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SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Tesla Inc on Monday will break ground for its Shanghai Gigafactory where it will begin making Model 3 electric vehicles (EV) by year-end, Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted ahead of the formal start of construction of the firm’s first Chinese plant. The $2 billion factory marks a major bet by Tesla as the U.S. electric vehicle maker...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump pledged on Sunday not to bend in his demand for a wall along the southern border with Mexico but said the barrier could be made of steel instead of concrete as a potential compromise with Democrats who refuse to fund it. Trump’s comments came at the start of the third week of a...
MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari was left fuming and questioning the point of video technology (VAR) in La Liga after his side were not awarded what looked a clear penalty during their shock 2-0 loss at home to Real Sociedad on Sunday. With Real trailing 1-0 in the second half, teenage Brazilian Vinicius Jr. fell over the...
A bushfire raging in a wilderness area has turned skies orange and black over the city of Hobart, Australia. Clouds of smoke blanketed Tasmania's state capital on Friday, despite the city lying about 100km (60 miles) south-east of the fire's location. The blaze in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area prompted safety warnings for nearby communities, but no injuries had been...
Japanese monks have been skipping, skating and juggling to show how unrestrictive their traditional attire is. It comes after a monk was fined by police for driving while wearing a kimono because it "could affect safe driving", according to the Yomiuri Shimbun. He has refused to pay the traffic ticket of 6,000 yen ($55; £43). And the Buddhist community has come out to...
The US state department has urged Americans to "exercise increased caution" when travelling to China after a spate of high-profile detentions. Its updated advice warns that US citizens have been arbitrarily prevented from leaving the country. The warning comes as two Canadian citizens remain in detention in China. Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were arrested last month as relations...
A Chinese serial killer convicted of murdering 11 girls and women between 1988 and 2002 has been executed. Gao Chengyong, dubbed "Jack the Ripper" by Chinese media, followed his victims home before robbing, raping and murdering them. He cut their throats and mutilated their bodies. Gao, a married father of two, was arrested in 2016 at the grocery store he ran...
There is now some very good optical satellite imagery of the collapsed Anak Krakatau volcano, which generated the devastating tsunami on 22 December. Poor weather conditions over Indonesia's Sunda Strait had frustrated spacecraft that view the Earth in the same type of light as our eyes. But the team at Planet has managed to find windows in the cloud. Pictures from its...
Almost nine years after being abandoned in the Indian Ocean, a yacht belonging to a teenage round-the-world sailor has turned up off southern Australia. US girl Abby Sunderland was aged 16 in 2010 when she attempted to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe, but a storm crippled her vessel. She was rescued more than 3,220km (2,000 miles) from the...
"Weekends are the busiest," says Govind, surrounded by piles of trash, on a recent Sunday afternoon. The 34-year-old, who prefers to go by his first name only, is standing in the middle of a scrapyard that he and his brother own in Gurgaon, a dusty suburb of glass and concrete near Delhi. On his left are gunny bags bursting with paper....

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