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NATO Leaders Worried About China-Russia Relationship

During a summit in Washington, NATO leaders expressed "profound concern" over China's increasing cooperation with Russia, accusing Beijing of playing a significant role in supporting Moscow's assault on Ukraine. The leaders highlighted China's extensive support for Russia's defense industry and labeled the partnership between the two countries as a crucial factor in enabling Russia's actions in Ukraine. The declaration from the summit emphasized the detrimental impact of China's collaboration with Russia on the ongoing conflict, pointing to the so-called 'no limits' partnership between the two nations. The statement underscores the growing unease among NATO members regarding the evolving relationship between China and Russia and its implications for global security. sources

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Jul 11 2024, 2 am

AI boosts storytelling creativity, decreases diversity: research

A recent study published in the journal Science Advances has found that stories created with the assistance of ChatGPT, a generative artificial intelligence tool, are more creative and engaging with increased plot twists compared to those written without AI help. However, researchers noted a reduction in diversity among stories generated with AI, potentially leading to a loss of "collective novelty." The study involved 300 participants tasked with writing short stories for young adults, with those using AI assistance showing increased novelty and usefulness in their work. While the AI helped less creative writers improve their stories significantly, it also led to a decrease in uniqueness among the stories produced. The findings suggest that while AI can enhance individual creativity, there is a risk of homogenization if widely adopted in the publishing industry. sources

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Jul 15 2024, 5 pm

England, Wales see highest population increase since 1948

The population of England and Wales saw a significant increase of 610,000 to 60.9 million in mid-2023, the largest annual rise in 75 years, attributed to record immigration. The Office for National Statistics reported that while 'natural' population growth, the difference between births and deaths, was at its lowest since 1978, net international migration rose to 622,000. The population of the entire United Kingdom was 67.6 million in mid-2022, with a decrease in economic output per head by 0.7% in 2023. Net migration to the UK reached a record 764,000 in 2022, dropping to 685,000 in 2023, but still significantly higher than pre-Brexit levels. Changes in visa regulations post-Brexit have led to a decrease in EU migrants but an increase in immigration from countries like India, Nigeria, and Pakistan, particularly in the health and social care sectors. sources

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Jul 15 2024, 6 pm

New PM Oli Aims to Strengthen Nepal-India Relations

Nepal's newly appointed Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli expressed his commitment to enhancing relations with India, following his fourth term appointment. Responding to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's congratulatory message, Oli thanked Modi and pledged to collaborate closely to strengthen bilateral ties for mutual benefit. The 72-year-old leader, who heads the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), took office after his predecessor lost a vote of confidence. Modi also expressed eagerness to work with Oli to bolster the friendship between the two nations. Oli's appointment signifies a new chapter in Nepal-India relations, with both leaders aiming to elevate the historic ties to new heights. sources

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Jul 15 2024, 6 pm

Zelensky confident in working together, not worried about Trump

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed confidence in working with a potential second term for Donald Trump, despite concerns over the US administration's stance towards Ukraine's conflict with Russia. Zelensky stated that he was not worried about another Trump presidency and believed they could collaborate effectively. The Republican Party candidate has hinted at a swift resolution to the conflict if elected, raising fears in Kyiv about negotiations with Moscow from a weakened position. Zelensky highlighted that he had received assurances of support from Republican governors during a recent trip to the US, emphasizing that the majority of the party backs Ukraine. Trump's previous comments about settling the Ukraine conflict before taking office in 2025 have added to the uncertainty surrounding US-Ukraine relations. sources

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Jul 15 2024, 6 pm

Zelensky Urges Russia to Attend Second Ukraine Summit

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for Russian representatives to attend a second summit aimed at securing lasting peace with Russia, following over two years of conflict. Zelensky's statement comes after a high-level summit in Switzerland last month, which Russia was not invited to. Zelensky emphasized the importance of Russian involvement in the peace process during a press conference in Kyiv, where he outlined plans for a follow-up summit. In preparation for the summit, separate meetings on energy security in Qatar and food security in Turkey are set to take place. The initial summit in Switzerland saw leaders from over 90 countries gather to address the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, with the Kremlin labeling any discussions excluding Russia as "absurd." sources

