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Human-sounding Google Assistant sparks ethics questions


Google vice president of engineering Yossi Matias told CNET that the software will likely tell the person on the phone that they're talking to a virtual assistant - though that didn't happen in the conversations showcased on Tuesday. "We really want to work hard to get this right", CEO Sundar Pichai said. Other changes are more immediate. San Francisco: A day after Google announced the addition of six new voices to its Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered Assistant, users in the United ... Read More »

Malaysia Election: Mahathir's rival questions his right to be sworn in


Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today it was "bullshit" that the Attorney-General claimed to be advising the government as the government is now non-existent. He vowed to cancel an unpopular goods and service tax imposed since 2015 and criticized a recently introduced "fake news" law. Global ratings agency Moody's said some of his campaign promises, including scrapping GST and a reintroduction of fuel subsidies, could be credit-negative for Malaysia's sovereign debt ... Read More »

Duterte appoints Puyat as new Tourism chief


She first taught in the University of the Philippines School of Economics for nine years before serving as the DA's undersecretary for administration, agribusiness and marketing, and regional engagement in 2017. "There has to be a balance of promoting and sustaining [the environment]", she said. The tourism portfolio has been offered to Puyat, daughter of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, following the resignation of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, according to Special ... Read More »

5.5-magnitude quake hits Pakistan's capital Islamabad


The US Geological Survey said the temblor was centred just across the border, in a remote part of Tajikistan. Its depth was recorded at 10 kilometers. A strong 6.2-magnitude quake rocked northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, creating tremors felt as far away as Pakistan's capital Islamabad and Tajikistan's Dushanbe. Read More »

Italian-Pakistani woman strangled to death, confirms autopsy


It is to be mentioned here that police launched an investigation into the death of Sana Cheema - of Pakistani origin and believed to have been in her mid-twenties - after allegations she had been murdered went viral online. This ultimately led to a confrontation with a nearby family who spurned the offer of a match, according to the woman's family. Members of the Pakistani community in Brescia, Italy, had held a demonstration, demanding to know the truth about her death. Read More »

Lieberman: Israel hit 'nearly all Iran infrastructure in Syria'


A UK-based war monitor confirmed that dozens of rockets were fired from Syria on the Israeli-occupied Golan overnight, but did not specify who fired them or what they targeted . He added that "ground assets were also used to strike into Syria". "Israel has been involved in the targeting of Iranian surrogates and/or weapon supply routes from Iran for some time". Read More »

Hawaii volcano could have explosive eruption


Geological Survey says. On Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed a small explosion had occurred after a rock fell into the Halema'uma'u lava lake in the crater of the erupting Kilauea volcano . At least 15 volcanic fissures have opened up in and around the Leilani Estates, the newest crack opening this afternoon. Officers found a number of people still at their residences but there were no sign of holdouts later, said Talmadge Magno, administrator for Hawaii ... Read More »

'Azadi' isn't possible, it won't happen: Army Chief to Kashmir youth


There are fresh recruitments happening. Talking on interruptions amid activities by security powers, General Rawat said individuals ought to inquire as to whether they need no one to be murdered. It won't happen", the Army Chief said. Instead, General Rawat said that the people are "inciting security forces by pelting stones at them to disrupt the operations...they are inciting security forces to become more aggressive". Read More »

PM Modi To Address National Executives Of BJP Wings On May 17


Modi alleged that the Congress election manifesto was full of so many grammatical errors in every sentence and page that it had actually amounted to insulting Kannada language. "I mean... the Congress, if it's the biggest party, yes", he said in reply to a question at an interaction with eminent citizens here. "Make it a clean sweep for the BJP and send this Chief Minister home as he only goes around giving clean chits", Modi told the crowd. Read More »

Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj reaches Myanmar on two-day visit


Sheikh Ateeq, a student based in the Philippines, had reached out to Swaraj with a passport issue via Twitter. According to reports, the user tweeted, "I am from J&K doing medicine course here in Philippines my passport got damaged I applied for new one 1 month ago I request u pls help me to get it as i literally need to go home for medical checkup". Read More »

