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Robots fight weeds in challenge to agrochemical giants

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YVERDON-LES-BAINS, Switzerland/CHICAGO In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the rows of crops with its camera, identifies weeds and zaps them with jets of blue liquid from its mechanical tentacles.

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Vietnam set to tighten clamps on Facebook and Google, threatening dissidents 18 May 2018

HANOI/SINGAPORE A struggle over internet laws in Vietnam is pitting a government keen on maintaining tight control against U.S. technology companies trying to fight off onerous new rules - with the country's online dissidents among the biggest losers. | Video

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Big Ag turns to peas to meet soaring global protein demand 18 May 2018

Cargill, the global grains trader, sees the future of protein in the humble pea.

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Benghazi's displaced: a litmus test for Libya 17 May 2018

TRIPOLI With two brothers in jail, the family house gone and her papers lost in the battle for Benghazi, Fatma is finding it hard to restart her life at the other end of Libya but impossible to imagine going back.

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A Venezuelan paradox - Maduro's critics long for change but won't vote 16 May 2018

CARACAS Months before Venezuela's opposition coalition called for abstention in Sunday's presidential election, college student Ana Romano had already decided not to vote.

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From war room to boardroom. Military firms flourish in Sisi's Egypt 16 May 2018

CAIRO In a four-decade military career, Osama Abdel Meguid served in the first Gulf War and was an assistant military attaché in the United States.

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How Rusal escaped the noose of U.S. sanctions 16 May 2018

LONDON/PARIS/WASHINGTON They were supposed to be the toughest sanctions the United States had ever imposed on a Russian oligarch. Seventeen days later, Washington watered them down.

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Philip Morris device knows a lot about your smoking habit 15 May 2018

By Tom Lasseter, Duff Wilson, Thomas Wilson and Paritosh Bansal

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The week that Malaysian leader Najib's world fell apart 15 May 2018

KUALA LUMPUR As results poured in from polling stations around Malaysia on the night of May 9, with one parliamentary seat after another falling to the opposition, a stunned Prime Minister Najib Razak stared defeat in the face.

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Shipping's financiers turning the tide on shipbreaking practices 15 May 2018

LONDON The shipping industry has long been criticised by campaigners for allowing vessels to be broken up on beaches, endangering workers and polluting the sea and sand.