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Judge halts development at the River Club in Cape Town

The Liesbeek Leisure Property Trust has been interdicted from carrying out further construction of a development at the River Club in Cape Town pending meaningful engagement with all affected people. Construction is already under way at the R4.5bn site where online retail giant Amazon was earmarked to be the anchor[…]

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Researchers criticise AI software that predicts emotions

A prominent group of researchers alarmed by the harmful social effects of artificial intelligence called for a ban on automated analysis of facial expressions in hiring and other major decisions. The AI Now Institute at New York University said action against such software-driven “affect recognition” was its top priority because[…]

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro sends army to fight Amazon fires

Following a global chorus of concern and condemnation, Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has pledged to mobilise the army to help combat fires that have been ravaging large parts of the Amazon rainforest, while his administration launched a diplomatic charm offensive to try to mend bridges overseas. The fires in[…]

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10 dead in Colombian plane crash

The bodies of 10 people killed aboard a Colombian plane that crashed in the Amazon jungle were recovered Sunday, officials said. A Colombian Air Force helicopter took the bodies to the town of Araracuara, where the aircraft had taken off the day before for Florence, capital of the southwestern department[…]

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