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China looks at a future of electric helpers at robot conference


In a martial artist's white silk pyjamas, a man practised tai-chi in harmony with a motorised arm at a Beijing exhibition showcasing a vision of robots with Chinese characteristics.

Google receives 3,48,085 ‘right to be forgotten’ requests


A report released on Wednesday by Google showed that the top country for requests was France, where the Internet giant is in a standoff with data protection officials.

Melbourne rings in call for climate action

Tens of thousands rallied in Mel-bourne on Friday to lau-nch a global campaign for climate action ahead of a crunch summit in Paris, where marches we-re cancelled amid security fears.

Eurogroup chief warns of ‘mini-Schengen’

Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem warned on Friday that a small group of EU countries may be forced to form a “mini-Schengen” if the bloc fails to resolve its migrant crisis.

Man jumps White House fence, triggers lockdown

A man draped in an American flag jumps a fence at the White House in Washington on Thursday. (Photo: AP)

A man draped in an American flag jumped over the fence of the White House while President Barack Obama was inside with his family celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, officials and US media said.

Pope slams rich for ‘injustice’ to poor

Pope Francis on Friday lashed out at wealthy minorities who hoard resources at the expense of the poor as he visited a crowded slum today in the Kenyan capital.

‘Rocky effect put Philadelphia on world map’

Sylvester Stallone as Rocky.

It is a classic slice of pop history: Sylvester Stallone — aka “Rocky” — jogging up the steps of the art museum in Philadelphia.

France to respond with more songs

French President Francois Hollande stands in front of members of the French government, and guests during a ceremony. (Photo:AP)

President Hollande says, ‘We will not give in either to fear or to hate’

One year after Phillip Hughes’ death, safety in focus

Phillip Hughes signs autographs for young fans during a Test match in Hobart in 2011. 	— AFP

On the first anniversary of the tragic death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, questions are being asked whether cricket administrators have done “everything humanly possible” to ensure player saf

#EndofKobe: Sun setting on Bryant


Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors meets Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers on centre court prior to the start of their NBA basketball game in Oakland, California, on November 24. — AFP

My word! Are we touchy... or are we touchy? Our skins are getting thinner and thinner by the day.

Even in the most avowed democracies, wars, terrorism, insurgencies and natural calamities ensure the relevance and respect of the defence forces and their veterans.