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Microsoft says sorry for chatbot's offensive tweets

Microsoft is "deeply sorry" for the racist and sexist Twitter messages generated by the so-called chatbot it launched this week, a company official wrote on Friday, after the artificial intelligence program went on an embarrassing tira

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Thousands flee as Syrian army set for big Aleppo offensive

Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled an intensifying Russian assault around Aleppo and aid workers said they feared the major city could soon fall under a full government siege. Iran reported one of its generals had been killed

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Yemen attacks to continue till targets achieved: Saudi king

Saudi King Salman said on Saturday the country's military campaign in Yemen against Houthi fighters would continue until its targets are achieved. Yemen's Houthi rebels made broad gains in the country's south and east on Fri

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Iraqi Tikrit offensive on hold for second day

Iraqi forces and mainly Shi'ite militia battling to wrest full control of the city of Tikrit from Islamic State militants paused their offensive for a second day on Saturday as they awaited reinforcements. A source in the loca

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Iraqi troops launch offensive to retake Tikrit from rebels

Iraqi government forces backed by helicopter gunships began an offensive on Saturday to retake the northern city of Tikrit from Sunni Islamist militants while party leaders pursued talks that could end Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's divisi

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Benghazi hit by new fighting, families flee

A renegade Libyan general launched an offensive on Sunday against Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi, prompting dozens of families to flee the port in the latest bout of turmoil to hit the North African oil-producing nation.

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Pakistani army launches offensive near Afghan border

Residents of Pakistan's ethnic Pashtun region of North Waziristan accused government troops on Monday of killing dozens of civilians during a military operation against Taliban insurgents. The operation started just after a De

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In rural Homs, Sunni Syrians fear army offensive

The dark, murky waters of Houla Lake erupt daily when struck by the bombs of Syrian fighter jets and shells fired from the surrounding hills.   Besieged by the forces of President Bashar Al-Assad for more than a

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GCC urges UN meeting to prevent Homs massacre

Gulf states called on the UN Security Council on Monday to meet urgently to prevent a massacre in Homs, as pro-government forces in Syria try to wrest the city from rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad. Assad's

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Israel ready to widen Gaza offensive: Netanyahu

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday Israel was prepared to widen its Gaza offensive significantly. He gave no specifics and made no mention of the possibility of a ground off

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