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Turkey ‘receives’ first 2 F-35 fighter jets… for training in Arizona

Turkey has received the first two F-35 jets from the US, but with a catch: the planes will stay in the US until end of 2019 as Turkish pilots are training to fly them and Senate continues attempts to bar Ankara from getting F-35s. “We are entering a new era altogether, and this also holds true for the Turkish air ...

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First in the West: Canada votes to legalize recreational cannabis, lifting 95yo ban

Both chambers of the Canadian parliament have voted to approve the bill, paving the way for recreational use of marijuana and its cultivation, including home growth. To become law, it needs a largely formal royal approval. The Canadian non-elected Senate passed the bill, commonly known as the Cannabis Act, on Tuesday, with 52 votes in favor and 29 against. The ...

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Google releases first diversity report since the infamous anti-diversity memo

Google has released its first diversity report since the infamous James Damore memo and the fallout that resulted from it. Those are both long stories but the TL;DR is that Damore said some sexist things in a memo that went viral. He got fired and then sued Google for firing him. That lawsuit, however, was shot down by the National ...

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Denuclearize first, talk sanctions after: What historic US-N. Korea summit promised to the world

The “epochal” first-ever summit between the US and North Korea has ended with eloquent vows to “leave the past behind” and “make the world a safer place.” RT looks at highlights of both leaders’ pledges. US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore on Tuesday. The preparations for ...

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CapitalG leads $21.5M investment in Aye Finance, its first deal in India

India is a major part of Google’s global focus. The company launched a new product in India last week as its program to bring free WiFi to the public registered its 400th railway station. Now, the U.S. tech giant is continuing to deepen its focus after CapitalG — its venture arm formerly known as Google Capital — made its first investment in ...

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A first date in the uncanny valley: 2 humanoid robots flirt in bizarre video

In case robots still don’t creep you out enough, two of them got together in Russia for a chat at a digital conference. Their awkward flirting sounded unsettlingly human-like. Two Russian robots – Gagarin, created by the Robotics Institute at Innopolis University in Kazan, and Alisa Zelenogradova, a gynoid robot created by Neurorobotics in Zelenograd – met at an open ...

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‘World’s first psychopath AI’ bot trained by viewing Reddit

Scientists at MIT have revealed how they trained an artificial robot to become a “psychopath” by only showing it captions from disturbing images depicting gruesome deaths posted on Reddit. The team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) named the world’s first psycho robot Norman, after the central character in Hitchcock’s 1960 movie ‘Psycho.’ As part of their experiment they ...

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Building bridges: Putin to visit Austria in first foreign trip after re-election

Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to visit Austria on Tuesday – a country that traditionally has good relations with Moscow. His trip, however, might have wider implications for a Europe that seems to be at a crossroads. Austria has had constructive and pragmatic –if not friendly– relations with Russia and its predecessor, the Soviet Union, since the establishment of ...

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‘Improved relations’ with Russia subject of first Pompeo-Lavrov call

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called up his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and discussed better relations with Russia and the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, the State Department said. In the first call to Lavrov that Pompeo has made since he took over as the US top diplomat in April, the two discussed “issues and concerns related to the ...

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