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Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) released a string of attack ads against opponent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Wednesday, a day after the two engaged in a contentious debate in Texas. 
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Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, fostered a close relationship with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as part of a bid to help broker a Middle East peace deal.
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When Facebook announced the launch of its new Portal video calling/smart speaker device earlier this month, many people had many questions about the release, mostly along the lines of ‘didn’t Facebook just expose a heap of user data to third parties, and now they want to be present in our homes?’ It’s true, the timing of the launch was not ideal – particularly when Facebook announced yet another significant data breach only days later. But the problem for Facebook is that there may actually never be a right time for the launch. Facebook was reportedly set to unveil the device back in May, at its F8 conference, but that was delayed due to the Cambridge Analytica revelation, and since then, there’s been an ongoing drip-feed of data exposures and PR disasters for The Social Network to deal with, further delaying the announcement. Read more at: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/facebooks-portal-could-play-a-major-role-in-the-companys-strategic-dir

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During an interview Coinbase alum Nick Tomaino stated that the valuation of the crypto market can reach a trillion dollars off of speculation alone. In 2017, crypto mania initiated by individual investors and retail traders led the market to achieve a valuation of over $800 billion and with the entrance of institutional investors, a multi-trillion market cap could materialize.


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Canada is now the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland.

And there was more good news for pot aficionados: Hours before a handful of retail outlets opened in the country's easternmost province a federal official told The Associated Press that Canada will pardon all those with convictions for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana, the now-legal threshold.
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Liverpool have announced forward Sadio Mane has undergone a successful procedure on the hand he injured while on international duty.
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At least 10 people have been killed after an unidentified explosive device detonated at a college in the Crimean city of Kerch on Wednesday, with at least 50 others injured, according to Russian authorities.
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Back when I was a cub newspaper reporter, my editor informed me that my next assignment was to interview the group Destiny’s Child. Unaware that one member of the trio would go on to become the greatest living icon, I fretted about how little time I was going to be allotted with my subjects and how I could possibly spin 11 minutes of chit-chat into a full-length column. My solution was to sport a tweed cape that I’d recently purchased at a vintage store in Toronto’s Kensington Market. The thinking went that I’d instantly establish myself as not your typical newspaper reporter and the musicians would be inspired to ditch the press-tour sound bites and really connect. The moment I entered the Toronto hotel room, a teenaged Beyoncé Knowles (she had yet to drop the surname) looked up with a kittenish smile and complimented my unorthodox attire. We all spent a good four minutes discussing the city’s vintage scene, a conversation that would buy me the

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first few paragraphs of my article. Though capes might just be simple sleeveless cloaks, they possess the near-magical power to position anyone daring enough to wear one as a dashing and dramatic soul. It’s impossible to put one on and not feel like a badass. Nineteenth-century Oscar Wilde was a notorious cape aficionado, as was the flamboyant entertainer Liberace, who in 1984 made a Radio City Music Hall appearance in a $380,000 Norwegian blue fox cape. More recently, former king of Vogue André Leon Talley learned to play up his imperial stature by making it his thing to enrobe himself in luxurious sheets of gold and royal blue.


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Among the investors who snapped up shares in luxury e-commerce marketplace Farfetch after its September IPO was one buyer with little interest in operating profits or projected revenue. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals pounced on shares in the newly public company so it could make its case directly to ban fur sales on the platform.

They needn’t have bothered. Farfetch quietly committed to going fur free in May, inserting a promise in the terms and conditions section of its website to stop selling items made with fur by the end of next year. Farfetch declined to comment, citing a post-IPO quiet period.

Farfetch joins a growing list of luxury brands and retailers turning their backs on animal fur. Within the past 18 months, Yoox Net-a-Porter, Gucci, Michael Kors, Versace, Furla, Burberry and DVF have all announced anti-fur policies, while this year’s September London Fashion Week became the first of the major fashion weeks not to show any fur on the catwalk.
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A field of pink, cloud-like muhly grass flowers in a park in eastern China had to be cut down on Sunday (Oct 14) after it was trampled by selfie-seeking tourists, it was reported. The flowers of pink muhly grass stay in bloom for about two months during autumn, but those in the Binjiang riverside park in the city of Hangzhou were completely destroyed two weeks after they started blooming around Oct 1, Shanghai-based news portal Thepaper.cn reported.


