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‘Giving up territories is a sin’: Putin refers to Torah when asked about values

Published time: 19 Oct, 2017 19:51 Russia’s President Vladimir Putin referred to the Jewish holy book the Torah, stating that technologies and science cannot completely replace basic traditional values. Read more Vladimir Putin made the comment while responding to a question about whether modern technologies and science can replace values, such as territories and people. “All that you’ve mentioned remain ...

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Smart move: UAE appoints 27yo as its first-ever Artificial Intelligence minister

Published time: 19 Oct, 2017 18:48 Edited time: 19 Oct, 2017 18:55 The United Arab Emirates (UAE) appears to be spearheading new trends in government reshuffles, now saying it has introduced its first Minister for Artificial Intelligence. After establishing a post of the Minister of Happiness last year, the Gulf Kingdom has taken another unorthodox step. The introduction of the new ...

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‘Ecological Armageddon’: Plummeting insect populations could ravage life on Earth

Published time: 19 Oct, 2017 15:05 The stark decline in insect populations has placed the world on a path to “ecological Armageddon,” according to a study. Researchers from Raboud University in the Netherlands made the discovery following a decades-long study of nature reserves across Germany. Since 1989, the team has been collecting insect samples across 63 sites using mesh tents ...

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US uses Iran nuclear deal as leverage – fmr Pentagon official

The US is using Iran nuclear agreement as a stepping stone to get more cooperation from the Europeans, and Washington’s UN ambassador is trying to leverage US position against Iran for that purpose, says former Pentagon official Michael Maloof. The US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley lashed out at Iran during the latest Security Council meeting on Wednesday. “As ...

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Putin: EU triggered rise of separatism by supporting Kosovo independence

Published time: 19 Oct, 2017 14:06 Edited time: 19 Oct, 2017 14:56 EU countries bolstered separatist sentiment in Europe when they bowed to US pressure and supported Kosovo breaking away from Serbia. They now face such consequences as the Catalan crisis, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says. “As for the situation with Catalonia, we have seen a unanimous condemnation of the ...

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Monk & disorderly: Thai Buddhists get strict on adherents after sex, financial scandals

Published time: 19 Oct, 2017 13:12 Thailand’s Buddhist monks have reportedly been told to adhere to tighter discipline, and been banned from collecting donations or selling holy objects at temples. The crackdown comes amid temple scandals over sex and money laundering. The monks have been instructed to follow new rules, designed to make temples’ financial records more transparent, according to ...

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Electrically-charged Mars moon could jeopardize future exploration – NASA (VIDEO)

Powerful solar eruptions could electrically charge Martian moons to hundreds of volts – a phenomenon that may impact future human and robotic explorers, according to a new NASA study. The study, published in the scientific journal, Advances in Space Research, found that astronauts or rovers could accumulate “significant electric charges” when traversing the night side of Mars’ moon, Phobos. The ...

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