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Amnesty accuses President Trump of human rights violations

<b>Human rights group Amnesty International has accused Donald Trump of "hateful" politics and of being a threat to human rights.</b><p>"President Trump takes actions that violate human rights at home and abroad," the group said.<p>Amnesty put Mr Trump in the same group as the leaders of Egypt, Russia, China, …

Trump lawyer seeks to block insider book on White House

By Josh Dawsey and<p>Josh Dawsey<p>Reporter covering the White House<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Ashley Parker<p>Ashley Parker<p>White House reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>A lawyer representing President Trump sought Thursday to stop the publication of a new behind-the-scenes book about the White House that has already led Trump …

The White House

Thousands watch at China sports stadium as 10 people sentenced to death

Thousands of people packed into a sports stadium in southern China to watch 10 people being sentenced to death – moments before they were taken away and executed.<p>The extraordinary public trial was held for 12 people who were reportedly accused of producing and trafficking drugs, murder and robbery. …

Will Robots Take Our Children’s Jobs?

Like a lot of children, my sons, Toby, 7, and Anton, 4, are obsessed with robots. In the children’s books they devour at bedtime, happy, helpful robots pop up more often than even dragons or dinosaurs. The other day I asked Toby why children like robots so much.<p>“Because they work for you,” he …

Stephen Hawking

Microsoft releases quantum computing development kit preview

At the Microsoft Ignite Conference in September, Microsoft let it be known it was going to be a player in the future of quantum computing, and today the company took another step toward that goal when it released a preview of its quantum computing development kit.<p>The kit includes all of the pieces …

Elon Musk says Tesla is working on custom AI chips

Musk reportedly said he thinks the company’s AI hardware ‘will be the best in the world’<p>Designing specialized processing chips for artificial intelligence is becoming common for serious tech companies, and Tesla, it seems, is no exception. According to reports from both <i>The Register</i> and <i>CNBC</i><i>,</i> CEO …

Bitcoin: $64m in cryptocurrency stolen in 'sophisticated' hack, exchange says

Mining marketplace NiceHash suspends operations while it co-operates with authorities over ‘professional attack’, urging users to change passwords<p>Nearly $64m in bitcoin has been stolen by hackers who broke into Slovenian-based bitcoin mining marketplace NiceHash.<p>The marketplace suspended operations …

Bitcoin Mining

A Supreme Court case this week could change US digital privacy standards

You wouldn’t leave home without your smartphone. It gets you everywhere you need to go, and keeps you connected. But, by pinging nearby cellphone towers, it’s also leaving a trail of digital breadcrumbs that the government can follow.<p>This location data tells a story about where you’ve used your …

10 Senate Republicans Who Could Tank The Tax Bill

As the Senate prepares to take up its version of a tax policy bill, with the potential of a vote by week’s end, Republicans look about eight votes …

Inspired by origami, scientists build artificial muscle that lifts 1,000 times its own weight

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University have developed a variety of origami-inspired artificial muscles that can lift up to a thousand times their own weight — and yet be dexterous enough to grip and raise a delicate flower.<p>The devices, described in the …

In a Major First, Scientists Edit DNA Within the Human Body

For the first time, scientists have edited the DNA inside of a patient’s body, in an attempt to cure a genetic disorder by permanently changing the …

North Korea and China announce visit by Xi Jinping envoy

Unclear if illegal nuclear programme is on the agenda after Donald Trump asked Chinese president to put pressure on neighbour<p>A senior Chinese diplomat will visit North Korea from Friday as a special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Beijing has said, without revealing whether it is about North …

Washington GOP boosts pressure on Alabama party on Moore

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Republicans tightened pressure Tuesday on Alabama's GOP to keep a defiant Roy Moore from being elected to the Senate next month, with many voicing hope that President Donald Trump could use his clout to resolve a problem that Republicans say leaves them with no easy …

We took a scientific look at whether weed or alcohol is worse for you — and there appears to be a winner

Which is worse for you: weed or whiskey?<p>It's a tough call, but based on the peer-reviewed science, there appears to be a clear answer.<p>Keep in mind that there are dozens of factors to account for when comparing the health effects of alcohol and marijuana, including how the substances affect your …

Alcohol

DeepMind’s Go-playing AI doesn’t need human help to beat us anymore

The company’s latest AlphaGo AI learned superhuman skills by playing itself over and over<p>Google’s AI subsidiary DeepMind has unveiled the latest version of its Go-playing software, AlphaGo Zero. The new program is a significantly better player than the version that beat the game’s world champion …