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The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Tuesday (Oct 16) called for more time to reach a deal with London, as fears grow about Britain crashing out of the union with no agreement in place.

Barnier said there were still several important differences between the two sides, notably on the thorny question of the Irish border.
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Earlier, the undefeated Russian fighter's manager rejected Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson's "garbage" offer to quit the UFC and switch to Bellator MMA.

Khabib Nurmagomedov has come out swinging at 50 Cent over his criticism of his manager's choice of attire, telling the rapper to "Never talk bad about my brother."

In an Instagram post which 50 has since deleted, the G-Unit rapper went after Khabib's manager Ali Abdelaziz, posting a link to a TMZ story accompanied by a photo of Abdelaziz in a suit which the 43-year-old record producer felt was in bad taste.

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French President Emmanuel Macron reshuffled his government on Tuesday, naming loyalist and head of his ruling party Christophe Castaner to the sensitive post of interior minister.

The reshuffle is an attempt to steady his administration after a series of resignations, and revive a reform drive that has shown signs of flagging.

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, who has spearheaded Macron's eurozone reform push, and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian retained their posts.

The president and his prime minister have been weighing the reshuffle for a few weeks, following the departure of three ministers since late August, including Interior Minister Gérard Collomb and Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot.
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While President Donald Trump is largely shrugging off the apparent murder of United States resident and Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, he has taken full credit for American pastor Andrew Brunson’s release from a Turkish prison.

The other nations of the world always watch America’s president and take cues on what they can and can’t get away with. They constantly assess his penchant for drawing red lines, and they evaluate the likelihood that he will retaliate if crossed.
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As the Supreme Court considered whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross must answer questions in a court case about why he decided to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday publicly attacked the judge who ordered Ross to be deposed, calling his actions “outrageous.”
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Rajon Rondo has a unique view of the Lakers-Celtics storied history, and now the point guard is driven to put his own stamp on the NBA's historic rivalry.

"I need another ring," Rondo said after practice on Monday. "It's simple. I want to be the first to win for the two most historic franchises that's ever put a basketball to use. So, I got one in Boston and I'd love to get one with this organization."
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Photosynthesis is the process used by plants, algae and certain bacteria to harness energy from sunlight and turn it into chemical energy. Here, we describe the general principles of photosynthesis and highlight how scientists are studying this natural process to help develop clean fuels and sources of renewable energy.

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Researchers have identified a young star with four Jupiter and Saturn-sized planets in orbit around it, the first time that so many massive planets have been detected in such a young system. The system has also set a new record for the most extreme range of orbits yet observed: the outermost planet is more than a thousand times further from the star than the innermost one, which raises interesting questions about how such a system might have formed. The star is just two million years old – a 'toddler' in astronomical terms – and is surrounded by a huge disc of dust and ice. This disc, known as a protoplanetary disc, is where the planets, moons, asteroids and other astronomical objects in stellar systems form. The star was already known to be remarkable because it contains the first so-called hot Jupiter—a massive planet orbiting very close to its parent star – to have been discovered around such a young star. Although hot Jupiters were the first type

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of exoplanet to be discovered, their existence has long puzzled astronomers because they are often thought to be too close to their parent stars to have formed in situ. Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-10-giant-planets-young-star.html


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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on Monday afternoon.

Allen's Vulcan Inc. announced that he died in Seattle at 65 years old.

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The Trump administration’s crackdown at the US-Mexico border — which culminated in widespread separation of families — started when President Donald Trump freaked out about a “caravan” of hundreds of Central American migrants crossing through Mexico to seek asylum.

As the caravan of asylum seekers made its way toward the US, the president raged at foreign governments and his own officials to do more to stop people from coming to the US without papers. By the time a few hundred caravan members finally arrived at the US-Mexico border at the San Ysidro port of entry, the administration had committed to restricting asylum by closing “loopholes” and to prosecuting everyone who entered the US illegally (without papers between official ports of entry) — the elements of a crackdown that’s affected tens of thousands of asylum seekers in recent months, even after the administration stopped separating families en masse in late June.
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A plan to avert an offensive by the Assad government against the last major rebel-held area in Syria stumbled Monday when the main extremist group failed to leave a proposed buffer zone as part of a plan to demilitarize the region.

