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By the end of 2016, almost half of the world's population will be using the internet as mobile networks grow and prices fall, but their numbers will remain concentrated in the developed world, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday.
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and two renowned experts on the Dutch artist are at loggerheads over whether a "lost" sketchbook from his legendary stay in the French city of Arles is genuine. We examine the key facts behind the controversy:
From Beijing to Berlin, star gazers around the world admired the supermoon - the largest, brightest full moon in nearly seven decades - as it made its way across the skies on last Sunday and last Monday. In Australia, some sky-watchers climbed to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to get a closer view of the moon as it ducked between the clouds over the city.
Randy Schneider has considered himself a professional Santa since 1999 when he found himself at a JCPenney store buying a beard and boots. Now, Schneider, 66, has a beard of his own. At the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, some two hundred Santas and Mrs Clauses came from across the United States, Canada, Denmark and Norway to learn wood toy-making, brush up on storytelling skills, drive sleighs, feed reindeer and, most importantly, spread the Christmas spirit.
Researchers in Singapore have come up with a solution to curb accidents involving phone-obsessed walkers, a self-driving mobility scooter that drives single pedestrians along footpaths. The one-seater, four wheel, 50 kg (110 lbs) vehicle travels at a top speed of 6 kmh (4 mph) and has laser sensors to help navigate around obstacles.
Confused about how new movie "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," out last Friday, may connect to the Harry Potter world? Who is new wizard hero Newt Scamander? Why does Grindelwald sound familiar? You can find many answers in your Hogwarts books, as author J.K. Rowling takes the groundwork from her "Harry Potter" stories to carve out a new film franchise.
On a table in a London studio, copies of "The New York Ghost" newspaper lie beside a pile of applications for wand permits. Nearby a "Witch's Friend" magazine teases winter fashion trends. The items by graphic designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima are among the fantastical creations helping bring to life "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling's latest offering from her magical world of witches and wizards, movie "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them".