UK military fears robots learning war from video games

Image copyright Blizzard Image caption Starcraft is a fast-moving strategy game played in real time Robots that train themselves in battle tactics by playing video games could be used to mount cyber-attacks, the UK military fears. The warning is in a Ministry of Defence report on artificial intelligence. Researchers in Silicon Valley are using strategy […]

Jeremy Corbyn insists new Labour peers back scrapping the Lords

Image copyright PA Jeremy Corbyn will not appoint any Labour peers that do not support abolishing the House of Lords, his spokesman has said. The party’s newest peers – ex general secretary Iain McNicol, campaigner Martha Osamor and writer Pauline Bryan – have all signed up to the principle. The Labour leader would expect them […]

Brexit: Ex-Vote Leave director Cummings warns of ‘train wreck’

Brexit is destined to be a “train wreck” and Tory MPs should get rid of Theresa May to have any hope of staying in power, Dominic Cummings has claimed. The former Vote Leave director said the civil service had made “no real preparations” for leaving the EU as most officials wanted the UK to remain. […]

Sajid Javid pledges to act on overstretched police row

Media captionPolice federation: Javid childhood ‘gang’ story draws laugh Sajid Javid has promised to ensure police officers have the resources they need to meet the challenges they face. The home secretary, whose brother is a chief superintendent in the West Midlands, pledged in his first Police Federation speech to provide the “tools and powers” frontline […]

Bannon on Trump, May and Brexit

Donald Trump’s former chief strategist has told Newsnight that the president should not testify in person to the special council investigation into allegations of Russian involvement in the 2016 election. In an exclusive Newsnight interview, Mr Bannon praised special counsel Robert Mueller as an “honourable guy” and said he should not be fired by Trump […]

Oxford University involved in Twitter row with David Lammy

Media captionDavid Lammy told the Today programme that Oxford University should offer a foundation year Oxford University has apologised to David Lammy after retweeting a post labelling his criticism “bitter”. The original tweet, sent by a student, was in response to the Labour MP saying Oxford was “a bastion of white, middle class, southern privilege”. […]

Sajid Javid pledges he is ‘standing with’ police in first speech

Image copyright Reuters Sajid Javid hopes to draw a line under the Home Office’s fractious relationship with the Police Federation in his first speech to the body. Mr Javid, whose brother is a chief superintendent in West Midlands Police, will pledge to provide the tools and back-up needed for frontline officers. In the speech taking […]

Boris Johnson says he ‘probably needs’ a private plane

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The foreign secretary is taking commercial flights on his current tour of South America Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said he “probably needs” a plane to help him travel the world and promote the UK’s interests. Cabinet members can use the RAF Voyager for official business but Mr Johnson […]

Brexit: Hammond rejects business calls for customs union

Image copyright Getty Images Philip Hammond has told business chiefs their Brexit fears can be resolved without staying in the customs union. The chancellor rejected claims by the CBI president that continued membership was a “plan A” option “already out there” to minimise disruption to trade. While the UK’s post-Brexit customs options were “works in […]

UK becoming ‘cocaine capital’ of Europe, warns minister

Image copyright PA Image caption There have been 67 murders in the capital in 2018 The UK “is fast becoming the biggest consumer of cocaine in Europe”, the security minister has said. Ben Wallace said the “high-margin, high-supply drug” was “fuelling” an increase in violence on the streets. Technology had enabled young dealers to evade […]