2…………> Massive Train Crash: Pakistan
A collision involving two passenger trains in southern Pakistan has killed at least 40 people and injured dozens.
A train travelling in Sindh province derailed and landed on another track, officials said. A second train packed with passengers then collided with it and overturned.
Rescue teams took the injured to nearby hospitals and it is thought that several are in a critical condition.
Pakistan has seen a string of deadly train accidents over the past years.
Between 2013 and 2019, 150 people died in such incidents, according to local media reports.
The accident in Ghotki district happened early on Monday when the Millat Express coming from Karachi derailed, falling on to another track. It is not clear what caused the derailment.
The Sir Syed Express coming from Rawalpindi collided with it and overturned.
3…………> AI Arms Race: In Full Power
An AI arms race is already underway. That’s the blunt warning from Germany’s foreign minister, Heiko Maas.
“We’re right in the middle of it. That’s the reality we have to deal with,” Maas told DW, speaking in a new DW documentary, “Future Wars — and How to Prevent Them.”
It’s a reality at the heart of the struggle for supremacy between the world’s greatest powers.
“This is a race that cuts across the military and the civilian fields,” said Amandeep Singh Gill, former chair of the United Nations group of governmental experts on lethal autonomous weapons. “This is a multi-trillion dollar question.”
This is apparent in a recent report from the United States’ National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. It speaks of a “new warfighting paradigm” pitting “algorithms against algorithms,” and urges massive investments “to continuously out-innovate potential adversaries.”
“And you can see it in China’s latest five-year plan, which places AI at the center of a relentless ramp-up in research and development, while the People’s Liberation Army girds for a future of what it calls “intelligencer” warfare.”
As Russian President Vladimir Putin put it as early as 2017, “whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.”
4…………> Burkina-Faso Violence: Civilians Attacked
At least 160 civilians, including volunteer anti-terrorism fighters, were killed in northern Burkina Faso in the deadliest Islamist attack in the country since 2015, plunging the country once more into mourning. Burkina Faso is paying a high price for its role in the war on jihadism. Twin attacks in the West African country’s volatile northern region on Friday, launched within the space of a few hours, killed at least 160 people, including some 120 children.
The government has declared three days of national mourning following the deadliest Islamist attack since the insurgency began in 2015.
5…………> Multi-State Human Trafficking’s: US
SWEETWATER, Tenn. — A two-day undercover operation involving HSI and multiple Tennessee local and state law enforcement agencies resulted in the arrest of six individuals accused of seeking illicit sex from minors.
As part of an undercover investigation aimed at addressed human trafficking in the region, authorities placed several decoy advertisements known to be linked to prostitution and commercial sex cases. As a result of the operation, the following individuals were arrested and booked on state charges.
Matthew Jason Cohen, 42, of Maryville, Tennessee, was charged with trafficking for a commercial sex act.
Steven Lawrence Kobylski, 33, of Decatur, Tennessee, was charged with soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor.
James Stephen Stinnett, 37, of Madisonville, Tennessee, was charged with trafficking for a commercial sex act.
Anthony Cornelius Baylis, 37, of Harriman, Tennessee, was charged with trafficking for a commercial sex act.
Joshua James Thomas, 32, of Tellico Plains, Tennessee, was charged with trafficking for a commercial sex act.
Pedro Juan Berenguer Torres, 50, of Powell, Tennessee, was charged with trafficking for a commercial sex act.