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Death toll up to 20 after strong earthquake jolts eastern Turkey

A powerful earthquake struck eastern Turkey late on Friday, killing at least 20 people and collapsing buildings in towns near the center of the tremor, which was strong enough to be felt in several neighboring countries.

Coronavirus Live Updates: Some Carriers Might Show No Symptoms, Researchers Say

A study in The Lancet indicated that some people could be spreading the virus despite having no signs of disease.

Overtourism in Europe's historic cities sparks backlash

Angry protests from residents in popular areas force city hall officials to take action

Across Europe, historic cities are buckling. Mass tourism, encouraged by cash-hungry councils after the 2008 crash and fuelled by the explosion of cheap flights and online room rentals, has become a monster. The backlash, however, has begun.

In the past decade, the number of low-cost airline seats available each year in Europe has risen by more than 10% annually, more than doubling to more than 500m.

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'Some folks were tearful': CIA waterboarding on trial in Guantánamo

‘The Preacher’, one of three authorised to carry out torture method, has still not been identified after 17 years

There were three men authorised by the CIA to carry out waterboarding on detainees in America’s “war on terror”. Two of them were contractors who are in Guantánamo Bay this week to give evidence. The third has still not been identified 17 years after the torture was committed.

In the courtroom of the military commission, the CIA officer was referred to only by three-digit code NZ7, or simply as “the Preacher” – a nickname he was given because of his peculiar way of terrorising detainees.

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'Give America a fair trial': key takeaways from Democrats' final arguments

House managers spent much of Friday anticipating Republican arguments and giving pre-emptive rebuttals of Trump’s defense, which begins Saturday

The fourth full day of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the US Senate has concluded. Here are five key takeaways:

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Bolivia's interim leader Áñez confirms candidacy in election

Bolivian interim President Jeanine Áñez has announced her candidacy in the country's May 3 presidential election

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Starbucks shuts shops, suspends delivery in China's Hubei amid virus outbreak

Starbucks has closed all shops and suspended delivery services in China's Hubei province for the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, where a coronavirus outbreak originated from its capital Wuhan has caused 41 deaths in China.

Home sellers risk losing money over quick sales

Trading Standards warns homeowners to be careful when using quick-sale estate agents.

Fiat Chrysler asks U.S. court to toss out GM racketeering claims: filing

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV late on Friday urged a U.S. District Court to throw out General Motors Co's suit accusing Fiat Chrysler of racketeering and bribing officials of the United Auto Workers union to put GM at a multi-billion dollar labor cost disadvantage.

Former top U.S. general Dunford joining Lockheed Martin's board

The former top U.S. military official, General Joseph Dunford, has been elected to the board of Lockheed Martin Corp , the Pentagon's largest weapons supplier, the company said on Friday.

Stocks Fall as Second Virus Case in U.S. Spooks Investors

Airline stocks, exposed to the impact of travel restrictions related to China’s coronavirus outbreak, were hard hit.

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'A giant': what other countries make of the BBC and how their media compare

As the BBC reels from the departure of its boss and renewed pressure over its funding model, what are the views of the corporation from abroad?

The BBC is widely admired in France and frequently cited by politicians as a model of public service broadcasting. News of its director general’s early departure was reported with concern.

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Chinese tourist says she evaded coronavirus checks to fly to France

Chinese embassy in Paris urges citizens to comply after woman tells of travelling from Wuhan

The Chinese embassy in France has urged its citizens to comply with airport coronavirus checks after a woman from Wuhan said she had evaded screenings in order to fly to France and dine in restaurants there.

The woman told on social media how she took fever medicine to mask flu-like symptoms to bypass temperature checks. Wuhan has temporarily shut down public transport to contain the deadly virus.

What is the virus causing illness in Wuhan?

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Paris says adieu as Jean Paul Gaultier puts up an exit show

Fashion’s enfant terrible leaves industry with collection that upcycles past glories

Jean Paul Gaultier was never going to make a French exit from the fashion world. The 67-year-old designer staged his swansong on Wednesday evening, bidding adieu to the industry as loudly as he could.

Supermodels were joined by celebrities, dancers, contortionists and drag queens on stage at the Théâtre du Châtelet – an unforgettable show that had the hundreds of audience members cheering non-stop for almost two hours. For many there, it was an emotional goodbye, not only because Gaultier is beloved for his iconic designs, but because he is one of the few living designers to be considered a national treasure, instantly recognisable to the public for his peroxide hair, Breton stripes and Cheshire cat grin.

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France poised to drop plan to tax tech giants amid signs of US deal

Talks in Davos raise hope of agreement to find multilateral solution to taxing digital firms

France is poised to announce on Wednesday that it is dropping its go-it-alone plan to tax big US tech companies in exchange for Washington’s agreement to press ahead with attempts to find a multilateral solution.

Hopes were rising in Davos on Tuesday night of an agreement after several days of intense talks involving the French finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, the US treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, and Ángel Gurria, the head of the rich-country thinktank the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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Diamond as big as a tennis ball makes Louis Vuitton debut in Paris

1,758-carat Sewelô snapped up by luxury brand is world’s second-largest rough diamond

Louis Vuitton has made a splash as it showed off its latest purchase: the world’s second-largest rough diamond.

The LVMH-owned brand, which announced last week that it was the new owner of the 1,758-carat Sewelô, displayed the glinting, blackened stone at its Place Vendôme store in Paris.

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Martin Scorsese's editor on his hatred of eyebrows

Thelma Schoonmaker reveals Scorsese's problem with eyebrows and how Netflix saved The Irishman.

