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AMD's new Radeon Vega Mobile graphics processors to power Apple MacBook Pro
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AMD's new Radeon Vega Mobile graphics processors to power Apple MacBook Pro

The processors include the AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20 and Radeon Pro Vega 16 graphics.

CBSE to hold vocational courses exam in February; tests for core subjects will continue to be held in March
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CBSE to hold vocational courses exam in February; tests for core subjects will continue to be held in March

The examination for the core academic subjects such as languages, maths, and science subjects will continue to be held in March. The board in support of its decision cited a Delhi High Court directive which had asked it to ensure that the time of results of exams and re-evaluation are taken into account while determining the cut-off date for admission to colleges of Delhi University, it said in a statement.

Huawei MediaPad M5 will soon be getting the GPU Turbo technology upgrade
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Huawei MediaPad M5 will soon be getting the GPU Turbo technology upgrade

MediaPad M5 comes with a HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset, 4 GB RAM and 32, 64 or 128 GB of storage capacity.

Assembly Election Results 2017: Mapping the BJP's pan-India saffron surge
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Assembly Election Results 2017: Mapping the BJP's pan-India saffron surge

From its days as a party on the fringes of India's political spectrum, the Bharatiya Janata Party has now come a long way to rule over a large part of India.

MWC 2017: LG hints at the revamped UX with LG G6 and a 5.7-inch 'FullVision' display
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MWC 2017: LG hints at the revamped UX with LG G6 and a 5.7-inch 'FullVision' display

LG hinted at a user-interface overhaul for the UX along with the launch of LG G6 during MWC 2017.

PowerVR GPU making company wants to bring virtual reality to low-end Android devices
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PowerVR GPU making company wants to bring virtual reality to low-end Android devices

A report now claims that the company wants to bring high-quality VR experiences to low-end Android smartphones.

Legal pot growers to drive up California warehouse rates
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Legal pot growers to drive up California warehouse rates | Reuters

By David Randall Legalizing recreational marijuana in California is creating a gold rush for a decidedly less intoxicating sector: warehouses in which to grow the plants. Investors have few options to cash in directly on the state's recent decision to legalize the drug, as there are no publicly traded cannabis producing companies and marijuana remains illegal under federal law. However, they are anticipating a lift in demand for warehouses as legal pot companies search for space to grow their supply

Thousands evacuated from Aleppo after deal over besieged villages
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Thousands evacuated from Aleppo after deal over besieged villages | Reuters

By Angus McDowall and Ellen Francis | BEIRUT BEIRUT Thousands were evacuated from the last rebel-held enclave of the Aleppo on Monday after a deal was reached to allow people to leave two besieged pro-government villages in nearby Idlib province.In bitter winter weather, convoys of buses from eastern Aleppo reached rebel-held areas to the west of the city, and more buses left the Shi'ite Muslim villages of al-Foua and Kefraya for government lines, according to a U.N.

Syrian rebels, govt say new deal in works to secure Aleppo evacuation
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Syrian rebels, govt say new deal in works to secure Aleppo evacuation | Reuters

By Laila Bassam and Lisa Barrington | ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT A new deal is being negotiated to complete the evacuation of rebel-held areas of Syria's east Aleppo which ground to a halt on Friday after demands from pro-government forces that people also be moved out of two villages besieged by insurgents.A Syrian rebel official and a government official said early on Saturday the evacuation of Aleppo would resume and the two Shi'ite villages would be evacuated, as well as the wounded from two towns near the Lebanese border and east Aleppo.But sources said negotiations were still going on to finalise how the evacuations would take place and how many people would leave. By Saturday afternoon there was no sign it was being implemented, with only an hour to go before sunset.

Aleppo evacuation suspended amid dispute over villages
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Aleppo evacuation suspended amid dispute over villages | Reuters

By Laila Bassam, Suleiman Al-Khalidi and John Davison | ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT The evacuation of the last opposition-held areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo was suspended on Friday after pro-government militias demanded that wounded people should also be brought out of two Shi'ite villages being besieged by rebel fighters.The second day of the operation to take fighters and civilians out of Aleppo's rebel enclave ground to a halt amid recriminations from all sides after a morning that had seen the pace of the operation pick up.Aleppo had been divided between government and rebel areas in the nearly six-year civil war, but a lightning advance by the Syrian army and its allies that began in mid-November deprived the insurgents of most of their territory in a matter of weeks.Russia said the Syrian army had established control over all districts of eastern Aleppo although government troops were suppressing isolated areas where rebel fighters continued to resist.Rebel sources accused pro-government Shi'ite militias of opening fire on buses carrying evacuees from east Aleppo. Road blocks went up and a bus convoy was forced to turn back.Rebels in eastern Aleppo went on high alert after pro-government forces prevented civilians from leaving and deployed heavy weaponry on the road out of the area, a Syrian rebel commander in the city said.A Syrian official source said the evacuation was halted because rebels had sought to take out people they had abducted with them, and they had also tried to take weapons hidden in bags. This was denied by Aleppo-based rebel groups.

