Facebook oversight board won’t have mandate to change policy

Facebook Inc will allow a new outside oversight board to make final decisions on whether individual pieces of content can be displayed on the social media site, but the group won’t be able to make policy changes, the company said on Tuesday.

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Huawei expects to see revenue uplift from 5G roll-out next year

Huawei Technologies expects the roll-out of next-generation 5G wireless networks to start contributing to the firm’s revenue from next year when China launches services, the company’s deputy chairman said on Wednesday.

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World at risk of pandemics that could kill millions, panel warns

A person dressed in Ebola protective apparel is seen inside an Ebola care facility at the Bwera general hospital near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, co-convened by the World Bank and WHO, warned that epidemic-prone viral diseases like Ebola, flu and SARS are increasingly tough to manage in a world dominated by lengthy conflicts, fragile states and forced migration.

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Ethiopian crash victims’ lawyer wants 737 MAX documents from Boeing, FAA

Candle flames burn during a commemoration ceremony for the victims at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town Bishoftu, near Addis Ababa.

Boeing declined to comment on the lawsuit directly but said it is cooperating fully with the investigating authorities.

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Research fellowship helps African farmers adapt to climate change

45 African researchers from 12 countries have been selected to participate in a career development program for innovative research and solutions to help African farmers adapt to climate change.

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US CDC activates emergency operations center for vaping-related illnesses

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday it has activated its emergency operations center to coordinate the investigation into hundreds of cases of severe lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use.

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Vietnam’s social media crowd swells with new entrant to take on Facebook, Google

A new social network has entered the already crowded field in Vietnam as the communist party squeezes United States (US) tech giants, Facebook and Google with a new cybersecurity law.

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FAA chief to meet with Boeing officials, test 737 MAX simulator

New Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Stephen Dickson plans to fly to Seattle this week to fly “newly configured” Boeing 737 MAX software in a simulator and will visit with Boeing officials, the agency said Monday.

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South Korea on highest alert after African swine fever found

Pigs are seen on the farm of pig farmer Zhang Haitao at a village in Changtu county.

The ministry ordered a nationwide movement ban of hogs and related livestock for 48 hours while looking into the source deadly swine fever.

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Volkswagen agrees to Australian settlement over diesel cheating

Volkswagen said on Monday it had agreed to pay up to A$127 million ($87.3 million) to settle lawsuits brought on behalf of thousands of Australian customers caught up in its global diesel emissions cheating scandal.

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EU to pursue web tax plan alone if no global accord: Gentiloni

The European Union plans to introduce a tax on digital services even in the absence of a global accord on a so-called ‘web tax’, the Commissioner-designate for Economic Affairs Paolo Gentiloni was quoted as saying on Monday.

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Apple TV+ premieres with star-studded period drama ‘Dickinson’ at Tribeca Festival

Apple TV+ premiered its first show at the Tribeca TV Festival on Saturday, flaunting feminist snark, lavish period costumes and a star-studded cast in “Dickinson,” a series that sheds a modern light on the life of an iconic American poet.

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PTSD linked to increased risk of ovarian cancer

Women who exhibit many classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be much more likely to develop ovarian cancer than their counterparts who don’t, a new study suggests.

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Comet an ‘interstellar visitor’

A newly discovered comet hurtling toward the orbit of Mars has scientists scurrying to confirm whether it came from outside the solar system, a likely prospect that would make it the second such interstellar object observed in our planetary neighborhood.

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Singapore smog reaches worst level in three years

Singapore’s air quality deteriorated to “unhealthy” levels on Saturday for the first time in three years, data from the National Environment Agency (NEA) showed, threatening to deepen a regional dispute over forest fires.

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