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Bangkok is famous for many things. Street food, temples and over-the-top shopping malls come to mind.
Three suicide attackers stormed the Chinese consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi amid a series of gunshots and an explosion on Friday, but were killed before they could force their way in with a car packed with explosives, police said.
Prime Minister Theresa May`s trial by parliament to deliver on her Brexit plan is only just beginning.
Dolce & Gabbana is facing a major crisis in China where top e-commerce sites are dumping its products over accusations of racism.
The billionaire founder and boss of gambling company Bet365 has paid herself a record-breaking amount for the chief executive of a British company, taking home 279 million in 2017, according to the latest accounts.

costco

  • Costco members can rent cars at discounted prices through Costco Travel.
  • The retailer`s car rental program allows members to reserve cars from participating Alamo, Avis, Budget, and Enterprise locations.
  • Members need to be 25 or older to use the program.

 

A Costco membership comes with a number of benefits beyond access to the retailer`s warehouses. Members can also get discounts on cars, auto parts, gasoline, and travel services, including car rentals.  

Through Costco Travel, members who are 25 or older can get discounted rates on car rentals. The system is similar to the Costco Auto Program — Costco doesn`t rent the cars itself, rather, it partners with a third-party supplier and uses its large membership base as leverage to negotiate discounted prices. The retailer`s car rental program allows members to reserve cars from participating Alamo, Avis, Budget, and Enterprise locations.

Members can reserve a rental through the Costco Travel website or by calling 1-866-921-7925.

Here`s how Costco`s car rental program works.

SEE ALSO: People are obsessed with buying cars through Costco instead of just going to a dealership — here`s the verdict

1. Choose when and where you want to pick up and drop off the car

The Costco Travel website allows members to make hotel reservations, purchase a vacation package, book a cruise, or rent a car. Once you`ve selected the "Rental Cars" tab, you`re prompted to enter your zip code and when you`re planning to pick up and drop off your car. While the default option is to pick up and drop off at the same location, you can also choose a different drop-off location.

Before members can look at available locations, they must confirm they are at least 25 years old. While some rental services allow reservations from customers who are under 25, any members booking through Costco must be 25 or older.

 



2. Select the locations you want compare

Once you`ve specified your zip code, pick up time, and drop off time, the website shows you participating locations in your zip code. You can also zoom out on the map to look at options outside your zip code.

The map displays a small icon next to each location indicating which car rental company runs the location. You can use a filter if you only want to view options near an airport or from a single company.

After you`ve decided whether or not you want to use a filter, you can select up to four potential locations to compare against each other, using either the map or the numbered list beneath it.



3. Compare your options

After you`ve selected the locations you`d like to compare, the website creates a grid that lists the class of vehicle (sedan, SUV, etc.) each location offers and the price you`d pay for a car from each class.

The website highlights the lowest available price for each class among the locations you`ve chosen, and clicking on the price for a given class and location allows you to see the brand and model that location offers. But while the website will indicate that you may receive, say, a Ford Edge if you`re looking for a standard SUV, it also notes that you may receive a similar car instead. 

This page also shows you the perks each location offers for each class, such as unlimited mileage and the ability to register an additional driver for free.

 



See the rest of the story at Business Insider

Jimmy Fallon Sophia

  • Jimmy Fallon sang a duet with the world`s first robot citizen, Sophia.
  • Sophia said it is able to sing along to music thanks to a new "artificial intelligence voice."
  • The pair sang "Say Something" by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera.
  • Sophia has been ridiculed as a "puppet" in the past.

On a robot-themed episode of "The Tonight Show," Jimmy Fallon sang a duet with the AI-powered robot Sophia.

Sophia is no stranger to press attention, she famously became the world`s first robot citizen when she was granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia.

Read more: I interviewed Sophia, the artificially intelligent robot that said it wanted to "destroy humans"

You can watch Fallon sing A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera`s "Say Something" with Sophia below. Their duet begins at 6:55.

Sophia claims that she can sing along to songs using a new AI tool. "I love to sing karaoke using my new artificial intelligence voice," she says. However, it`s hard to say just how staged the performance was.

Yann LeCun, Facebook`s former head of AI research, has been particularly critical of Sophia in the past, saying the robot is an "animatronic puppet," rather an intelligent creation. "This is to AI as prestidigitation is to real magic," LeCun said.

SEE ALSO: Facebook`s AI boss described Sophia the robot as `complete b------t` and `Wizard-of-Oz AI`

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Poland`s biggest opposition party, the centrist Civic Platform (PO), said on Friday it will submit to parliament a no-confidence motion in the government of the eurosceptic Law and Justice (PiS).
Sri Lankan lawmakers opposed to new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa took control of parliament`s main committee on Friday after his supporters walked out, saying the house speaker was biased.
CAIRO - 23 November 2018: Egypt tops the world’s countries in production of table olives with more than 18% of world production in 2017, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Ezz el-Din Abu Steit said on Friday.

Egypt has plans to plant about 100 million olive trees by 2020 as part of the country’s project of the cultivation of the 1.5 million feddans, the minister added.

