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    Syria first lady diagnosed with leukaemia: presidency

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's British-born wife Asma, who recovered from breast cancer in 2019, has been diagnosed with leukaemia, the president's office said on Tuesday."First Lady Asma al-Assad has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia," an aggressive cancer of the white blood cells involved in battling infection, it said in a statement.

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    India inspects spice companies after contamination claims

    India's government spice board has launched factory inspections of two top companies in the wake of foreign bans following accusations some products were tainted with pesticides, media reports said Tuesday.There was no immediate response from the Spices Board, and the media reports did not specify exactly when the factory checks began.

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    New approaches may be needed to regulate AI, says Bank of England policymaker

    LONDON (Reuters) -Artificial intelligence could be fundamentally disruptive but help boost productivity in Britain's economy, posing a challenge to regulators who should be open to new rule-making approaches, a Bank of England (BoE) policymaker said on Tuesday. Britain has so far taken a cautious approach to formulating bespoke rules for AI, unlike the European Union, whose members on Tuesday formally backed landmark new rules that will likely set a benchmark for other countries. BoE Financial

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    Global AI summit in Seoul aims to forge new regulatory agreements

    Global leaders and officials taking part in an AI summit being hosted by South Korea and Britain are expected to strike new agreements focused on how to practically regulate the rapidly evolving technology, government and industry sources said. The artificial intelligence (AI) summit in Seoul this week aims to build on a broad agreement at the first conference held in the United Kingdom six months ago and to better address a wider array of risks. At the November summit, Tesla's Elon Musk and O

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    Europe sets benchmark for rest of the world with landmark AI laws

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) -Europe's landmark rules on artificial intelligence will enter into force next month after EU countries endorsed on Tuesday a political deal reached in December, setting a potential global benchmark on guardrails for a technology used in almost every facet of life and business. The vote by European Union countries came two months after EU lawmakers backed the AI legislation drafted by the European Commission in 2021 after making a number of key changes. "This landmark law, t

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    Fear but no injuries after quake 'swarm' near Naples

    Authorities evacuated 39 families near the Italian city of Naples and schools were closed on Tuesday after a wave of tremors of a strength not seen for decades sparked panic but no injuries.Schools were closed on Tuesday for inspections.