However, Russia may still prevent Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad from launching an assault to retake Idlib, a province in northwestern Syria, as Moscow now appears eager to avoid a fight and instead find a political settlement to end the Syrian war and cement its growing role as a power broker in the Middle East.

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Chance are, you’ve worked at least one job in your lifetime. You might even be working a job now and building your business on the side. One nice feature of a job is knowing that for every week you work, there will be a paycheck coming your way. When you work full time, you get a steady paycheck. That’s not the case with entrepreneurship.

In a business, there are a number of factors that determine your pay. You get revenue through sales, but that’s not income. Your revenue is subject to taxes and your business expenses. Too often, revenue can be sporadic, leading entrepreneurs to quit or let frustration keep them from taking action.

There is a way to create consistent revenue in your business and implement a plan for constant revenue growth. That happens when you understand and implement these four principles into your business.

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The Russo brothers’ trolling campaign with Avengers 4 continues as the directing duo has whipped fans into a frenzy with another super-cryptic image to celebrate the end of production. But honestly, there’s no better way for Avengers 4 to wrap filming: with an image that we can dissect and overanalyze for the next seven months.

At least we have some hints about the secretive movie with a new tease from Chris Evans, who wrapped up his final Marvel film with the end of the Avengers 4 reshoots.
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Real Madrid and Barcelona don't settle for second best when it comes to box office moves in the transfer market, so given that England reached the World Cup semifinals during the summer and the Premier League is the biggest league in the world, surely any Englishman flourishing in his domestic competition would be a contender for a move to the Santiago Bernabeu or Camp Nou, right?

But as Gareth Southgate's men prepare to face Spain in Seville on Monday night, the reality is that only Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling would prompt Spain's two biggest clubs to send their scouts down to the Estadio Benito Villamarin.

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The Reds were thought to be one of a number of clubs interested in a transfer for the Welshman.

Ramsey will see his contract expire at the end of the season after Arsenal pulled out of negotiations.

It comes after the club feared that giving into the midfielder’s demands would see an already expanding wage bill balloon out of control.

And it would set a dangerous precedent among other players who would want pay parity with the former Cardiff man.
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Financial services giant Fidelity is taking a huge step into cryptocurrency.

The 72-year-old firm announced the launch of a separate company, Fidelity Digital Asset Services, on Monday that will handle cryptocurrency custody and trade execution for institutional investors.

"Our goal is to make digitally native assets, such as bitcoin, more accessible to investors," Fidelity Investments Chairman and CEO Abigail Johnson said in a press release. "We expect to continue investing and experimenting, over the long-term, with ways to make this emerging asset class easier for our clients to understand and use."
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Late last week, after Bloomberg News reported that Sears Holdings Corp. was preparing to file for bankruptcy protection — a prediction that came true in the wee hours Monday morning — I decided to visit a Sears store, something I hadn’t done in at least 30 years. There’s still one left in New York City, in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, so that’s where I headed.

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The announcement ended breathless speculation in the British tabloids since Friday, when Markle had the audacity to wear a coat and leave it partly unbuttoned. The baby is due in the spring.
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Following dozens of rumors, the Palm brand is officially back from the dead — sort of. It has been eight years since Palm — the company behind popular Personal Digital Assistants (PDA) — became defunct. HP bought Palm in 2010, and decided to leave the brand behind but move forward with growing WebOS, the operating system used on Palm devices. HP then sold the brand off to TCL, which makes BlackBerry phones through a licensing partnership, and TCL now has a licensing partnership with a new group of people who have no historical attachment to the Palm brand.


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Another NASA space telescope has shut down and halted science observations. Less than a week after the Hubble Space Telescope went offline, the Chandra X-ray Observatory has shut itself down. The US space agency said on Friday that Chandra has automatically went into so-called safe mode on Wednesday, possibly because of a gyroscope problem. A gyroscope is a device used to point and stabilize the observatory. Hubble went into hibernation last Friday due to a gyroscope failure.


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The crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has enough fuel, oxygen, water, and food to last at least six months, Vladimir Solovyov, flight director of the Russian segment of the ISS, was cited as saying by Russian news agencies on Sunday. Russia has temporarily suspended all manned space


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Twenty people were killed when torrential rains and flooding triggered mudslides that wiped out part of an elementary school in Indonesia's North Sumatra, officials said.

