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EU to debate legal status of robots

EU to debate legal status of robots

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The robot revolution is set to touch every aspect of society, says the EU report MEPs have called for the adoption of comprehensive rules for how humans will interact with artificial intelligence and robots. The report makes it clear that it believes the world is on the cusp of a […]

Cyprus talks to take international turn amid hope for deal

Cyprus talks to take international turn amid hope for deal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The aim is to create a federal Cyprus International diplomats are set to join the rival leaders of ethnically split Cyprus for talks that the UN says are the best chance to reunify the island after four decades of division. UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and his Greek and Turkish […]

Migrant crisis: Germany sees massive drop in asylum seekers

Migrant crisis: Germany sees massive drop in asylum seekers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Although the number of arrivals was down in 2016, the number of applications actually rose Germany says 280,000 asylum seekers arrived there in 2016, a drop of more than 600,000 on the previous year. The German interior minister said that the decrease was due to the closure in 2016 […]

Soaring childlessness among southern European women – report

Soaring childlessness among southern European women – report

Image copyright AFP Image caption The report says that most of the economic and cultural trends of the last half-century appear to have steered women and men away from having children Women in Europe are having fewer children, particularly in southern Europe, a French report has found. Up to a quarter of women born in […]

Ukraine power cut ‘was cyber-attack’

Ukraine power cut ‘was cyber-attack’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ukraine’s energy grid has been attacked twice by hackers A power cut that hit part of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, in December has been judged a cyber-attack by researchers investigating the incident. The blackout lasted just over an hour and started just before midnight on 17 December. The cyber-security company […]

Kardashian West chauffeur freed in €9m Paris robbery inquiry

Kardashian West chauffeur freed in €9m Paris robbery inquiry

Image copyright Startraks Photo/REX/Shutterstock Image caption Kim Kardashian West flew home to be with her husband Kanye West immediately after the robbery Three people have been released without charge by French police investigating a Paris jewellery robbery that targeted TV reality star Kim Kardashian West. They include her chauffeur in Paris, Michael Madar. The three […]

Norway starts turning off its FM analogue radio signal

Media captionChief executive of Digital Radio UK tells the Today programme that digital-only is the future of radio Norway is the first country in the world to start switching off its analogue radio signals. The Nordic nation will start turning off the FM signal at 11:11 local time (10:11 GMT) on Wednesday, in favour of […]

Kardashian West chauffeur freed in Paris robbery inquiry

Kardashian West chauffeur freed in Paris robbery inquiry

Image copyright Startraks Photo/REX/Shutterstock Image caption Kim Kardashian West flew home to be with her husband Kanye West immediately after the robbery Three people have been released without charge by French police investigating a Paris jewellery robbery that targeted TV reality star Kim Kardashian West. They include her chauffeur in Paris, Michael Madar. The three […]

Swiss Muslim girls must learn to swim with boys, court rules

Swiss Muslim girls must learn to swim with boys, court rules

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The court ruled Switzerland was justified in enforcing the “full school curriculum” Switzerland has won a case at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) obliging Muslim parents to send their children to mixed swimming lessons. It said authorities were justified in giving precedence to enforcing “the full school […]

Andrei Lugovoi slams US blacklist of Russians as ‘spite’

Andrei Lugovoi slams US blacklist of Russians as ‘spite’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Lugovoi accused US President Barack Obama of a final act of spite in the dying days of his administration One of five prominent Russians blacklisted by the US has slammed it as a last act of “spite” before Barack Obama cedes power to Donald Trump. Lawmaker Andrei Lugovoi, one […]