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Beyonce lends her voice to freedom for girls campaign

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Train passengers in Sweden cultivate clever chips instead of tickets

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SJ Rail has announced an experiment with about 100 people to plant smart chips in their own hands to pay for their trip as an alternative to tickets. In a recent interview with the BBC, the company revealed that an estimated 3,000 people are using the service now.

According to the website of the newspaper “Daily Mail” British, thanks to this chip integrated into the hand, passengers are able to get a permanent ticket, so that the captain of the train read the chip by smart phone to make sure the passenger paid for his trip.

The company pointed out that it does not provide this chip to users, but passengers who want to use this service should already have this future technology.

“The idea was put forward by a technology company in Stockholm called Epicenter, where many employees have already been planted in thin slices,” said Stephen Ray, the company’s press officer.

While the system is currently only available in Sweden, the country’s travel system uses the same NFC communication technology as bank cards, indicating that it can be used in another field someday.

Smart chips are not new in Sweden, where the highly developed technology already employs an estimated 20,000 people to pay for food and register attendance at the workplace.

Apple’s new watch battery Apple Watch 3 works for only one hour

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Apple recently unveiled the third generation of its smart watch Apple Watch Series 3, but the world was concerned only with new smart phones from the company, especially for the “iPhone X”, the new clock comes with a number of features that were not available in previous versions, most notably LTE is an LTE connection that allows the wearer to make calls without having to connect to an iPhone phone using Bluetooth.

In theory, this means that you can leave your phone at home and talk to your friends through the clock, but Apple has revealed new details about the battery life of its new smart watch, which indicates the need to carry the phone.

The new clock, like previous models, has a battery that can operate for 18 hours, but using the LTE feature significantly reduces this time. While the battery can work for 3 hours of calls when connected, Only one hour.

According to Apple tests, users can play music on the watch “Apple Watch” through the Bluetooth earphones for up to 10 hours of battery life.

Sweden holds the largest war games in 20 years

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Neutral Sweden, the biggest war exercise in 20 years with NATO support, with 19,000 troops, after years of spending cuts that left the country, began to worry about Russia’s growing military strength.

On the eve of the biggest Russian exercise since 2013, NATO says it will have more soldiers than Moscow announced, with 13,000 troops, Sweden is conducting maneuvers simulating an attack from the east on the Baltic island of Gotland near the Swedish mainland.

“The security situation has taken a turn for the worse,” Swedish armed forces chief Michael Biden said during the three-week exercise. Sweden, such as the Baltic states, Poland and many Western countries, has been deeply concerned by Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea in the Black Sea in 2014 and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

“Russia is the country that is affecting security in Europe now because of its actions, the annexation of the Crimea and the continuing battles in eastern Ukraine,” Biden said. “So obviously we are closely watching what Russia is doing.” About 1,500 troops from the United States, France, Norway and other NATO countries are participating in the so-called “Twilight” exercise. Non-NATO member Sweden has decided to strengthen its armed forces after spending has fallen to about 1 percent after it accounted for more than two percent of economic output in the early 1990s and began to reintroduce the compulsory recruitment system. NATO generals said the exercises were not a response to Russian maneuvers, which begin on Thursday

Trump: wealthy have to accept higher taxes under his tax reform plan

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US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that wealthy Americans will gain nothing under his tax reform plan and may even have to pay higher taxes.

Speaking at a meeting with a group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the White House, Trump said his main goal was to cut taxes for the middle class and cut corporate taxes to boost job growth.

“The rich will never gain anything with this plan, we look at the middle class and look at jobs, jobs are the economy, so we look at the middle class and look at jobs,” he said.

“I think the rich will stay pretty much what they are … and if taxes have to be increased, they will be increased,” Trump said.

12-year-old Boko Haram girl blow herself in a mosque in Cameroon and killed five worshipers

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A girl carrying a fixed bomb on her body entered a mosque in northern Cameroon and blew herself up, killing five worshipers in an attack that bears the hallmarks of the Boko Haram terrorist group, authorities in Cameroon said.

Medjiawa Bakri, governor of the far north province by telephone, told Reuters the 12 to 13-year-old girl had arrived at the Sanda-Wagkiri mosque in Kolovata district at dawn time between 5 and 6 am.

“The men were kneeling when they came, and five of the worshipers were killed,” he said.

No suspect was mentioned, but Boko Haram group used suicide bombers and installed explosives in the bodies of children to hit civilian and military targets.