China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday laid out a confident vision for a more prosperous nation and its role in the world, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption and curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution.<p>Opening a critical Communist Party …

A New Look Inside the Cities of North Korea

Amidst heightened political tensions, city life in the hermit kingdom goes on.<p>As President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un trade personal barbs and threats of annihilation (and Trump prepares to visit the Korean peninsula in November), South Koreans are famously greeting the …

The message behind Bob Corker's public Trump intervention

That escalated quickly. After a nasty Twitter back-and-forth with President Trump on Sunday morning, retiring Senate Foreign Relations Chair Bob …

The Daily 202: Bob Corker tirade encapsulates five reasons why Trump has failed at governing

Bob Corker

South Korea developing graphite 'blackout bombs' to paralyse North's electrical grid

South Korea is ready to deploy graphite bombs - also known as "blackout bombs" - that will paralyse North Korea's electrical power plants in the event of war breaking out on the peninsula.<p>Blackout bombs were first used by the United States in Iraq in the 1990 Gulf War and work by releasing a cloud …

The new reality of old age in America

Richard Dever had swabbed the campground shower stalls and emptied 20 garbage cans, and now he climbed slowly onto a John Deere mower to cut a couple acres of grass.<p>THE FORGOTTEN: The issues at the heart of Trump's America<p>PART 1: On a Texas prairie, distance grows between neighbors over an American …

DNA surgery on embryos removes disease

<b>Precise "chemical surgery" has been performed on human embryos to remove disease in a world first, Chinese researchers have told the BBC.</b><p>The team at Sun Yat-sen University used a technique called base editing to correct a single typo out of the three billion "letters" of our genetic code.<p>They …

The deadly germ warfare island abandoned by the Soviets

During the Cold War, Vozrozhdeniya Island was a top-secret testing ground for deadly Soviet super-pathogens. Despite over two decades of abandonment, their legacy lives on.<p>On the Kazakh-Uzbek border, surrounded by miles of toxic desert, lies an island. Or at least, something that used to be an …

Environmental Health

At Mexican School Hit by Quake, Heartbreak and Dwindling Hope

MEXICO CITY — Gustavo López recognized the boy’s clothes first.<p>His tiny frame, pulled from the wreckage, lay over the jagged pieces of what remained of the school. It was his 7-year-old son.<p>He sat in shock for hours, quietly trying to maintain strength for his 9-year-old daughter, who had escaped …

We will sink Japan and turn US to 'ashes and darkness', says North Korea

Tokyo condemns ‘absolutely unacceptable’ provocation, as Pyongyang reacts to imposition of new UN sanctions following missile tests<p>North Korea has threatened to sink Japan and said the US should be “beaten to death like a rabid dog” after the two countries spearheaded fresh UN security council …

North Korea

Ryan Says Trump Cut Deal With Democrats to Avoid Partisan Fight Over Hurricane Aid

WASHINGTON — Speaker Paul D. Ryan voiced his disagreement with President Trump’s decision to cut a debt limit deal with Democrats and cast doubt on his call to cut the corporate tax rate by more than half in an interview on Thursday with The New York Times.<p>The comments underscore the rift between …

Google is improving Street View with better cameras and AI

A decade and 80 billion photos since the launch of Google’s Street View program, the company is now revamping its mapping vehicles with all-new camera systems and AI to capture even better imagery of pretty much every publicly accessible space on the planet.<p>An obvious benefit of the new system, …

Waymo

Forget Wall Street – Silicon Valley is the new political power in Washington

It used to be banks, but now it is tech giants that dominate the US lobbying industry. Can money buy them what they want: less competition, less tax ... and more data?<p>The scholar Barry Lynn worked at the New America Foundation, a Washington thinktank, for 15 years studying the growing power of …

Silicon Valley

First 24 hours of destruction as Hurricane Irma tears through Atlantic

• <b>CLICK HERE FOR LIVE HURRICANE IRMA UPDATES</b>• <b><br>Most powerful Atlantic hurricane leaves trail of destruction</b>• <b><br>Robert de Niro vows to help Barbuda rebuild</b>• <b><br>St Maarten airport destroyed by Irma</b>• <b><br>At least seven confirmed dead</b>• <b><br>Briton's live updates of 'apocalyptic' scenes in eye of storm</b>• <b><br>Emergency declared as storm</b> …

S. Korea displays military strength amid North Korean crisis

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With Seoul expecting another North Korean missile test, South Korean warships conducted live-fire exercises at sea on Tuesday in a second straight day of military swagger from a nation still rattled by the North's biggest-ever nuclear test.<p>The test on Sunday, which North …