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Emmerson Mnangagwa, the disgraced Mugabe loyalist who took his revenge

Emmerson Mnangagwa had seen his political fortunes rise and fall more than once during Robert Mugabe’s quixotic 37-year rule. But when his nemesis, Grace Mugabe, pushed him too far, the “crocodile” snapped back.

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France calls UN Security Council meeting over Libya slave auctions

France on Wednesday called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council over slave-trading in Libya as President Emmanuel Macron blasted the auctioning of Africans as a crime against humanity.

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'Butcher of Bosnia' Ratko Mladic found guilty of genocide

UN judges on Wednesday sentenced former Bosnian Serbian commander Ratko Mladic to life imprisonment after finding him guilty of genocide and war crimes in the brutal Balkans conflicts over two decades ago.

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Lebanese PM Hariri puts resignation on hold pending talks

Saad Hariri was full of surprises and contradictions Wednesday. After announcing that he was putting his surprise resignation of three weeks ago on hold, he exuberantly told cheering supporters that he was “staying with them”.

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Meet the 16-year-old behind the hijab emoji

Rayouf Alhumedhi, a 16-year-old Saudi national, is behind a mini revolution in the emoji world. Last year, she submitted a proposal for a hijab emoji, in order to represent women who wear the Islamic headscarf. Her suggestion was accepted by the tech giant Apple, and finally unveiled last month. The young woman behind this new emoji tells us more about her initia...

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Emmerson Mnangagwa, the disgraced Mugabe loyalist who took his revenge

Emmerson Mnangagwa had seen his political fortunes rise and fall more than once during Robert Mugabe’s quixotic 37-year rule. But when his nemesis, Grace Mugabe, pushed him too far, the “crocodile” snapped back.

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Video games

See how economic downturns shaped games throughout history at GDC 2018

GDC organizers are happy to welcome back Untame creative director Julia Keren Detar, who has put together a great GDC 2018 presentation on "History Shaping Design: How Economic Downturns Shape Play." ...

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Hawaiian representative wants to clamp down on 'predatory' loot boxes

Representative Chris Lee from the Hawaiian House of Representatives is the latest political figure to denounce loot boxes.  ...

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Report: Apple acquires mixed reality headset maker Vrvana for $30My

Recent reports suggest Apple is preparing to release an AR headset of its very own in 2020, and Vrvana has the expertise to help the Cupertino giant do exactly that. ...

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Blog: I (wrongly) thought I could ship 700 units to stay in business

I should have been able to move at least 700 copies of a low priced niche game to stay in business, but I didn't. This is a warning to other devs who work full time on their games. ...

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Hellblade has moved into profit after hitting 500K sales

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice has reached 500,000 sales in its first three months, beating internal expectations and moving the game into profit.  ...

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See how economic downturns shaped games throughout history at GDC 2018

GDC organizers are happy to welcome back Untame creative director Julia Keren Detar, who has put together a great GDC 2018 presentation on "History Shaping Design: How Economic Downturns Shape Play." ...

Read more »



News Hightech

Walmart is testing a self-driving, floor-scrubbing robot

Walmart has been testing autonomous floor-cleaning robots in five of its stores, LinkedIn reports. The floor scrubber, developed by Brain Corp., is equipped with cameras, sensors and LiDAR to help it maneuver down aisles and around obstacles. And it...

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How to find the best 4K TV for your space

There has never been a better time to buy a new TV. Huge 4K sets are cheaper and look finer than ever. Perhaps more important, there are finally a few new technologies that make upgrading from your old set worth it: HDR (high dynamic range) video and...

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'PUBG' will be tweaked to add socialist-friendly messages in China

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been this year's sleeper hit, and it's about to officially be released in China. The rub is, it'll have some pretty significant changes given the country's strict state-mandated censorship. Local publisher Tencent wi...

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TalkTalk TV will go multiscreen next year with new streaming app

Sky, Virgin Media and BT all offer their customers ways to watch TV beyond the living room. TalkTalk has an app for its rental and purchase store -- formerly Blinkbox, you might recall -- but otherwise it's fallen behind the pack somewhat. The compan...

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TiVo wins one of its patent fights with Comcast

TiVo has good news going into the holiday season: The International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that Comcast's X1 set-top boxes violate two of TiVo's patents related to setting recordings from a mobile device. As a result, there's now an import...

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Walmart is testing a self-driving, floor-scrubbing robot

Walmart has been testing autonomous floor-cleaning robots in five of its stores, LinkedIn reports. The floor scrubber, developed by Brain Corp., is equipped with cameras, sensors and LiDAR to help it maneuver down aisles and around obstacles. And it...

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