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Watch AI-controlled virtual fighters take on an Air Force pilot on August 18th

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, DARPA will no longer hold an in-person event for its third and final AlphaDogfight Trial that’s scheduled to take place from August 18th to the 20th. It’ll be held virtually instead, and both participants and viewers alike can watch online as artificial


How Does the Lebanon Disaster Impact Syria?

The impact of the Beirut blast on Damascus will not be limited to direct losses, such as victims and material damage to Syrians living in Lebanon, but it will reach the political, economic and military spheres. As the debris and dust began to settle over the scene of massive devastation at Beirut


US Iran envoy Brian Hook standing down, Elliott Abrams to take on the role

 Iran envoy Brian Hook is leaving his post and US Venezuela envoy Elliott Abrams will add Iran to his role "following a transition period" with Hook, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday.Hook's departure comes as the United Nations Security Council prepares to vote next week on


Brazil police bust alleged coronavirus corruption racket in Sao Paulo

Brazil’s federal police on Thursday said it had executed six search and arrest warrants as part of an operation into alleged coronavirus-related corruption in the city of Sao Paulo. The federal police did not say who the operation had targeted, but said it involved alleged irregularities in


US Iran envoy Brian Hook is leaving his post

The US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook is stepping down from his post, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday."Brian Hook has decided to step down from his role," Pompeo said in a statement, after Hook revealed his plans to the New York Times.Hook will be replaced by Elliott Ab


Beirut explosion: How ship's deadly cargo ended up at port

Lebanon's government has blamed the huge blast that devastated parts of Beirut on the detonation of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored at the city's port. People have expressed anger and disbelief that such a large quantity of potentially explosive material was kept inside a warehouse withou


Opposing Islamophobia in all of its intersections

Sidrah Ahmad-Chan and Niya Abdullahi are members of Rivers of Hope, an organization based in Toronto whose mission is "to dismantle Islamophobia, racism, and all related forms of oppression" in order "to create a safer and more equitable world for us all." Scott Neigh interviews them about Islamop


Small Plane Hits Shut Village Coffee Shop in Greece

Police said the accident occurred during a morning training flight. The 19-year-old pilot, who was flying solo, apparently lost control of the light aircraft and hit a large tree in the main square of Proti, a village in the Serres area east of Thessaloniki. The tree broke the force of the crash


Coronavirus cases worldwide pass 18 million

PARIS - The number of coronavirus cases recorded worldwide has passed 18 million, according to an AFP tally from official sources at 2240 GMT Sunday.At least 18,011,763 cases have now been registered as the pandemic’s rate of infection continues to accelerate. A million more cases have been de


Infographic: What We Know About How Masks Can Slow Disease Spread

N95 respirator: Tight-fitting single-use masks typically made with synthetic materials such as polyester and polypropylene. These masks are able to filter out at least 95 percent of both large airborne droplets and aerosols.   Surgical/medical masks: Loose-fitting s


Security, Political Challenges Await New Governor of Yemen’s Aden

Aden (Republic of Yemen)- Mohammed Nasser - The new governor of Yemen's temporary capital, Ahmed Hamed Lamlas, will face many security and political challenges in addition to problems in services. He previously managed al-Mansoura and Khormaksar districts, before being assigned as Shabwa governor.


Magnitsky Act will pursue Lebanon’s corrupt

 Lebanon is failing to respond to demands from the international community that reforms should be implemented as a condition for receiving aid, even as a US law threatens to pursue those who have brought the Middle Eastern country to its knees. Lebanon is buckling under the worst economic cr


Tokyo trial of Ghosn aide to begin in September

The delayed trial of former Nissan executive Greg Kelly, accused of financial misconduct with the company’s fugitive ex-boss Carlos Ghosn, will start in September in Tokyo, a source close to the case said Thursday.The first hearing for Ghosn’s former right-hand man has been set for Sep


Pompeo Confirms he Wants to Remove Sudan from Terror List

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he wants to delist Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, seeing a historic opportunity in its civilian transition. Pompeo has repeatedly indicated that the State Department hopes to remove the designation, which severely impedes investment to Sudan


MPs urge UK govt to toughen ban on Hezbollah

MPs have written a letter to the UK government urging it to expand the country’s ban on Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah, amid fears that current measures do not go far enough.Iran-backed Hezbollah, founded in 1985, was banned in the UK in March 2019. The group had previously been allowed to


Frozen bank accounts, travel ban: Kuwait pursues 10 influencers for money laundering

Kuwait’s Attorney General ordered the immediate seizure of all the assets of the 10 social media influencers charged with money laundering and banned them from travel, leading Kuwaiti newspaper, al-Qabas reported on Sunday. The central bank froze the 10 suspects’ bank accounts and the M


Infographic: Telehealth growth amid the COVID pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in some positive shifts in the health care industry, among them the growth of telehealth. Despite its promises of convenient access and ease of use, such services have never managed to crack into the mainstream of health care services. The initial months of the


Seattle Black Lives Matter clashes spark 45 arrests, 21 police injured

Dozens were arrested and many police injured in clashes around Seattle’s biggest Black Lives Matter protest in weeks on Saturday, police said, with a renewed energy sparked by violent clashes between activists and federal agents in nearby Portland, Oregon.Police said officers used non-lethal



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