The terrorist group is currently divided into at least two factions and has been fighting for nearly 10 years in the Lake Chad region, which is bordered by four countries – Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

Brazilian judiciary questions former president Lula for the second time

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Brazil’s anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro on Wednesday questioned former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who was weakened by serious confessions made by one of his closest associates.

The judge sentenced Lula da Silva, 71, in July to about 10 years in a separate case. In total, he targets six issues of the former president and could eliminate his ambitions to return to power.

Former Finance Minister Antonio Baluchi revealed last week secrets that could be a severe blow to him. Baluchi was arrested in September 2016 and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Baluchi also listened to Judge Moro and stressed that Lula had established a “close alliance” between his Labor Party and the Odebrecht group of public works, which are at the heart of the corruption scandal, shaking Brazil.

The judge could use these new elements to reinforce the accusations against the former president (2003-2010) when he heard him on Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Adwebrecht apparently offered land to the Lula Institute in Sao Paulo and placed his family in another town in the neighboring city of Sao Bernardo do Campo for security facilities for the group to get contracts from the state oil company Petrobras. Baluchi said “the facts quoted were true, And this could fall the whole line of defense of the former president.

But Lula da Silva said on his Facebook page that “the story told by Antonio Baluchi contradicts all other testimonies and can only be understood in the context of the fact that he is a man imprisoned and convicted in other cases of Judge Sergio Moro.”

On May 10, in his first encounter with Judge Moro in Curitiba, southern Brazil, the president said he was the victim of a “hypocrisy” campaign and denied all charges.

At the end of July, the former mining worker was sentenced to nine years and a half in prison.

The judge convicted him of accepting a three-storey apartment in the Krishwa resort of the Odebrecht group. Pending the trial of the appeal, Lula remains free but may be barred from running for election in October 2018 if convicted on appeal and may be jailed.

Lula has yet to present his voting intentions in opinion polls but is rejected by much of Brazil’s public opinion.

His tour of poor areas in the northeast in recent weeks has not attracted crowds. The Northeast is one of the regions that has benefited most from the ambitious social policy of Ula da Silva, who during his 2003-2010 mandates has helped drive tens of millions of Brazilians out of misery. Lula’s tour lasted three weeks and included 28 cities.

The Labor Party announced a pro-left demonstration in Curitiba, but most observers expect a smaller mobilization than the one recorded when questioned for the first time when about 7,000 activists took part.

The party, still traumatized by the sudden dismissal of President Dilma Rousseff (2011-2016), may have to consider an alternative plan for the 2018 election, although any party member would dare to speak out in public.

When he left office in 2010, it was virtually impossible to charge Lula da Silva, whose popularity was 80 percent. Brazil was at the height of its economic boom

Erdogan’s adviser expects improved relations with Germany and Europe

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in an interview with Reuters that relations with Germany would improve in parallel with a general improvement in relations with the European Union early next year, boosting the prospects for growing Turkish export and tourism.

“I expect a greater calm with Germany after the (German) election on Sept. 24. I expect the tension to ease,” Ermit said in the interview on Tuesday.

Turkish-German relations have been under pressure since the campaign launched by Erdogan following the failed coup attempt last year.

Germany has criticized the mass arrests and has refused to hand over Turkey to people who have sought refuge in Ankara and Ankara accuses them of involvement in the failed coup attempt. Berlin has also demanded the release of about 12 German citizens arrested in the past few months.

“Turkey’s relations with the EU will be reformed rapidly as of the first quarter of 2018. I think Turkey’s exports to the EU will increase,” Ermit said.

He noted that the improvement in relations with Europe will result in a “very good year” for tourism in 2018.

The number of European tourists visiting Turkey has declined due to security concerns in the past few years.

Artem said the economy would grow between 5.5 and 6 percent this year and between five and seven percent next year.

Guardian: Anger in Singapore after taking the first female president

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The Guardian newspaper reported that there was anger in Singapore after the election of Halima Yaqoub as the first woman to hold the presidency, without elections, where the authorities decided that her competitors did not meet strict eligibility criteria.

The newspaper said in a report on its website Wednesday that the completion of the appointment of Halima Jacob as the first woman to the presidency, dominated by criticism that her choice was undemocratic after she took office without a vote. Halima Yacoub is a former MP from the Malay Muslim minority.

This is not the first time that Singapore, which is under tight control and ruled by the same party for decades, has denied presidential candidates the race, making the election useless, withdrawing the Guardian’s description.