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Playing Doctor with Watson: Medical Applications Expose Current Limits of AI

Playing Doctor with Watson: Medical Applications Expose Current Limits of AI

August 03, 2018, 06:23 PM

IBM has big plans for how its Watson artificial intelligence software could change the medical industry. But a number of hospitals have ended their experiments with the platform, arguing that it doesn't help diagnose or treat diseases. By Martin U. Müller more... Comment ]


Shifting Overseas Route: Spain Becomes New Target for Migrants

Shifting Overseas Route: Spain Becomes New Target for Migrants

August 03, 2018, 06:23 PM

Although the number of migrants making their way across the Mediterranean to Europe has fallen drastically, the preferred overseas route has now moved westward to the strait between Morocco and Spain. Now Rome, Madrid and North African countries are battling to find a solution. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Matchmakers: China's 200 Million Singles Are a Big Business

The Matchmakers: China's 200 Million Singles Are a Big Business

August 03, 2018, 04:51 PM

Many people in China who want to get married are having trouble finding a partner. The country's decadeslong one-child policy led to the country having more young men than women, and their growing prosperity is making them pickier. By Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]


'That's It, We're Dead': Questions of Accountability After Tragedy in the Alps

'That's It, We're Dead': Questions of Accountability After Tragedy in the Alps

August 02, 2018, 05:33 PM

Ten alpinists, including a guide with years of experience, set off to cross one of the Alps' most majestic mountaineering routes, the Haute Route. By the fourth day, a heavy snowstorm was brewing -- but the group kept going, with deadly consequences. By Hilmar Schmundt and Samiha Shafy more... Video | Comment ]

Alienating Immigrants: Is Germany Lurching To the Right?

Alienating Immigrants: Is Germany Lurching To the Right?

July 31, 2018, 02:45 PM

Right-wing agitators are heating up the discussion about immigration in Germany and filling it with hate. Last week's resignation of national football player Mesut Özil over concerns about racism is spurring a necessary and emotional debate about social cohesion in the country. By Matthias Bartsch, Maik Baumgärtner, Anna Clauß, Georg Diez, Maximilian Popp and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt more... Comment ]


Alliance of the Likeminded: Germany's Anti-Trump Strategy Begins to Take Shape

Alliance of the Likeminded: Germany's Anti-Trump Strategy Begins to Take Shape

July 27, 2018, 06:27 PM

During an official visit to Japan, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas unveiled the first hints of Berlin's new plan for countering Donald Trump's nationalist policies: a network of countries with a shared belief in the rules of the postwar order. By Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Jean-Claude Juncker's Unexpected Deal: How the European Commission President Won Over Trump

Jean-Claude Juncker's Unexpected Deal: How the European Commission President Won Over Trump

July 27, 2018, 06:27 PM

This week, Washington and Brussels struck an unexpected agreement to lift levies in the tariff conflict between the U.S. and the EU. The move represents a victory for all sides, but especially beleaguered European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]


A German on Probation: What Özil's Resignation Tells Us About Germany in 2018

A German on Probation: What Özil's Resignation Tells Us About Germany in 2018

July 27, 2018, 03:41 PM

You don't have to be a fan of German footballer Mesut Özil. And it's OK to criticize his photo op with autocratic Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, or the letter he wrote resigning from the German national team. But Özil's accusations of "racism and disrespect" say much about Germany's acceptance of its immigrants. An Essay By Raniah Salloum more... Comment ]

'Our Antennae Are Up': Rise in Anti-Semitism Unsettles Gemany's Jews

'Our Antennae Are Up': Rise in Anti-Semitism Unsettles Gemany's Jews

July 26, 2018, 06:10 PM

How does it feel to be Jewish in Germany in 2018? After decades of successful reconciliation and integration, an increase in anti-Semitic attacks has many Jews in Germany wondering: Is the pendulum swinging back? By Annette Großbongardt more... Comment ]


China's Xinjiang Region: A Surveillance State Unlike Any the World Has Ever Seen

China's Xinjiang Region: A Surveillance State Unlike Any the World Has Ever Seen

July 26, 2018, 02:01 PM

In western China, Beijing is using the most modern means available to control its Uighur minority. Tens of thousands have disappeared into re-education camps. A journey to an eerily quiet region. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]