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The last remaining foreign staff of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have left North Korea, the latest in a mass exodus of foreigners amid strict coronavirus lockdowns.

North Korea has reported zero confirmed cases of coronavirus, but the government has imposed stifling measures that in some cases go beyond the controls already in place in the politically and economically isolated country.

International ICRC staff left Pyongyang on Wednesday and the organisation’s ongoing work there will be managed by its delegation in Beijing, said Graziella Leite Piccoli, the ICRC’s deputy head of delegation for east Asia.

“They have completed their assignments in the DPRK,” she said, using the initials of North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “They will be going to their home countries to reunite with their families.”

The ICRC office remained open with very limited activities given the current anti-coronavirus

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Samsung Invites Startups Changing The World For Good To Enter The 2021 Extreme Tech Challenge

The Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) is the world’s largest startup competition for entrepreneurs addressing the globe’s most serious challenges. XTC is inspired by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and showcases innovators who are harnessing the power of technology to benefit humankind and make our planet a better place.

The competition provides game-changing startups with the opportunity to raise capital, network with global entities (corporations, VCs, partners), and gain the mentorship they need to pioneer technological breakthroughs and help power a sustainable future.

I caught up with Rajeev Rajan, Chief of Staff & Head of Marketing and Communications to the President & Chief Strategy Officer, Samsung Electronics, and Co-Managing Director of the Extreme Tech Challenge, to find out more.

Afdhel Aziz: Rajeev, welcome.Please tell us a little about what the Extreme Tech Challenge means to Samsung and how the company is involved in it?

Rajeev Rajan:

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Huge Puerto Rico Radio Telescope, Already Damaged, Collapses | World News

By DÁNICA COTO, Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A huge, already damaged radio telescope in Puerto Rico that has played a key role in astronomical discoveries for more than half a century completely collapsed on Tuesday.

The telescope’s 900-ton receiver platform fell onto the reflector dish more than 400 feet below.

The U.S. National Science Foundation had earlier announced that the Arecibo Observatory would be closed. An auxiliary cable snapped in August, causing a 100-foot gash on the 1,000-foot-wide (305-meter-wide) dish and damaged the receiver platform that hung above it. Then a main cable broke in early November.

The collapse stunned many scientists who had relied on what was until recently the largest radio telescope in the world.

“It sounded like a rumble. I knew exactly what it was,” said Jonathan Friedman, who worked for 26 years as a senior research associate at the observatory and still

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On World AIDS Day, South Africa finds hope in new treatment

Health officials are hoping that new, long-acting drugs to help prevent HIV infection will be a turning point for the fight against a global health threat that’s been eclipsed by the coronavirus pandemic

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted the new drug in a weekly newsletter, saying the long-term acting and injectable HIV drug has “the potential to significantly strengthen our response to the epidemic.”

The region is especially hard-hit. South Africa has the biggest epidemic in the world with 7.7 million people living with HIV, according to UNAIDS.

In separate studies

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The Young Founders Shaping The Digital World Through Covid And Beyond

During a volatile year, the 2021 Under 30 Consumer Tech listers are helping us lose weight, stay sane, heal the planet and make our homes more productive and profitable. One makes a heck of a good chicken-less chicken nugget too.

In a year that has changed nearly every aspect of work, business, and life, the members of the 2021 Consumer Tech Under 30 list are ensuring the change will ultimately be for the better. 

Don’t just take our word for it. For the tenth Consumer Tech Under 30 list, Forbes writers Monica Melton, Noah Kirsch, Will Yakowicz, and I combed through thousands of incredible nominees. Then our four all-star judges— Candid’s Lilla Cosgrove, Airtable’s Howie Liu, Casper’s Neil Parikh, and Khosla Ventures’ Adina Tecklu— choose the best of the best. The result: 30 brash young leaders shaking up nearly every consumer market—health, media, real estate, retail, transportation, communication, and

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Samsung Was the Top Smartphone Company in the World in Third Quarter

Global smartphone sales increased in the third quarter of 2020, according to the latest measure of smartphone sales. It’s a 5.7 percent drop from the third quarter of 2019, while overall mobile phone sales—of smartphones and all other phones combined—totaled 401 million units, itself an 8.7 percent year-over-year decline.

However, the tops were smaller than the previous two quarters when, due to the pandemic, sales had dropped 20 percent.

In terms of individual vendors, per Gartner, Samsung was the top brand in the quarter with 80.8 million units shipped and a 22 percent market share. Huawei was second, with 51.8 million units—despite its ban from the U.S. and other countries—and a 14.1 percent market share.

The Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi was third with 44.4 million, overtaking Apple, which had 40.6 million, with respective market shares of 12.1 and 11.1 percent. However, that number, as with all third-quarter smartphone numbers, comes with

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With ability to fly anywhere in the world, ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ players choose this special place

Paris? New York? Hawaii? Over the Grand Canyon? If you could fly anywhere, even on an imaginary flight via “Microsoft Flight Simulator,” where would you go? The answer to the question is a bit surprising, but actually makes perfect sense in the age of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a new documentary about the making of the rebooted video game, when faced with the ability to fly anywhere in the world, 70% of players chose the same place. They flew home.

Microsoft’s longest running product franchise returned to the skies in August with its first refresh in 14 years. The game takes advantage technology enhancements including use of Bing Maps’ global imagery and the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, along with artificial intelligence tech that enables live traffic and real-time weather.

PREVIOUSLY: ‘Flight Simulator’ is back, and it’s real: Microsoft uses cloud to help classic franchise soar again

The 30-minute documentary

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One World Lithium Announces Proof Of Concept Program For A Separation Technology

VANCOUVER, BC – One World Lithium Inc. (OTCQB-OWRDF) (CSE-OWLI) ($OWLI) (the “Company”) (“OWL”) announces that West Peak Ventures of Canada Ltd (“WPV”) has assigned the proof of concept protocols to OWL who will then contract a private laboratory to conduct a proof of concept program for a separation technology thesis. If the results are satisfactory it will have proven a new critical fluid separation technology (the “Technology”) to separate pure lithium and other related elements including potassium (potash), boron and magnesium from a brine solution that may have commercial applications.


The laboratory will have a chemical engineer with known expertise in separation technologies to both manage the program and verify the test results. It is estimated that the program will take approximately three months at an estimated cost of CAD $100,000. There may be additional testing required that will increase the costs.


It is intended for OWL to own 100%

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Dubai just hosted one of the first major design events to take place in physical form since the global coronavirus pandemic started. Dubai Design Week may have taken place in exceptional circumstances, but the city’s readiness and resilience –coupled with the safety measures put in place by the relevant authorities– has showcased that physical events can get moving again.

Within the safe open-air setting of Dubai Design District (d3), thousands of people attended the region’s largest creative festival. It was a return to life, and a major milestone in the recovery of the creative industries. The

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