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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
A Dutch company that presented the world's first lab-grown beef burger five years ago said Tuesday it has received funding to pursue its plans to make and sell artificially grown meat to restaurants from 2021. Mosa Meat said it raised 7.5 million euros ($8.8 million), mainly from M Ventures and Bell Food Group. M Ventures is an investment vehicle for German pharmaceuticals company Merck KGaA. Bell Food is a European meat processing company based in Switzerland. Smaller investors... (Full Story)
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer faced accusations on Tuesday of having illegally deported a suspected Islamist militant who once served as Osama bin Laden's bodyguard just one day after a court said he should be allowed to stay in Germany. German authorities deported the man, identified only as Sami A., to his native Tunisia last Friday despite previous concerns that he might be tortured back home and despite the administrative court verdict a day before the... (Full Story)
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Egypt’s parliament has passed a law giving the state powers to block social media accounts and penalize journalists held to be publishing fake news. Under the law passed on Monday social media accounts and blogs with more than 5,000 followers on sites such as Twitter and Facebook will be treated as media outlets, which makes them subject to prosecution for publishing false news or incitement to break the law. The Supreme Council for the Administration of the Media, headed by an... (Full Story)
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
We are live. In Extra Time Shaka answers your questions about politics in Africa. (Full Story)
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Winning the soccer World Cup has turned the French, long-time pessimists, into optimists, but has not boosted President Emmanuel Macron's popularity, a survey showed on Tuesday. Some 62 percent of the French polled by the Odoxa polling institute on July 16, the day after the French team's thrilling 4-2 defeat of Croatia in Moscow, said they were now optimistic about the future. In March 2016, when Odoxa last asked the question, 53 percent of them were... (Full Story)
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
On her 25th birthday, Brittney Johnson sleeps in until the luxurious hour of 7:00 A.M. “I’m thrilled I’m officially a quarter of a century old today.  Glad to have made it!” she laughed later, sipping lemon iced tea on the porch of her farmhouse, surrounded by irises. Johnson planned to spend this birthday morning fixing the fencing around the farm to keep her sheep from breaking out.  She bought the farmhouse, 40 acres, five ewes and one ram in her home state of Minnesota... (Full Story)
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
An Islamic State suicide bomber killed 20 people in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, including a Taliban commander, while in southern Helmand province, a government commando unit freed 54 people from a Taliban-run jail, officials said. In southern Kandahar province, the Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in Arghistan district late on Monday night, killing nine policemen and wounding seven, according to Daud Ahmadi, the spokesman for the provincial governor. Zia Durrani, the... (Full Story)
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
The European Union's enlargement commissioner has arrived in Macedonia to formally announce the start of preparations for the Balkan country to open accession talks with the bloc next year. Johannes Hahn on Tuesday congratulated Macedonia for recently signing a deal with Greece resolving a decades-old dispute over the country's name. He urged the public to vote in favor of the deal, which changes the name to North Macedonia, in a referendum this fall. "This sets a strong... (Full Story)
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Former U.S. President Barack Obama warns the "denial of facts" could spell the end of of democracies around the world. Obama's remarks were made Tuesday in Johannesburg to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. It was his highest-profile event since leaving the White House in 2017 after eight years in office. "The denial of facts runs counter to democracy," he said. "It could be its undoing, which is why we... (Full Story)
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