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Switzerland's President Doris Leuthard calls for referendum on EU relationship

The call comes after a recent decision by Brussels on Swiss stock exchange access to the EU infuriated Swiss leaders. President Doris Leuthard said a …

Europe

The US Coast Guard is operating floating prisons in the Pacific Ocean, outside US legal protections

If you've followed the War on Terror at all, you're almost certainly familiar with the US detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — a US prison that exists outside the realm of the US justice system.<p>Now, it turns out, there's a secret US detention system in the War on Drugs, too — and this one …

What we’ve learned about the North Korean soldier whose daring escape was caught on video

As the 24-year-old in the Korean demilitarized zone ran from his vehicle, his fellow soldiers came in pursuit, firing more than 40 rounds at him. He was hit at least five times — but clung to life as he kept crawling south.<p>He was found bleeding in a pile of leaves by South Korean soldiers and …

North Korea

Chinese bike share graveyard a monument to industry's 'arrogance'

Future of dockless bicycles under a cloud amid concerns there are too many bikes and not enough demand<p>At first glance the photos vaguely resemble a painting. On closer inspection it might be a giant sculpture or some other art project. But in reality it is a mangled pile of bicycles covering an …

Cemeteries

A telescope 100X stronger than Hubble will unveil parts of the cosmos we've never seen

A Closer Look<p>The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) has detailed the 13 proposals that will comprise the initial set of scientific …

World's first human head transplant a success, controversial scientist claims

The world's first human head transplant has allegedly been performed on a corpse in an 18 hour operation which successfully connected the spine, nerves and blood vessels of two people.<p>The operation was carried out by a team led by Dr Xiaoping Ren of Harbin Medical University, China, who last year …

Flakka, drug that makes people bark and strip, wreaks havoc in Midwest, South

Otherwise normal folks suddenly running naked, screaming through the streets and breaking into homes?<p>That kind of bizarre and sometimes dangerous behavior has taken place in recent years in the South and Midwest – with the most recent headline-grabbing case in Missouri. Police trace it all to a …

Drug Addiction

New Study Shows What Would Happen If the US Went Vegan

If you were to ask all of your friends what an ideal society looks like, I’m sure you’d receive vastly different answers. Maybe someone will suggest …

Agriculture

How Facebook’s Oracular Algorithm Determines the Fates of Start-Ups

No one would mistake Ben Cogan and Jesse Horwitz for “brogrammers,” the jockish male coders swaggering across the tech landscape. Nor are they hustlers, the relentlessly outgoing types who quit their jobs to gamble on audacious ventures. They are two bookish friends, ages 27 and 29, who until …

Pew Research Center

No One Knows What Omarosa Is Doing in the White House—Even Omarosa

The ‘Apprentice’ star has a top salary and a high-ranking job. But when we spent time with her, it was her wedding she was planning.<p>It’s nearly 9 …

Watchdog app reveals list of absurd teen texting codes

Is this what the kids are doing these days?<p>Teen/parent watchdog app Bark.us released a list of abbreviations and acronyms it has gathered that are popular among teens. No surprise, most of them are about naughty things like sex and drugs. It’s not exactly new — I’ve seen similar versions of the …

'Dilbert' creator Scott Adams calls out Trump's 'linguistic kill shots'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Scott Adams, creator of the comic strip "Dilbert," said Saturday that President Donald Trump is so good at persuasion that "he could get out of almost anything."<p>In interview with CNN's Michael Smerconish, Adams called special attention to what he dubbed Trump's "linguistic kill shots," …

Donald Trump

8 Actions You Can Take Every Morning to Build Your Side Business Faster

When you're working full time while building your business, every minute from the moment you open your eyes has to be used productively.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every successful entrepreneur has a morning routine that gets them ahead every day. Here are eight …

Time Management

“I didn’t get paid for it”—Zara workers put desperate messages in garments

“I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it,” reads a label inside a Zara garment.<p><b>It was written by Turkish workers who say they were not paid for their labor when creating products for the brand</b>. These factory workers were employed by a Bravo Tekstil complex in Istanbul, …

