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Biden urged to back AI weapons to counter China and Russia threats

Biden urged to back AI weapons to counter China and Russia threats

Technology
Getty Images/ReutersThe US and its allies should reject calls for a global ban on AI-powered autonomous weapons systems, according to an official report commissioned for the American President and Congress.It says that artificial intelligence will "compress decision time frames" and require military responses humans cannot make quickly enough alone.And it warns Russia and China would be unlikely to keep to any such treaty.But critics claim the proposals risk driving an "irresponsible" arms race."This is a shocking and frightening report that could lead to the proliferation of AI weapons making decisions about who to kill," said Prof Noel Sharkey, spokesman for the Campaign To Stop Killer Robots."The most senior AI scientists on the planet have warned them about the consequences, and yet th...
Russia expels European diplomats over Navalny protests

Russia expels European diplomats over Navalny protests

World
EPARussia has expelled three diplomats from Germany, Sweden and Poland for joining protests in support of opposition activist Alexei Navalny, who was jailed earlier this week. The Russian foreign ministry said the three took part in "illegal demonstrations" on 23 January. The diplomats' home countries have condemned the expulsions, as have the UK, France and the EU. Mr Navalny is a vociferous critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Alexei Navalny: Russia's vociferous Putin criticJailing Navalny may mean more problems for PutinMillions watch jailed critic's 'Putin palace' filmThe expulsions were announced just a few hours after EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow. Hundreds of thousands of people took part in protests in support of ...
Navalny: Arrests as latest protests begin in Russia

Navalny: Arrests as latest protests begin in Russia

World
More than 500 people have been detained as rallies in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny begin across Russia, a monitoring group says.In Moscow police have closed metro stations and are restricting movement in the city centre. About 100 people have been detained there, Reuters says.Mr Navalny was jailed on his return to Russia after recovering from an attempt to kill him with a nerve agent.He is accused of not complying with a suspended sentence.Mr Navalny had only just arrived from Berlin, where he spent months recovering from the near-fatal attack.Billionaire claims ownership of 'Putin's Palace'Russian anti-Putin anger spreads: 'We have to protest'Alexei Navalny: Russia's vociferous Putin criticRussian authorities say he was supposed to report to police regularly because ...
Alexei Navalny: Dozens detained in protests in eastern Russia

Alexei Navalny: Dozens detained in protests in eastern Russia

World
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Russia barred from competing at next 2 Olympic Games, World Cup

Russia barred from competing at next 2 Olympic Games, World Cup

Sports
Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Global sporting authorities ruled on Thursday that Russia will be banned from all major international competition, including the Olympic Games, for two years as part of a doping case. The decision was issued by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland. Advertisement Under the ruling, Russia is barred from the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo next summer, the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The ruling also prohibits the display of the Russian flag and the playing of its national anthem at all international events until 2023. Russian teams were also barred at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea over the issue of doping. Athletes who met certain requirements were allowed to compete under the banner of "Olympic Athle...