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China’s class action: Beijing bans teachers from using harsh physical and mental punishments to discipline schoolchildren - rt

China’s class action: Beijing bans teachers from using harsh physical and mental punishments to discipline schoolchildren

China’s 15 million schoolteachers are no longer allowed to physically or verbally abuse children in their classes and are prohibited from using any punishment that might inflict pain or trauma.
rt - 50 minutes ago
Sacha Baron Cohen Thanks Giuliani in Golden Globes Speech: ‘Who Could Get More Laughs After One Unzipping?’ - vice

Sacha Baron Cohen Thanks Giuliani in Golden Globes Speech: ‘Who Could Get More Laughs After One Unzipping?’

Actor and producer Sacha Baron Cohen joked that his multiple Golden Globes for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” were all thanks to a certain attorney for former President Donald Trump. 
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Covid-19 cases rise globally for 1st time in 7 weeks, amid variant spread and easing of health measures – WHO chief - rt

Covid-19 cases rise globally for 1st time in 7 weeks, amid variant spread and easing of health measures – WHO chief

The number of new Covid-19 infections across the world has increased for the first time in seven weeks, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus revealed on Monday.
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Spain begins to ease Covid lockdown, but says border with Portugal will be sealed for at least 2 more weeks - rt

Spain begins to ease Covid lockdown, but says border with Portugal will be sealed for at least 2 more weeks

The Spanish border with Portugal will remain largely closed until at least March 16, Madrid confirmed on Monday, even as it began to ease some regional restrictions implemented to slow the spread of Covid-19.
rt - 2 hours ago
Two Ukrainian diplomats ARRESTED at border in Poland-bound minibus allegedly packed with cigarettes and gold (PHOTOS) - rt

Two Ukrainian diplomats ARRESTED at border in Poland-bound minibus allegedly packed with cigarettes and gold (PHOTOS)

A pair of Ukrainian diplomats have been recalled after being arrested for trying to smuggle 16kg of gold, thousands of packets of cigarettes and tens of thousands of dollars into neighboring Poland, officials said.
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Amman condemns Israeli authorities after orthodox Jews break into Al-Aqsa Mosque during Jewish festival - rt

Amman condemns Israeli authorities after orthodox Jews break into Al-Aqsa Mosque during Jewish festival

The Jordanian foreign ministry has blasted Israeli authorities after police failed to stop a group of orthodox Jews bursting into the Al-Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites, in Jerusalem on Sunday.
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Quarantine hotel in Toronto accused of running out of FOOD & WATER as guests let loose on staff (VIDEOS) - rt

Quarantine hotel in Toronto accused of running out of FOOD & WATER as guests let loose on staff (VIDEOS)

Quarantined Canadians formed an angry mob in the lobby of a Toronto quarantine hotel after it allegedly ran out of food and bottled water leaving guests waiting hours to be fed.
rt - 3 hours ago
Finland declares STATE OF EMERGENCY over Covid-19 cases surge - rt

Finland declares STATE OF EMERGENCY over Covid-19 cases surge

Helsinki has declared a state of emergency on Monday in a bid to stem the rapid spread of coronavirus. The measure would allow it to impose a lockdown and potentially “restrict the fundamental rights of citizens.”
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Scientists discover THOUSANDS of previously unknown virus species in the human gut - rt

Scientists discover THOUSANDS of previously unknown virus species in the human gut

A new database project has identified and classified some 140,000 viral species found in the human gut, more than 50 percent of which were previously unknown to science.
rt - 3 hours ago
Trump Used His CPAC Speech to Call Out 17 of His Haters by Name - vice

Trump Used His CPAC Speech to Call Out 17 of His Haters by Name

The former president used his largest platform since leaving office to settle some scores.
vice - 3 hours ago
Virus reduces fitness of former Covid-19 patients aged 45 to level of 80-year-olds, Israeli researchers discover - rt

Virus reduces fitness of former Covid-19 patients aged 45 to level of 80-year-olds, Israeli researchers discover

One of Israel’s top medical centers has published a worrying study about the long-term effects of the coronavirus, revealing that 45-year-old former patients performed during physical tests as if they were aged 80.
rt - 4 hours ago
Mother ‘murdered her son, 6, then dumped his corpse in a river and claimed he’d wandered off’ - metro

Mother ‘murdered her son, 6, then dumped his corpse in a river and claimed he’d wandered off’

Brittany Gosney is said to have killed son James Hutchinson before telling police the youngster had wandered off in his Batman pajamas
metro - 4 hours ago
Canberra should reflect on reasons for poor relations with China, says Beijing, as Chinese investment in Australia falls by 60% - rt

Canberra should reflect on reasons for poor relations with China, says Beijing, as Chinese investment in Australia falls by 60%

Beijing has urged Canberra to take a look at the reasons behind worsening relations between the two nations and called on Australia to abide by the free-market conditions and trade rules it has always advertised.
rt - 4 hours ago
Prague deploys troops on Czech streets to enforce severe new Covid rules amid record infection rate, spike in hospitalizations - rt

Prague deploys troops on Czech streets to enforce severe new Covid rules amid record infection rate, spike in hospitalizations

Some 30,000 police and soldiers have been deployed across the Czech Republic and at 500 security checkpoints set up in a bid to enforce toughened coronavirus rules, as the country battles the world’s worst infection rate.
rt - 4 hours ago
Republicans Went Full QAnon at CPAC - vice

