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Factbox: Strait of Hormuz – the world’s most important oil artery

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LONDON (Reuters) – Iran has said it would block the Strait of Hormuz if it was barred from using the strategic waterway through which about a fifth of oil that is consumed globally passes. Oil tankers pass through the Strait of Hormuz, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed The threat from an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Read More

Taliban tell police to leave S. Waziristan ahead of Pakistan PM’s visit

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The Taliban in South Waziristan have reportedly warned police to leave the area within three days, and ordered locals to cut communication with authorities and stay away from an upcoming visit by Pakistan’s prime minister. The message was delivered via Urdu-language pamphlets distributed in Wana, the district headquarters of South Waziristan, on Sunday night ahead Read More

TED 2019: How to kill a zombie rumour and fix Facebook

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From so-called zombie rumours – viral online stories that refuse to die – to the difference between misinformation and fake news, much of the talk at TED 2019 has been about the need to improve online conversation. And this is not just because it would be nice to counter the vast amounts of online lies Read More

Protesters ‘prepare for battle’ in Khartoum

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By Stuart Ramsay, chief correspondent in Khartoum Demonstrators in Sudan have staged massive protests demanding that the military hands power to civilians. It comes after former president Omar al Bashir was ousted, with the military council taking over. Sky’s chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay reports from Sudan’s capital. What a difference a day can make. From Read More

Sri Lanka attacks could signal new international campaign of terror

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By Deborah Haynes, foreign affairs editor The carnage in Sri Lanka, one of the worst terrorist atrocities this century, could signal the start of a new campaign of “spectacular” attacks around the world. There have long been warnings that Islamic State militants, many trained in explosives and guns after time spent fighting in Syria and Read More

Dozens of migrants picked up crossing Channel in boats

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Dozens of migrants trying to cross the English Channel in small boats have been picked up by Border Force and RNLI vessels. A total of 36 people were discovered on three different small craft between the coasts of the UK and France. The first boat was intercepted in the early hours of the morning by Read More

Model S fire video adds to Tesla woes pre-results

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Video of a parked Tesla Inc Model S exploding and a Wall Street downgrade of the electric carmaker’s stock pushed shares down 4 percent on Monday, as it prepared to issue results for a troubled first quarter. FILE PHOTO: A Tesla logo is seen on a wheel rim during the media day Read More

Tesla investigates video of parked Model S exploding in Shanghai

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – U.S. electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla Inc said it has sent a team to investigate a video on Chinese social media which showed a parked Tesla Model S car exploding, the latest in a string of fire incidents involving Tesla’s cars. FILE PHOTO: A Tesla logo is seen on a wheel rim Read More

Tesla investigating video of parked Model S exploding in Shanghai

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – U.S. electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla Inc on Monday said it has sent a team to investigate a video on Chinese social media which showed a parked Tesla Model S car exploding, the latest in a string of fire incidents involving Tesla’s cars. FILE PHOTO: A Tesla logo is seen on a Read More