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Iraq identifies more bodies from mass grave near Tikrit

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi authorities say they have found the remains of another 158 people in a mass grave outside the city of Tikrit, where the Islamic State group is believed to have massacred hundreds of captured soldiers when it rampaged across the country in the summer of 2014.<p>Iraq's forensic …

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Mosul battle: IS 'loses hundreds of fighters' - US generals

<b>Hundreds of Islamic State militants are thought to have been killed since Iraqi forces launched an offensive to retake Mosul last week, the US military says.</b><p>Two generals said the jihadist group had suffered the losses as troops and allied fighters, backed by US-led air strikes, advanced on several …

Middle East

Russia wants to observe U.S. voters on Election Day. Three states said no.

Russian authorities have asked local U.S. officials if they can observe polling locations in at least three American states on Election Day, but they were rejected amid intense scrutiny of that country’s actions regarding the upcoming elections.<p>Foreign observers have come to the United States to …

Russia

Professor Brian Cox Live: it's a bracing feeling not to be talked down to

Royal & Derngate, Northampton<p>Dizzying cosmology show provides workout for the brain, with one part entertainment to 13.8bn parts education<p>Professor Brian Cox finds a lot of things “beautiful”, not least the fact that 1,200 people in Northampton have chosen to spend their Friday evening at “a …

Black Holes

Mitsuku chatbot wins Loebner Prize for most humanlike A.I., yet again

With all the hustle and bustle going on in the world of chatbots at the moment, one crucial event that is very relevant to the future of A.I. has gone relatively unnoticed. If you are interested in chatbots and A.I., you may have heard about the Loebner Prize, which was created by Hugh Loebner and …

Chatbots

Oil majors experiment with technology to weather crisis

Oil majors including Statoil, Shell and Chevron are experimenting with various technologies, from drones and drill design to data management, to drive down costs and weather a deep downturn.<p>Crude prices have more than halved since mid-2014, forcing companies to cut billions of dollars in costs. …

Oil & Gas Industry

Boris Johnson has defended his 'semi-parodic' pro-EU article

Johnson, who campaigned fiercely in support of Brexit, wrote the previously unpublished article just two days before announcing his alliance with the Leave camp.<p>In the pro-EU piece, printed in a new book and the Sunday Times, he supported membership of the free-trade zone and insisted that …

Silent Hills' future is up in the air, but we're still trying to figure out P.T.

Ever since the surprising rumors that creator Hideo Kojima may be leaving Konami following the release of <i>Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain</i>, it's unclear if the recently-revealed <i>Silent Hills</i> is still coming or not. That's a real bummer. But what about <i>P.T.</i>, the bizarre and awesome free short game …

White holes: Hunting the other side of a black hole

PHYSICS is full of opposites. For every action, there’s a reaction; every positive charge has a negative; every magnetic north pole has a south pole. …