Jan. 7, 2020

REUTERS

The White House on Tuesday proposed regulatory principles to govern the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) aimed at limiting authorities' "overreach", and said it wants European officials to likewise avoid aggressive approaches.

Vladimir Putin met Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Tuesday, the Russian leader's second trip to Syria since Moscow intervened decisively on the Syrian president's behalf in a civil war.

Germany is moving some of its military personnel from Iraq to neighboring countries over security concerns, days after the killing of a top Iranian military commander in a U.S. drone strike.

Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard on Tuesday following a series of earthquakes including one of magnitude 6.4 that struck the Caribbean island, El Nuevo Dia newspaper reported.

At least 50 people were killed in a stampede as mourners packed streets for the funeral of a slain Iranian military commander in his hometown on Tuesday, forcing his burial to be postponed.

The Philippines is preparing to evacuate thousands of Filipinos working in the Middle East as regional tensions rise following the killing of a top Iranian commander by the United States.

Australian firefighters used a break from searing temperatures to strengthen containment lines around huge wildfires as the financial and environmental costs of the crisis mounted.

Facebook said it will remove deepfakes and other manipulated videos from its platform if they have been edited, but not content that is parody or satire, in a move aimed at curbing misinformation ahead of the U.S. presidential election.

Luxury carmaker Rolls-Royce said on Tuesday it recorded a 25% jump in sales in 2019, underpinned by solid demand for its first-ever SUV, Cullinan, just a year after the launch.

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The Pentagon distanced itself from President Donald Trump's assertions that he would bomb Iranian cultural sites despite international prohibitions on such attacks.

Passengers trying to fly between the UK and India were delayed for 36 hours, with the airline blaming "airspace restrictions" along the flight route before it ultimately plotted a route that avoided Iraq's airspace and flew further from Iran.

Mexicans seeking asylum in the United States could be sent to Guatemala under a bilateral agreement signed by the Central American nation last year.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi appeared at Coptic Christmas Eve Mass on Monday and praised the links between the country's Christian and Muslim faithful, saying they have prevented the country from descending into sectarian strife like its neighbors.

"Climate change is increasing bushfire risk in Australia by lengthening the fire season, decreasing precipitation and increasing temperature," according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

Civil rights groups and lawmakers demanded information from federal officials Monday following reports that dozens of Iranian-Americans were held up and questioned at the border as they returned to the United States from Canada over the weekend.

The Pentagon's top two officials distanced themselves Monday from an American general in the Middle East whose letter to Iraq's government announced the U.S. "will be repositioning forces" in response to its demand that the U.S. leave the country.

Police in Uganda on Monday fired tear gas to disperse supporters of pop star and presidential hopeful Bobi Wine when he tried to hold a rally, underscoring the hurdles he faces in seeking to unseat President Yoweri Museveni.

The Chinese military's new S-400 surface-to-air missile system can hit targets more than 150 miles away, if the reported result of the type's first-ever test in Chinese service is accurate. The Taiwan Strait is just 140 miles across at its widest point, meaning that, in theory, Chinese S-400s could target Taiwanese warplanes shortly after they take off.

Finland's prime minister, 34-year-old Sanna Marin, scanned international news headlines this week, she may have been surprised to learn that she was being credited for looking into the feasibility of a four-day work week.

The idea of drastically shorter working hours was briefly touched on by Finland's prime minister, 34-year-old Sanna Marin, in August, months before she was made Finnish prime minister in December. But the government now wants to make clear that a four-day week isn't on the agenda and "there hasn't been any recent activity" on the topic.

Iran and Iranian-backed militias throughout the region have promised revenge for the attack on one of Iran's most senior military figures. In response, the Pentagon is flowing ground, air, and sea forces into the area, including Army Rangers and Super Hornet strike fighters.

BBC

The Swedish furniture giant Ikea has agreed to pay $46m to the parents of a child, 2, who was killed when a chest of drawers fell on him.

Almost 2,000 houses have been destroyed in Australia's months-long bushfire crisis, as crews prepare frantically for worsening conditions.

More than 60,000 people have disappeared in Mexico since the start of the country's war on drugs in 2006, according to authorities.

WND

Hundreds of Twitter users posted messages and memes insinuating that the draft, or selective service, will be put into place within the next few months. They also suggested that college-age students would be prioritized for service.

A mysterious repeating radio signal from space revealed last year is now the fifth fast radio burst to be tracked back to its source galaxy. It's a location unlike any of the others, and astronomers are having to rethink their previous assumptions about how these signals are generated.

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