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This Can't Be Good for Putin


The drone attack on Moscow early Tuesday morning showed that the war is real and near, not just for Ukrainians but also for Russians--a message that can't be good for Vladimir Putin. At least eight drones flew over Russia's capital in the wee hours, almost certainly launched by Ukraine (or perhaps by Russian rebels sympathetic to Ukraine's cause). The Kremlin claims that air-defense crews shot down or electronically jammed all the drones and that the damage done to a few apartment buildings was caused by metal shards of the disabled airframes as they fell from the sky. Even if this claim is true, it doesn't matter. The attack demonstrates that Russia's skies are porous, that Russian civilians are vulnerable.

After drone attack, fears, anger and a sense of calm in Moscow

Al Jazeera

On Tuesday morning, at least eight attack drones entered Moscow's airspace before being shot down by the city's air defences, a few hitting residential buildings on the way down. The Russian government accused Ukraine of a "terrorist attack", which Kyiv officials wryly denied. "You know, we are being drawn into the era of artificial intelligence. Perhaps not all drones are ready to attack Ukraine and want to return to their creators and ask them questions like: 'Why are you sending us [to hit] the children of Ukraine? In Kyiv?'" Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said on the YouTube breakfast show of exiled Russian journalist Alexander Plushev.

Russia's pre-dawn air raid on Kyiv kills at least 1 while Moscow claims city attacked by drones

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Russia launched a pre-dawn air raid on Ukraine's capital of Kyiv on Tuesday, killing at least one person, while officials in Moscow claim the Russian capital was attacked by drones. At least 20 Shahed explosive drones were struck down by air defense forces in Kyiv's airspace in Russia's third attack on the capital in the past 24 hours, according to the Kyiv Military Administration via The Associated Press. Ukraine shot down 29 of the 31 drones fired into the country, most of which were in the Kyiv area, the air force later said.

Russia's Belgorod, Ukraine's Dnipro attacked as war escalates

Al Jazeera

Russia's southern Belgorod region came under attack from Ukrainian artillery fire, mortar shells and drones on Friday, authorities said, days after one of the most daring cross-border attacks since the war began. Hours earlier, two drones attacked a Russian city in a region next to the annexed Crimea Peninsula, officials said. The Kremlin's forces, meanwhile, attacked a medical clinic in Dnipro, in central Ukraine, killing a 69-year-old passer-by and another civilian. More than 20 others were wounded, including two children, Ukrainian officials said. Also, a Russian S-300 missile hit a dam in the Karlivka district of Ukraine's eastern Donetsk province, placing nearby settlements under threat of severe flooding.

Winning without fighting? Why China is exploring 'cognitive warfare'

The Japan Times

With the U.S. and its allies rapidly bolstering military capabilities around Taiwan, a successful Chinese invasion, let alone an occupation, of the self-ruled island is becoming an increasingly difficult proposition. But with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) increasingly focused on "intelligent warfare" -- a reference to artificial intelligence-enabled military systems and operational concepts -- experts warn that Beijing could eventually have a new card up its sleeve: "cognitive warfare." The term refers to operations based on techniques and technologies such as AI aimed at influencing the minds of one's adversaries and shaping their decisions, thereby creating a strategically favorable environment or subduing them without a fight. This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software. Please add and to your list of allowed sites.

Deepfakes are biggest AI concern, says Microsoft president

The Guardian

Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft, has said that his biggest concern around artificial intelligence was deepfakes, realistic looking but false content. In a speech in Washington aimed at addressing the issue of how best to regulate AI, which went from wonky to widespread with the arrival of OpenAI's ChatGPT, Smith called for steps to ensure that people know when a photo or video is real and when it is generated by AI, potentially for nefarious purposes. "We're going have to address the issues around deepfakes. We're going to have to address in particular what we worry about most foreign cyber influence operations, the kinds of activities that are already taking place by the Russian government, the Chinese, the Iranians," he said. "We need to take steps to protect against the alteration of legitimate content with an intent to deceive or defraud people through the use of AI." Smith also called for licensing for the most critical forms of AI with "obligations to protect security, physical security, cybersecurity, national security".

Ukraine likely behind Kremlin drone attack, U.S. officials say: report

FOX News

Fox News contributor Dan Hoffman joined'America's Newsroom' to discuss the alleged attack and how Ukraine has responded in wake of the strike. A drone attack on the Kremlin earlier this month was most likely orchestrated by Ukraine, which has conducted a series of attacks on Russian targets, U.S. officials said. Russia has claimed Ukrainian forces attempted to kill President Vladimir Putin in the failed attack on May 3. Two drones were used in the "assassination attempt" at the president's residence within the Kremlin compound, but were disabled by Russian defense systems, Russia said. Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen on May 3, 2023. A drone was purportedly shot down over the Kremlin.

How Russia is able to track, censor, and control its citizens, now more than ever

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on When Yekaterina Maksimova can't afford to be late, the journalist and activist avoids taking the Moscow subway, even though it's probably the most efficient route. That's because she's been detained five times in the past year, thanks to the system's pervasive security cameras with facial recognition. She says police would tell her the cameras "reacted" to her -- although they often seemed not to understand why, and would let her go after a few hours.

Singapore wants to plug AI skills gap in finance sector


Singapore is looking to plug a dearth of artificial intelligence (AI) skillsets in its finance sector by consolidating demand and working with stakeholders. Citing a survey that polled 131 local financial institutions, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said 44% of respondents deemed a shortage of AI and data analytics talent as their biggest challenge in adopting such applications. The central bank hopes to address this skills gap with a new initiative that aims to aggregate demand for roles and build capabilities through education institutions and training services providers. Key players from these segments, including financial institutions, have formed a consortium and are working together to drive the initiative. These institutions include FactSet UK, National University of Singapore, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Visa, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation, and United Overseas Bank.

Who is Ali Akbar Ahmadian, Iran's new security chief?

Al Jazeera

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has appointed a veteran commander with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as the country's new security chief. Ali Akbar Ahmadian, 62, was named on Monday as the new secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), replacing Ali Shamkhani, who held the post for close to a decade. Ahmadian takes the reins of the SNSC at a time of rapidly accelerating diplomatic regional efforts facilitated by his predecessor, including the re-establishment of ties with rival Saudi Arabia after a China-brokered agreement in March. Iran's relations with the West, however, remain sour. A landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers remains in limbo, while Iran has been accused of supplying Russia with armed drones for the war in Ukraine and tensions have steadily risen following nationwide protests that erupted across the country in September last year.