AI carries ‘risk of extinction’ for humans

Global leaders should be working to reduce “the risk of extinction” from artificial intelligence technology, a group of industry chiefs and experts warned yesterday.

Erdogan claims victory in Turkish presidential election

President Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory in Turkey's presidential election on Sunday, a win that would steer his increasingly authoritarian rule into a third decade

Bulgaria’s ‘Time Shelter’ wins Int’l Booker Prize

Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov and translator Angela Rodel were named Tuesday winners of the International Booker Prize with the novel “Time Shelter” -- a first for a book in Bulgarian.

One billion threatened by cholera: UN

A billion people in 43 countries are at risk of cholera, the United Nations warned yesterday, and though the outbreaks could be stopped, the United Nations said resources were desperately lacking.

Russia puts ICC prosecutor Khan on wanted list

Russian authorities have put International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan on a "wanted" list after the Hague-based court issued an arrest warrant for President Vladimir Putin in March.

Russia ‘bound to lose’

Kyiv yesterday said that the massive new weapons package from Germany was another sign that Russia would lose in its war against Ukraine.

At least 20 dead in Guyana school

At least 20 people were killed and several injured Sunday in a school dormitory fire in Guyana, the government said in a statement, with the nation’s president calling it a “major disaster.”

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Biden sees shift in ties with China ‘shortly’

US President Joe Biden yesterday said the Group of Seven nations were agreed in their approach to China and the need to diversify their supply chains so they are not dependent on one country.

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Russian decision to outlaw Greenpeace ‘absurd’

Climate advocacy group Greenpeace on Friday criticised Russia’s decision to label it an undesirable organisation, which criminalises its work, as absurd and destructive.

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Russia’s Wagner claims Bakhmut

Russia’s Wagner private army claimed yesterday to have finally captured the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut after the longest and bloodiest battle of the war, while Kyiv denied the city had fallen though it called the situation there critical.

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Nearly 337m life years lost: WHO

Nearly 337 million life years were lost in the two first years of the Covid-19 pandemic, as millions of people died prematurely, the World Health Organization said yesterday.

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Half of world’s large lakes drying up: study

More than half of the world’s large lakes and reservoirs have shrunk since the early 1990s, chiefly because of climate change, intensifying concerns about water for agriculture, hydropower and human consumption, a study published on Thursday found. 

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French court upholds universal jurisdiction principle

France’s highest court yesterday ruled that the country could try foreign suspects under the universal jurisdiction principle, greenlighting inquiries into two Syrians accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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Three Iran protesters at risk of ‘imminent’ execution: Amnesty

Three men sentenced to death in Iran over protests that erupted last year are at imminent risk of execution after the supreme court upheld their sentences, Amnesty International warned yesterday.

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Sudan Conflict: Pressure needed to halt fighting

The UN rights chief yesterday called on the international community to exert all possible pressure on the fighting sides in Sudan to resolve the conflict and end “the wanton violence”.

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27 injured, mostly children, as Finland footbridge collapses

Around 27 people, a majority of them children, were injured today when a pedestrian bridge collapsed in the Finnish city of Espoo, just outside the country's capital, a spokesperson for the Helsinki regional rescue service said..Many of the injured were part of a group of school children,

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