At least 11 of those who died in the flooding Friday were students, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the disaster mitigation agency. Some students are still missing. The flooding was in Mandailing Natal, North Sumatra.
Some of the students were buried under debris and mud after the Aek Saladi river overflowed, according to state media.
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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies suffered their worst election result since 1950 on Sunday, bleeding votes to the far-right in a setback that immediately raised tensions within Germany’s crisis-prone national government.

The Christian Social Union (CSU) won 35.6 percent of the vote, preliminary results showed, losing its absolute majority for only the second time since 1962 ― an outcome sure to stoke infighting in the conservative party, already a difficult partner for Merkel in Berlin.
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With the fate of the Prespes name deal expected to become clear this week, as the pact goes to Skopje’s Parliament Tuesday, attention is to shift to the prospects for Greece’s fragile coalition which the contentious pact has tested. Reports over the weekend suggested that the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev would be able to draw the 80 votes he needs to push the deal and the constitutional changes it requires through his country’s Parliament, as he urged the political opposition to embrace the agreement as the best possible compromise. In the event that Zaev fails to secure the support he needs, he will face snap elections, most likely on November 25. Officials in Athens are preparing for both scenarios. The ratification of the Prespes deal will mean that a rift within the coalition over the agreement will come to fore as the stage will be set for the pact to come to Greece’s Parliament.


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Since Greece officially ended its decade-long economic bailout this summer, its government has been tentatively moving forward with plans to ease austerity measures on its citizens. A recently unveiled budget plan for 2019 should create a 3.5% surplus of gross domestic product, according to the International Monetary Fund, although this might not be enough to cover the €3.5 billion in handouts that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced last month. As the country pulls itself out of the shadow of the economic collapse, we asked figures from Greece’s art world to reflect on the economic crisis and its effect on the arts, and to look towards the future.


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Sony’s Venom kept its fangs sharp in this sophomore session, topping the worldwide charts again with $105.4M, including $69.7M at the international box office. The Tom Hardy-starrer has lifted its global cume to $378.1M after 12 days with overseas contributing $235.3M. Venom, based on the Marvel property, was No. 1 in 54 markets this frame including a handful of new hubs and was down 47% versus last weekend in the holdovers. It’s tracking 32% above Ant-Man And The Wasp and 12% over Doctor Strange for the same group of markets and at the same point in release. Singing along, Warner Bros’ A Star Is Born saw a drop of just 14% since it took the stage last weekend. The $20.2M frame in 65 markets lifts the offshore cume to a running $41.2M. Italy (where the Bradley Cooper/Lady Gaga-starrer world premiered during the Venice Film Festival) was the top opener, followed by Brazil and Mexico. A tiny 6% drop in the UK, along with small dips in France and Germany — and a

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4% increase in Spain where Friday was a holiday — show that word of mouth is working as audiences take time to discover the buzzy movie.


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The burning question for fans of the Guardians of the Galaxy may be close to being answered: Who will be the new members of the cosmic group? Last week at New York Comic Con 2018, writer Donny Cates announced that the first member of the Guardians in his upcoming GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY series with artist Geoff Shaw would be Cosmic Ghost Rider. Marvel fans have seen reveals on social media, shedding light on more characters who may join the team.


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Five South Korean climbers and their four Nepali guides have been killed after their basecamp in the Himalayas was ravaged by a storm, local police and hiking officials said on Sunday.

The disaster, which claimed the life of record-breaking Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, is the worst climbing accident to hit the Himalayan nation in two years.

Police official Bir Bahadur Budhamagar said rescuers helped by locals retrieved the bodies of the nine climbers on Sunday from near their basecamp at Mount Gurja, a 7,193 metre-high peak (23,600 feet), located roughly 216 km (135 miles) northwest of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.
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Hurricane Leslie has devastated Lisbon as it batters Portugal with 109mph winds.

Authorities urged people to stay indoors and to stay away from coastal areas as the storm brought heavy rain, strong winds and surging seas.

At least 27 people have suffered minor injuries, according to civil defence officials.

The storm was the most intense overnight bringing localised flooding and uprooting thousands of trees.

Civil defence commander Luis Belo Costa said after Saturday night that “the greatest danger has passed”.