China's theaters, studios protest against deal to stream movie online for free

Chinese theaters and film studios are protesting a deal by Huanxi Media Group to premiere its new movie "Lost in Russia" on Bytedance's online platforms, with some saying it was "trampling" and "destroying" China's cinema industry.

K-pop band BTS's microphones fetch $83,200 at auction

Seven microphones used on tour by South Korean pop band BTS have sold for $83,200 at a pre-Grammy Awards auction for charity, more than eight times the expected starting price, Julien's Auctions said on Friday.

Actress Rosie Perez takes stand in Weinstein rape case

Actress Rosie Perez took the stand in the rape trial of Harvey Weinstein on Friday, after the judge presiding over the case ruled that she could testify for the prosecution.

YG arrested on robbery charges after Los Angeles home raid

Rapper YG was arrested early Friday morning at his Southern California home on robbery charges, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Neil Young is finally a US citizen after he says his love of weed delayed application

Neil Young has officially become a "Canarican" after his citizenship application was delayed for months because he smoked weed, he said.

Eminem tops both UK album and singles charts

The rapper sets a new album chart record, despite the controversy surrounding his latest release.

Billie Eilish says she wants to help her fans suffering from depression

Grammy-nominated singer Billie Eilish is talking about some very dark times in her life, when she was self-inflicting cuts on her arms and even considering suicide.

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What’s on TV Saturday: ‘The Cave’ and a New ‘Sabrina’ Season

A Syrian documentary is on National Geographic. And “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” returns to Netflix.

Trump Impeachment: Making a Case Against a President, and Against Tuning Out

The Democratic impeachment case used passion and video clips to substitute for witnesses and fight apathy.

Haggis is growing in popularity, and not just in Scotland

Carried high by the cook on a silver platter behind a kilted piper at formal dinners, the haggis is the essential dish for anyone celebrating the birthday of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns,...

Mexican model with no arms challenges perceptions of beauty

Born without arms, Mexican model Ana Gabriela Molina wants to challenge traditional perceptions of physical attractiveness by winning a beauty pageant in her home state of Veracruz.

85,000 Pieces in Beloved Chinatown Museum Likely Destroyed in Fire

The president of the Museum of Chinese in America said that she was “just distraught” and that the collection was one of a kind.

Harlem brewer taps her African-American roots for flavor

Celeste Beatty, one of the first African-American woman brewers in the United States, sees craft beer making as a way to reconnect with her roots.

Philadelphia Mayor Warns Mummers to End Blackface or Risk Parade

Mayor Jim Kenney told leaders of the Mummers that their centuries-old tradition could lose the city’s support if they did not better police participants.

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Figure skating: Liu defends US title with flawless free skate

Alysa Liu successfully defended her women's title at the U.S. Figure Staking Championships in North Carolina on Friday after the 14-year-old delivered a brilliant free skate routine.

Gracie Gold Skates to 12th Place and a Standing Ovation at U.S. Championships

Gold, the Olympian whose career was sidetracked by mental illness, was moved to tears as the audience saluted her in a significant comeback performance.

Halep sees off Putintseva in straight sets to advance

Simona Halep proved too strong for Kazakh Yulia Putintseva in their first career meeting as the Romanian fourth seed sailed through to the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-1 6-4 win on Saturday.

NHL All-Star Skills: Barzal nips McDavid to win Fastest Skater

New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal ended Connor McDavid's three-year run as the NHL's fastest skater, edging the Edmonton Oilers star in the first event of the NHL All-Star Skills on Friday in St. Louis.

Pavlyuchenkova beats Pliskova as seeds continue to tumble

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova secured her first career victory in seven attempts over world number two Karolina Pliskova on Saturday as the Australian Open lost another high seed in the third round.

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Chicago Woman Is Second Patient in U.S. With Wuhan Coronavirus

Federal health officials are monitoring 63 other people in 22 states for signs of infection.

E.P.A. Is Letting Cities Dump More Raw Sewage Into Rivers for Years to Come

The agency is allowing cities to delay or otherwise change federally imposed fixes to their sewer systems.

Canadian start-up GHGSat to make global methane map

A private company tracing methane emissions is building a global map of the gas in Earth's atmosphere.

Space cookies: First food baked in space by astronauts

They were cooked in a special oven at the International Space Station - but are yet to be tasted.

Coronavirus Live Updates: Toll Rises to 26 Dead and 830 Sickened

The authorities drastically expanded a lockdown in central China, penning in more than 22 million residents to contain a deadly and mysterious epidemic.

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New Jersey Bars Police From Using Clearview Facial Recognition App

Reporting about the powerful tool with a database of three billion photos “troubled” the state’s attorney general, who asked for an inquiry into its use.

Watch Dogs Legion: Click goes inside the post-Brexit game

In a world first, Marc Cieslak interviews the creator of Watch Dogs: Legion inside his own game.

Have a Search Warrant for Data? Google Wants You to Pay

The tech giant has begun charging U.S. law enforcement for responses to search warrants and subpoenas.

Explainer: Bezos allegations put phone hacking technology in the spotlight

Allegations that Amazon.com boss and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos had his phone hacked by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have put a spotlight on the security of smartphones and the secretive tools used to hack them.

U.S. senator slams Tesla's 'misleading' name for Autopilot driver assistance system

A U.S. senator on Friday urged Tesla Inc to rebrand its driver assistance system Autopilot, saying it has "an inherently misleading name" and is subject to potentially dangerous misuse.

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