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China builds world's most powerful computer

China has world's most powerful computerA new supercomputer from China has topped the latest list of the world's most powerful machines.

The 93 petaflop Sunway TaihuLight is installed at the National Supercomputing Centre in Wuxi.

At its peak, the computer can perform around 93,000 trillion calculations per second.
It is twice as fast and three times as efficient as the previous leader Tianhe-2, also from China, said Top500 which released the new list on Monday.

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UN: 24 people displaced per minute in 2015

24 people displaced every minuteThe United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says persecution and conflict in places such as Syria and Afghanistan raised the total number of refugees and internally displaced people worldwide to a record 65.3 million at the end of last year.

The previous year, 2014, had already seen the highest number of refugees worldwide since World War II, with 60 million displaced people.

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Supreme Court turns down assault weapons cases

SCOTUS turns down weapons casesFresh off the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, the Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a challenge to assault weapons bans passed in Connecticut and New York after the Newtown elementary school massacre of 2012.

The challenges were denied without comment from the court in an expected action. Just last December — five days after a terrorist attack killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif. — they refused to hear a challenge to a Chicago suburb's ban on such semi-automatic weapons.

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Trump campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is out

Trum campaign manager outDonald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is leaving the campaign, following a tumultuous stretch marked by missteps and infighting.

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said Monday that "Lewandowski will no longer be working with the campaign." She paid tribute to his "hard work and dedication" and wishedhim the best.

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Boats with children overturn in storm in Russia, killing 14

Russian boaring accident kills 14At least 13 children and their adult instructor have died in a storm while boating on a lake in Russia's northwestern region of Karelia, officials said Sunday.

Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the nation's main state investigative agency, said several boats with children overturned Saturday in a storm in Syamozero, 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of the border with Finland.

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Southwest braces for heat wave with temps reaching 120

heat wave coming to southwest USIn 120 degree temperatures, some airplanes might not take off. Power grids strain as the outside air keeps transmission lines from cooling. And for desert dwellers, a cold bottle of water and some shade can mean the difference between life and death.

Parts of the U.S. Southwest, long accustomed to triple-digit temperatures, are preparing for a heat wave.

In Phoenix, the high for Saturday was 111. But meteorologists believe the next two days could be record-breaking. Officials are warning residents the mercury may rise to 120 on Sunday and Monday, approaching the city's record of 122.

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Former Vanderbilt University football player guilty of rape in retrial

Brandon VandenburgA former Vanderbilt University football player was found guilty late Saturday of the rape of an unconscious woman in his dorm room almost three years ago.

A jury of seven women and five men deliberated for 4½ hours before delivering the verdicts at about 8:20 p.m. Brandon Vandenburg was found guilty on all eight counts, leaving him to a potential prison sentence of 15 to 25 years.

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Thousands demand US military exit from Japan’s Okinawa

Okinawa protestsTens of thousands of demonstrators have rallied on the Japanese island of Okinawa, protesting against the heavy US military presence and violent crimes by American personnel there.

Gathered on Sunday afternoon, protesters expressed their frustrations with the US after a former Marine employed as a civilian base worker allegedly raped and murdered a 20-year-old local woman in April.

The case has intensified long-standing opposition to the military bases, a key part of the US-Japan security alliance, on the island popular with tourists.

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Israel approves $18M extra funding for West Bank settlements

West Bank settlementsThe Israeli government has approved $18 million in extra funding for Jewish West Bank settlements.

David Keyes, spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, says the funds were approved Sunday.

A statement from Netanyahu's office says the funding aims to assist small businesses, encourage tourism and strengthen security. It follows months of Palestinian attacks on civilians and soldiers.

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