News Headlines - 19 June 2016

Defying China, Hong Kong Bookseller Describes Detention - The New York Times

Blindfolded and handcuffed, the bookseller was abducted from Hong Kong’s border with mainland China and taken to a cell, where he would spend five months in solitary confinement, watched 24 hours a day by a battery of Chinese guards.

Google Opens Machine Learning Research Center in Switzerland - Applications on Top Tech News

Google is doubling down on its investment in machine intelligence, opening a new research center based out of the company’s office in Zurich, Switzerland. Dubbed Google Research, Europe, the new center will be home to teams of software engineers and researchers focused on machine learning.

Disney alligator attack: Father jumped into water to wrestle with animal after it grabbed his two-year-old son | The Independent

A father desperately fought to rescue his son after he was snatched by an alligator at a Disney resort in Florida, police have said.
The two-year-old boy was taken as he paddled in view of his family, from Nebraska, on the sandy shore of the Seven Seas lagoon at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

NASA’s 1976 Viking mission to Mars did all that was hoped for it — except find Martians - The Washington Post

They had placed three science experiments on board the Viking 1 lander, each of which would analyze Martian soil for signs of microbes. The lander also featured two cameras, which were life-detection instruments in their own right. A single image might solve the ancient mystery of extraterrestrial life. No one could completely rule out the possibility that a Martian creature might go hopping by.

England manager Roy Hodgson is only guaranteed a new contract  if he reaches Euro 2016 semi-finals, says Greg Dyke

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has said that only reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2016 will guarantee Roy Hodgson a new contract as England manager.








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