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AI predicts outcome of human rights cases
An artificial intelligence system has correctly predicted the outcomes of hundreds of cases heard at the European Court of Human Rights, researchers have claimed. The AI predicted the verdicts to an accuracy of 79%, according to the scientists involved. AI is increasingly being used in fields such as journalism, law and accountancy. But critics said no AI would be able to understand the nuances of a legal case. The study, which was conducted ...
Thirteen die in California tour bus crash
Thirteen people have been killed and more than 30 injured in southern California after a tour bus ran into the back of a lorry, media reports say. Most of the passengers are reported to be from Latin America. The crash happened on Interstate 10 close to the resort town of Palm Springs in the early hours of Sunday morning. Investigators are examining the cause of the crash, which happened as the bus was bound for Los Angeles. Rescuers used lad...
Tom Hayden, famous anti-Vietnam war activist, dies aged 76
Famous American anti-war activist Tom Hayden has died aged 76. Hayden died in his home in Santa Monica "after a lengthy illness", the Los Angeles Times reports. He was a member of the "Chicago seven" charged with conspiracy over anti-Vietnam war protests in 1968 and eventually acquitted. Hayden later served in the California state assembly and Senate for nearly two decades. He was married to actress Jane Fonda between 1973 and 1990.
Somali pirates' hostages 'ate rats' to survive
A group of sailors who were held hostage by Somali pirates for nearly five years survived in part by eating rats, one survivor has told the BBC. Filipino sailor Arnel Balbero said they were also only given small amounts of water and felt like "the walking dead" by the end of their ordeal. The 26 sailors were seized on board their ship in 2012 and were eventually taken to Somalia. They were freed on Saturday, reportedly after a ransom was paid....
The real-world uses for virtual reality
Think of virtual reality and you will probably conjure up images of fantastical landscapes in a game or film set. But VR can also be embedded in reality to give people more understanding of the world around them. Increasingly it is being used as a tool by journalists, teachers, healthcare workers and retailers. The BBC took a look at a few of the more unexpected uses of the technology. Autism understood Surveys suggest that while 99% of pe...
US election 2016: We are behind, says Trump campaign
The Donald Trump campaign has admitted the Republican lags behind Hillary Clinton with just over two weeks to go before Americans cast their votes. "We are behind. She has some advantages," said his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who added: "We're not giving up. We know we can win this." On Friday, Mr Trump made a rare admission that he could lose. New polls suggest Mrs Clinton remains well ahead nationally and in several battleground stat...
Calais migrants: France begins to clear 'Jungle' camp
More than 1,200 police and officials in France have begun an operation to clear the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais. The camp has been housing some 7,000 people in squalid conditions. Migrants queued peacefully to be processed, and the first of some 60 coaches that will carry them to refugee centres across France, has now left. There is concern that some migrants will refuse to go because they still want to get to Britain, and there were some ...
Islamic State: Militants enter western Iraqi town of Rutba
Forces of so-called Islamic State launched an attack in Iraq on a town in western Anbar province in an apparent attempt to divert attention from the government's offensive on Mosul. The mayor of Rutba described the Islamic State (IS) assault on his town from three directions as "fierce". Several policemen died as security forces sought to regain control. Meanwhile, Kurdish Peshmerga forces launched fresh attacks to the north-east of Mosul whic...
US election: Clinton says she will focus on issues, not Trump
US Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has said she no longer cares what her Republican rival Donald Trump might say and will focus on issues instead. "I debated him for four and a half hours," she said, recalling their acrimonious exchanges. "I don't even think about responding to him anymore." She was speaking to reporters aboard her campaign plane. Mr Trump used a rally in Gettysburg to promise curbs on lobbying and new trade and climate c...
Japan blasts: One dead in Utsunomiya city
Multiple blasts in a park area of the Japanese city of Utsunomiya have killed at least one person and injured at least two, emergency services say. The explosions took place almost simultaneously at about 11:30 local time (02:30 GMT) in the city in Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo. Two cars in a nearby parking area also caught fire at the same time, police said. It was not immediately clear what had caused the explosions. The Japanese broad...
