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War: How Israeli soldiers use AI system, ‘Lavender’ to destroy Hamas

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Intelligence sources involved in the Israel-Hamas war have revealed how the Israeli military’s bombing campaign in Gaza used a previously undisclosed AI-powered database that at one stage identified 37,000 potential targets based on their apparent links to Hamas.

The sources disclosed that in addition to the AI system called Lavender, the Israeli military officials permitted large numbers of Palestinian civilians to be killed, particularly during the early weeks and months of the conflict.

The Guardian UK, quoting the sources, said that Israeli intelligence officials have been using machine-learning systems to help identify targets during the six-month war.

“This is unparalleled, in my memory,” said one intelligence officer who used Lavender, adding that they had more faith in a “statistical mechanism” than a grieving soldier.

“Everyone there, including me, lost people on October 7. The machine did it coldly. And that made it easier.”

Another Lavender user added, “I would invest 20 seconds for each target at this stage, and do dozens of them every day. I had zero added-value as a human, apart from being a stamp of approval. It saved a lot of time.”

The newspaper reports that the testimony from the six intelligence officers, all who have been involved in the use of Lavender, was given to the journalist, Yuval Abraham for a report published by the Israeli-Palestinian publication +972 Magazine and the Hebrew-language outlet Local Call.

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Probe as Liberian ex-president’s asset papers leaked

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Liberia’s House of Representatives is investigating how former President George Weah’s asset declaration documents were leaked to the public.

All senior government officials in the country, including presidents, are mandated to declare their wealth upon taking office before the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (Lacc).

It is meant to ensure public officials avoid conflicts of interest and illicit wealth accumulation. But such declarations don’t need to be made public.

The former president’s asset declaration documents are said to have been leaked to the public without his consent.

“Weah’s asset declaration form is now all in the public space and on various platforms,” Frank Saah Foko, a local legislator, said.

He said publishing the former president’s declared assets without his consent was illegal.

It is not clear who leaked them but legislators have summoned senior Lacc officials over the leak. They are expected to appear before the lawmakers on Tuesday.

In February, President Joseph Boakai, who won the November presidential run-off election defeating Mr Weah, declared his assets vowing to fight corruption in the country.

Mr Weah’s presidency was plagued with accusations of corruption and faced criticism for the excesses of senior officials.

After Mr Boakai’s inauguration in January, he asked former officials to turn over government assets they had in their possession “without delay and hesitation”.

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World’s oldest conjoined twins who ‘shared 30% of their brains’ dead at 62

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The world’s oldest conjoined twins have sadly passed away at the age of 62.

Lori and George Schappell passed away due to undisclosed causes at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, US, on Sunday (April 7).

The twins previously made headlines when George, formerly Dori, came out as transgender. George had spina bifida and was confined to a wheelchair, which Lori pushed around.

They were born in Pennsylvania on September 18, 1961, with partially fused skulls, sharing vital blood vessels and 30% of their brains. Doctors told them they wouldn’t live past 30.

George and Lori led very different lives despite being attached to each other. George enjoyed a successful career as a country singer, whilst Lori was a trophy-winning ten-pin bowler.

Lori worked at a hospital laundry during the 1990s and arranged her schedule around George’s gigs. The pair travelled around the world to countries including Germany and Japan so George could perform.

They lived independently in a two-bedroom apartment in Pennsylvania. They each had their own bedroom, alternating between the two each night, and even showered separately using the shower curtain as a barrier.

George was asked whether they wished they had been separated in a 1997 documentary. He said: “Would we be separated? Absolutely not. My theory is – why fix what is not broken?”

According to Guinness World Records, they also became the oldest female conjoined twins in 2015 when they overtook Masha and Dasha Krivoshlyapova, who died aged 53.

Lori and George appeared on a number of TV shows including Jerry Springer and The Howard Stern Radio Show. They leave behind a father and six siblings.

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Mass Shooting In Washington DC Leaves Man Dead, Five Injured

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Mass shooting in Washington DC leaves man dead and 5 injured after gunmen open fire into crowd.

A man has been killed and five injured, including children, in a shooting in Washington, D.C. just minutes away from the White House.

At around 6:15 pm, the suspects drove up and fired into a crowd in the Carver Langston neighborhood on Wednesday evening, according to Police Chief Pamela Smith.

Mass shooting in Washington DC leaves man dead and 5 injured after gunmen open fire into crowd.

Officers responded to multiple 911 calls about a shooting at around 6.10pm (local time) and upon arrival, located victims of gunshots, she said.

The four wounded, two men, a woman, and a nine-year-old were rushed to the local hospital in an ambulance, while a boy, 12, later arrived at a hospital with a gunshot wound.

Mass shooting in Washington DC leaves man dead and 5 injured after gunmen open fire into crowd

The victims are believed to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Ms Smith said.

Law enforcement officials have released images of the suspected vehicle – a gray or light-blue four-door sedan with paper license tags and heavily tinted windows.

“This is another example, and I’ve been here before in this space, of violence that we cannot, we just cannot, accept in our communities,” she told reporters.

“My condolences go out to the families and friends who were impacted by this senseless gun violence tonight.”

The District of Columbia is struggling with a sharp increase in violent crime, which went up 39 percent in 2023.

Mass shooting in Washington DC leaves man dead and 5 injured after gunmen open fire into crowd

The increase was largely fueled by a 35 per cent rise in homicides and growth in carjackings, which nearly doubled.

Last month, two people were fatally shot and five others were injured after a shooting broke out in Washington DC.

The shooting occurred around 3am at 7th and P Street NW – a stone’s throw from the Kennedy Recreation Center and a 10-minute drive from the White House.

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