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Alibaba launches low-cost voice assistant amid AI drive

China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd launched on Wednesday a cut-price voice assistant speaker, similar to Amazon.com Inc’s “Echo”, its first foray into artificially intelligent home devices. The “Tmall Genie”, named after the company’s e-commerce platform Tmall, costs 499 yuan ($73.42), significantly less than western counterparts by Amazon and Alphabet Inc’s …

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In Afghanistan, U.S. senators call for coherent policy from Trump

(This story corrects the number of U.S. and other foreign troops in Afghanistan, paragraphs 15, 16.) A bipartisan delegation of U.S. senators visiting Afghanistan on Tuesday called for a new strategy from the Trump administration to turn the tide against an increasingly strong Taliban insurgency and end the longest war …

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North Korea says its ICBM can carry nuclear warhead; U.S. calls for global action

North Korea said on Wednesday its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) can carry a large nuclear warhead, triggering a call by Washington for global action to hold it accountable for pursuing nuclear weapons. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Defense Department said it had concluded that North Korea test-launched an …

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Trump lawyer says president not informed he is under investigation

One of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyers said in television interviews on Sunday that the president was not under investigation for obstruction of justice, but when pressed on the assertion, said he was not certain. “The fact of the matter is the president has not been and is not under …

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Google tightens measures to remove extremist content on YouTube

Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google will implement more measures to identify and remove terrorist or violent extremist content on its video sharing platform YouTube, the company said in a blog post on Sunday. Google said it would take a tougher position on videos containing supremacist or inflammatory religious content by issuing …

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Several injured when vehicle rams people leaving London mosque: witnesses

Several people were injured in north London early on Monday when a van rammed into worshippers leaving a mosque, witnesses said, in what British police described as a “major incident”. The Muslim Council of Britain said the vehicle hit people as they were leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque, one of …

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