AT&T seeks to buy Time Warner for nearly $86bn
US telecoms giant AT&T has announced that it will buy entertainment group Time Warner for nearly $86bn (£70bn). The deal - one of the biggest this year - still needs approval from regulators. If the takeover goes through, it would combine AT&T's distribution network with content from the Warner Brothers film studios and the cable TV channels HBO and CNN. AT&T's chairman described it as "a perfect match" but critics say it con...
Titanic locker key to be auctioned
More than 200 items from the Titanic, including a locker key and letters, are to be auctioned later. The key to a life-jacket cupboard was used by a steward to save lives as the liner sank in 1912. It could fetch up to £50,000, according to estimates. A letter to be sold reveals a senior officer had a "queer feeling" about his posting to the ship. Saturday's auction in Devizes is one of the biggest involving Titanic memorabilia for many ...
Helicopter crash in Siberia kills 19
A Russian helicopter has crashed in north-western Siberia killing at least 19 people, officials say. The Mi-8 helicopter carrying 22 people, mostly oil and gas workers, went down on Friday in the Yamalo-Nenetsky region. President Vladimir Putin has expressed his condolences to relatives of the victims, according to his spokesman. The helicopter "fell on its right side and the victims could not get out," a military spokesman said. Three surviv...
'Smart' home devices used as weapons in website attack
Hackers used internet-connected home devices, such as CCTV cameras and printers, to attack popular websites on Friday, security analysts say. Twitter, Spotify, and Reddit were among the sites taken offline on Friday. Each uses a company called Dyn, which was the target of the attack, to direct users to its website. Security analysts now believe the attack used the "internet of things" - web-connected home devices - to launch the assault. Dyn ...
Mosul battle: US troops mask up against toxic fumes
US soldiers at a base near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul have donned protective masks against toxic fumes from a sulphur plant set alight in fighting with so-called Islamic State. They took the precaution after the wind blew smoke from the fire towards Qayyarah air field. US Defence Secretary Ash Carter is in Baghdad on an unscheduled visit. Meanwhile, advancing Iraqi forces entered the town of Qaraqosh, 32km (20 miles) south of Mosul, comm...
Ceta talks: Last-ditch bid to save EU-Canada trade deal
Emergency talks are under way in Brussels in an effort to save an EU free trade deal with Canada (Ceta), blocked by a Belgian region. European Parliament head Martin Schulz is to hold separate talks with Canadian Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland and the head of Belgium's Wallonia region. Ms Freeland abandoned talks on Friday, after seven years of negotiations. Failure to reach agreement on Ceta would call into question the EU's ability to forg...
Expecting real changes in electoral system naivety - political analyst
Political analyst Hayk Martirosyan said that the opposition does not agree with the results of municipal elections in Vanadzor and Gyumri. “For finding solution to the issue one of the parties must stop its strive to the power. This is the only way to have normal situation,” Martirosyan told Nyut.am. According to the analyst, as to the post-electoral situation, it is not excluded that the situation will calm down but all know  t...
Karabakh peace mediators to start regional trip on Oct. 22
The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group are arriving in the South Caucasus on Saturday, the US co-chair of the mission, Ambassador James Warlick, said in an exclusive interview with Tert.am. “The co-chairs will be arriving in the region on Saturday,” he said, describing the trip as a good opportunity to follow up on the summit meetings in Vienna and St Petersburg and continue discussions on elements of a settlement.  As for the...
Nintendo Switch console plays games home and away
Nintendo has revealed that its next games machine will be a handheld, portable device that doubles up as a home console. Previously code-named NX, now named the Nintendo Switch, the device looks like a tablet computer with controllers that attach to its sides. The device was revealed in a short "teaser" video posted on YouTube. One analyst said the device could be Nintendo's "last shot" at selling a home console. "The Wii U was a car cra...
Snow leopards: Numbers decline due to 'retaliation'
Hundreds of snow leopards are being killed by poachers every year across the high mountain ranges of Asia, according to a new report. It's estimated there are just 4,000 of these elegant but elusive creatures now surviving in the wild. Around four a week are being poached say experts, with most killed by local people in revenge for livestock losses. The report highlights concerns that the illegal trade in snow leopard skins is moving...
