European court upholds blasphemy standard

International | The ruling threatens free expression and aligns with laws in Islamic-led countries
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/26/18, 02:09 pm

EUROPE: The European Court of Human Rights upheld lower court decisions that defaming Islam’s Muhammad “could stir up prejudice” and thus exceeds the limits of free expression. The ruling—stemming from a nearly decade-old case in which an Austrian woman was accused of disparaging Muhammad’s marriage to 9-year-old Aisha—in effect sides with blasphemy laws in Islamic-led countries. Download and read the decision and case details.

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Dancing robots

Technology | Sifting through the frenzy and fears about artificial intelligence
by Julie Borg
Posted 10/25/18, 01:54 pm

Boston Dynamics, an American engineering and robotics design company, attracted attention last week for posting a video of its latest robot, an animatronic dog known as SpotMini, busting a move to Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.”

The company’s website boasts that it is “changing your idea of what robots can do.” And that may be the problem, according to those who argue for clear limits to developing artificial intelligence.

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Military show of force

International | Trident Juncture is NATO’s largest post–Cold War exercise
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/24/18, 01:03 pm

NORWAY: The largest military exercise in NATO history gets underway Thursday. Dubbed Trident Juncture, the two-week show of force features all 29 NATO members, plus Finland and Sweden, involving 50,000 troops and 10,000 vehicles. Days ahead of its start, the USS Harry S.

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