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"China Jails Jackie Chan's Son Jaycee Chan for Pot”, “Saudi Blogger To Be Publicly Flogged For Insulting Islam”, “Unbeatable Poker-Playing Computer invented”,

January 9 2015, 16:26

time.com. "China Jails Jackie Chan's Son Jaycee Chan for Pot” - The case has proved embarrassing for Jackie, who is an antinarcotics ambassador. Kung-fu movie star Jackie Chan’s son, Jaycee, was sentenced to six months in prison on Friday after pleading guilty to marijuana-related charges in a Beijing court. The court convicted Jaycee, 32, of providing a venue for marijuana use and also fined him the equivalent of $326, the state-run Xinhua News reported.

npr.org. “Saudi Blogger To Be Publicly Flogged For Insulting Islam” - A Saudi blogger sentenced in May to a decade in prison and 1,000 lashes will be publicly flogged Friday in Jeddah, The Associated Press is reporting, citing a person close to the case. Raif Badawi was found guilty of insulting Islam on Free Saudi Liberals, a website he created, and also ordered to pay about $266,000 in fines. A court originally sentenced him to 600 lashes and seven years in prison, but a judge increased the sentence after an appeal. Amnesty International said he will receive 50 lashes each week for 20 weeks.

npr.org.“Unbeatable Poker-Playing Computer invented” - Researchers have developed a computer program they say can beat any human on the planet at a particular variant of Texas Hold'em poker. The scientists aren't planning to clean up with their powerful poker bot. Instead, they hope it can help computers become better decision-makers in the face of uncertainty. The work is published Thursday in the journal Science.

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