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Apple’s iPhones were all the talk this past week–but are we taking technology too far? (Mercury News illustration)

Opinion: Technology is a huge threat to humankind; this means you, Silicon Valley

Technology, which has made our lives incomparably better, is now one of the greatest threats facing humankind.
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North Korea says sanctions threaten survival of its children

GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea told a U.N. rights panel that international sanctions imposed on it over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs would endanger the survival of North Korean children....
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Turkey, Iran and Iraq warn of 'counter-measures' against Kurd vote

Istanbul (AFP) - Turkey, Iran and Iraq on Thursday urged Iraq's Kurdistan region to abandon a planned referendum on independence, threatening unspecified "counter-measures" if it goes ahead with the vote....
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Thai authorities detain well-known anti-Muslim Buddhist monk

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities have detained a Buddhist monk who has posted online videos that harshly denounce Islam....
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Iranian, Pakistani Military Chiefs Urge Concerted Action to End Rohingya Plight

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri and Pakistan’s Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed concern about the ongoing Rohingya Muslim crisis in Myanmar, calling for Muslim world action to help end the plight of the Muslim minority.
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Iranian Army, IRGC Stage Joint Aerial Drills

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The fighter jets of the Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) held a joint military exercise in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas.
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Yemeni Forces Hit Saudi Mercenaries with Homegrown Ballistic Missile

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The missile command of Yemen’s army and Popular Committees announced that it has targeted the positions of the Saudi mercenaries in the northwestern province of al-Jawf with a domestically made ballistic missile dubbed “Qaher M2”, local sources said.
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Norway's massive wealth fund hits $1 trillion in value

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HELSINKI (AP) — Norway's sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest of its kind, has hit a milestone value of $1 trillion, beating all expectations since its creation over 20 years ago.
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Myanmar protesters try to block aid shipment to Muslim Rohingya

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SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Buddhist protesters in Myanmar threw petrol bombs to try to block a shipment of aid to Muslims in Rakhine state, where the United Nations has accused the military of ethnic cleansing, before police fired in the air to disperse them.
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Tunisia parliament approves controversial amnesty for Ben Ali-era corruption

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TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's parliament on Wednesday approved a controversial law granting amnesty to officials accused of corruption during the rule of autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, triggering angry protests from the opposition and activists outside.
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Cuba Calls Trump's UN Address ‘Unacceptable, Meddling'

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Cuba on Tuesday slammed US President Donald Trump's latest comments about the island as "disrespectful, unacceptable and meddling," while reiterating it was not involved in the alleged incidents that had harmed US diplomats in Havana.
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Islamic finance: 'Meaningful narrative needed'

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ISLAMIC finance continues to grow at a double-digit pace but the industry clearly needs to be rid of the distractions for it to have a “meaningful narrative”, said HSBC Amanah Bhd chief executive officer Arsalaan Ahmed.
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Drug dealer gets 11 years in death of Hollywood movie executive

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A convicted drug dealer was sentenced on Tuesday to 11 years in prison in the death of a Hollywood studio executive whose remains were found buried in the California desert more than two years after he disappeared in 2012.
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US university police kill student suffering from depression

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Washington (AFP) - The police killing of a university student suffering from depression has sparked unrest on campus and opened another chapter in the debate over use of deadly force by American law enforcement.
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