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Quebec premier: Adding immigrants who do not speak French would be ‘suicidal’

TORONTO, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Quebec Premier Francois Legault, who is favored to win next week’s provincial election, said on Wednesday it would be “suicidal” for the mainly French-speaking province to add immigrants without ensuring they speak French. “We need to stop the decline,” of the French language, Legault, the leader of centre-right coalition Avenir …

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Singer R. Kelly, already behind bars, ordered to pay victims

NEW YORK, Sept 28 (Reuters) – R. Kelly, the multiplatinum R&B singer convicted twice this year of sex crimes, will be required to pay at least $300,000 in restitution to some of his victims, a federal judge said on Wednesday. The money will compensate two women, known as Jane and Stephanie, for the costs of …

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Amazon.com unveils device that tracks breath while sleeping

Sept 28 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc on Wednesday announced a contactless gadget that can monitor people’s sleep, along with updates to its lineup of voice-controlled devices and e-readers. The online retailer said its $139.99 sleep gadget, known as Halo Rise, tracks room temperature, humidity and light, plus the breathing patterns of the person closest to …

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Tata Motors launches $10,000 electric car in India to further its lead

NEW DELHI, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Tata Motors (TAMO.NS) launched India’s lowest priced electric car at a little over $10,000 on Wednesday as the country’s only electric vehicle (EV) maker looks to draw in more buyers. Tata leads India’s EV market, helped by government subsidies and high tariffs on imports. Its move comes as domestic …

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Dior takes baroque-theme to catwalk for Paris Fashion Week

PARIS, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri looked to the reign of Catherine de Medici and seized on the era’s hoop skirts, corsets and platform shoes, which she worked into a modern lineup for the label’s spring collection. “I think she was the first that understood the power of fashion,” Chiuri told …

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Saudi NEOM’s tech unit rebrands, invests $1 bln in 2022 -CEO

RIYADH, Sept 27 (Reuters) – NEOM Tech & Digital, a subsidiary of the $500 billion signature NEOM project of the Saudi crown prince, has invested $1 billion in 2022 in AI, including a metaverse platform, its chief executive said on Tuesday. Joseph Bradley said the company is also changing its name to Tonomus as NEOM …

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Rampant dollar pauses for breath as bears stalk stocks

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register HONG KONG, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Asian markets attempted to stabilize on Tuesday after a wild few days during which most assets, barring the dollar, fell, with the greenback easing a bit and flat stocks. Sterling, which collapsed to a record low $1.0327 on Monday, recovered …

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Optus under further fire for cyber breach, purported hacker claims data deleted

A woman uses her mobile phone as she walks past in front of an Optus shop in Sydney, Australia, February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SYDNEY, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Australian telecoms giant Optus came under more fire from the government on Tuesday for a massive cyber …

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NASA’s DART spacecraft hits target asteroid in first planetary defense test

Sept 26 (Reuters) – NASA’s DART spacecraft successfully slammed into a distant asteroid at hypersonic speed on Monday in the world’s first test of a planetary defense system, designed to prevent a potential doomsday meteorite collision with Earth. Humanity’s first attempt to alter the motion of an asteroid or any celestial body played out in …

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