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Pricey high-tech features define new smartphone wars

Germany The frontlines of the battle for smartphone dominance over the coming years have grown clearer after Chinese technology firm Huawei presented an AI-powered phone designed to go head-to-head with Samsung and Apple.Features needed to propel a device into the top end are growing increasingly complex and expensive to develop, …

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Turkey’s chefs show world what’s really cooking

Just before 6pm on a blustery autumn Saturday, Maksut Askar, head chef at Istanbul’s acclaimed Neolokal restaurant, is taking a break before dinner service begins.He has a busy few hours ahead of him.Soon, locals and tourists alike will crowd into the chic rooftop dining room overlooking the illuminated Old City, …

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Child obesity grows tenfold since 1975

The world had 10 times as many obese children and teenagers last year than in 1975, but underweight kids still outnumbered them, a study said on Wednesday.Warning of a “double burden” of malnutrition, researchers said the rate of increase in obesity far outstripped the decline in under-nutrition.If post-2000 trends continue, …

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Switching to e-cigs would delay deaths

A large-scale switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes would cut smoking-related deaths by a quarter in the United States by 2100, even assuming the gadgets are themselves not risk-free, researchers recently said.Scientists are still unsure about the potential harms of “vaping” as an alternative to traditional cigarettes, though most seem convinced …

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In a leap for AI: computer chips that can smell

ARUSHA, Tanzania Nigerian neuroscientist Oshiorenoya Agabi may have found a way to solve one of life’s puzzling dilemmas: how to make air travel pleasant again.What if you could skip tedious airport security lines, while a special device able to sniff out explosives works silently in the background?This is only one …

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Espanol / English Egyptian human rights NGO responds to HRW report on Egypt

Earlier this week Human Rights Watch released a report on the widespread, systematic torture practiced by Egyptian security forces that they said was likely to amount to crimes against humanity.After Human Rights Watch released a report on the torture practiced by Egyptian forces, Egypt blocked the website amid a widespread …

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Lessons we have learnt in the last 70 years

Dr Ayesha Jalal Commemorative events like independence anniversaries are more than just occasions to revel and rejoice with symbolic displays of national pride and rhetorical fanfare. They are a time for mature reflection and informed discussion on what is happening around us, locally, regionally and globally, with a view to …

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