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Jeffrey Epstein told a journalist he funded Sophia the robot, who he claimed would have 'more empathy than a woman'

Jeffrey Epstein told a journalist he funded Sophia the robot, who he claimed would have 'more empathy than a woman'Sophia the robot garnered media attention for her quotable moments and diverse facial expressions. Jeffrey Epstein told a journalist he funded her.



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Jeffrey Epstein told a journalist he funded Sophia the robot, who he claimed would have 'more empathy than a woman'

Jeffrey Epstein told a journalist he funded Sophia the robot, who he claimed would have 'more empathy than a woman'Sophia the robot garnered media attention for her quotable moments and diverse facial expressions. Jeffrey Epstein told a journalist he funded her.



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Brazil rejects G7 aid for Amazon fires, saying funds 'more relevant to reforest Europe'

Brazil rejects G7 aid for Amazon fires, saying funds 'more relevant to reforest Europe'Brazil on Monday rejected aid from G7 countries to fight wildfires in the Amazon, with a top official telling French President Emmanuel Macron to take care of "his home and his colonies." Nearly 80,000 forest fires have broken out in Brazil since the beginning of the year – just over half of them in the massive Amazon basin that regulates part of Earth's carbon cycle and climate. G7 countries made the $ 22 million aid offer to fight the blazes at the Biarritz summit hosted by Mr Macron, who insisted they should be discussed as a top priority. "We appreciate (the offer), but maybe those resources are more relevant to reforest Europe," Onyx Lorenzoni, chief of staff to Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian president, told the G1 news website. "Macron cannot even avoid a foreseeable fire in a church that is a world heritage site," he added, referring to the fire in April that devastated the Notre-Dame cathedral. "What does he intend to teach our country?"   The presidency later confirmed the comments to AFP. Brazilian environment Minister Ricardo Salles had earlier told reporters they had welcomed the G7 funding to fight the fires that have swept across 950,000 hectares (2.3 million acres) and prompted the deployment of the army. But after a meeting between Mr Bolsonaro and his ministers, the Brazilian government changed course. The Amazon is ablaze in Brazil "Brazil is a democratic, free nation that never had colonialist and imperialist practices, as perhaps is the objective of the Frenchman Macron," Mr Lorenzoni said. Although about 60 per cent of the Amazon is in Brazil, the vast forest also spreads over parts of eight other countries or territories, including the French overseas territory of Guiana on the continent's northeast coast. Hundreds of new fires have flared up in the Brazilian part of the forest, data showed Monday, even as military aircraft dumped water over hard-hit areas. Race to save the rainforest | Mass deforestation in the Amazon Smoke choked Porto Velho city and forced the closure of the airport for nearly two hours as fires raged in the northwestern state of Rondonia where firefighting efforts are concentrated. Mr Bolsonaro – a climate-change sceptic – has faced criticism over his delayed response to the fires at home and thousands have taken to the streets in Brazil in recent days to denounce the destruction.



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Biden says Trump strategy makes Iran conflict 'more likely'

Biden says Trump strategy makes Iran conflict 'more likely'President Donald Trump’s strategy on Iran, including abandoning a nuclear pact, is a “self-inflicted disaster” that could push the United States towards war with a major adversary, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden warned Thursday. Hours after Iran shot down a US spy drone, sending tensions soaring, the former vice president said Trump was failing to prevent the Islamic republic from obtaining a nuclear weapon and to secure energy supplies through the Strait of Hormuz. “President Trump’s Iran strategy is a self-inflicted disaster,” Biden, who leads in polling for his party’s 2020 nomination, said in a statement.



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Jared Kushner: Russia investigations 'more harmful' than 'a couple of Facebook ads'

Jared Kushner: Russia investigations 'more harmful' than 'a couple of Facebook ads'President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner believes the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election have had “a much harsher impact on our democracy” than the interference itself.



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'More shots fired' Listen to dispatch audio of chaos during Santa Fe shooting

'More shots fired' Listen to dispatch audio of chaos during Santa Fe shootingListen as authorities responded to the first calls of the shooting inside Santa Fe High School.



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Damascus warns Israel of 'more surprises' in Syria

Damascus warns Israel of 'more surprises' in SyriaDAMASCUS/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will face “more surprises” should it again attack Syrian territory, Damascus said on Tuesday, after Syria’s air defenses shot down an advanced Israeli warplane during the fiercest flare-up between the old foes in 36 years. The F-16 jet was hit over northern Israel on Saturday as it returned from a raid on a Syrian position blamed for launching an Iranian-made drone across the border. Iran is supporting President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s near seven-year civil war.



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Norfolk Southern pushing for 'more stable' rail service in 2018: CEO

Norfolk Southern pushing for 'more stable' rail service in 2018: CEONorfolk Southern Corp is working toward a “more stable, resilient” network for 2018 following service issues in recent months, the No. 4 U.S. railroad’s top executive said on Thursday. Norfolk’s rail network, which spans 22 states across the eastern United States, grappled with a storm in the Southeast earlier this month and struggled with other service issues such as periodic crew shortages in 2017.



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Merkel vows 'more decisive action than ever' on climate

Merkel vows 'more decisive action than ever' on climateGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday pledged “more decisive action than ever” to protect the climate after the US pullout from the landmark Paris accord. “We in Germany, in Europe and the world will band together to take more decisive action than ever to confront and successfully surmount major challenges to humanity such as climate change,” she told reporters. In a strongly worded statement, Merkel said US President Donald Trump’s announcement to turn his back on the Paris pact was “highly regrettable, to put it very mildly”.



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Taliban kill 'more than 50' Afghan troops in army base attack

Taliban kill 'more than 50' Afghan troops in army base attackMazar-i-Sharif (Afghanistan) (AFP) – Taliban militants wearing Afghan army uniforms killed at least 50 soldiers in a gun and suicide attack at a base in northern Afghanistan, the US military said, as the extremists ramp up their campaign against beleaguered government forces. Two of the attackers blew themselves up and seven were killed in the assault near Mazar-i-Sharif city on Friday which lasted several hours and targeted soldiers at a mosque and dining facility, the Afghan defence ministry said. A US military spokesman said “more than 50″ Afghan soldiers were killed in the attack claimed by the Taliban, while Afghan officials put the death toll at eight with 11 wounded.



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