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Catalonia’s pro-independence alliance vows to challenge Madrid’s ‘dictatorship’

Catalan pro-independence parliamentary group, Junts pel Sí, has promised to legally appeal and challenge the potential central government takeover of Catalonia, as self-determination activists plan to stage massive civil disobedience actions this week. On Thursday, Catalan political parties are planning to hold a plenary session in the regional parliament to discuss a response to Madrid’s […]

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Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis posted online, crashes Cambridge website

Published time: 23 Oct, 2017 20:56 Pioneering theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis has for the first time been made available freely online, though high demand saw tens of thousands of Hawking fans crash the Cambridge website from which the 1966 work could be downloaded. Hawking is famed for his groundbreaking work on relativity and […]

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Dystopian-like footage of typhoon warning broadcast in Japan (VIDEO)

Published time: 23 Oct, 2017 19:25 As Typhoon Lan approached Tokyo on Monday, authorities broadcast an audio warning throughout the city, one resident caught the eerie Blade Runner-like footage on camera. Lan, left at least two people dead when it made landfall on Honshu, the largest and most populous island of Japan, on Monday. The […]

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Germany creates myth-busting website to deter asylum seekers

Two years after the peak of the refugee crisis, Germany, which has been the most popular European destination for asylum seekers, has decided to dissuade potential new arrivals by launching a website that reveals the truth about hardships they could face. The German Foreign Ministry launched the website, ‘Rumors about Germany – facts for migrants’, […]

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China building massive voice database of citizens – HRW

Published time: 23 Oct, 2017 17:23 The Chinese government is collecting thousands of “voice pattern” samples from unsuspecting citizens for a national biometric voice database, adding to an already-indepth biometric profile of many individuals. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday that to create the database, Chinese authorities have collaborated with indigenous speech recognition technology company […]

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Tiger shark stalks stranded diver in stomach-churning game of cat & mouse

Published time: 23 Oct, 2017 15:26 A British man diving off the coast of Western Australian has spoken of the moment he was chased by a tiger shark during his marathon 7.5km swim back to shore. John Craig, 34, had been spearfishing in the aptly-named ‘Shark Bay’ – about 800km (500 miles) north of state […]

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