GENE EDITING ETHICS

4th December 2018 . by incontext_adm

04 DECEMBER 2018 (SOURCE: GUARDIAN) –  The World Health Organization is creating a panel to study the implications of gene editing after a Chinese scientist controversially claimed to have created the world’s first genetically edited babies. “It cannot just be done without clear guidelines,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the UN health agency, said in Geneva….

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G20 AND WTC REFORM

3rd December 2018 . by incontext_adm

03 DECEMBER 2018 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Many delegates from the world’s 20 largest economies arrived at a summit in Argentina this week determined to clinch an agreement to reform the global trade system, pushed to a breaking point by tensions between the United States and China. To do so, they had to bow to U.S. and…

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G20 AND THE CHINA-US TRADE WAR

30th November 2018 . by incontext_adm

30 NOVEMBER 2018 (SOURCE: BBC) – The stakes are high at this week’s G20 summit, where President Trump is due to meet China’s President Xi Jinping. Hopes that the meeting could open the way for a deal over trade between the two countries have been undermined by recent threats by the US president. Only days before…

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PAKISTAN SEEKS NEW FRIENDSHIP WITH INDIA

29th November 2018 . by incontext_adm

29 NOVEMBER 2018 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday his government and the military want to mend ties with arch-foe India, in the latest bid to improve relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday his government and the military want to mend ties with arch-foe…

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CHINESE AID NOT TIED TO “ANY CONDITIONS”

28th November 2018 . by incontext_adm

28 NOVEMBER 2018 (SOURCE: BBC) – Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has said he prefers Chinese to Western aid as it comes with fewer conditions. Mr Maugufuli has been under intense pressure from Western nations over his controversial policies. On 15 November, Denmark said it had suspended $9.8m (£7.5m) in aid because of “unacceptable homophobic comments” by…

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UKRAINE PRESIDENT DECREES MARTIAL LAW

27th November 2018 . by incontext_adm

27 NOVEMBER 2017 (SOURCE: USN) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on Monday to introduce martial law for 60 days, a statement on his website said, though it needs parliamentary approval to come into force. The decision came a day after Russia fired at and captured three Ukrainian vessels, triggering a sharp escalation…

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RUSSIA-UKRAINE NAVAL CLASH COULD RISK WIDER CONFLICT

26th November 2018 . by incontext_adm

26 NOVEMBER 2018 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships off the coast of Russia-annexed Crimea on Sunday after opening fire on them and wounding several sailors, a move that risks igniting a dangerous new crisis between the two countries. Russia’s FSB security service said early on Monday its border patrol boats had seized…

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CHINA BLACKLISTS MILLIONS WITH INTRODUCTION OF NEW “SOCIAL CREDIT” SYSTEM

23rd November 2018 . by incontext_adm

23 NOVEMBER 2018 (SOURCE: INDEPENDENT) – Millions of Chinese nationals have been blocked from booking flights or trains as Beijing seeks to implement its controversial “social credit” system, which allows the government to closely monitor and judge each of its 1.3 billion citizens based on their behaviour and activity. The system, to be rolled out by 2020, aims to…

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SUPER COMPUTER TO CALCULATE POST-NUCLEAR ATTACK WORLD

22nd November 2018 . by incontext_adm

22 NOVEMBER 2018 (SOURCE:MB) –  The world’s second-most powerful supercomputer will soon begin operations for the US National Security Administration. Livermore’s Sierra supercomputer comprises over 190,000 processing cores and is capable of a peak performance of 125,626 TFLOP/s. The device also includes a total of 17,280 Nvidia Volta GPUs, with four GPUs per compute node. The United…

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SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 50 IN AFGHAN CAPITAL

21st November 2018 . by incontext_adm

21 NOVEMBER 2018 (SOURCE: AP) – A suicide bomber targeted a gathering of hundreds of Islamic scholars in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people as Muslims marked the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Another 83 people were wounded in the attack, with 20 of them in critical condition and the toll likely…

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