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Fiat Chrysler board meets in light of CEO's surgery

Fiat Chrysler board meets in light of CEO's surgery

World
The boards of Fiat Chrysler, Ferrari and CNH Industrial were called to urgent meetings Saturday in Italy in light of executive Sergio Marchionne's recent surgery and prolonged convalescence. The La Stampa daily, the hometown newspaper of Fiat's headquarters city, Turin, where the boards were summoned to separate meetings, said the huddles were called to discuss who would succeed Marchionne. The 66-year-old Italian-Canadian holds multiple leadership roles in the companies, notably as CEO of FCA — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Statements from the boards were expected later Saturday. Marchionne had shoulder surgery three weeks ago in Switzerland, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported. News reports have indicated his convalescence was taking longer than expected. The CEO of Fiat sinc...
Kardashian meets woman she helped free from prison

Kardashian meets woman she helped free from prison

Entertainment
Kim Kardashian West has met the woman she helped free from prison after 21 years. The reality TV star spoke of the moment she told great-grandmother Alice Marie Johnson she was being released.Kardashian West championed Ms Johnson's case, and even met with US President Donald Trump to discuss her release. Image: Ms Johnson spent 21 years in prison. Pic: Can-Do Clemency Ms Johnson, 63, was jailed for life without parole for non-violent drug offences in 1997.She was released earlier this month after Mr Trump commuted her sentence following Kardashian West's intervention. ...
Trump meets Singapore PM ahead of N Korea talks

Trump meets Singapore PM ahead of N Korea talks

World
Donald Trump is at Singapore's government house talking with the country's leader Lee Hsien Loong. The two leaders were scheduled to meet one-on-one before an expanded working lunch with aides.Earlier, North Korean state media confirmed that Kim Jong Un will discuss denuclearisation with Mr Trump at their Singapore summit. Image: The motorcade transporting Mr Trump heads to the Istana, the official residence of the Singaporean PM Image: People watch as Mr Trump's motorcade drives towards to the Istana KCNA said the pair would discuss a "permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism" on the Korean Peninsula and other issues of mutual concern.The report also said Mr Kim was accompanied by his ...
What happens when AI meets robotics?

What happens when AI meets robotics?

Science
Researchers in Texas are developing robots that have minds of their own. The scientists are creating systems that can learn for themselves and be able to operate in the home, the workplace and even on the sports field. The University of Texas, Austin team is incorporating artificial intelligence into its machines so that they can deal with real-world situations.Among the systems are automated assistants that will carry out simple tasks in a working officeScience fiction films predicted that in the future we would have intelligent robots.In the Day the Earth Stood Still, we had the sinister Gort; in Forbidden Planet there was Robby; and in the TV series Lost In Space it was Zachary Smith's nemesis, the Robot.It's been more than 50 years since those fictional representations - so where are t...
U.N. political chief meets North Korean vice foreign minister

U.N. political chief meets North Korean vice foreign minister

World
SEOULl, South Korea, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The United Nations political chief met with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Guk during a rare four-day trip to Pyongyang.U.N. Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman arrived in the North Korean capital Tuesday, a week after Pyongyang conducted its new intercontinental ballistic missile test.The North's Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday the two officials had "exchanged views on areas of common interest regarding U.N. agencies in cooperating with North Korea."Before the meeting took place, the North Korean official expressed his hope that the discussion would be "full of sincerity," Kyodo News reported.During his stay, Feltman is also expected to meet Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, who extended the invitation to Pyo...