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‘Killer Robots’ Must Be Stopped, Activists Say

Filed Under: Tech & Science, weapons, United Nations, Treaty The phrase “killer robot” instantly conjures images from science fiction, like the ruthless T-1000 Terminator that slowly reforms to resume its deadly mission after being frozen with liquid nitrogen and blasted to pieces. But a future involving autonomous weapons systems—capable of killing people without anyone’s direction—isn’t so

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Is Syria preparing for elections?

Reuters/Staff 10/25/2015 MOSCOW/BEIRUT – Shortly after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited Kremlin last week, he is ready to call for parliamentary and presidential elections if necessary, according to Russian lawmakers. Moscow said Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov discussed Syria with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry twice at the weekend, and spoke to his Iranian and

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Earthquake in Afghanistan kills at least 100 people including its neighbors

Reuters 10/26/2015 KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A powerful earthquake struck a remote area of northeastern Afghanistan on Monday, shaking the capital Kabul and killing at least 24 people while 76 were killed in neighboring Pakistan, officials said. The death toll could climb because communications were down in much of the rugged Hindu Kush mountain range area where the

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Russian cargo in Syria: from grains to weapons

Reuters/Correspondent 10/22/2015 LONDON/MOSCOW– In the past few weeks Russia has increased its support for ally President Bashar al-Assad by sending more than 100 cargo vessels to the main Syrian ports of Latakia and Tartous, which has become the biggest buildup in shipping for over a year. According to maritime intelligence and international trade sources’ shipping

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What You Need to Know About President Xi’s Visit to The U.K.

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Britain—the first to the U.K. by a Chinese leader in a decade—is set to be marred by controversy, as human rights groups prepare to protest China’s crackdown on human rights. President Xi arrives on Monday morning, although his official tour will begin the next day. The stakes are

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Toyota to Recall 6.5 Million Cars to Fix Power Window Switch

Toyota Motor Corp said on Wednesday it would recall 6.5 million vehicles globally to fix a defect in the power window switch in models including the Yaris/Vitz subcompact, Corolla and Camry. About 2.7 million of the recalled cars are in North America, 1.2 million in Europe, and 600,000 in Japan, the company said. It said

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In For a Yuan, In For a Pound: Is The U.K. Making a Bad Bet On China?

This piece was originally published by the Council on Foreign Relations. What exactly is the objection to UK Chancellor George Osborne’s desire for the United Kingdom to be Beijing’s “best partner in the West” and to have a “relationship that is second to none”? After all, there is not a country on earth that does

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China’s Xi Seals Landmark Multi-Billion-Dollar Nuclear Deal in Britain

Chinese President Xi Jinping has sealed a multi-billion dollar deal to finance nuclear power stations in Britain, crowning a visit that Prime Minister David Cameron hopes will unleash a wave of investment from the world’s second largest economy. What you need to know about the President’s visit After a day of pomp, Communist Party General

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Britain Is Betting On The Power of The Renminbi

This article originally appeared on the Chatham House website. A key goal of Britain’s assiduous courtship of Beijing is to establish London as the main offshore centre outside Asia for the trading of the renminbi as China’s currency internationalizes. All the signs are that Prime Minister David Cameron is achieving his aim. President Xi Jiping’s

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U.S. Condemns ‘Red Carpet Welcome’ for Assad in Moscow

The White House condemned Russia’s “red carpet welcome” for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Moscow on Wednesday, saying that the visit was counter-productive to a political transition in the country. Assad arrived in Moscow on Tuesday to meet with his most powerful foreign ally, Russian President Vladimir Putin, in what was his first foreign visit

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