Microsoft shares at new high as cloud focus pays off
Microsoft's focus on cloud computing has helped it deliver better-than-expected quarterly profits, sending its shares to an all-time high. The software giant posted a $4.7bn (£3.8bn) profit for the three months to September. Chief executive Satya Nadella has focused on building Microsoft's expertise in cloud-based services amid slowing PC sales. Shares rose 6% to $60.73 in after-hours trading. The previous high was $59.97 in D...
Azerbaijani commandos attempt incursion into Armenian territory
Last night, Azerbaijani troops attempted a commando raid in the eastern and southern directions of the Line of Contact. The advance forces of the NKR Defense Army spotted the Azerbaijani commandos and threw them back to their positions, causing losses. The Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army does not report any losses.The Azerbaijani forces committed over 50 ceasefire violations last night and fired about 2,800 shots at the Armenian positions. In...
US election: Clinton and Trump trade barbs at Al Smith dinner
White House rivals Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have poked fun at each other at a charity dinner, a day after their bitter duel on the debate stage. She laughed as Mr Trump joked about her well-paid speeches and the FBI investigation into her private email. But he was booed when he joked that she hated Catholics. The annual Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York is a white-tie gala that every four years features the presiden...
Iraqi city of Kirkuk attacked as Mosul offensive continues
Armed militants have raided government buildings in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk. Iraqi media said suicide bombers had attacked police stations and a power station, but that security forces repelled fighters. The so-called Islamic State group said it was behind the attack, claiming its fighters had broken into the town hall and taken control of a hotel. It comes as Iraqi government-led forces attempt to retake the IS stronghold of Mosul. IS ...
Samsung 'blocks' exploding Note 7 parody videos
Samsung appears to have filed copyright claims against YouTube videos mocking its recalled Galaxy Note 7 handset. Many gamers have showcased a modification to video game Grand Theft Auto V, in which sticky bombs were switched with exploding Samsung phones. But some have reported that their videos have been blocked on YouTube following a copyright complaint. Samsung has not yet responded to repeated BBC requests for comment. Critics have warne...
US election: Obama calls Trump's election rhetoric 'dangerous'
President Barack Obama has said Republican Donald Trump's insistence that he might not accept the election result is "dangerous". Speaking at a campaign rally in Miami for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the president said Mr Trump's comments undermined American democracy. Mr Trump refused in a televised debate to say he would accept the outcome of the election on 8 November. He later said he would accept a "clear" result but left a challe...
New government plan lacks concrete figures - economist
Our guest is economist Vilen Khachatryan. - In your opinion what plan the government has presented? - As compared with the previous ones this plan has new initiatives. But as an economist I would like to see certain figures like the growth of GDP or economy, or what percent of reduction of unemployment rate will be registered. The plan does not present any figures. Probably while making the plan they avoided from concrete numbers so that there ...
Karen Karapetyan’s government plan includes points forwarded by first president
The Armenian National assembly discussed today the government plan. Before it the project was discussed on October 17 at the Republican party Executive Body meeting. An interesting circumstance has been noticed – the government action plan includes two points fixed as a priority in Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s economy restoration plan. One of them refers to the elimination extra budget means and funds of ministries and other state instituti...
Tesla to make all new cars self-driving
Electric carmaker Tesla says all cars it now builds will have hardware needed to drive completely on their own. But despite the cameras, sensors and radars being introduced, it is still expected to be years before the vehicles become fully self-driving. Tesla introduced its Autopilot system last year, allowing some self-drive functions such as auto-braking. But it is now temporarily disabling Autopilot on all new cars to allow "robust" testing...
Super Typhoon Haima batters Philippines
At least four people have been killed in the Philippines as Super Typhoon Haima hit the country. The storm, which brought sustained winds of up to 225km/h (140mph), made landfall over Cagayan in the north on Wednesday. Nearly 100,000 people were evacuated from threatened areas as the storm approached. There was widespread damage overnight, with homes destroyed and power lines brought down. Authorities said two of those killed were buried in a...
