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Ex-UEFA head Platini freed after being questioned over Qatar World Cup

Former head of European football association UEFA Michel Platini leaves a judicial police station where he was detained for questioning over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament, in Nanterre, France June 19, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes PARIS (Reuters) – Michel Platini, the former head of European soccer association UEFA, was freed in the […]

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Ai-Da, the humanoid robot artist, gears up for first solo exhibition

OXFORD, England (Reuters) – Wearing a white blouse and her dark hair hanging loose, Ai-Da looks like any artist at work as she studies her subject and puts pencil to paper. But the beeping from her bionic arm gives her away – Ai-Da is a robot. Described as “the world’s first ultra-realistic AI humanoid robot […]

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YOUR MONEY: Renovating after a natural disaster? Planning is key

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For the Parkers of Houston, Texas, there will be no summer vacation this year because they are still paying off the dent in their finances left by 2017’s Hurricane Harvey. FILE PHOTO: Damage caused by Hurricane Michael is seen in Mexico Beach, Florida, U.S., October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester/File Photo The […]

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Column: Ex-heads of U.S. Social Security Administration offer plan to fix agency’s customer service

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A worsening customer service crisis at the Social Security Administration has prompted three of its former commissioners to urge the U.S. Congress to fix the annual budgeting process that has starved the agency of the resources it needs to do its job. FILE PHOTO: A sign is seen on the entrance to […]

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Huawei unwanted: Asian shops shun phone trade-ins on Google suspension worries

SINGAPORE/MANILA (Reuters) – Mobile phone retailers in some Asian countries are refusing to accept Huawei devices for trade-ins, as more consumers look to offload their device on worries Google suspending business with the Chinese firm will disrupt services. A Huawei company logo is seen at Huawei’s Shanghai Research Center in Shanghai, China May 22, 2019. […]

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Leonard Cohen’s ‘So Long, Marianne’ love letters up for auction

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A collection of love letters written by Canadian musician Leonard Cohen to the woman who inspired his song, “So Long, Marianne” is going up for auction next month, two years after both of them died. FILE PHOTO: Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen performs during the first night of the 47th Montreux Jazz […]

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Huawei puts Honor above Android at new smartphone launch

LONDON (Reuters) – Huawei put uncertainty over the future of its devices business to one side on Tuesday with the launch of new Honor smartphones, in a confident display of the Chinese firm’s technology. The world’s second-biggest phone maker runs its devices on Google’s Android platform outside China, but the U.S. Commerce Department blocked Huawei […]

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Balloon ‘Tank Man’ in Taiwan marks 30 years since Tiananmen crackdown

TAIPEI (Reuters) – A Taiwanese artist has created giant inflatables of a tank and “tank man” – the lone protester who stood in front of a convoy of tanks on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square – to mark 30 years since China’s bloody crackdown on the pro-democracy movement. The photograph of a man in a white shirt […]

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