Google AI scientist Samy Bengio resigns over firings of colleagues

Google research manager Samy Bengio is resigning in the wake of the firings of two colleagues who had questioned paper review and diversity practices at the Alphabet Inc unit, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing an internal memo. Though at least two Google engineers had earlier resigned in protest of Gebru’s firing, Bengio is the highest-profile… Read More Google AI scientist Samy Bengio resigns over firings of colleagues

U.S. Democratic congressman Alcee Hastings dies at 84

Democratic U.S. Representative Alcee Hastings has died at the age of 84, his office said on Tuesday, further narrowing the party’s majority in the lower chamber of Congress. His office did not provide details on the cause of death. In January 2019, Hastings said he was diagnosed with and receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer. “I’m… Read More U.S. Democratic congressman Alcee Hastings dies at 84

U.S. labor board says Amazon illegally fired employees over criticism of working conditions

Amazon.com Inc illegally fired two employees who advocated for better working conditions during the pandemic, the U.S. National Labor Relations Board has found. The online retailer last year terminated the employment of Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa, who accused the company of enforcing policies in a discriminatory fashion and having vague rules that “chill and… Read More U.S. labor board says Amazon illegally fired employees over criticism of working conditions

Israeli soldiers shoot dead Palestinian motorist in disputed incident

Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian motorist who they said tried to ram them at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday – an account disputed by his wife, who was with him in the car. Salem Eid, the mayor of Biddu village, where the man lived, said Palestinians may raise the incident… Read More Israeli soldiers shoot dead Palestinian motorist in disputed incident

Gunmen attack prison, release hundreds of inmates in southeastern Nigeria

More than 1,800 inmates escaped from a Nigeria prison in the southeastern city of Owerri after an attack by gunmen carrying rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns, explosives and rifles, the prisons authority said. Nigerian police said it believed a banned separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was behind the attack, but a spokesman for… Read More Gunmen attack prison, release hundreds of inmates in southeastern Nigeria