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Julian Assange dragged from Ecuadorian embassy

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Mr Assange took refuge in the embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped. The Met Police said he was arrested for failing to surrender to the court. Source link

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Police find 54 dogs locked in cages at Morecambe home

Image copyright Lancashire Police Image caption The dogs were found stacked in cages at the home Fifty-four dogs have been rescued after being found stacked in cages in a house during a raid by police and RSPCA inspectors. The home in Morecambe, Lancashire, was searched on Tuesday after the RSPCA received tip-offs from the community, […]


US lawmakers to probe algorithm bias

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some tech firms are already being challenged about biases in their code Computer algorithms must show they are free of race, gender and other biases before they are deployed, US politicians have proposed. Lawmakers have drafted a bill that would require tech firms to test prototype algorithms for bias. […]


Smart speaker recordings reviewed by humans

Image copyright Getty Images Amazon, Apple and Google all employ staff who listen to customer voice recordings from their smart speakers and voice assistant apps. News site Bloomberg highlighted the topic after speaking to Amazon staff who “reviewed” Alexa recordings. All three companies say voice recordings are occasionally reviewed by humans to improve speech recognition. […]


Spring brings no respite for NHS in England

Image copyright Getty Images The start of spring has brought little respite for the NHS in England, with A&E departments still struggling. One in seven patients spent longer than the four-hour waiting target figure in A&E in March – only marginally better than the situation seen during winter. It comes amid mounting concern about the […]


Web therapy ‘calmed my irritable bowels’

Image copyright Getty Images Bespoke web or phone-based psychological therapy should be offered to people with severe irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), researchers say. Their work, published in the journal Gut, shows cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) could reduce symptoms – even when not delivered face-to-face. England’s health watchdog already recommends face-to-face CBT for people who have […]

UK News

BBC’s Jackie Bird leaves Reporting Scotland

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe audience did not know it, but here is Jackie Bird delivering her final headlines and goodbye on her last Reporting Scotland Jackie Bird, the BBC’s face of news in Scotland for the past three decades, has left Reporting Scotland. She has been the main face of […]