Tuesday, February 26, 2019

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – A cartoon published in an Australian newspaper that depicted tennis star Serena Williams having a temper tantrum at the U.S. Open last year was not racist, Australia’s media watchdog said on Monday. The caricature of an angry Williams – with exaggerated lips and tongue and a wild plume of curly hair rising…



‘Green Book’ denies Netflix top Oscar on night of music and diversity



MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Cheers echoed through Mexico City’s Roma district when the eponymous film by Alfonso Cuaron won three Oscars on Sunday, but revelers let out a disappointed sigh when best actress didn’t go to the indigenous star of the ode to 1970s life in the capital. In a payback for Cuaron’s black-and-white tribute…


Regina King wins supporting actress Oscar for ‘Beale Street’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Regina King won the Oscar for best supporting actress on Sunday for her role as a mother trying to look out for her pregnant daughter in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” It was the first Oscar for King, 48, who began her career in Hollywood more than three decades ago as…


Mexico’s ‘Roma’ wins Oscar for best foreign language film

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Mexican film “Roma,” about a housekeeper in a middle-class family in the 1970s, won the Oscar on Sunday for best foreign language film. The black-and-white Netflix film, directed and written by Alfonso Cuaron, marked Mexico’s first Oscar victory in the category and has already picked up a slew of other awards…



African swine fever spreads to third Vietnamese province: state media

HANOI (Reuters) – African swine fever has been detected in a farm in Haiphong in northern Vietnam, the third province in the Southeast Asian country to be hit by the virus, state media reported on Monday. Pigs had been found dead at the farm and two of the five samples taken had tested positive to…



LONDON (Reuters) – A global coalition set up to fight emerging epidemics has struck a $31 million deal with scientists at Japan’s University of Tokyo to speed up work on a vaccine against a brain-damaging disease caused by the Nipah virus. The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) said the Tokyo University team would receive…


Bayer faces second trial over alleged Roundup cancer risk

(Reuters) – Bayer AG is set to face a second U.S. jury over allegations that its popular glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer, six months after the company’s share price was rocked by a $289 million verdict in California state court. A lawsuit by California resident Edwin Hardeman against the company was scheduled to begin…

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Huawei security row overshadows annual telecoms gathering

MADRID (Reuters) – Leading telecoms companies gather in Barcelona this weekend for their main annual trade fair under the shadow of a bitter clash between the United States and China over network security for the next generation of mobile services. Accusations from U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration that Huawei, the world’s biggest network equipment maker,…


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BARCELONA (Reuters) – South Korea’s LG Electronics unveiled a 5G smartphone on Sunday with a dual screen, the latest handset maker to pitch a new design feature in an effort to revive flagging sales. The two screens on the new V50ThinQ work independently, so a user can watch a film on one screen while browsing the…


Microsoft hails revamped goggles as more immersive and easy to wear

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Microsoft unveiled the latest version of its HoloLens augmented reality headset on Sunday, promising wearers would feel more immersed in the augmented reality experience and more comfortable. Slipping on the carbon fiber goggles is as “simple as putting on your favorite hat”, Microsoft developer Alex Kipman told a launch event at the…

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BARCELONA (Reuters) – HMD Global, the Finnish company which owns the rights to use the Nokia brand for mobile phones, has launched a smartphone with an array of five camera lenses designed to appeal to camera enthusiasts. The Nokia 9 PureView heads a range of smartphones announced by HMD on Sunday, including an entry-level and…


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BARCELONA (Reuters) – China’s Huawei welcomed comments from President Donald Trump about the future of U.S. mobile communications on Sunday and asserted its position as a world-leading smartphone producer as Washington and Beijing seek a trade war ceasefire. U.S. and Chinese negotiators are set to meet for a sixth straight day of negotiations on Sunday…



NASA clears SpaceX test flight to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – NASA gave its final go-ahead on Friday to billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX company to conduct its first unmanned test flight of a newly designed crew capsule to the International Space Station on March 2. The approval cleared a key hurdle for SpaceX in its quest to help NASA revive…


Branson’s Virgin Galactic takes another step toward space tourism

MOJAVE, Calif. (Reuters) – A Virgin Galactic rocket plane on Friday soared to the edge of space with a test passenger for the first time, nudging British billionaire Richard Branson’s company closer to its goal of suborbital flights for space tourists. Virgin Galactic’s chief astronaut instructor Beth Moses, who will train future space tourists, joined…