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S. Arabia, US agree to huge arms deal during Trump visit

RIYADH: US and Saudi Arabian companies signed business deals worth tens of billions of dollars during a visit by President Donald Trump, as Riyadh seeks help to develop its economy beyond oil. National oil firm Saudi Aramco said it signed $50 billion of agreements with US firms. Energy minister Khalid al-Falih said deals involving …

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Panama Papers probes opened, China limits access to news on leaks

HONG KONG: Authorities across the globe have opened investigations into the activities of the world’s rich and powerful after a cache of leaked documents from a Panamanian law firm showed possible wrongdoing using offshore company structures. Leading figures and financial institutions responded to the massive leak of more than 11.5 …

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Boko Haram burns kids alive in Nigeria, 86 dead: officials

DALORI: A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children burning to death, among 86 people officials say died in the latest attack by Nigeria’s homegrown Islamic extremists. Scores of charred corpses and bodies with bullet wounds littered the …

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American emergency: Zika’s spread

With outbreaks confirmed in 23 countries and territories, the virus is spreading “explosively” across the Americas, says Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organisation. She is convening an emergency committee of experts—a move signalling a “public health emergency of international concern”, which it last declared over Ebola. Zika …

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Toyota announces driver-less cars

Toyota tested its self-driving Highway Teammate car on a public road. Toyota has become the latest car manufacturer to test a driver-less vehicle on a public road. The car, a modified Lexus GS, was tested on Tokyo’s Shuto Expressway, where it carried out a range of automated manoeuvres. These included …

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