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The way smartphone cameras have been developing over the last few years, it may not come as a surprise that we now have a phone with four cameras. Trying to stand out in the fierce competition between the manufacturers is tough, but Samsung thinks they might just be able to make enough of a statement with their latest announcement, the Samsung Galaxy A9.


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Users report a text message containing weird characters is enough to wreak havoc on the PS4. Though numerous users have said they’ve been hit, the attack isn’t officially confirmed and Sony hasn’t given any kind of comment. To be on the safe side, users are suggesting that others change their message receipt settings so that only friends (or, more drastically, no one at all) can send them messages. As I’ve had friend-only messaging enabled for a while, I can’t tell if this threat/exploit is legitimate, or if this is the way to thwart it. Numerous users in the PS4 subreddit say they’ve been hit, though, and many describe the same effects. The message attack appears to be similar to others seen in mobile platforms, where a message containing a string of characters (or a specific one) can shut down the hardware.


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Real Madrid star Toni Kroos has hinted at his frustrations with the tactics employed by new manager Julen Lopetegui, suggesting he should not be as defensively inclined as deeper-lying team-mate Casemiro. Lopetegui's Real have endured a difficult start to the season, and while Kroos has backed his side to bounce back from recent adversity, his comments while on international duty suggest he's not happy with his placement. The Germany playmaker said: "It's a challenge to reverse this situation. We've shown we can do it. We've always had phases like these. It doesn't worry me. I like playing deeper, but I'm not Casemiro." Casemiro, while no creative slouch himself, is largely regarded as the shielding force in Real's midfield, flanked by Kroos and Luka Modric on either side, who are tasked with the more acute orchestrating in attack.


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Zinedine Zidane departed Real Madrid in shocking and unexpected circumstances, just three days after handing them a third successive UEFA Champions League crown. The Whites were not in a state of crisis or there was not even a single sign of melancholic atmosphere in the dressing room that justified the Frenchman’s departure.

But the former Real Madrid player said in his final interview before leaving that he felt the club was in need of a change at the helm after two and a half years of seeing the same person manage things. Fair enough. There was a big void which he left, but that could certainly be filled up.

Unfortunately, Florentino Perez rushed things in the Spanish capital and against all odds appointed Spain coach Julen Lopetegui. It was a big shock that the president handed out to the fan community after rumors of him searching the market and contacting Carlo Ancelotti, Mauricio Pochettino and even Antonio Conte amongst others.
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For the third year in a row, Google has implemented a single rear camera on its Pixel 3 and its Pixel 3 XL. In an industry that just recently spawned a smartphone with a quadruple camera system, is Google being pummeled by the competition? The tech giant does not think so, and in a way, we have to agree with them. Even with the year-old Pixel 2 XL, it is still able to snap some of the best images and is still a great overall smartphone. However, Google and its executive reveal why it was unnecessary to add more cameras at the back of the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL.


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In September, I wrote two articles dealing with Alibaba Group (BABA). In the first one, I analyzed the company's multiples, and in my opinion, I substantiated the undervaluation of BABA in sufficient detail. In the second one, I presented a DCF model that indicated Alibaba's capitalization growth potential when the forecast parameters were rather pessimistic. Today, I'm going to present a third look at the current state of the company's capitalization.


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Wells Fargo ’s wealth and investment management unit logged higher profits in the third quarter, while the number of its cross-channel advisors decreased 1% from the previous quarter. Net income for the unit, which includes Wells Fargo Advisors, private banking, Abbot Downing, Institutional Retirement and Trust, and Wells Fargo Asset Management, was $732 million, Wells Fargo said in an earnings release. That was up 2% from the year-earlier quarter thanks to a lower effective income tax rate. Profits jumped 64% from the second quarter of this year.


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At least seven mountaineers were killed after their camp on a Himalayan peak in western Nepal was hit by a storm, police said on Saturday, in the country’s worst climbing disaster in two years. Police official Bir Bahadur Budhamagar said villagers who reached the site at the base camp of Mount Gurja, a 23,600 feet-high peak, on Saturday spotted seven bodies in the mountain slopes. Nine climbers had been reported missing.


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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's security clearance has been revoked at her request, the State Department told lawmakers, according to a letter made public Friday. Clinton's clearance was withdrawn on Aug. 30, according to a letter from the State Department to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), which he released.


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