This came during the minister’s participation in the International Olive Council meeting in the Spanish capital, Madrid.

The minister said that his ministry has achieved the first goal in terms of reaching the highest production rates of table olives, and it is currently on its way to achieve the second target, through which Egypt would be among the top seven countries in olive oil production, said a statement released by the ministry on Friday.

After receiving the presidency of the coming session of the International Olive Council from Argentina, Abu Steit asserted that Egypt will cooperate with the council’s member states for boosting technical and research cooperation in the olive sectors on the international arena.

He also confirmed that Egypt is ready to host meetings of the council’s advisory committee that will be held in April.
CAIRO – 23 November 2018: Unstable weather is being witness across Egypt, with Cairo expected to witness heavy rainfall and a significant decline in temperature by 4-5 degrees Celsius until Saturday.

Cairo and other governorates have seen heavy rainfall during the early hours of Friday, and the official forecast authority warned that some areas in North and South Sinai are expected to see floods.

Car drivers are advised to clean their front glass regularly during the rainfall and to commit to the determined speed limits on the road to avoid accidents.

Following the rain, the Traffic police department has beefed up the presence of relief vehicles along the roads across Cairo for securing purposes.

Radars were installed on highways to avoid rain-related accidents. The department has intensified coordination with different security directorates to observe the road, and report regularly on its status.
For most people, prison is a place to escape from. For South Koreans in need of a break from the demands of everyday life, a day in a faux jail is the escape.
The British Labour Party`s would-be finance minister, John McDonnell, has a message for the world: he is deadly serious about overthrowing capitalism and building a socialist society.
A bomb smuggled into a market inside a carton killed as many as 31 people in northern Pakistan Friday, according to officials.
China`s consulate in Karachi has come under attack by unknown assailants, according to the state governor.
A diet supplemented with red algae could lessen the huge amounts of greenhouse gases emitted by cows and sheep, if we can just figure out how to grow enough.
The UAE says it is considering a request to pardon Matthew Hedges, the British PhD student handed a life sentence for espionage.
Turkey`s foreign minister has accused President Donald Trump of turning a blind eye in the high-profile murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a day after the US leader doubled down in his defense of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
An explosion at a mosque in the eastern Afghan province of Khost on Friday killed at least 26 people and wounded 50, officials in the area said.
The United Arab Emirates signaled on Friday that a British academic jailed for life on spying charges could be freed after his family appealed for clemency.

Jimmy Fallon Sophia

  • Jimmy Fallon sang a duet with the world`s first robot citizen, Sophia.
  • Sophia said it is able to sing along to music thanks to a new "artificial intelligence voice."
  • The pair sang "Say Something" by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera.
  • Sophia has been ridiculed as a "puppet" in the past.

On a robot-themed episode of "The Tonight Show," Jimmy Fallon sang a duet with the AI-powered robot Sophia.

Sophia is no stranger to press attention, she famously became the world`s first robot citizen when she was granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia.

Read more: I interviewed Sophia, the artificially intelligent robot that said it wanted to "destroy humans"

You can watch Fallon sing A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera`s "Say Something" with Sophia below. Their duet begins at 6:55.

Sophia claims that she can sing along to songs using a new AI tool. "I love to sing karaoke using my new artificial intelligence voice," she says. However, it`s hard to say just how staged the performance was.

Yann LeCun, Facebook`s former head of AI research, has been particularly critical of Sophia in the past, saying the robot is an "animatronic puppet," rather an intelligent creation. "This is to AI as prestidigitation is to real magic," LeCun said.

SEE ALSO: Facebook`s AI boss described Sophia the robot as `complete b------t` and `Wizard-of-Oz AI`

Join the conversation about this story »

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CAIRO - 23 November 2018: The General Court of the European Union upheld on Thursday the decision of the Council of the European Union to freeze the assets of family members of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.


"The General Court upholds the Council’s decision to freeze the assets of members of the Hosni Mubarak family, on the basis of judicial proceedings relating to misappropriation of Egyptian State funds," the court said according to the published statement.

The council had sufficient information about the political and judicial context in Egypt to adopt the decision, the statement added.

In September, Police arrested the two sons of former president Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, Gamal and Alaa, and sent them to Tora prison on Saturday, executing the Cairo Criminal Court`s order to arrest them, in preparation for “Exchange Market Manipulation” case on October 20.

The defendants’ list include figures from Mubarak-era regime, such as Hassan Heikal, son of the late prominent journalist Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, Ayman Ahmed Fathi and Yasser al-Mallawani.

