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A mother prays for her boys as bombs rain on Syrian rebel enclave

Death has a soundtrack in Eastern Ghouta: The growing rumble of a jet ripping through the sky, punctuated by a low but loud thud. Then come screams and sirens. It is being heard with alarming frequency in the besieged Syrian rebel enclave, near Damascus, where some 190 people have died since Sunday night according to U.K.-based war monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. These have been the deadliest days for the area since 2015, the observatory said. NBC News was not able to independently confirm the group’s account but it…

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Technology 

WhatsApp v Facebook Messenger – New map reveals the truth about their popularity

With recent data confirming WhatsApp now has over a billion users there’s no disputing that this is the world’s most popular messaging app. In a recent earnings call, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that WhatsApp now has 1.5 billion monthly active users who send a mesmerising 60 billion messages every single day. Here in the UK, WhatsApp Messenger is installed on a staggering 84 per cent of all Android devices, with 56 per cent using it daily. However, despite its popularity, it may come as a surprise to learn that…

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Police knew of builder’s ‘virgin rape’ fantasy years BEFORE sick murder of niece

PA Arshid has been locked up for 20 years for the heinous crimes which left Celine Dookhran dead Mujahid Arshid has been jailed for a minimum of 40 years at the Old Bailey for the kidnap, rape and murder of Celine Dookhran, 20, and the kidnap, rape and attempted murder of another woman.  The sick killer spoke to an undercover police officer about having access to a 17-year-old girl he planned to drug and rape four years before the body of his niece Miss Dookhran was found stuffed in a…

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Science 

Apple HomePod is already losing the smart speaker battle

The war for your digital home is waging. Apple has finally followed Amazon, Google and Microsoft by launching a smart speaker with a voice-controlled artificial intelligence assistant. Yet even though the “HomePod” is another technological marvel, there’s a chance Apple is already losing the battle. The competition isn’t just through the sound quality of the speaker – but the other things that users can do with it. The most common requests to AI personal assistants such as Apple’s Siri are reportedly to play music, read the weather forecast and set…

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A family’s future is shattered by a Russian bomb dropped on a hospital

After surviving seven years of war, Aya Qrai was offered a unique chance at joy: her first child, a son. “Abdulrazaq let me live in my own world and I forgot the war — I saw the beauty of life through him,” Qrai, 19, told NBC News via Skype from a rebel enclave in northwestern Syria. “With all the war and all the sadness, I was full of happiness.” Abdulrazaq was born two months premature and went into intensive care at a hospital in the city of Maarat al-Numan in…

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14 things you might not know about the SpaceX rocket launch – CNET

One of the most ridiculous parts of the launch was seeing a dummy astronaut called “The Starman” inside a Tesla Roadster floating in space. SpaceX Before Tuesday’s test launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, not even the company’s CEO Elon Musk knew what to expect. “It’s either going to be an exciting success or an exciting failure,” he said. “One big boom! I’d say tune in, it’s going to be worth your time.” Musk was right: There was a big boom when the Falcon Heavy’s 27 engines fired and lifted…

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Sex dolls, live models make ‘virtual intercourse’ feel real – CNET

Editors’ note: Some of the language and descriptions in this story are not suited for younger readers.   CamSoda is an adult-oriented live “camming” site dubbed “a virtual strip club with no cover” by its creators. At any time, visitors can log on and view the public live feed of the model of their choice, tipping her with the site’s digital currency if they enjoy the show. Should they want something more intimate, users can request a private, one-on-one show — the online equivalent of a back-room lap dance. As of…

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Turpin family bizarre open relationship exposed: Torture parents wanted to ‘sow oats’

Louise Turpin’s sister Teresa Robinette revealed details her sister’s mysterious relationship with her husband David after they were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment.  Speaking on Megan Kelly Today, Ms Robinette said the couple started to experiment with their religion after they quit church.  She said: “At the time, she said that the older children were helping take care of the younger children so her and David could sow the wild oats they didn’t sow when they were younger. “It was a very weird thing to me, that…

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‘They’re DEAD to me’ Turpin family aunt condemns sister Louise and brother-in-law David

Teresa Robinette, the sister of mother Louise Turpin, made the comments on the US show TODAY. Her comments come as David, 57, and Louise Turpin, 49, have been charged with 12 counts of torture, seven counts of abuse on a dependent adult, 12 counts of false imprisonment and six counts of child abuse. Ms Robinette said: “Louise no longer exists to me. “Her and David are dead to me.” In an emotional interview, she said: “My main hope is that I can put my arm around them and just tell…

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California torture mom experimented with religion and sex, sister says

It was later in their lives that the California parents accused of torturing their 13 children began experimenting with different religions and started to “sow those wild oats” with bizarre sexual exploration, according to a family member. In an interview on “Megyn Kelly Today,” Teresa Robinette, described how her sister, Louise Anna Turpin, seemed to live an idyllic life with husband David Allen Turpin, at first in Texas and later California, before it came to light that the couple had allegedly strangled, tortured and starved their children. Robinette, who has…

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