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Reinforcement learning

In just a few hours, DeepMind's AI AlphaZero learn to master both chess and shogi, beating top chess software Stockfish and Elmo without domain knowledge.

While Artificial Intelligence is fascinating, incredible and all sorts of other shiny superlatives, it is also terrifying. If you’ll recall, Google’s DeepMind created an AI that bested the world’s best Go players. It’s an incredibly complex Chinese board game that takes years to master. The ...

2017 United States political sexual scandals

U.S. Representative John Conyers (D-Mich.) steps down amid allegations of sexual harassment.

The move by the longtime Democratic congressman from Michigan came after top House Democrats and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., had called on him to resign.

Aftermath of the Honduran general election, 2017

After several days of violent protests due to allegations of electoral fraud, Honduran police have announced that they will not enforce a government-mandated curfew.

All national police will refuse to enforce a curfew after days of deadly violence triggered by allegations of electoral fraud

Recognition of same-sex unions in Austria

Austria's Constitutional Court rules that the government cannot discriminate against same-sex couples' right to marry.

Although civil partnership had been permitted since 2010, the country’s highest court found that marriage should also be open to same-sex couples.

2017 Spanish constitutional crisis

Spain withdraws the international arrest warrant for five former Catalan officials now residing in Belgium. The charges of sedition and rebellion, however, remain.

The Supreme Court says Carles Puigdemont and others have shown a willingness to return to Spain.

Ukrainian crisis

As police arrive at the stateless Mikheil Saakashvili's house in Kiev to detain him, Saakashvili goes up on the roof to protest verbally. Police then detain him and try to take him away in a blue minivan while hundreds of people block the street. Finally the supporters free him out of the van. Bespeeching the cameras again, he rails against corruption, against Petro Poroshenko and urges Ukrainians to "be afraid of nothing".

Crowds of supporters demonstrate as anti-corruption campaigner is taken away by police from his home in Kiev

Russia-United States relations

Russia names Voice of America, Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty and seven affiliated news media as foreign agents. The move comes after the United States government ordered the Russian government-funded television network RT America to register as a foreign agent.

The move comes in retaliation for U.S. actions against the RT news network.

Gulf Cooperation Council

At a GCC summit in Kuwait City, the United Arab Emirates announce a political and military alliance with Saudi Arabia.

Latest development in six-month-long Qatar dispute throws future of Gulf Cooperation Council into doubt

Positions on Jerusalem

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tells Donald Trump that Turkey might cut ties with Israel if the United States unilaterally recognizes Jerusalem as its capital.

Turkey's leader says it could sever ties with Israel if the US recognises Jerusalem as its capital.

Meerbusch train crash

A passenger train runs into the rear of a freight train at Meerbusch, Germany. Forty-seven people are injured, three seriously.

A passenger train crashed into a goods train near the city of Düsseldorf, emergency services say.


Gujarat and Maharastra are on high alert because of Cyclone Ockhi.

Mumbai rain: Rain started to drench Mumbai on Monday evening as cyclone Ockhi is just 670 kms southwest of the city

California wildfires

Due to persistent high winds, a fire begins and quickly spreads--at a rate of up to one acre per second--near Santa Paula, California, covering now at least 50,000 acres, crawling into the edges of Ventura and cutting power to 260,000 homes. 7,700 houses are under mandatory evacuation.

A fast-moving, wind-fueled brush fire has burned about 10,000 acres in the foothills near Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, officials said.

Eurofighter GmbH

Eurofighter GmbH offers Belgium a national cyber defense network--suggesting telecommunications security on par with United Kingdom intelligence, which would save Belgium EUR1.6 billion per year--in exchange for buying 34 of their multirole combat aircraft, the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Simon Templar (The Saint)

A summer 1941 Simon Templar (The Saint) novel by Leslie Charteris, titled "The Saint's Second Front", describing a military attack by Japan on America--and subsequently rejected from publication for political reasons--emerges at a private auction after the work was presumed lost.

A LOST novel of the spy thriller The Saint which predicted the attack on Pearl Harbour but was scrapped for political reasons has been rediscovered. Written in summer 1941, the story by Leslie Char…

King of Romania

The last King of Romania, Michael I, dies at the age of 96.

He was forced to abdicate in 1947 after the communists took over Romania following World War Two.