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A Russian T-14 Armata main battle tank.  “Military advisers tell me it looks at least 10 years ahead of any other tank on the planet. It can be remote controlled at the moment, but they’re rushing to make  it fully autonomous so it can go out on its own.” Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is not looking to prevent the rise of Robocop. It has no plans to crush the (convincing yet CGI) robot from Bosstow(...)

‘Some critics of religion such as Dawkins (pictured) and Dennett do indeed point out, convincingly to me, that scientific explanations of the universe are reliable while religious ones are not.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The relationship between science and religion has never been easy but it became much more difficult in Europe after Galileo discovered in 1610 strong (...)

  Ursula von der Leyen needs 375 votes for a majority in parliament, but is widely expected to get that. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Just to get the important local news out of the way first. Asked for the first time about Brexit and the backstop, European Commission president-in-w(...)

Turkish ship Yavuz anchored off Cyprus’s east coast in preparation for drilling. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Turkey has rejected European Union charges that its oil and gas drilling in Cypriot waters are violations of international law and accused Brussels of(...)

The UK’s  ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch: It is unclear precisely what Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to be the next prime minister, will do. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Britain and the US have been plunged into a full-scale diplomatic dispute, centred on Kim Darroch, the UK ambassador to Washington. On Tuesday, Donal(...)

Vladimir Putin makes comments on Russia’s bilateral relations with Georgia as he attends a summit in Yekaterinburg on Tuesday. Photograph:  Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin has opposed calls for tougher economic sanctions on Georgia, after deputies backed such a move in response to a Georg(...)

Recent Tbilisi protests: Protesters rallied there again  over the weekend to demand the resignation of interior minister Giorgi Gakharia, who they blame for alleged police violence during the June 20th clashes. Photograph:  Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

Georgia’s president has urged tourists to come to her country, and visitors will soon receive bottles of wine upon arrival in the Black Sea state, as (...)

Venezuela’s opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaidó addresses an Independence Day rally in Caracas on Friday. Photograph:  Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet presented a damning report on atrocities carried out by the Venezuelan government, as thousands marched throug(...)

A woman  at the detention centre for mainly African migrants that was hit by an air strike in the Tajoura suburb of the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Photograph: Reuters/Ismail Zitouny

Libya has not, for some time, been a place of safety. Yet for the EU, unwilling to welcome those fleeing Africa, there has been only one option for de(...)

 Navy sailors  attend a memorial service at Kronshtadt Navy Cathedral for 14 sailors who died in the Barents Sea in Kronshtadt, outside St Petersburg. Photograph: Anatoly Maltsev/EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin disclosed on Thursday for the first time that a secret military submarine hit by a fatal fire three days ago was nuc(...)

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