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United close to knockout stage with 2-0 win over Benfica

United close to knockout stage with 2-0 win over Benfica MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester United almost made sure of a place in the knockout stage of the Champions League by beating Benfica 2-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday to make it a perfect four wins in Group A. Soccer Football – Champions League – Manchester United vs S.L. Benfica – Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – October 31, 2017 Manchester United’s Daley Blind celebrates with Ander Herrera and Eric Bailly after scoring their second goal from the penalty spot REUTERS/Darren…

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Signal escapes the confines of the browser with a standalone desktop app

Signal escapes the confines of the browser with a standalone desktop app If you’re an active Signal user (and why aren’t you?) you likely already know about the desktop app — or what passes for one. It’s actually Chrome App, requiring Google’s browser to function. Well, that nightmare is over, as Signal has released a standalone app with no troubling dependencies on billion-dollar companies. The app is available today for Windows 64-bit systems 7 and up, MacOS 10.9 and up, and many favorite flavors of Linux. Users who already have…

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Creative-focused app PicsArt hits 100M MAUs, attracting brands tired of trolls

Creative-focused app PicsArt hits 100M MAUs, attracting brands tired of trolls You would think that social networks are more or less “done” now. What would be the point of another in a world filled with so many options? But in fact, there remains a niche which has been growing steadily in the creative corners of the Internet. PicsArt has been building growing since it was started in 2011. It’s now announced new growth figures which have hit 100 million monthly active users. Remember, Instagram had just 30 million monthly active…

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Several people killed as truck drives down New York City bike path

Several people killed as truck drives down New York City bike path NEW YORK (Reuters) – Several people were killed and numerous others injured in New York City on Tuesday afternoon after a vehicle drove down a bike path that runs alongside the Hudson River in Manhattan, police said. Multiple bikes are crushed along a bike path in lower Manhattan in New York, NY, U.S., October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid The New York City Police Department, in a post on Twitter, said that one vehicle struck another, then the driver…

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Entertainment 

The Great British Bake Off 2017: How the final unfolded

The Great British Bake Off 2017: How the final unfolded Warning: This story contains spoilers This year’s Great British Bake Off winner has been revealed on Channel 4 – 11 hours after judge Prue Leith accidentally let it slip on Twitter. Sophie Faldo triumphed over Kate Lyon and Steven Carter-Bailey in the final after wowing the judges with her seven-layered, honey bee-themed entremet showstopper. However the outcome had been spoiled for some fans when Prue earlier mistakenly tweeted: “Bravo Sophie”. She apologised and explained that she had been confused by…

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Northern Ireland power-sharing talks to extend into Wednesday

Northern Ireland power-sharing talks to extend into Wednesday BELFAST (Reuters) – Northern Ireland’s main political parties are to continue talks aimed at restoring the British region’s devolved government on Wednesday, a British government official said, in an apparent extension of a deadline for a deal. A general view shows Parliament Buildings at Stormont in Belfast, Northern Ireland June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne Representatives of Irish nationalists Sinn Fein and the pro-British Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) ended their second day of talks aimed at re-establishing a power-sharing government that collapsed in…

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Early cancer-detection startup Grail is reportedly trying to raise more money

Early cancer-detection startup Grail is reportedly trying to raise more money Just months after Grail raised a $900 million Series B round, the startup that aims to detect cancer early on is looking for additional funding, CNBC reports. Prior to the $900 million round, Grail raised $100 million last year to develop initial studies of its blood test technology. Citing sources, CNBC says Grail is mostly focused on sovereign funds. Grail has reportedly been in touch with Mubadala, Abu Dhabi’s $125 billion sovereign fund and private equity firm Softbank. The…

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Politics 

UK territories eligible for development aid

UK territories eligible for development aid Media playback is unsupported on your device Britain will now be able to spend official development aid on hurricane hit-islands after changes to international rules agreed in Paris. During this year’s hurricane season the UK government was not able to release funds to its Caribbean territories as they were deemed too rich. But the body that sets rules on aid said money could be spent when catastrophic humanitarian crises hit. The international development secretary described it as a “real step forward”. The Organisation for…

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Hastings Pier wins 2017 Riba Stirling Prize

Hastings Pier wins 2017 Riba Stirling Prize A historic pier in East Sussex that was devastated by fire in 2010 has won a prestigious architecture award after a multi-million pound redevelopment. Hastings Pier, which reopened in April 2016, beat five other buildings to the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Stirling Prize. Now in its 22nd year, it is presented annually to the UK’s best new building. Riba president Ben Derbyshire described the “stunning, flexible new pier” as “a masterpiece of regeneration”. He also praised Hastings’ locals for finding 3,000…

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Several people killed by vehicle on New York City bike path

Several people killed by vehicle on New York City bike path NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City police were investigating reports of gunfire and a vehicle striking people in lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, and one person has been taken into custody, police officials said. Emergency crews attend the scene of an alleged shooting incident on West Street in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 31 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly Police were unable to confirm if there were any injuries, but local media reported at least five, including possible fatalities. The…

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