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The Orcam device clips on to the wearer’s glasses and is designed to both recognise and speak “text in the wild”, a term used to describe newspaper articles as well as bus numbers, and objects as diverse as landmarks, traffic lights and the faces of friends. Photograph: Orcam via The New York Times

Liat Negrin, an Israeli who has been visually impaired since childhood, walked into a grocery store here recently, picked up a can of vegetables and e(...)

The recent revelations that certain Irish- registered Apple subsidiaries are not paying any tax to any jurisdiction, apparently without breaking any laws in any jurisdiction, must cause at least some chief executives of other Irish-registered multinational subsidiaries to ask why they, too, cannot avail of similar structures.

There is something exquisitely wry about a Republican-dominated US Congress now questioning the global taxation policies of US controlled multinationa(...)

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat  said Israel had “a systematic plan for destroying US secretary of state John Kerry’s efforts to revive Middle East peace talks. Photograph:  Reuters/Muhammad Hamed

Palestinian officials have warned that Israeli plans to build new homes in Jewish neighbourhoods of east Jerusalem could scupper efforts by US secret(...)

Syria has already received the first shipment of an advanced Russian air defence system and will soon get the rest of the S-300 missiles, president Bashar al-Assad was quoted as saying today. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters.

Syria has already received the first shipment of an advanced Russian air defence system and will soon get the rest of the S-300 missiles, president Ba(...)

Mourners carry the body of a 17-year-old boy, in Hermel, Lebanon, on Tuesday. The boy was killed in a rocket attack on the village, which is near the Syrian border. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

The increasingly bitter warfare within Syria is a proxy for regional and international rivalries. Thus far, the EU and its Nato member states have pro(...)

Lebanese Army soldiers patrol near the site of the army checkpoint where three Lebanese soldiers were killed near the town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley. Gunmen killed three Lebanese soldiers at an army checkpoint today before fleeing towards the Syrian border, Lebanese officials said. Photograph: Ahmad Shalha/Reuters

Disputes between Russia and the West over arming warring sides in Syria today dimmed prospects for peace talks that were also clouded by disarray amon(...)

From left: Israeli president Shimon Peres, US secretary of state John Kerry and president Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority during the World Economic Forum at the Dead Sea in Jordan. Photograph: Jim Young/New York Times.

In an effort to revive the moribund peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, US secretary of state John Kerry announced a plan to inve(...)

Hizbullah supporters and relatives of members of the the Islamic Shia movement attend the funeral yesterday of a Hizbullah fighter who died in the Syrian conflict in Ouzai in Beirut. Photograph: Issam Kobeisy/Reuters

Two crude rockets fired from the Lebanese coastal mountain range into a Shia majority neighbourhood in south (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry greets workers as he visits a restaurant in the West Bank city of Ramallah yesterday. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

United States secretary of state John Kerry is pushing ahead with efforts to resume Middle East peace talks despite no signs of a diplomatic br(...)

Christof Heyns, UN special rapporteur on executions, said there is reason to believe states will ‘seek to use lethal autonomous robotics for targeted killing’.

A United Nations human rights investigator has called for all states to declare a moratorium to prevent so-called “killer robots” being deploye(...)

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