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World gears up for electric cars despite bumps in road

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Technological advances mean fossil fuel in cars could be phased out within decades but switching to electric carries its own environmental and economic concerns as more and more countries announce radical plans. Britain on Wednesday said it would “end the sale of all conventional petrol …

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Macron puts France top of ‘soft power’ rankings: survey

Paris, France | AFP | France has leapfrogged the United States and Britain as the world’s top so-called soft power, helped by the election of President Emmanuel Macron, a study of countries’ non-military global influence showed Tuesday. While France has risen, Donald Trump’s ascent to the White House has seen the …

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Athletics: South Africa top World U-18 for first time

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | South Africa completed a clean sweep in the boy’s sprints to top the medals table for the first time at the World Under-18 athletics championships in Nairobi on Sunday. South Africa, fifth in 1999 and 2005, amassed ten medals including five golds over the five-day championships. …

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‘Ransomware’ wave seemed aimed at old flaw and Ukraine

San Francisco, United States | AFP | A global wave of cyberattacks on Tuesday exploited an already patched vulnerability in Windows software and appeared to have Ukraine as a primary target, according to computer security specialists. The first reports of trouble came from Ukrainian banks, Kiev’s main airport and Rosneft, …

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WTF? World Taekwondo Federation rebrands over acronym

Seoul, South Korea | AFP |  The World Taekwondo Federation has changed its name to World Taekwondo after becoming uncomfortable with the “negative connotations” of its acronym, WTF. The body has been named World Taekwondo Federation since 1973, but it has been considering a change since the slang abbreviation ‘WTF’ …

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Obesity ‘epidemic’ affects one in 10 worldwide

Washington, United States | AFP |  More than one in 10 people worldwide are now obese and 2.2 billion are believed to be overweight, fueling a global health crisis that claims millions of lives every year, according to a major new international study released on Monday. Obesity numbers have more …

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Kenyan marathon stars withdraw from London worlds

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Kenyan athletics selectors have been forced into wholesale changes to the marathon team for the August 4-13 World Athletics Championships in London following the withdraw of four top runners including Olympic men’s champion Eliud Kipchoge. Kipchoge, who narrowly missed out on becoming the first athlete …

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Another large-scale cyberattack underway, experts warn

Paris, France | AFP |  Another large-scale, stealthy cyberattack is underway on a scale that could dwarf last week’s assault on computers worldwide, a global cybersecurity firm told AFP on Wednesday. The new attack targets the same vulnerabilities the WannaCry ransomware worm exploited but, rather than freeze files, uses the …

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Here’s the whiz kid who foiled cyberattack

  Paris, France | AFP | They are called white hats — the good guys in the Wild West of the internet — and they ride to the rescue as in the case of the 22-year-old British expert who helped stop the WannaCry cyberattack. The young cyber security researcher, known …

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