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‘He is a free man’: refugee Bahraini footballer heads home to Australia

BANGKOK (Reuters) – A refugee Bahraini footballer with residency status in Australia boarded a flight for Melbourne early on Tuesday after Bahrain dropped its bid to have him extradited from Thailand, bringing to an end a case that had drawn international criticism. Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, who fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in Australia, was arrested in November last year at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport while on a honeymoon trip, following an Interpol notice issued at the Gulf state’s request. He was seen chatting happily before boarding a…

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Papal Swiss Guard keep cool heads with 3-D helmets

FILE PHOTO: Members of the Swiss Guard arrive at the Saint Peter’s Square before the Pope Francis’ “Urbi et Orbi” message at the Vatican, December 25, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican’s Swiss Guard, the colorfully dressed mini-army that helps protect the pope, will have cooler heads now they have swapped their ancient metal helmets for ones made by 3-D printers. The new helmets, made of a thermoplastic, were distributed to the corps on Tuesday, the 513th anniversary of their foundation as a mercenary force in 1506,…

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Technology 

Papal Swiss Guard keep cool heads with 3-D helmets

FILE PHOTO: Members of the Swiss Guard arrive at the Saint Peter’s Square before the Pope Francis’ “Urbi et Orbi” message at the Vatican, December 25, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican’s Swiss Guard, the colorfully dressed mini-army that helps protect the pope, will have cooler heads now they have swapped their ancient metal helmets for ones made by 3-D printers. The new helmets, made of a thermoplastic, were distributed to the corps on Tuesday, the 513th anniversary of their foundation as a mercenary force in 1506,…

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Technology 

Qualcomm heads to trial in crucial fight with U.S. antitrust regulator

(Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust case accusing Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) of abusing a monopoly on mobile chip technology is expected to head to the courtroom on Friday for a trial whose outcome could have a major impact on the smartphone industry. FILE PHOTO: A sign on the Qualcomm campus is seen in San Diego, California, U.S. November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake If the government prevails in the non-jury trial before U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, in San Jose, California, Qualcomm could be forced to change its practices…

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‘Heads – it’s yours!’ London meat market keeps Christmas Eve auction alive

LONDON (Reuters) – Fresh meat was selling like hot cakes at Smithfield Market’s Christmas Eve public auction on Monday, with auctioneers running up and down makeshift catwalks and handing over turkeys and huge cuts of beef and pork in return for 20-pound notes. The auction began around 150 years ago as a way for traders to get rid of their leftover produce at the end of the year. More recently it has morphed into a popular annual event, with members of the public snapping up premium cuts of meat that…

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Women shave their heads to protest lawyer’s detention in China

Four women have shaved their heads on the streets of Beijing to protest against the detention of a human rights lawyer without trial. Wang Quanzhang has been in prison since 2015, and his wife, Li Wenzu, says she has travelled to the country’s Supreme Court 31 times to try and lodge case documents, but has never been let inside. Mr Wang, who is accused of undermining the government, was detained along with three others in a crackdown on lawyers. No officials have been available to comment on the case. Source…

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Newcastle United: Ex-Man Utd & Chelsea chief Peter Kenyon heads takeover consortium

Peter Kenyon was Manchester United chief executive from 2000 to 2003 and then held the same post at Chelsea until 2009 Former Chelsea and Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon is heading a consortium that is in talks to buy Newcastle United. Current owner Mike Ashley said in an interview this week that discussions over a sale “are at a more progressed stage than they have ever been”. It is believed a potential deal with Kenyon is what Ashley was referring to. Kenyon is understood to be working with the…

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Technology 

Bitcoin falls over 7 percent, heads towards one-year low

Bitcoins are seen in this illustration picture taken September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration LONDON (Reuters) – Bitcoin fell as much as 7 percent on Friday BTC=BTSP, heading towards a recent one-year low in a broad-based selloff in cryptocurrencies. The world’s biggest and best-known cryptocurrency fell to $3,920.35 in late morning trade, heading towards a September 2017 low of $3,474.73 hit on Sunday. Other cryptocurrencies including Ethereum’s ether and Ripple’s XRP also weakened. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been mauled in recent weeks, with analysts citing increased U.S. regulatory scrutiny and…

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Chess world championship heads towards Armageddon showdown

Image copyright PA Image caption Defending champion Carlsen, left, will hope to out-blitz challenger Caruana After nearly a month of fiercely contested play, the World Chess Championship are being decided in a series of fast-paced tie-breakers. Fabiano Caruana hopes to become the first US champion since Bobby Fischer in 1972 – but faces world number one Norwegian Magnus Carlsen in London. After 12 draws in 12 regular games, the pair now face ever-tighter time limits until a winner is decided on Wednesday. The ultimate decider could be the sudden death…

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Bitcoin gains 6 percent as it heads for best day since July

FILE PHOTO: A collection of Bitcoin (virtual currency) tokens are displayed in this picture illustration taken December 8, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier LONDON (Reuters) – Bitcoin bounced more than 6 percent on Wednesday, climbing above $4,000 and heading for its biggest daily jump since July as it clawed back ground after recent heavy selling. The world’s biggest cryptocurrency was last as $3,970.04 on the Bitstamp platform, after being mauled in a broad sell-off in cryptocurrencies over the last two weeks. It has lost more than 70 percent of its value this…

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