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The Edward Snowden story - Guardian panel discussion

US general: Iran role in Tikrit assault 'may be positive' | DW | 04.03.2015

Dempsey said on Tuesday that the involvement of Iranian-backed Shiites in pushing "Islamic State" (IS) out of Sunni areas of northern Iraq could be …

Iraq launches offensive to retake Tikrit from ISIL

Iraqi government forces backed by allied Shia and Sunni fighters have begun a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.<p>A force comprising 20,000 soldiers and fighters was trying to advance into Tikrit on Monday …

Iraq’s Attack Against ISIS Catches U.S. ‘By Surprise’

The biggest offensive against ISIS so far happened without American help—but with plenty of assistance from Iran.<p>The Iraqi military launched a major …

Australia to send more troops to train Iraqi forces

<b>Australia is to significantly increase its contingent of troops training local forces in Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced.</b><p>An additional 300 troops will be sent to the country in a joint mission with New Zealand, Mr Abbott said.<p>They will join the 200 special forces already in the …

ISIS Rules Revealed: Foosball's Fine, and AK-47's for Women — Leaving? Not So Much

Men are forbidden from wearing western clothing. A woman is free to carry a Kalashnikov rifle, as long as it’s not slung over the shoulder in such a way to give definition to her body — which is to be covered in a traditional cloak.<p>Playing foosball is OK, as long as there is no gambling …

How to Teach a Baby Robot to Talk With Its Hands

New research suggests that hand gestures are an integral part of human communication—what about machines?<p>The iCub childlike learning robot. Image: Jiuguang Wang/Flickr<p>Raising a baby robot is weirdly similar to nurturing a human one. For instance, the toddler-sized iCub had to be taught how to crawl …

What It’s Like to Ride in a Robot Car

It’s a bit dis­con­cert­ing the first time you see a steer­ing wheel move on its own.<p>Trav­el­ing down the high­way, with your life in the hands of a …

Learn to program robots for free, on your own time

Wanna-be robot programmers short on cash and time can learn what they need when and where they want.<p>Thanks to a new initiative from TurtleBot — an open-source development kit for rolling robot applications — anyone can learn robotics programming for free.<p>The company announced today it has put …

Why you can’t program intelligent robots, but you can train them

If it feels like we’re in the midst of robot renaissance right now, perhaps it’s because we are. There is a new crop of robots under development that …

Artificial Intelligence

Invasion of the Friendly Movie Robots

‘Chappie’ and ‘Ex Machina’ will explore artificial intelligence in the coming weeks, with more movies to follow<p>Robots are becoming more of a reality in everyday life, and movies have started to overhaul their depiction of them. They’re gentler, friendlier and often better-looking.<p>Yet the question …

Artificial Intelligence

Giant robotic teddy bear: Japan's nurse of the future

The population of Japan is ageing, and fewer children being born. This creates a variety of problems -- not the least of which is a shortage of caregivers for the elderly, as the elderly population grows while the younger population shrinks. To help compensate, the country has been exploring a …

61 Incredible Things Robots Can Now Do

We're building smarter robots in countless forms, from four-legged pups to formless blocks that intelligently rearrange themselves. Here's our unscientific survey of the robot world!<p>We're building smarter robots in countless forms, from four-legged pups to formless blocks that intelligently …

2 men arrested in shooting of NYPD officers, police say

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> A pair of New York police officers shot and wounded while responding to an armed robbery in the Bronx were going off-duty and probably not wearing their bulletproof vests, police officials said Tuesday.<p>In fact, Andrew Dossi, Aliro Pellerano and three other officers were changing …

Law Enforcement

Charlie Hebdo magazine attack: vigils held as French hunt suspects – as it happened

We’re going to close this live blog and <b>pick up our live coverage out of Australia</b>. Click here for a summary of the latest developments.<p><b>#JeSuisCharlie was tweeted millions of times</b> by Wednesday evening in Paris.<p>Twitter Data (@TwitterData)By 7.15pm, Paris time, there had been 2.1m Tweets for …

Charlie Hebdo: officials establish link between gunmen in both attacks — as it happened

• <b>Two separate police raids in Paris and Dammartin-en-Goële killed the Charlie Hebdo gunmen and a third man,</b> ending a three-day manhunt<b>.</b> Police found Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, wanted for murdering 12 people in Paris on Wednesday, and cornered them in a printworks office.<p>• In an interview before he …

Paris attacks: rallies held across France as police hunt suspected accomplice – live

As night falls in Paris, here is a round-up of the latest developments in the aftermath of a bloody week for France:<p>Police say Hayat Boumeddiene, sought for suspected involvement in the killings carried out by her partner, Amedy Coulibaly, is feared to be “armed and dangerous”. French media reports …

France

Huge crowds gather for Paris unity rally - as it happened

Here is our main story this evening on an historic day in France:<p>It was the day Paris united. And with dozens of world leaders joining the millions of people marching to commemorate and celebrate the victims of last week’s terror attacks it was also the day the world united behind the city.“Today, …

Malaysian officials deny claims that missing flight MH370 flew on for hours

The international search operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is to widen into the Indian Ocean, after authorities moved to debunk a string of reports and apparent leads about the fate of the airliner, six days after it vanished.<p>With US warships already deployed in the Strait of …