Clothing

Here's what losing weight does to your body and brain

<i>This video was originally published on October 29, 2017.</i><p><i>Special thanks to John Gunstad, professor with the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University, for speaking with us about his cutting-edge research on how losing weight affects brain function. Following is a transcript of</i> …

Fitness

This AI Technique Was Kept Quiet so Spammers Wouldn’t Misuse It

A new brain-inspired computer vision algorithm could help advance the state of AI—but it could also fill your in-box with spam.<p>Vicarious, a startup …

Machine Learning

A doctor was asked to test an iPhone gadget and ended up diagnosing his own cancer

Earlier this year a vascular surgeon diagnosed his own cancer while testing out a new ultrasound gadget for his smartphone.<p>Dr. John Martin, who is not an oncologist, was tapped to test out the Butterfly iQ, a tiny ultrasound device designed to replace several bulkier, more expensive machines. When …

Google's artificial intelligence computer 'no longer constrained by limits of human knowledge'

The computer that stunned humanity by beating the best mortal players at a strategy board game requiring “intuition” has become even smarter, its creators claim.<p>Even more startling, the updated version of AlphaGo is entirely self-taught — a major step towards the rise of machines that achieve …

Artificial Intelligence

Google's machine learning software has learned to replicate itself

Google’s AutoML<p>Back in May, Google revealed its AutoML project; artificial intelligence (AI) designed to help them create other AIs. Now, Google has …

Artificial Intelligence

The time has come for Theresa May to tell the nation: Brexit can’t be done

The hard-liners in her party will howl with rage, but most of the country will welcome it if the prime minister is honest about Brexit’s awful consequences<p>As she tries to move the Brexit negotiations forward, how much better would Theresa May and the country feel if the speech she made to her party …

United Kingdom

Hillary Clinton warns Britain on potential trade deal with Trump | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton cautioned Britain on Sunday over its push to secure a trade deal with U.S. President Donald Trump after it leaves the European Union.<p>Former U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton speaks during an interview with Mariella …

Democratic Party

Ex-politician gets probation for groping 103-year-old woman

MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — A former politician who molested a 103-year-old nursing home resident received a sentence to two years' probation a day after another politician in the same township was arrested on child porn charges.<p>William Spingler, 76, was sentenced Thursday after being convicted of indecent …

Crime

Giant ancient frogs might have snacked on baby dinosaurs

The frog from hell had a powerful bite.<p><i>Beelzebufo ampinga</i>, so named for the ancient deity often called the "Lord of the Flies," was a devilish frog indeed. The species, which lived on the island of Madagascar around 70 million years ago, was likely the biggest frog that ever hopped about the Earth …

Zoology

The latest White House leaks showcase Trump's art of the tantrum

Most people suffer the consequences of their actions. So far, Trump has not.<p>It sure seems like Donald Trump hates being president.<p>Each insider account of the White House — the latest of which comes from Robert Costa and Philip Rucker at the Washington Post, based on conversations with a typically …

Donald Trump

Man stabs 'crap' Hitler painting with screwdriver at Museo Di Salo in Italy

A 40-year-old man armed with a screwdriver has attacked a painting hanging in an Italian art gallery. The curator of the museum says the work is …

World History

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Army sergeant 'removed parachute parts in bid to kill wife'

<b>An Army sergeant tried to kill his wife by removing parts of her parachute, causing her to spin thousands of feet to the ground, a court has heard.</b><p>Emile Cilliers, 37, is accused of two counts of attempted murder of Victoria Cilliers who survived the jump on 5 April 2015.<p>Winchester Crown Court heard …

Crime
United Kingdom

Anti-cop rhetoric goes too far

<b>(CNN) —</b> Lost in the debate about the NFL National Anthem protests is a serious conversation about the issues driving players to take the knee. A number of African-American athletes have attempted to bring attention to what they perceive as the unequal application of justice in America and cases of …

Law Enforcement