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Jul 15 2024, 6 pm

Wiz Khalifa charged for cannabis possession in Romania

US rapper Wiz Khalifa has been charged with illegal drug possession in Romania after being caught consuming cannabis on stage at the "Beach, Please!" festival in Costinesti. Possession of cannabis in Romania can lead to up to ten years in prison, and Khalifa was found with over 18 grams of the drug. The rapper was taken in for questioning but was not kept in custody. Khalifa expressed regret for his actions, stating that he did not mean any disrespect to Romania and that he will return without a joint next time. This incident comes amidst a trend of celebrities endorsing legal cannabis companies in the US, with Khalifa known for often mentioning marijuana in his lyrics. Meanwhile, fellow rapper Nicki Minaj recently cancelled her appearance at a festival in Bucharest due to safety concerns related to protests in Romania. sources

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Jul 15 2024, 4 pm

Expert explains impact of assassination bid on Trump and Biden

The attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump has been described as a potential boost for his image by US political scientist Ian Bremmer. Bremmer explained that the iconic image of Trump standing up immediately after being shot, with blood on his face and a raised fist, will likely increase support for the Republican leader, potentially aiding his chances in the upcoming election. On the other hand, Bremmer noted that the incident may make it less likely for US President Joe Biden to step down, as pressure within the Democratic party has lessened. The political scientist also warned of the potential for increased violence and social instability in the US, particularly amidst a highly polarized political climate. The US's image in the world, particularly among allies and adversaries, has also been called into question following the incident. sources

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Jul 15 2024, 4 pm

Father, daughter die in US park from dehydration

A father and daughter tragically died at Utah's Canyonlands National Park after becoming lost and running out of water in extreme 100-degree Fahrenheit (37.7 degrees Celsius) heat. The pair, aged 52 and 23, were hiking in scorching temperatures when they succumbed to the dangerous conditions. Despite efforts from National Park Service rangers to locate them after a distress call, they were found deceased. This incident adds to a series of fatalities in National Parks this summer, including hikers in Arizona's Grand Canyon and a motorcyclist in California. Experts warn of a deadly heat wave sweeping across the US, driven by a high-pressure system known as a "heat dome," affecting millions of people and prompting advisories to stay hydrated and avoid prolonged exposure to the extreme heat. sources

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Jul 15 2024, 4 pm

Trump supporters spot shooter on roof, alert officer

The US Secret Service is facing criticism after a 20-year-old lone shooter attempted to assassinate former President Donald Trump at a rally in Pennsylvania. Witnesses claim they had alerted officials to the shooter's presence on a rooftop near the stage, but no action was taken. A video shared by a "citizen journalist" shows the shooter climbing onto the roof and positioning himself just 400 feet away from Trump. The failure of the Secret Service to neutralize the threat despite prior warnings has raised serious concerns about security measures at the event. Social media users have expressed disbelief at the lack of response, with one comparing the situation to "Walmart security" and another questioning how a random individual could access a prime spot for an assassination attempt. sources

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Jul 15 2024, 5 pm

UK police charge man with murder after bodies found

A 34-year-old man, Yostin Andres Mosquera, has been charged with murder by UK police after the bodies of two men, Albert Alfonso and Paul Longworth, were found in suitcases on Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. The victims, who had been in a relationship and lived together in west London, were discovered to have been killed by the suspect who had been staying with them. Despite the initial investigation not indicating a homophobic motive, the case has been classified as a hate crime. Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Andy Valentine expressed condolences to the victims' loved ones and assured that no other suspects are being sought in connection with the killings. The Clifton Suspension Bridge, a historic landmark in Bristol, has become the center of a tragic and deeply concerning crime that has shocked the local community and the wider LGBTQ+ community in London. sources

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Jul 15 2024, 3 pm

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