Western Europe

German right-wingers angry about Syria monument in Dresden

German right-wingers angry about Syria monument in Dresden

Published 08/02/2017

Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni stands next to his art instalation 'Monument' made from three passenger busses near to the 'Frauenkirche' church in Dresden, Germany February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Matthias Schumann

Right-wing activists in the eastern German city of Dresden have protested against a work by a Syrian artist designed to show solidarity with the people of Aleppo, saying it belittles the memory of the city's own bombing in World War Two.

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Lundbeck gives up on Alzheimer`s drug, rival to Axovant pill

Lundbeck gives up on Alzheimer`s drug, rival to Axovant pill

Published 08/02/2017

Two remaining late-stage clinical trials testing an experimental Alzheimer's drug from Denmark's Lundbeck have failed, scuppering hopes for the medicine and underscoring the difficulty of developing such treatments.

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Exclusive: Boeing`s space taxis to use more than 600 3D-printed parts

Exclusive: Boeing`s space taxis to use more than 600 3D-printed parts

Published 03/02/2017

Product Development Engineer Jigar Patel works with a CAD image of a thrust reverser cascade in development at Oxford Performance Materials Inc., the maker of more than 600 parts to be used on Boeing's new Starliner manned spacecraft, in South Windsor, Connecticut, the maker of more than 600 parts to be used on Boeing's new Starliner manned spacecraft, in South Windsor, Connecticut, U.S., January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Boeing Co has hired a small company to make about 600 3D-printed parts for its Starliner space taxis, meaning key components in the United States manned space program are being built with additive manufacturing.

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Europe without Merkel? Investors think through another `surprise`

Europe without Merkel? Investors think through another `surprise`

Published 03/02/2017

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, January 18, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo

A serious challenger to German Chancellor Angela Merkel is forcing global investors to parse another potential electoral surprise - removal of a key political constant through years of euro zone turbulence but also an end to Europe's austerity bias.

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New Brussels museum displays costumes of Manneken Pis statue

New Brussels museum displays costumes of Manneken Pis statue

Published 03/02/2017

An employee adjusts a Welsh Guard costume of the famous Belgian statue Manneken Pis at the museum called GardeRobe MannekenPis in central Brussels, Belgium February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Francois LenoirFOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Visitors to Brussels will soon be able to admire scores of colorful costumes used over the years to dress the city's most famous landmark, the 400-year-old Manneken Pis.

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Wonderful Tonight: Taking Kim Jong Un`s brother to a Clapton concert

Wonderful Tonight: Taking Kim Jong Un`s brother to a Clapton concert

Published 03/02/2017

Thae Yong Ho, North Korea¡¯s former deputy ambassador in London who defected to the South, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Seoul, South Korea, February 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Two years ago, Thae Yong Ho, North Korea's former deputy ambassador in London, received an unexpected phone call from the ruling Workers' Party Central Committee in Pyongyang telling him to get ready to receive a very important e-mail.

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North Korean defector was chief minder in London embassy

North Korean defector was chief minder in London embassy

Published 03/02/2017

Thae Yong Ho, North Korea¡¯s former deputy ambassador in London who defected to the South, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Seoul, South Korea, February 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Besides being the deputy ambassador, North Korea's number two diplomat in London was the man appointed to spy on embassy colleagues and report signs of disloyalty to the feared secret police.

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Fit for an emperor – a virtual reality tour of Nero`s golden palace

Fit for an emperor – a virtual reality tour of Nero`s golden palace

Published 01/02/2017

A man wears a virtual reality device during a visit at the Domus Aurea, built by Roman Emperor Nero in 64 A.D. and later buried by Emperor Trajan in Rome, Italy, January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Emperor Nero, a technology enthusiast, would have loved it: his over-the-top golden palace in Rome is about to get the virtual reality treatment.

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Paralyzed patients communicate thoughts via brain-computer interface

Paralyzed patients communicate thoughts via brain-computer interface

Published 31/01/2017

The NIRS/EEG brain-computer interface system is worn by a model in Switzerland in this undated photograph released in London, Britain, January 31, 2017. Laurent Bouvier/Wyss Centre/Handout via REUTERS

Scientists have developed a brain-computer interface that reads the brain's blood oxygen levels and enables communication by deciphering the thoughts of patients who are totally paralyzed and unable to talk.

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