Republicans Went Full QAnon at CPAC

Speakers included QAnon supporters, as well as the man at the center of the conspiracy theory, Donald Trump.
vice - 4 hours ago
Macron says France’s Covid curfew in place for another ‘4 to 6 weeks’ as contagious UK variant accounts for more half of all cases - rt

Macron says France’s Covid curfew in place for another ‘4 to 6 weeks’ as contagious UK variant accounts for more half of all cases

French President Emmanuel Macron has called on the nation to “hold out” for at least another month before the country can think about easing Covid-induced restrictions and the current 6pm curfew.
rt - 5 hours ago
Deep ‘psychological pain’: Japan urges China to stop subjecting its citizens to Covid-19 ANAL SWABS - rt

Deep ‘psychological pain’: Japan urges China to stop subjecting its citizens to Covid-19 ANAL SWABS

Tokyo has requested Beijing stop subjecting Japanese nationals in China to anal swab testing for Covid-19, urging it use alternative methods instead. The procedure is said to inflict “great psychological pain” on test subjects.
rt - 5 hours ago
‘Being Muslim raises fundamental problems with living a Danish life’: Political party wants would-be citizens’ religion on record - rt

‘Being Muslim raises fundamental problems with living a Danish life’: Political party wants would-be citizens’ religion on record

The Danish People's Party has renewed calls for the religion of would-be citizens to be recorded on a publicly visible register, while also proposing a ban on granting citizenship to applicants married to foreign nationals.
rt - 5 hours ago
Myanmar’s ousted leader Suu Kyi is seen for first time in weeks & now faces new charges, as anti-coup protests rage on - rt

Myanmar’s ousted leader Suu Kyi is seen for first time in weeks & now faces new charges, as anti-coup protests rage on

A Myanmar court has slapped the country’s ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi with additional charges, as mass-protests against the military coup that toppled her refuse to die down, even after a deadly weekend.
rt - 7 hours ago
Japanese PM apologizes after spokesperson quits over expensive dinner scandal that breached ethics law - rt

Japanese PM apologizes after spokesperson quits over expensive dinner scandal that breached ethics law

Japanese leader Yoshihide Suga has apologized after his spokeswoman, Makiko Yamada, resigned for “breaching the ethics law” by attending expensive dinners hosted by the prime minister’s TV executive son, Seigo Suga.
rt - 7 hours ago
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The NYPD Sent a Creepy Robotic Dog Into a Bronx Apartment Building

The NYPD Sent a Creepy Robotic Dog Into a Bronx Apartment Building

vice - 5 days ago

The largest police department in the country deployed its new K-9 companion into a Bronx apartment building while responding to a home invasion early Tuesday morning.

But this particular K-9 wasn’t as cute, cuddly or even furry like its mammalian colleagues. Instead, this good boy features four metal and rubber legs, a face only perhaps only a Cylon could love, and all the grace of a murderous time-traveling cyborg

Meet “Digidog,” the New York City Police Department’s first robotic “dog.” The department’s new canine toy comes courtesy of Boston Dynamics, the folks who brought you all of those cool (albeit slightly concerning) videos of robots opening doors and doing backflips. Digidog can navigate up stairs, run up to three-and-a-half miles per hour and even talk. Soon, it will be able to open doors on its own.

Footage of Digidog was caught on camera by video news wire service FreedomNews TV and uploaded to YouTube Tuesday morning

“The device, which is currently in the test phase, is a robot that weighs 70lbs and is able to use artificial intelligence to navigate its environment,” NYPD spokesperson Sergeant Jessica McRorie told VICE News in an email.

“There are cameras and lights mounted on the device which allow the NYPD to view its surroundings in real-time. Additionally, the device is capable of two-way communication.”

On Tuesday, the department brought Digidog out to the public while responding to reports of a Bronx home invasion, according to police.

“The device was deployed today to the inside of an apartment located within the confines of the 47th Precinct as part of an ongoing investigation,” McRorie continued. “It was determined there were not any individuals inside of the location.”

Even if the police robo-dog didn’t find what it was looking for, its street debut made quite an impression on Bronxites lucky enough to walk past the police scene Tuesday morning. 

Passersby can be seen looking on in astonishment and filming with their cellphones.

“That thing is creepy,” one person can be heard saying in the video clip. “How can I get one of those?”

(You can technically purchase one from Boston Dynamics, though it’ll set you back almost $75,000).

Tuesday wasn’t the first time the NYPD brought Digidog out to play. The robot has been used in multiple high-risk police encounters, including in Brooklyn last October, when a suspected gunman barricaded himself in a home. The robot was also used last December when two armed gunmen held five people hostage in a Queens home. Police used Digidog to contact the hostages.

“People wanted food so we strapped food onto it and sent it into the location,” NYPD Technical Assistance Response Unit Inspector Frank Digiacomo told ABC-7 Eyewitness News in December.

Police told the local news station at the time that an attachable arm for Digidog would be available in 2021, allowing it to open doors and move objects when needed.

The New York Police Department isn’t the only American police force to put Boston Dynamic’s groundbreaking technology to use. In 2019, the Massachusetts State Police tested the use of their own Digidog, named Spot. The department said it was interested in its ability to go into dangerous locations and provide officers with images of suspicious devices or armed suspects, according to WBUR.

A long way from Officer McGruff, indeed.

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