Syria on agenda, Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets Vladimir Putin
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Syria on agenda, Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets Vladimir Putin

Now that President Donald Trump has announced plans to withdraw US troops from Syria, countries that intend to remain involved in the mutlifront civil war are adapting their strategies accordingly. And Syria will certainly be on the agenda when Turkish…

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Uprising shows instability of Nicolas Maduro’s Venezuela
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Uprising shows instability of Nicolas Maduro’s Venezuela

On Monday, members of Venezuela’s Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) launched an apparent uprising. Things were seemingly back to normal by afternoon. Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said the “criminals” had been arrested and would feel the full force of…

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Dilapidated villa built for former Chancellor Konrad Adenauer sold
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Dilapidated villa built for former Chancellor Konrad Adenauer sold

After inheriting a piece of postwar German history last year, L. Ilse Thurner has sold a never-completed weekend and hunting lodge designed for former West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer. The 600 square meter (6,500 square foot) villa, nestled…

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US Supreme Court upholds policy barring transgender people from serving in military
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US Supreme Court upholds policy barring transgender people from serving in military

The US Supreme Court handed President Donald Trump a victory on Tuesday on his policy that bars many transgender people from the military. It lifts lower court rulings that had blocked it on constitutional grounds from going into effect. …

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Envoy says US convinced Germany to ban Iran’s Mahan Air
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Envoy says US convinced Germany to ban Iran’s Mahan Air

US Ambassador Richard Grenell is claiming a diplomatic victory after German officials decided to ban the Iranian airline Mahan Air from operating within the country. Grenell, who has ruffled a few feathers since President Donald Trump picked him for the…

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China’s AI scientists teach a neural net to train itself
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China’s AI scientists teach a neural net to train itself

More and more, AI is trying to make machines teach themselves with a minimum of human guidance. So-called self-supervision is an element that can be added to lots of machine learning tasks so that a computer learns with…

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iOS 12.1.3 is out: Time to update your iPhones and iPads
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iOS 12.1.3 is out: Time to update your iPhones and iPads

It’s time to fire up your iPhones and iPads for the first iOS update of 2019. This update contains a number of bug fixes, including issues affecting the Messages app, CarPlay, and HomePod. It also contains a number…

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Pro-Brexit campaigner James Dyson to move HQ to Singapore
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Pro-Brexit campaigner James Dyson to move HQ to Singapore

UK billionaire and Brexit campaigner James Dyson announced on Tuesday that he is moving the headquarters of his company, famous for its cordless vacuum cleaners, to Singapore. Dyson insisted that the move had nothing to do with the UK’s…

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German police arrest 73-year-old rail track thief
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German police arrest 73-year-old rail track thief

Some 80 police officers stormed the apartment of a 73-year-old German in the eastern city of Görlitz on Tuesday, after he stole 600 meters of train tracks and sold them for scrap. The pensioner made some 16,000 euros…

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FDP slams German government’s paper addiction
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FDP slams German government’s paper addiction

Germany’s pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration on Monday for the billion pieces of paper used by the federal government and its agencies in 2017. The opposition party issued a parliamentary query on government paper usage,…

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