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This is the first significant step the PA has taken to pressure Hamas in the enclave
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This is the first significant step the PA has taken to pressure Hamas in the enclave
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Posted by Michael Rennaker, Program Manager Google created the PhD Fellowship program in 2009 to recognize and support outstanding graduate students doing exceptional research in Computer Science and related disciplines. Now in its eighth year, our fellowship program has supported hundreds of future faculty, industry researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs. Reflecting our continuing commitment to supporting and building relationships with the academic community, we are excited to announce the 33 recipients from North America, Europe and the Middle East. We offer our sincere congratulations to Google’s 2017 Class of Google PhD Fellows. Algorithms, Optimizations and Markets Chiu Wai Sam Wong, University of California, Berkeley Eric Balkanski, Harvard University Haifeng Xu, University of Southern California Human-Computer Interaction Motahhare Eslami, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Sarah D'Angelo, Northwestern University Sarah Mcroberts, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Machine Learning Aude Genevay, Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris Dustin Tran, Columbia University Jamie Hayes, University College London Martin Arjovsky, New York University Taco Cohen, University of Amsterdam Yuhuai Wu, University of Toronto Yunye Gong, Cornell University Machine Perception, Speech Technology and Computer Vision Franziska Müller, Saarland University - Saarbrücken GSCS and MPI Institute for Informatics George Trigeorgis, Imperial College London Iro Armeni, Stanford University Saining Xie, University of California, San Diego Yu-Chuan Su, University of Texas, Austin Natural Language Processing Jianpeng Cheng, The University of Edinburgh Kevin Clark, Stanford University Tim Rocktaschel, University College London Privacy and Security Romain Gay, ENS - École Normale Supérieure Xi He, Duke University Yupeng Zhang, University of Maryland, College Park Programming Languages and Software Eng.
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US President Donald Trump has granted the power to decide on how many troops should take part in anti-Daesh operations in Iraq and Syria to the Pentagon.
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Iberia. The Balkan Peninsula, it will be largely fine, warm, and sunny. It will be mainly fine and sunny across the Middle East and North Africa, but it will be cloudy with scattered showers or central Iran and south-eastern parts of the Arabian Peninsula, towards the Red Sea. The Levant area may be cloudy at times and there will be.
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