines Group Inc said on Thursday it would raise domestic U.S. baggage fees by $5, joining major rivals in the price hike amid higher fuel costs. The largest U.S. airline said it would hike the price of a first checked bag by $5 to $30 and the second bag to $40...

Trump releases first two names of U.S. war dead handed over by N.Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump released the names on Thursday of two Army soldiers killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War whose remains were handed over by North Korea this year in a goodwill gesture. Trump said the first remains identified by the U.S. military belonged to Army Master Sergeant Charles H. McDaniel, 32,...

White House pledges to step up cyber offence on hackers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House warned foreign hackers on Thursday it will increase offensive measures as part of a new national cyber security strategy. The move comes as U.S. intelligence officials expect a flurry of digital attacks ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections. The strategy provides federal agencies with new guidance for how...

Google defends Gmail data sharing, gives few details on violations

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google gave details about its policies for third-party Gmail add-ons but stopped short of fully addressing questions from U.S. senators about developers who break its email-scanning rules. How user data flows between big technology platforms such as Google and Facebook Inc and their partners has faced scrutiny around the...

UK PM’s Brexit plans opposed by 40 rebels in her party: former Brexit minister

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s former Brexit minister David Davis has said up to 40 lawmakers from Prime Minister Theresa May’s party will vote against her plans to leave the European Union, meaning she may struggle to get her deal through parliament. The United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29 but little...

Ex-prosecutor to examine New York archdiocese sex abuse policies

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan named a former federal judge and prosecutor on Thursday to independently review how the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York has handled allegations of sexual abuse, after what Dolan said was the “Summer of Hell.” Barbara Jones, who retired as a U.S. district judge in 2013,...

Four General Electric power turbines shut down in U.S. due to blade issue

(Reuters) – General Electric Co said on Thursday that four of its new flagship power turbines in the United States have been shut down due to an “oxidation issue” and warned it expects the problem to affect more of the 51 units it has shipped, sending shares lower. The giant machines form the beating heart...

U.S. court rules for Colorado ‘intersex’ veteran denied passport

(Reuters) – A federal court has ruled the U.S. State Department cannot deny a passport to a Navy veteran who is intersex and identifies as neither male nor female. Navy veteran Dana Zzyym, a Colorado resident born in 1958 with ambiguous sex characteristics, sued the federal government for refusing to issue a passport because it...

Paris police take down knock-off Eiffel Tower network

PARIS (Reuters) – French police have broken up a suspected criminal gang who sold miniature copies of the Eiffel Tower at tourist sites around Paris often using illegal immigrants. The six-week operation also seized more than 20 tonnes of the trinkets stored in depots outside the capital. Police units involved in combating illegal immigration helped...

Cher turns back time with album of ABBA cover versions

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Making a cameo in the “Mamma Mia!” movie sequel gave Cher a taste for the music of ABBA. Now the singer and actor is releasing an album that will feature cover versions of the Swedish pop group’s hits, and going on tour to promote it. “Dancing Queen,” to be released next...

Britain to create 2,000-strong cyber force to tackle Russia threat: Sky News

(Reuters) – Britain is significantly increasing its ability to wage war in cyberspace with the creation of a new offensive cyber force of up to 2,000 personnel, Sky News reported on Thursday. The new force which is expected to be announced soon would represent a near four-fold increase in manpower focused on offensive cyber operations,...

Facebook expands fake election news fight, but falsehoods still rampant

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc on Wednesday said it would team with two U.S. non-profits to slow the global spread of misinformation that could influence elections, acknowledging that fake news sites were still read by millions. The largest social network, under intense pressure to combat propaganda, said it would work abroad with the International...

U.N. chief urges Myanmar government to free Reuters journalists

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called on the Myanmar government to pardon and release two imprisoned Reuters journalists as soon as possible. “It is not acceptable to have the journalists of Reuters being in jail for what they were doing,” Guterres told reporters at the United Nations in response to a...

Hunt says pressed Suu Kyi on ‘justice and accountability’ for Rohingya

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – Myanmar must ensure there is “no hiding place” for those responsible for crimes against its Rohingya minority if it is to avoid a lasting stain on the country’s reputation, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday. Hunt told Reuters he pressed Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the importance...

British and French planes scrambled to shadow Russian jets

LONDON (Reuters) – British and French military jets were scrambled to investigate suspected Russian fighter aircraft flying over the North Sea on Thursday. Colonel Cyrille Duvivier, a spokesman for the French Air Force, told Reuters one or several Russian planes were detected and that the actions were not hostile. “The usual response mechanisms were triggered:...

Vodafone to roll out 1,000 5G sites in UK by 2020

NEWBURY, England (Reuters) – Vodafone said it would have 1,000 5G-enabled network sites in Britain by 2020, delivering blisteringly fast speeds and near-instant response times that it demonstrated by making Britain’s first holographic mobile call on Thursday. The mobile phone company, which will start trials of 5G technology in seven British cities in the coming...

Uganda to deploy Ebola vaccine if virus spreads from Congo

DAKAR (Reuters) – Uganda will vaccinate against Ebola should it spread from Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been hit twice this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Uganda borders Congo’s Ituri and North Kivu provinces, where Ebola is believed to have killed 97 people since the latest outbreak started in July,...

NZ Greens co-leader encourages Pacific women to challenge authority

WELLINGTON, (RNZ PACIFIC) – The New Zealand Green Party co-leader says Pacific and Māori women need to keep disrupting the patriarchy to increase their say in society. Marama Davidson, the party spokesperson for Pacific people, was at a ceremony marking 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. The event at parliament, Mausina, was led...

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