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Syrian conflict likely fueled by climate change, study claims

New paper adds to ongoing debate over climate change and human conflict<p>A severe drought that helped fuel the Syrian conflict has been linked to climate change, according to a study published this week. The study, published Monday in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i>, adds to the …

Climate Change

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Nvidia Announces $199 4K Android TV Game Console

Talk about game-changing: Nvidia just announced the Shield, the world’s first 4K Android TV gaming console, at Game Developers Conference today in San Francisco. The device will be available this May for $199.<p>Along with the new entertainment system, the company also announced its Grid …

Iran and Obama dismiss Netanyahu speech to US Congress

Tehran has called the speech of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the US Congress on Iran's nuclear talks deceitful and a desperate attempt to impose an irrational agenda.<p>In his speech to Congress, Netanyahu said that the world must stand together to stop Iran from gaining access to a …

South Asia

Navy probes illegal filming of women in ship's bathroom

A lieutenant embarked for training on board the Bremerton, Wash.-based carrier John C. Stennis is under investigation for allegedly trying to record women inside the female officers' bathroom.<p>It is the second investigation in the past two months into Navy personnel allegedly attempting to film …


Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Boko Haram attacks Nigerian city in second takeover attempt

<b>Kano, Nigeria (CNN) —</b> Boko Haram failed attempts to seize the key Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Sunday, the militants' second attack there in a week.<p>Islamist extremists tried to enter Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, during a predawn attack after the army fought them off last week.<p>Gunfire …


South Sudan President Signs Cease-Fire Agreement With Rebel Leader

The government of South Sudan signed a cease-fire agreement with opposition rebel forces on Monday, signaling a possible end to the internal conflict …


Egyptian court sentences 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death

Proponents of outlawed group were convicted of playing a role in killings of 16 police officers in 2013<p>An Egyptian court has sentenced 183 supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death as authorities continue to crack down on Islamists.<p>The men were convicted of playing a role in the …

Muslim Brotherhood

Obama: Counterterrorism operations in Yemen not affected

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama defended his counterterrorism strategy in tumultuous Yemen Sunday, saying efforts to root out a dangerous al-Qaida affiliate there would not be affected by the political vacuum in the country.<p>The U.S. campaign against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is …

Middle East

Muslims burned to death in India attack

Three Muslim civilians have been burned to death after Hindu assailants set fire to dozens of homes of a Muslim community in an apparent retaliatory attack in eastern India, officials have said.<p>Atul Prasad, a Bihar state administrator, said the violence erupted on Sunday after the body of a young …


Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

China's latest high-speed rail proposal | CNN Travel

High-speed Rail

Headscratching Urban Trends -- An Attempt at Understanding Shoefiti

(Image by Miha Poredoš)<p>The spread of urban trends throughout the world is such an interesting phenomenon, it's something that doesn't need an extensive marketing plan. Just word of mouth, a shared picture/video here and there and presto, you've got the next ice bucket challenge.<p>There are many …


How Many of the Most Instagrammable Waterfalls Have You Seen?

From the thundering roar of Niagara Falls in the U.S. to the elegant veil of Angel Falls in Venezuela, we've tracked down the world's most photogenic …

Paris attack: German anti-immigrant groups say it is proof of Islamist threat

Far-right groups including Pegida say Charlie Hebdo attack confirms their views, while politicians condemn comments<p>• Charlie Hebdo attack: follow the latest developments<p>German anti-immigrant groups have been quick to respond to the murderous attacks in Paris saying they are proof of the significant …

Far-right Politics

Ukraine says Russia behind cyber attack on German government | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Ukraine’s prime minister blamed Russian intelligence on Thursday for a hacker attack against German government websites, for which a pro-Russian group claimed responsibility.<p>Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk attends a news conference in Kiev December 30, 2014. …

North Africa

France: National Day of Mourning As Manhunt Continues

While the bells of Notre Dame rang out, thousands across Paris paused for a minute of silence on Thursday.<p>In front of the offices of the satirical …

Charlie Hebdo attack: Helicopters hunt for suspects in woods of France

<b>Longpont, France (CNN) —</b> An intense manhunt for two brothers wanted in the Charlie Hebdo magazine massacre focused Thursday on northern France's Picardy region, where sources close to the investigation said a police helicopter might have spotted the suspects.<p>Authorities believe that Cherif Kouachi, …


Eight habitable planets found orbiting distant suns in 'Goldilocks zone'

Astrophysicists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics in Cambridge, US, have found eight new planets which could support life<p>Eight new ‘Earths’ which may hold liquid water and could sustain life has been spotted orbiting a distant sun in our galaxy.<p>The new worlds double the number of …

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014

Obama, Kerry condemn terror attack in France, vow to help

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama strongly condemned what he called a "cowardly, evil" terror attack in Paris on Wednesday that claimed 12 lives and praised France for standing "shoulder to shoulder" in the fight against terrorism.<p>Obama said Wednesday that he had "reached out" to French …


Shooting at Paris Newspaper: Pictures