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China third quarter growth meets expectations at 6.8%

BEIJING:  China's economy grew 6.8 per cent between July and September, according to official data released on Thursday, slowing slightly from the prior quarter.

440 senior Chinese officials probed for corruption

BEIJING:  Disciplinary authorities have investigated 440 senior officials for corruption over the past five years, an official said on Thursday.

Labour Party head to be next New Zealand PM

WELLINGTON:  Political parties in New Zealand have agreed on a centre-left coalition government to be led by Labour Party head Jacinda Adern, making her the country's third female Prime Minister.

Facebook determining Messenger's role in Russian meddling

SAN FRANCISCO:  A senior Facebook executive admitted Russian agents used its Messenger platform and that the company is still determining, alongside federal investigators, how Russian agents may have tried to influence the 2016 US presidential election, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Your social endeavours may get you fired

NEW YORK: Are you leading your company towards making social endeavours? Beware, corporate social responsibility (CSR) investments can act as double-edged sword, which can either result in high praise or get you fired, depending on the financial returns you gain, reseachers warn.

Indians consume less than 400 mg calcium a day: Report

NEW WORK:  People in India, like some other countries in Asia-Pacific region including China, Indonesia and Vietnam, have very low calcium intake -- less than 400 mg a day, raising the risk of fractures and osteoporosis, according to a new review of the global calcium map.

Facebook 'Building 8' head to quit just after 18 months

SAN FRANCISCO:  Regina Dugan, head of Facebook's secretive research lab "Building 8", is leaving the company, just after 18 months at the helm.

US judge blocks Trump's new travel ban

WASHINGTON:  A US judge blocked the latest version of the Trump administration's travel ban just hours before it was set to take effect from Wednesday, saying that it "suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor".

95% of plastic feeding the seas comes from 10 rivers

LONDON:  Up to 95 per cent of the plastic polluting the world's oceans comes from just 10 rivers, including the Ganges, new research has found.

Amazon executive quits over sexual harassment claim

NEW YORK:  In yet another high-profile exit over sexual harrasment at work, Amazon Studios head Roy Price has quit following allegations that he sexually harassed Isa Hackett, a producer in Amazon series "Man in the High Castle," in 2015.

Reynolds, Jackman being eyed for 'Pokemon' film

LOS ANGELES: A bevy of A-list actors like Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson are being eyed for the "Pokemon" movie.

China's GDP rises to over $12 tn in five years: Xi

BEIJING: China's gross domestic product (GDP) rose about $12.1 trillion over the past five years, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday.

2 UAE pilots killed in plane crash over Yemen

DUBAI: The UAE Armed Forces has announced the death of two pilots after their aircraft crashed during an operation in Yemen, a media report said.

145-kg woman sits on minor, causes death

NEW YORK:  A 145-kilo woman in the US' Florida punished her nine-year-old cousin by sitting on her, causing the child to go into a fatal cardiac arrest, authorities said.

US considers arms sale to update Greece's F-16 fleet George Saunders wins 2017 Man Booker Prize for fiction Google introduces physical security key 53 die as Taliban hit Afghan police centre 10,000-15,000 Rohingyas flee to Bangladesh in 48 hours Oil prices rise as geopolitical tension escalates California to allow gender neutral birth certificate 31 killed in Portugal wildfires, 4 in Spain UK PM travels to Brussels to reactivate Brexit negotiations Defender Sushila returns to women's hockey squad for Asia Cup China, India can help solve Rohingya crisis: Chinese daily Varun Dhawan to get his first Madame Tussauds wax figure Razer likely to launch its first smartphone on November 1 Iran blocks border crossings with Iraq's Kurdish region Toll from Mogadishu truck bomb attack rises to 65 Pro-IS militants continue fierce fight in Philippines' Marawi Kelly Clarkson loves Priyanka 70 international observers to oversee Venezuela elections Vivek Oberoi meets Mauritius PM Academy votes to expel Harvey Weinstein Scientists design 'camouflaging skin' inspired by octopus Twitter's Dorsey: Site to get 'more aggressive' policing tweets California wildfires toll reaches 40 Four troopers killed in Pakistan Mexico quakes: 39 people still hospitalised Apple executive apologises for controversial diversity remark Oscars Academy votes to expel Harvey Weinstein Indian-descent woman left to die in car US varsity on lockdown after campus shooting Novel augmented tongue ultrasound for speech therapy?
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