Google achieves AI ‘breakthrough’ at Go

Media captionGoogle’s DeepMind division has achieved a landmark in AI A Google artificial intelligence program has beaten the European champion of the board game Go. The Chinese game is viewed as a much tougher challenge than chess for computers because there are many more ways a Go match can play out. The tech company’s DeepMind

Zika vaccine ‘could be 10 years away’

Media captionThe BBC’s James Cook goes inside the high-security lab trying to find a cure American scientists studying the Zika virus have warned that it could be a decade before a vaccine is publicly available. The virus is linked to shrunken brains in unborn children, leading to severe brain damage or death. It has spread

Syrian opposition demands answers before joining talks

BEIRUT/GENEVA/PARIS Syrian peace talks were clouded by uncertainty on Wednesday as the Saudi-backed Syrian opposition demanded a response to its demands from the United Nations and a powerful Kurdish group said its exclusion meant the negotiations would fail. The Syrian government has already agreed to join the talks that U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura hopes

Germany tells Russia: don’t meddle in sex crime probe

BERLIN Germany warned Russia on Wednesday not to make propaganda out of the alleged rape of a German-Russian girl here after Moscow’s foreign minister accused Berlin authorities of “sweeping problems under the rug”. The Berlin prosecutor’s office is investigating the case of 13-year-old Lisa F., who has told police she was kidnapped about two weeks

Apple fixes Safari crash search bug

Image copyright Apple Image caption The Safari fault appears to be affecting a range of Apple’s devices Apple believes it has fixed a problem that caused its Safari web browser to crash when users carried out a search via its address bar. The problem appears to have begun earlier in the day. Users had complained

Five Nights at Freddy’s game pulled

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Five Nights at Freddy’s was withdrawn from the Steam gaming platform The developer of the horror video game series Five Nights at Freddy’s (FNaF) has withdrawn the latest instalment, citing poor reviews. Scott Cawthon said he had arranged for anyone who bought the game on the Steam platform to

At least 12 killed in suicide blasts in north Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria At least 12 people were killed on Wednesday when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a market in the northern Nigerian town of Chibok where Boko Haram militants abducted more than 200 girls almost two years ago, police and residents said. Boko Haram has been waging a six-year armed campaign in