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Europe Mulls New Tougher Rules for Artificial Intelligence

The European Union is considering new legally binding requirements for developers of artificial intelligence in an effort to ensure modern technology is developed and used in an ethical way. The EU’s executive arm is set to propose the new rules …

Philippines Vacates Towns Even as Volcanic Eruption Wanes

The Philippines is compelling residents of 12 towns and two cities near the restive Taal Volcano to move to safer ground, even as the intensity of the eruption has weakened. Forced evacuations have been enforced in areas prone to a …

Forecast Storms Bring Both Relief and New Risks for Fire-stricken Australia

MELBOURNE — Severe storms are expected to bring some relief in the coming days from huge bushfires scorching Australia but the heavy downpours could also carry the risk of landslides and water pollution, officials said on Wednesday. Australia is battling …

Viewpoint: Attack on Travelex Has Alarming Implications

As ransomware attacks go, the cyber intrusion at Travelex that emerged on New Year’s Eve could have lasting consequences — and ones that shouldn’t be just a worry to the currency dealer. Travelex, known mostly for its airport shops and …

Boeing Mocked Lion Air Calls for More 737 Max Training Before Crash

Indonesia’s Lion Air considered putting its pilots through simulator training before flying the Boeing Co. 737 Max but abandoned the idea after the planemaker convinced them in 2017 it was unnecessary, according to people familiar with the matter and internal …

Travelex Restoring Some Electronic Services After Cyber Attack

Travelex is restoring operations to process foreign exchange orders electronically, it said on Monday, almost two weeks aftercyber hackers took hold of its systems, leading to a global blackout of its online services. Staff at Travelex were forced to use …

Zurich Insurance Sees Best Chance to Raise Prices in 18 Years

Zurich Insurance Group AG expects to have more power to increase commercial insurance rates than it has seen in almost two decades as a shortage of supply and high natural catastrophe payouts help reverse declining premiums. “The last time this …

Thousands of Filipinos Flee After Volcanic Fallout Hits Manila

A mass evacuation is underway in the Philippines, where an erupting volcano 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of the capital has triggered some 75 earthquakes and spewed “ballistic fragments,” forcing the nation’s financial markets to suspend trading and Manila airport …

Australia Urges 240,000 to Flee as Winds Fan Huge Bushfires

Australia urged nearly a quarter of a million people to evacuate their homes on Friday and prepared military backup as authorities said the next few hours could be “very, very challenging” even as rain poured down in some parts. Defense …

Travelex Staff Go Back to Basics as Ransomware Cripples Systems

LONDON — Staff at foreign exchange firm Travelex are using pen and paper to serve thousands of customers after the company said cyber hackers were holding its systems to ransom, leading to a global blackout on its online currency exchange …

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