Meghan Markle's wax figure at Madame Tussauds has been unveiled


Prince Harry's past waxwork was made for his 30th birthday in 2014. Madame Tussauds London's sister attraction in NY also plans to unveil its own Meghan Markle figure on Wednesday. With the royal wedding date fast approaching, Meghan Markle is the name on everyone's lips. The wax statues of the duo will be placed for a bachelor and bachelorette themed event a day before the couple's wedding , reports Huffpost. Read More »

China agrees to grant Japan 200b yuan RQFII quota


Disputes over the two countries' sensitive wartime history has impacted trade in recent years. And when they did, they did not include the "complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement" terminology that Tokyo wanted. Tadamori Oshima, speaker of the House of Representatives, highly evaluated the outcome of Wednesday's meeting between Li and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Read More »

Terry Rozier and Drew Bledsoe finally met before Game 5 in Boston


The Celtics tweeted a photo of Drew Bledsoe and Rozier hanging out before Wednesday's Game 5 in Boston. Their beef only grew from there and Drew began to take interest as it did. "Boston is a pretty unique sports town". "Thankfully they didn't all throw their Drew Bledsoe jerseys out; kept them in the back of their closets so they could find them". Read More »

Australia not to host Bangladesh later this year


They have reasoned that the free-to-air broadcasters have not shown interest in televising the series in the middle of a football season. All the matches of the series will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehdarun and the games will take place under lights starting from 8.30 pm Bangladesh time. Read More »

SpaceX launches Bangabandhu-1, Bangladesh's first satellite on 10 May


The launch window opens at 4:12 p.m. EDT and runs until 6:22 p.m. EDT (2222 GMT). As of Wednesday, the 45th Weather Squadron said the probability for good launch weather Thursday at the Cape as 80 percent. Boeing also holds a NASA crew contract. The rocket, whenever it launches, is meant to carry a communication satellite for Bangladesh called the Bangabandhu 1 , from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center . Read More »

South Korea, GM agree to inject $4.35 billion to Korean unit


This comes after GM agreed to maintain its operations in South Korea for at least another decade in return for financial aid from the South Korean government. However, the automaker slashed headcount at the Singapore office a year ago as part of a restructuring to focus on fewer, more profitable markets like China and the United States. Read More »

Iranian forces fire on Israeli positions in Golan: Israeli army

Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a video interview with the Walla news site: "We will maintain total freedom of action". Israel "views this Iranian attack very severely", Conricus told reporters. Hours later, Israeli rocket rockets targeted a military base in Kisweh, a commander in the pro-Syrian government regional alliance said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the missiles targeted depots and rocket launchers that likely belonged to Iran's elite ... Read More »

4 tips to help families - and moms - have the flawless Mother's Day


But honestly, the most priceless gift that you can give the woman who has devoted so much of her life to raising and nurturing her children doesn't cost a penny: it's just leaving her the hell alone. Mother's Day is this Sunday, and if you're planning to give your mom something special this year, you may want to pay special attention to her reaction when she opens her gift. Read More »

Michelle Wolf seems unfazed by fallout from White House Correspondents dinner


Of course, the jokes about Sanders ("She burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a ideal smoky eye") especially hit a nerve with some people, and Wolf was well-aware of the backlash. Asked about a picture of Wolf surrounded by her writers afer leaving the stage, Meyers asked what the people around her, some with their fists in the air, were chanting. Read More »

Putin and Netanyahu talk as tensions flare over Syria strikes


On Tuesday night the military instructed local governments to open bomb shelters to residents of the Golan Heights following the identification of "abnormal movements of Iranian forces in Syria ". "We're facing a new reality". Iranian leaders have often called for the destruction of Israel, and Netanyahu sees Tehran's nuclear program as a threat to the Jewish state's existence. Read More »

