Polish minister claims Egypt sold warships to Russia for symbolic price of $1

WARSAW, Poland - Poland's defence minister says he believes Egypt has sold two French-made Mistral warships to Russia for the symbolic price of $1.
Antoni Macierewicz made the claim during a parliamentary debate on Thursday and later told reporters he had the information "from good sources" but did not reveal any other details.
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'I'm petrified': Cape Breton braces for more rainfall after severe flooding

Parts of Atlantic Canada are bracing for heavy rainfall this weekend as Cape Breton continues to clean up from a severe Thanksgiving weekend storm that flooded hundreds of homes.
Environment Canada has issued special weather statements about heavy rainfall in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia.
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Death from overwork in Japan shows lessons unlearned

TOKYO -- Matsuri Takahashi's dream career at Japan's top ad agency, Dentsu, ended with her suicide as her overtime pushed past 100 hours a month.
"I'm emotionless and only wish to sleep," she wrote, exhausted and depressed, in a Twitter post in October 2015, six months after starting the job.
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John K. Samson, Tanya Tagaq and Colin James top this week's new music

All roads lead to the blues. Or in James’ case, back to the blues. The veteran singer-guitarist pays homage to his favourite 12-bar classics on his unvarnished umpteenth release, authentically covering everyone from Muddy and Wolf to Robert and Tommy Johnson — while cutting loose with plenty of fretboard fireworks.
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Typhoon Haima lashes China; death toll up in Philippines [Photos]

VIGAN, Philippines — Super Typhoon Haima weakened and blew out to sea Thursday after smashing the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rain overnight. Flooding, landslides and power outages were evident, but large casualties appeared to have been averted after nearly 100,000 people fled to safer ground.
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Still no aid for Aleppo's sick, hungry and wounded despite Russian pause in bombing

The United Nations said medical evacuations from eastern Aleppo had not begun on Friday as it had hoped, as a lack of security guarantees and "facilitation" prevent aid workers taking advantage of a pause in the bombing announced by Russia.
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Russians seek answers to central Moscow GPS anomaly

MOSCOW - Joggers, taxi drivers, players of Pokemon Go and senior Russian officials are seeking answers as to why mobile phone apps that use GPS are malfunctioning in central Moscow.
A programmer for Russian internet firm Yandex, Grigory Bakunov, said Thursday that his research showed a system for blocking GPS was located inside the Kremlin, the heavily-guarded official residence of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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British American Tobacco offers to buy Reynolds in $47B deal

British American Tobacco offered Friday to buy Reynolds American Inc. in a $47 billion US cash-and-stock deal that would create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company and bring together brands like Camel, Dunhill, and Newport.
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New Prince music to be released next year

Prince's label on Friday announced it will release the first posthumous music from the pop icon including an entire second album to accompany "Purple Rain."
The announcement, made a week after a tribute concert in Prince's native Minnesota meant to offer closure after his sudden death on April 21, comes as his estate steadily moves forward on a business plan for his vast holdings.
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Giant nude statue in California is stirring controversy

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. - There have long been complaints about the lack of women in the tech industry. Now there's a towering female figure, in a tech park across the bay from San Francisco, although not quite what some people had in mind.
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Hugh Jackman is back as Wolverine in the first trailer for 'Logan'

The official trailer has been released for upcoming Wolverine movie, "Logan."
Set in the future after the loss of the X-Men, the film sees Hugh Jackman return for the third time as Wolverine, also known as Logan, while Patrick Stewart reprises his role as Professor Charles Xavier.
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Syrian government opens new corridor for evacuations from Aleppo

BEIRUT -- The Syrian government on Friday opened a new corridor for rebels and civilians who want to leave the besieged eastern neighbourhoods of Aleppo, but the UN said planned medical evacuations haven't begun as planned because of a lack of security assurances from the warring sides.
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