The court also sent the case file to the experts committee to finalize its report. The arraignment to Gamal Mubarak comprised being a complicit with public employees to illegally obtain LE493,628,646 by selling a national bank whereas he acquires shares through a company based in Cyprus.
Three suicide attackers stormed the Chinese consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi amid a series of gunshots and an explosion on Friday, but were killed before they could get into the building in a car packed with explosives, police said.
Brazilian police on Friday served 22 arrest warrants as part of the sprawling "Car Wash" probe due to suspected corruption involving a Petrobras construction contract in the state of Bahia, a federal prosecutor said on Twitter.
Three suicide attackers tried to storm the Chinese consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Friday, but were killed before they could get into the building, the city`s police chief said.
A suicide bomb attack on a crowded festival and market in northwest Pakistan`s northwest killed at least 25 people on Friday and wounded 20, a government official said.
Indian authorities said on Friday they are investigating whether a young American believed to have been killed by an isolated tribe on a remote island, may have had help from more people than initially thought to make his illegal trip.
Czech energy company CEZ should consider squeezing out minority shareholders from part of the company, Chief Executive Daniel Benes was quoted as saying by local newspaper Lidove Noviny on Friday.
Steven Yang left a great job at Google to start his own company, Anker. It has become one of the fastest-growing smartphone accessory brands in Shenzhen. But as CNN`s Matt Rivers discovers, the speed with which you can launch a tech company in China also works for copycats.
A number of countries have restricted arms sales to Saudi Arabia since the kingdom began airstrikes on Yemen in 2015, in a war that the UN describes as the world`s worst man-made humanitarian disaster.
While the men`s team of a leading European football club sat down to enjoy a three-course meal at a swanky gala to celebrate its 125th anniversary, the women`s side were hard at work.
ARISH, Egypt - 23 November 2018: Awqaf Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa said on Friday that Islam is advocating life not death, highlighting that the role of the scholars is to use the religion in construction.

In a statement from Arish, North Sinai, the minister asserted that religions came to call for building not destroying, to achieve peace of the humanity not to undermine it and to make mankind live in happiness not in misery.

Gomaa expressed appreciation for the Egyptian Armed Forces and police for their role in eliminating terrorism and extremism, saying that they have dedicated themselves to serving the homeland and protecting it, lauding their role in the battle of construction and comprehensive development.

Gomaa is set to perform Friday prayer in Rawda Mosque in North Sinai to commemorate the anniversary of a terrorist attack that took place in the city.
Singapore`s ruling party named Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat on Friday to a key leadership post, possibly putting him in line to take over as prime minister when current leader Lee Hsien Loong steps down.
Police in Muslim-majority Indonesia have questioned the head of one of its newest and most progressive parties, who is battling accusations of "Islamophobia" from rival politicians, after she said her party opposed the growth of bylaws based on religion.
Iran denied on Friday it had violated an international convention by not fully declaring its chemical weapons capabilities to the U.N., describing a U.S. allegation to that effect as groundless, state TV reported.
Indian troops killed six separatist militants in a gunbattle in the disputed region of Kashmir on Friday, the army said, taking the death toll for the year to the highest in nearly a decade.
International auction house Bonhams has canceled an upcoming sale of rhino products amid mounting pressure from environmental groups, it was announced Friday.
Two leaders of an all-boys Catholic school in Toronto have resigned as police investigate cases of sexual assault.
U.S. President Donald Trump`s comments on the investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi show that he will turn a blind to the incident no matter what, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday.
Russia has drawn up draft legislation aimed at stopping leaks of personal information from state agencies, a step that follows publication of details of Russians allegedly involved in clandestine intelligence operations abroad.
CAIRO - 23 November 2018: Islamic State claimed responsibility for five attacks in an area it calls the “State of West Africa” that it said resulted in 118 casualties in the past week, according to a video posted on its account on the messaging website Telegram late on Thursday.

The militant group, which typically uses the “State of West Africa” to refer to Nigeria, made the claim in a video presentation of attacks it says it carried out between Nov. 16 and 22. It did not specify the number of people killed in the attacks, referring only to 118 casualties.

Five security sources told Reuters more than 100 soldiers had been killed in attacks in Nigeria in recent days, one of the highest death tolls since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in 2015. It could raise pressure on him ahead of an election in February since he has claimed victory over the nine-year insurgency.

The sources said the insurgents attacked a military base in the village of Metele in northeastern Borno state, the epicentre of a revolt by Boko Haram and splinter group Islamic State in West Africa.

Islamic State, in a statement released on Monday, said it attacked an army base on Sunday in Metele and killed at least 40 Nigerian soldiers. The group said it burned down the base after the attack finished.

A Nigerian presidency spokesman on Thursday said the military would issue a statement and military spokesmen did not respond to requests for comment. The government and military often decline to acknowledge the scale of losses in the northeast.
China`s consulate in Karachi has come under attack by unknown assailants, according to the state governor.
The Christian evangelist who attempted to convert one of the world`s last remaining isolated tribes wrote of his convictions in pursuing the mission even in the face of open hostility and attempts on his life, according to diary entries and notes.
Three suicide bombers attacked the Chinese consulate in Pakistan`s southern city of Karachi early on Friday, but were killed before entering the building, the city`s police chief said.
India condemned an attack on the Chinese consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Friday, saying there was no justification for such violence.
Three suspected suicide bombers who attacked the Chinese consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Friday were killed before they were able to enter the facility, the police chief of the city of Karachi said.
An American tourist was rescued off Australia`s northeast coast on Thursday after his boat capsized, forcing him to spend a cold and lonely night on his overturned vessel as it drifted on the tide.
Ikea has come up with a plan to help some of the world`s most polluted cities breathe easier.
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