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WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 — US space agency NASA said Monday its Curiosity rover is driving toward uphill destinations on the Red Planet's Mount Sharp as part of its second two-year mission extension that commenced on Oct. 1.

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HELSINKI, Oct. 4 — The sound associated with Northern Lights, or Aurora borealis, is not human imagination, but caused by the electromagnetic phenomenon, albeit at a very low level.

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THE HAGUE, Oct. 4 — The black rice grown by the Maroons, or descendants of escaped African slaves who live in the interior of Suriname today, is similar to a specific type of black rice that was derived from western Cote d'Ivoire, scientists said Monday.

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WELLINGTON, Oct. 4 — Air travellers in New Zealand's second city of Christchurch could be the first passengers in the country's first driverless vehicle service.

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CHIBA, Japan, Oct. 4 — Asia's largest electronics and information technology fair kicked off Tuesday near Tokyo, with connected devices and robots using artificial intelligence giving visitors a glimpse of a networked future.

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BEIJING, Oct. 4 — Chinese scientists have made a breakthrough in controlling a major disease of cotton plants using gene technology, Xinhua has learned.

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WELLINGTON, Oct. 4 — New DNA evidence showing Pacific peoples originally came from Asia could lead to better health treatments in the Pacific, said a New Zealand researcher Tuesday.

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BEIJING, Oct. 4 — The Chinese government has released a plan on scientific and technological (S&T) cooperation between China and countries along the Belt and Road.

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SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 5 — Goolge Inc. rolled out a series of hardware and software on Tuesday, including its first ever smartphone named Pixel.

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SYDNEY, Oct. 5 — Australians will be among the world's first to get the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.

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TALLINN, Oct. 4 — Kersti Kaljulaid was elected as president of Estonia by the parliament on Monday, after months of political stalemate, the Estonian Broadcasting Corporation (ERR) reported.

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OTTAWA, Oct. 4 — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said here Monday that his government wanted all provinces and territories in the country to implement carbon tax plan by 2018.

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BEIJING, Oct. 4 — A cold front will sweep north China and bring lower temperature and rainfalls over the next two days, China's national observatory said Tuesday.

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JOHANNESBURG, Oct. 4 — The 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP 17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) on Monday rejected Swaziland's proposal to trade in white rhino horns.

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TEHRAN, Oct. 4 — High-level air pollution caused by the dust particles in Iran's western, southwestern, central and southeastern provinces has put the lives of people at high risks, Tasnim news agency reported on Monday.

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MOSCOW, Oct. 4 — The last of the Arctic’s summer sea ice will melt away completely within the next two years, a Cambridge University scientist predicts, leading to sea-level rise and an acceleration of global warming as the planet’s natural air-conditioning system weakens.

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Cold snap disperses smog in Beijing

BEIJING, Oct. 4 — The rain and cold weather came to clear the Beijing's smog, late Monday night.

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KALIBO, Aklan, Oct. 4 — This town famous for its Ati-Atihan Festival will soon be strictly implementing a solid waste management ordinance as it is only given six months to comply with environmental laws.

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HANOI, Oct. 4 — Vietnamese customs officers seized more than 300 kg. of elephant tusks from Africa over the weekend, official media reported Monday.

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WELLINGTON, Oct. 4 — Children in the Pacific have had to eat cassava roots softened with paracetamol, while other people have died from lack of food and clean water, a leading development agency said in a report Tuesday.

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