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Slaven Bilic in positive mood as West Ham look to wreck Tottenham's title bid – and secure Premier League status

Slaven Bilic says West Ham are ready to finally banish the threat of relegation – while hammering a huge dent in Tottenham’s title hopes. Spurs could go into the weekend just one point behind leaders Chelsea with victory at the London Stadium on Friday night. But the Hammers still need a point or two to take themselves out of the equation at the foot of the table, and Bilic knows a win against their London rivals would be the perfect way to do it. “This is a big match anyway,”…

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Technology 

MEPs vote on robots' legal status – and if a kill switch is required

MEPs have called for the adoption of comprehensive rules for how humans will interact with artificial intelligence and robots. The report makes it clear that it believes the world is on the cusp of a “new industrial” robot revolution. MEPs will decide whether to give robots legal status as “electronic persons”. Designers should make sure any robots have a kill switch, which would allow functions to be shut down if necessary, the report recommends. Meanwhile users should be able to use robots “without risk or fear of physical or psychological…

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Music & Arts 

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt dies aged 68

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has died in hospital in Spain aged 68, his manager has said. He died from a severe infection after going to hospital on Thursday following complications to a shoulder injury. Parfitt’s musical partnership with Francis Rossi, which spanned five decades, made Status Quo one of British rock’s most enduring acts. He had been due to launch a solo career with an album and autobiography planned for 2017. Status Quo found global success with hits including Rockin’ All Over The World and Whatever You Want. ‘He…

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Travel 

Rio gets Unesco world heritage status, finally

Rio de Janeiro, nicknamed the Marvelous City, officially entered the UN’s list of world heritage sites Tuesday in recognition of its soaring granite cliffs, urban rainforest and beaches. The UN cultural body, Unesco, highlighted the “extraordinary fusion” of man-made and natural beauty in certifying Rio on the world heritage list during a ceremony held at the Christ the Redeemer statue. That blend has “created an urban landscape perceived to be of great beauty by many writers and travellers and one that has shaped the culture of the city,” the UN…

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