Fall of Aleppo puts Iran on cusp of 'Shi'ite crescent' of influence
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Fall of Aleppo puts Iran on cusp of 'Shi'ite crescent' of influence | Reuters

By Babak Dehghanpisheh | BEIRUT BEIRUT Iran has played a pivotal role in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's campaign to crush rebel resistance in Aleppo and is now close to establishing a "Shi'ite crescent" of regional influence stretching from the Afghan border to the Mediterranean Sea.Revolutionary Guards commanders and senior clerics in Tehran have this week praised Iran's defeat of "Wahhabi terrorists" in Syria and the country they characterise as the rebels' patron, Sunni Muslim regional rival Saudi Arabia. There is little doubt the capture of Aleppo after years of fighting, and at the cost of thousands of lives, will make Assad unassailable to the rebels who have sought to end his rule. It is unlikely such a victory would have been possible without Iran's steadfast supply of Shi'ite fighters, money and weapons.

Syrian leader Assad's Shi'ite allies helped him win in Aleppo
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Syrian leader Assad's Shi'ite allies helped him win in Aleppo | Reuters

By Tom Perry, Laila Bassam, Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Tom Miles | BEIRUT/AMMAN/GENEVA BEIRUT/AMMAN/GENEVA When rebel fighters launched a last desperate attempt to break the siege of Aleppo in October, they were beaten back - not by the Syrian army but by the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah fighting on its behalf, a senior official in the pro-government alliance said. In the build-up to the final battle for Syria's second city, scores of fighters from a single Iraqi Shi'ite militia were killed in just two days of combat this summer, said a commander of another group fighting for President Bashar al-Assad.

More than 100 killed in church collapse in Nigeria - photojournalist, resident
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More than 100 killed in church collapse in Nigeria - photojournalist, resident | Reuters

UYO, Nigeria At least 100 people were killed by the collapse of a church in southeastern Nigeria, a resident and photojournalist who visited the town morgue said on Sunday, a day after the incident."At Uyo teaching hospital where I am now I could see over a hundred corpses, many are heaped on top off each other on the floor," said photojournalist Ini Samuel. "Eye witnesses also said yesterday corpses were packed in four each bag."Gary Ubong, a resident, said the church's roof had collapsed on worshippers while a pastor was being consecrated as bishop in the presence of government officials."I saw more than 100 dead bodies brought out on loaders," said Ubong, who said he had rushed to the scene after the accident. "I also went to two hospitals and saw heaps of dead bodies difficult to count." State police spokeswoman Cordelia Nwawe said 27 had been killed and 30 injured when the Reigners Bible church in Akwa Ibom state capital Uyo collapsed during a service on Saturday

Trump's Labor Department pick sends early warning sign to worker advocates
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Trump's Labor Department pick sends early warning sign to worker advocates | Reuters

By Amanda Becker and Robert Iafolla | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON President-elect Donald Trump will name fast-food executive Andy Puzder to head the U.S.

Exclusive: UK's lower house would back triggering EU divorce talks - Reuters research
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Exclusive: UK's lower house would back triggering EU divorce talks - Reuters research | Reuters

By Kylie MacLellan | LONDON LONDON While the British government tries to prevent parliament from having to pass a law to trigger the country's exit from the European Union, Reuters research indicates the lower house would in fact support it, based on lawmakers' recent statements.Prime Minister Theresa May has said she aims to launch the two-year negotiating period for the country's departure from the 28-nation bloc by the end of March and that the referendum vote in June to leave the EU provides sufficient instruction.The High Court has said parliamentary approval is required to invoke Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon treaty, governing the EU exit process. The government is challenging that decision in the Supreme Court, which began hearing the case on Monday.If the government loses, the House of Commons lower chamber could in theory block Brexit, because a majority of lawmakers supported staying in the EU at the referendum. But recent public comments made by remain-supporting lawmakers from the ruling Conservative Party and main opposition Labour Party indicate that May would have more than the number of votes the government would need to pass a Brexit bill.Their positions, set out on social media, on their own websites or in media interviews, reinforce the likelihood of Brexit, which has wide implications for the EU and beyond.They could change by the time the Supreme Court rules in January, however, and any Article 50 bill could also face trouble in parliament's upper chamber, the House of Lords, although if it blocked the bill the government could retable it.THE NUMBERS At least 64 Conservative and Labour lawmakers in the lower house have said they plan to vote to trigger Article 50 if parliament is given a say

