Surveillance with a smile: Biometrics firms seek to incentivize facial recognition

Operating on the gradual model of Google and Facebook, biometrics companies are plotting a slow rollout of facial recognition technology, barbed with incentives to hook customers and distract them from the demise of privacy. Arenas, airports and stores are already adopting facial recognition software to identify criminals, from shoplifters to potential terrorists – so marketing […]

US senators seek to stop weapons sales to Saudi Arabia over Yemen war, Khashoggi murder

A newly proposed bill in the US Senate would suspend the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and block refueling of Saudi warplanes bombing Yemen, as punishment for the death of a Washington Post columnist. A group of senators on the Foreign Relations Committee, led by Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) […]

Merkel will not seek new term as chancellor & CDU chair as party faces support slump

Angela Merkel has said she will not seek re-election as Germany’s chancellor as well as CDU’s party chair. The decision comes after a debacle for her party in the local elections in the federal state of Hesse. On Sunday, Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) received 28 percent of the votes. Although that was more support […]

Farmers in Asia's Golden Triangle Seek a Coffee High

On a misty, cold day in Laos’ highlands, former opium farmer Bounsee Lorleuxai sips a three-in-one instant coffee. For years, that was the best he could do if he wanted the drink. Now he’s planning to switch to growing coffee himself, and the days of the three-in-one are numbered. “One day I hope to test […]

Russia v Spain: Raucous home support seek Euro 2008 semi-final revenge at Luzhniki

World Cup hosts Russia gear up to meet Spain in Moscow on Sunday with their raucous home support at the magnificent Luzhniki Stadium focused on revenge for defeat in the Euro 2008 semi-final. Spain defeated Russia 3-0 in that match, eventually going on to win the tournament in Switzerland, beginning one of the most famous […]

Russia doesn’t seek to divide EU, our biggest trade partner – Putin to Austrian TV

Moscow wants the EU to forget the claim that it’s trying to fracture European politics, Vladimir Putin told Austrian TV, ahead of his Vienna visit. Russia keeps a large chunk of reserves in euro and wants a prosperous EU, he said. President Putin ridiculed the idea of Moscow allegedly supporting forces that strive to dismantle […]