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China’s Great Wall repaired with simple tools, bricks of old

At one of the most treacherous and least restored stretches of China’s Great Wall, a line of pack mules halted upon emerging from the gloom of a dense forest draped in mist and dew.  Laden with 150 kg (330 pounds) of bricks each, the seven animals finally got moving in …

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Apple poaches top Sony TV executives to boost video content

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has hired two long-time Sony Pictures Television executives to expand the iPhone maker’s push into original television programming, plunging deeper into a field crowded by Hollywood studios and online streaming services. Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, responsible for hit shows such as “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call …

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Trump rolls back parts of what he calls ‘terrible’ Obama Cuba policy

President Donald Trump on Friday ordered tighter restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba and a clampdown on U.S. business dealings with the Caribbean island’s military, saying he was canceling former President Barack Obama’s “terrible and misguided deal” with Havana. Laying out his new Cuba policy in a speech in Miami, …

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Amazon to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, wielding online might in brick-and-mortar world

Amazon.com Inc said on Friday it would buy Whole Foods Market Inc for $13.7 billion, in an embrace of brick-and-mortar stores that could turn the high-end grocer into a mass-market merchant and upend the already struggling U.S. retail industry. Amazon used aggressive pricing to become an e-commerce retail juggernaut and …

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EU antitrust regulators to investigate $38 billion Qualcomm, NXP deal

EU antitrust authorities opened an investigation on Friday into Qualcomm’s (QCOM.O) $38-billion bid for NXP Semiconductors (NXP.N), ratcheting up pressure on the U.S. smartphone chipmaker to offer concessions to address their concerns. Qualcomm, which supplies chips to Android smartphone makers and Apple (AAPL.P), is set to become the leading supplier …

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Trump says Comey not telling truth, willing to respond under oath

President Donald Trump on Friday denied that he tried to block an FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, effectively accusing James Comey, the FBI’s former director, of lying under oath to Congress. Comey delivered scathing remarks about the president on Thursday at a congressional hearing and testified …

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South Korea does not aim to change U.S. missile defense deal: security adviser

South Korea does not aim to change its agreement on the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system to protect against North Korea, in spite of a decision to delay its full installation, Seoul’s top national security adviser said on Friday. Chung Eui-yong called the decision to delay installation of remaining …

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Apple dips after report that future iPhone modems could lag rivals

Shares of Apple Inc (AAPL.O) fell more than 3 percent on Friday after Bloomberg News reported that iPhones launched later this year will use modem chips with slower download speeds than some rival smartphones. Apple is widely expected to upgrade its iPhone this year, which marks the device’s 10th anniversary, …

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French researchers find way to unlock WannaCry without ransom

French researchers said on Friday they had found a last-chance way for technicians to save Windows files encrypted by WannaCry, racing against a deadline as the ransomware threatens to start locking up victims’ computers first infected a week ago. WannaCry, which started to sweep round the globe last Friday and …

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New Russia probe leaks threaten to derail Trump’s foreign trip

U.S. President Donald Trump was hit on Friday by embarrassing leaks that a senior adviser was a “person of interest” in a probe of possible collusion with Russia during last year’s election campaign and that Trump had boasted to Russian officials of firing the man heading the investigation. The reports, …

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