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Google could drop a Home Mini smart speaker to rival Amazon's Echo Dot

Google could be poised to reveal a low-cost "mini" version of its Home smart speaker at its fall event.

With the help of highly sensitive microphones and a natural language processing system, Google Home does a relatively good job of understanding what a home's different occupants are asking. — AFP Relaxnews

NewGen Party changes name, seeks to join Pakatan

KUALA LUMPUR: New Generation Party has changed its name to Minority Rights Action Party (Mira) and is seeking to officially join Pakatan Harapan.

Petrol prices pumped up in Pyongyang

Pyongyang (AFP) - Petrol prices are being pumped higher in Pyongyang in the wake of United Nations sanctions restricting exports of oil products to nuclear-armed North Korea.

Petrol retail prices have gone up around 20 percent in two months, AFP saw in the North Korean capital Pyongyang. - AFP

Anifah: International community should abide by UN principles

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has called on the international community to abide by and uphold the principles of the United Nations (UN) and to treat Israel and others who commit crimes against humanity equally.

Best self-driving tech going nowhere as rules stall under Trump

The technology that gives cars superpowers to see around corners and through walls won’t be on the first self-driving rides hitting the road in the next few years.

A push by regulators during the Obama administration to speed V2V to market has stalled under the Trump administration. — Bay Area News Group/TNS

Chong Wei demolishes Shi Yuqi to book spot in Japan Open final

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Lee Chong Wei has defeated China’s Shi Yuqi to enter the Japan Open men's singles final.

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China follows U.N. sanctions with bans, limits on fuel products to North Korea

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China said on Saturday it will ban exports of some petroleum products to North Korea, as well as imports of textiles from the isolated North, in line with a United Nations Security Council resolution passed after Pyongyang's latest nuclear test.

Facebook’s harm is taking life out of context

Last week was rough for Facebook Inc. Further information came out that Russian agents had used the service to organise rallies in support of US President Donald Trump and to buy pro-Trump ads.

When Facebook brings you directly to “the news,” without much cultural intermediation, the risk of outright lies rises, and it is less clear which pieces of reporting have been through credible external scrutiny. — Bloomberg

'Lady Beast' fights for girl gamers in Japan

Chiba (Japan) (AFP) - In her online world, she is "Lady Beast", deftly operating her green monster Blanka in dizzying hand-to-hand streetfighting combat on the global professional gaming circuit.

Visitors to the Tokyo Game Show are left in little doubt they are entering a male-dominated world.-AFP

Thai junta says police helped Yingluck escape

Bangkok (AFP) - Thailand's deputy junta leader has accused three police officers of helping sneak ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra out of the country last month, a vanishing act that stunned the kingdom.

Thailand's junta says it was unaware former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was planning to escape -- something many Thais have found difficult to believe given the round-the-clock surveillance she frequently complained of.-AFP