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Microsoft showcase AI bot that makes phone calls to humans

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San Francisco: While Google Duplex, which lets AI mimic a human voice to make appointments and book tables through phone calls, has mesmerised people with its capabilities and attracted flak on ethical grounds at the same time, Microsoft has showcased a similar technology it has been testing in China.At an AI event in London on […]

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US disinvites China from joint military exercise

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WASHINGTON – The Pentagon on Wednesday said that China will not be invited to the upcoming Pacific military exercise due to its continued militarization of the South China Sea. “The United States is committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Pentagon spokesman Lt Col. Christopher Logan said in a written statement. “China’s continued militarization of disputed […]

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Palestine joins world’s chemical weapons watchdog

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands: Palestine has submitted its instrument of accession to Chemical Weapons Convention to European Union, the international watchdog said on Wednesday. In a statement, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Palestine “deposited on 17 May 2018 its instrument of accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention with the Secretary-General of the United […]

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Trump hints at delaying meeting with Kim; experts say detente requires patience

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WASHINGTON (Xinhua) — U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday met with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, hinting his scheduled meeting with the top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un may be delayed. U.S. experts said that with so many differences on denuclearization and other issues between the two […]

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Peace deal without Palestine state ‘doomed to failure’

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RAMALLAH – The Palestinian Authority (PA) has said that the so-called “Deal of the Century” — a backchannel U.S. Middle East peace plan — will be “doomed to failure without full Palestinian support”. “Peacemaking doesn’t require deals or ideas, but a genuine belief in peace as a way to end conflict,” PA spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina […]

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Palestine demands apology for Swiss FM’s UNRWA comments

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JERUSALEM: A senior Palestinian official on Wednesday called on the Swiss government to issue a formal apology for remarks made by Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis in which he criticized the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). “Switzerland has taken a non-neutral stance and the statement of its foreign minister serves the [Israeli] […]

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French FM warns of war risks due to U.S. tough stance on Iran

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PARIS, May 23 (Xinhua) — French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned Wednesday that the United States’ tough stance on Iran had fuelled “serious tension” and risked triggering a war in the region. “We are in a situation of a major instability…All the conditions are met for a conflagration,” Le Drian said. The French diplomat […]

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Israeli forces raid W. Bank town; one injured

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NABLUS, Palestine: A Palestinian was injured early Wednesday by Israeli army gunfire in clashes in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus. The violence broke out when Israeli forces raided a number of houses in Nablus’ old town, according to an Anadolu Agency correspondent in the area. According to eyewitnesses, Israeli forces used live ammunition and […]

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Erdogan congratulates Venezuelan leader’s election victory

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ANKARA : President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken with Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro over the phone and congratulated him over his presidential election victory, according to Turkish presidential sources. The phone call was made late Tuesday. Erdogan and Maduro also reiterated their determination to strengthen bilateral cooperation. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro won a second term in […]

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South African provincial PM resigns over corruption claims

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JOHANNESBURG: The prime minister of South Africa’s North West Province resigned on Wednesday over corruption allegations, which led to recent violent protests against his administration. Supra Mahumapelo, 49, announced his resignation at the ruling African National Congress (ANC) headquarters in Johannesburg. “As I embark on early retirement from the position of Premier in the province, I […]

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