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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appears confused at extradition hearing

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appears confused at extradition hearing

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared confused at a London court hearing on Monday, struggling to recall his name and age in his first public appearance in months as he sought to fight his extradition to the United States. Assange, 48, who spent seven years holed up in Ecuador's embassy before he was dragged out in April, faces 18 counts in the United States including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law. He could spend decades in prison if convicted. On Monday he appeared clean-shaven, without the long beard he had worn at his last public appearance...

October 21, 2019
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Japanese Researchers Have a Robotic Tail to Help the Elderly Stay Balanced

Japanese Researchers Have a Robotic Tail to Help the Elderly Stay Balanced

Millions of years after the ancestors of humans evolved to lose their tails, a research team at Japan’s Keio University have built a robotic one they say could help unsteady elderly people keep their balance. Dubbed Arque, the grey one-meter device mimics tails such as those of cheetahs and other animals used to keep their balance while running and climbing, according to the Keio team. “The tail keeps balance like a pendulum,” said Junichi Nabeshima, a graduate student and researcher at the university’s Embodied Media Project, displaying the robotic tail attached to his waist with a...

September 1, 2019
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Special Report: ‘Time to take out our swords': Inside Iran’s plot to attack Saudi Arabia

Special Report: ‘Time to take out our swords': Inside Iran’s plot to attack Saudi Arabia

United States (Reuters) - Four months before a swarm of drones and missiles crippled the world’s biggest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia, Iranian security officials gathered at a heavily fortified compound in Tehran. The group included the top echelons of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, an elite branch of the Iranian military whose portfolio includes missile development and covert operations. The main topic that day in May: How to punish the United States for pulling out of a landmark nuclear treaty and re-imposing economic sanctions on Iran, moves that have hit the Islamic...

November 25, 2019
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Exhausted Dutch minister leading coronavirus fight quits

Exhausted Dutch minister leading coronavirus fight quits

United States AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The minister leading the Dutch government’s fight against the coronavirus resigned on Thursday, a day after collapsing from exhaustion during a parliamentary debate on the epidemic. Medical Care Minister Bruno Bruins, 56, fell to the floor in parliament on Wednesday while taking questions. He said he had fainted after weeks of intense work. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Bruins had quit because it was unclear how long it would take for him to recover. “The nature of the crisis is such that it demands a minister who can be ready to go full throttle...

March 19, 2020
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In coronavirus lockdown, Californians take the high road and get cannabis delivered

In coronavirus lockdown, Californians take the high road and get cannabis delivered

United States Facing isolation and rising stress because of the novel coronavirus, Californians are buying more cannabis products, especially for home delivery. The state, which legalized recreational cannabis in 2016, has imposed a stay-at-home order to prevent the virus’ spread, and many people fear going out because of the infection risk. As a result, cannabis sales for delivery are booming. “It is a lot of trying to quell the anxieties, stress, stuff like that, helping (them to) sleep at night,” said Alex Brown, a 27-year-old delivery driver for The Pottery, a cannabis dispensary in Los...

April 21, 2020
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