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71 articles published


World Sep 27, 2019

Egyptian crackdown called biggest since 2013 ouster of Morsi

Egypt has arrested nearly 2,000 people in what may be its biggest crackdown since the aftermath of the 2013 ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, Human Rights Watch said Friday. The authorities have also blocked or interrupted various internet services and websites in a bid ...

Business Sep 27, 2019

Tanker costs surge as Chinese firms face sanctions over Iran oil

Oil tanker costs are surging after the U.S. slapped sanctions on Chinese companies it accused of hauling Iranian crude on Wednesday, prompting a scramble in freight markets to secure alternative vessels. Rates for ships hauling 2 million-barrel cargoes of Middle East oil to Asia have ...

NASA telescope captures black hole shredding a star

World / Science & Health Sep 27, 2019

NASA telescope captures black hole shredding a star

Scientists have captured a view of a colossal black hole violently ripping apart a doomed star, illustrating an extraordinary and chaotic cosmic event from beginning to end for the first time using NASA's planet-hunting telescope. The U.S. space agency's orbiting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) ...

Stand and be delivered: Japan's evolving escalator etiquette

National Sep 27, 2019

Stand and be delivered: Japan's evolving escalator etiquette

Is escalator etiquette in Japan about to change? The established custom of standing to one side and keeping the other side open for people in a hurry is being called into question by those who want to make moving stairways safer. As next year's Tokyo Olympics ...

At tobacco industry forum, panic sets in over possible e-cigarette ban

Business Sep 27, 2019

At tobacco industry forum, panic sets in over possible e-cigarette ban

While most of Washington is gripped by the impeachment storm swirling around Donald Trump, a few blocks up Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, hundreds of executives are pondering another potential presidential upheaval. Trump has floated the possibility of soon banning flavored e-cigarette products — ...