How the UK’s Rwanda plan mirrors immigration policies in Australia, Israel and Denmark | World News

Asylum seekers collect drinking water as they endure freezing conditions. Pic: AP

­­­The government’s plan to send asylum seekers illegally entering the UK to Rwanda has outraged many, from politicians and charities to the Church of England. The UK government has defended the policy, with Ms Patel stating in the Commons the current dispersal system in the UK is “unfair” and overwhelmed, with local authorities sharing the … Read more

Chilean workers ‘beg God for water’ as reservoir turns to desert amid record drought | Climate News

A general view of the almost-dry Penuelas lake in Valparaiso, Chile April 19, 2022. The Penuelas reservoir was until twenty years ago the main source of water for the city of Valparaiso, holding enough water for 38,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado SEARCH "DROUGHT PENUELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Chilean workers are becoming desperate as a record drought, driven by warmer temperatures, has sapped almost all the water from an enormous reservoir. The Penuelas reservoir in central Chile was 20 years ago the main source of water for the city of Valparaiso, storing enough water for 38,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. Amid a historic 13-year … Read more

‘President Macron will be choking on his croissants’ as UK beats France for tech investment | Science & Tech News

French President Emmanuel Macron

Tech companies in the UK received more venture capital investment in the first five months of this year than rivals in France, Germany, and China, according to government figures. “President Macron will be choking on his croissants this morning,” joked Chris Philp, the minister for the digital economy, as he announced the figures at the … Read more

Squid Game season two is on the way – and we’ll meet Young-hee’s boyfriend | Ents & Arts News

The tense psychological thriller sees friendships and rivalries form. Pic: Netflix/Youngkyu Park

Squid Game – the dystopian drama and global megahit – is to return for a second season, Netflix has confirmed. The series became the streaming giant’s most-watched show when it was launched last September with more than 100 million viewers in the first month. The show tells the story of cash-strapped contestants who play childhood … Read more

US gun control: Senators forge reform deal that President Joe Biden says is step in right direction | World News

A demonstrator holds a placard while taking part in the March for Our Lives

A potential breakthrough that could lead to the first significant new US gun law in decades has been announced by a bipartisan group of senators. The framework for a firearms safety bill is a response to last month’s mass shootings but the proposal falls far short of tougher steps long sought by President Joe Biden … Read more

Google engineer put on leave after claiming chatbot can express thoughts and feelings | Science & Tech News

A woman passes the logo from the web search engine provider Google during the digital society festival 're:publica', at the Arena Berlin in Berlin, Germany June 9, 2022. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

A Google engineer has been put on leave after claiming that a computer chatbot he was working on had developed the ability to express thoughts and feelings. Blake Lemoine, 41, said the company’s LaMDA (language model for dialogue applications) chatbot had engaged him in conversations about rights and personhood. He told the Washington Post: “If … Read more