North Korea carries out second failed missile launch - South
North Korea has conducted an unsuccessful launch of an intermediate-range missile, according to the South Korean military. This is the second failed test in less than a week after the North's recent launch of a Musudan missile, which has an estimated range of 4,000km (2,500 miles). It is said to be capable of hitting US bases as far away as Guam. The missile has been tested eight times this year, with only one success. However, experts fear i...
Fears grow for European Schiaparelli Mars lander
There are growing fears a European probe that attempted to land on Mars on Wednesday has been lost. Tracking of the Schiaparelli robot's radio signals was dropped less than a minute before it was expected to touch down on the Red Planet's surface. Satellites at Mars have attempted to shed light on the probe's status, so far without success. One American satellite even called out to Schiaparelli to try to get it to respond. The fear will be th...
Mosul battle: Kurds launch 'large-scale' offensive
Kurdish fighters say they have launched a large-scale operation east and north of Mosul, as an offensive to oust so-called Islamic State (IS) militants from the Iraqi city continues. The Kurds say the operation aims to tighten the noose around the militants' last major stronghold in Iraq. The Iraqi army has been moving from the south, and special forces have now joined the offensive. There are signs that IS leaders have fled Mosul, the US mili...
US presidential debate: Trump won't commit to accept poll result
Republican Donald Trump has refused to commit to accepting the election result if he loses, in the final TV debate against Hillary Clinton. "I will tell you at the time," he told moderator Chris Wallace. For days he has claimed the election is "rigged". The Las Vegas debate continued the campaign's bitter tone, with Mr Trump calling Mrs Clinton a "nasty woman". Polls show Mr Trump is losing in key battleground states after facing a slew o...
Washington does not congratulate Azerbaijan on independence day
Since 1991 the president and the government of the USA have always congratulated Azerbaijani people on the Independence Day. It was so until 2016. For the first time the USA leadership ignored the Azerbaijani holiday.  Azerbaijani government is upset. The USA is silent. Azerbaijani mass media forwards different suppositions. Some think that it is because of Aliyev's recent warm relations with Putin.  
Hair straighteners pose child burn risk
Ten-month-old Joshua is one of hundreds of children admitted to hospital each year after being burned by hair straighteners. He was injured by straighteners that fell off a table and on to his arm. They had just been turned off but were still extremely hot. UK burns units say one in 20 of all admissions for children's burns last year involved hair straighteners. They are warning parents to be extra careful. Figures from the international burn...
Hong Kong Harbour Race: Second swimmer dies after event
A second swimmer has died after taking part in the Hong Kong Harbour Race. An event spokesman said a 59-year-old woman named Cheung died on Wednesday, having been pulled from the water on Sunday and taken to intensive care. A man died during Sunday's event. Both were in the 'leisure' category for slower swimmers. World aquatics governing body Fina announced a review of the race and other open-water events globally following Sunday's death. Th...
US air force base leaks toxic chemicals into sewer system
An air base in the US state of Colorado says it has accidentally released 150,000 gallons of toxic contaminated water into the sewer system of the nearby city of Colorado Springs. Peterson Air Force base said the water contained perfluorinated compounds or PFCs, a component of firefighting foam. It did not say how high the levels of chemicals were. A spokesman said the spillage did not affect the city's drinking water supply but was discharged...
US election 2016: Stop whining, Obama tells Donald Trump
US President Barack Obama has told Donald Trump to "stop whining" as he rejected his claim that next month's White House election will be rigged. He said Mr Trump's attempt to discredit a poll before it has even taken place was "unprecedented" for a US presidential candidate. Also "unprecedented", said Mr Obama, was the Republican candidate's "flattery" of Russia's president. Mr Trump is facing sinking poll numbers and accusations of sexual as...
Micro Bit mini-computer heads overseas
The Micro Bit mini-computer is to be sold across the world and enthusiasts are to be offered blueprints showing how to build their own versions. The announcements were made by a new non-profit foundation that is taking over the educational project, formerly led by the BBC. About one million of the devices were given away free to UK-based schoolchildren earlier this year. The BBC says they encourage children, especially girls, to code However,...
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