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AlphaGo: Computer defeat ‘painful’ for Chinese Go prodigy

The world’s number one Go player has spoken of his “pain” at losing to a Google-owned computer algorithm that has now defeated several masters in the ancient Chinese board game. Nineteen-year-old prodigy Ke Jie was reduced to tears at the end of the final game in the Chinese city of Wuzhen. The algorithm’s developer says […]

Philippines’ Duterte under fire for second rape joke

Philippines’ Duterte under fire for second rape joke

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The president was speaking to soldiers at a military camp The president of the Philippines has come under fire for joking about rape in a speech to soldiers. While speaking at a military camp after imposing martial law across the south of the country, he said they were allowed to […]

Sri Lanka floods: Nearly 500,000 displaced as death toll rises

Sri Lanka floods: Nearly 500,000 displaced as death toll rises

Media captionThe BBC’s Azzam Ameen joins rescuers in Sri Lanka At least 103 people have been killed and nearly 500,000 displaced in Sri Lanka following flooding and mudslides triggered by monsoon rains, the government says. A further 113 people have been reported missing, a spokesman said. Military boats and helicopters have been sent to help […]

Afghanistan war: At least 13 dead in Khost bombing

Afghanistan war: At least 13 dead in Khost bombing

Image copyright EPA Image caption The latest violence is a challenge for Nato-backed Afghan forces At least 13 people have been killed in a suicide car bombing in the eastern Afghan city of Khost, officials say. At least two children were among the wounded, the information ministry said. The attacker targeted police vehicles in the […]

Kashmir conflict: Top militant Sabzar Bhat killed, police say

Kashmir conflict: Top militant Sabzar Bhat killed, police say

Image caption Sabzar Bhat is reported to have been killed after police raided his hideout A leading commander with the banned Hizbul Mujahideen militant group in Indian-administered Kashmir has been shot dead along with other suspected militants, the security forces say. They say that Sabzar Bhat was killed when police raided a hideout. His death […]

Sri Lanka floods: Scores die as monsoon triggers mudslides

Sri Lanka floods: Scores die as monsoon triggers mudslides

Media captionRescuers dig for Sri Lanka mudslide victims Flooding and mudslides triggered by monsoon rains have left at least 91 people dead and more than 100 missing in Sri Lanka, officials say. About 20,000 have been forced from their homes in the south and west of the country, rescue agencies said. Military boats and helicopters […]

Philippines violence: IS-linked fighters ‘among militants in Marawi’

Philippines violence: IS-linked fighters ‘among militants in Marawi’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Martial law was imposed in Mindanao as a response to the violence in Marawi Foreign fighters believed to be linked to so-called Islamic State are among militants killed in a southern Philippine city, officials say. The military has been conducting air strikes in Marawi, on Mindanao island, after it was […]

Marawi: Foreign fighters ‘among militants in Philippine city’

Marawi: Foreign fighters ‘among militants in Philippine city’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Martial law was imposed in Mindanao as a response to the violence in Marawi Foreign fighters are among Islamist militants killed in a southern Philippine city in recent days, officials say. Six jihadists, including Indonesian and Malaysian citizens, were killed as the army continued its operation to drive the rebels […]

Taliban kill 15 at Afghan army base in Kandahar

Taliban kill 15 at Afghan army base in Kandahar

At least 15 Afghan soldiers have been killed in an attack by the Taliban on a military base in Kandahar province. Five others were injured in the assault on the facility in Shah Wali Kot district, defence ministry spokesman Dawlat Wazir told the BBC. It comes four days after 10 Afghan soldiers were killed when […]

Marawi fighting: Foreign fighters ‘among militants’ in Philippine city

Marawi fighting: Foreign fighters ‘among militants’ in Philippine city

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Marawi has seen intense fighting over the past days Foreign fighters are among Islamist militants killed in a southern Philippine city over the past days, officials say. Six jihadists, including Indonesian and Malaysian citizens, were killed as the army continued its operation to drive the rebels out of the […]