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South Sudan suffering 'man-made' famine

More than 100,000 people in South Sudan are experiencing famine, and millions are threatened by starvation if the worldwide community fails to act soon, the United Nations has said . "Urgent action is needed to prevent more people from dying of hunger". "The situation is the worst hunger catastrophe since fighting erupted more than three years ago", said a statement by the World Food Programme ( WFP ), UN children's agency UNICEF and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Read More »

WhatsApp Status is a new encrypted version of Snapchat Stories


With WhatsApp Status , WhatsApp users can use the in-app camera to share photos or videos that can be annotated with emoji, text snippets, and drawings. "You can reply privately to your friends' updates and control who sees what you share". "A lot of our users, especially ones outside the United States where there isn't as much choice, who are spending much of their time in WhatsApp , will find this is a novel way to share media". Read More »

SpaceX rocket launch halted 10 seconds before liftoff

Video from the scene showed hundreds of space program enthusiasts turned out in force to witness the first launch off LC-39A since the space shuttle Atlantis blasted off in July 2011 on the program's final flight. Other such landings have taken place on floating ocean platforms, as the company perfects its techniques of powering costly rocket parts back to land instead of jettisoning them in the ocean after a single use. Read More »

Writer Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve


He's a writer, and he's worked on huge titles like Portal, Left 4 Dead, and Half-Life. In an email with Polygon, Wolpaw said that he was leaving Valve to " move back to Cleveland and work at my niece's juice shop ". Prior to joining Valve, Wolpaw also contributed texts for the Old Man Murray portal with Chet Faliszek, who later became a screenwriter for Harrington and Newell. Read More »

Delay risk as Britain's Lords begin Brexit bill debate

In a unusual move, the prime minister visited the House of Lords today , to listen to the first speeches of the Article 50 debate. The Government lacks a majority in the Lords, with 252 Conservatives among the 805 peers - giving the opposition and independent crossbenchers a chance to inflict defeats. Read More »

Gert Wilders launches election campaign to 'de-Islamise' the Netherlands


Dutch populist politician Geert Wilders has kicked off his election campaign, immediately sparking outrage by referring to "the Moroccan scum in Holland". The Dutch Parliament has total of 150 seats. Asked who his voters were, Mr Wilders said "every Dutchman with common sense. and fortunately we have a lot of people with common sense". Read More »

Facebook is taking on LinkedIn by letting businesses post job listings


Facebook's VP of Ads, Andrew Bosworth, told Business Insider that the feature is rolling out after a Facebook-commissioned survey of small business owners in the U.S. And as with other posts, they can boost job posts to reach a larger or more relevant audience. But Facebook probably believes its reach can help improve the reach of businesses more than new age HR systems because after all, there are more than 1.86 billion monthly active users. Read More »

Beam app for Xbox One is rolling out to select Xbox Insiders

Microsoft will join the likes of Bethesda Softworks and Electronic Arts as companies that conduct press briefings on a Sunday. However, PC enthusiasts might not be so impressed considering NVIDIA is reportedly coming out with its GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card in March that boasts of a whopping nine teraflops, as compared to Project Scorpio's six teraflops of graphical power. Read More »

Bengaluru Lake On Fire: Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Others React On Twitter


An ambulance had been called in as a precautionary measure when the fire erupted around 5:50 pm on Thursday. Thick clouds of smoke filled the air, choking residents of Bellandur and Iblur areas around the lake. "Bellandur Lake has no water". The fire was put out, but it will only offer little comfort to local residents who have grown accustomed to foul smells and toxic froth which spills onto the roads. Read More »

Climate change is draining the oceans of oxygen

Specialists indicated that climate change causes the oxygen levels to drop . Warm surface waters take up less oxygen than cold waters. In addition, as surface water heats up, the ocean mixes less, which prevents oxygen pulled from the atmosphere and created by surface-dwelling marine life from reaching deeper, denser waters. Read More »

Former New Zealand great Carter apologizes to club and fans

Carter made an apology on Facebook yesterday after being caught drink driving in Paris, saying he was glad no one was hurt. "I've let down my club, fans and most importantly my family", Carter said. All Blacks legend: Dan Carter (right) holds the World Cup trophy aloft in 2015. Carter began his second playing stint in France after the 2015 World Cup, but it hasn't been an entirely smooth ride. Read More »

Big Lines From Trump's News Conference

He said said reports in the media about his administration's relationship with Russian Federation may make it hard for him to strike a deal with Vladimir Putin to ease tensions between Washington and Moscow. " Forget 'fake news", now it's "very fake news." According to the United States president, jobs were leaving the country to Mexico and other places, and mass instability was prevalent overseas. Read More »

ZTE to unveil world's first 5G-ready smartphone during Mobile World Congress


The device will be launched into the wild as the ZTE Gigabit Phone - and as the name indicates, it will be the world's first gigabit phone capable of downloading speeds up to 1Gbps (at least on paper). The introduction of the forward-looking smartphone , the ZTE Gigabit Phone , marks an important cornerstone for the 5G mobile era. That's not to say they won't also launch the phone for consumer use, but we imagine such a launch will be pretty limited. Read More »

Lamborghini Recalls 12 Venenos Supercars Along With 5900 Aventadors


According to paperwork filed with NHTSA, liquid fuel can get into the system under certain circumstances and cause untreated vapors to come into contact with hot gasses, leading to ignition. Lamborghini said that doing any of these "can generate big flame". The evaporative emissions system will be upgraded with a new purge valve with higher performance, new rollover valve to prevent the tank from being overfilled, and Lamborghini says a completely new layout should fix the problems. Read More »

