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GPT-3 Creative Fiction


What if I told a story here, how would that story start?" Thus, the summarization prompt: "My second grader asked me what this passage means: …" When a given prompt isn't working and GPT-3 keeps pivoting into other modes of completion, that may mean that one hasn't constrained it enough by imitating a correct output, and one needs to go further; writing the first few words or sentence of the target output may be necessary.

British woman, 27, killed fighting alongside Kurds in Syria's Afrin

The Japan Times

BEIRUT – A British woman fighting alongside Kurdish forces in the Syrian region of Afrin was killed in the Turkish-led offensive on the area, a spokeswoman for the forces said Monday. Anna Campbell was killed last week in the Afrin enclave, said Nisrin Abdallah, a spokeswoman for the Kurdish Women's Protection Units (YPJ). "She died on March 15, 2018, in Turkish shelling" on front lines around Afrin city, Abdallah told AFP, adding that Campbell was 27 at the time of her death. She is thought to be the first British woman killed fighting alongside the Kurdish militia in Syria. "We learned of her death yesterday and communicated with her parents," Abdallah said, confirming that Campbell was from Lewes in East Sussex.

Balfour: UK government 'should hang its head in shame'

Al Jazeera

The Balfour Declaration is only 67 words long, yet it launched what is broadly seen today as the world's most intractable conflict. The Israeli-Palestinian dispute remains an enduring crisis in the Middle East region 100 years after the declaration was signed on November 2, 1917. Former British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour issued the document to Lord Walter Rothschild, a British Zionist leader, to announce support for the creation of a "national home for the Jewish people" in Palestine. Palestine was then part of the Ottoman Empire and home to a minority Jewish population of nine percent. Al Jazeera spoke with Avi Shlaim, a historian and professor emeritus of international relations at the University of Oxford, about the motivation behind the fateful document and its ongoing legacy.

Jo Cox remembered as tireless campaigner and aid worker

Associated Press

Jo Cox fought against poverty and discrimination in developing countries, worked in Parliament for a solution to the civil war in Syria and campaigned for Britain to remain in the European Union. I've been with child soldiers who have been given Kalashnikovs and kill members of their own family in Uganda," the Labour Party lawmaker told the Yorkshire Post last December. Her husband, Brendan Cox, posted images on Twitter of the family in an inflatable dinghy, waving a flag supporting continued British EU membership ahead of the June 23 referendum. She was elected to the House of Commons last year as a Labour Party lawmaker representing the constituency of Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire.

Islamic State 'Beatles' duo: Loss of citizenship 'illegal'

BBC News

Two Britons accused of being Islamic State members have complained they will not get a fair trial because the UK government has stripped them of their citizenship. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, from west London, were captured in Syria in January. They are accused of being the last two members of an IS foursome dubbed'the Beatles' because of their UK accents. The pair also said the murder of IS hostages was "regrettable". In an interview with Associated Press from a cell in northern Syria, Elsheikh said the "illegal" withdrawal of their UK citizenship put them at risk of "rendition and torture".