Robert Mugabe, the former president of Zimbabwe who became an African liberation hero after toppling white colonial rule but then led his country to economic collapse and the brink of starvation, has died at the age of 95. Mugabe was the world’s oldest ruler when he resigned as Zimbabwe’s president in November of 2017, following a military coup. He had ruled the country since 1980.
Rapper Nicki Minaj has said she is retiring from the music industry. The “Megatron” rapper shared the news with her fans on Twitter Thursday and asked for their support in the next stage of her life. The 36-year-old musician’s line about starting a family fuels recent rumors that she’s expecting a baby with controversial fiance Kenneth “Zoo” Petty.
An internal project to rewrite how Apple’s Siri voice assistant handles “sensitive topics” such as feminism and the #MeToo movement advised developers to respond in one of three ways: “don’t engage”, “deflect” and finally “inform”. The project saw Siri’s responses explicitly rewritten to ensure that the service would say it was in favor of “equality”, but never say the word feminism – even when asked direct questions about the topic.
New York unveiled its latest weapon today in the city’s long-running war against rats — alcohol. City officials have spent millions of dollars trying to cull the rat population over the years, deploying everything from rodent birth control to vermin-proof trash cans. Now they say they have finally found a solution: a machine that attracts rats with bait and then triggers a trap door that drops them into a pool of alcohol-based liquid.