Pyongyang sends jailed Americans home in 'breakthrough'


Last week, Trump announced that the time and place for his meeting with the North Korean leader had been decided and would soon be made public. Mike Pompeo is finalising details of the US/North Korea summit and pressing for the release of three American prisoners. Read More »

Boy Scouts to allow girls in some programs


This program is for children ages eleven through seventeen. On another wall is a landscape painting, also done by Girl Scout members. The Cub Scouts program, for children ages 5-10, will not undergo a name change. Surbaugh said that having separate units for boys and girls should alleviate concerns that girls joining the BSA for the first time might be at a disadvantage in seeking leadership opportunities. Read More »

Magnitude 4.5 Earthquake Hits Southern California

Four smaller quakes were recorded near the initial epicenter, with the latest being a 2.6 preliminary magnitude quake at 9:04 p.m. Two earthquakes measuring 4.5 and 3.2 magnitude rumbled through the Palm Springs area early Monday, rattling nerves but not causing any damage, officials said. Read More »

Scott Pruitt's new EPA deputy could surpass boss in scrapping protections


The emails, many of which are communications with Pruitt's schedulers, show an agency that divides people into "friendly and "unfriendly" camps and that, on one occasion - involving a secret visit to a Toyota plant past year - became so focused on not disclosing information that even Pruitt's corporate hosts expressed confusion about the trip". Read More »

North Korea's Kim says Trump meeting will be positive


Singapore was the likely site, late this month or in early June, for Trump's most ambitious foreign policy effort yet. Who are the freed Americans? Secretary of state Mike Pompeo is on his way back from North Korea with the three detainees that "seem to be in good health", the U.S. Read More »

Ramaphosa unhappy with Trump's decision to pull out of Iran nuclear deal


This was stated by Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, reports the with reference to the Expert. Russian diplomats did not see reason for rupture. With Europe remaining a party to the JCPOA, European companies doing business with Iran , Irish ones included, could end up facing US sanctions. The Croatian ministry said: "Along with key security aspects of the global non-proliferation architecture and of regional and European security and stability, the JCPOA has opened up ... Read More »

Visclosky blasts Trump decision to abandon Iran nuclear agreement

India today reacted cautiously to US President Donald Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal, saying all the parties involved should engage constructively to resolve issues. It also reiterated its strong support for the Iran Nuclear Agreement and pointed out that this had "limited Iran's nuclear programme so that the latter could not produce a bomb, in return for the lifting of most of the USA and global sanctions against it". Read More »

USGS: Potential for Explosive Volcanic Eruption Rises on Hawaii's Big Island


Some residents worry the lava could ignite the flammable gas and cause a major explosion. Gov. David Ige has issued a supplemental emergency proclamation for the 2018 Kilauea eruption that, among other emergency management functions, establishes lines of authority that will enable a more comprehensive response to changing and unpredictable risks posed by the current eruption. Read More »

Google Assistant's New Voices Are Now Live


As ever, Google isn't limiting its service to just one set of users: Businesses can benefit from Duplex by allowing customers to book through Google Assistant , while customers can call businesses to inquire about information or an appointment. Read More »

Syria shoots down dozens of Israeli missiles

As previously reported , around midnight in many Israeli settlements located on the Golan heights , a siren sounded warning of a possible rocket or mortar attack. Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal has added to tensions and led to a new level of uncertainty over how Iran will respond. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Moscow on May 9 to meet with President Vladimir Putin and discuss military coordination in Syria. Read More »

Kejriwal's nephew arrested in PWD fake bills scam case


Vinay Bansal is the son of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's late brother-in-law, Surender Bansal. According to the party, Mr. Vinay Bansal was a dormant partner in the company which is being investigated by the ACB. The AAP has called the arrest as vendetta politics. "After having failed to find anything against Arvind Kejriwal, his MLAs and his ministers, Modi govt stoops low to target Kejriwal's relatives". Read More »