Isro makes history, launches 104 satellites in single shot

Prior to this, the Russian Space Agency successfully launched 37 satellites in one go. The Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C37) was lifted off successfully from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. Last June, India set a national record after it successfully launched a rocket carrying 20 satellites, including 13 from the US. So, there were a total of 96 satellites from the U.S. Read More »

Asamoah Gyan among those warned by UAE FA for having 'unethical hair'


While the league is known for its abundance of riches we doubt many players expected to be spending their wages on bad haircut fines! It initially claimed that al-Ain midfielder Omar Abdulrahman, who was once linked to Arsenal and Barcelona and boasts an impressive afro, had fallen foul of the guidelines, but later backtracked. Read More »

Almost half of Netflix users admit to stream cheating


Netflix also put together some profiles of different types of cheaters, based on the survey. Nearly half of those who cheat don't confess to cheating, instead pretending that they haven't seen the episode when they re-watch it with their partner. Read More »

Disney drops YouTube's PewDiePie over offensive videos


YouTube has canceled PewDiePie's show on its YouTube Red subscription service after anti-semitic videos. Google Preferred is the internet behemoth's advertising program for selling popular brand-safe content on YouTube. Felix Kjellberg is better known as PewDiePie - a profane, prolific video producer and comedian. Fiverr, the Tel Aviv-based company through which Kjellberg used to enlist men to do the performances, has reportedly suspended his account, alongside the people Kjellberg ... Read More »

Daimler To Stop Selling Gas-Powered Smart Cars In US & Canada


In a letter to dealers obtained by Cars.com, Smart announced the demise of gasoline versions of both the hardtop and convertible ForTwo , but said it still plans to sell the ForTwo Electric Drive, a battery-powered version of the vehicle. We can't say we disagree, as the current Fortwo's 89-hp turbocharged three-cylinder engine drinks a gallon of premium gasoline for every 33 miles traveled in the city and 39 miles traveled on the highway in its most efficient form-disappointing numbers ... Read More »

Senate confirms McMahon to lead Small Business Administration

Senatators voted 81-19 to appoint Linda McMahon, who served as the chief executive of WWE before stepping down to run twice for the Senate in CT. McMahon faced little resistance after assuring lawmakers that she believes the SBA should continue as a Cabinet-level, stand-alone agency and she would be a strong advocate for small business within the new administration. Read More »

Air pollution in China, India accounted for 2.2 million deaths in 2015

A United Nations report had a year ago said that Asia and the Middle East, and low-and middle-income countries are the most affected regions in terms of air pollution. The 5.7 million automobiles on Beijing's roads account for 31 percent of the city's harmful breathable particles referred as PM2.5, a major constituent of smog. Read More »

Anti-Trump Rally Draws Thousands Across Mexico

According to official estimates, around 20,000 people participated in protests in the country's capital of Mexico City while a march in Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city, drew as many as 10,000 participants. Many Americans are anxious that USA taxpayers will have to foot the bill if Mexico continues to refuse to pay for it. The US president has often referred to Mexican immigrants as "criminals" and "rapists" who should be kept on the other side of his proposed wall. Read More »

Automata gets new "Glory to Mankind 119450310" trailer — NieR

The events take place when Earth was left in a state of decay. The game occurs in the middle of a war between machines and humans. NieR Automata's trailer is entitled "Glory to Mankind 119450310". As per the description of the trailer, "Humanity has been driven from the Earth by mechanical beings from another world". The "twins" Adam and Eve, who would have been right at home in Final Fantasy XV , appear to have gone "off script" and stand in the way of 2B's mission. Read More »

Conte Admits Chelsea Disappointment With One Point At Burnley


Burnley were attacking very well for a lot of the game but those long balls were also a defensive tactic . "I think Eden, for sure, is a great player". We'd had an intense week with three games in seven days. It looked like Chelsea might run away with it in the first 20 minutes, but after Brady's picture-perfect free-kick found the back of the net - first direct free-kick goal Chelsea conceded in nearly four years - Burnley battened down the hatches and Chelsea devolved into a ... Read More »

North Korea's missile likely an intermediate range Musudan: South Korea

South Korean military officials say North Korea fired a ballistic missile into its eastern sea early on February 12, with Seoul and the US military saying they were assessing the launch. He said: "Any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming". Read More »

After Enormous Mass Whale Stranding, Rescuers Scramble to Save Remaining Survivors

About 335 of the whales are dead, 220 remain stranded, and 100 are back at sea, the Associated Press reports . The mass stranding is deemed the third largest in New Zealand since records dating from the late 1800s. Farewell Spit has been described as a whale trap, as its long coastline can be hard for whales to navigate away from. Pilot whales are not listed as endangered, but little is known about their population in New Zealand waters. Read More »

Germany picks ex-foreign minister Steinmeier as president

Although the post is largely ceremonial, past German presidents have used the role to act as a moral authority in debates of national and worldwide importance. "Isn't it actually wonderful, that this Germany, our hard fatherland, that this country has become an anchor of hope in the world for many", after overcoming wars and totalitarianism, Steinmeier said. Read More »

200 beached whales swim away in NZ


Despite the efforts of the helpers, about 350 whales died. Farewell Spit in New Zealand . "They may have been picking up some calls from the whales here and come in to respond". New Zealand has one of the highest rates of whale strandings in the world, and Friday's event was the nation's third-biggest in recorded history, the AP reported. Read More »