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Moldova: Pro-Russia presidential candidate declares victory

U.S. News

Moldovans lined up for hours to vote in Paris, Milan, Dublin and the London borough of Stratford, where about 700 Moldovans were unable to cast ballots. Election authorities said ballots had run out in Stratford, Bucharest, Moscow and Bologna, Italy. One electoral official in the Moldovan capital Chisinau, Sergiu Gurduza, apologized that some people had not been able to vote.


Large expert-curated database for benchmarking document similarity detection in biomedical literature search

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Document recommendation systems for locating relevant literature have mostly relied on methods developed a decade ago. This is largely due to the lack of a large offline gold-standard benchmark of relevant documents that cover a variety of research fields such that newly developed literature search techniques can be compared, improved and translated into practice. To overcome this bottleneck, we have established the RElevant LIterature SearcH consortium consisting of more than 1500 scientists from 84 countries, who have collectively annotated the relevance of over 180 000 PubMed-listed articles with regard to their respective seed (input) article/s. The majority of annotations were contributed by highly experienced, original authors of the seed articles. The collected data cover 76% of all unique PubMed Medical Subject Headings descriptors. No systematic biases were observed across different experience levels, research fields or time spent on annotations.


UK warships shadowing Russian naval task force

BBC News

Two British warships are shadowing an aircraft carrier and other Russian naval ships as they pass the UK on their way to Syria. The carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and its task force are on a course to sail through the North Sea to the English Channel. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said the ships would be "man-marked every step of the way" while near UK waters. However, Nato said Russia had the right to operate in international waters. Russia's naval battle group: Power play or theatre?


U.S. NATO troops surge in Europe after Russian aggression

PBS NewsHour

CHRIS LIVESAY, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND: In the port city of Bremerhaven on Germany's North Sea coast, approximately 4-thousand American troops and 25-hundred vehicles began arriving in early January. Known as the Iron Brigade, they're from the Army's 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division, based in Fort Carson, Colorado. This is the largest deployment of U-S forces in Europe since the end of the Cold War 25 years ago. It's part of the European Reassurance Initiative and Operation Atlantic Resolve -- a three-and-a-half billion dollar effort paid for by the United States to reinforce NATO. TIMOTHY MCGUIRE: I am very proud that we're a member of NATO.


Intact German WWI U-Boat Found off Belgian Coast

U.S. News

Belgian regional authorities say an intact German World War I submarine has been found off the coast of Belgium and contains the bodies of 23 people. Western Flanders Governor Carl Decaluwe told The Associated Press Tuesday that the find on the floor of the North Sea "is very unique." He said the "impact damage was at the front but the submarine remains closed, and there are 23 people still onboard." Decaluwe said the U-boat was found by researchers. He declined to provide details about its location until the site has been protected.