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New Mexico State whips Grand Canyon in WAC Tournament final

New Mexico State whips Grand Canyon in WAC Tournament final

New Mexico State guard Trevelin Queen (20) and forward Mohamed Thiam (23) celebrate the team‘s 89-57 win over Grand Canyon in an NCAA college basketball game for the Western Athletic Conference men‘s tournament championship Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Steve Marcus)New Mexico State players celebrate after defeating […]

Can you murder a robot?

Can you murder a robot?

Back in 2015, a hitchhiker was murdered on the streets of Philadelphia. It was no ordinary crime. The hitchhiker in question was a little robot called Hitchbot. The “death” raised an interesting question about human-robot relationship – not so much whether we can trust robots but whether the robots can […]

Like a dog with a bone: The Bolivian helping strays

Like a dog with a bone: The Bolivian helping strays

Every day, just before dawn, Fernando Kushner climbs into his worn minibus and heads out into the streets of La Paz to feed this Bolivian city‘s stray dogs. Four years ago, when he was a high-flying businessman, Ferchy, as his friends call him, used to think little of arriving home […]

Justice remains elusive for victims of war crimes in Syria

Justice remains elusive for victims of war crimes in Syria

The ruins of the Al-Quds hospital in Eastern Aleppo had that special smell you can find in places where disasters have happened. It was a mixture of charred, wet wood, of rot and rubble and concrete dust. The corridors were cold. It was January 2017 and outside winter was in […]

Mopping up Dieselgate: The boss transforming Volkswagen

Mopping up Dieselgate: The boss transforming Volkswagen

Hiltrud Werner knows how to handle rooms full of men. As the lone woman on Volkswagen‘s management board, she is a rarity in the upper echelons of German industry. Yet her ascent was not the result of an effort to blend in. Ms Werner‘s first appearance in front of an […]

Viral cat videos and the man who watches thousands of them

Viral cat videos and the man who watches thousands of them

More than a decade since cats first conquered the internet, feline stars are now drawing audiences to the big screen. Why are we so obsessed? One man has the answer. I sit with almost 800 other people in a packed, historic movie theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The room is lined […]

The Gypsy mayor who wants Gypsies to mix with everyone else

The Gypsy mayor who wants Gypsies to mix with everyone else

France has about half a million Gypsies but only one Gypsy mayor – and curiously, he is more popular with non-gypsy constituents than with his own people. Chris Bockman found out why. The view is amazing: the imposing and well-preserved medieval towers of the citadel town of Carcassonne, set against […]

Chinese uni trades canteen discount for workout

Chinese uni trades canteen discount for workout

Zhejiang Gongshang University has launched the project “trade walk for money” with the idea that the more steps students clock, the bigger discount they get, reports . By reaching 10,000 steps on a given day, students can enjoy 15% off their meals, while racking up 40,000 steps could earn them […]

Cyclone Idai: Many dead in Zimbabwe and Mozambique

A tropical storm has swept away bridges and homes in eastern Zimbabwe, killing at least 24 people, officials say. Cyclone Idai cut off power and communications in parts of Manicaland province on the border with Mozambique. Some 40 people are missing. People fled from their homes to the slopes of […]

Anti-corruption candidate Zuzana Caputova leads Slovak poll

Anti-corruption candidate Zuzana Caputova leads Slovak poll

Lawyer and anti-corruption campaigner Zuzana Caputova has easily won the first round of Slovakia‘s presidential election. She has just over 40% with Maros Sefcovic of the ruling Smer-SD party her nearest rival on less than 19%. Ms Caputova came to prominence during mass protests sparked by the murder of a […]