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Automatic chess-playing machines were crude and plodding, and easily beaten. Now they are unbeatable, even by a grand master thanks to clever algorithms. File photograph: Alan Betson

The impact of computing on society is ever increasing. Web-based commerce continues to grow and artificial intelligence now pervades our lives. To mak(...)

A busy Euston train station in London as morning train commuters face disruption after the extreme heat caused chaos on the rail network. Photograph:   Georgina Stubbs/PA Wire

Rail and air passengers are being urged to avoid unnecessary travel in the UK as efforts continue to repair damage to the rail network caused by recor(...)

A boy jumps from a diving platform into the lake Ammersee in Utting, southern Germany. Photograph:  Sven Hoppe/dpa/AFP

High temperatures broke records all over Europe on Thursday as the continent endured its second extreme heatwave in a month. Belgium, France, Germany(...)

 The US government has imposed sanctions on three top Hizbullah leaders over reported connection with Iran’s revolutionary guards. Photograph: EPA/Nabil Mounzer

US sanctions imposed on Iran are targeting Syrians and Lebanese as well as Iranians, while Iraqis struggle under US political pressure. Washington’s g(...)

Kurdish security members stand guard near a restaurant where a Turkish consulate employee was killed, in Erbil, Iraq. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

At least two people including a Turkish diplomat were shot dead on Wednesday in a rare attack in the capital of Iraq’s northern Kurdish region, local (...)

Women and children who had fled Islamic State’s last areas of control at a camp in Kurdish-controlled northern Syria. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/New York Times

Thousands of men, women and children charged with terrorism are being detained in overcrowded and degraded conditions amounting to ill-treatment in Ir(...)

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at a meeting with Iranian judiciary officials in Tehran, Iran, on Wednesday. Photograph: Iran government handout/EPA

The latest round of US sanctions on senior Iranian figures could finish off the remote possibility of talks between Tehran and Washington. Experts a(...)

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Irish oil and gas exploration company Petrel Resources has issued its preliminary results for the year ended December 31st 2018, providing an update o(...)

Anwar Gargash, the United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs, has called on the UN Security Council to help hold accountable the perpetrators of an attack on four oil tankers off the coast of the  UAE last month. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Attacks on four oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates last month were “most likely” perpetrated by a “state actor”, the United Nations(...)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures from  a prison van  in London. A UN rights expert says  were he to be extradited to the US  Mr Assange “would be exposed to a politicised show trial and grave violations of his human rights”. Photograph:  Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has suffered psychological torture from a defamation campaign, and should not be extradited to the US where he would (...)

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