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40 arrested in violent protests over Quran burning in Sweden

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More than 40 people have been arrested after violent protests erupted in Sweden against a far right group’s plan to burn the Quran

The outrage was sparked by Danish-Swedish politician, Rasmus Paludan’s organised series of rallies during the month of Ramadan.

Paludan who is also the leader of the anti-immigration and anti-Islam group Hard Line says he has already burnt a copy of the holy book and wants to do it again.

The protests that started in the cities of Linköping and Norrköping turned violent as clashes between the protesters and the police broke out.

Since then, the protests have also spread out to other cities like Orebo, Rinkeby and Malmo.

In Malmo, a school and some vehicles were set on fire by an angry crowd.

Sweden’s national police chief, Anders Thornberg says he has never witnessed such violent clashes happening in Norrkoping, 160 km south-west of Stockholm.

The police says 26 police officers and 14 members of the public were injured in the violence with more than 20 vehicles destroyed.

“Some 200 participants were violent and the police had to respond with arms in legitimate self-defence,” Thornberg says.

Rasmus Paludan burned the holy book publicly in Linkoping despite protesters urging police to stop the politician.

Saudi Arabia has also condemned the events conspiring in Sweden calling it a “deliberate abuse of the holy Quran by some extremists”.

Iraq’s foreign ministry has also summoned Sweden’s charge d’affaires, saying the events could have “repurcussions” on “relations between Sweden and Muslims”.

Rijul Baath contributed to this report

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OpenAI terminates AI risk protection team

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Less than a year after its inception, OpenAI has made the decision to dissolve its team dedicated to researching long-term risks associated with AI.

The team, formed with the intention of studying and mitigating potential risks stemming from advanced AI systems, was a notable part of OpenAI’s broader mission to ensure that AI is developed and used responsibly.

Dr Karen Sutherland from University of the Sunshine Coast #featured

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What are the biggest takeaways from the Second global AI summit?

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Top executives from leading tech companies committed to prioritising safety in the development and deployment of artificial intelligence technologies at the Second Global AI Summit.

During the summit, representatives from major corporations such as Google, Microsoft, and IBM outlined specific measures they will take to ensure that AI systems are developed and deployed responsibly.

Tom Finnigan from Talkingbrands.ai joins to discuss. #featured #trending

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Microsoft reporting for duty with top tier title

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Major Gamepass addition are on the way, with Call of Duty: Black Ops title.

Reports suggest this as the largest addition to the service since its launch, indicating a strategic effort to boost subscription numbers in a challenging market. The decision, likely to be officially announced during the upcoming Xbox Games Showcase on June 9, reflects a shift in the gaming landscape and Microsoft’s commitment to Game Pass. Despite potential drawbacks such as upsetting existing subscribers and sacrificing direct sales revenue. #Featured #Trending

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