Emily St. Amour

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War

EU to hold emergency summit as migrant crisis escalates

European Union leaders are due to hold an emergency summit on ways to stem the number of migrants risking their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean.<p>The leaders, who decided last year to halt the rescue of migrants, will vote to reverse their decision on Thursday after nearly 2,000 people died …

North Africa

Scientists in China edit human genome in embryos for the first time

New study confirms rumors in the scientific community, heralds new debate over the ethics of human genetic engineering<p>For the first time ever, scientists have reported editing the genetic code in human embryos. The work, carried out by researchers in China, sought to remove a gene responsible for a …

Genetics

'Drop the death penalty,' say parents of Boston bombing victim | Reuters

BOSTON (Reuters) - The parents of the boy who was the youngest to die in the attack on the Boston Marathon asked federal prosecutors to abandon their effort to sentence the bomber to death, in a statement on the front page of the Boston Globe on Friday.<p>The family of Boston Marathon bombing victim …

Justice

Chinese court jails veteran journalist

A Chinese court has sentenced a 71-year-old female journalist to seven years in jail for leaking state secrets, in a case seen by rights groups as part of a crackdown on government critics.<p>Gao Yu, named one of the International Press Institute's 50 "world press heroes" in 2000, "illegally provided …

China

Verizon Will Let You Choose TV Channel Bundles for $65

Verizon is launching a new TV plan that lets its FIOS customers choose channel bundles to add to its standard package for $65 a month, reports Reuters.<p>In addition to the 36 channels available in the fixed package like CNN, HGTV and AMC, Verizon Custom TV subscribers can add on any two bundles of …

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Scientists issue call for urgent controls on e-cigarette sales to children

Survey shows one in five teenagers in north-west England have bought or tried e-cigarettes and found a strong link to to binge drinking<p>Scientists have called for urgent controls on the promotion and sale of e-cigarettes to children after finding high rates of usage among secondary school pupils in …

Public Health

'The Colbert Report' wraps up with an immortal, star-studded finale

Truly, it’s the end of a Colbera.<p>And what an end it was! The final episode of <i>The Colbert Report</i>—which began, as his shows often did, with a toss from …

Where Has All the (Sea Trash) Plastic Gone?

Microplastics embed into deep-sea sediment—and there's a lot more than thought.<p>When Spanish scientist Andres Cozar Cabanas compiled the first ever global map of ocean trash last July, he inadvertently uncovered a mystery. Much of the plastic he expected to find bobbing in the oceans, given a …

Vladimir Putin invites Kim Jong-un to Moscow

North Korea’s leader may travel to Russia to mark the USSR’s victory over Nazi Germany on 9 May as mark of closer relations<p>Follow live: FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack Everything’s fine, says Putin in press conference – including my love life Opinion: Wrecking Russia’s economy could be a …

The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks

A Gameboy with a sardine can inside. A printer stuffed with a piñata. ‘Return fraud’ is costing retailers billions—and the ingenious swindles are …

NASA's Kepler telescope is alive and finding planets again

The telescope that's done the most work for expanding our knowledge of exoplanets is alive again — and it's already found another Earth-sized one to add to the list. NASA announced today that they awakened the Kepler telescope for its K2 (or "Second Light") mission, and detailed the ingenious …

Boston bomber suspect smirks in rare court appearance

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev supporters dragged from court as suspect makes first court appearance in 17 months<p>Shaggy-haired, bearded and attentive, accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made his first public appearance in 17 months Thursday, at a brief court hearing before his trial next …

California fraternity closed over harassment of marchers during anti-rape event

A San Diego State University fraternity whose members were accused of harassing people taking part in an anti-rape march has been closed, the school said on Tuesday, a move that comes amid a renewed debate over the handling of sexual assaults on U.S. college campuses.<p>The university said on its …