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Blast at Shiite mosque in Afghanistan kills dozens

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber stormed into the largest Shiite Muslim mosque in Afghanistan’s Herat province Tuesday night opening fire on worshippers before blowing himself up, killing at least 29 and wounding 64 others, 10 of them critically, said hospital official Dr. Mohammed Rafique Shehrzai. Mehdi Hadid, a lawmaker from Herat, who went to the site soon after the explosion told The Associated Press that the scene was one of horrific carnage. He estimated at least 100 dead and wounded were scattered throughout the mosque. The attack took place in the middle of evening prayers when the mosque was Read More At Article Source | Article...

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As artificial intelligence grows, so do perceived threats to human uniqueness

(RNS) — SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk got into a spat recently on Twitter with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg over the dangers of artificial intelligence. Musk urged a group of governors to proactively regulate AI, which he views as a “fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.” “Until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react because it seems so ethereal,” Musk said. Zuckerberg shot back, saying fearmongering about AI is “irresponsible.” The two divergent views on AI reflect the existential questions humans face about their uniqueness in the universe. Today, robots...

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Escaping Pakistani persecution, an Ahmadi activist finds refuge — and purpose — in US

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Ehsan Rehan never imagined he would end up in Washington, D.C. When he left Pakistan for the last time in 2012, his expected final destination — by way of New York — was Canada, where the then 21-year-old asylum-seeker had a network of friends and extended family waiting for him. But the more Rehan talked to friends in America, the more he became convinced Washington, with its access to government and policy experts, would be a better location to help bring change for members of his harshly persecuted community back in Pakistan. Rehan is Ahmadi, a tiny...

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No visa, no veil? Saudi Arabia may ease rules for tourists

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia plans to build a “semi-autonomous” visa-free travel destination along its northwestern Red Sea coast where restrictions on women’s dress, gender segregation and other conservative norms could be waived. The Red Sea project will include diving attractions and a nature reserve, with some areas resembling the luxury hotels, islands and lagoons of the Maldives. The Saudi Commission for Tourism did not immediately respond to an Associated Press request for more details on the rules that will govern tourists at the Red Sea resort. The country’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) said Monday (July 31) it Read More At Article Source | Article...

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Cabinet members get together for weekly Bible study

(USA Today) — Members of President Trump’s Cabinet attend a weekly Bible study, according to a new report. CBN News reported that once a week, about a dozen members of the Cabinet gather to study Scripture. Among those who regularly attend: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Agriculture Secretary Sunny Perdue, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “It’s the best Bible study that I’ve ever taught in my life,” Ralph Drollinger of Capitol ministries told CBN News. “They are so teachable, they’re so noble, they’re so learned.” According to Capitol Ministries’ website, the sponsors of the White Read More At Article Source | Article...

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