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Scientists worry about arms race in artificial intelligence

Scientists and tech gurus warn of arms race in 'killer robots' using artificial intelligence
Danica Kirka, The Associated Press

LONDON - Scientists and tech experts — including professor Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — warned Tuesday of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence.

Sepp Blatter deserves the Nobel Prize, Vladimir Putin says

FIFA President Sepp Blatter deserves the Nobel Prize, Russian President Vladimir Putin says
The Associated Press

MOSCOW - Vladimir Putin and Sepp Blatter just can't stop praising each other.

The Russian president, speaking with Swiss TV on Monday, said the embattled head of FIFA deserves a Nobel Prize for his work.

Two days after Putin and Blatter hosted the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup, Putin said "people like Blatter ... deserve special recognition."

Greece advances in loan talks, under fire for euro exit plan

Greece pushes on with bailout talks as government takes heat over top-secret euro exit plan
The Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece - Greece pushed ahead with talks on a new rescue loan Tuesday, but its government came under increasing pressure over claims it had a top-secret plan to prepare for a euro exit that involved accessing citizens' personal tax data.

Emissaries from Greece's international creditors held a second day of preparatory talks with Greek officials, ahead of higher-level negotiations later this week on the country's new multi-billion euro lifeline.

5 things to consider as Trump dangles 3rd party prospect

5 things to consider as Trump dangles 3rd party prospect while saying he's staying in GOP game
Calvin Woodward And Julie Bykowicz, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - A lot of Republicans would like Donald Trump to go away. But not too far.

The prospect that Trump might eventually leave the primaries and run for president on his own has started to cast a shadow on the race, reviving memories of Ross Perot, Ralph Nader and the chills their third-party campaigns gave to Republicans and Democrats in turn.

British peer quits House of Lords over cocaine-and-sex sting

British peer quits Parliament upper house after tabloid sex-and-cocaine expose
Jill Lawless, The Associated Press

LONDON - A member of the upper chamber of Britain's Parliament quit Tuesday, apologizing for causing "pain and embarrassment" after he was filmed allegedly snorting cocaine during sessions with sex workers.

John Sewel — whose title is Lord Sewel — caved in to pressure, telling parliamentary officials he was "terminating my membership of the House of Lords."

Litvinenko judge slams 'charade' of suspect's testimony bid

Litvinenko judge say poisoning suspect's offer to testify may have been 'charade'
The Associated Press

LONDON - The British judge investigating the radioactive poisoning death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko on Tuesday accused Russian authorities or a key suspect of interfering with his inquiry.

Robert Owen spoke after suspect Dmitry Kovtun failed to give evidence.

Kovtun had offered to testify by video link from Russia, but at the last minute said he was bound by confidentiality obligations to an ongoing Russian inquiry.

Malaysian PM axes deputy, attorney general amid fund scandal

Malaysian PM axes deputy, sacks attorney general in purge of critics amid fund scandal
Eileen Ng, The Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, stung by allegations that he received some $700 million in government money, on Tuesday fired the attorney general who had been investigating him and a deputy who has been among his most prominent critics.

Najib is under increasing pressure over leaked confidential documents that allegedly show the money, from state investment fund 1MDB, went into his personal accounts.

Experts: Report shows Sandra Bland may have used pot in jail

Experts: Sandra Bland's toxicology report raises possibility she used marijuana in jail
Michael Graczyk And Jamie Stengle, The Associated Press

HEMPSTEAD, Texas - An initial toxicology report for Sandra Bland, who died in a Texas jail cell three days after her arrest during a traffic stop, raises the possibility that she may have used marijuana while in custody, two experts said.

Volkswagen sold more vehicles than Toyota in first half

Volkswagen outsells Toyota in first half worldwide, GM reporting results later this week
Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

TOKYO - Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global vehicle sales for January-June, the first time the German automaker has come out top in the intensely competitive tallies.

Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it sold 5.02 million vehicles in the first six months of this year, down 1.5 per cent from the same period the previous year, as sales struggled especially in the languishing Japanese market.

South Korea sees end of MERS threat after outbreak killed 36

South Korea sees end of MERS threat in country after outbreak killed 36, sickened nearly 200
Kim Tong-Hyung, The Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea said Tuesday it is now virtually free of the deadly MERS virus that killed 36 people and sickened nearly 200 since an outbreak was declared in May.

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