Aleppo displaced hide out in last rebel districts as army closes in
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Aleppo displaced hide out in last rebel districts as army closes in | Reuters

By John Davison | BEIRUT BEIRUT Years of siege conditions mean the citizens living in rebel-held parts of Aleppo are accustomed to danger, fear and tragedy. But as the Syrian army close in on the ruined streets of the Old City, they face some unbearable choices."I feel this is the end," Reem, a mother of two children, said via patchy internet connection from a rebel held district of the historic city centre. Cold and a lack of water had made her children ill and the family was surviving on one meal a day."We've long accepted that if we die we die, from barrel bombs and so on, but now we're scared that the army will come in and take my husband."The options facing Reem and others caught up in the rapid government advance are bleak: men of fighting age could be arrested whether they stay put or head to government-held districts.

Russia says to start talks with U.S. on Aleppo rebel withdrawal
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Russia says to start talks with U.S. on Aleppo rebel withdrawal | Reuters

By Ellen Francis, Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Maria Kiselyova | BEIRUT/MOSCOW BEIRUT/MOSCOW The Russian government said on Monday it would start talks with Washington on a rebel withdrawal from Aleppo this week as Russian-backed Syrian forces fought to seize more territory from rebels who are struggling to avoid a major defeat. The latest army attack, which saw fierce clashes around the Old City, aims to cut off another area of rebel control in eastern Aleppo and tighten the noose on opposition-held districts where tens of thousands of people are trapped.Advances in recent weeks have brought Damascus, backed militarily by Russia, Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah, closer to recapturing Syria's second largest city before the nearly six-year war and a prize long sought by President Bashar al-Assad.The rebels are now reduced to an area just kilometres across.While Assad's allies have in the past year turned the battle in his favour, Western and regional states backing the rebels have been unwilling or unable to prevent a major defeat for groups who have fought for years to topple the Syrian leader.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said talks with the United States on the withdrawal of rebels would begin in Geneva on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning. There was no immediate comment from Washington, which has backed some of the rebels."Those armed groups who refuse to leave eastern Aleppo will be considered to be terrorists," Lavrov told a news conference

Swiss nuclear exit vote raises prospect of more fossil fuels
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Swiss nuclear exit vote raises prospect of more fossil fuels | Reuters

By Vera Eckert and John Miller | ZURICH/FRANKFURT ZURICH/FRANKFURT Switzerland votes in a referendum on Sunday on whether to make a speedy withdrawal from atomic energy production, a move that would reduce nuclear risks but raise reliance on fossil fuels from Germany or imported nuclear power from France.The opposition Swiss Greens and Social Democrats have pushed for a vote since the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan, but the government and industry oppose a quick exit, saying Switzerland would be unable to replace power supplies with renewable energy.Recent surveys from the gfs.bern polling institute show the "Yes" and "No" camps in the referendum are neck and neck.Switzerland prides itself on the fact that two thirds of its power is hydroelectric, from reservoirs in the Alps, but it also counts on nuclear energy for a third of its power output.Anti-nuclear groups are pushing for it to follow neighbouring Germany, which shut 40 percent of its nuclear reactors after Fukushima and will close the rest by 2022. Swiss reactors Muehleberg and Beznau I and II would be closed next year, followed by Goesgen in 2024 and Leibstadt in 2029

Japan's Abe to get hastily arranged meeting with Trump in New York
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Japan's Abe to get hastily arranged meeting with Trump in New York | Reuters

By Steve Holland and Kiyoshi Takenaka | NEW YORK NEW YORK Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, rattled by Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric that cast doubt on longstanding U.S. alliances, meets the American president-elect on Thursday for talks whose details were arranged only at the last minute.A day before the afternoon meeting in New York, basic logistics such as the time, the place, and who would be in the room were still up in the air, causing anxiety for Japanese officials who are already nervous about the future strength of a alliance that is core to Tokyo's diplomacy and security.Trump official Kellyanne Conway said on Thursday morning that Abe would meet Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence at Trump Tower in Manhattan at 5 p.m