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Has a rampaging AI algorithm really killed thousands in Pakistan?

A killer machine-learning algorithm guiding the U.S. drone program has killed thousands of innocent people according to some reports. What’s the truth?<p>A killer AI has gone on a rampage through Pakistan, slaughtering perhaps thousands of people. At least that’s the impression you’d get if you read …

Machine Learning

Left or right-handed? How it influences your politics

People prefer whatever is in front of their favourite hand, a Chicago University study finds – and that includes candidates on a ballot paper<p>It seems so obvious when you hear it, yet it could have shaped society for centuries without our knowing. According to research presented by Dr Daniel …

Psychology

Voting closes in Labour leadership election

Liz Kendall concedes that her campaign has failed and says Jeremy Corbyn has energised a party crying out for change<p>Voting for the next Labour leader closed at midday with the candidate expected to come fourth saying that the party must accept the legitimacy of the result.<p>Liz Kendall conceded that …

UK factories slump in July, Bank of England seen wary on rates | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - A slump in manufacturing in July and a sharp widening of the trade deficit show Britain’s economic recovery is losing some steam and may prompt the Bank of England to stress that it is in no rush to raise interest rates from crisis-era lows.<p>Employee Balzas Czimer install an …

Economics

Migrants shut Eurostar trains to UK; dead wash up on Turkish beach | Reuters

CALAIS, France/BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hundreds of migrants poured overnight onto the high-speed railway linking Paris with London near the French port of Calais, stranding passengers in darkness aboard Eurostar trains.<p>Thousands of miles away, the bodies of other migrants washed up on a Turkish beach. …

European Parliament

Pressure mounts on Cameron to accept more fleeing migrants

The plight of dying and suffering children last night intensified debate across Europe about how to respond to the ever-worsening migrant crisis.<p>Pressure is mounting on David Cameron to accept more refugees fleeing across the Mediterranean, after an image of a boy lying on a beach in Turkey sparked …

Obama secures Iran victory as 34th senator endorses nuclear deal

John Kerry appeals to remaining waverers after support from Democrat Barbara Mikulski ensures Obama veto will be upheld if Congress rejects deal<p>The Obama administration has secured enough support in the Senate to ensure that the Iran nuclear deal will survive a congressional vote, but John Kerry …

This Photo Shows The Horrific Toll Of Europe's Refugee Crisis

Europe still does not have a unified policy for responding to the rising numbers of refugees and migrants.<p>Traumatic photos showing a dead Syrian boy lying face down in the sand of a tourist beach in Turkey on Wednesday once again highlighted the immense humanitarian toll of the refugee and migrant …

David Petraeus' bright idea: give terrorists weapons to beat terrorists | Trevor Timm

Former CIA director David Petraeus is advocating giving arms to members of al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaida off-shoot, to beat Isis. That is madness<p>The latest brilliant plan to curtail Isis in the Middle East? Give more weapons to current members of al-Qaida. The Daily Beast reported that former CIA …

Revealed: the widening gulf between salaries and house prices

Photograph: Jeffrey Blackler/Alamy<p>Heddon Street in Mayfair, the London postcode district where the median house price stood at £2.9m in 2014.<p>84<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/91ed8c51d7cb9ebb0d7be26ea950ba86ddbdecd7/0_0_5150_3090/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian<p>At £40,000, the …

The world has noted Australia's lack of ambition on climate change | Connie Hedegaard

Australia’s politicians seem to have accepted that climate change is happening and must be addressed urgently. So why are they delaying?<p>For an outsider to understand another country’s climate policy is never easy. Australia is certainly no exception. As a European observer, the recent debate about …

Climate

The threat of a falling stock market

<b>(CNN) —</b> People in power have learned to fear swings in financial markets. That's because a whipsaw in the markets can reflect or aggravate problems in the economy. And there is nothing scarier to a ruling government than an economic collapse.<p>Falling markets can topple governments. That is a fact …

North, South Korea Reach Agreement to End Standoff

SEOUL — North and South Korea reached agreement early on Tuesday to end a standoff involving an exchange of artillery fire that had pushed the divided peninsula into a state of heightened military tension.<p>Under the accord reached after midnight on Tuesday morning after more than two days of talks, …