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Rubbing along with robots tackles Abe's double dilemma

TOKYO - Factory worker Satomi Iwata has new co-workers, a troupe of humanoid automata that are helping to address two of Japan's most pressing concerns - a shortage of labor and a need for growth.

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Solar-powered plane lands in Hawaii, pilot sets nonstop record

- A Swiss man attempting to circumnavigate the globe with an aircraft powered only by the sun's energy landed in Hawaii on Friday, after a record-breaking five-day nonstop solo flight across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. | Video

Environment, U.S., Science, 04 Jul 2015

Fearing return to drachma, some Greeks use bitcoin to dodge capital controls

LONDON - There is at least one legal way to get your euros out of Greece these days, to guard against the prospect that they might be devalued into drachmas: convert them into bitcoin.

Greece 03 Jul 2015

Russian parliament approves Internet privacy bill

MOSCOW - Russia's parliament gave its final approval on Friday to a law that would require Internet search engines to remove users' personal information from their results.

03 Jul 2015

Hamas reopens office of Gaza's only mobile phone provider

GAZA - The Hamas-appointed attorney general in the Gaza Strip reopened the offices of the territory's only mobile phone provider on Sunday, five days after he ordered them closed over alleged non-payment of taxes.

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Samsung Group companies' merger deal runs into fresh opposition

SEOUL - The proposed $8 billion merger of two Samsung Group companies came under attack from two directions on Friday, as an activist hedge fund filed a court action against the deal and a shareholder advisory group recommended shareholders oppose it.

Deals, 03 Jul 2015